I think it's only been a week since my last blog post, but it seems like a lot longer . . . I must have crammed a lot in there! Finally finished my fair isle bag and soooooooo pleased with the result - this is a fabulous pattern (by Megan Lacey), I highly recommend it! I learned a couple of new techniques which were clearly described in the pattern, so it made a seriously satisfying knit. Here's my 'Ta Dah' bit of the post . . .
I lined it with some linen fabric and added a label inside, as there is a front and back (you can spot some 'steps' in the pattern on the reverse) so it's easy to make out the right way to hang it! I might not get this one myself as it may end up as a gift (my visiting Sis has been eyeing it up!), but I wouldn't hesitate to make another - such fun to make!
Here it is in the sunshine, yes, we have had sunshine - hurray!!!! . . . (spot the sandals - ooops!)
I spent some time on Saturday sitting outside getting some rays and making the I-chord for the bag - this is basically knitted rope and I'm mightily impressed with this technique. It forms a really strong but soft chord - I'm a convert :) . . .
Earlier on in the day we had to go to Stornoway to buy some last minute supplies for youngest's school trip (away for 3 whole days - yikes!). It was gorgeous and sunny in town - I felt like a tourist - we went to the Wee Fudge shop and bought two slabs of freshly made fudge. This is making me laugh now because I realise I must have had the colours of my fairilse bag in my head - we bought mint/vanilla and oreo and cream, yum :) Hmmmm, the colours look familiar don't they - green, brown and cream ???? Talk about taking your work home with you! LOL . . .
It's the end of school term here and it's all go - Little S was playing the bongo drum at the local mod (local Gaelic cultural festival ). He seemed to embrace the experience and they came second! . . .
I'm beginning to feel exhausted myself just reading my post - there seems to be so much on the go right now, but it's always the same at this time of year as anyone with school-age children will know.
Finally, take a seat - pheeeew! I made these cushion covers for a neighbour and family friend - they're not something I normally make but I decided to take up the challenge and I'm quite pleased how they turned out. Now I just want to take a seat on this bench and . . . . breathe :D Have a seat - I'll make you a cuppa (and maybe some of that lovely fudge I've been nibbling this week!) . . .
Yes, I know - I really must paint the bench - it's looking pretty sun-bleached. Maybe later though, I'm taking it easy today :)
Later gaters :D