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Tea and lace

I’ve had a large translation to do recently, so obviously the first thing I do is get my cup of tea. This time I decided to use my fancy tea and my Pooh Bear teapot and cup. I just had to take pictures of the cuteness and the yummy tea. It’s the little things that get me through a long, difficult text!

Flower tea

Pooh bear teapot

Pooh bear teapot

Also, I’ve been working on my Spring Trellis Shawl again, and now I’m used to it the lace pattern isn’t so bad. I like how fast it goes, but forget one yarn over and it’s all out of wack. Annoying! I can’t wait to be finished and see what it looks like after blocking.

Spring Trellis

Birthday goodies

It was my 23rd birthday a few days ago, and I got some lovely presents. I received a voucher for Loop and a Moomin purse which was great.

Presents!

It  reminded me that I wanted to try and crochet a moomin soonish.

I’ve also been attempting to grow some fruit and veg on my small balcony. My mum bought me 2 little starter pots for strawberries and tomatoes. The tomatoes have grown so quickly I really need to re-pot them and put them outside soon.

Strawb, tomato

I really like the tiny strawberry seedlings

Baby strawberry shoots

I’ve also finished 1 Veyla mitt. It was so quick to finish I wish I’d done it last year! It took me around 2 hours, maybe even less to finish it. It still needs a thumb, but I’ve started on the other one too. Got to get them finished before it’s too warm to even bother wearing them!

Veyla

Tonight I’ll be going to my second ever Stitch London meeting and I’ve volunteered to teach one or two people the absolute basics of knitting. I’ve got no idea what project I’m going to take to work on, but I sure have enough WIP’s to get through!

Pink delights

After saying how quickly my jumper was going my progress seemed to really slow down! I’m finally done with the back and have started on the 31 rows of K1, P1 ribbing for the front!

It cannot fail back

Aside from that I’ve been translating some fairly boring texts, but my day was brightened by tea and a hot cross bun! At least my mum’s orchids brighten up the place.

Boo translation, yay hot cross bun

It seems like I’ve got a colour scheme going. Pinkish top, pink laptop, pink orchids even a pink camera!

Veyla

I started these mitts when I was in Spain last summer. I got through 1 cuff, started 1 mitt and then realised that it really would be better to block the cuff before continuing. So, I left them and forgot about them. The other day I went through my massive box of knitting supplies aka the box of forgotten projects, and decided to finish them in time for spring. I started, and finished, the left cuff yesterday and they’re blocking today. Hopefully I can start the actual mitt tomorrow!

Veyla cuffs

Another leafy project!

Veyla cuff

Then there will be the challenge of deciding which colour buttons to find. I’m thinking yellow or maybe I’ll be bold and go for orange?

And just in case anyone’s interested the pattern is: Veyla by Ysolda Teague

Back of the cupboard

I’ve dug out a couple more hibernating projects today. The first one is a cushion cover I’m planning to give to my boyfriend’s brother and his wife on their 1st wedding anniversary next Christmas. I want to embroider the front with hearts, their initials and wedding date. The back is just going to be seed stitch to give it some texture with a button closure up the top. I laid it on top of a cushion at home and the good news is that it’s pretty much cushion sized, so that’s a good start!

wedding cushion

A part of the next project has been posted on here before, but he was added to a little bit before being left half-made! He now has a body, arms, ears, tummy patch and a tail.

Foxy

Foxy

Poor little fox. All he needs is a muzzle, some eyes and legs. I like that his tail is so thick, so he can actually pretty much stay upright.

So by now I’m sure it’s becoming clear just how many unfinished projects I have on the go! Let alone my yarn box which is full of left overs, brand new balls just waiting to be made into the hat I’d planned on making 2 years ago etc. I’m going to have to get through some of these before I let myself buy or start anything new!

Surprisingly fast progress

I thought the ‘It Cannot Fail to Please’ jumper would go really slowly, but it’s surprisingly easy to get through. I’ve just started on the armhole shaping. I added an extra repeat to make it (hopefully) long enough in the body.

Cannot fail to please

I’m really enjoying knitting this. On a completely random note we’ve had some amazing sunsets here lately. I took a picture of one a few days ago, and sadly my camera wasn’t quite up to getting all the colours, but the picture still shows the beautiful purple and orange contrasts.

Burning sky