Archive for February, 2011
Switzerland – June 19th 2011 – Stein. Freeform Intarsia Knitting, 3 hrs. 2pm to 5pm
New Zealand – November 2011 (date to be advised) – Auckland – 2 workshops Mishi Yarns
New Zealand – February 2012 (date to be advised) – Auckland – 2 workshops Mishi Yarns
I am seriously procrastinating.
Here are the Connie Colourscape Cowls as well as the original cowl in Sean Sheep Armytage. The pattern is sooo close now, but I have no model. She went to Ireland in October and fell in love and disappeared. I/we, Best Beloved and I had worked quite hard to arrange for her to be my model and she was so extraordinarily photogenic.
It does make it rather difficult to add a beautiful photograph of the cowl for the pattern. When I am back in New Zealand later this year that will no longer be a problem for me.
The smaller cowl I am keeping for moi – it is to be mine as it matches perfectly one hat I purchased 2 winters ago here in the Netherlands.
What do you do when there just is too much stuff to deal with?
It seems that I knit cowls and capelets.
The colourscape cowls : The smallest cowl took approx 80grams or about 130 metres, My middle cowl took 100grams or approx 160 metres, and my 120gram cowl took approx 195 metres.
Sean Sheep Armytage Cowl in the colour Sticky Date took 6 x 50gram balls.
Colourscape is a roving type yarn with an artisan look and rustic appeal which is spun and made in Britain. Designed by renowned textile artist, Kaffe Fassett each hank gives a single repeat rainbow like effect which is why I love the yarn. Rowan have said the Colourscape Chunky yarn is probably the most unique yarn in their range. As it is blended by hand it can mean that the yarn varies from hank to hank both in colour and thickness. The weight specified on the ball band may not be exact and there can be a variance of 4-5 grams.
I have nearly finished a little caplet in feather and fan stitch. The lovely yarn is anny blatt fine kid which is 51% wool and 49% kid mohair. The label suggests 3.55mm (US 4) needles – but I used 4mm and it looks great. There are 255 metres or 280 yards in 1 50gm ball.
It looks like it was a bear pit at one time where I expect people could stand around it and view the bears at “play”. Now it contains various animal sculptures as well as a naked young woman in high heeled shoes, long evening gloves. She has long dark hair and is sitting with a sleeping giraffe. On the same level is a small portable clothes line – very odd indeed.
The pit is just outside the old walls of Maastricht and it a lovely walk. Lovely textures, colours, old buildings, fortress, a statue of D’Artagnon and much much more.
There is also the statue of a bear which looks like it is getting up or maybe it is going to sit down – and you can sit with the bear and talk to it. I’ve not seen any children there – but I could imagine children doing just that.
Best Beloved worked all day as he does when he is in Maastricht. Me, I wandered about and took about 150 photos. These are only some. They are here because they are quirky, interesting shapes, or just something you may not expect. Hope you enjoy them. I didn’t really think you would really like 50 photos of stone walls.
I did buy one 100gm ball of Regia lace, and I did buy grandson in New Zealand a couple of pairs of jeans. He has a birthday in June. I know that as a to be 8 year old – he won’t be that excited by jeans so I will add something fun like star wars or lego or something. The jeans look cool to me, his mormor.
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