Tuesday, 30 December 2008

White Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year (almost) from cold and frosty Scotland! No snow, but lots of frost that looks very like snow, has landed and covered everything in sight...

the rosehips...

and Angelica.

Luckily, there is respite from the cold - look, my Mum's LYS! It's fantastic;
Three Bags of Wool is run by Sarah, and stocks loads of unusual yarns and patterns. Imagine, in the middle of the North East of Scotland, a little village called Aberlour has the best yarn store ever!

Here's a glimpse of what I purchased: two balls of the first Colinette, two balls of the second Noro Silk Garden Light (not to mention a great Noro pattern book) and several balls of the third Eskimo yarn (I hadn't heard of it, but it's really soft and felts really well). I also stocked up on some needle-felting needles and a sweet button in raspberry ripple.

Here are a couple of my Mum's scarves using the Colinette thick-and-thin; they look fantastic in moss stitch:

Below is a shawl (obviously unblocked) that I started over Christmas using Noro Sock; this isn't even a ball's worth so far and I'm planning on using two. The wool's scratchy, but according to Sarah it softens when washed - I've seen evidence.

I've already started working with the Noro Silk Garden that I bought - elbow-length gloves (the yarn has a really luxurious feel).

That's all for now folks but I'll be back soon.

Saturday, 13 December 2008

Destash: Sale or Trade


I have 8 skeins of Koigu KPPPM P716 89 for sale or trade (I’m happy to trade for another Koigu shade or different yarn altogether).

The earthy colour is beautiful - cream background with mainly maroon/burgundy and a few dark blue speckles in it. Overall it looks cream/burgundy speckled. Please see my Stash page on Ravelry for more photos (my Ravelry name: Rowanberry).


Comes from a pet-free and smoke-free home.

I originally bought it for the Big Bad Baby Blanket in the Stitch ‘N Bitch book and it would be perfect for that (I have already made one in the P118L colourway which is quite similar).
I paid $13.50 per skein (total $108). I’m happy to sell it for $80/£50 in total. Alternatively I’ll swap for the same no. of skeins of Koigu in a different shade, or another yarn altogether.

Thanks a lot, Rowan

Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Happy Holidays!

Here's our little tree. You can't get a large tree into our flat so we have a wee one each year. It looked like a dumpling when I first brought it home, but the decorations have pulled down the branches now.

A few more decorations...

The heart with poinsettia below I just made up myself.

And a couple more.

I hope you have a lovely Christmas. Snuggle up with your family and try to forget about the economy! xx