Hello and Season’s Greetings!
I promised another blog after all the festivities had subsided … so here goes!
I’ve decided to structure this blog along a couple of themes for the coming year:
Firstly, I’m going to reacquaint myself with my camera and get out and about taking some photo’s of my local area, in order to create a kind of Photo Journal through the seasons. A major reason behind this is that I’ve recently had to pretty much give up running for health reasons, so have been looking for opportunities to get out and about and enjoy being outdoors. I’m also really interested in getting better at photography and photo editing, so this seemed like the ideal way of combining those two interests. Hope you like the results:
Secondly, I’ve decided to begin a new project with my knitting: Last year I bought a book of patterns for squares to make Throws and Afghans (‘Blankets and Throws to Knit: Patterns and Piecing Instructions for 100 Knitted Squares’ by Debbie Abrahams). This was intended as a way of using up odd bits of interesting wool from my stash. As a result of a delay in some wool being delivered to finish off another project, I’ve begun knitting squares for a blanket. I’ve done three so far, and thought I’d document my progress on here. So here are my first squares:
So that’s the beginning of my two blog-related projects for the New Year! I’m very excited to see what results I get – new photography techniques, new knitting techniques – lots to occupy my mind! Any ideas for knitted squares would be appreciated – They’re done on 3.5 needles and measure roughly 38 stitches x 50 rows (around 15cm x 15cm) I’d also love any feedback on my photographs, as this really is something I’m just starting to get to grips with.
For those who celebrate at this time of year, I hope you’ve had a great Christmas, and I wish everyone a very, very happy New Year!
Just a brief note to wish any readers who celebrate at this time a MERRY CHRISTMAS and happy holidays! More posts to follow in the coming days with festive food and crafting, but for now, I hope everyone is having fun!
Ok … so maybe two blogs in two days is setting the bar quite high, but I just had to share all this lovely wool-related goodness! Two hats have come my way in the last two days (hurrah!) … The purple one is mine, made from some chunky yarn that I bought from a great wool shop in Marsh, Huddersfield. I’ve been trying to think what to do with it since I bought it, and this beret-style hat is great fun to wear! The flower embellishment is my own addition and is made from a spare bit of beige yarn that I had in my stash. The button is one I acquired from my mother-in-law’s collection! This was just the perfect scale of project to be able to pick up and put down as and when I get a minute, which is exactly what I need at the moment. Maybe over the Christmas break I might get stuck into something more substantial …
The second hat arrived in the post today and is very very special … it’s made by our good friend Vicki Swan of Braintree, Essex. Vicki is a Nyckelharpa player by profession (a nyckelharpa is a sort-of cross between a fiddle and a Hurdy Gurdy – see the picture of Vicki with hers below), and had the great idea a while ago that when she needed to raise funds for a new instrument to make and sell these crocheted hats … hence they’re called Nyckel-Hats! This one was bought for me by Jon (as an ‘early Christmas present’ because I got home first and found the post!) so I now look forward to a winter with a nice warm head, knowing that we’ve helped Vicki a tiny little way towards her ‘harpa dreams!
If you want to find out more about Vicki, her partner (and performing partner) Jonny Dyer or want to find out what the flipping heck a Nyckelharpa is when it’s at home, have a look at their website: http://www.swan-dyer.co.uk/ … you could even purchase your very own Nyckel-Hat, just in time for Christmas!
Here’s a pic of Vicki and her Harpa
Anyway … enough for now.
Wishing you a warm-headed weekend,