Monday, 31 March 2008

Lady D's Lady E

Lady D's Lady E
Originally uploaded by litlemouse
Entrelac has been something that I have resisted. The effect has always been something that I have admired. I can even remember a time when as a child I wanted to make a jumper in entrelac and the elderly wool shop owner peered over her glasses and said "That's too difficult for you". Unfortunatley I believed her!!!

There has also been something else holding me back. I HATE picking up stitches. They are so fiddly. I recently realised that this could be done with a crochet hook. Following this revelation, I wondered if anyone else had realised this could be done. Yep, they had. I read on the site that picking up stitches with a hook was not recommended as the tension may be uneven. Undeterred by this I continued to use the hook, checking after picking up my stitched that they were evenly distributed.

Result: I love entrelac, I don't even mind picking up stitches!

Sunday, 16 March 2008

Backyard Leaves Scarflette

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Originally uploaded by litlemouse
Such a soft yarn, scrumptious to touch with clear definition for stitches. I've just finished this Scarflette for my friends birthday -which was last May. And yes I am very late finishing it off. But we are both as bad as each other on that front.

This pattern can be found in Scarf Style. It's a sturdy yet delicate lacy leaf pattern. Made in two halves, it is steam blocked and stitched together following blocking. The yarn in RYC Cashcotton in Mauve.

It's ideal for spring weather as it's light to wear but I think it will be warm in these cool breezes. I hope she'll like it!

Sunday, 2 March 2008

Mothers day

Mother's day
Originally uploaded by litlemouse
Mothers day is one of the hardest days of the year for me and so many, so this post is for all the Mothers who won't be able to celebrate today.

For me this reminds me that my children (twin girls born prematurely) are not here today. Each Mothers day that passes reminds me once again that I don't have living children and while the majority of Mothers are happily receiving bunches of flowers and homemade cards, my girls will never be able to do that for me. And so today my husband and I stood at their graveside and laid some fresh flowers.

However, I was reminded today of my future hope. As a Christian I believe that this life is not all there is and there is the hope (not a pie in the sky wish but a belief based on biblical truth) that one day the pain and sadness of this world will pass away and the injustice of infant death (and death full stop!) will not happen again.