Foggy Sunset

Foggy Sunset
Photo by Aisling Doonan

Monday, 29 August 2016

New Designs & Summer's End

Mondays are a good day to upload blogposts, I think. The day that people dread the most, the longest day of the week, the one that no amount of coffee can turn into a Friday, or even a Tuesday for that matter. So I will erase the horror of it all slightly, by posting a lot of photos, and vaguely amusing you for ten or so minutes. Grab a cuppa and settle yourselves.

It is still officially the school Summer holidays, so I have two not so short people under my feet all day, constantly chattering, asking questions and plaguing me for food while they are still chewing their last meal. As usual, I had so many plans for the Summer holidays, but time flew so fast, I can't believe they are back to school again on the 1st of September. We did laminate a list of to do's and stuck it on the back door as a gentle reminder, and I'm happy to say that we did cross most things off the list. My own plans got pushed a little to the side, I kept thinking I had loads more time! Still, once there is silence for 5 and a half hours in the day, I will be able to concentrate again.

It hasn't stopped me from knitting of course and I am still working away on my own designs. The blue hat above is halfway there and I am still puzzling away how I am going to finish the brim, as the idea in my head is being stubborn and difficult to transfer to my hands. I'm sure I'll have a light bulb moment at 3am, my muse keeps odd hours.

I did manage to fit in teaching a few classes locally this Summer. Our local library is absolutely fabulous for hosting little events and I was kindly asked to hold a children's class to make a toy and an adults class for Heritage week (20th - 28th August 2016). Both went extremely well and I had a lot of fun sourcing patterns, gathering equipment and making dinky yarn cakes that looked good enough to eat.

For Heritage Week, I designed a little Lace Coaster using a small Shetland Lace motif that is over a 100 years old. 

I steam blocked it as it was 100% cotton and I loved how it turned out. There is something so satisfying about blasting steam at something you've painstakingly made, it gives me palpitations as I usually work with wool! For the children's class, we knit a square and made an adorable little bunny. We ended up calling my first effort Max the Myxomatosis Bunny as his eyes were a little skewy.

We didn't go away on holidays this year, but we did have some lovely day trips and had a 2 week staycation that was so full of 'stuff happening' that I now need a week to recover. I managed to slot in a little retail therapy and bought some yarn in This is Knit and The Constant Knitter while I was in Dublin.

I also go to meet the lovely lady behind Ellie and Ada yarns, Laura Hogan, in The Constant Knitter! It's so lovely to meet people from this cosy little knit community. We can all be connected through social media and the Internet, but there is nothing like meeting people face to face and having a conversation.

I managed to get some nice photos on my travels too...

And for some, I didn't even have to leave home.

Until next week

Happy Knitting


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