22 February 2012

puerperium

Nope. I don't know how to pronounce it either.

puerperium cardigan

I call it the teeny tiny red thing for Baby A.

Teeny tiny knits for very small people are immensely satisfying. So quick! So teeny tiny! So quick!

puerperium cardigan

My sources tell me the teeny tiny red thing has arrived safely in the wilds of Texas where my cousin, his wife and the brand new Baby A are currently living the oil mogul expat high life for a few years.

The pattern is Puerperium, a free baby cardigan on Ravelry, with buttons the length of one side for easy dressing in those early, floppy baby, nervous new parents kind of newborn days. And it's a beauty. A couple of evenings' worth of knitting followed by a week long quest for the perfect buttons, and it's done and dusted. I can see myself rifling through my stash and knitting a few more of these for upcoming babes. There are some lovely striped versions on Ravelry too, demonstrating that you don't even have to have two matching balls of yarn in your stash for this pattern. Win.

Baby A's unpronounceable teeny tiny red thing is ravelled here.

15 February 2012

the apocalypse can come

The apocalypse can come now.

My family will survive on my homegrown bounty.

PS. Turmoil, upheaval and more Life continue around here. Some is stressful, some is exciting, some is overwhelming. To sum up appropriately vaguely, we will not be selling and moving, it appears I have unintentionally landed myself a Career rather than a job, and squeee (!) I will be travelling this July. Big breath. Bring it on.

8 February 2012

Dear Universe

morning light in the lounge room

summer fireplace

morning light on a cold fireplace

candlesticks

Dear Universe,

fewer major life events, more pretty light, ok?

Yours,
Suse

4 February 2012

frivolous

Last July when I was at Bendigo for the Sheep and Wool Show a group of us stopped on the way to the Show in a vintage clothing shop and several of us recklessly dipped into funds that had been earmarked for yarns and fleeces.

pink and pointy

I came out with a frivolous pair of palest pinkest pointiest kitten-heeled slingbacks (not vintage, but nestled amongst a display of antique gloves and perfume bottles and looking appropriately old fashioned and worthy of an Edwardian lady's dressingroom). And then had to cart them around the Show all day long. Poor planning on my part there. (But they're pink! And pretty!)

shawl

Several months later I was out with one of the same party buying yarn (we do engage in activities other than yarn shopping, I assure you). She was buying gorgeous charcoal tweedy wool to knit her husband a jumper and I was browsing bamboo yarns to knit our mutual friend a birthday shawl (the one here and please excuse that first shot, it was cold).

shawl

My girlfriend helped me select the right blue for our friend's shawl, and then spotting some divine pale pink bamboo, held it up saying seductively Those pink slingbacks of yours need a little lacy number to match them, I do believe.

shawl

She was right of course.

And so here we are. This is the third Shetland Triangle I have knitted; coincidentally all of them have been pink. One, two and now three.

shawl

I loved knitting this. The bamboo yarn is divine, full of drape and grace. The pattern is elegant and easy but not boring to work, and the thrill of seeing the lace emerge during blocking is always special. I love blocking with welding rods too. Feels ironic and mischievous.

Vital Statistics
Pattern :: Shetland Triangle Shawl, by Evelyn A. Clark
Yarn :: Cleckheaton's Bamboo 4 ply, 3.5 balls
Needles :: 5mm Knitpros sold to me and set up by Jules at Morris & Sons! I love them, Jules. You were so right.
Cast on :: 29 December 2011 (at my parents' house in Queensland during our Christmas trip)
Cast off :: 17 January 2012
Modelled :: too hot for modelled shots right now so my house wall had to suffice.


Ravelled here if you require even more details and feel the urge to follow the trail and knit your own.