FL bought me a new wheelbarrow (aw - bless!) and after I chased the dog around the garden with it (hee hee!) I kind of over-did the weeding. There are still lots of weeds but I am stiff and sore and covered in insect bites (nice!) so today is dedicated to reading and knitting in my green cave, aka the sitting room when the trees are in full leaf.
|I spy bird poop on the window - lovely!|
Self-striping socks :D
This is a ball of Online Supersocke 100 in Paradise Color from my multi-pack bargain from Germany. Lovely stripey stuff, treated with aloe vera and jojoba for softness... which is probably total hype, but it sure feels nice while you are knitting!
Lurking behind it you can see my current library book "Girl Reading", which was supposed to be light relief from the rather intense experience of "Wuthering Heights". Ha! I am traumatised by both. I must be getting soft in my old age.
So it was with great delight that I picked up my other library book: "Knitting Everyday Finery" by Mel Clark.
At first glance I was a bit "meh" about it... but on closer inspection I realised there are several things I really want to knit from this book. The designs are quietly confident. There is no clash of cymbals or blasting trumpets, just some rather appealing items I can imagine knitting and wearing... every day - well, duh! That's the title of the book after all!
The shawl on the cover is lovely - there's another picture inside which shows it with a turned down "collar". It is knit using two strands of laceweight held together but I am tempted to use a double-knit to show off the texture.
But I am really really obsessing over these tangerine tights!
Imagine hand-knitted tights!
I know, I know, they would involve such a lot of knitting in the round in ribbing for goodness' sake... but oooh!
On a slightly smaller scale, there is a pattern for a dachshund pencil-case - hee!
And there is a lovely pattern for gloves, a pair of socks that I almost cast on for already, and a hat which uses the @ symbol as a motif and is double-layered for warmth.
And this cardigan? I really like its simplicity. That twisted rib cuff and the single button? Lovely. The original is in Cascade 220, but I am thinking it would be gorgeous in something sheepy from Blacker wools, or maybe a Shilasdair DK? I also like a striped hood pattern, with sizes for children or adults... but Blogger is too tired to let me show you many more pictures, so you will have to look on Ravelry, because I am saving the best for last!
The most surprising thing I found in this book was a male knitwear model who is the dead spit of Brad Pitt.
Don't you think? It is even more obvious in a photo of him wearing a rather fetching waistcoat, which I would show you if Blogger wasn't sulking.
But I just had to share the hen picture! ; )