Hat ahoy

This is what happened when I knit a hat. 

Harbouring peaceful thoughts (hiding how cold I was) Copeland Island in the distance

I would take a good guess that friends who follow my blog will know that as much as I love to knit, both of us love to finish my projects with a fun photo shoot. We love our chats as we plan a location and know when we arrive there we will have fun and there will also be behind the scenes shots and stories to tell. I am still so nervous knowing I am on the wrong side of the camera but I can assure anyone reading this blog I am not showing off any knitting as I know my weaknesses but I also love to develop my projects. I have three projects on in this shot and the sheep all live around the world!

My hat is another design from Ysolda Teague's Knitworthy collection. I love to knit cables and this beanie has set my knitting clicking and considering more cable knitting over winter. The wool is from Germany (Rauwerk wool) it was crisp to knit with and robust on my fingers. It was still oiled but after the spa it softened and produced a velvet like beanie. I loved the wool and plan to knit another Liab beanie.

My sweater is the one I knit last year from Brooklyn Tweed's Yoke collection. The sheep to create Loft wool live in the USA to add to my sheep around the world in this photo. My mittens were adapted by me to use part of Kate Davies design for the Rams and Yowes blanket I knit two years ago. I must have had courage then as I made the mittens up! The sheep for my mittens live in Shetland - how's that for a round up of sheep and their wool! I am going to knit mittens using sheep from Irish wool soon!

hard rock!

The shoot was going well and we had the harbour all to ourselves! The lapping of the sea was calming my mind as we had left a rather fraught week behind. The air was bracing, my heart wasn't racing as I was slowly turning white then blue as I was sitting or standing while dad did the clicking but didn't realise he might have to carry me home as a block of ice! Scroll across the photos and pop one or two out if you want.

roped in

We haven't had the luxury of travelling round the world but how can we ignore the pleasure of living on an island where we can be at the coast or the country in less than 45mins from home. I love my home and my own bed!

straight up and down 

A pantomime behind the scenes. There is a story behind my boots which I might tell if things work out with them but there was a reason I was changing and dad typically took my pop of pink hand knit socks! 

Bold pops of colour, the first pair of socks I ever knit and the ones I wear when I need to calm down. I think about my feet and relax as the socks are crazy and help me to stop thinking if my knitting is perfect enough. Layering up as we moved about with a technical ski jacket to save my life (not the life rescue ring this time)

We had a wonderful afternoon and all because I knit a hat!

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Project accomplished! Glint in eye speaks for me......I was defrosting (seriously)

When silence speaks

Handful of chestnuts