22.08.12

Have you ever wondered………. what forms our taste? What makes us have strong, and sometimes instant, opinions about what we do and do not like? Why does one thing appeal to us, and another leave us cold? I don’t know about you, but I’m highly opinionated when it comes to taste, and it doesn’t even take me seconds to decide whether I like something or not. Why? What is it in our brains/hearts that says Yes or No when we look at something? I just wonder……..

Don’t you just love the start of a new project? The anticipation, the choices, the inspiration, the fears, the excitement, the hope.

I should really wait until next week, because we’re neck deep in preparations for this weekend’s show – but this one is burning in my brain and saying Start Me Now…….

17.08.12

This week’s shop preview is up! And here is the Flickr set. Don’t forget, there’s no shop update next Sunday (August 26th) as we are at the show in Chester. I’m taking the remainder of the current stock of Catherine there too, so I don’t know whether there will be any left for the shop update after we get back (Sept 2nd).

13.08.12

Don’t look now, but I think I’ve got a blog post in me…………….

How are you today, my dears? Good? I hope so. I’m just chugging along here, working, living, trying to take shows and holidays and little upheavals in my stride (and failing, of course, because I’m one of the world’s Flappers). I’m at my happiest when life is quiet and routine and every day’s to-do list numbers no more than the fingers of one hand. Which it doesn’t at the moment. We’ve got a higgledy-piggledy few weeks ahead of us. I’ll detail how that affects you:

There will be the usual update on Sunday August 19th, then nothing on Sunday August 26th (as we are at the Bluefaced show in Chester), then an update on Sunday September 2nd, then nothing on Sunday September 9th (as we are away on holiday), then back to normal on Sunday September 16th. Pha-eww.

I’m bringing about three times as much yarn to the show as I think will be necessary, mainly because I just couldn’t stop adding favourite bases to the list. Here’s what we will have (and what is to come over the next few weeks on the shop updates):

Miranda 2ply
Miranda 4ply
Gretchen 2ply
Gretchen 4ply
Sylvia 2ply
Sylvia 4ply
Sylvia DK
Hannah
Martha Sport
Martha DK
Pamela (gold)
Betsy
Juliet
Olivia Lace
Olivia Sock
Audrey 2ply
Audrey 4ply
Natasha 2ply
Natasha 4ply
Esme
Valerie
Catherine

Sound good? Good.

Now then, onto non-Posh matters, because I’m embarrassed to see how many of the posts in the last few months have been about the business. Believe it or not, that’s not what this blog is really about. But I’ve been making a conscious effort to spend less time online – it’s better for my health & energy levels, and it helps with productivity too. Speaking of which, here are some of the projects that have been engaging my time & attention recently…….

Quill

AKA the project of doom……..

As you can see, I’ve nearly finished the knitted on edging on one side. I got that far and lost all will to live. It has been stuffed in my knitting bag ever since. I will finish it, I will, but I need enough time to elapse first in order to forget how much I hate it right now. Eleventy billion stitches, and so help me Bob I will never do another knitted on edging.

But look how smooshy it is. LOVE Catherine. Sheepy, squidgy goodness.

Blair

I’m knitting this in the Martha Sport A Is For Apple that one of my lovely friends gifted me. This is my first project in Martha Sport, and I am loving it. Cushy and velvety and knitting into a nice firm fabric. Blair is a pretty easy, fun pattern, and I am whipping along on it. Hope to have it finished by autumn. I see this cardigan over a plaid shirt & jeans. Cosy.

Loulouthi Cushion

This cushion is a shameless copy of this one, from the fabulous Anna Maria Horner. (When I grow up, can I please be her? Thank you.) The fabric is from her Loulouthi cotton range, and I’m embroidering it in naive running stitch, well, quilting it really, since it has a batting behind it. I adore this sort of stitching. I have high ambitions, one day, of hand quilting a quilt.

I’m planning to stitch us up some new pretty cushions for the living room, all different kinds & styles, but in this cheerful, bohemian jumble of colour. Neutrals? YAWN.

Elinor’s Quilt 

I am nearly done with a quilt that I’m making for my sweet niece, Elinor. She’s recently moved home, and is starting a new school in September, and I thought that something cozy and cuddly would be just the ticket. She’s thirteen going on fourteen, and not a particularly girly girl, so I wanted to make a quilt that was fun and modern and fresh. She picked out some of the colours, and I went from there. I ended up with a scrappy log cabin type quilt. I never get tired of those variations.

It’s pieced and quilted, and just waiting for its binding now. I’m trying a new way of attaching the binding, which I’m a little nervous about, so I might postpone it until I’ve done some experimenting with binding some little quilted coasters. I’ll show you it when it’s finished, of course.

As my Pinterest pals will know, I’ve been madly pinning quilting/stitching inspiration lately. During the hotter summer days, working with cool cotton is more appealing that sitting down with a lapful of woolly knitting. Plus I love the improv creativity that I can put into quilting – I don’t have that same courage or inspiration when it comes to knitting, and hardly ever deviate even a little from a pattern.

But in my world, there’s room for more than one craft, a little sewing, a little embroidery, a little knitting….. Each has its mood, its season, its corner. I ask you, again and again, HOW DO PEOPLE LIVE WITHOUT CRAFTS???!!!

Whew, that was some blog post. It’s feast or famine here at Posh! Hugs to each one of you, have a wonderful week.

10.08.12

This week’s shop preview is now up, and here is the Flickr set. I think it’s a good one! As you can see, we’ve got fresh stocks of Catherine in – not soon enough to include in the dye batch, but I know that a lot of you wanted to get some undyed, so I’ve included that in the update.