Friday, 13 February 2015

Finished at last!

One house move and two kittens later, I've finally finished knitting these fabulous owl fingerless gloves:

Now, the pattern for these by Tanya Antonova was featured in Molly Makes Issue 21 (that was back at the end of 2012).  But, as mentioned, the arrival of two kittens put all things remotely yarn related on hold for quite some time.  Now they are bigger, I've been able to get the knitting basket back out, and it has been pure joy to get back into it with these lovely gloves.

The cats still have those hypnotic moments every once in a while when the moving wool catches their eye, but at least now they can be easily dissuaded from pouncing.

I've never tried cable knitting before, so this was the ideal project to develop my skills as it incorporates some very cleverly positioned cable stitches that create the subtle curves of the owl.  I think they are delightful, and will be giving them to my sister for her birthday (she is a big owl fan).

If you can track down a back copy of this particular issue of Molly Makes, I highly recommend having a go.

However, if you love these as much as I do and feel the need to own some soon, Tanya's lovely Etsy shop, Cosy Season, has these on sale in several different colours - they are gorgeous!  Click here to visit her shop, it's full of lovely stuff and really worth a look.

Friday, 6 February 2015

A Fabulous Collection

Whilst exploring the wonderful 'Collection' in Lincoln (UK)  ( I stumbled across this:

It's a replica of the Witham Shield, found in 1826, but dating back to the Iron Age.  3000 years ago, metalworkers began to use iron; to make knives, files, hammers and axes, but also to decorate objects.  It's struck me before, and no doubt will again, that there must be an innate human instinct we posses to create beauty around us where ever we can.  From thousands of years ago, we have examples of the care and attention of the most skilled artisans, and it's truly wonderful stuff.  My photography does this piece of work very little justice, but this shield includes: ornate bosses inset with coral, evidence of a wild boar emblem, and according to the description, the copper alloy it is made from is likely to have been 'polished to a lustrous sheen'.  Imagine that!


It blows my mind that thousands of years ago someone held this, someone fought with this, but someone also MADE this.

The original now resides in the British Museum...must try and go to see it soon!

The quest is now on - what's the earliest example of artistry I can find?  If you have any thoughts, I'd love to hear from you.