Clapotis photos!

Aren’t these colours wonderful?  It’s a picture of the Clapotis I knitted whilst off work for 12 days over Christmas.  It’s made of Noro Kureyon Sock yarn and I love it, it’s so bright and cheerful.  Mum washed and blocked it for me and it’s now much softer and doesn’t want to curl up at all.

Here’s another picture of it draped out of my window.  It’s the only way I could get enough light to take a picture as the flash on my camera is not working at the moment.
Talking of Christmas this is a patchwork bag that my mum made me as a present.  It’s really lovely and is a really useful sort of bucket shape, it’s my current favourite for carrying my latest knitting project around.  She’s made one for herself so now we have matching bags and claptotis.  ;o).

It’s not my usual colours but it’s nice to have something that isn’t.  And it goes beautifully with my Autumn scarf/hat set. 

This is the birthday card I made for mum last week.  It is layers of organza and sheer fabrics on a background of synthetic black felt bonded together using my soldering iron.  I made marks on it with a circular metal template and then cut it with the iron into strips. I wove the strips together and bonded each cross over with the soldering iron.  Then just for good measure I added some embellishment with beads and lazy daisy stitch.  Good old double-sided sticky tape a la Blue Peter stuck it to a card blank.  Voila, a card for mum!

Also this week I’ve been making progress on my Lacy Tea Top, it’s now about 8 inches long, I even took it to the local Arts Centre for Big Band Brunch – this is a monthly lunch with Jazz and is a wonderful way to pass two hours on a Saunday!

Last night I cast on a new hat pattern I found.  This week in the UK we have had unheard of amounts of snow -I don’t think we’ve had this much snowfall since I was born. As a consequence of this I’ve realised that I need a hat that is a little longer to keep my ears warm and so prevent there being a cold gap between my hat and scarf.  I wanted to knit a hat with a sort of 1920s Flapper feel to it, sort of a cloche hat but knitted.  I found the Poppy pattern on Ravelry by Justjussi and it was exactly what I wanted.  It’s knit straight using short row shaping to knit the segments and then you pick up stitches all around to knit the ribbed edge which has a small overlap that you fix into place with a button or some other embellishment.  Mine is knit in Debbie Bliss Rialto DK in a wonderful bright purple and so far it’s going well.  I knit the 6 segments last night and am now just knitting the rib.  I will probably knit a longer rib than is suggested for the aforementioned ear-coverage! I did increase the size of the pattern slightly as it’s designed for babies but I think it’s worked well and I really like the construction. I hope I finish it today as there’s more snow forecast for tomorrow……

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