Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Ella 3!




First - I must make better preparations for my photos in future. I was wearing my workout gear and trainers (trainers) and left all the washing on the line etc. etc.

Need I say it - Ella 3 is finished. I knitted this one in a heavier yarn, still Lorna's Laces, but Swirl DK (Black Purl) as opposed to Shepherd Sport. I kept the needle size the same (6mm) and it has turned out a little heavier, which is what I wanted. The Shepherd Sport versions are perfect for slightly warmer weather, but this one will be a bit cosier when the cooler weather is back with us. All along I wasn't sure about the Swirl DK or the colourway I chose, but now I'm sure I really like it. I think my reticence was due, in part, to Black Purl being a more subdued choice than I'd usually make (that old magpie rearing its head again). I blocked this Ella in the same way as I did the others - spraying liberally with water, and stretching it in all directions whilst ironing it on the hottest setting. Fierce. As Swirl DK is wool and silk I knitted a swatch and ironed that to death first. Of course.





I couldn't resist posting the only photo I took on my bike ride tonight. How much do I love cycling? Lots. I always used to do the London to Brighton (About 55 miles) every June and I still can't just take a leisurely ride. Sure, a large part of my enjoyment is derived from taking in the scenery (good for the spirit) , but I love the feeling of exerting myself and the physical and mental buzz it gives me. Don't get me wrong, it's not that frequently I cycle these days but it is without doubt one of my favourite ways to pass the time.

Pics soon, of the yarn for the cape. I may need to ask you all for advice, as I don't think I understand the pattern in parts.

15 comments:

  1. Verrry nice. Thinking ahead for winter... what a provident little bunny you are. Was Ella 2 in Lion & Lamb? I made a Clapotis in that in Watercolour.. love it.

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  2. Ella 3 is gorgeous! I love that color-way. I was admiring it in my LYS.

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  3. Actually, Fiona, it was because I saw your Clapotis months ago that I went for the Watercolour for Ella 2 (its much nicer in the Lion and Lamb, mine was shepherd Sport).

    HPNY, I thought of you yesterday as I knew you had your eye on the Black Purl!

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  4. I love your pictures, the colours, the light! Lovely garden, lovely Ella 3, lovely sunset, loverrrrrrrrrrly.

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  5. The pictures and the shawl are gorgeous! I keep thinking that I should use some mohair I have to make the shawl I bought the pattern for...for my wedding...four years ago...that I didn't even get started! But I'm not sure where I would wear it. Do you wear yours very often?

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  6. Thanks, Dawn

    I use my shawls all the time! I didn't think they would be quite as practical as they really are. I love all my Ellas!

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  7. Ella 3 is stunning. I literally gasped when I opened up your blog tonight and saw it. The colours of the yarns just seem to suit the design so well.

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  8. Your Ella #3 is stunning!
    Mine #1 is almost finished! ^^ (I'm sure there will be more than one. *^v^*)

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  9. Nothing like a good bike ride. Quite the fan myself. And of your Ella. Snazzy!

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  10. Ella 3 is beautiful, I've been eyeing the Black Purl too and it's great to see it knitted up.

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  11. Howdy. Ella3 is gorrrgeous. Love the colors. Now all you need is one in desert flower!

    I used to feel the same way about my running as you do about biking. Which I need to start getting back to. There's just something about a good run/bike which make you feel like nothing else...

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  12. Ella 3 looks beautiful.
    I love to cycle too though nothing too strenuous. Happy peddling

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  13. I LOVE your shawl Ella . I too am very into shawls; please could you tell me where you got the Ella pattern from . MUST have !!!

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  14. Oh I LOVE your Ella! I can't believe you've done three and I'm still whining away and waiting to even start.. but never fear.. now that you are the Ella expert.. I'm gonna start it soon, and come back here and ask for help if I get stuck *grin*

    Really, nice shawl!

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  15. Thanks for posting on my blog I KNEW I had seen that pattern before many thanks for reminding me. I have just started on 'Icarus 'shawl in Interweave mag but Ella is my next one defo

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