Sunday, October 28, 2018

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Drizzle

It's a dull day, the drizzle is fresh on your face as we took a leisurely local walkies and are now ensconced in various locations around the kitchen and sitting room. My computer crashed, so I'm tentatively getting to know this new baby, very sleek and 
pretty. 
Sherlock has a tendency to pee on Lady Claire during walkies, so she had a wee shower today when we got home...nothing like being all freshly washed. Meanwhile Sherlock is blissfully ignorant of the work he creates around him and is snoozing by the window. None of  us are getting any younger, but all is well. Blessed be.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Autumn Walkies

As autumn approaches we can expand our walkies down the hill, the dogs enjoy going further afield and revisiting sites they probably dreamed about as they waited in the air-conditioned rooms for summer to pass. A tradesman I walked passed stopped me and asked if I hunted...literally, "Do you do guns?"...I laughed, and he confirmed he knew many setters were being abandoned as the popularity of hunting wanes in Japan with the ageing population. Beautiful, gifted dogs, he murmured, quiet and well-behaved, as Sherlock jumped on Nobu and knocked me in the jaw as I pulled him off...
Time to get out the knitwear, this is a cowl made to celebrate the 8 million users of the free knitting site, Ravelry. It's the Octo Million Throw designed by Mary Ann Byrd, and each color stripe represents the number of users joining over the twelve years of activity. I've been joining in a celebratory knit-along, it's fun! 

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Summer Projects

Back to school now but the grandkids have made me a lovely keepsake.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Birddog Hunting Mitts Published

 Inspired by this beautiful picture of Scotland taken by Sven Riddell, and of course by my darling rescued English setters, Lady Claire, Nobunaga and Sherlock Holmes...I wanted to make some fingerless mitts in Scottish yarns to celebrate these darling doggies. 
 With the generous help of Japanese designer Takeko Tanabe, I made it happen! Knitted with Jamieson's Shetland Spindrift which I bought in Tokyo, I hope it makes a lot of people happy and raises awareness of the plight of abandoned birddogs, these beautiful creatures who make the best family pets!
 So go to Ravelry and download the free pattern, Birddog Hunting Mitts and off you go knitting to spice up your winter wardrobe. And spare a moment for the doggies, and adopt, foster, or maybe just find out about and donate to your local birddog rescue!
Photos modelled by Kottemama

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Summer is almost here

 Wearing a lovely summer cardigan knit with Noro Eisaku Melody yarn,  a luxurious blend of cotton, silk and wool...it'll soon be too hot for any cardis, but on the train you need a wee wrap because the air conditioning is drastic. 
 The cardigan pattern is called Tanrenga by Svetlana Volkova, and it's available for purchase in Ravelry. Meanwhile I'm contemplating another testknit cardigan in Melody, blue this time with lots of feminine frills...I bet the dogs hate me by now, although I still make time for homemade soup and walkies...not to mention the visits to the vet for heartworm medication and brushing and grooming, washing the doggie bedding...and all the other things that make a dog's life pleasant and fun!
Photos by Lelantos