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beeton shawl

beeton shawl

beeton shawl

beeton shawl

“I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.” – Walt Whitman

Now I must return to my wordy NaNoWriMo novel with its journeymen, stars and of course, stitches.

P.S. The first three photos are available in large sizes on Flickr, if you’d like to use them as your desktop wallpaper.

16th November, 2011  // Photographs // tags: , , , .

Free Pattern: Rambler Legwarmers

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Rambler Legwarmers

RAMBLER LEGWARMERS – FREE PDF PATTERN
Download on Ravelry

Ramblers are:

– roses
– creatures who walk
– creatures who talk
– a pair of pretty lacy legwarmers to be enjoyed with all of the above!

Despite the weather’s worst intentions, I managed to take a few passable shots of my latest pattern. Expect an update when the sun shows up! Pale pink with dark green is my favourite colour combination at the moment. It’s such a nice balance of tones, and the girly pink tempered by the earthy green just puts me in mind of roses. As does the lace pattern on the Rambler Legwarmers. I’m not sure why, exactly. I suppose the curves do resemble the shape of a rose-head, and the diamonds in the centre do look like leaves or petals, growing up out of the twigs of ribbing, but it’s all quite subtle.

Rambler Legwarmers

I’ve had need of these legwarmers with all the gloom and sog recently. I love legwarmers, especially inside wellies (“rain boots” to American readers, though why you would want to call something “rain boots” when you can call them “wellingtonians” is beyond me!), or scrunched up at the ankle with cute high-heel boots. Because I’m obsessed with versatility, these legwarmers can be worn with the ribbing at the front, for a plainer look, or with the lace at the front, for a little more prettiness.

I wanted them to be very simple & quick, with a lace stitch that you can memorise in a pinch, so that you can finish a pair in a weekend, and ohh, just snuggle up on the couch to read.

Rambler Legwarmers

If you’re subscribed to my newsletter, you’ve already seen the 2 wrappers that accompany the pattern. Especially handy if you want to give your legwarmers as gifts, but also if you just want to keep them tidy & remember how you’re supposed to launder them. Once again, here’s a great reference for care symbols.

Solvitur ambulando‘ is Latin for ‘it is solved by walking’. I find this very true; walking always dispels worries & replaces them with inspiration. A sweet thought for any troubled friends. Besides, we all love a pithy Latin proverb, don’t we? :)

solvitur ambulando
solvitur ambulando

As usual, instructions are both written & charted. I’ve also given advice on knitting eyelets at the top of the legwarmers for ribbon or elastic, and also some pointers on adjusting the fit.

Rambler Legwarmers

Details

YARN: 1 ball Feza Angora [100gr; 50% mohair / 50% acrylic; 400m / 440yds] or approx. 400m / 440yds of 4-ply yarn.
NEEDLES: 3mm (US 3) double pointed needles, or size to get gauge.
GAUGE: Ribbing: 26sts / 30 rows over 10cm/4in in unstretched ribbing.
1 pattern repeat (8 rounds / 12 sts) is 4cm/1.5in x 2.5cm/1in unstetched.
SIZE: Finished size will be 55cm/ 21.5in in length, 20cm/8in in circumference, unstretched. To fit calves up to 45cm/18in around.

DOWNLOAD HERE

Rambler Legwarmers

By the way, this book is no mere prop; it is by far the most useful book on writing that I’ve ever read. More later. ;)

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11th October, 2011  // Arms & Legs, Downloads, Roundelay // tags: , , , , , .

3 Things to Enjoy in October

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3 things that go together: bonfires, The Bonfire Band, and Lapsang Suchong.

Autumn means bonfires! In addition to knitting, here are a couple of things you can enjoy while awaiting combustion:

1. The Bonfire Band is a delightful London-based band whose music makes me smile every time. This is one of my favourite songs of theirs, and one that I think captures their lighthearted ways. It’s called “Good Times” (in Londontown), and it’s a reworking of Bob Dylan’s “Hard Times in New York Town”. Give it a listen & download it on iTunes if you like it.


Good Times by The Bonfire Band

2. Lapsang Suchong, if you haven’t heard of it before, is a strange tea which has a distinctly “smoky” aroma, a result of its being dried over pinewood fires. Admittedly it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but if you like the smell of bonfires, I strongly recommend you give it a try.

For best results, indulge in all three (& knitting) on the same day! :)

P.S. Thank you to Al & Mr. Jingles T.B. for making many of my slideshow photos possible!

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