Whatever have I been doing? Why, enjoying the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and knitting of course.
Willow Tweed Aranami Shawl
Since my last post, I managed to finish my Willow Tweed Aranami shawl. The yarn is absolutely heavenly and the finished product is drapey, silky and cozy with just enough weight. And because it knits up with a slightly larger gauge than the original, it’s extra long so wraps very luxuriously – I absolutely love it. Olga Buraya-Kefelian’s (aka olgajazzy) original pattern calls for using Brooklyn Tweed’s Loft but being a cheapskate, I decided instead to use Louisa Harding’s Willow Tweed that was on sale on Elann at the time. I improvised the colour gradations and am very happy with the result. Fortunately (sadly), the weather in Vancouver is so terrible that I’ve had loads of opportunities to wear my beautiful Aranami. Because there have been virtually no sunny days for ages, I haven’t had a chance to make a pretty picture of the finished shawl, so this one will have to do until the clouds finally decide to leave:
When I became consumed with my Aranami, I had laid aside my previous obsession, Kirsten Kapur’s incredibly beautiful Unsinkable, a shawl/wrap/scarf of unrivalled gorgeosity. I bought the kit from Wooly Wonka Fibers – the yarn is an unspeakably soft and squishy Merino/Silk/Metallic blend called Arianrhod Sock and the colour is Iceberg, a icy blue-green with a faint starry-night sparkle. As soon as I’m done a test-knit I’m working on, I’ll get back to Unsinkable. If summer doesn’t show up soon, I’m going to need this yummy shawl sooner rather than later.
Tea and the Diamond Jubilee
Anyone who knows me knows that I am mental for the Royal Family and adore the Queen. So of course, I got up early on Sunday morning to watch the Royal Flotilla up the Thames. Amazing to see the old bird and Prince Philip standing the entire time! Too bad the DoE had a bit of back luck with the old bladder the next day and missed the rest of the Jubilee fun. Of course, I drank a great deal of Murchies’ Diamond Jubilee tea this weekend (naturally, this is something I would have done anyway, but the special occasion made it all the more fun). I alternated between using my special Royal Worcester commemorative tea cup (which you can see is 100% Queen approved) and the one I just bought from Crown & Crumpet (the prettiest place in the world!) whilst on vacay in San Francisco recently.
Well, that’s all for now. Remain on the edges of your tuffets, my muffets, for more very soon! Now I must away.