Thursday, July 23, 2009

Heavenly Manos*

Introducing this fabulous project** in Manos del Uruguay by one of our lovely and talented Wicklow Knitters.

Fabulous isn't it!

The yarn is soooo scrummy. Such wonderful drape and silkiness. Wow.
Love the front too. It drapes so well.
Well done L. And what a nice model you make too!

* or shouldn't that be Manos from Heaven?

Friday, July 17, 2009

Off we go!

We interrupt normal scheduling to bring you an announcement. I am happy to say that tomorrow morning we are off once more to the land of these lovely things....for TWO WHOLE WEEKS!!!

Lucky us. Can't wait.

I may or may not get the chance to drop in here to say hi. I'm planning for beach knitting of course, but right now I'm trying to pack. I should learn from previous years that I should pack the knitting first...!!

Normal blog schedule resumes at the end of the month. In the meantime, happy knitting and I hope you and yours stay well, safe and happy.



Monday, July 13, 2009

Berry Cluster Cowl II

Finally got some photos of the Berry Cluster Cowl. (No, that is not my slender neck.)

The next version will be slightly more flared at the collar edge and more scalloped at the neck edge. And then I'll put the pattern up on Ravelry. Or at least that's the plan.

My knitting mates felt that it was better to omit the actual 'berries' from the Berry Cluster Stitch so as not to create too much tension between motifs. I'm going to add some to the pattern version tho', just as an option.

So. Whaddya think? You like it?

Edited to show later scalloped version. Me likey.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

TYR Open!

At last. And it's only 12 minutes from my house, including getting stuck behind a horsebox and parking the car. That's pretty convenient!

You might have thought that I'd be 1st in the door. You'd be right. I really thought someone would beat me to it, but no, I jumped into the car at 9:47 am and at 9:59 am I was on the doorstep. Hopping up and down with excitement.

You might also think that the day might be a letdown after all the eager anticipation. You'd be wrong. It was great great fun, with lots of laughter, chat, cakes, knitting and general hilarity.

(Let's just say that Ms Innuendo and her close friend Mr Double Entendre Esquire had a good day out. I'm mentioning no names :: eyes swivelling towards YOU and YOU :: and not entirely innocent myself of course ::)

Congratulations Stephanie. I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

Over here for some great pics.


Thursday, July 2, 2009

Only 2 more sleeps!

...before The Yarn Room opens it's doors.

Can't. Wait.



There have been drive-by-peepings going on all week. See here for an excellent report* that will whet your yarn appetite.

My father asked me the other day what the new premises will do for my yarn addiction obsession? Is it entirely a good thing to have so much yarn available near my house? He wasn't entirely joking.

I answered in all seriousness, that I don't know. But I'm hoping that regular access to such lovely yarns might de-sensitise me a bit to that overwhelming yarn rush that comes when you enter a yarn shop and are confronted with the 'wonderwall', that wall of luscious colour.

You know when you get all light headed, your synapses misfire and your signals get all mixed up so that you can't separate your mohairs from your silks and you're not entirely sure of your own name? And you bring home a lovely skein of something for which you have no earthly use. C'mon, you know what I mean!

Anyway, I'm hoping that some Yarn Immersion Therapy will help with this affliction and that I may actually evolve a mature assessment of my yarn requirements and match them to my resources. Perhaps. Not sure about that, time will tell.

At the very least I'll have somewhere to meet my fellow addicts knitters. And yes, there will be yarn, and knitting, and good company, and classes, and fun. Of that I am very sure.

* from which I stole/borrowed this pic. Thanks WonderWanda!