I wanted to do the Brimstone butterfly in lace. My feeble attempts were mocking and I had to give it up. Either it came out kind if weird or just wasn’t really visible (just looked like a bunch of mistakes really).
That is when I sighed and decided to “cheat”. Googling embroidery stitches soon gave my mood an upswing.
Nervously I tried out the straight stitches for the petals and the chain stitches to form the butterfly (okay, so I had to redo them a couple of times before I got it right…). The latter looks as if they were knitted on.
Feeling very pleased with myself I can now proceed with mitten number two. (Hmm, mirroring a pattern seems a LOT easier than it is. I’m just saying…)
Sometimes it’s hard to stay serious when posing in front of a cake.
You may be suddenly ravenous for the cake…
…. or thinking you’re a cake salesperson…
… or an even cheesier cake salesperson…
… or Downton Abbey-esque proper ladies (because the lampshade looked like a parasol):
And then when you go to post the photographic evidence you may come up with cheesy puns for your cheesy pictures. You’re welcome. 😉
Unlike Anneli, I didn’t have the luck of finding an “antique” spinning wheel (not to mention that it’d be very hard to fit one in my flat), which was one of the reasons I decided to go for a new, modern one. I ended up choosing the Fantasia because of three things: features, price, and design. Fantasia gives you a lot of wheel for a very reasonable price, and I really like the more modern look, and I think it goes well in my home!
Once I had selected which wheel to get I had to decide WHERE to get it. I ended up buying it from a Danish seller, Charlotte at Ægbækgaard. The reason I chose Charlotte’s shop was that not only did she have a great price (both the item AND shipping was cheaper than in the Swedish shop…), she replied to my email within an hour, and was consistently great in regards to correspondence.
Once I placed my order I had my wheel within a week, and Charlotte had added some lovely bonuses:
Both the book and the undyed roving where “extras” that Charlotte added. Such a lovely gesture that really put the cherry on top of an already great purchase! I will definitely return to Ægbækgaard for other purchases – they have some really lovely roving in a variety of different fibres…
It’s a new pattern that I’m working on and I’m almost done with the right-hand fingerless mitt. After Tove’s praises of the “best thumb ever” I decided to incorporate that in my new pattern, but with a little twist. It’s coming along nicely and right now I’m just sooo eager to finish up and inspect the result!