I then added a crochet edging as I think that the shawl as per the pattern looks unfinished without one.
Then I made a basic hood. Instead of sewing it to the shawl I decided to stitch buttons to the hood so that the shawl can be worn with or without the hood. If she wants to wear it over her dress then all she has to do is unbutton the hood and it's a normal shawl once again. I just used loops within the crochet as buttonholes.
I got these yarns in the Black Sheep online sale. I have ideas for yarn mixing for Christmas presents and for one of them I wanted themes of beige and brown so I am starting collecting bargains in fancy yarns to use up with some other yarn from my stash. The pink balls are just for frivolity as I love the colours.
Why exercise books and coloured pencils? I am going to try to be more organized with my pattern writing. When I am designing and altering patterns I have bits of paper scattered about the house which I invariably lose and then when I want to make something again I can never remember what I did. The books came in a bargain pack of 10 so I will use each one for something different. One will be for designs that are, as yet, still in my head, another for actual written patterns and another for my machine knitting. I am sure that there will be different categories as I go along.
I am still organising. Why does flat pack furniture have to involve so much sweat and tears? I am a woman so I did try to follow the instructions (unlike a man) but as they were just diagrams which didn't really help much there was a bit of unladylike cussing before the pieces finished up looking like this.
Yes I did notice that it said SHOE rack. However living in my little doll's house which has a hall the size of a doormat I needed somewhere to store my collection of scarves, hats and gloves. They were previously on a rack that was too small and finished up as a great tangle of scarves and I could never find the right one when I was going anywhere. Now they are quite tidy and as the rack is on wheels it give me access to the meter box which is behind it. As it isn't very wide then there is just about enough room for me to pass by to the staircase and to open the front door. Gosh one of these days I will look tidy. I am sorting rooms out bit by bit.
I still have to find a permanent home for my little drawers and flat trays which hold my haberdashery as at the moment they are in my front room by the side of my chair making the room look messy. Perhaps I need to find room in my dining room as that is now a work room with 2 knitting machines and cones of wool stored in there. I could sort out my bookshelf that is filled with baby wool at the moment and make some spare room on there for them.
I still haven't got started on knitting lace on the knitting machine and every day I say to myself - Today is the Day but it never is !
Next week I will be taking part in this event (info taken from Artyarn website - link in my blog title) I am not sure which days I will be riding on the Metro but it sounds like a great deal of fun.
June 6th - 10th - Stitch n' Ride, Manchester City Centre (UK)