Saturday, 17 January 2009

My name in Blethers and I'm a Forest-aholic!

I promise, sincerely promise, that my next entry will NOT involve a Forest Canopy of any shape of form ... but till then please indulge me! Having recently made the shawl and cowl in double knit weights, I was compelled to see how this addictive pattern worked in 4 ply sock yarn....
Forest Canopy Shawl
Hand dyed by Hannah sock yarn, bought at Get Knitted (Bristol)

Close up of the edge detail

My hectic social whirl doesn't really warrant a shawl but I reckon this shawl will make a pretty enough scarf, worn wrapped around my neck. I'm a little embarrassed to say that I've caught myself scanning eBay, mulling over whether a specific yarn would work well as a FC... Control yourself woman! There's so many other pattern temptations out there too.

My trusty old backdrop to many of my photos continues to serve me well. However, my client group had me giggling when some noted me nipping out on my lunch break and 'posing' the shot. They've decided that my liking for this particular wall may mean that future career choices are limited! When meeting with prospective employers, many (sensibly) would enquire about pay and conditions. Would it be advisable to ask if new employers have old stonework?? The hospital site I currently work used to be an old Work House and has a fascinating and sad background. How difficult it must have been to have been forced by life circumstances to enter a work house. We have some of the historic guidelines and work expectations mounted on the wall and they make truly fascinating, and shocking, reading. Even in the current recession our present life styles seem so cushioned in contrast to those borne by previous generations.....

DD1 celebrated her 20th birthday last week. It's apparent youth is on her side - she had celebrations over 3 nights! Whereas I try to avoid all reference to my own age attainment! I can't believe that I'm a mother to a 20 year old. The only saving grace when my dad was teasing me about my advancing years, I growled back that it was still a little less challenging than being the father of a 45 year old. Though there are some striking similarities - both the 20 year old and the 45 year old are still victim to rampant hormones, though for differing reasons:o)

There has been some non-FC knitting going on! DD1 wanted some new socks and I've cast on a pair of No Purl Monkeys, a modification of Cookie's Monkey pattern, using yarn from Needlework's Pleasure. I love the pattern and it's knitting up really quickly. DD2 was left snorting with laughter when I subjected her elder sister to an Ugly Sister/Cinderella shoe session:

Me: Here, try this on please.
DD1: It doesn't fit! (Squirming from the effort)
Me: Give them a good yank! It WILL fit! (Accompanied by look of grim determination)
DD1: It still doesn't.
Me: Let me help (Pulling DD1's foot into positions nature truly did not intend)
See! Told you they were a perfect fit.....

Blocking has worked its usual wonders and a subsequent fitting session showed a submissive sock gliding onto her foot.... Now to cast on its mate!

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Blogger Aknita said...

That's a beautiful FCS Angie.

It's a very knittable pattern isn't it!!!!!

Saturday, January 17, 2009  
Blogger blog-blethers said...

lol And I'm holding you responsible, Joy;o) But only in the nicest possible way ... I've drooled over many of your beautiful shawls.

Friday, January 23, 2009  
Blogger Lin said...

What a beautiful shawl, it will be perfect as a scarf!

Saturday, January 24, 2009  
Blogger tandemsandy said...

I love that shawl I have never tried it yet so it might be one to go on my list....

Saturday, January 24, 2009  
Blogger Daisy said...

Sounds like a true addiction to me! And a very nice one to have!

Sunday, January 25, 2009  
Blogger dreamcatcher said...

It's a lovely FCS, the colour combination is so vibrant :-)

Sunday, January 25, 2009  
Anonymous Kate said...

Beautiful shawl. Love the color.

Monday, January 26, 2009  
Blogger Morticcia said...

I say the more the merrier. Your shawl is beautiful, and if you make a crayola crayon array of them, I'll be oohing and ahhing all the way.

I've made two shetland triangles and I know more are in my future.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's another FCS? Especially in such a lovely yarn - very pretty! You are fortunate in you backdrop - even if it does affect career opportunities...

Wednesday, January 28, 2009  
Blogger Fiona said...

Love the idea of you asking prospective employers about knitting photo sites! Would be one of the more interesting interviews they would hold. Your FC is beautiful - looks ace in those colours.

Thursday, January 29, 2009  
Blogger Probably Jane said...

What lovely colours. If I find a pattern I enjoy I often knit it several times as the pattern becomes familiar it's very relaxing.

I would want one of those shawls in at least half a dozen colours!

Sunday, February 01, 2009  

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