Music Monday: Royal Blood (and a swatch) edition

Music Monday: Royal Blood (and a swatch) edition

TURN IT UP TO 11!!!!!

I’m on one of my semi-annual METAL phases and I love, love, love Royal Blood. I’ve listened to their self-titled d├ębut album 4 times since I bought it last week (possibly 5 times when this post is published).

Over the weekend I swatched for a new project; a summer-weight cardigan for my mum. Which she requested! I’m glad I was sitting down when she asked! I normally just say “Would you like me to knit you something?” and she’ll say yes or no, but a request is new!

I chose the Honeybee Cardigan by Laura Chau partly because I’ve owned the pattern for years, intending to make one for myself. I’ll be modifying it (obviously) by doing stocking stitch panels at the sides and adding pockets.

Honeybee Cardigan swatch in Patons Cotton 4ply
Ooooh, look at that lace!
Practice buttonholes to the left.

As you can see from the swatch I’m also doing the ribbing/welts in a contrast colour (both colours picked out by my mum).

The yarn is Patons UK 100% Cotton 4ply, a lovely mercerised cotton.

 

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Music Monday: Fleet Foxes edition

Music Monday: Fleet Foxes edition

I’ve loved this song from the first time I heard it, but I could never remember the name of the group, or the song! I had to search for the lyrics “turned the snow the color of strawberries in summer” as it was the only bit of the song I would be certain of! So this post is partly for me, using it as a bit of “external storage”!

Enjoy!

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Music Monday: Kate Tempest plus new design sneak-peak

Music Monday: Kate Tempest plus new design sneak-peak

I *love* this song by British singer/rapper/songwriter/poet/novelist Kate Tempest (hey, leave some talent for the rest of us to mop up, Kate!). It’s a good job I like it because they play it a lot on BBC 6Music (the place where I first heard the track).

Here’s a quick peak at a new sock design I’m working on (for release in November, if all goes well).

Mysterious!
Mysterious!

It’s stranded colourwork, designed for women and/or men, and will be fully charted.

Ooooohhhh….. can you stand the excitement? Oh, you can? Carry on then!

Music Monday: Janelle Monae with added knitting

Music Monday: Janelle Monae with added knitting

I lovelovelove Janelle. Love her.

Anyway … absence hasn’t been for anything major. I was busy and then, as a direct result of being busy, I was ill.

I’ve now got a backlog of 3 finished objects to photograph and blather on about but in the meantime, here’s a new design I’m working on. Once it’s finished I’ll release it as a free pattern. I’m pretty sure that I won’t be recommending Japanese short rows for the heel, though. It’s got a little … crowded!

aka: when paperclips go wild!
aka: when paperclips go wild!
Music Monday (with bonus crochet action)

Music Monday (with bonus crochet action)

And by “action” I mean a nearly-completed bag.

Just one more handle to go!
Just one more handle to go!

Today’s music is 7 Seconds by Neheh Cherry and Youssou N’Dour. Even after all this time, it still makes me cry. What can I say? I’m an old softie!

And, for a double bonus, here’s Elton John singing Crocodile Rock with actual (not actual) crocodiles. You can “thank” my dad for the earworm because we were discussing how the muppet versions of everything (A Christmas Carol, Treasure Island et al) were the best versions of those things.