My joints have been sore recently so I have been doing more tatting - it is light in weight and easy. Here is a one shuttle (rings only) piece in progress.
This is the view from my window. As usual it is raining. The lime trees started to come into leaf in the warm weather we had in March. Normally they go from a few leaves to full coverage in just a day or two, but it is so cold and wet this month that they have been stuck at this stage for weeks.
Here is the Ties that Bind pattern blanket. It looks a little loose right now because the yarn is a heavily oiled industrial one. When the oil is washed out the yarn will plump right up and look perfect.
Over the last year my health has not been very good and I have had to accept that the complex lace pieces I used to so enjoy have got too difficult. So I am delighted to find easy patterns like this one that I can still enjoy knitting!
I had some nearly black yarn and have been having trouble finding a pattern I liked and could see well enough to knit in black. In the end I have opted for making another of Marie Dembrow's Pebble cardigan. It is a nice pattern to knit and easy to keep track of with plenty of stitch markers. The worse my eyesight gets the more stitch markers I use!
As soon as I saw The Ties That Bind blanket pattern I knew I had to make it. But I couldn't find an affordable yarn I liked enough. Then I decided to rummage the back of my stash cupboard (one side of my pedestal desk) and found a kilo of the perfect silver grey merino. I had no idea I had it.
Yarn bowls look lovely, but always seem to be pottery. Cats, not to mention the clumsiness associated with my arthritis and partial sight, made that a bad idea for me. I looked for wood - but could not find anything in the UK. Then I realised that my melamine mixing bowls are perfect - stable and non-breakable.
Someone kind on ravelry sent me a skein of hand-dyed yarn. Despite what the camera insists on thinking, it is a dark purple yarn - I tried everything I could think of but could not persuade the camera of this fact! I needed a nice easy pattern for when I am feeling ill and low spirited so I am using Fog Lifter by Susan Lawrence. The result will be a scarf that will delight my daughter.