Thursday, 27 December 2018

Merry Christmas

A rather belated Merry Christmas to you all!

I thought I would share a couple of photos I took this morning in the Cathedral when I arrived for work before we opened to the public.

Tina's Allsorts, Winchester cathedral

Tina's Allsorts, Winchester Cathedral

Sunday, 9 December 2018

Hats!

I've been suffering recently with frozen shoulder and crochet seems to aggravate it, so I've found myself doing a bit more knitting. But impatient me wants it finished NOW, so I've gone for hats as they're pretty quick to make .

I came across a lady via instagram who designs the most amazing hats. She's Irina of @myknitland and sells her patterns through Ravelry. (Sorry, my tablet just won't copy and paste links anymore...)

One of them is free - Foliage - and I made it last Christmas but it came out too big. My fault for changing the needle size. I finally got round to unpicking it and making it again in a lovely burgundy yarn.

Tina's Allsorts

I should have taken the time to "relax " the yarn before using it again though ,as when I washed my remade hat it turned out to have a bit of give, so is still too big!!

Never mind. It's a lovely pattern and I would recommend it - along with her others.

Next I made a complicated design called Flame. I used Drops Puna, a pure alpaca yarn and it turned out just right!
Just look at the top of the hat in the second picture - so clever. All I need is a freezing cold day as this one is going to be really warm!





I decided I might have time to make a hat for a friend for Christmas, so chose another design called Crystal. This one turned out to be even more complicated and is quite a challenge!
I'm using the same grey yarn again , even though it looks a different colour in the photo,  and you can see my cute stitch markers too. They're made by Cheryl of Chapelview Crafts and they're simply amazing.  Hand made little gingerbread men, all with different colour scarves. I also bought a pair of gingerbread men earrings!
But anyway , the hat. I'm determined to finish it and the pattern is going to look fab when it's done. Hope my friend likes it...



Tina's Allsorts, The Texan  Muffler

And here's the scarf I've just finished and posted off to the USA. My customer wanted tassels on it and they turned out really well. This pat*tern used to be called "Parterre" but has been re-branded the Texan Muffler. A much better name I think.
Available to buy on Ravelry - just follow the link on my shop page or in the side bar.

That's all for today . I thought a quick hello was preferable to not popping in for another month! Hope your Christmas shopping is going better than mine - ie barely started and as I was told yesterday, there's only 15 days to Christmas! 
Take care,     T    xXx

Saturday, 24 November 2018

Ginkgo's...

We are blessed with having several Ginkgo trees in the Cathedral grounds and surrounding area. It was obviously a popular tree to plant at one time.
I love to see them in the autumn when their leaves turn to a bright shimmering gold. They often collect on the pavement just outside The Close where the wind catches them and arranges them in "channels". There was no sunshine the day I took this photo - I even parked the car and walked back to take a picture especially! - but I knew there was heavy rain coming, so it had to do.

Tina's Allsorts, Ginkgo Leaves

But I'm sure you can imagine the intense gold colour of the leaves, contrasting with the grey flint stones of the wall in the sunshine. I'd seen this tree along the River Walk a few days earlier when the sun was out -

Tina's Allsorts, Ginkgo Leaves

I can still remember when I joined the Cathedral and the office was at the back of a building with a long garden. There was always something to look at in the garden all year round but the day I started, there was a ginkgo in all it's autumn glory. It was hard to look away and get on with some work!

I didn't have a camera phone back then - although I bought one soon after and took loads of photos around the garden - so I took my camera in and captured this -

Tina's Allsorts, Ginkgo Leaves

I took some lovely photos around the garden in the following two years but then we moved buildings, so I only got to see this view of the Ginkgo one more time. I should hunt those photos out and start sharing them again.

If you popped in last week you'll be glad to hear that the pat*tern for the Romsey Wrap in coming along nicely and should be ready soon.

Bye for now!!  T  xXx


Sunday, 18 November 2018

The Romsey Wrap

I've been absent from my little space for rather a long time again haven't I?... I haven't been sitting idly by any means - you'll find me making and posting very regularly over on Instagram (link in sidebar) and it occurred to me yesterday that what I need is an app that will copy each IG post and pop it into blogger for me! Does such a thing exist do you think??... Please let me know if it does!!

So anyway, I reckoned it was time I popped in and said hi and spent more than just 2 minutes here! So I thought this was the ideal place to properly share my latest creation - The Romsey Wrap.
It's another scarf - they're just so quick to make aren't they - but once it was finished and I was thinking about a name, it occurred to me that actually, if I swapped the yarn for something finer and  increased the number of stitches, it would also work as a lightweight shoulder wrap. Two for the price of one, that's my kind of pat*tern!!! And the name? Well, I made the first version with 2 balls of King Cole Riot DK in their colourway Beech, as I just can't get enough of the autumn colours this year, and I bought it in my favourite shop in Romsey. Hence the Romsey Wrap, in their honour. (It was nearly the Romsey Riot!...)

(By the way, haven't the autumn colours been simply AMAZING this year??? My only regret is that it has been so stupidly busy at work that I haven't been able to take my traditional autumn week off, to get out and enjoy all that colour. So I've had to make do with views out the car window on the way in, short lunchtime walks through the park and a quick visit to Hilliers last weekend. Not the same though...)

Tina's Allsorts, The Romsey WrapAnyway,  like I say, I bought 2 balls of yarn to make a scarf and initially I had planed on making my Tail of Two Dragons knitted scarf but before I even got home with those 2 balls, I'd seen something else that was hand dyed and lovely and bought that too, so that will become the knitted scarf. One day... So that meant something else for the autumn colours and I decided to do something new. 
The textured pat*tern is reminiscent of my Popcorn Dreams crochet scarf but it's long and straight, with a simple edging. And as already mentioned, you can easily switch up your yarn for a completely different look.

The pattern came together so incredibly quickly that it virtually made itself! Writing it up is taking a lot longer - I have made a start but it isn't finished yet. No where near finished actually...  But that doesn't mean I can't share a photo or two to whet your appetite!
The main body of the scarf is just 33 stitches wide and has a simple 5 row pattern repeat. The edging is even simpler and if you work a few rows it looks like moss stitch. It certainly finished it off nicely - to be honest, when I finished the main body and put it on, I looked in the mirror and couldn't believe how ugly it was!! I really wished I hadn't wasted my time and effort -not to mention the cost of the yarn...
I was so disappointed, I very nearly used the leftovers to make a basic hat but decided there wasn't quite enough left for that and this yarn is a bugger to unpick if I couldn't finish it. So I decided to use the remaining yarn to work a simple border instead and boy oh boy, did that border bring the whole thing together and bring it to life!!! I really can't believe how much difference it made. I hated the initial scarf so much I didn't even take a photo of it pre-border. But now? Yes, now it really works! And I can't wait to make the big, wrap version!! I think maybe silver-grey, lace weight alpaca, on a big hook.

Tina's Allsorts, The Romsey Wrap

Tina's Allsorts, The Romsey Wrap

Tina's Allsorts, The Romsey Wrap

Apart from making more scarves, I also can't wait to make an autumn colour blanket too but I want to put lots of colours in it and I know it will take time to collect together all the colours I'll need. I've been trying to take lots of inspirational photos when I have managed to get out, as it's surprising just what does make up an English autumn. There's an awful lot of green for a start from all the leaves that haven't changed colour, as well as those that are evergreen. There's a lot of lemony/greeny yellows and pinky tones,  apricots and oranges, every shade of gold and bronze you can think of, as well as all the burgundy and reds that normally spring to mind. 

I've decided I want to try and go for an English Autumn, not a New England autumn, on the whole. There will be burgundy and reds but I might go for a colourwash arrangement and keep them in one area. What I do know, is that it probably won't be striped like the scarf! It definitely needs to have all the colours mixed together. 
But that blanket is a looooooooong way off yet. I'll let it roll around gently in my head for quite some time yet before I even begin to collect yarn.
Would you like to see some of my inspiration to keep you (and me!) going until it materialises?? Yes, me too!! (These are not my best photos, just some of my recent snaps, with the first one being beech leaves.)

Tina's Allsorts, The Romsey Wrap

Tina's Allsorts

Tina's Allsorts

Tina's Allsorts

Tina's Allsorts

Tina's Allsorts

Tina's Allsorts

Tina's Allsorts

Tina's Allsorts

Tina's Allsorts

Tina's Allsorts

Tina's Allsorts

I've been trying to take lots of inspirational photos when I can and I'll put them all into an "autumn folder" to remind me of the colours I need to be using when the time comes.
Mind you, I've probably got thousands of autumn photos already to be honest!!

I'll try and remember to pop back and let you know when The Romsey Wrap Pat*tern is ready but please pop in to IG and say hi as I'm sure it will appear there first!!

And if you're wondering why I keep adding that * in the middle of a certain word, it's my vain attempt to keep the bots at bay. You know, those ones that trawl the internet just looking for pat*terns that they then take without asking and publi*sh for free on a website somewhere...


Lovely to pop in and chat with you, however briefly. Now it's back to writing up my very scrappy scarf notes!!  

Take care,   T  xXx