Monday, 15 October 2012

Cardiff Half

A brief diversion from the crafty world to an event that has taken up lots of my time recently. On Sunday October 14th 2012 I took part in the 10th Anniversary Cardiff Half Marathon, along with 13,000+ others.
It took me 2hrs 24 minutes to get around, largely due to my support crew (DH) geeing me up at the start, 7th mile marker and spotting me at the finish too, so proud of my time as it beats anything I'd done in training hands down!
In order for you:
Waiting for the starting gun to be fired, in amongst the melee...

At the 7 Mile Marker (incidentally my fastest section)...
On the train home after I'd got my breathing back to normal, so overwhelmed on the finish line had to have a word with myself and calm down!...
 
Thanks to all the 30,000 ish supporters, the organisers and the other runners who made this an unforgettable event (especially with the aches lasting days afterwards)!

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Re-evaluating

I'm going back to a pattern I designed for a swap - I love what I did but fancy it could be great in a different way too.

The above is a close up of the rib detail on my Harlyn Cowl (clearly it's all about the Cowl at the moment) it's not the ribbing but the length of the knit - originally I designed it to be long and snug so you could wear it really wrapped up or more loosely as you felt like it.

Suppose that's what I'm really enjoying about doing my own thing is that I can change it and deliberate over the pros and cons to my hearts desire. I do alter other peoples patterns as I make them but feel tentative about what I'm trying to achieve by doing so.

Hope to share the outcome with you soon.

Almost forgot to mention that I think the Arwe shawl will have a hat to go with it. In principle anyway as the idea is definitely in my head, just working on the maths of the pattern and the decreases!!

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Trevone

Exciting things happening at the moment, my second pattern available to purchase has been released today.

Trevone is a DK weight cosy cowl pattern that makes use of the self striping nature of the contrast yarn to fleck the cowl with textured drops of colour. Sadly the variegated yarn I used never had a label as came from my lovely Gran but I have found lots of alternatives in the Sirdar Crofter range. You will only need one skein of both the main and contrast colours.

For those familiar with Cornwall and the beautiful coastline there - I've named the pattern after Trevone Bay as it reminds me of the way the sea sparkled during a family holiday where true to form we got absolutely soaked in a sudden downpour, the sun shone through within moments and added tiny prisms of colour to everything we could see.

You can download the pattern through my Ravelry store here and I will be updating my pattern page today as well.