New Year, new house and a new design

I know it may be a little late but Happy New Year! I hope that 2012 brings us all health and happiness though at the moment I’d be quite happy to have a fully fitted kitchen and somewhere dust free to work from. Sam and I have done a number of house renovations before so when we bought the Brighton house we thought ‘ah knock out that wall, stick in a steel here and create a new large kitchen / dining / living room’. Mmmm so we underestimated exactly how much upheaval this work would cause and whilst I’ll spare you all the dusty, fusty smelling details of what it takes to update a house that has sat unoccuppied for over a year and untouched for much longer than that I will say that we’re over the worst of it – we may even have a kitchen come the end of next week.

We’ve sourced 1930’s doors from Kent and ‘flooring’ from Methyr Tydfil although that bad man lied when he said the flooring was paint-free. In fact it was tongue and groove with the tongue removed and we’re currently on the second day of using the coarsest sand paper known to man trying to remove the inches deep layers of white lead-based gloss he somehow failed to mention. All this aside the house is going to be beautiful and well worth all the blood, sweat, tears and love that we’re putting into it. I’ll post a couple of pictures when it’s complete but in the meantime I’d like to give you a wee New Year present.

Knitted in my Chunky Baby Alpaca, Edie is an infinity scarf that you could easily knit in a weekend. Infinity scarves are so on trend at the moment and I particularly like them because they never slip from your neck leaving you vulnerable to blasts of chilly air. When I was designing I really wanted to create a fabric that was knitted but looked like a chunky crochet mesh and I managed to achieve this with a simple 2 row stitch pattern. The pattern, which is available as a free pdf dowload, is knitted on 5.5 mm (US 9) needles and takes just 2 hanks of alpaca ~ I used one of my new colours, sh 4989 Mulberry.

You can see the other shades here, what colour will you use for yours?

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