Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Sewing and shopping

This is Holly Culpepper, a sort of dog-rabbit. I made her from the pattern in one of my (growing collection of) Japanese Craft Books and I rather like her. I know her expression is a little sad but that's because she desperately wants to play outside and she can't go out until she's had all her shots. This project has taught me quite a bit and now I am working on a little giraffe from the same book which has a slightly different construction. I have some ideas of my own that I want to make and I hope to learn how to best put them together by working on some the patterns in the book.

Here you see her surprised to find a whole new collection of wool has mysteriously arrived in the house.

Thanks to a hot tip on Knitter Natter I immediately went shopping for some Yorkshire Tweed. I love this yarn and really wish it hadn't been discontinued. I have looked at the Scottish Tweed although I haven't actually used it yet, but it doesn't appeal quite as much, maybe it's the colours, I'm not sure. My LYS is pretty much all out of Yorkshire Tweed now and it is still around online but not at these bargain prices.

The bluish green shade is earmarked for this project. Yes, I know I'm a year behind but I really liked this pattern last year and just didn't get round to it, I know it will be a useful one.

This grey is lovely and although I rather like the way it looks just sitting in my bowl and echoing the stone walls in the garden outside I do intend to knit it. Yes, 4ply is not my favourite to knit with but I do really like the fabric produced. I don't have a definite pattern in mind but probably a simple fitted raglan type sweater, I have a copy of A Season's Tale which I'm hoping might have something suitable, any suggestions would be welcomed, I'm looking for something with some shaping.


Blogger Tammy said...

Love, love, love the little doggybunny. So sweet and love-able!

Wednesday, August 30, 2006 6:04:00 pm  
Anonymous marjorie said...

I love the dog-bunny, and I'll bet your daughter does too. It already has some of that "well-loved" look. My mom years ago made all the Winnie the Pooh animals in a similar style for my little brother. Tigger's tail could even come off! I'm sure your children will love the animals you make, even when they are really too old to play with them.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006 8:22:00 pm  
Blogger caroline said...

Oh Holly is so sweet - which book did she come from? Like I need an excuse to get another one!

Wednesday, August 30, 2006 8:28:00 pm  
Blogger Jeanne said...

Holly is really cute - love the expression!

Thursday, August 31, 2006 9:11:00 am  
Anonymous Wendy said...

The little dog/rabbit looks happier with her ears up. She really is sweet. My first official visit here now I know who you are. Lovely blog and thankyou so much for the wonderful gifts you have sent me for the one skein secret pal. The bag is gorgeous.

Thursday, August 31, 2006 1:44:00 pm  
Blogger Tami said...

I love Holly she is great.

I have some Yorkshire tweed in the grey color only three skeins. I don't know why they discontinued it.

You mentioned looking for the pattern of the fingerless gloves I am knitting. I found the pattern in Knitty online. Here is the link to the pattern.

Have a great weekend.

Thursday, August 31, 2006 2:53:00 pm  
Blogger Charity said...

The dog-bunny is sweet :0)

Love the new yarn, your planned project is great! Have you looked at Glampyre's Top-Down Raglan? Or the Hourglass Sweater in Last-Minute Knitted Gifts? Hmmmm...

Did you end up with yarn for the Denim nightmare?

Thursday, August 31, 2006 3:55:00 pm  
Anonymous carol said...

Oh Holly Culpepper is so sweet. Which book did she come from? I can feel a trip coming on the teh Japanese Book store..... I really love how she looks anitiqued and loved already. Not sure how much of the 4ply you have, but in A Seasons Tale there are 2 lovely cardis on pg 62 and 55. Also in Vintage Knits on pg 85 the little jacket Oriel is just gorgeous (it is knitted along with KSH). I must admit in the book to me it looks just ok, but I have seen one made up and its gorgeous.

Thursday, August 31, 2006 8:58:00 pm  
Blogger Alice said...

Oh yes, that Betty is gorgeous and so is the yarn.

My Charles would especially love your dog-bunny. Two of his fave things rolled into one. And it's quite chic-looking for a cuddly thing.

Also, I bet that surprised look is the same one my OH has, every time more yarn appears.

Thursday, August 31, 2006 9:21:00 pm  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

I love the dogbunny. She looks like she's waiting to Become Real.
That blue green yarn - my absolute favourite colour! I can't wait to see what it becomes. I was really trying hard to ignore the Festival of Quilts post. I am soooo tempted.

Thursday, August 31, 2006 10:11:00 pm  
Anonymous melissa said...

Holly is so, so lovely. And your yarn looks too gorgeous in those bowls for words.

(p.s. thank you for the sweet comment on my blog!)

Friday, September 01, 2006 9:44:00 am  
Anonymous Marylyn said...

That yarn-bargain is so tempting! I used to love felted tweed and knit several things in that. I'll be thinking about that now. I've just finished 'Fetching' from Knitty. They are really good to knit and nice to wear.

Saturday, September 02, 2006 5:58:00 pm  
Blogger Penny said...

Holly is very sweet. I think she hid when you were taking pictures, because she was near the bowl of wool in ine picture, but not the other.

Saturday, September 02, 2006 9:05:00 pm  
Blogger sue said...

Oh how cute is that bunny. Well I think it looks more like a bunny. Love your new tweed yarn too. I have just discovered your blog, and just finished reading your archives, and I will definately have to add you to my sidebar.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006 11:33:00 pm  
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