Saturday, 5 November 2016

Out and About - Riga, Latvia

A Bargain Weekend Escape





My friend and I recently managed to escape to Riga for the weekend courteous of Ryan Air. Whilst there we took the opportunity to see the ballet Peer Gynt at the National Opera House. This was my first ballet, we were in the second row and it was stunning. 

The ballet itself was 26 Euros, we paid £55 for the flight and £43 for two nights B and B, airport parking was £24 each and airport transfer was 15 Euros each. This makes a total of £122 and 41 Euros each for a weekend break and a night at the ballet. In comparison, to get second row seats at the English National Opera House is £125 plus £12 for a travel card.)

Here is a little tour round Riga. 




The Lutheran spire






View from the top of the Lutheran spire. 



Saturday, 15 October 2016

Crochet Notes - Idaho Falls Hat and Cowl


Idaho Falls

I was very lucky this Easter to be able to do a road trip with my hubby around Utah, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. The main purpose was to go to Yellowstone and see bears - which we did - real live bears, wolves, coyotes and so many elk and bison - amazing times.

Along the way I picked up some yarn in Idaho Falls - at a Walmart actually. I also went to the most amazing yarn store in Ogden, Utah, but more about that another time.

I picked up 2 balls of  Caron, Simply Soft Paints - Oceana (100g each) and have just made a hat and cowl ready for my next venture into more northern regions than suburban London very soon.



The cowl was made using a feather and fan crochet pattern found here on Ravelry.
Using 5mm hook I chained 136 sts and did 8 pattern repeats.



For the hat I used this pattern but I only did the rib body not the rib band. The body was 30cm long before I decreased for the crown - which took 5 rounds. I used a 4.5mm circular needle.


Here are some photos of the gorgeous Idaho Falls.








Sunday, 9 October 2016

Knitting Knotes - Lavender waves

Yarn: Stylecraft Cotton Classique
Amount: 5 x 100g purple and 2 x 50g cream
Needles: 3.25mm and 4mm
Size: Chest = 116cm              Length = 60cm




Changes to pattern:

I added an extra cream wave on the length and did a cream wave on the sleeves.

I made the back neckline higher than the front - in the pattern they are the same.

Front:
Shape neckline from row 94 after garter stitch.

Back:
Shape neckline on row 106 after garter stitch.

Autumnal Garden Photos - just because I was in the garden photographing anyway.

Cosmos and Astrantia

Penstemon

Dahlia Carnival

Red Hot Poker and a Rose