Knitting at Parliament, originally uploaded by dansette.

OK, so this post is a bit late. Last weekend my friends Kate and Alice and I formed a team for the I Knit treasure hunt, put together by the fabulous Craig and Gerard at the shop

We ended up going around all kinds of secret corners as well as places mobbed with tourists, all the while knitting as we walked and tried to solve cryptic clues. (We realized that as right-brained knitters we weren’t that great at solving lateral-thinking puzzles. While knitting in crowds. Our competitive edge just started to wane!). A tourist did clock me knitting in front of Big Ben so it I can feel satisfied that I was actually Knitting in Public (I was knitting a scarf for the challenge non-stop for the total 4 hours of the hunt! Knitting while walking through tourist hoards! Through mobbed squares! But my scarf wasn’t that long compared to other teams– even though I’m a loose knitter, some teams seemed to be using needles much larger than the size 6’s in the rules. I’m sure we could have also gotten farther in the hunt if we had Google on our mobiles or had other pocket-brain devices to consult!) Next year I might just look for something that entails the mighty spectacle of a right-brained knitters together somewhere en masse! Flash mob knitting– that’s the ticket!

(I had many other great images taken by Kate but for some reason WordPress will let me upload them but not put them in the post. Drat.)

Calm after the storm, originally uploaded by iknitlondon.

Two of my favourite knitters, Craig and Gerard from the I Knit London shop which just moved to a new, bigger and more central location in Waterloo. Woohoo. They have a lot to celebrate.

They had an opening party and the pear cider was flowing freely. These men are really generous spirits. I don’t know how they do it all! My favourite moment was watching Craig sat on the sofa, pounding out shelf labels on yellow paper using his old 1930’s typewriter. If it’s worth doing…

I brought Mike along in hopes he might start knitting again but he’s feigned amnesia and impatience for learning anew. Oh well. He found this new Regia Sock yarn– the color schemes masterminded by Kaffe “king of 80s intarsia” Fassett himself. Mike was like, “Who is this joker on the label?” It was hard to explain given my mixed feelings for Fassett who has a lot of double consonants in his name. When I told Mike I would make socks for him out of this yarn, he felt a lot more generous about it.

Kate wearing the Train Tam, originally uploaded by velvetdahlia.

I knit this tam for my friend Kate– the buttons I’ve had since I was a kid– one has a unicorn on it.  It’s based on the pattern by Cozymakes.

Favourites, originally uploaded by velvetdahlia.


Liza in the Waterlily Tanke, originally uploaded by velvetdahlia.

I just finished this for Liza to take to France. It’s a pattern from Interweave knits– in Colinette’s Giotto– the pharoah colorway.

I didn’t block it.  Maybe I should have.  When will I learn to stripe Colinette?  It doesn’t look as striped on as it does in this picture.

Braided Neckpiece for Christel, originally uploaded by velvetdahlia.

Christel just sent me a care package of lovely clothes for my Blythe, Moet. So I knit this braided neckpiece from the Teva Durham book, Loop-d-loop for her. It’s actually the only Teva piece I’ve knit that I haven’t had to rip out. I knit one of these several years ago and I wear it often. (I’ve knit many of her designs and none of them worked for me.)

It’s knit out of Elan’s Peruvian Collection Highland wool, doubled in Irish Moss on number 11 needles.

Liza in the red sweater, originally uploaded by velvetdahlia.

I knit this sweater a couple of years ago. It’s alternating chunky cotton ribbon yarn and 4 ply cotton which produces an interesting texture. I crocheted around the neckline.  I used a pattern from a schoeller stahl book I have since misplaced.

I never liked how it looked on me, but it looks great on my friend Liza, who is wearing it here.  We were at the Chelsea Physic Garden, in case you were wondering.

She’s closed it with a pin, which is a great idea because it actually used to fall open quite often.

liza in the red sweater

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