Sunday, 22 April 2007

The Cherry Leaf shawl is nearly finished! Just needs the crochet edging. I think that I am fairly happy with my first real lace project. I hope I am still saying that once I have tacked the infamous blocking phase. The blue leaf socks are also nearing completion. I have recovered from my horror of finding out that Rowen do not do a powder blue in Kidsilk Haze. I called in at my LYS, Sheepish in Knaresborough to have this confirmed. I really had got an image of 'Melon' from VLT in powder blue as my next 'big' project. It is not to be. So I got the dark red 'liqueur' instead. So much for my 'blue phase' but iced mint or iced pink WOULD NOT DO! Colinette's Parisienne was suggested as a possibility, but no powder blue there either. If anyone has any other ideas I would still be interested - something from the land of wonderful yarn on the far side of the Atlantic Ocean perhaps?
A little eye candy from the garden! Actually this Auricula is about the colour of the KSH that I have ordered. I love these flowers. They are still sat in the polytunnel at the moment as I am loath to expose them to the cold drywinds but they also seem popular with the greenfly so they will have to go outside soon. I also need the space in the polytunnel. 140 bizzy lizzies awaited my return home on Tuesday, ready to pot on. They are now tucked away in the 'inner' polyhouse inside the tunnel. It will be at least another month before I dare put them outside. There was a ground frost in the valley on Wednesday & Thursday. Here on the hill we are spared the late ground frosts as the cold rolls down the hills into the frost pockets. Some veg. plug plants should be on their way soon. Thursday nights supper included the first home grown salad leaf of the season.



This weeks wind has taken away all of the blossom from the cherry tree but it was beautiful whilst it lasted. From the angle of the trees I guess that you will understand my comments about the wind! The photo is taken facing north, so west is left!

5 comments:

Artis-Anne said...

The shawl is fantastic and honestly blocking will make it even more beautiful .
Are you looking for the same shade as my Melon? If so I got my yarn from Jo at http://www.celticmemoryyarns.blogspot.com/. I don't know if she has any more but she might. I am really pleased with how the yarn as bloomed after washing it.
I love auriculas and yes they do need a bit of shelter ; again someting I have 'lost' in my garden here. Sounds like you are going to have a busy time in the poly tunnel :) nothing like the taste of homegrown is there ?

Dipsy Doodle said...

My, your shawl is so beautiful! I'm sure you'll manage the blocking job just fine - there's a gazillion of great tutorials out there on the net, and you'll find it very easy to do! This is indeed a work of art - beautiful pattern and such an elegant color!
You're looking for mohair yarns in powdery blue, don't you? I think I've found some for you that should be easy for you to get over there:
Gedifra - Easy Soft, #8609
Gedifra Soft Hair, #4909
Schachenmayr Kid Light #53

If you're googling these yarns, I'm sure you'll find plenty of stores where you can order/buy them - perhaps these are the colors you were looking for?
I love the beautiful pics from your garden - thanks for sharing them!

Mrs J said...

Thanks for the ideas for pale blue yarn. Some stash enhancement forthcoming I think...ssh....

Mrs J said...

Thanks for the trail of blue mohair -some stash enhancement forthcoming.....ssh....

WJS said...

ill give you £50 for your house?