Still here....

Yes, I'm still here and there has been knitting. Lots of knitting.

Findfade

A couple of Find Your Fade shawls (Rav link) - the first was planned and was a 50th birthday present. After complaining bitterly to myself about all that damned garter stitch, I  tried it on and liked it so much that I promptly knitted another one in different colours just for me. Lots of boring, boring, boring garter stitch but the way the colours blend together is so gorgeous that the pain is worthwhile! I used Malabrigo Sock which is beautifully squishy.

I'm working on two new patterns for sale on Ravelry. Both are rectangular shawls featuring multiple stitch patterns. The first design, Mysteria, is now at the tech edit/test knit stage and I hope to have styled photos to show soon. Go on, have a little teaser of a couple of Mysteria's stitch patterns....

Detail_2

I've finished the charts and written instructions for the second design, Colifichet, and knitted the model. More soon!


Now, where was I?

I seem to remember saying something about blogging more often....so here I am.

Hove has been looking lovely lately although today's weather is typical for a bank holiday - grey. Photos were taken last week- top one is Adelaide Crescent from Hove Lawns; bottom one is Hove beach.

Adelaide_crescent

Hove_beach

I've started sewing again with a new machine. After 30 or so years of using a secondhand Pfaff machine I've found the switch to a Bernina a little challenging. My hands automatically try and thread the new machine Pfaff-wise but I'm getting there. Slowly.

Bernina

Mandy_tee

So far, I've finished a Mandy Boat Tee (photo shows sleeve before hem was turned; fabric has a black background) - it's a free downloadable pattern from here and I'm happy with it. I adjusted the pattern to make the sleeves wider and longer and the body slightly shorter. I plan on making several of these in the future as the shape is comfy to wear.

Toran

And I found a spot to hang this which hasn't been out of its storage box since last century. It's a very old Indian door hanging (toran) with dozens of tiny shisha mirrors surrounded by silk embroidery.


Technology :o(

I'm back. What with getting to grips with a new Windows 10 laptop and my camera dying, technology has been a little difficult lately. Other things have been flourishing in the new flat so here's a very pretty stripey Tradescantia (back in the day, this plant was a Zebrina).

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Purple, silver and green. What's not to like?


Now, let's see...

For most of this year I've been busy sorting, clearing, chucking, charity-shopping all kinds of stuff. I probably have still more stuff that I need but it's now down to a more manageable size. I don't collect things any more but do get attached to those I have, particularly to books. 

There has been knitting. And frogging. This blue number is one of my better efforts.

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Summerleaf_detail1

A beaded Summerleaf shawl for a friend's birthday - details on Ravelry.

I'm back to low carb eating and feel better/have more energy than earlier this year. Have a nice crustless quiche - this one is broccoli and smoked mackerel.

Crustless_quiche

The builders have gone, the scaffolding is down and my balcony pots have new plants - a blue daisy (Felicia amelloides), a scented pelargonium (Concolour Lace) and a yellow-flowering plant (below) that had lost its label.

  Yellow_flowers

Can anyone identify it?


Radio and cat

My trusty Pure DAB radio finally gave up the ghost last week. I bought the radio in 2002 and it's been on for at least 12 hours every day so I don't feel too bad about having to buy a replacement. I'm a non-TV household and sound quality as well as looks are important. The one I chose is tiny but it has a lovely big sound.

Radio

Flossie, as ever, is more impressed by the box.

Floss_in_box