So I finished Elspeth right on time – on Saturday evening, in fact. But I had gone home to Sligo to get well, and the connection isn’t good enough to upload pictures. I don’t know if that puts me out of contention for a gold medal, but I don’t mind. I got it finished and it looks nice. Here it is.
I’ve never mangaged to make picot edging look right. I think I’ll steam press it with a damp cloth and see how it is then. If it doesn’t behave itself after that, I think I’ll rip it out and tighten it up again.
While I was lying in my sick bed, I kept thinking about that mohair scarflet I mentioned before. So last night, I got out my 5mm bamboos and using this pattern as a guideline, I cast on for it. Beware! The pattern is in french. I couldn’t understand it either! But I used the schematic and that proved to be just as good. Here’s what I finished up with tonight.
I really like it, it’s just what I’d imagined. I used Phildar’s Kid Mohair. It’s not that scratchy at all. For the extra loop that I thread one end through, I picked up stitches, knitted a loop wide enough for the end to pass through, cast off and then sewed it on. What I should have done is picked up the stitches while I was still knitting the middle section, knitted the loop until it was wide enough and then joined the two pieces with a three needle bind off. I’ll know for again.
See the little silver brooch on the scarflet? I got it in Sligo at the weekend in The Cat and the Moon for just a tenner. All of their jewellery is handmade by the owners of the shop. They have a wide variety and a good price range, ie they have very pretty things for about e5-10, but alot of more expensive items too. Here’s something else I picked up in Sligo.
There is a small pokey little shop beside Moffat’s that sells all sorts of knitwear. There’s no shop that sells wool in Sligo any more (sigh) but I always go in here to have a look for ideas. This is a little felted bag, the perfect size for minding lipstick and odd trinkets in your handbag.