You’re probably all bored to death of me saying “it’s another sunny day here,” so I won’t! I just won’t mention the weather at all!
I’ve popped in this evening to share some knitting business….. as you know from two posts ago, I had finished the Raglan Sweater but was no so pleased with the way it was curling at the bottom so much. Denise from Knitting Kitties suggested that I try blocking it, so I did! I usually block everything I crochet, but have never blocked any knitting, and I have to say, it has turned out beautifully, so thank you Denise!
I’m much more accepting of this effort now! Mum suggested to me today that on the next one I make, I don’t sew the front seams up completely, and put a button and crochet button loops on the seam, that way I can edge it in picot…. I may have to try that on the one I am knitting right now…..
Speaking of the one I am knitting now, the 1 year old size in Stitch Nation wool (cuddly, schnuggly happiness!) for my fairy god daughter…. It was suggested to me by one of my lovely readers that I try knitting into the back of the stitch on the first row as she said that it would minimise the rolling. I just would like to say here, that I love my lovely readers who are not bloggers themselves, who leave comments which I LOVE to read! I wish I could return the favour and visit your blogs and support you too, but I can’t, but I want you to know how special your comments are and how much I enjoy them!
So back to the advice from Lin. I had already begun the first piece, so when I started the second piece, I knitted into the back of the stitch and WOWSER! What a difference! It looks incREDible! Want to see???
The best part is that it makes a lovely edging as the first row is twisted…. I showed my Mum who was mighty impressed too and I am so thrilled with this NEW TRICK that I will never not do this on any knitting again, ever! I considered frogging the back to make it match the front, but I can’t be bothered, there are so many knitting patterns I’m dying to try that I can’t bring myself to do it.
My lovely friend brought in one of her knitting books, the Debbie Bliss knits for babies today (the book the Raglan sweater came from) and let me have a read and a photocopy of the things I’m desparate to try! I love Debbie Bliss…. hello…. who doesn’t! She is truly amazing and I was in love with this entire book, so much so that I may need to buy it for myself! One of my favourite things which I find in many of her books is the embroidered knitting and I was swooning over these pics….
I was just amazed with the flowers she has created on this cardigan….
They’re just exquisite! My mind started going into overdrive when I was reading this book, recognising that I had just discovered another way to create beautiful things with bright, passionate colours! Maybe not onto knits immediately, but I’m thinking…. (I’m thinking screw eating this week, I have embroidery wool to buy!!! In amazingly, fabulously bright colours!!!!!)
She also had this gorgeous kaftan happening…. (I had a frightening urge to grab that gorgeous baby off the page and mother it, it is perfection….)
More beautiful embroidered flowers happening there!
And then, the shoes…. these are so beautiful I nearly died when I turned onto this page….
I remember my Mum teaching me embroidery when I was young and I never thought I’d be interested in doing it again, until I saw these!
I feel a new obsession coming on…. watch this space!
Speaking of obsessions…. one of my friends is obsessed with a blog, I wonder if you have been to it, called Hyperbole and a Half . It’s a seriously famous blog and it is hilarious…. Do you find that sometimes when one of your friends finds something funny, you le thtem show it to you and don’t think it’s that funny? Well, this is FUNNY! This lady is amazing and gets thousands of comments, I wonder how she has time to read them all when she is creating such incredible posts! Go and have a look! Goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!! You will love her, she is hilarious. I know that I’ll be spending far too much time reading and laughing my arse off in the near future, for sure!
I’m going to restrain myself from visiting hyperbole for now though, and ring my beloved KB who I am missing dreadfully and no doubt chat to her for far too long!
Have a beautiful day and thank you so much for popping in!
Lots of love from Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
*********Sending you a big sun-flowery summery warm hug!!!********