Posts Tagged ‘Seraphina’s Shawl’

Picture update

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Inspired by one of Jinniver‘s posts last week, recapping the various visits she’s had from Travelling Teddies, I thought I should catch you up on various photos, especially those of my visiting teddies.

R's belt
This is my mother’s belt, that was supposed to be for Chanuka, except that I lost the 1mm hook! I have got another one now, and it is a few centimetres longer, but still nowhere close to belt length.

French Twist
My great flatmate took me off to a fancy hairdresser for my birthday and this is the partial result.

Mr T on the tube
Mr T, my latest teddy visitor, on the day he arrived.

Crazy Cloth potholders and Knitpicks crochet hook
For my birthday and chanuka presents my brother took himself off to the LYS and bought me a Knit Picks Harmony crochet hook, which is beautiful, and works like a dream, as it’s perfectly smooth. Obviously I had to put it to practise straight away, but the only yarn I had available then was some cheap cotton, so I decided to make us some more pot-holders/dish-cloths, as we use the last ones I made all the time. I just finished the fourth one today, actually, so need to come up with a new commuting project that can fit into my raincoat pocket.
Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted
He also got me a yarn voucher, and he and my mother helped me choose this Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted to make myself another shawl. I’ve been wearing the Seraphina’s Shawl I made last spring all the time, and thought another would be just as useful, if I make it in colours to go with other sections of my wardrobe (ie blues). That one was from alpaca (in undyed beige and browns) my mother gave me last year, so having this one be from my brother will be good.

Cloth purse and phone holder
Back in London, in January, there was a secret swap at the local yarn wrangling group, and I received these great cloth bags.

Mr T reading about Billy Blood Drop
Before Mr T moved on to his next host, he came with me to the Blood Donor Centre to donate platelets, and was given a book about giving blood to read while I was there. Unfortunately I failed the iron test by one point (extra frustrating since the level required was five points lower, so I’d have passed that with flying colours!) so have been put off for three months.

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One down, the little things left

Tuesday, 15 April 2008

Alpaca Seraphina

There’s me with my newly finished Seraphina’s Shawl, and I really like it, although I haven’t got used to how to wear it comfortably and flatteringly yet. Any ideas? This is my new piece of clothing for Pesach, although I got myself a new pair of Shabbos shoes, that are navy, so they don’t match it, and will have to be worn with a different outfit.

Alpaca Seraphina front

I didn’t have enough of the brown to do a row of dc along the bottom, but I really like the unifying effect of the double row across the top.

Apart from that I really don’t have much to show for yesterday or today. Perhaps I’ll finish my two amigurumi tonight. There is more chametz gone…

Being Boring

Wednesday, 9 April 2008

I think this might have been among the greater amounts of time between posts since I began the blog, so I apologise; I just don’t seem to have done very much so far this week! (Well I have, but not the things I blog about.)

98. The Apron Book: Making, Wearing, and Sharing a Bit of Cloth and Comfort by EllynAnne Geisel

I finished this book yesterday (by which I mean Tuesday), and found it a bit overdone. The author is very enthusiastic about her subject, and has some great photographs, nice patterns and interesting anecdotes, but I amn’t convinced aprons make for a philosophy of life or history, the way she promotes them. This isn’t to say that I didn’t enjoy reading the book, just that I wasn’t swept along by it.

I didn’t crochet at all last night, for no good reason, but I did get a good bit further on with the Seraphina this evening at the knit (etc.) group, although it’s still not finished. I really must end it off in the next few days, however, as I really want to wear it on Pesach.

I made a little knitting spool today, from bits and pieces lying around at work (so no photo, I’m afraid). I used the tube from a roll of address labels as the spool, six of the large, strong paperclips (which I bent the smaller end of slightly, by hand against the table, to hold the yarn better), and cloth tape to hold it all together. The whole thing is really very strong, as I tested it with a whole series of elastic bands as the ‘yarn’. I amn’t sure what to usefully make with a spool that size, but I’m sure I’ll come up with something, and if nothing else it’ll show some possibilities to one of my potential crochet students who preferred to learn this craft instead, and is using the Klutz Spool Knitting book/kit. It’s a very good kit, and has some great ideas and equipment for making necklaces and bracelets with or without beads, but I want to show her that there are things even beyond that (like making patterns with more than one colour of yarn, for instance).

Hm, perhaps I should photograph some of my home made spools, and the scarves I’ve made with them. Not now, but hopefully soon…

It’s all over

Tuesday, 1 April 2008

Game Final!
This is my completed NatCroMo game. Thank you so much to everyone who has taken part and made this work. I wish I’d used colours that went better together, but I like all the yarns individually…

Now I have to finish the Seraphina, and then I can try out some of my inspiration from the game.

91. Contemporary Papier Mache: Colorful Sculpture, Jewelry, and Home Acessories by Gilat Nadivi

I don’t think I’ve done anything with papier mache since I was a child, but this book is making me want to give it another go. It has a wide variety of project suggestions, giving a sense of the range of possibilities available. It doesn’t let you forget how important paint is in most papier mache.

92. Animal Groups: Life in a Herd: Elephants by Richard & Louise Spilsbury

These two really have written a lot of books, haven’t they? They write well, and this is an informative and interesting read. Elephants are beautiful creatures of great dignity, and both are well shown in this book.

What’s going on?

Sunday, 23 March 2008

I’m off for a short break for the next two days, so I want to catch up with some stuff now. I am aiming to bring the laptop, and definitely the new camera, but in any case I could probably get online each day even if I don’t manage to.

85. The Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett

This has been one of my favourite novels (along with its sequels certainly my favourite series, by my favourite author) since I was about 14, and I was overdue on a reread (I have no idea how many times I’ve been through the series). Looking back, the most empathetic characters in this book don’t tend to recur in the further Lymond Chronicles (the two most compassionate, Christian Stewart – a real person, if I recall correctly (although I can’t find any evidence for this, and may well be incorrect) – and Gideon Somerville – certainly fictional – will be dead by the opening of Queen’s Play), but the intriguing ones all do, and tend to become more intriguing too.

I’ve probably had a very minor crush on Francis Crawford since I was fourteen, but with maturity, or even just a careful reading of the text, comes a realisation that he would be a very very difficult person to deal with day to day for most people. Unless you’re in a Catherine D’Albon role, perhaps. But that’s not until book 6 (Checkmate), and I really shouldn’t be referring to it here, just in case people only have read Game of Kings, as you really need the character development of the next five books for his love life to make sense. I’m wittering. Which is something Francis would certainly never do. (Except maybe near the end of this book when he’s with his brother.)

86. The Will by Chaim Greenbaum

Another of the multi-period Jewish novels (seriously, for a good while there are FIVE time periods being told – two during WWII, one in the 1960s and 70s, and two in different months of 2002) but it isn’t a bad thriller, and the morals make sense, mostly.

And now to my crochet, even though I haven’t done any over Purim or Shabbos.

The blanket is coming on. (And is pink, as my nice new camera recognises.)

The February mat is now into March, although not very far as I simply haven’t been keeping up with it. I was in a hurry to take this picture, so it isn’t lying flat at all. The shape of at least two of the sides is rather good.

The NatCroMo game is going well for everyone whose photos I’ve seen. Most of those are on Ravelry, but one person who isn’t on there yet has sent me some of her pictures, which I’m going to put in a separate post. Really beautiful.
I did take a very quick photo of the Seraphina’s Shawl, but the picture came out horrible, so you’ll have to wait until I can take a better one! Perhaps in daylight. I’ll be taking it to show my mother what I’m doing with the alpaca yarn she gave me.

FrouFrou, Finished

Tuesday, 11 March 2008

It’s done, edgings and all! She likes it, I like it, other people like it. It has come out long as a coat, rather than a jacket, but hopefully that will work for the springtime.

So there you go, my first wearable garment made, and I’m no closer to correctly estimating how far yarn will go than I ever was.

Onto the final colour of the Seraphina too, and nearly finished the February mat.

And one more book.
68. Spud Goes Green by Giles Thaxton

This is meant to encourage kids to take fun and practical steps towards becoming greener, but it is fun to read as well.

I’m falling asleep as I type. Goodnight.

Colour change decisions

Sunday, 24 February 2008

I’ve been working on and off on the Seraphina all day, and am nearly finished the first ball of the beige yarn. I’m dithering about doing what I’d intended, which is the ecru, then the beige and then the brown, or alternately striping the two balls each of the beige and the brown. It kind of depends how many rows I get out of this ball. The ecru made the first 20 rows, and so far I’ve got 9 from the ball of beige. I’ll finish that up and then decide.

Seeing the abundant good, downplaying the small annoyances

Friday, 22 February 2008

How could one or two people behaving ridiculously completely wind me up, when I was literally surrounded by several other people choosing to give up their time to help me out with some serious work? I just mustn’t let them, that’s all.

In that vein, my housemate has offered to lend me her camera for crochet progress pics, which I’ve just taken, to get me through until I get mine fixed (if I’m organised I’ll get that begun tomorrow). I took all the pictures quite quickly, so the projects are a bit rucked up, I’m afraid, but you’ll get the idea.

Here’s the Seraphina:

The FrouFrou. (I amn’t staying exactly in the order the pattern suggested; instead of counting out where to start the fronts from, and risk making a fatal error, I’ve sewn up the sleeves already and begun from there. It looks a bit lop-sided because I’ve begun one front and not the other.):

The finished Sea Swirls Tablecloth. (You aren’t going to believe me that I ironed it flat now, are you? Obviously my blocking technique needs some work!):

The books are easy, as they don’t require my taking photos.

55. Living Kaddish by Rabbi Gedalia Zweig

As it says on the cover, the stories in this anthology are inspiring, both as to the importance of saying and facilitating Kaddish, and also more generally as to the taking on of commitments. It ends with some resources (explanations, suggestions, translation & transliterations) to help those for whom Kaddish is a new concept or experience. (It is not and does not claim to be a complete study of the subject.)

I am most thankful I wasn’t reading this book in a case of personal need (more because it was around, in fact).

56. Destination Detectives: United Kingdom by Rob Bowden

This was actually a pair of books, from Raintree’s Freestyle and Freestyle Express collections. Each one has the same photographs and basic information on the same page number, however the Express edition is written for those who find reading more difficult, with shorter, less complex sentences, less detail and a bigger font. They would work well in a group setting, where everyone can go to the same page number, and discuss the same pictures and information. This particular pair gives an overview of the United Kingdom, its countries and some of its weird and wonderful customs.

57. Usborne Famous Lives: Captain Cook by Rebecca Levene

Another in this series, and this is probably the person covered that I knew least about beforehand. I did think I’d heard of some controversy over Captain Cook, but this book doesn’t mention it. I could be wrong, quite easily.

What shall I tell you?

Wednesday, 20 February 2008

I don’t know how much point there is in telling you that my Seraphina’s Shawl is going really well when my camera isn’t working and I can’t show you. It is though!

That’s not what I’ll be taking to the group tonight, however, as the extra yarn for my housemate’s FrouFrou arrived today (many thanks to my brother and father for getting it!) and I need to get back to it. I amn’t planning on telling her until she asks (or reads the blog, of course) so it can possibly be a little of a surprise after all. So now I just have to work out how the front of that goes. And yes, I’m late in going (about two hours), but I have to wait to let someone in. Lucky the session lasts three hours, isn’t it?

And they’ve arrived, so I’ll tell you about the five books I read today at work later on. Bye!