My days have been pleasantly interrupted of late by friends popping in and catching up on this and that, but nevertheless I did manage to finish the fuchsia cardigan and I'm really glad it's done! Not that it was a difficult job really, for the fan and feather pattern is quite simple to follow, but ... .... ... it turned out that it was knit in one piece from the beginning right up to shaping for the armholes and yes, I'm one of those people who don't like circular needles for I learned to tuck the right needle under my arm when knitting and that's how it's been all those millions of years for me. The circular needle doesn't allow for that, does it! So there was me struggling with 252 stitches on an ordinary knitting needle - a round of sympathy please!!! Thank you!
Having said all that, I am happy with the finished product and without further ado, here it is:
What do you think? The pattern is not everyone's 'cup of tea' of course, but the colour - isn't it so bright and cheery, which is just what we need for Autumn/Winter approaching.
So now would you like to see the 'Beginning' part of this post? Well these little granny squares come from a tutorial which the lovely Sharron of Annie's Place very kindly and patiently put together - thank you so much Sharron! 'Happy Flower' is the name Sharron chose to call her post where you'll find this pattern, if you'd like to check back.
I have not, as yet, decided what I'll do with these little grannies - they could become a cushion or even a knee-rug, but I did originally decide to stay with blues for this project. Now I'm not so sure! I definitely want to keep the navy and white as the two outer colours, but now am beginning to think it might be rather nice to include some other shades in the centre parts - maybe a couple of pinks or mauves here and there. I surely would welcome your suggestions!
This little bird, which my daughter bought me some time ago, is rather attracted to this one!
On another subject now, a rather lovely native Australian plant - Hakea Laurina, more commonly known as Pin-cushion Hakea.
Above we have the flower bud in it's perfectly beautiful little 'casing', then 24 hours later and hey presto, below, that lovely protection has given way to the sweet little pin-cushion flower. How amazing is mother nature - everything so well planned and brought to fruition!
In a 'past life' one of my favourite hobbies for quite some time was water-colour painting, and this type of study had me totally absorbed for hours on end.
Now I would really like to include a couple more 'nature type' pics, if my trusty friend here will allow me: let's try eh?
Good little computer! So - this is the Liquid Amber which many of you will be familiar with - but I was so taken with the colours of this beautiful specimen the other day, it seemed like a pic or two would be a good idea although the colours don't appear to be quite so brilliant as they seemed on my camera. Ah well, we do our best don't we!
It's time for me to go so, until next time, do what you best enjoy doing and keep well and safe. Thank you so much for looking in and for taking the time to leave me a message - I do so love to hear from you.