Thursday, 31 January 2013

Lustrum Concessions

You know, I hadn't even heard of the word 'lustrum' before I moved to Holland - they use here it to celebrate or commemorate a 5 year period between big events.  It was, according to the internet so it must be true, originally to mean the period of time between censuses being taken in Ancient Rome - 5 years.  Nowadays an orchestra, or company, for example, can celebrate its lustrum every 5 years after its founding.  And when cake's involved, I heartily embrace this tradition.  And cake is frequently involved, at least over here in Clog-land.

But here it is - my first Ravelversary Lustrum (if one may mix these up a bit) and the first lustrum of my blog.  Hell yeah!  Has it really five years already?

I can't give everyone cake, much as I'd like to try, but I must celebrate this momentous occasion, and why not by giving five lustra to all.  


Okay, what I really mean is that all my patterns have 25% (see what I did there?!) off from now until after the second lustra of February!  Okay, I'm getting a little too taken with the whole lustrum thing...  So, from NOW until the 14th of February all my patterns will have 25% off.  No special codes or coupons needed!

It's a LUSTRUM SALE!  But in case it's not obvious enough:

You can find a link to the design page with all the patterns HERE!  

And to make the checkout much simpler, I've changed all the prices to Euros to stop the problems people were having if they were buying patterns in a mixture of € or $.  Sock pattern buying: now with new added simplicity! ;-)

p.s. lustrum

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Beethoven's Wingspan

I thought I'd start the new year with an actual finished object!  Yes indeedy - I'm a-hurrying with the old knitting this year because... well, because I've joined a 13 items for 2013 type thingy on Ravelry.  A glutton for punishment, I hear you ask.  It appears so...

 wingspan by maylin tri'coterie designs
noro 'kureyon sock' no.236

I actually started this just before Christmas when I was doing my first Beethoven 9.  (Beethoven's Ninth 'Choral' Symphony for those not it the know - the last movement uses four soloists and a massive choir.  I can imagine it caused a bit of a ruckus at the very first concert!)  Needless to say, I wasn't embarking on this new project while I was on stage of course (although having to sit through the first three movements...  the distraction would have been welcome!  I'm not a fan of sitting on stage with nothing to do except try not to attract the attention of the audience, especially as we soloists weren't hiding beside the choir at the back, but were placed off to the side in full view of the watching public!)  But I hope this at least explains the title of this post.  I'm pretty sure good ol' Ludwig wasn't of the feathery-armed persuasion.

Wingspan is really a shawl, and I first saw the pattern at the end of 2011 I think, and just fell head-over-heels with some of the projects on the pattern page.  It did take me a while to get round to it, but on deciding to make it using the DK pattern but with fingering-weight yarn to make more scarf-like in appearance, it turned out to be excellent time-before-concerts/tv-watching finger-fodder!  I snaffled another person's idea to add the eyelets and I'm glad I did as they add some really nice pinpricks of light over an otherwise muted scarf.  (The photo above is about as close to the actual colours as my camera would allow - in real life it's all really rather green, but the rest of the photos are rather orange-centric, which I (as a non-orange-loving person) would never use!  Do feel free to click on the photos to embiggen!

Not a bad start to the year, methinks!  It's a great (free) pattern that doesn't ask for much brain power or concentration, but still gives a great end result!  Just how I like it! ;-)

Mair Bloag Weejits

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