Monday, February 11, 2008

shepherd's delight

It has been a busy week in the Caught Knitting Household. Here's just a taste of what's been afoot. Saturday 16th saw Graham having a cataract op, whilst I was teaching modular knitting to some of the East Herts & West Essex Weavers, Spinners and Dyers. Graham's op seems to have been very successful: I wish I could capture the joy in his voice and the glee written all over his face when he took the dressing off on Sunday and announced, excitedly, that he could see in 3D!

I'd been a bit nervous about the teaching, as next month the group have Kaffe Fassett giving them a lecture. But they turned out to be one of the friendliest groups that I've ever met and produced lots of colourful log cabin squares, mitered squares and a few shells, too.

The squares in the lower left-hand corner had been dyed at one of their previous workshops, using cow parsely and broad bean, amongst other materials, some mordanted with copper, some with tin. I adore the colours and can see that I'll have to track down a similar workshop.

Sunday found me back at work, but at least I work in a shop with a huge window, so I was able to soak up some of that superb sunshine. And when I saw the deep crimson sunset whilst on my way home, I knew we were in for more good weather! After all:

Red sky at night,
Shepherd's delight.

Red sky at morning,
Shepherd's warning


A few paces later, I realised that the local sparrowhawk had been visiting:
and I think that poor, deceased, pigeon must have been in the back of my mind when I selected yarns for this scarf:

which, much as I love it, appears to have a certain hint of shredded peacock about it... This week also saw the beginning of 2008's corsage mountain. Here are the first few brooches surrounding some of the twirly scarves I made in January. (I love the way the green ones can double-up as artificial cabbages).

Sorry about the quality of the photos, particularly the indoor ones. Needless to say, the one day I spent at home this week was the one day when the fog didn't lift all day!

1 comment:

E-J said...

Yay! I love the twirlies. Aren't they just the greatest excuse to have fun with some silly colours?

Shredded peacock sounds delicious ... I think in my mind I'm confusing it with shredded crispy duck ...