Friday, 27 May 2016
Wednesday, 25 May 2016
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Saturday, 21 May 2016
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Wednesday, 18 May 2016
Wednesday, 11 May 2016
I'm still reading and enjoying Fallen but I think I'll share the book I was reading to Miss S this morning. "The smartest giant in town" by Julia Donaldson is a bit of a favourite at the moment. Like all of her books it's very cleverly written and a superb fire hit with my kids. It also has a very nice message about the importance of being kind.
Tuesday, 10 May 2016
Wednesday, 4 May 2016
I recently started "Fallen" by Lia Mills . It's this year's pick for the Dublin: One City, One Book Festival. An appropriate choice given that it's the centenary of the 1916 Rising.
The story is centred around Kate Crilly, whose brother is killed in 1915 fighting for the British Army in WW1. The following year on her brothers anniversary Dublin is engulfed by he violence of the Easter rising and Kate finds herself torn by conflicting loyalties and emotions. It's one of the many Rising themed books released this year (and the last few months of 2015) to capitalise on the Rising centenary- to be expected I guess. I've read several of the nonfiction releases but this is the first from the fiction category. I'm enjoying it so far and would recommend it.
In February I test knit a cute little sweater for designer Andrea Sanchez. The pattern collection has now been released so I don't need to keep it secret anymore!
Knit in sport weight yarn it's sized from 3 to 24 months. It's knit from the bottom up, in the round until the chest. The chest and back are knit separately and then joined at the shoulders. Stitches are then picked up around the armhole and the sleeves are knit in the round. Just the type of knit I like - seamless!
It has a curved hem created using short rows. The seed stitch hem, cuffs and neckline are a nice feature too. The hem involved working several rows in stocking stitch followed by seed stitch. The stocking stitch portion was the folded under and joined to the live stitches by knit picking up stitches from the cast on edge together with the live stitches. This was a bit fiddly but once the first few stitches were done I got into the rhythm of it and found it easy enough. The cuffs and neckline were similar but this time the pattern called for the live stitches to be sewn down. I found this impossible to do loosely enough to be able to get it on over Mr C's head so after a couple of attempts I gave up and used Jenny's surprisingly stretchy bind off before turning the hem under and securing.
The pattern runs a little small so I think I would knit a size larger than required to get a bit more growing room. Still the end result is adorable!
Pattern : Welcome Home Pullover by Andrea Sanchez
Yarn : Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino (Colourway 340700) - approx 112 g/ 280 m