Archive | April, 2008

Tilted Duster and a Big Surprise

7 Apr

Back before I went to Cornwall I gave you a sneak peek at a project that I had just finished but hadn’t modeled.  I now can present the Tilted Duster.

Tilted Duster

I love this cardigan probably more than any of my other knits.  It is warm and fashionable and I have the satisfaction of reusing a great yarn.  I frogged my second sweater, Rogue, made out of Rowan Magpie Aran to make this.  I never really wore Rogue, it was a challenging knit and I learned a lot and did wear it a bit, but it was baggy and heavy and got tossed to the side.  The yarn is a really sturdy yarn and I had just enough to finish this project.  It probably took me a couple of months altogether but it did go in hibernation for a while.  The sleeves and top half went very quickly but man, that skirt took ages.  I finally took it out of hibernation and finished it over a few bad movies and episodes of Voyager.  I’ve not blocked it because I was so keen to wear it, so I think it’ll look a bit smoother and flatter once I do.  I don’t know when that’ll be because I never take it off.

Tilted Duster

The only thing I maybe don’t like about it is the collar, it is just a bit too big, but seems to roll over pretty well.  I did knit the smallest size and everyone was complaining about the sleeves being so tight so I knit them the next size up and a bit longer and I’d say they’re pretty perfect.

Now for the surprise.  Did you  happen to notice anything different about me in those photos?  No?  I’ll give you a little hint.

Baby Booties

I am pregnant!  Big cookies for those who may have guessed it!  I am about 6 weeks along and am so pleased, we have wanted children for a while now and was a bit surprised myself when my test came out positive while we were in Cornwall (in a cafe, of all places to pee on a stick).   I am due about December 1st which means I have seven months to knit a whole arsenal of baby clothes.  I have even started on a tiny guernsey and I can’t believe that there’ll be someone small enough to wear it.  I’m sure I’ll be a baby bore over the next months (and years) but I promise there’ll still be some knitting.  Thank goodness the Tilted Duster is the perfect cardigan for my future bump.

The Cornwall Roundup

5 Apr

So I’m finally back in lovely green Dorset and it feels just so good to be home.  Sometimes you don’t realise how much you love where you live until you go somewhere else.  We did have a nice time and there were some really great highlights to the trip.

Eden Project

The Eden Project is pretty amazing, particularly if you love plants.  The biomes are very impressive and certainly make you feel as if you were in the mediterranean or rainforest.  Thankfully we went at a time when it wasn’t too busy but I can imagine it positively heaves with people in the summer.

Trebah Gardens

The Trebah gardens is nestled in a valley at the mouth of the Helford estuary.  It was beautiful this time of year with all of the camillias out.  A really nice peaceful place with a fantastic little cafe to boot.  One of my favourite spots was the bamboo area.

Bamboo

There are so many different varieties, and walking through them reminds me of walking through the mountain temples around Kyoto last spring.  But even that wasn’t my favourite part of the trip.

Penrose Estate

This is the start of the National Trust’s Penrose Estate near Helston.  We had spent a frustrating day driving around the Lizard peninsula only to find everywhere covered in fog.  Talk about a disappointment, about five miles inland it was a clear beautiful day.  Just before we went home I suggested we stop here for a little walk.  It started out with beautiful woodland full of bluebells.  

Loe Pool

Then you start walking around Loe Pool, a tranquil lake with areas of marsh and reed beds full of wildlife.

Loe Bar

Until, slightly exhausted, you reach the sea at Loe Bar.  Made up of shingle and sand it was a dramatic change from the woodland that we walked through, and there were lots of little plants growing right on the sand.  Dandelions and daisies toward the lakeside and sea beets and kale towards the sea.  The fog had lifted and we were finally able to see the fantastic view out to sea, I couldn’t believe how secluded and quiet it was, a real gem.

It was nice to see family again and the weather was fair pretty much the whole week.  I did get a little bit of knitting done but I did get distracted by views like this.

St. Ives

Stay tuned for tomorrow when I talk about knitting and make a big (very big) announcement.