Between Socks

I have more time now of an evening since the powers that be in telly land decided to move their satellites a little further away so that we can’t get terrestrial U.K. T.V.  here in my bit of France  unless we do techy things with laptops, VPNs and HDMI cables or replace our modest satellite dishes with humungous ones which we aren’t allowed to put on the roof and must install in the garden, having first applied for planning permission.   Yeah, right!   I know I could watch French T.V. but, when I get that desperate, I’ll probably be watching in a home somewhere being looked after by kindly nurses with no access to the remote control.

Anyway, I have paused between socks to finish my mustard coloured, Miette cardi that I started when Mum was here at Christmas.

SunflowerMietteCardigan (2)

I like the way mustard goes with navy – I’m not sure what other colours it goes with though.

SunflowerMietteCardigan (3)

A fun knit though maybe not quite as easy as some other, cleverer, knitters would have you believe  –  or so my Mum maintains as her effort lies abandoned in her knitting bag.

SunflowerMietteCardigan (4)

I got the mannequin to model the one with the buttons closed as her chest is more manageable than mine.  The cropped style, in my opinion, adds many inches and, unless you desire this effect, best wear it open as I plan to do.  However, the style was designed to wear with a sort of fifties style, waisted cotton dress and, should I ever feel frisky enough to put one of those on, I will do up those buttons and see what happens.

Should you be interested (or you can’t get the telly either) you can see my project notes on my Ravelry page here.

I am finding my new exposed stone wall very useful both for posing in front of and for taking product photos for my Etsy shops.  It was perhaps a little drastic to destroy half a room and employ a builder for 3 weeks but I think it was worth it.

I have started another knitting project so a new pair of socks will have to wait but, as a new addict, I have to tell you that I have invested in two balls of proper sock yarn and a little pouch full of different sized circular needle tips along with different sized cables from HiyaHiya (love that brand name) as I have started and will continue using the Magic Loop method and will not be tempted by DPNs.

Talking of the telly – I did manage to get The Great British Sewing Bee last night (after juggling with cables, etc.) and I was pleased to see they don’t seem to have changed the format too much as it is a welcome relief from other ‘reality’ shows with people being foul to each other and the endless, artificial ‘suspense’  for the announcement of the person going home each week.   It is genteel, kind, calm and informative – like the G.B. Bake Off – and, if I got a bit of a smug feeling when I knew how to make a handmade button loop and some of the contestants didn’t, well I didn’t gloat as it’s not that kind of a programme.


Liberty dress

…….just saying


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  1. #1 by katechiconi on February 19, 2014 - 15:20

    Mustard and camel, mustard and black, mustard and charcoal, mustard and burgundy…. But I agree, best and favourite with navy. That is a very handsome stone wall, and complements anything posed in front of it!

    • #2 by tialys on February 20, 2014 - 08:56

      Thanks Kate – I shall try out some of those other combos.

  2. #3 by Joanne on February 19, 2014 - 18:37

    Beautiful miette! Lovely fit on you. Just finished watching TGBSB and felt like a nice cup of tea. Didn’t knock my socks off but it was lovely and cozy.

    • #4 by tialys on February 20, 2014 - 12:03

      Sometimes you just need cozy.

  3. #5 by Wendz on February 19, 2014 - 21:42

    Lovely. Lovely lovely. It looks great on you and the colour is super! Is there anything you can’t do? 😀

    I was glued to the Sewing Bee. As I am to the Bake Off, when it’s on.

    Ps…I can also make a button loop and also felt just a little smug …..shame on me. 😝

  4. #6 by tialys on February 20, 2014 - 09:04

    I’ll wait until there’s something I haven’t done and then I can feel humble again. It won’t be long. From last season, shirring comes to mind – I find it difficult even to say the word.

  5. #7 by lovelucie1 on February 20, 2014 - 14:41

    LOL. Loved your last point!
    I too thought it a great start to the series. Fairly challenging for the first program too.
    I was buoyed up by the fact that some of them hadn’t been sewing that long. There’s hope for me then.
    I love your cropped cardi. Perfect with your denim. Not a shape that works on me unfortunately. Cropped tops of any kind have a habit of shortening my short stature and making my chest look enormous.

    • #8 by tialys on February 20, 2014 - 14:57

      Exactly why I’m wearing mine unbuttoned!

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