Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Literary shenanigans

I've been knitting away on my Wollmeise shawl in the last ten days. My shoulder is starting to heal and I have more flexibility in it. I now have 115 exercises overall to do each day which involve attempting to push a wall over with my fist :)

Oscar Wilde postcard by Literary Emporium on Not on the High Street

This time next week I will be on an Arvon Foundation residential deep in the Devon countryside with no internet access and just a notebook, a project bag full of wool and my own mind. And lots of other creative wonderful minds, good food and nice wine.

The last couple of months have felt a bit strange for me personally with a few opportunities exploding from the toaster and landing buttered side down. A few things have gone very right though. I am feeling very confident with my good female driving instructor and I'm going to Arvon, obviously. I have also bought some lovely things and the sun is out this week. Each day I try and write a list in my head to try and focus on the good things. Sometimes we can get carried away and forget how many steps we've taken when we feel as if we are going backwards.

So I will have some time to knit next week I'm sure. And take photos of the wonderful Devon countryside. Lets hope the opportunity will land buttered side up and I will start submitting my flash fiction again!

Happy knitting :)

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Book Review: 'Knit and Crochet Garden' by Arne & Carlos

This book review is a bit later than I had planned. I took the pictures in December then put them to one side as I had asked Arne & Carlos for an interview. I waited to see then found out from them about a family illness. Then came Christmas and all the hustle and bustle. Anyway, here it is finally.

'Knit-and-Crochet Garden' by Arne & Carlos is, as always, an amazing cute wonderful book. It's full of bright cheerful colours and comforting knitting and crochet patterns.

There are unusual twists on household items like coasters and cushions inspired by flowers and all things related to the garden. I love the feel and aura of Arne & Carlos books. They are so homely. You feel as if you could really snuggle up with the cushions and throws.

There are also patterns in here for toys - a mouse and a hippy to be exact! They come with clothes and you'll need to be able to knit in the round with DPNs or be able to adapt the pattern to suit your needs. There isn't much in the way of instructions for complete beginners, just advice on yarn and needles, but if you are a confident beginner you should find you are OK.

There is a pattern for a blanket for the toys and there are lovely photos of the dolls house Arne & Carlos own in their garden.

I have reviewed two other Arne & Carlos books here: Easter Knits, and Knitted Dolls with a Designer Wardrobe

You can find 'Knit and Crochet Garden' by Arne & Carlos on the Search Press website.

As usual, thank you once again to Search Press for sending me this book to review.
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