Close up of a hollyhock. How gorgeous is that colour?
Archive for August, 2010
Magnolia grandiflora. This is one of my top three favourite scents in the garden.
Claire of Cards and Crafts has kindly featured one of my revamped vintage books in her Treasury. A lovely selection of items in warm shades of honey, amber and brown:
Laura of lcscottage on Etsy kindly featured one of my revamped vintage books in her Etsy Treasury. Lots of fantastic items there, all themed on Charles Dickens:
I ordered some new yarn in chocolate and cerise, and also some slub yarn to use as a sort of embellishment.
To my surprise the yarn arrived in skeins, so I spent a very tedious twenty minutes winding it into balls…
I didn’t bother balling up the slub yarn, there’s only 4m of each.
I couldn’t wait to start knitting with it, so off I went… and six hours later I had a rough rectangle:
I varied the texture of the rectangle by alternating random areas of garter and stocking stitch. There are also two areas with wider stitches (I don’t know the technical term – you wind the yarn round the needle twice before drawing the stitch, then drop the extra loops on the next row. Drop stitch maybe?).
I wove the slub yarn through the two rows of dropped stitches, then stuck it in the washing machine to felt.
The felting went really well, which was a relief! I’m really pleased with the overall felted texture of the fabric, and you can just about see the change in texture near the bottom where it was done in stocking stitch. I’ll be experimenting a bit more with this next time.
The piece is now drying out and will eventually be used as a notebook cover.
Cerise felting wool is from www.knitting4fun.com
Merino slub yarn is from Cool Wool Girl on eBay
Memento mori. Gouache on paper. One of my first paintings (done when I was 17/18). I’m toying with the idea of trying to sell it on Etsy, hence the photograph!
Marie of Markhed on Etsy kindly featured my Pigwidgeon in a Treasury all about owls:
Today I received the most beautiful thank you from a customer. Claire, who commissioned a recipe book a few months ago, knitted me a fabulous pair of socks! They really are gorgeous (and I loved the card she sent with them, which is of The Fairy Feller’s Master-Stroke) so I wanted to share them here:
A weekend spent entertaining Matt’s family. On the Friday we went to the Natural History Museum with his brother, sister-in-law and nephew (although I got there early and managed to fit in a quick visit to the V&A too). On the Sunday we went to the Wellcome Collection, which is an amazing place “for the incurably curious” – well worth a visit to see the permanent exhibits, as well as any temporary ones (such as Skin, which is brilliant but a little gruesome in places).