Friday, 24 June 2011

if in doubt, knit

i continually marvel at the therapeutic properties of knitting. i often find myself thinking 'i'd rather be knitting' and when my stress levels are too high, knitting just a few rows makes me feel lighter.

i am particularly enjoying my current WIP (work in progress for the non-knitters among you). it's a top secret project for a wonderful trade of talents which i will reveal soon.

Thursday, 16 June 2011

happy thoughts

oh my goodness, i'm so emotional today. and my gosh, the purpose of this blog changes every day. oh well, i am fickle. and i'm ok with that :)

i woke up to three pieces of really bad, and in one case devastating, news - all for other people, not for me, and so my thoughts are with them all today.

i just wanted to post two things which made me smile. i saw them both a long time ago but i keep returning to them and keep smiling so today is a good time to share them.

first up, these sweet bear cubs!

from veronica's blog. seriously though, the amount of time i refer to V's blog on here, i'm sure you follow hers too and have seen it already.

secondly, EV's dancing. now i have seen some pretty hilarious and wonderful baby dancing in the past but this little girl has *such* amazing rhythmn. incredible!

Untitled from Melissa Jordan on Vimeo.

oops, as soon as i posted this, i realised i have already blogged about the bear cubs. oh well, you can't have too much of them in my opinion.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

abby's illustrations

i regularly see lovely illustrations and other talents displayed on the internet but i don't want to write about everything i see as i don't want that to the be the purpose of this blog. for the moment, i want to capture my knitting adventures but also share with you some of the handmade goodness from people that i know or know of. that way it means more. to me anyway.

i regularly ooh and ah at the work of abby wright so thought i would showcase her work here. especially since she has just graduated and is selling some of her (framed) prints over on her blog. she also documents the process of her work which is interesting to see. i thought these gaga prints were fun.

go and pay her a visit if you like what you see.

Thursday, 9 June 2011

anoushka's lovebug booties

after a refreshing hiatus from blogging and twitter, i'm still not sure what i think of it all but i wanted to share a few bits of knitting i've been doing recently. first up, these sweet lovebug booties for my friend's baby anoushka. first time round i struggled with the pattern as had never properly understood how to place markers (odd i know) but once lucy (serious expert knitter in my eyes) showed me the way, everything fell into place.

a very pleasing mini project and anoushka's granny popped them straight onto her feet when they were unwrapped. there's a lot of room for her to grow into them so they should be perfect for autumn.

stats: the boots are designed by the wonderful carrie bostick hoge and you can find her designs here on ravelry or visit her lovely blog and see what else she's been up to. i used debbie bliss cashmerino aran so chunkier than the pattern requires which made for a slightly fatter boot.

i'll have no wifi for the next few days but i'll update with more knitty goodness soon (including knitting for japan - not forgotten despite dropping out of the news!).

to all knitters attending the stitch london crawl this saturday, have a fabulous time. it looks wonderful and yet another year passes when i can't attend and meet up with all the wonderful london knitters. my PhD wins. but for this year only.

there have also been some very exciting developments on the knitting front which i will share at some point over the summer.

n x