Monday, 23 April 2012

Vintage finds…

It occurred to me that I haven’t done a vintage finds post for a while, so since it’s jubilee year I thought I’d show you some patriotic tableware I picked up a couple of weeks ago.


A coronation cup and saucer from 1953. I’m not ashamed to say that I really like the Queen!


And a silver jubilee trio from 1935 with images of George 5th and Queen Mary.

I love this sort of commemorative ware, especially the cheaper mass-produced things – patriotism for everyone!

I picked them both up in a vintage shop so they weren’t cheap but I’m keeping an eye out in charity shops. I think this might be the start of a brand new collection!


Friday, 13 April 2012

Garden pond knitting…

I’ve been knitting a lot lately but this is my last speed knit for a while.

I knew I wanted to knit the lovely Garden Pond shawl for my aunt for her birthday last week, but I was so busy with my Alouette that I only left myself a week to do it!

Well, I managed it JUST - I was weaving in the ends on the morning of her birthday!

I used the yarn from a blue/grey 3-ply pure merino jumper that I bought in a charity shop for £3 and unravelled ages ago. Thrifty but quality!


It was slow going, boring, and took up every evening for the whole week, but worth it I think. It’s very light but warm and will suit those chilly evenings when she goes on holiday.

From now on I’m only going to spend a normal amount of my time knitting!


Tuesday, 3 April 2012

I finished my Open Studios jumper in time…

Just! I was sewing it up at 1am the night before and knitting on the neckband two hours before we opened to the public. I think it turned out great considering my rushedness:


A rare photo of me actually wearing something I’ve made…


A close-up of the stitches – so pretty!


I used cheap Cygnet Wool Rich 4ply because the Rowan wools recommended are discontinued and the replacements, though lovely, are far too expensive for my limited budget. Despite the price it was really nice to knit, with good stitch definition as promised.


I’m pleased with the way it turned out and the colours are very close to the original pattern. I need a new knitting project and I have got a few birthdays coming up…