Photo Challenge – Orderly

This is a photograph from when I had just bought my merchant’s chest. With time, I now have even more varieties of cotton thread and so although they are still arranged into bags of the same sort , they are no longer so ‘orderly’.

Similarly the draw with Stylecraft yarn in it, Not so good for this post because of the knitting needle case, now with balls of all sorts of different sizes, is much harder to keep in such a nice orderly fashion.

I expect you can see that I like to arrange balls in a rainbow order zig-zag.


Socks and a Blanket

This is all I have for you this morning, I am afraid.

Still doing less knitting and crochet than normal but have managed to do the small amount of knitting and crochet to finish the socks for my granddaughter and complete the main body of my Symmetrical Granny Ripple blanket.

I am going to add the pattern for the blanket to Ravelry when I have finished it but am not sure what to call it. My original Granny Ripple blanket is called “Soft Granny Ripple” though that name was not chosen by me but the lady who persuaded me to let her put it on Ravelry.

So here are the sock for my granddaughter. Short ones, as requested. socksThe yarn is Regia (One of my favourite makes of sock yarn). Nothing much on the ball band. Colour 0525 which I have found on-line called Papillion. I think I must have picked it up in Hobbycraft as my other sock yarns seemed a bit dingy for a teenager.

And here is the body of my “sea and sand” colour blanket body of blanketbased on the four times fourteen rows that form almost half of the blanket I made for my daughter. Completed sea and sand blanket

Stylecraft Special DK in the following fourteen colours:-

White, silver, parchment, camel, mocha, turquoise, sherbet, aspen, teal, royal, bluebell, denim, aster, cloud blue.

selection of yarnsAs with my other sea and sand blanket, I am not going to fill in the ripples, but have not finally decided on the edging.

Photo Challenge – Beach

Given the recent inclement weather it is not the time to use the above topic as an excuse to go to the seaside.

So I looked through my archives and decided that this, though a recent photograph, is probably as good as any to share. One of the few photographs I have taken which aim to show the beach more than the sea.

So what might this be?

stripsI have at last managed to finish these. Other things that might have been finished by now have been left but these were easy to do.

Within a few hours of taking the first photograph they had morphed into this strips woven togetherwhich is half a cushion cover.

Wanting to make a Celtic Plaitwork type cushion cover in rainbow colours and preferring an even number of different colours for this sort of design I chose the following Stylecraft Special DK colours. colour choiceDeciding to increase the number of colours from the standard seven ‘rainbow’ colours by adding a purple as a bridge between ‘violet’ and ‘red’.

Of course I had to spend time on my computer playing around with the colours to decide what exactly I wanted to do with them. This was the ‘original’, if you like, designplan for first sidebut I decided that it would be fun to create a cushion cover with this arrangement on one side and plan for second sidethis variant on the other.

I have now squared off the first side One side completewhich I was pleased to find came out about the size I had calculated and will now fit in making the strips for the other side in between my other projects which include edging my symmetrical granny ripple blanket, finishing off the socks for my granddaughter and making the hat I promised my daughter.

One thing this has shown me is that despite my doubts that such an arrangement could be used for a blanket. The woven strips do actually hold together pretty well, even before being edged, and so a blanket could be possible subject to various issues regarding colour(s) and length and thickness of strips.

Photo Challenge – Found

Not an easy subject this week but here is my offering. Photo Challenge - Found I love the sea and standing on a beach but Southampton, although it is a port, is so given over to commerce that the nearest paddle and build a sand castle beach is quite a few miles away. So I am always a sucker for any thing like a beach when I am out and about.

In this case I was in London but the sight of a stretch of sand along by the river was really attractive and I was especially pleased to find this very worn piece of shell which made it seem even more beachlike.

The other side  Other side of shellis really smooth and lovely to hold, so I decided to keep it.

Monthly Montage – August

I shared both crochet and knitting this month. All about my three latest patterns on Ravelry: partly planned and partly because of the hiatus in actual crafting caused by my damaged elbow. So there was a crochet Celtic Hot Pad, Three Small knitted Angels and an updated version of my crocheted Real Snowflakes. August montageI also shared quite a few photographs. Three for the Photo Challenge: Lane, Thrift and Fold. I missed out on Point as I was just beginning to cope with living life with only one hand! Lastly, I shared some photographs of Chichester, especially the cathedral, that I took on a visit last Autumn.

A day in Chichester

Chichester stationLast Autumn I spent a day in Chichester. At the time I had so much photography to share, with my garden and the Photo Challenge, that I didn’t find a space to share my outing, though I have shared a few of the photographs in other contexts.

In the morning when I arrived I wandered around the town and saw the market cross. market crossA most ornate structure.

Quite soon I decided that it was time for a drink and a bit of sustenance so I found a café. The ButteryThis is called ‘The Buttery’ and had architecture that made it a little different to your normal café.

Unfortunately they were short staffed that day and by the time I received my coffee and scone I was wondering whether to leave and try somewhere else. Coffee and a sconeBeyond the market cross there was a street with some market stalls marketand lots of bunting!

As you can see it was a rather overcast day, though luckily it stayed dry.

My main reason for coming to Chichester was to visit the cathedral so that is where I went next.

Here is a splendid statue of St Richard of Chichester outside the cathedral. statue of St Rchard of ChichesterInside there was a temporary art installation by the famous artist and sculptor, Ana Maria Pacheco. Art instalation

The installation was called “Shadows of the Wanderer” and images the story of Aeneas, who carried his father Anchises away from the ruins of Troy. However it is also designed to remind us of the struggles of refugees fleeing from so many trouble spots today.
The above photograph is not very good but I thought that I should include it to give you an idea of the total installation.
I was more interested in taking photographs of some of the individual figures.
This one I labelled “Scary”.  SculptureThis one “Beautiful” Sculptureand this one “Courage”. SculptureI then moved on to look around the rest of the cathedral.
Of course I had to go  and look at the Piper tapestry Piper tapestrythat I remembered so vividly from my first visit so many years ago.
Here is a closer look. Piper tapestry closer viewFurther back behind here there was another striking tapestry. anglo-german tapestryAn anglo-german creation.
There was a lot of stained glass in the cathedral but having limited time I just took some photographs of the Chagal window as I am so very fond of Chagal. Chagal windowThere was an interesting piece of roman mosaic that had been uncovered. Roman mosaicAnd to give you just a  glimpse of the cathedral as a whole. Long view back down cathedral
I liked this piece of ceiling. ceilingI had bought a snack to eat for lunch and I then went to the Bishop’s Gardens to eat it. Bishop's gardens
Taking this photograph of the Cathedral spire on the way. Cathedral spire seen through trees
 I have already  shared the photographs of bees that I took. Such as this one. bee on sedumBut I also was struck by this rudbeckia. rudbeckiaVery obviously autumn! with both the sedum and the rundbeckia.
By now the sun was beginning to come out and I managed to get another picture of the spire against a blue sky spire against blue skyas I went back to the main part of town. archwayI hope you enjoyed this little glimpse of what Chichester has to offer. It is my general intention to go back some time and explore further.