Monday, April 23, 2007

Wool And Walkies!

I've been soooo bad lately, in keeping up with the world of blog. I hopefully will soon be able to catch up with everyone's blog! I hang my head in shame!!

We had a wonderful few days in the Lakes. The weather couldn't have been better, with unseasonally hot sunshine to relax in. We stayed on the shores of Lake Coniston, which is beautiful and not as busy as some of the other lakes. This is an early morning pic of the southern end of Coniston.

We stayed in our caravan, which is going to be put to good use again in June. Five of us County Durham knitters are going to 'caravan' at Graysonside camp site , in order to visit WOOLFEST!! Woohoo!!

As you can see, the caravan isn't massive, it's going to be very 'cosy' at Woolfest!! Please excuse the pic of topless hubby, he was slaving over a hot stove at the time!!

I finally got my shawl blocked, and persuaded my dear daughter to model it!

I'm really pleased with it, the border really made a difference when I FINALLY sussed it out. I'm still not sure if it's on backwards, but it looks OK!

I also knitted a couple of the Booga bags, which are drying post-felting as we speak. This is what one looked like before felting.

I've also been playing with my new toy, the swift! It's absolutely brilliant! It winds a skein in no time. I wound three yesterday, Two Jitterbugs from Colinette and my precious Socks That Rock! The colours really complemented each other and I couldn't resist taking a photo.

I'm knitting socks in Regia 4 ply at the moment, I started them at last Fridays KnitnNatter, which was a lovely morning as usual. Bev gave me two of the dinkiest pens I have ever seen! Thank you again Bev! I've always been fascinated by miniatures. I love the mini wheel that Artis-Anne recently bought too!

Speaking of gifts,inkyartitude gave me a belated birthday pressie of some beautiful metallic acrylic paints, in gorgeous colours. Thank you again Lynn!

Aren't they beautiful? Can't wait to use them! Just need more hours in the day!

I'll leave you with some pics from our garden, after a light shower. The spooky thing was, Carrie Anne showed me some pics she'd taken of flowers and they were the same flowers that I'd taken pics of! Spooky!!
I've put the photo of the Grape Hyacinth on, even though it's blurred, just so Carrie Anne can see the coincidence for herself!

P.S. Thanks for all your wonderful comments, they really mean a lot.


acrylik said...

Your shawl is just amazing - imagine wearing it when we are on Fair Isle - and then when we're at WoolFest :D

Love the pic of Coniston Water, that's beautiful.

Wow, we really did get pics of the same flowers, didn't we? And from different parts of the country, too! Spooky!


Seahorse said...

Great pics! Glad you had a lovely break :)

Kath said...

Love the shawl - such yummy colours! I know the feeling re catching up with all the blogs - definately not enough hours in the day for me but I hope to catch up at some point! So will the caravan be painted up especially for Woolfest: 'Woolfest or Bust!' and various sheep? Will look out for you - not long now!

Fibrespace said...

The shawl is beautiful, lovely colours.

Artis-Anne said...

Great photos , so glad you had a good break away and love the shawl;it's such a great colour too :)
Yeah not long until Woolfest now :)

Piglottie said...

Oooh, lots of lovely pics and things. I love the Lakes, and agree with you about Coniston. Your shawl is stunning!

dreamcatcher said...

Beautiful shawl, the border looks great :-) Love the pics especially the primula (I think!).

domino said...

Woolfest is nine weeks on Friday. Nooooo I'm not counting, honest!

TutleyMutley said...

Glad you had a lovely time - and love the pics.
Lucky you! going to woolfest! Got your credit cards at the ready?

The shawl looks gorgeous and I love the colours.

Craftydramaqueen said...

9 weeks on Friday? OMG!!!!
The shawl is fabuloso. I'm really proud of you! Love the flower pics. ian is a fine figure of a man. He's just showing off 'cos he lost his stone!

KnitYoga said...

That shawl is tres beautiful! Looks (by the photo) and sounds like you had a wonderfully relaxing time at Coniston. Fab pics and hope you have a great time at Woolfest!

Helen said...

The shawl is beautiful. I think the knitted on border of the CLSS is so lacy that no one would ever know which way round it was supposed to be. It was as much as I could manage to knit it in the right direction!!


Mandella said...

What a beautiful shawl, and such lovely colours. And lucky you, having a break when the weather was so very nice.

InkyArtitude said...

Fab photography Kat........ Love the shawl, it looks great on here but is even more wonderful when you get to 'touchy feely'. So pleased that you had a lovely break away.

RoxyKnits said...

Your shawl is absolutely gorgeous!

As is the new sock yarn - yummy STR is so my favourite ;)

Kendra said...

The shawl is stunning. I love the colours.

Your husband can cook? I'm so jealous!!

Rain said...

Wow! Your shawl is absolutely stunning. The colours are so beautiful.