This week will see the last batch of my babies winging their way off to far distant places, at least for a couple of months, so I'm beginning to draw breath and take stock. Would love to show you some of the projects I've been working on, but unfortunately that's not the way publishing works. It will be another twelve months before the book I'm working on is published, but the design and making will be finished by the end of next month. Such a different time scale if you're an indie publisher, but I can see the pros and cons of both.
I'm looking forward to sending off the current batch so I can get down to putting some sort of order back into my office. The office and the studio, by the way are one and the same thing, it just depends what I'm doing there. All the stuff that involves hours of sitting at a computer is done in the office, whilst drawing, choosing colours, playing with yarn, knitting swatches and photography is done in the studio. When things have been busy, the space can get crammed, so I'm looking forward to reclaiming the floor space so I can have a clear head for the next batch.
|Come on, let me know your views|
- grass green or deep burgundy -
I hate flesh coloured shoes and bras!
|One good thing about the rain is that my beans |
are romping away... despite the slugs!
|One of the few days recently when it's been|
possible to have coffee in the garden
Gotta go now so I can clock off early and catch some Wimbledon. Hope you saw the lovely woman proudly knitting in the crowd during the Andy Murray v Marcos Baghdatis match. A great ambassador for the craft, and she was actually wearing one of her own creations too.
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Now as promised, here's a couple of handy tips for your portfolio.
Which method would you recommend for creating a turning ridge on a hem?
Kate Lumley, by email
A turning ridge is a row worked when the hem is the required length, at the lower or the upper edge. It demarcates the edge making a clean line. My favourite turning ridge is a purl row, but I do sometimes use a picot ridge or a slipstitch ridge, depending on the design. The body pattern always begins on the next RS or WS row, depending on pattern.
Knit the sts through the back of loops on wrong side, so forming a purl ridge on right side.
Worked over an even number of sts on right side row:
K1, *k2tog, yarn over; repeat from * end k1
Worked over an odd number of stitches on right side row:
*k1, with yarn at front, slip 1, k1; repeat from * to end
REMOVING SMELLS FROM WOOL
I have rescued a crocheted blanket which has been in the garage for a year or two. I have washed it and it looks great, but it is has an unpleasant smell, probably due to being damp for some time. It is not mildewed. Is there something else I can wash it with? Would borax do the trick? I hesitate to try anything without someone else's experience to go on. Various reference books like Mrs Beeton are not helpful.
Lindy Wiltshire, Alton, Hants
My grandmother always swore by vinegar, Lindy. To remove smells from clothes and blankets add 1 cup of vinegar to very hot water in bathtub, and steam article above. If the odour is really bad you may need to do this two or three times, but it should do the trick eventually. Another tip is to add 2 cups of vinegar to the rinse cycle in your machine and this will leave your blanket soft and fluffy.