I finished my hottie cover and it turned out to be a perfect snug fit for a standard hot water bottle.
I'm not so sure about my Fair Isle skills though - it seems ok in the middle but not so good at the edges. Maybe I need more practise. One thing I do really like is the stripe pattern at the top and bottom. There's something about nice clean regular stripes, and I like the element they add to the design.
As mentioned before, the pattern is from the Fall/Winter 2009 Debbie Bliss magazine. I did find a couple of minor errors in the pattern, in the shaping of the top edge and in the cast off (this one was just the placement of an asterisk), which was slightly annoying, so I just did what I thought it should have said and it seems to have worked out.
The ripple blanket is one I made a couple of years ago but didn't blog about at the time. I recently dug it out because of the very cold weather, and I was glad I did because I'd forgotten how nice ripple blankets are. I remember it consumed a huge amount of yarn, but it's quite a good size. I think it was worth it for such a nice cheery splash of colour to brighten up these grey winter days. Where has the sun gone!
Sunday, 24 January 2010
Sunday, 17 January 2010
Saturday, 16 January 2010
Thursday, 14 January 2010
Monday, 11 January 2010
Tuesday, 5 January 2010
We've got several inches of snow today and it's still falling. I took some pictures of the garden from the window this morning. We haven't had snow like this for years.
The road outside is unusually quiet, what traffic there is is crawling along, and many of the local schools are closed. It's the right weather for staying inside with a hot drink and getting on with some knitting.
It's many years since I attempted Fair Isle, so I chose a small project to brush up on it with. It's actually very absorbing to do, as you are constantly counting the stitches for each colour, and you see the pattern grow before your eyes. You wouldn't think so at first glance, but there are only ever 2 colours in each row. It should look smoother when it's blocked and pressed. For now I'm trying not to think about darning in all those ends!
Almost forgot to tell you what the pattern is - It's a hot water bottle cover from the most recent Debbie Bliss magazine, Fall/Winter 2009, and the wool is DB Baby Cashmerino which I love. It comes in a fantastic colour range. It can be bit "splitty", but I can put up with that for the softness and the colours.
Hope you're keeping warm!