Monday, 2 March 2015

A New Piece of Furniture!

I am now the proud owner of an Enfilade - or sideboard.  Also called a Buffet in both languages!

I found this in the big Maximum shop at Mailhac-sur-Benaize - here's a picture of it in my house...

New Sideboard 1

I'm guessing it comes from the 1940s or 50s, though I actually know nothing of its provenance.  Maybe even from the 1930s, judging from its cocktail cabinet centrepiece.

It is made of oak, so goes beautifully in its new home to the left of my oak stairs.

New Sideboard 2

Thursday, 19 February 2015

One Step Forward - Three Steps Back...

At least!

Sadly, I've had to unravel a large portion of Molly's cardigan...

Unravelling... I finally understand that there was an error in the pattern - or at least a poor explanation - and I should have been increasing differently in the body section.

If only the designer had answered my email, I might not have had to undo so much!

Still - onward and upward - I'm not giving in now!

Wednesday, 18 February 2015


Good Grief - is it Wednesday already?

Well, at least I've got something to show you.  I've been working on a cardigan for Molly, my granddaughter, but it's really hard to photograph...

Granny's Fav 1

It's actually a very pretty yarn - King Cole Galaxy - a rich aubergine in colour with sequins and very sparkly...

Very sparkly

The colour is a bit truer in the picture above. Do you have trouble getting the right colour in your photos?  It's the bane of my life, dealing largely with knitting and crochet, as I do.

The pattern is called Granny's Favourite by Georgie Hallam and it has been a bit of a pain to knit.  I find the written pattern very hard to follow and, failing to get a response from e-mailing the designer, I had to make assumptions and do my own thing on several occasions.

However, I think it will turn out all right in the end, and I think Molly will like it.  She chose the yarn in the first place, albeit a few years ago, cough, cough.

The cardigan is worked from the neck down, which I like very much and I have almost finished the body.  I'm hoping to get the sleeves done by the end of the week and post it off before she grows out of it!

Thursday, 12 February 2015

The Wedding at La Terrasse

Ah, Nostalgia...  How we love to look back on times gone by and think they are so much more romantic than today!  Well, at least, I sometimes do.

And with Valentine's Day just around the corner, and so much talk of love in the air, I was delighted to find this old wedding photo at the Hope Charity Shop in Bussiere Poitivine yesterday...

Old Wedding Photo 2

Presumably this wedding group had their reception at the Grand Restaurant de la Terrasse - which still exists today, in the 17th Arrondissement of Paris...

La Terrasse

Next time I go to Paris I'm definitely going to have a coffee or even a meal there.

I did some research and found a picture of this clock which, presumably, is inside the restaurant...

La Terrasse - clock

You can see the date of 1885 on the clock face - which I think may have been the date that the restaurant opened.

It would be lovely to have more details of the photo, but I doubt that will happen, though I wonder how it came to be donated to a Charity shop in the rural Limousin area of France, almost 400 Kilometres from Paris!

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Not Naked Anymore!

The outfit I have been making for this doll is almost finished...

ED1 Almost Dressed!

I just have to attach the collar to the jacket and edge the fronts.  I made a little bonnet too, but had to pull it back to do the edgings on the jacket, as I ran out of yarn!

Friday, 6 February 2015

Wooly Cardi - and Some Hats!

In my last post I mentioned it is COLD here at the moment.  So knitting warm things is the order of the day.  The wool I was waiting in for has arrived - in two colours - but the olive green did not photograph well...

Olive yarn

...though the grey and white mix has come out well...

Grey_white yarn

So I shall soon start on the Tide cardigan!

I forgot to mention that I have more news on the hats I made - which are more like bonnets really.  There was the one for me in a chunky wool on 6mm needles...

Capucine bonnet

...and then I experimented with DK wool and 4mm needles to get a child-sized version...

Child version

I think the child version would be for quite a small child, but I was pleased that it all worked out.

Mother and Child

Maybe I'll try making one in 4ply and tiny needles to fit a Sasha doll...

Another Cold Day

I suppose we should expect it - it is winter, after all, but there is more variation in Winter days than in Summer ones, I think.

Here is today's weather report... by this afternoon we will up to the dizzying heights of plus figures (1°).

I still think it is a day for knitting by the fire - and anyway I have to wait in for a courier delivery of some wool from ICE yarns in Turkey.  I'm going to make the Tide cardigan that Janet made here from the Rowan Tweed Collection book.

Janet says it is very tailored and, unfortunately, my body is not, so I think I'll try and leave out the waist shaping. In the Rowan book it doesn't look tailored at all...

Tide cardigan

But this is an issue I DO have with Rowan.  They show beautiful, arty photos of the product, but it often gives a false impression of the actual garment. You really have to look at the diagram to see the actual shape of the garment...

Tide cardi diag

I guess a pattern is like an exam paper - you should read the whole thing through before you start...