Friday, 16 February 2007

A Little of What You fancy

For Valentine's Day, Mr Knitbert bought me this beautiful Donegal Tweed from Irish Yarns and Crafts. It is a gorgeous red colour with flecks of blue and black.

I do have quite a lot of this yarn now; I already had the charcoal and the grey and brown mix, and I also got the aubergine colour from another member of the Crafty Threads and Yarns Forum.

Actually, I bought this last week, but I didn't dare tell anyone. It is also a very beautiful colour, with flecks of magenta and violet. Including some Debbie Bliss Aran Tweed, I make that five lots of aran tweed yarn I have now. I suppose I'd better consider knitting something with it! I am definitely going to knit at least one Central Park Hoodie and at least one Rogue. I'm now on the lookout for other beautiful aran patterns which might be suitable.

I am pleased to announce that I have also made good progress with some knitting this week. As you may remember, I have been working on the sleeves of my Ivy.

As I was knitting them both at the same time, progress has been a little slow, but following a final burst at the garage this afternoon while I waited for my car to take its MoT test (successfully, I am sure you will be happy to hear!), the sleeves are done, hoorah!

I thought you might like to see a couple of Barbies from my collection, so they are helping to hold the sleeves in position for the photo. The left hand Barbie is wearing a hat bought for her by Catbert in Los Angeles, which is where she spent Christmas in 2005. The right hand Barbie has hair you can cut and style, although anyone caught cutting it would be subject to severe penalties, of course. Especially if they were to use my dressmaking scissors. Let's not go there! I only have the ties and the neck border to do now and I can sew up. Just as a reminder, here is the front and back already completed (attached at the shoulders).

There were a few other purchases this week. I could no longer resist the lure of Tofutsies and bought a ball of Light Foot and a ball of Stand on your Own Two Feet from P2tog.

The yarn, which is delightfully soft, arrived with two free patterns, one called Mountain Peeks and one called Bows on Your Toes. They both look lovely, and I am looking forward to knitting them. I also ordered a copy of Interweave Knits Winter 2005 ,mainly for the Ballet Wrap Cardigan, but also for the Embossed Leaves socks and the Aran Pullover (an excellent candidate for some of my lovely aran tweed).

Ordered this week but not yet available, were some wonderful stitchmarkers, to appear in a future post.

I think it is also time to reveal that Mr Knitbert and I are going on a trip in a few weeks. Our first stop will be Hong Kong, which I have not visited before, and I am intending to publish a record of our journey on the blog as we travel. I'll keep you informed! There are still a few yarn-shopping days before we depart, and this weekend we need to buy Mr Knitbert a new suitcase, an exciting project in its own right.


Christina said...

I thought you must be going on a world trip or something with your clocks!!!

And now you have more tweed than me, lucky you!!!

Ivy is looking lovely, I bet it will be really nice to wear.

Knitbert said...

I may have more tweed than you, but you have a fab monkey ;-)

Queen Frogger said...

The colour of the red tweed yarn is fabulous, it looks so rich. I don't have much aran weight yarn at the moment ... *wanders off to look!!*

Cindy G said...

What a lovely Valentine. Mr Knitbert is a pip. Ivy is looking so beautiful.