I haven't really asked you how all your festive breaks were yet and it already seems so long ago doesn't it? I hope you enjoyed them, whatever you got up to. I wanted to come here today and say how lovely my break was, a nice and pretty relaxing one. Just what I needed, to get away from the normal routine for a bit. As part of that I was going to show you all the Christmas crafting I've been up to. I managed to get quite a few little projects off the needles during my down time, so I have stuff collecting up around here, all jostling for a bit of blog space.
But I realised today just how behind I am because I have a few pre-Christmas makes to get through as well. I was mulling over the idea of maybe making a podcast (if I dare), so if I pluck up the courage, perhaps I could share some with you then. I've just started to listen to a couple of podcasts and my favourite is Little Bobbins Knits. I enjoy watching Dani's podcast very much, and was most inspired to have a go myself but getting the other side of the camera? A pretty strange urge for quite a shy person to have really. We shall see I guess...
Anyway, let's talk about this piece of finest green that we see before us shall we? Apparently, if my Ravelry notes are to be believed I was making this way back in November, an eon ago now and this was one of those times where the yarn came first and then inspiration struck afterwards. I often find that I see a colour and then think, that's just got to be... well whatever... but I find that the colour sometimes seems to determine the sort of thing it should become.
It wasn't the quickest make in the world but it was a relaxing, unhurried make. It was one that I was quite happy to plod away at, doing a few rows and then maybe switching to something else. Most unlike me and my usual methods. Especially odd for me as I knew exactly how I wanted the border to be very early on and I was anxious to see what the crumpled heap I was working on would look like when it was all blocked out and beautiful. Still, somehow even those thoughts didn't tempt me into my old ways, for this project at least. Perhaps it's because, having clicked over into the forties, I am so very much more aged and mature these days? Doesn't seem likely, but a girl can hope.
Fortunately the border went to plan, which was a relief because I was very definite about that part and the exciting finish and blocking arrived. It didn't disappoint and the pattern opened out beautifully, just how I wanted. It too - yippee! Have a look...
Always tricky to get a good shot of things being worn I find. I do have one of those timers thingys but don't seem to fare any better with it. I seem to have trouble with focusing when I use it, so I've stuck with the old 'in the mirror' classic. It gets the job done.
I hope you like it, I'm a little bit in love with it at the moment and it's a favourite to wear. I love the lovely lightness of the lace and the wonderful drape I got with the yarn (Juniper Moon Farm, Findley) and blocking.... oh and those little buds of colour are just the cherry on the cake, it's enough to nearly push me over the edge!
I'm hoping to find time to get it written up into a pattern before too much time passes. The only problem is, it really needs a name. Inspiration is not striking there at all and I can't just keep calling it 'green shawl', how dull that would be. Maybe something about buds or trellises or... I don't know, something. Ideas welcome if you have any and let me know what you think about the podcast idea too...