I'm hoping to crack on with its partner this week, and also the Rainbow cardigan I showed you last time. I'm taking my spinning wheel round to Sally's on Thursday, so I may have some hand-spun yarn to show you too! Have a good week.
Sunday, 28 February 2010
Friday, 19 February 2010
Lodz was the birthplace of the pianist Artur Rubinstein, and there's a statue outside the house he was born in.
We spent a couple of hours wandering around the cemetery on Ogrodowa Street. It's a vast place, split into Catholic, Evangelical and Orthodox sections. We have yet to find any graves for Mr JK's ancestors, but it's rather like looking for a needle in a haystack! Despite the snow, many of the graves had fresh flowers on them, and burning oil lamps too. It seems that you can get a lamp for any occasion - Valentine's, Christmas.....
I did manage to squeeze in a trip to a yarn shop. It's a really old fashioned shop, the sort that doesn't exist in the UK anymore. A wall of buttons, another of ribbons and trimmings, and loads and loads of wool; sadly most of the yarn is 100% acrylic, but I did buy some cotton in sugared almond shades to make myself a little bag for the summer. It's going to be crocheted, and based on this one from Attic24.
I also bought some buttons there for my Rainbow cardigan. It's for baby Ida's first birthday next month. I need 4 in total, and I couldn't decide on what colours to get! I ended up buying 2 of each colour! The pattern I'm using is from Drops Design, and the yarn is a Trekking sock yarn. Once I got my head around how the pattern worked, I quite enjoyed knitting it. I needed to read ahead the whole time, because there were great chunks of instructions, followed several times by the words 'AT THE SAME TIME'!! Luckily I didn't miss any of these out. It's knitted in 2 halves, and then joined mid-back. Here is the first half, all stretched out.......
And here are those buttons I mentioned earlier. Which do you think go best? I can't make up my mind at the moment! Let me know which you prefer. See you!
Sunday, 14 February 2010
I took part in a Valentine's swap on the Phoenix Knitting Forums. I posted a little parcel of lurve to Joy, and made a felted tea cosy. I got the yarn and pattern from Bev Beattie at Knitting4fun, and sewed on some of my heart buttons to finish it off. I called it my 'I'd luvva cuppa' tea cosy, and here's how it looked .........
I was fairly pleased with it, but would double mount the buttons next time, so the hearts make more impact. I received a lovely parcel from Pinkshoes - a beautiful crocheted heart with a soap inside, and some rather yummy Swiss chocolate hearts.
Thursday, 11 February 2010
I finished Charlotte's birthday socks in time for her birthday this weekend. I do like the way Trekking yarn knits up - it has a lovely feel to it, and washes very well. I hope she likes them!
Mr Josiekitten and I are off to Poland for a few days next week. It's pretty chilly there, and lots of snow forecast too. I've been busy sorting out knitting projects to take with me. I've ended up with a pair of socks (no surprises there!) and a baby cardigan. The socks are for Mr JK's cousin as a present for her 50th birthday in April. I've chosen the Circles pattern, which I'm sure she'll like. She's very appreciative of hand-knitted socks! The baby cardigan is knitted sideways, in 2 halves, a little like the Elizabeth Zimmerman Baby Surprise Jacket. I can't quite get my head around how the pattern works at the moment. I'm hoping it will all fall into place as I knit! I might manage to blog whilst I'm away, as we have Internet access in our hotel, and Mr JK is taking his laptop with him! Until then ................................... Do widzenia!
Sunday, 7 February 2010
I bet the yarn that was used then was rather itchy! Not like the lovely, soft, squishy skeins we are spoilt with today. Outside the museum, we saw a piece of the Berlin Wall.
After a rather yummy sausage sandwich lunch, we headed into the centre of London, to Trafalgar Square, and visited the National Portrait Gallery. I especially loved looking at all the portraits of Henry VIII and his family. Having taught the Tudors for several years, and used postcards of these portraits with the children, it was brilliant to see them up close.
We called in at Loop, so Mr Josiekitten left me there and went off to seek out a pint! The shop was tiny, and there were loads of people in there, which made it hard to really get a close look at all the yarns. I did fondle some rather lovely Blue Sky organic cotton, but there was nowhere to sit and browse through patterns. I guess I was tired, as I normally wouldn't pass on an opportunity to buy yarn, but I left the shop empty handed, and met up with Mr JK before he'd even found a pub! On Sunday, we headed back in to London. I knitted on the Underground, and was an object of interest, particularly to youngish women. Maybe they are the generation that missed out on learning how to knit? We went back to Trafalgar Square, this time visiting the National Gallery. We took an audio-tour and visited the 'main' works of art. Again, incredible to see paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Constable, Turner, Monet, Seurat, Van Gogh......... the list is endless. I hope that the people of London realise just how lucky they are, having all these museums and galleries on their doorstep, with no entry charge! After lunch we went to the Shaftsbury Theatre to watch the matinee performance of Hairspray. Brilliant!
School has been hectic this week, and I haven't had a lot of time for knitting. I've finished the first of Charlotte's purple socks, and have knitted past the heel on the 2nd, so they should be done in time for her birthday next weekend. I've also finished my 'Heart' for the Valentine's swap that I'm taking part in, but I can't post any pictures until my swappee has received her parcel. Here's sock number one, just so that I've shown you something woolly this post!
Henrycat is back to his old self again now, thank goodness. He went for a check up at the vet's this week, and had put on 1 kilo in just 7 days! If he carries on at that rate, he'll have to join the fat cats' diet class there! He is much more chunky and solid now, and back to his normal weight.
I must just share with you my latest purchase. I blame Ozzy Blackbeard entirely! I noticed on her blog that she'd bought a lovely buttony mug. I wanted one too! So I went in search and found out that you can have mugs, jugs and teapots too! I'm making do with a mug at the moment. Anyone fancy a cuppa? See you soon.