Earlier this year I decided it was time to free some of the needles which had become stuck in the many projects I alway seem to have on-the-go.
So today I wish to share another one.
and this is me wearing it!
It is from the Bergere De France Spring-Summer 2014 collection, and is on the front cover. I haven't added the beads and lace, but they are lovely so you may want to.
I have also taken great delight in sharing this on Ravelry if you are a member there.
It was easy to knit and would be a great start for anyone wanting to get into the Bergere patterns. I say this because they are written a little bit differently than standard British patterns, but they do state clearly if they are easy, intermediate or advanced, so do take note when choosing.
Hope you take time to enjoy some knitting or crochet today!
This is my White Poeny. I bought it several years ago, and every year I get 2 or 3 flowers on it which are almost immediately ruined by heavy rain. It starts as this beautiful, simple sphere shape,
which bursts into this.
Stunning, don't you think!
This year has been different. I had LOADS of buds this year, which I watched with trepidation just waiting for the downpour that would ruin them.
Then, the unbelieveable happened.
WOW, was all I could think of.
They gave this amazing show for quite a few days. The best display I have ever had from them. I really want to move this plant, but I am not sure if I dare now it seams so happy.
The Bumble Bees are also everywhere, although I have had a little difficulty catching them with the camera. Can you spot them on the next pictures? They are like the child who doesn't want their picture taking, all you get is the back of their head or their bottom!
This is my best shot to date!
Can you spot it's bottom, just at the top of this picture!
And one final little treasure,
One of my favourite tiny flowers. It is a geranium and each flower is about the size of a 10 pence piece. If you cut the dead ones off regularly it just keeps on flowering.
Flowers are something I just can't get enough of. With all this lovely weather we have been having I have been ignoring other things to sit in my garden, crochet and look at my flowers. I have hit a slightly bare time in my back garden now , it seemed to be lacking in flowers this weekend. Some research and a trip to the garden centre are needed, just not sure where I can fit that in this week!
Hope you are finding time to enjoy the lovely weather.
As 'Le Tour De France' is coming to Yorkshire, and is passing quite close, though not through Cross Hills, I thought it would be fun to celebrate with some yarn bombing.
The ladies of my Knit & Natter groups were very willing to join in and set about knitting and crocheting various little shapes.
After a month of collecting all these inspired pieces, I set to work.
I have to say that I didn't realise you needed to be a contortionist to be a 'Yarn bomber'. It took nearly a week of doing a bit, then un-knotting my limbs, then doing a bit more.
The finished result is fairly amazing if I do say so myself.
It is now proudly displayed in the shop window, receiving lots of 'thumbs up' signals, smiles and lovely comments.
It will be on display all summer, then it will be going to Yarndale for their display.
I hope you can come and see it in person.
Enjoy 'Le Tour'.
I spent a lovely couple of hours tidying my garden yesterday. Recently my free time has always coincided with rain, so it was great to finally be able to get outside.
My garden is still a little lacking in flowers. It has certain times of the year when it shines, like when the snowdrops are out, and when the Clematis are flowering, but right now it definitely needs more. So while I was mowing and weeding, the ones I did spot really made me sit up and take notice.
This Geum is only about 2cm across, but is an absolutely stunning colour.
Aquilegia are one of my favourites so I have a few of these dotted about.
They are all really beautiful, but tiny. Maybe I just need more, and to place them where I can see them more easily. If I am being really organised I could mark them now, to be moved when they have finished flowering, but we will see.
We have a few days of nice weather forecast here, so maybe I will get to see more of them!
Have a lovely day.
This time I have freed one of my crochet hooks. A 3.5mm Brittany Birch hook to be precise.
We have taught quite a few ripple courses in the past 12 months, and these cushions have been used as inspiration.
The yarn is Bergere De France, Ideal. It is a lightweight DK which with a bit of juggling can be used with both DK & 4ply patterns. The colour range is great, and I am really impressed with the quality.
It would work really well in Fair Isle knitting. I already have design ideas in my notebook. Just need a couple of extra days in every week.!
Hope you are have a lovely day, whatever you are doing.
In my quest to 'free the needles' I am working hard. We don't have any really little people in our family at the moment, but I still enjoy knitting small things occassionally. I use the perfect excuse of needing inspiring things for the shop window.
So here is the latest:
The pattern is from King Cole Ltd, and I used there Magnum yarn. These large buttons are some of my favourites, and when I put a picture on facebook a few days ago, you seem to love them too.
Look out for this, and the gold Sirdar aran I posted recently, in the shop window very soon.
Hope you have a lovely day.
I know we are no-where near spring, but I took advantage of the brief sunshine this morning to go out and photograph what I think are my favourite flowers.
I love snowdrops.
Winter can be such a depressing time with the low light levels and this years unbelievably high rain fall. Then just when I feel really low the snowdrops appear. They remind me that the days are getting longer, and soon I will be able to go out in the garden or down to the allotment after work.
So today I just had to share my little ray of sunshine & hope of things to come.
Hope you have some sunshine in your day, whatever form it may take.
Yes it is actually working.
Now free are a pair of 5mm, Brittany Birch needles (some of my favourites), and this is the result!
It is from the Hayfield/Sirdar 'Favourite Aran Knits 7' booklet, using the 400g Hayfield Bonus Aran in Mustard 768. It used one and a bit balls, so a happy little accident is that I have enough left to make the lovely scarf which is in the same booklet.
The dilemma is this: under my new system would this count as starting a new project, or could I use the fuzzy argument that I am just using up the yarn I was already working with, and therefore not adding to my 'bit' stash?
A tricky question!
and one which I will ponder while completing another UFO.
I will keep you posted!
Hello , my name is Jo. I live in the beautiful county of North Yorkshire in England with my husband and children. I have just had one of my dreams come true and can now be found every day except Tuesday & Sunday at my very own Yarn shop: 'Just Unwind', 1 Main Street, Cross Hills, Keighley, North Yorkshire, BD20 8TA. I am addicted to both knitting and crochet and always have several projects on the go. But whether experiencing the sheer pleasure, or pure frustration, I still love every creative minute of it!