Wednesday, January 25, 2012


Forget the X-Factor and Dancing on Ice.

Let's harnass the voting power of knitters.

Make your vote count by voting in the Doodle4Google 2012 schools competition and win a **10,000 EUR technology grant** for the winning school.

And if you'd like to support my daughter Maeve, (5 years old, Senior Infants, St Saviour's NS, Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow) then click on this link.

Vote for Maeve.

The theme of this year's competition is 'I wish...'.

Here is Maeve's wish.

I wish the fun times would never end. I wish I could wear a Santa hat in Summer, a witch's hat in Spring, see butterflies and colourful flowers in Winter and green trees in Autumn. If the fun times never ended the world would be a happier place.

Please pass it on. The school could REALLY do with those computers.

(And afterwards she said with a knowing smile. 'Mummy I know what your wish would be. KNITTING!')

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

It's Snowing

Yup, it's snowing! Here are some sample flakes.

Please excuse the blurry pictures. I am reduced to uploading images from my ancient phone. It'll really be a snowstorm when they're blocked.

Don't worry. THIS is more like what I'm after...

Check out Attic 24 for the pattern and tutorial.

And THIS is what I got.

A great quick and easy Christmas gift.

Pictures courtesy of H (again).

Now. Seriously. Where IS that darn camera!?



Monday, January 16, 2012

Knit Symphony

Driving to work this morning I was simultaneously:

a) pondering an interesting knitty problem, and

b) listening to the radio.

Specifically I was listening to something lively and joyful by Shostakovich - a lovely waltzy thing.

And I suddenly realised how alike music and knitting are. Or at least how alike creative things are. Yes I know it sounds a bit pompous, but gimme a break. I'm no Missy Sunbeam, but I'm telling ya, this morning I heard that tune.

Call it fancy, or call it Spring madness or call it what you like, but sometimes knitting is an ART FORM people!!! Sometimes it's a single pure clear note and sometimes a whole orchestra. Whether it's the twist of a cable, the lilt of lace, the sweep of a seam or a crescendo of nupps, it goes surprisingly well with a melody.

So the next time you're conducting knitting a great pattern, tap your toes while you're at it. Or at the very least hum along.

Off we go now...dum dum da dum, dum dum dum dum da dum da dum dum...

PS: 113 Ashford Cowls. ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTEEN! Now there's a happy tune. Time for more patterns I think.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

A Little Bit Bohemian

Finally, some Christmas knitting. This was for H, and thanks to H for the pictures.

(Darn you camera. 'Where ARE you?')

Pattern: A Little Bit Bohemian

Yarn: Debbie Bliss Palermo (2 skeins)

Verdict: Quick project, and my absolute favourite scarf pattern. Bar none.