Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Various Bits

Sorry for the delay in posting, I've been very busy - I have lots to tell you about!

First things first - it's FINALLY snowing! I'm so excited! My mam has been ringing me from Newcastle every day this week to tell me that they have 11 inches of snow(!!) whereas it's been clear here. I decided to go out for a walk this morning to enjoy it, and I took these photos in Mile End Park;

I really did like how at 9.20 this morning there were already 3 snowmen dotted about the park!

Yet it still surprised me that there was a completely clear, untrodden path at this time.

I took some pictures to celebrate the changing season a few weeks ago as part of my research for my collection, and I couldn't help but notice the difference between those lovely warm autumn colours, and this crisp and cold leaf litter;

What's surprised me in all of this research is how green everything still is!

Except of course this little bush, that just looked so incredibly sad.

You're bound to have noticed that all of this excitement is over what many would describe as a rather feeble amount of snow. I seem to have snow repelling qualities, the whole time I was in Edinburgh (3 years) we had 2 decent days of snow - look at it now! The last year I was in Edinburgh was 2 years ago, when London was brought to a total standstill by it. Maybe this is some higher power telling me I am destined to die by snow, and it's probably best I avoid it!

In other, less snow related news (but equally exciting), last night was the Christmas party of my knitting group. This was a truly wonderful affair filled with good food (50% off no less), good gossip, and the receipt of my first ever swap gift! My knitting group has a long and exciting history before my arrival, and every year hosts a Secret Santa amongst it's many varied members. My gift has not yet arrived at it's recipient, so I won't say where it went (far!),  but I was fortunate to receive from a friend of mine, Trisha! She was incredibly generous and I was so excited to open all of my wonderful gifts at the party!

Yes - Wollmeise!

The cheeky thing had feined that she was helping me when I was trying to narrow down my choices the other week, but was in fact sneaking for information! It couldn't be better! This is in addition to sheepy post-its, a sheepy magnetic jigsaw (now on my fridge), a very useful bookmark (that may be used for chart reading too), needles, mini Daim bars (I love Daim bars SO much!) and a little sheepy to act as my new mascot on my desk at work! The pattern should be popping into my Ravelry inbox later today, so another surprise awaits!

Finally, some completed knitting related news!

Thursday saw the MODO pre-show party! MODO is a Univesity College London society of students (sciences, humanities, etc) who have an interest in fashion and textiles and every year we put on a huge fashion show to great acclaim. This year I'm rather heavily involved (check out the MODODiva blog for more info), and I'm planning to create an 8 piece collection inspired by the autumn season.

As a knitter, I had to start making all of this back in June, and so far have completed 2 of my 8 looks. As a pre-show party isn't really a pre-show without some sneak peaks, I was able to show one of these outfits off, modeled by the ever lovely Helen.

Are you ready?

This is the Leggings with Mesh Sides from Judith McGowan Michael's Knitting Lingerie Style (I love this book) without the mesh sides and with stripes (and a few other minor alterations), and a sweater of my own design, knitted in the round from the bottom up.

Aren't they fun! The mattress stitch has distorted the stripes by half a stitch, so if I were to make these again I'd probably use a back stitch instead, but it's the inside leg so it's not too noticeable.

Sorry for the blurriness in this photo (the lighting in the venue was rubbish), but I really think this image conveys what we try to do at MODO, and shows off the silhouette I was aiming for to it's fullest. In this collection I'm trying to use the thigh as a focal point, and I think the striped leggings really show that off.

The jumper will be written up, test knit and then the pattern will be coming out to you. It has 3/4 length  sleeves with negative ease, and a looser body shape, which flares out in the back to create a series of mini pleats around the yoke decreases. The yoke is worked using Sirdar Crofter, to provide a fair-isle effect with none of the necessary technical concerns, and with the additional use of Artesano Superwash Merino DK this jumper is easy to care for and easy to wear.  It requires an 80cm 4mm circular needle to complete.

Thanks for reading this rather epic post!

Speak soon!


  1. Your jumper & leggings looks amazing! I might have a go at the jumper once you put the pattern up. I love the neckline and the fair isle effect. I've finally learned how to knit in the round (yes, it's as easy as everyone said it would be!) so am no longer daunted by such things.

  2. Your striped leggings are adorable! I'm still working out basic sweaters. lol