Thursday, 31 May 2012
I love Anthony Gormley's figures - in Merseyside or in Edinburgh. The ones in Crosby have been decorated with crochet (not sure how someone who's trademark is crochet can be described as a knitwear artist!) Dontcha just love a bit of yarn bombing?
Full story here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-18261992
Wednesday, 30 May 2012
Tomorrow I'm involved in a meeting about some research we have been doing. We are meeting beforehand in a local cafe and gallery.
It's a knitters sort of place with cones of bright yarn lined up in the window, and textiles in the galleries.
As if that wasn't enough, hot drinks come with their own knitted cosies - which are really cute. And, there are scrummy cakes with and without gluten.
Do try it if you are in town: the dovecot cafe and gallery, infirmary street, Edinburgh.
Thursday, 24 May 2012
Yesterday, a short session in the gym ended with a knee injury. Nothing to do with technique or pushing the limit, just slipping on a wet floor in the changing room. Grrr. I suspect a medial cruciate ligament strain, so I am resting on the sofa while the others are out.
The view is not too bad (see painting below), and I am making some waves of my own with my blue ripple blanket. I'd rather be on Bryher with the others, but as things go it's not a bad place to put your feet up.
Monday, 21 May 2012
Thursday, 17 May 2012
Well - it's finished - not quite, but the end is almost in sight, and I've managed a sneaky trying-on session to see how it looks.
I like it.
It doesn't look anything like the one in the book (which is very long and more like a coat than a cardigan), but it seems to fit me well.
We'll be away next week on our hols, so expect some Scilliness (we are going to the Isles of Scilly). Haven't decided what knitting to take with me. Something small for sure, but what else? I could really do with some more cardigans in my wardrobe, but it's so much easier, not to mention quicker, to knit something for a small person.
Tuesday, 15 May 2012
Friday, 11 May 2012
In other news, I've started plodding away at Deli's endless lacey trim. I have devised a method for knitting this *onto* said garment and not knitting it separately to sew on late (seriously? sew it on?) I'm still only about a third of the way round though....
Thursday, 10 May 2012
Friday, 4 May 2012
I am a cyclist. I cycle with my children. I love my bike. I love moving around without an engine, with the wind on my face, and under my own steam. My son can now cycle confidently on his own bike, and can manage rides of several miles without difficulty. That's liberating for us all, because I can now cycle with both children: one self-powered on his own bike and one on the back of my bike.
Our towns and cities are not well-designed for cyclists, and we lack some of the brilliant facilities which cyclists in other countries and other cities enjoy. The Scottish Government says very clearly in its planning guidance that pedestrians and cyclists are the top priority when it comes to designing streets - but this guidance is yet to bring about a material change in Scottish travel habits, or to make our streets really safe for cyclists.
So, on Saturday 28th April I joined with thousands of others (yes, thousands!) - and with my family - to pedal on parliament, and ask the Scottish Government to do more, a lot more - to promote cycling, to invest in cycling and to make cycling safer. It will be good for all of us. Good for our health, for our cities, for our planet, for air quality and climate change and peak oil and quality of life and humanity and liveability and sociability and well, just about everything. And yesterday I used my vote in the local elections to vote for more investment in cycling.
If you are so minded you can see more about the pedal on parliament manifesto, sign the petition or follow the Times campaign for safer cycling. You can also find lots of photos of the day in various places (like here, and here). You could also have a look at a friend's new blog about cycling with children....
Happy Bicycle Month!