paris en photos

paris en photos


(l to r) the view from the apartment window onto terraces; the luscious la droguerie (l to r) the cafe “mon ange” across the street from the apartment, where the truly angelic proprietor brought me wine & the best chocolate dessert i’ve ever had, which prevented any birthday blues; baudelaire does breakfast some excellent paris {…Continue Reading}

the holiday is over


& it’s back to porridge & old clothes, as my mother would say. alas, my paris photos are on a friend’s camera memory card, & i haven’t been able to upload them yet, so no photos yet! paris was excellent. i’m not the kind of person who goes on holiday to “do things”, so there {…Continue Reading}

noise = progress?

noise = progress?


i want to be asleep.however, the social club across the street decrees that i must stay awake, and listen to their loud & terrible music, and appaling karaoke. so instead of sleeping, i have been doing this: baudelaire from the summer knitty, with the gorgeous wool/silk yarn that elaine brought back from spain for me. {…Continue Reading}

arisaig, at last

arisaig, at last


with two and a half days to paris departure…it’s finally finished. (look at me, trying to be all artistic by the sea…) pattern: arisaig from knittymaterials: cashmere sock yarn from hipknits, colourway “bruised”, approx. 250g (roughly 1600 yards), knitted on 2.75mm bamboo straight needles & seamed with embroidery flossmodifications: i ribbed up to the elbows {…Continue Reading}

progress & presents

progress & presents


first, some long-awaited progress on arisaig… it’s finally blocking. or at least the pieces for the body are, because i’m still knitting the sleeves. i’ve got about 20 rows to go on the sleeve caps, but it suddenly occurred to me that i don’t actually own enough pins to block all the pieces at once. {…Continue Reading}

sometimes, the pattern is right.

sometimes, the pattern is right.


i haven’t been blogging much over the past few days as i’m furiously knitting away on arisaig. i’ve been working on it for months – since about january, i think, although i can’t even remember that far back so it could have been longer. it’s not that it’s an exceptionally hard knit; i just got {…Continue Reading}

drowsy

drowsy


here’s the first handspun from the new wheel – well, the second, really, as the first was too terrible to show in public. it’s a bit thick & thin (that is to say, inconsistent!) but the plying is much better on this one – i think i’m beginning to get the hang of it.i thought {…Continue Reading}

old maiden aunt

old maiden aunt


well, i am now officially a spinster… not only am i an “unmarried” woman (& likely to remain so – like the button a friend from university had, “your old maiden aunt is probably a happy lesbian”!) but i now also own a spinning wheel. my ashford traditional arrived today from the lovely christine of {…Continue Reading}

as long as you’ve got chilli


well, since my resident sock photographer is away to london for work-related training fun & hilarity, i’ve been left to my own devices for a few days. & it’s weird. when you’ve lived with someone for a while, it becomes strange to have the house to yourself. it’s almost too quiet, and it doesn’t seem {…Continue Reading}

sock roundup

sock roundup


the pomatomus socks (pomatomi?) are finished, so i thought i’d take advantage of temporarily having an in-house sock photographer & post some pics & specs of other finished socks as well (before she lost the patience to photograph socks – it’s surprisingly hard to take pictures of your own feet!). pattern: pomatomus from knittyyarn: cherry {…Continue Reading}