Sunday, January 21, 2007

Busy As A Bee!

Well, busy for me, busy knitting of course! So be prepared for a long post!!
You know the saying 'Every cloud has a silver lining' ? Well it is so true. As various parts of my body have been failing me this week, I've been forced to rest and so I've had loads more time for knitting! Consequently, I've actually got some FO's to show and tell!!

I finished my sister in laws Fetchings in record time for me. I'm getting to know the pattern off by heart now but I STILL forget to reverse the cable on the second glove!




I then began to knit the yarn I've been desperate to knit since I won it on Silvia's blog www.fromthesheepsback.com. I couldn't decide what to knit until I remembered the Iris hat from Colinette. So, hoping that there was enough yarn, I began to knit. I took a few photo's, but they just don't do justice to the yarn. It is beautifully soft, thick and thin yarn, hand dyed using beetroot, hand spun, and plyed with a touch of sparkle, it's absolutely drop dead gorgeous!


It looks like an upside down bikini for someone flat chested at this stage! I took a close up to try and catch the sparkle, but no joy.

When it was finished, I utilised a nearby candle to try and show the hat in all its glory!



I tried to avoid it, and I apologise in advance but here is a photo of me wearing the above hat. Those of a nervous disposition, look away now!!

Sorry for inflicting that on you!

As well as knitting, I've also been busy crafting with a beautiful kit Carrie Anne bought me as part of my Christmas pressie, alongside some sumptious sock yarn from Piece of Beauty. The kit uses Japanese Washi paper to make a mirror compact and was really straightforward to make. So now follows the finished item from every conceivable angle known to man! ( Can you tell I got a camera for Christmas?)





I love it. The colours are gorgeous and wadding between the layers make it soft and squishy to the touch. The kits can be bought from www.japancrafts.co.uk. Thank you Carrie Anne!!

Well, I'm ready for a cuppa myself now, and back to my WIP, another knitted bag in Wensleydale Longwool !!

18 comments:

ambermoggie said...

love the hat, its one of my favourite hat patterns:) haven't tried fetching yet need some DPs first
amber in scotland

Artis-Anne said...

The hat looks lovely ; I have made a couple using that pattern , its a quick knit fix :) I think it looks better on you than me LOL; although I do wear it as I'd rather be warm as guess I'm getting into the age I want warmth and sod how I look , oh dear !!
With you on the failing body bits too but as you say every cloud ........

Rain said...

Silv's yarn knitted up beautifully, the hat looks fantastic and looks great on you.

The fetching are fab. I always seem to forget to reverse the cable too and have to go back to fix it.

acrylik said...

The hat looks amazing!! Can't wait to see it in person :)

So glad you liked the compact kit, it looks excellent :)

Silvia said...

Oh Wow the hat looks brilliant. I am thrilled that you took my humble Yarn and turned into something so beautiful.
The Fetching Gloves look great as well I want to make some more for myself. I love the look of that Mirror. I am not to big on Papercrafts,I dabble but I like the sound of that paper so will go and investigate that site.

Kendra said...

The hat is stunning and the yarn looks gorgeous. I love the way it looks like there are flakes of snow on it.

The gloves are pretty too. I keep meaning to try to make a pair.

Kath said...

I really do like the hat it does look so cosy and warm. I've got to fix my 1st fetchings as I didn't make them long enough so I wouldn't worry about the direction of the cable - at least thet look like they'd cover your whole hand properly!

Sarah said...

Congratulations on a lovely haul of objects. The hat is particularly lovely - I couldn't quite imagine how it would look from the first shot!

InkyArtitude said...

You have been a busy girl Kat!! Everything looks fab and such a fetching photo of you modelling your new hat - move over Kate Moss, Kat's on the scene now. Sorry to hear you've been falling apart at the seams, me too. But you've made good use of your down time. Love the compact project 'tres chic'!

Fibrespace said...

I love the hat, it looks so snug and cosy.

dreamcatcher said...

The hat is fab, Silv's yarn just looks gorgeous knitted up. Nice Fetchings too - so far in 2 pairs I've mnaged to remember the cable reverse, amazing :-D Thanks for the papercrafts site link too, the compact looks lovely :-)

Helen said...

Your hat is wonderful, and it really suits you.

Silvia's yarn is just scrummy looking *heads off with credit card in hand*

Artis-Anne said...

WOW just read your post on my blog LOL so you are staying at the same camp site ? Look forward to seeing you :) Think DH will be outnumbered !!

Auntie Noo said...

Silvia's yarn looks great as a hat! - bet the sheep never saw that coming!!! Fetching looks good too!

Piglottie said...

I love the hat and it looks stunning in Sylvia's (well yours now!) yarn. I have some Colinette Prism to knit one with.

RoxyKnits said...

Oh the hat is fab! Funnily enough I have the booklet and also loved the pattern but DH didn't like it, so somehow it never got made. But I showed him your hat, and he loves it! Funny creature he is ;)

So looks like I'll have to make one now, especially as its gotten so cold lately.....

craftydramaqueen said...

Fab hat, I'm glad you didn't run out of yarn. Don't put yourself down woman! You look fab in your hat. Hope to see you tomorrow.

nanatoo said...

I've just listened to Carrie Anne's podcast so came to have a look at your hat. It's lovely, and so is Silvia's yarn :D