23.7.14

the sea's still singing




Two months, it's been! How quickly that time has passed with not a pile of crafting to show for it. I haven't done a whole heap of knitting lately, although there are three projects on the go. Well, hang on it's two now because I've finally finished a second 'Song of the Sea'. I have to confess the other projects have been dormant for weeks.

I'm not one for repeat knitting projects but a great friend of mine in London, who had admired the first 'Song of the Sea' I made, did me a huge favour recently so I was only too happy to knit this one for her. I let her choose from my stashed yarn and she wanted Whiskers. This sock yarn by Madelinetosh is such a pretty shade, a gentle variegated palette of greys with just a touch of beige in there too. My love for grey isn't showing any signs of diminishing, I find it such a restful colour and easy on the eye, so I'm hoping she'll agree and be pleased with the result. More photos and details are here on Ravelry.

I've just had a few weeks back in the UK with the Model, the first holiday we've had on our own together and I have to say it was a lot of fun. I'm sure there'll be more to come. We divided our time between London, visiting friends (and stocking up on Liberty fabrics and English yarn!), my parents in Cornwall, and a few days in Dorset to check all was well with the cottage and spend some time investigating the habits of razor clams on our favourite beach ...









Happy holidays. Any plans?

22 comments:

  1. I'm a fan of grey too, and your waves look lovely.
    what did you do with the razor clams? Eat them? If so, how? There are loads in Dublin Bay, so I could be persuaded...

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    1. Thank you Ana :)
      We actually let the clams go, I'm not sure my daughter would allow me to stick them in the pot!!

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  2. It's a beautiful cowl, no wonder your friend wanted one and the colour is so lovely!
    Glad you had an enjoyable time back in the UK with your girl. :)
    V x

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  3. Hi. I'm brand new to your blog. I've been following you on Pinterest for awhile now, but the blog's new to me. I'm not much of a commenter, but I had to say how much I love your Song of the Sea cowl. I'm going to be attempting that pattern soon, as a gift for my mother. Anyway, greetings from the sunny Okanagan, and I'll be following along in the background, popping in now and then to comment.

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    1. Hello Kari, welcome and thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. I'm so glad you did!
      I highly recommend this pattern and I'm sure your mother will be thrilled with her gift. Good to hear you have some sun today, it's a fairly poor one here in Vancouver :(

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  4. It really is a pretty cowl and I like it so much I will be knitting one soon.
    Looks like you have been having a lovely time. I 'm glad you were able to visit home and your parents.

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  5. Yay, that's great to hear Tracey. You will enjoy it, it's so easy to memorise and a lot of fun to knit x

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  6. the knitting is gorgeous xxx beyond my skills I fear....
    we've never had success with that razor clam trick, will have to try again!

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    1. Thank you Tess but I don't think it's beyond you at all. It looks far more complicated than it is!

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  7. what a beautiful cowl!i am working on a hat with similar type waves.
    have a great week : )

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    1. Thanks Andrea, and I'll have to pop over and see that hat! :)

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  8. I love the cowl and how it represents wave upon wave :) Lovely to see you!

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    1. Thank you Karen. And thank you! :)

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  9. What fun to see this summertime post, with a mix of sea, sand, and...knitting. Lots of harmony to be found here. The cowl design is a beauty, and that yarn choice looks (and feels, I am sure) perfect. The madeleintosh colorways are so subtly lovely.

    I haven't been to a beach in ages and ages, so it was grand to see the little video of the clam's appearance, disappearance, appearance. You brought me back to some fine childhood memories.

    Best wishes. xo

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    1. Thanks Frances, I don't think you can wrong with grey. I don't think I got the video quite right, my techie skills don't run to that sort of thing ;)

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  10. Gorgeous knit, as always Kate.

    Looks like you had fun by the sea. No holiday plans here this summer, the Mr has another mega project going live and can't get away. We might manage a short staycation in September - so he's not too far away if needed - but that's it until later in the year or even next spring, more's the pity.

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    1. Thanks so much Annie :)
      Your Mr's work sounds v intriguing, wishing him much luck (and sanity) with the going live process. September is the best time to go away anyway I think .. no children around ;) ;)

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  11. Sounds like you had a lovely vacation in dear old Blighty... I can't wait to see all the things you make with your holiday goodies.

    The cowl is definitely "repeat knitting" worthy. So beautiful on you.

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  12. I'm so glad you did a repeat knit! I adore my Song of the Sea, it's just perfect in Whiskers! Thank you so much! It was lovely to see you, glad you enjoyed the rest of your holiday. Dare I say I can't wait for cooler weather to wear my new cowl!!

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    1. Yay, Jayne! So happy you're pleased with it and you're lucky as my knitting has come to a bit of a standstill of late. Hoping some cooler weather will sort that out too. Here's to cowl weather ..

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