Before I went away on holiday I was in a dilemma about what knitting or crocheting to take with me. There was nothing bland that required minimal extras. So in the end I decided to have a holiday from the woolly stuff.
Amazingly I never missed it! The holiday was so fab that I never gave knitting a thought ( apart from buying a knitting pattern magazine over there!). My fingers never itched for the needles and yarn.
Now that I'm home, I'm back in full swing - refreshed, revived and raring to go!
This week I have finished Amory.
Very pretty, feminine and a great fit.
The pattern is by Kim Hargreaves (as usual). It is called Amory and is from the Heartfelt Collection. I used Sirdar crofter fair isle effect DK yarn - 5 balls in total. The colour changes are more subtle in reverse stocking stitch than in stocking stitch and the overall effect is very pleasing.
I also got round to photographing the tammy I made for Eve. If you can remember, back in June, I was experimenting with fair isle to make a tammy. The first attempt lacked volume! Here is the second version, made for Eve.Much better. I do intend to write out the pattern but it is so complicated. I have scribbles and arrows and diagrams and cryptic codes that will take a while to decipher and put into a printable pattern - but I'll get there eventually!
Grace now wants me to make a tammy for her. Hopefully re-knitting the pattern will make it easier to transcribe.
I'm still working on the mohair cardi that I am designing. I'm doing this is short sharp blasts as the mohair keeps going up my nose! It's growing quite quickly, back finished, left front started - so should be finished soon.
However, I have strong urges to start some other projects, so this might slow things down.
Oh and I've just remembered, I'm crocheting a cute teddy bear - arms and legs only to go. It's a good job the Open golf is on the television all day long - I have an excellent excuse to sit and get on with things.
Finally, we're hoping to go to the pictures to see Toy Story 3 this week. I've heard that it reduces grown men to tears - there's no hope for me. Grace and Eve have said they are going to put a bag over my head!!