FO: Bliss

spot the monkey
Pattern: Rowan Magazine 39Yarn: Rowan Calmer (shade: Onyx 465) Needles: 5mm Addi Turbo circulars (yum yum)

I finished this a while ago but I’ve just not been able to get around to posting. It was fun to knit - the lace pattern added enough interest but was simple enough to be done while watching TV or chatting to friends. I didn’t make any changes to the pattern (other than to totally disregard the number of stitches they suggested to pick up for the button band – I’m just too lazy).

I’m sure I’ll get loads of wear out of this as the yarn is soft but easy to care for, it fits well (hopefully it will fit even better when my figure eventually shrinks back to match the dress dummy’s! Spot the difference in the photos) and I made it in a sensible, wearable black.

I’ve got some more WIPs and FOs to share but if I did that in this post it would be the longest post ever. Because I need to tell you all about Ally Pally!

spot the bumpMum and I had a wonderful time, we spent hours wandering around. There was so much to see that we even sacrificed lunch in order to see more yarny goodness (just to stop you worrying we made up for it with carrot cake and chocolate fudge sundae later on).

It was my birthday and my family, knowing me so well, had all given me money to spend at the show. The only problem was that there were so many things I wanted to buy that I couldn’t make up my mind what to buy and actually left with some of the money still left in my sweaty little paws. Don’t let that give you the wrong idea though because I managed to buy a pair of Lantern Moon needles, some lovely lace weight merino from Touch Yarns (my Mum bought some Possum yarn from them), some Christmassy patchwork fabric, an embroidery kit and best (and most extravagantly) of all a namaste vintage knitting bag from Foreign Strand. Once again I have to say how lovely the ladies behind the Foreign Strand stall were, especially Forbidden Knitter who some of you might know from blogland.

spot the bagTalking of meeting people from blog land at I Knit London this week I met emmms from Quelle Erqsome. It was nice to meet her and she really is as witty in person as she sounds on her blog. Luckily she had left for the evening by the time I embarrassingly ended up falling over in a big heap on the floor on my way out. Believe me it isn’t easy getting back to your feet in a crowded pub when you are seven and a bit months pregnant. Not my most glamorous moment, especially as I seemed to lose the power of speech when it happened and all I could manage to say to the surprised looking faces staring down at me was “I’m pregnant” – as if that explains everything. Actually, it usually does!

By the way do you like the Bunkey’s bedroom curtains in the photo at the top? I finally got round to making them last weekend. I love the little green monkeys.

30 comments:

dreamcatcher said...

Bliss looks really lovely! You are looking well too :-) Love the funky curtains!

HPNY Knits said...

oh! lucky bean, ally pally! how fun. and you look marvellous!

Bryony Ramsden said...

Goodness me! Your baby brewing is going very well :) And Bliss is lovely - looks like it will work for the last of the pregnancy as well as when you shrink down again.

Queen of the froggers said...

Bliss is a great knit. The time at Ally Pally sounded great, as does the Namaste bag. What a lovely treat. You look lovely, nice and blooming!

YarnSnob said...

love th bliss! You're looking wonderful and healthy too :)
I also bought some things from foreign stand and yes, great service

Betty said...

You look fabulous! Bliss looks very pretty!

Sarah said...

Oh what a lovely FO, you did a great job.

The main WIP in your life seems to be coming along well too and I'm so pleased you had a lovely time at AP with your Mum.

Brahdelt said...

Great FO, show us more! (I rhymed it, yikes! *^v^*)
Good to hear from you after a while, I'm glad you're fine and smiling! ^^

KeanaLee said...

OH my - I have the same bag.....see my post at http://keanalee.typepad.com/my_weblog/2006/11/happy_birthday_.html...you look great, I 'm right behind you with a little less than 2 months to go until this baby pops out....my baby shower is today! yEAH!

emmms said...

You just made me blush and giggle like a school girl! Is was lovely to meet you too; next time I hope I can stay long enough to help you back up!

emmms said...

Also, I love that top!! It's got such a lovely vintagey feel, which I must say you carry off very well indeed! I like that dress too.

Kath said...

Bliss looks lovely and you look wonderfully blooming and glowing with health! Good to hear you had fun at AP and money left to spend! I love the curtains as well - they do make some lovely kiddy print fabrics now and I could change DD's monthly with all the lovely ones we have in work!

keri said...

What a great job on bliss- it's such a lovely knit! And you are glowing too!

Dawn said...

Everything looks so great! And so do you! I can't believe you got out of there with money to spare...I only got my credit card out once and I thought that was doing good!!!!

You look glowing!

Debby said...

Bliss came out so well! The monkeys are so cute and your baby will have fun looking at all the bright colors!

Glad you had such a great time at the show with your mom (mum). I hope you are feeling well and didn't hurt yourself from the fall.

clarabelle said...

Great post! Isn't it strange when you have some idea of what someone looks like from their blog, then they look so different? That said, you look (of course) really lovely, esp in your preggers state!

And I love your photo of the Thames from your last post. It looks so much like a painting from the past (an Italian painter?). My son has worked at Westminster for the past 9 years, so this is a view that I know well!

José said...

I was there too!! Ally pally was fun, other than the fact that your pregnant and my foot was falling off!!
You look great ... and so does your lace cardy! Bravo!

Yarn It said...

I love Bliss! I tried knitting it but royally messed it up. Yours looks fantastic and YOU look fantastic! Love that pregnant belly. Can't wait to see little Bunky and Happy Birthday!

Seahorse said...

Sorry! Incapable of sensible comment after seeing your gorgeous baby bump!!! Gorgeous :)

Riggwelter said...

Bliss does look lovely, you're looking great too!

Lucky you meeting Forbidden Knitter, I'm hoping to soon, she only lives down the road from me....I say down the road, it is about 30 miles if not more!

Love those curtains, well done you.

Cherry Rolfe said...

Bliss suits you and Bunkey - very flattering! Not long now till you can see if Bunkey loves the curtains too!!

Jane said...

Pregnancy looks really good on you Kendra! You are simply glowing! I love the curtains you made for Bunkey. Bliss is very stunning indeed!!

blog-blethers said...

What a beautiful top and Ally Pally sounds wonderful ...except for your 'exit':(

Frankie said...

It looks lovely, and you look great too. Glad to hear you had such an exciting birthday.

Thalia said...

Hey Kendra, I was just coming by to see how you and the Bunkey are doing! I hope all is well!

Cherry Rolfe said...

Well.............. Hope all is well, can we have a teeny bit of news please!

TutleyMutley said...

I'll bet your busy looking after a Bunkey: HOpe all went well and can't wait to hear all about the birth!

Craftydramaqueen said...

Hope you are ok now that baby is nearly due.

forbidden knitter said...

Thank you for the lovely comments, I hope you are enjoying the bag even though you are probably very busy getting the last few things ready before the birth, only 6 days to go, gosh the time seem to have gone very fast!

Good luck with everything, I can't wait to see your precious little boy.

Riggwelter said...

I've just noticed on your ticker, that you only have 4 days to go...hope all is well.