Lovely Weekend, how about you?

Inspire lace cowl, posted on Gorgeous Yarns at the weekend
Inspire lace cowl

What a busy weekend! I taught my first learn to knit class at Cowshed Crafts, Penstraze, Nr Truro (Truro TR4 8GB, 01872 560836, www.cowshedcrafts.com) on Saturday morning. There were 2 lovely ladies at the class, Melanie and Sarah, who both learned the basics of knitting; cast on and off, knit and purl stitches and about yarns, tension (the knitting, not them I hope) and pattern abbreviations. I hope they have been inspired to carry on with the scarves they started and to come to the Knit and Natter which runs at the Elms Tearoom (right next door to Cowshed Crafts) on the second and last Thursday of each month. Do come along (7-9pm) if you are in the area, either a local or on holiday, and don’t worry if you don’t knit, or if crochet is more your thing… there’s more natter than knit anyway!

When I got home from the weekend class, back to Gorgeous Yarns HQ, I had a phone call from our friends Bill and Anne-Marie to ask if I would take 2 more hedgehogs in the garden. We have fostered hedgehogs before, but as wild animals do, they wander off and find their own homes after a while, and our 2 hedgehog houses were in need of 2 more residents. So the 2 hoggies came on Saturday evening and have been happily snuffling round the garden in the evenings since. (They will not be attending a learn to knit class, bit tricky with all the spines!)

I have been thinking about how beautiful the sand looks on a flat beach when the tide goes out. The sand gets all rippled and has lovely patterns, and this gave me the idea to think up a new knitting pattern which tries to replicate the watery ripple from sand to sea. I have started with a lacy stitch in Kettle Yarns Islington in Light Squirelly for the sand, and plan to go onto Perran yarns Bamboo Parakeet, (probably…) for the waves. I’ll keep you in touch with how its going. So far I have started it 5 times, but now the pattern of lace is established its going well, with just the look I wanted. I’d like to sew pearl buttons or beads onto the “beach” end too. Have a look at the photo and let me know what you think. (Main picture at the top.)

Lastly, I have put a beginner lace stitch pattern for a cowl into Our Patterns selection. Its ideal if you want to have a go at a small lace project, and I’ve called it ” Inspire”. Hope it does inspire you! (Pictured in aqua blue)

Have a great week, Bye for now,

Caroline

Hedgehogs in the garden, came to stay at the weekend
Hedgehogs in the garden
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