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The Lilac

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I do wish you could smell these. One small sprig is enough to pervade my entire room with its delicious scent….

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lilacs

lilacs

lilacs

lilacs

I like to think that my creative genius has the form of a frothy, flowering lilac; preferably a well-rooted, towering specimen. Although I had little notion of it when I purchased this domain all those years ago, I’m fairly sure that this plant will remain an enduring symbol for me throughout my life, as it has done for painters & poets for centuries.

The Lilac is an ancient shrub
But ancienter than that
The Firmamental Lilac
Upon the Hill tonight —
The Sun subsiding on his Course
Bequeaths this final Plant
To Contemplation — not to Touch —
The Flower of Occident.
Of one Corolla is the West —
The Calyx is the Earth —
The Capsules burnished Seeds the Stars
The Scientist of Faith
His research has but just begun —
Above his synthesis
The Flora unimpeachable
To Time’s Analysis —
“Eye hath not seen” may possibly
Be current with the Blind
But let not Revelation
By theses be detained —

– Emily Dickinson

How about you? Do you have a mascot, floral or otherwise?

24th May, 2011  // Laylock, Literature, Photographs // tags: , , .

Free Pattern: Bow Pouch

bow pouch

BOW POUCH – FREE PDF PATTERN
Download on Ravelry
(in English & French)

A dainty little pattern for your leftovers. Making this is so quick and simple, that I don’t think even a beginner knitter could go wrong. I’ve included life-size schematics, so you can get away with only printing the second page. Then grab your yarn & needles & a tapestry needle and head to the park. Though these photos are rather autumnal, this is actually the first pattern for my summer collection. More on that later!

As I mentioned before, there are 3 different closures you can choose from: A fold-over & sew closure, a button flap closure, and a loop closure. The fold-over closure is the easiest, and doesn’t even require a button. The loop closure is also very simple, and I’ve included a tutorial on how to crochet the loop, so don’t fear the hook! :)

The pattern already has lots of Ravelry , and has been downloaded over 100 times. One knitter has even finished hers, out of Handmaiden sock yarn no less. See, it’s so pretty!

Here’s what I might put in mine:

  • Bobby pins
  • Keys
  • Stitch markers
  • iPod
  • Eraser & pencil lead
  • Tissue
  • A skipping stone
  • Almonds
  • A lump of sugar, in case I meet a horse
  • A piece of chalk for spontaneous graffitti
  • Plectra
  • IChing coins
  • Marbles
  • & all manner of other small thinglings that are always getting lost.

What will you keep in yours? Comment ‘cos I’m curious. :)

If you don’t fancy wearing it on your wrist, you can make one just to keep in your handbag / backpack / knitting bag, or even cooler, if your bag has a detachable strap, you can slide your pouch onto it!

Also, this is my favourite dress. I can’t tell you how delighted I was when I got it home & found out that it had POCKETS!

>o<

bow

knitted bow pouch

bow pouch

Hellooo wonky garter stitch!

I can’t wait to see everyone’s lovely sock yarn creations. Hope you enjoy! :)

Translations

Many thanks to Nylwenn for the amazing work she did on the French translation! I have a feeling that if you knit La Bow Pouch in French, it will look more graceful, but I can’t be sure. :) Cliquez ici pour télécharger “La Bow Pouch”.

5th April, 2011  // Arms & Legs, Balay, Downloads // tags: , , , , , .

Pink Haze

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I finally got some proper shots of the lace-weight version of the Parasol Stole. Yay!

pinkling

parasol stole

parasol stole - laceweight

parasol stole - laceweight

parasol stole - laceweight

parasol stole - laceweight

parasol stole - laceweight

parasol stole - laceweight

& here are a few POV shots of what it looks like when you’re wrapped in a downy mass of kid mohair…

parasol stole

parasol stole

& here it is, laying demurely in my lap. You’ve heard of hap shawls, but what about lap shawls? :)

parasol shot

Mmmm… what I need right now is a nap shawl…


Ooh look, a free download!

Download 1024 x 768 wallpaper (PNG) | Download A4 poster (PDF)

17th March, 2011  // 5 O'Clock, Downloads, Photographs // tags: , , , , , , .
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