knitting

A Post About Knitting!

I realised that whilst I created this blog to talk about knitting, I haven’t actually talked about it for a good few months! So here is an update on what has been occupying my time and my needles of late.

The 3rd module of my C&G course has been marked and returned, all ok apart from one sample in the joining seams activity. I had seamed 2 pieces of garter stitch but I had joined one side upside down – DOH! So I need to re-do that and send it back off with the next module.

In a recent post I mentioned some yarn that I had bought in America, well the skein on the left (Ella Rae Lace Merino) just wouldn’t leave me in peace until I had made something beautiful from it.

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I did a Ravelry search for a pattern that would do it justice and came across Holden by Mindy Wilkes. This is a beautiful shawl pattern with the right balance of stockinette to show off the yarn and a lovely lace edging for some fanciness. Here is the result:

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So pleased with it 🙂

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Just look at the pretty stitches…the picot bind off just makes it!

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Whilst making the shawl I signed up for a Craftsy class ‘Lace Shawl Design‘ with Miriam Felton. I found this course really useful in understanding the different ways of constructing shawls, how to chart the patterns and getting to grips with the maths. I have another skein of yarn in my stash – Jilly Bean’s Knot Another Granny Yarn in the Misty Moor colourway which I really want to use to try a fast increasing point up triangular shawl. I don’t think I will have enough for a regular shawl as I only bought 1 skein..anyway, this will be my next project in between the C&G course.

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And in other news, I have finished a pattern design! Ages ago I posted about a design I was working on inspired by a trip to Paris. Well it took many hours of knitting, frogging, re-working, changing design ideas completely and battling with maths to eventually knitting the sample and being happy with it. I have just sent the pattern off for tech editing and then will put a call out on Ravelry for it to be test knit. Here is a sneaky peak!

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It will be available as a Ravelry download once tested so do check back for links to the pattern or follow me on Ravelry – jemarrowsmith

Travel

Fun in the Sun!

Last week was spent with the girls in Turkey. This was our 3rd year of returning to the Flamingo Country Club, a stones throw from the hustle and bustle of Bodrum. It’s such a lovely place, we pretty much have one of the many pools to ourselves and going this time of year are usually pretty much guaranteed a week of sunshine and relaxation.

The resort is ideal for us – the apartment sleeps 4 very comfortably and has a roof terrace, perfect for a pre-dinner drink (or 2!). There is a little bar / cafe less than 2 minutes away and a supermarket down the road and a good choice of restaurants and beaches to visit.

This year we weren’t as lucky with the weather as we have been previously as it was overcast a couple of days – but even that didn’t stop us trying to sunbathe in gale force winds!

When we could we spent our days by the pool.

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And on the Saturday when the weather was forecast to be the best we spent the day at ‘My Beach’

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….which was bliss until this happened… there were actual hailstones – that was a first for us in Turkey!

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On one of the overcast days we took a taxi into Bodrum. Bodrum is a lively city and although famous for it’s nightlife we have never been for a night out there although judging by the amount of bars and restaurants there, if we did it would be a good one! There are great shops too.

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Check out this cool cat cushion cover!

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During the week on our little walks I also came across some pretty and unusual flowers. I don’t know what these are called but there were a few colour combinations going on.

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And these were just growing along the roadside

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Aren’t they pretty!

The cooler evening temperatures did have a plus side however, it meant I was justified in wearing my favorite ‘Sweet Pea’ shawl. I made this about 5 years ago and it goes on most holidays with me.

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Perfect for watching the sun set over the ocean, with a nice glass of wine 🙂

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