Friday, 4 April 2008

April in Yorkshire



....and I even managed a little time sat outside knitting! Snow is possible on Sunday!


Forest Canopy is blocked & I am delighted with the result. Whadyathink?
Another shawl is on the needles, but this time it was a case of frog first. The Wool Peddler is no more. I love other peoples wool peddler shawls as stalked on Ravelry but the plain navy Jaegar merino wasn't working. So inspired by a thread started(in my absence) on the wonderful & time consuming Ravelry 'At Home in Harrogate' group, about 'slow' living, organics, yarn diets (what's that?) and the like, 'Wool Peddler' became 'Candle Flame'.
Yarn & pattern seem happier together- more squishy. I have also opted, should you be interested, to opt for the 3 purl spacing between 'flames' to make a wider shawl. New on the needles are 'no purl monkeys'. This is another 'At Home in H'gate' KAL. The yarn is super soft merino & alpaca from the Natural Dye Studio & the pattern is a super easy, soothing knit.

The 'At Home in Harrogate group' met again on Wednesday. What a riot! I've seen less yarn & projects in some wool shops (or at least it felt like that!). What a bunch of enablers! Thanks guys!


Some garden time has involved sorting out the polytunnel (Thanks to MrJ's labours) & sewing seeds. So far: carrots, spring onions, Chinese Stir Fry Salad leaf & Italian Salad leaf, Coriander, Thyme, Basil, Chilis & onions. I have also undertaken extensive pot & tray scrubbing ready for the first instalments of plug plants to arrive.

About a month ago a neighbour & me got together to pour over the piece of porn known as the Dobies catalogue (not as good as yarn porn but quite good!) & encouraged each other to spend! Actually its worked out really well as we were able to share in some good offers, that would have otherwise delivered more plants than either of us could use individually.

As the weather is forecast to return to winter tommorow I think that a little extra insulation may be called for!

14 comments:

Auntie Noo said...

The FCS is lovely - and I love the new candle flame... and the socks...and... and... and.. !!!!!! Someone once said when you look through a seed catalogue:- Make a list, cut it down by half, cut it down by half again. Order that and you'll still have too much!!! - It;s true!

Heather L. said...

The shawl is gorgeous! I've not attempted anything lacy like that -- perhaps I'm afraid that it's too complicated (I knit while I do school with the children) but I'm sure if I tried, I'd get used to it.

I love the pictures of Spring over on your side of the pond. Today is another cool, gray day. Ah well. Before long I'll be complaining that it's too hot!

PS: Will try larger needles on the socks and see how I get on. I might need to try shorter needles as you suggested.

Sarah said...

Both shawls look wonderful as do those socks - thanks for link I'd not come across that pattern before - anopther one for the list.

Queen of the froggers said...

Fabulous shawl, the colour is perfect. In fact all the knits are great!

clarabelle said...

I so want some red lace weight atm, it hurts! Your FC shawl is really gorgeous - absolutely fab in that colour.

Well done with all the gardening - you feel a bit more like it when the sun shines, don't you! No hope for this weekend though, eh?

Sussex Yorkie said...

Candle Flame looks very promising. I think we all got a bit of the white stuff yesterday. Your Spring shots are lovely.

Christina said...

The Forest Canopy Shawl is spectacular! Beautiful knitting. Also the candle flame shawl is inspiring! Happy Knitting!

Terri said...

Lovely photos!!!!! I was born in Yorkshire, my father is from Filey, and dreaming of retiring back there I think:-)
The FCS looks great! Lovely colour:-)

Probably Jane said...

Lovely work! The candle flame is especially pretty - how is it edged?

I planted tomatoes, chillies and sweet peas today!

Alice said...

Thank you for your comment! Glad to see you're still around.

Your shawl is wonderful! I really love the colour, as well as the pattern.

Isn't your dog cheeky-looking!

Mrs J said...

My dog IS cheeky! Especially if playtime is on!

Heather L. said...

We are in Indiana, which is considered mid-west. I think the quake centered in Illinois. I guess there was a second one this morning around 11 but I was driving and never noticed!

Heather L. said...

forgot to add -- quakes are very UNCOMMON here in the Midwest! :)

Joanne said...

Thanks for your note! Yes, our veggies are pretty far along here, although some are grown with tunnels just like yours...

We supposedly had the earthquake here in Kentucky as well, along with aftershocks. My husband and I haven't noticed a thing! First, we were sleeping. We have no excuse for some of the aftershocks, though!