Wednesday, May 19, 2010

On my birthday

...I went into the sunny garden, barefoot with my shawl and did dirty things with my socks in the name of knitting.

Really, I just put them over the ends of these bench legs so the Diamond Fir Cone wouldn't get messed up while I draped it there for photographs. I was desperately trying to get good pictures of the shadows of the lace.

This small shawl really does want to be a diamond rather than a square. The fir cone motif is 2 holes by 4 holes and so it stretches more in one direction than the other. I have high hopes for a second shawl with the same centre. I'm going to give it a bigger border. This one has a few rows of garter stitch with a row of holes in the middle before geing finished with Sharon Miller's Doris edging. I wanted to keep it fairly small as it is a present for my petite stepmother for her 90th birthday. But this was my birthday so I took it for a whirl.

Slide show here (26 seconds, no music):


Then I came inside, put on my favorite socks and ate cake.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Slow Going

I've been chugging away at the edging on the pink blanket for more that a week now and I've just reached the half way point. It's a simple edging - Sharon Miller's Traditional Peaked Shawl Edging - but the knitting is very heavy. It makes my hands hurt after a while and it is turning out to be much larger than I thought it would be - it may end up 5 feet by 5 feet. I have come to accept that I won't be able to finish it in time for the christening.

To rest my hands, I have started to work on an edging for the pale green-blue fir cone diamond. I'm using the Doris edging - it's relatively simple and narrow. The whole thing is much lighter and easier to manage. It's whipping along. I should have it finished some time this week and I will post a photo then. It's a birthday present. I've started another fir cone in a dull blue gray Karabella Lace Merino. Can you see it in this bed of Ajuga?

I have yet to decide what I'll do with this diamond. The garden has been beautiful. Spring started early here. Everything is blooming at the same time and the resulting pollen levels have really knocked me back. I wish I could have gone to Iceland like I did last year. There is hardly any pollen there at all and the two weeks I spent there last April gave me a real boost. Of course now there is all that volcanic ash...I wonder if it is affecting peoples breathing...

Anyway, here are a few garden shots. You can see that my vegetable patch is very modest. It holds rhubarb, a few strawberry plants and chives right now. Later I will add tomatoes and some herbs. I usually get carried away and also try to cram in cucumbers and even lettuces. That reminds me - fingers crossed - I do not seem to be on the breakfast route of the deer this year so maybe we'll actually get to see the blue phlox blooming later on.

There are 7 lilac bushes between us and the neighbours. The scent is overpowering at times, but they do look lovely. Nearby Highland park has over 500 lilac bushes and the Lilac Festival begins next week. This site explains the history of the local madness for the flowers. More here.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Okay, Okay...

My little contest induced some of you lurkers to come out and comment, for which I am happy. Others have been phoning each other and me with guesses (all wrong).

So. I'll tell you now what was making the noise that had my neighbour and the police in a such twist - it was the dying battery of a pager. Said pager was lying on top of the refrigerator which is situated under a cupboard. The cupboard is under a stairway. Go figure.

Meanwhile, here is my progress on the pink blanket. I've just started the edging.