A long time coming

Dear blog reader, sometimes the idea for a project pops into my head and I. Must. Make. It. Right. Now. However, this was not one of those projects. This one took a bit longer to come to fruition. It started with Pinterest, like many of these things do, specifically with the photo below, from Red Pepper Quilts. Instead of having my lovely knitted shawls sit unseen in a drawer, what if I created some kind of shawl display to show them off?


ShawlsSo I procured a piece of wood, sanded, stained and oiled it. I searched online for some rustic hooks, but kinda came up short (or what I was looking for was massively expensive). I finally found what I was looking for in Woodie’s of all places – 6 wrought iron (looking) hooks. But that was all last June. And the project had been sitting there for about 6 months, just waiting to be assembled. Over Easter weekend I had 4 days off in a row and the sunshine inspired me to get my ass in gear and get this finished.

Crafty Projects April14 011So I measured and remeasured and finally screwed the hooks in place. I then fixed some picture wire to the back and hunted for the perfect place in the house to display my shawls. I decided that they fit perfectly beside the front door. One, that’s a great place to keep your scarves for easy access when you’re running out the door and two, there were already hooks in place so I didn’t need to drill into the wall. Simples.

Crafty Projects April14 019And that’s not all I did over the Easter weekend. I painted our sheds using Cuprinol Garden Shades in lavender and stone. I know R was a bit unsure about the colours I had picked but admitted later that he couldn’t “see” it beforehand like I could. I love looking out the back window at these so much, they make me so happy.

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R and I also restored an old bench we had. The wood was rotting so it was replaced and the new wood was stained and varnished. The existing wrought iron back and legs got a paint job in a lovely silver. We’re so happy with the results.Crafty Projects April14 059

Are there any seasonal projects you’ve been getting done with the finer weather we’ve been having?

 

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A quick photoshoot in Marley Park

046I met a friend recently for a walk and a coffee in my local park. I brought my latest knitting project along, Sweet Dreams by Boo Knits, to get some photos of it. I often forget that there is a beautiful walled garden behind the coffee shop in the park because dogs are not allowed, but today we ventured in (having left Ollie and Mia briefly in the car).

042It’s a small walled garden but really beautiful. And what photographer can resist a bike leaning up against a wall? We also met this guy in the courtyard, he kept shaking his feathers at us in a suggestive way so I took a few quick snaps and then moved cautiously away.

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The shawl itself is knit in Louisa Harding Orielle in Ice and I used 4 skeins. I ran out of yarn about two rows into the final chart so hightailed it into This Is Knit where the staff helped me pick out Fyberspates Scrumptious 4ply in Slate to finish the last few rows. Orielle is technically a DK weight and the Fyberspates a 4ply, but both are closer to a Sport weight so they worked beautifully together. The Orielle has a sparkle woven into the yarn and the sheen from the silk in the Fyberspates give it a very elegant air.

031I wanted to wear this shawl to a wedding of a knitter friend of mine and managed to finished it at 11am the morning of the wedding. The picot bind off took around 5 hours to complete. If I never see another picot again it will be too soon. But the effect is beautiful. I gave the shawl a quick block and dried it as best I could with a hairdryer before the wedding but it needed a proper block when I got home.

038This fabulous model was tucked in behind a tree in the walled garden and willingly obliged as I took a few photos. The grey in the shawl will go with so many of my ‘good’ dresses and the alpaca in the Orielle is very warm so I think I’ll get a lot of wear out of this shawl. The crescent shape sits very comfortably on my shoulders so I’m really happy with the final product.