Got my knitting needles out this weekend, for the first time in ages. I made this bolero last year and it was almost the very first thing that got sold when Jam Tarts had its first Open Day.
It was an ex-colleague who bought it for his 10-yr old niece, and he reported that she loved it so much that she practically slept in it. He has been asked to give her another one this year, in blues, so that’s what I’m busy with. I couldn’t find a variegated yarn with the right combination of blues that I wanted, so I’m mixing two strands together. It’s turning out a lovely rich denim colour, which I think any normal pre-teen will approve of.
It’s a great pattern, actually, designed by Dawn Leeseman, and it was a free download from I-can’t-remember-which-site, but I could probably track it if anyone else is interested. For once, I’m going to tackle this task as professionally as possible and actually Make Notes about how much yarn I use, any improvisations I make to the original pattern, and how long it takes to knit. Yeah right.
In other news, Alex made us a lovely lunch on Saturday. Sometimes, when she does something that clearly I regard as hilarious/stupid/original, she glares menacingly at me and says, ‘You’d better not put this in your blog.’ And other times, she’ll say sweetly, ‘Don’t you want to blog about this, cher maman?’. And so we have the Goldberg summer special: a variety of baby letttuce leaves, fresh orange segments, a sprinkling of quinoa and rice, slivers of smoked salmon, coriander, and a perfect dressing.
Rob was going to join us for lunch but he couldn’t because he had to wait for his new bed to be delivered, but Nathan was here. Nathan has completed a year at the prestigious Silwood School of cooking, so when he says something is good, then you’d better believe it.
To be continued…
ooooh I love the bolero – just wish I wasn’t useless at knitting :)
it’s an easy pattern. am sure you aren’t useless at all!
Thank you for your faith in my skills but I am not sure if my old home economics teacher would concur :)
Mmmmmm – Rob likes the portions ….
I love the bolero and I can’t wait to see what the blue one looks like and the dinner looks yummy! John is that way about the blog thingy too. As the old saying goes, “you can’t win for losing”.
Love and Hugs,
I have that pattern! Or one that looks just like it.
feel like joining me? we could have a KAL for two…:)
Shame you can’t send a helping of that this way. :-)
It’s so cute I immediately went off to see if I could find the pattern!
Turns out it’s an old freebie from Crystal Palace Yarns. Since the yarn, Kaya, has been discontinued the only access to it now is through the WayBack Machine, but still, I Got It! HEEHe!! Happy Happy – – http://web.archive.org/web/20100515154552/http://www.straw.com/cpy/patterns2/kaya-easyshrug.html
wonderful, thanks for that. it’s such a nice knit, I am currently using 6mm and 7mm needles, and 2 strands of DK wool. Nearly finished the sleeves ! … :-)
LOVE that bolero! think i need to get the pattern and knit me one for winter.
and i think i need me a nathan to come cook for me.
everyone needs a nathan. sometimes he brings us the fruits of his day’s labours…. un*&%ingbelievable food!!!!