Friday, May 29, 2009

A Cheery Tea Cosy Part 2 - Frankie Brown's Fundraising

I promised in yesterday's post that I would come back and edit it to include a link giving credit to the pattern creator. Today I thought the creator deserved a post of her own.

This is from her About me section on Ravelry

I would describe myself as a normal person with a perfectly well-balanced interest in all things woolly. Others may beg to differ!

I spend as much of my time as possible making stuff. Mostly knitting but I also crochet, quilt, bead, spin….. I don’t really knit clothes (unless bags count) and I get bored following patterns. Mostly I enjoy making things up as I go along and producing my own designs ranging from the useful (bags and blankets) to the frankly esoteric (anyone for a knitted ammonite?). My all-time knitting hero is Elizabeth Zimmermann.

The patterns I publish on ravelry are all free but I would welcome donations to the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation So, if you enjoy knitting my patterns, please consider helping this very deserving cause.

I am happy for my patterns to be used for teaching purposes but please contact me first.

Frankie's fund raising page is here.

And here is a link to the free pattern for the Mistake Rib Tea Cosy.

Now that I've made my cosy I must get under way and make a donation to the Children's Liver Disease Foundation. A quick read of their website shows what a worthy cause this is.

If you can, please help Frankie Brown's fundraising.

Happy crafting folks.

For anyone in and around Cork this week....HAPPY PRIDE!! :)

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Cheery Tea Cosy

It's really not the weather for it, I know, but I wanted something quick to do to give me that sense of satisfaction that I so love from finishing something. Bigger projects make ya wait to long for that moment.

I'll come back and edit this to include a link to the free pattern I knit this from, but for now I'll leave you with the photographic evidence.

Happy crafting folks.



Friday, May 22, 2009

Knitting history & Craft friendly cafe

I've been home for the last 3 days with my poorly DD.

So what to do?

Knit, clean the kitchen, lug furniture from one room to another and spend a tad more time than usual on Ravelry.

There is a group on Ravelry for fans of Eleanor Roosevelt. She was well known in her day for being a knitter.

Interested by this I duly googled and came across this.

On a different topic, for those of you who haven't had the chance to see it yet, or who are not on Ravelry, here are pictures of the revamped Rainbow Cafe in Leamy house. Rainbow SnB's old haunt is now as colourful as our yarn stashes!


Sammie by Tash

My DD squealed with appreciation when she saw this. Followed by her (slightly less high pitched) verdict of "That's soooooo cool".

The MYLGBT flag

The guy in the photo doing the dishes is Conor a.k.a. fatandfortysomething, fellow volunteer and a member of Rainbow SnB.

I've got a chicken roasting in the oven and a chilled bottle of white wine that's been patiently waiting in the fridge for the last two weeks.

I bid you adieu for a while.

Happy crafting folks.

Cool. This is Knit on tv :)

Link to it here.

Listen for the surprise in the presenters voice when Russell Crowe is mentioned.

Oh my gosh. Is he not allowed to be multi-faceted???

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Indoor sunshine

Yarny indoor brightness to contrast with outdoor bleh.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


My chocolate cardi is finished.

Its resemblance to original design?


No resemblance whatsoever and that's fine by me.

It fits and it is snuggly comfy.

Ta Daa!!

Cuff Detail

I'm going to sit with it as it is for a while and at some point I may well add the collar and borders, but for now, it's staying as is.


Happy crafting folks.

Last night...

I brought my chocolate cardi with me to my volunteering stint so that I could join in with the SnB from afar.

Raglan seams were joined, stitches picked up, directions followed.......

The wrong directions.


There's an option for a shawl collar version of this cardigan, which is fine, except I'm not doing the shawl collar version!! :face palm:

Also noticed that I had one of the sleeves sewn in back to front.

Bah humbug I so energetically say.

Anyhow, back to the darning needle.


The shawl is coming along nicely and has become my chug-a-long project.

It just grows and grows.

Balm for the frustrated knitters soul.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Coptic Textiles at the Hunt

I made my way into the talk. Settled myself down with my knitting. Knit away until everyone who knew each other (and there seem to be a bunch of regulars) had chatted to their hearts content. Kept my knitting up through the microphone endeavouring to deafen the attendees. Security guard to the rescue! Heh heh

The talk was given by a lovely Polish academic who lives in Kildare with her equally academic husband (whose name I wont' even attempt to spell). She studies the Coptic/Egyptian textiles in the National Museum and treated us to a condensed paper on her PhD material. While I did pause my knitting to listen to her I took it up again about 15 minutes into the talk (what can I say, the room was dark and somnolence was setting in). I am a much more attentive listener when my hands are busy. :)

Anyhow, the main thrust of the talk centred around the Coptic (early Christian) use of symbolism as wards against demons and other negative influences. These wards were incorporated into their textile design, most notably their clothing.

The speaker charted the influence of Greek design aspects on Egyptian clothing which persisted and blended with other influences over time.

Christians are the groups referred to by the term Copt and Coptic. Their styles of dress can be used to chart how they emerged from the prevailing group to become a social force in their own right. They also blended their spiritual beliefs and thoughts arounds their moral code into their material possessions - clothing, house textiles and ceramics.

Slides were shown of dancing saints and such other images which, today, would not readily sit with our concepts of early Christians. This image was from a period of time where Christians felt safe and comfortable and this showed in their textile artworks.

There's more, but I think that's as much as I can piece together for now before I have my lunch.

Cheerio folks.

Some of you may see this more than once but....

Here's the link to Rainbow SnB's blog with details of time and location for their meet-up.

New faces are always welcome.

I can't make it tonight but click through and read the post for details of who your hosts tonight will be.

Happy crafting folks.


Monday, May 11, 2009


...since the last post I've pretty much been in transit between Limerick and Shannon and back again. Therefore, joining of raglans and picking up of stitches took a backseat to spending time with my honey and cruising along in the sunshine.

I wholeheartedly endorse this wilful sidelining of my crafty endeavours in the name of child-free shenanigans.



Does the picture remind anyone else of frosted chocolate cake or iced carrot cake.


It's not just it?

The icing, by the way, is my second attempt at a prayer shawl for a friend whose husband passed away earlier this year. I've decided on a simpler design. It's essentially going to be a garter stitch blanket/shawl. My original idea was really just too fussy.

Plus, to be honest, I had to bring something yarny with me over the weekend. I'm a grown up and can't go relying on my SO to keep me occupied for an entire weekend, now can I?

The fact that the knitting stayed in my satchel more than out of it should, however, speak volumes.


Friday, May 8, 2009


Looks more like a cardigan, don't it? :)

At this point I have the back and both sleeves done.

I ran out of yarn before the raglan and neck shaping for second of the front pieces.

This is the only piece left to finish before I can head on to the final stage.


Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Limerick Riverfest & Progress

Progress to 04.05.2009

Chilling out in The Lock Bar
Chowing down on French Sweets

Mom, give me the camera & I will take better pictures

Adopted daughter was ready for her close-up this time around :)

Sunday, May 3, 2009


The sun shone on the journey down to Cork which is always a good thing.

Except, when one of the passengers is my Darling Daughter, who doesn't take the heat well, and thus turned into Lil Miss Kvetch.


Thankfully herself and AD fell asleep for the latter half of the journey.

Below is DD's reaction at the very thought of budging out of her comfy position when we'd reached our destination.


The carpark we landed in was situated between Linc and South Parish Hall and offered up an alternative decorating theme.

Why can't all carparks be this colourful?

I think there should be more spaces where graffiti - in it's thought out and colourful form - is encouraged. It certainly makes for a more colourful urban landscape.

Cool Graffitti

As for knitting progress.....well....there wasn't any.

It was that kinda weekend where the folks around me got more of my attention than my WIP did. That reflects well on them, dontcha think?

Other than sincerely enjoying the company of my loved one's (including my exasperating DD), I also had the edge of a headache to contend with, so that too, may have conspired to keep my WIP in my bag.

Since it was past lunchtime by the time we reached Cork, food was high on our agenda. The Flying Enterprise got our vote and we in turn got really generous portions of food. Yours truly pigged out on the yumminess and for the next several hours could nigh on have been tied to somone's wrist and carried aloft like a balloon. The Bailey's coffee finished me and I was the one nodding off in the car on the way home.

Our friend Minniemouse joined us for lunch and caught us up on her antics since the previous evening. The Cork Women's Fun Weekend was just that for her, despite her jacket being swapped with someone elses, and her wallet going off on an adventure. She excitedly showed us her organic homemade lube and was jazzed to let us know that it's mainly made from linseeds. Betcha didn't know linseeds could be put to such a great use, now did ya? Heh heh. :) SO and I really must stay in Cork for the 26th Cork Women's Fun Weekend. As it is, we're heading down there for the table quiz that kicks off at 4.30p.m., presumably in Loafers.

We managed to squeeze my pigged out self into Loafers for a post-Lunch drink. Cue my DD being swept up in an energetic hug by a blond woman in front of Loafers. Turned out to be a mate from Limerick. My DD does have quite the social life!

The bar was jam packed with folks watching 'The Match'.

I ended up under the telly while the match was in play. Eep! It's quite something to be near the focal point of an energized group of fans whose team are not playing as they feel they should. Wow!

At the end of the match we all spilled out into the beer garden at the back and discovered that we weren't the only ones to have brought kids. Always nice to see other kids at these events.

Of course, once DD's friend had headed off to view an exhibition we were met with that old chestnut "So, can we go home yet?"



Saturday, May 2, 2009

The sun is out. The sky is blue.

There's not a cloud to spoil the view and the streaming through my window.

The weatherman said clear today, he doesn't know how right he was....

Add musical notation and sing to the tune of Buddy Holly's Raining in My Heart.

Wrong mood entirely, but I love the melody and the it was the first song to pop into my head.

This lovely sight is what I can see through my office window.
Pretty, yes?
Since last I typed:

  • The Old Quarter has won RainbowSnB's affections and is now our yarny haunt for the forseeable future.
  • The mother of all yarn tangles has been transformed into a sprawling stash inventory
  • I broke one of my 3.25mm interchangable needles tips :( Boo!
  • I sourced yarn to continue my choccie cardigan (nearly left it in our hotel room in Waterford, but I digress).
  • There has been progress on my choccie cardigan :)

This is the view on the floor of my sitting room.
Breath-taking, yes?

Progress to 31.04.2009
1st Sleeve finished & 2nd started

Progress on 2nd sleeve to 01.05.2009

This afternoon will see me arrive in Cork with all of my girls - SO, DD and AD (Significant Other, Dear Daughter and Adopted Daughter. Shauna may as well be our adopted daughter as she spends that much time with us).

It's Cork Women's Weekend.


I'm falling back on my genetics to attend this fest of female shenanigans and general good times.

I may well bring my choccie cardi to work on. So if any of my dear readers should happen to spot a boi about Cork town with knitting accoutrements and you've the notion it may be me, come on over and say hi!

Even if tis not me, you'll have made a new acquaintance. Tis all good. Heh heh