Wednesday 15 December 2010


I intended to do a WIP Wednesday post today, but I got distracted.  I started entering Sew, Mama, Sew giveaways and by the time I finished I had no light to take photos.  Did you know about the giveaways?There are LOADS of them.  If you are knitter you might not have come across this website which deals with the stitchy side of craft.  Every year the blog hosts a list of bloggers across the world who are going to give away either handcrafted goods or materials to make them.  These giveaways take ages to plough through but there are some real gems of prizes out there.  I might even join in next year - if I remember.  The other good thing about this huge list is finding new blogs that are interesting and on my wave length.  If you have a few hours spare to be sucked dry go and have a look, its hard to get away until you finish at least one of the THREE pages of giveaways.

So now I have no light, and I can't take a pretty picture of how my mother's shawl is going.  However, it is stocking stitch so the only difference from last week is that it has grown massively.  It is now about 92" across the span.  It's not really deep enough yet, so I have some more knitting to do.

While I'm on the subject of my mother's shawl, I have a confession to make.  I have been leading you all astray with false information.  Mirage yarn is NOT 100% acrylic like I thought, it has 50% wool content.  I discovered this when I got my second ball of yarn out to join onto the shawl.  I looked at it casually and my eyes nearly popped out of my head.  So after an apologetic crawly phone call to my forgiving mother, I have come up with a solution.  I have purchased some lovely gunmetal grey satin fabric to bind over the top edge of the shawl, that will prevent yarn to skin contact.  I have to confess this fabric really is delicious and I want to keep it for myself.  I can see myself cutting quite a skinny binding so I can make myself a nice little cami top with the remainder!  I would show you this gorgeous fabric, but there is no light!

I'm beginning to think my vague idea of buying a light tent for crafting photos may become a reality sooner rather than later, if the gloom continues in this manner!  Does anyone use a light tent for their photography of craft?  Is it worth getting one?  I would just like to be able to post photos without displaying my crafty clutter in the background occasionally.

Anyway, the only knitting I have done this week is the shawl.  It won't be ready by Christmas, but I still feel that I must keep knitting on it until the last minute, just in case. 
I hope to be able to produce something other than gift knitting after December 25th, so get ready for some self indulgent pretties!  Until I have anything to show you, maybe the other WIP Wednesday guys have something to look at.  Go and click on the button and have a look.


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