But first of all, have you seen that Trashy is hosting
The Second Ever Trash Raffle
to help raise funds for Haiti
She already has some fabulous Amy Butler goodies to be won - so pop on over!
And talking of Amy Butler, look at the gorgeous wallet that my friend Jane made for me for Christmas
I love this Amy Butler lace fabric and Jane chose the bit I liked the best for the front piece (I know this because I showed her exactly which bit it was!!!)
Many of you will know about Michaela's clever idea to organise a bloggy-diet where we tried to lose as much weight as possible with the promise of super lovely raffle prizes at the end.
The following were my really super lovely, lovely prizes:
Sock wool - to encourage me back into her Sock-Startitis-Club I reckon
Gorgeous 100% alpaca Ni-Mu
100% Merino 4ply
And the one I really nearly didn't get - this beautiful Thistleknits. Both Michaela and Lesley (who sent it in as a raffle prize in the first place) were planning on "knitting needles at dawn" for this one!
So I have been trying to do it justice and am knitting my first almost-lacy shawl using the SYES pattern.
It's already bigger than in this picture but there are an awful lot of stitches and do you know what? I have to do PURL! You know I don't like purl! Pah!
So I have some simple knitting in the round to redress the balance - no purl here, no siree! See, I didn't even rib the cuff!
All this means that I have been spending an awful lot of time on Ravelry messing about uploading photos of my wool and finding perfect patterns.
Even Dot has a Ravelry account now!
(She's getting to be quite a whizzy knitter in her spare time - and has already discovered how to knit and read at the same time! By the way, thank you all SO MUCH for your wonderful and supportive comments on her new blog - to say she is thrilled would be a massive understatement! But keep an eye on it - she practically reads a new book each day!)