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Friday, March 23, 2007

Viennese Tablecloth

Well, DH brought a copy of Knitting Magazine home last night! I'll bet none of you would have guessed that I'd designed a tablecloth! It's knitted in two shades of Sirdar Luxury Cotton and has a beaded lace edge.

I love the way they've followed through on the title, Viennese Tablecloth, with the Viennese whirls! It's right at the back of the magazine as, being a tablecloth, it's classed as Home Knitting which is always at the back. Hey, but that's okay, given as it's right next to Sasha Kagan's floor cushion (also a home knit!)

This was actually designed and knitted by October last year but Knitting magazine wanted to photograph it outdoors and the landscape was too bleak and wintry for that. Then they hit on the idea of photographing it in a really classy interiors shop called Flint at Home which is in Lewes, Sussex. Nice one!

Things have been really tough lately and are not getting any easier so this has given me a much needed lift. Thanks to all that have sent really kind congratulatory emails, etc. What lovely people you are! Rain, I've eaten the sheepy biscuit!!!! LOL

My second design (involving different sizes this time) will appear in Simply Knitting on sale on 26th April!

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Back Again!

Well, here I am back again and I'd just like to say sorry for not blogging for so long but there just hasn't been time. My father-in-law, who suffers from Alzheimers, has been with us now for six weeks while my mother-in-law is in hospital and, as I work at home, the main part of it has fallen to me. I won't go into that side of things except to say it's been really difficult and I now have the utmost respect for anyone who cares for an Alzheimers sufferer full-time.

I was also experiencing a serious case of LKM syndrome and was wondering when, and if, I'd ever get back to knitting let alone blogging. My internet friends have been wonderful though and I've had lots of support and virtual hugs through it all. I'm now pleased to say that I'm wielding those needles again and knitting another River (photo to come) this time in silvery grey Kidsilk Night.

Good things have happened, too. Lots of them! Knitz & Glitz has now been mentioned in Simply Knitting several times as well as Knitting magazine and Knit Today. K&G even attained pride of place amongst Simply Knitting's Great Websites in the February issue.

February also saw my birthday come and go and I received some lovely knitterly gifts.

The soft green silky Posh Yarn came from Louise; the yummy Fibrespates from Tina; at the back is a lovely handmade polymer clay shawl pin from Mary-Lou; the gorgeous beaded book thong was handmade by Claire; and the bookmark beside it is one of Carrie Anne's wonderful creations. Last, but certainly not least, are the notebook and pen and that absolutely fab sheep biscuit from Rain! I adore that biscuit! I must do as I'm a complete biscuit nabber but couldn't bring myself to actually eat it as it would be such a shame for it to be no more! Thanks again, ladies, for all the wonderful birthday gifts!

And I am SO excited!!!! You see, my first design has been published in April's Knitting magazine which should be in the shops now. Others have already seen it and have been describing how it is but, me, I haven't managed to get my hands on a copy yet! I'm rather enjoying the suspense. And, that's not all, my second design should be appearing in the May issue of Simply Knitting! Did I say I was excited??! Okay, I know it must seem strange to say that I lost my knitting mojo and then I suddenly have two knitting designs published but, if I tell you both were designed and knitted some time ago, you'll understand better.

I'm also really excited about the new line that will soon be appearing on Knitz & Glitz. Here are some in various stages of completion.

At the moment, they've just been placed on bits of dowel to give an idea but, when they're all fully embellished and properly assembled they will be art doll scarf pins. They have tiny little rhinestones in their hats and teeny weeny ones in their eye sockets which make their eyes glint and look very realistic. I love them! I even had a go at crocheting some flower doll corsages.

I'll be back again soon to tell more and I'm going to spend some time this evening making a few blog visits to try to catch up. Will I ever?!!! But, for now, Ciao! :-)