Ball's Well That Ends Well
Tuesday, 03 November 2009
The weather has gone from the sublime to the ridiculous: we had 28*C on Saturday and then today we had a cool, rainy day with extreme winds of up to 120 kph. We all like the cooler weather better. It was Too Hot To Knit, the stitches of my sock wouldn't move along the wooden needle. They stuck. I started knitting a scarf for Mrs Mauritius a while back, but the rib was just too solid, instead of nice and softly draping. So I unravelled it on Sunday when it was cooler and started a simple Feather and Fan pattern and it is perfect. Mrs Mauritius likes to fling her scarf around her neck and over her shoulder, so this will be excellent. I am knitting up two balls separately, and then I will graft the live stitches together in the centre so I have matching cast on edges. Here it is, and you can see the original is almost knitted up now. Oh I am using Zara Extra Fine Merino, I think, I can't find the label. I have put it somewhere safe.
I have been Spring Cleaning and I have a whole lot of fabric to be washed and ironed into submission, newspapers to be recycled and bits and bobs to sort out. I have also scanned some photos onto my computer and for those people who always want to see a picture of me: this is your lucky day!! Here's a picture of me, and Harki and Baby Peri!!! And it is old, about eight years old, because there is a giant stack of videos. Look how tiny Peri is, such a gorgeous baby!!!
Yes, there are pink curtains, but they work, so they're staying!!!
And now, the 'Bespoke' skirt Give-away!! This time I decided on The Tennis Ball Option. I had ten entrants, so I used ten of The Labradors' tennis balls. I wrote numbers on the balls.
I would line them up outside, let loose a Labrador and the winner would be the first tennis ball chosen. I tried Harki, but she was only interested in looking for treats interspersed amongst the balls. And there were none. So then I tried Lorelai Gilmore. I was very encouraging and enthusiastic in order to get a result, so beware the volume!! And the winner is...................
Number Eight, and that's Gaby!! Congratulations Gaby, I'll email you to discuss your blue skirt!!!!
And thus begins my effort to blog more frequently with fewer words and pictures so it doesn't seem like an overpowering task.
Awww, look at little Peri - so cute!!
I think you made the right choice in ripping the ribbing and doing F&F - lovely! Very flingy!
Posted by: Rose Red | Tuesday, 03 November 2009 at 10:13 PM
that is going to be a beautiful scarf! love the pattern you're doing it in.
you're the winner of my blogtoberfest giveaway!!
drop me an email at kalaedoscope(at)hotmail(dot)com to let me know your details :)
Posted by: Megan | Tuesday, 03 November 2009 at 10:31 PM
scarf looks gorgeous! good way to pick the winner of the comp
Posted by: isis | Wednesday, 04 November 2009 at 07:56 AM
Aww!! Peri is so tiny and soooo cute!!!!!!
Posted by: Michelle | Wednesday, 04 November 2009 at 11:35 AM
Congrats to Gaby (but envious over here!) - and Peri so cute and little and sweet - looking just like a Sorbent ad (in a good way!)
Posted by: Tinkingbell | Wednesday, 04 November 2009 at 12:37 PM
Wow.. I won. thanks for organising a great giveaway. Look forward to receiving your email.
Posted by: Gaby | Wednesday, 04 November 2009 at 03:37 PM
aww so cute :) that pattern you are knitting is really pretty and delicate looking
another great way to pick a winner.
Posted by: Jennifer Rose | Wednesday, 04 November 2009 at 09:33 PM
gorgeous photo! Labs are just the cutest! =)
Posted by: kuka | Wednesday, 04 November 2009 at 10:32 PM
Peri was such a cute pup (of course, she's still cute now), and I think Gilly has a future as a Lotto Dog. Nice scarf too!
Posted by: Leonie | Thursday, 05 November 2009 at 12:18 AM
Congratulations to Gaby on winning a custom skirt!
Oh, baby Peri is so cute! And you can rock the pink curtains, I'm sure!
Posted by: AmyP | Thursday, 05 November 2009 at 08:40 AM
The scarf is looking good. I love the Feather & Fan stitch too. That's a great idea to graft the center of the scarf, I will have to remember this.
Posted by: Ann | Friday, 06 November 2009 at 10:50 AM
Goodness, you are wearing tealy-green-blue! What a surprise ;-)
A baby Peri - she looks cuter than Gilly!
Posted by: lynne s of oz | Friday, 06 November 2009 at 07:15 PM
Baby Peri...adorable! Too many words is better than nothing to say and much more fun to read. :-)
Posted by: Laurie (Moo!) | Saturday, 07 November 2009 at 08:40 AM
oh puppies are evil and designed to make you forget what naughty dogs they turn into! she was awfully cute tho. and i see the love of green has a long history!
Posted by: drkms | Saturday, 07 November 2009 at 09:11 AM