Sunday, 31 May 2009

Cotton Jumper No. 2

This is the second jumper I am knitting (the first one still needs one sleeve and the v-neck needs to be finished as well, pictures will follow...) and it really is my pride and joy. It took me so long to learn to knit, I tried several times but it seems I needed the Gryffindor scarf (pictures later on...) to get the hang of knitting. Two years ago, knitting a pattern with three colours would have seemed impossible, that's why I'm completely over the moon now with my prodigious skills *ahem*
The truth is: I did not knit the pattern correctly. I completely purled the backrows for God knows what reasons... After discovering my mistake, I was furious with myself and wanted to rip the whole thing. But to quote my mother-in-law-to-be: "There is no wrong, there is just different." Well, there you go, this is MY pattern now, I invented it! But if you like it, feel free to make the same mistake =)

The yarn is "ONline Linie 11 Alpha", colours 16, 40 and 66. It is 100 % cotton and very soft.

Celtic Peacocks

I finally finished and framed the picture of the two celtic peacocks. It took quite some time to stitch and after finishing the first bird I had to take a break. That was mainly because the second half of the picture was just a mirrored version of the first half. The pattern is from Barbara Hammets amazing book "Celtic Art in Cross Stitch" and caught my eye at once. I was really disappointed that I couldn't get the fabric used in the book, which was a faint pink linen. I used a light sand coloured instead and it worked out fine.
Choosing the frame took some time, too, but I am really happy with my choice. I didn't frame it myself, though. I can frame smaller pictures but I have neither the skill nor the patience to do a good job on bigger ones.
The birds now add a lot of colour to our living room.


Crafty Ears is online... I will need more time to figure out how to use this blog with all its overwhelming possibilities. The current layout is fairly random and will eventually be changed a lot in the course of time. Nevertheless: Hello there! I am happy you stopped by, enjoy your stay and do return!