and that was February ….

Where has the month gone?  I can’t believe it’s March tomorrow.  More importantly it’s pancake day today – what do you have on yours?   We had blueberry pancakes (the thick scottish type – also known as drop scones) for breakfast and they were just yum.  They were eaten too quickly for me to take any photographs.

Anyway – it’s nearly the start of lent.  I don’t normally bother much with it but this year I need to try and cut down on my sugar addiction habit to proactively help prevent an expanding waist line.  I don’t really need chocolate and biscuits and cake every day, especially with the wee one being fully weaned.  So … for lent 2017 I will be aiming to abstain from chocolate and cake.  I will however work my way steadily through the hot cross buns in the kitchen cupboard in the interest of them not being wasted.  I’ve decided they’re a bread instead.

I also like the idea that instead of (or in my case as well as) giving something up, you can do something good.  Have a look at  or  for ideas.  I think I’m going to support the Trussell Trust with their 40p for 40 days campaign and then duplicate it for my local Nightshelter.  If you are donating – remember to giftaid!

Anyway – onto photographs.  I’ve had a bit of a floral and scenery thing going on.  Primroses, snowdrops, daffodils and two randoms that I’ve completely forgotten the name of.  I love this time of year onwards as things begin to bloom.  The crocuses are just about to appear and then it’s tulips and blossom and spring!

 

I was off work for two weeks for one reason or another so the bottom two in the set above are from when I was away and had a lovely walk round a reservoir near Edinburgh.  The advantage of being away meant very few images like the one below.

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Instead – when not looking for flowers or scenery it was the local wildlife (and their wooden counterparts).

Or images of new shoes and Sunday morning stories while daddy is still asleep.

 

I didn’t quite manage a photograph a day – 19 days, 14 images or thereabouts.  There’s a couple I just want to check about before posting here as they’ve got friend and family children in them so I may update the post later.    I wonder what march will bring?  More frost as on the car this morning (it was stunning)?

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Colourwork

I’ve just sat and reviewed my images from the past week and deleted 90% of them.   I’d just been using my phone and the focus wasn’t right or the composition was beyond recovery or the lighting was that bad touching up just wouldn’t cut it.  As such, I’ve three images to show you from the past 7 days.

First up – a work event.   Not very inspiring in terms of image but in terms of who was brought together in this event, just fabulous.

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Next up – an combination of old and new – hand operated sewing machine (seriously – how cool!), being operated by a 15 month old.  He loved it.  It now has pride of place in my office.

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Last but not least – I just loved the colours on the church brickwork and the wood.  I’ve walked past here many many times but yesterday, the lighting and the colours just caught my eye.2017_feb-2

 

Speaking of colour …. I’ve been mostly knitting colour work this year in various different forms.   The colour itself is cheering considering the time of year and I’m finding that I like having more colour in my life in terms of clothing or accessories or whatever.   Black and dark blue and very bland and dull and suck the light and energy out of me (although you’ll never see me wearing jeans any other colour).  I’ve not quite worked out why I want to blog about this but apparently I do so read on if you want and stop if you’d rather not read about knitting.  It does also take me up to the 7 images for this week …. the four images below all of (current) projects, all using colour work.  Three are actually WIP’s so please excuse uneven stitches and wrinkles etc.

The first is a poncho type thing – it’s called Haven by a designer Holly Yeoh.  I just saw it and thought “oh – I want to make that”.  The bit in the picture was lovely – the rest is one colour just knitting back and forward in reverse stockinette and is a little bit boring.  As a result, it’s been on the needles since before the wee one was born – it was originally planned to be a useful breastfeeding cover-up.  Now – it will just be a nice poncho when it’s finally done and I’ve still got a long way to go.  The colour work is quite clever – you knit this with fingering yarn doubled so the plain colours are holding two strands of the one colour and the mottled bits are holding two different colours together.  About the simplest way I’ve come across to do colour work without thinking about it.

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Next up is some squishy brioche which may make it into a cowl one day.  I started this back in October using the other half skeins from above (the yarn is Suilven by Ripples Crafts and the most lovely soft merino, yak and silk mix – mmmmmmm).   This is a bit of a hack of patterns combined but it shows single colour brioche through to two colour and then a bit of a play with patterning.  I’m not giving the pattern names as I also can’t follow them and there are so many mistakes I’m not fancying linking to how it should look like.  Anyway, it turns out that brioche is nice but travel knitting a pattern in brioche is a bit beyond me so it’s stalled as I need to do the next bit at home.  What I really like, (apart from the lime and purple together) is how you have both colours so visible.  You could really have fun playing with colour here.

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Last but not least I have two images of “fair isle” – traditional stranded colour work which I love doing – I don’t know why but I just find this very very satisfying.  I’ve knit colour work like this in bits and bobs before for a motif or a yoke but never a whole hat (it’s Saudade by Ysolda using Little Grey Sheep – I took a photograph of the cakes during January when I started).  I think I might have said in a previous post that I wanted to learn two handed colour work so I can knit an allover fair isle jumper by Kate Davies – there are lots of different ways to do this but for me to do that, and get sensible tension, I needed to learn continental knitting (holding yarn in LH), then two handed colour work and then onto the jumper.   I’ve been knitting the miles of stockinette in Haven very slowly continental since Christmas.   I finally felt confident enough to try it in a hat – below and the swatch (to check sizing) of what the jumper will look like.   2017_feb-4

If anyone wants to know the advantage of blocking – look at the difference between above and below in stitch definition.   I just need to finish sewing in a gazzillion ends and then I can do the same to the hat and it will be oh so lovely crisp and clear.  I might even then be able to take an image fully in focus.

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I’m really enjoying colourwork as a way to have interest in a pattern – I know there are different stitches and things you can do as well but for me right now, this just suits where I am.