Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Ta Dah! . . . and other stuff :)

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
Alison xx

7 comments:

Biba said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous bag! Great pattern and lovely colours! I wish I could knit... :)

Liz said...

You have been busy! Love the bag.
Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

june at noon said...

The bag turned out great! I really like the cushions, too. You should make more. :)

Alessandra said...

Brava Alison!!!
Your bag is gorgeous (I really agree with your sis!) and the cushions look so cosy.....!!!
xxxx Ale

Claire said...

Busy lady, you have been very creative Alison.
The bag is great and looks yummy now that you've likened it to fudge hehe.......
Love the cushions too, always good to challenge ourselves.
Well done to Little S and his bongo playing skills.....
Now you've got me salivating just thinking about fudge! Might have to have a hunt through the pantry for hidden chocolate......hmmmm, probably white and stale if there is any about, hehe.

Claire x

Swirlyarts said...

That bag is gorgeous :)

fairislerona said...

Loving the fair isle bag Alison. R x