Creative Cures

So it’s 2013 now, lovely BD people, and it’s time for a new blog post for the new year. It’s taken me a while to get going for a few reasons, mostly holidays and jetlag but also toothache and a complete lack of ideas on what to write about. Fortunately I have found the cure. Whether you are blocked by its-only-Wednesday-itis, flood drama or, in my case, a troublesome wisdom tooth there is only one way forward; colour work. Seriously, just ask the January winner over at the Biggan Design Ravelry page who took out the competition with a scrumptious colour work beanie: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/IngridMO/norwegian-fairisle-snowflake-hat.

Now my talents run nowhere near that level but I did decide that the only way to jump back on the blog horse and get my Biggan Design hat on (figuratively) was to make a BD hat (literally) to wear for blogging. Somewhere along the way that idea turned into a Biggan Design headband. So here I am, with all the required extra energy and athleticism (blogging is seriously hard work you guys!) and raring to go.

Primed for blog action

Primed for blog action

SO …

How were your holidays? I hope a very merry Christmas and suitably raucous New Year was had by all. As for myself, I indulged in my favourite past time of all on a family skiing holiday. Those who know me and my lack of both coordination and sporting ability are usually shocked at my love of skiing, having made the foolish mistake of assuming skiing holidays are all about exercise. It is, of course, mostly about sliding between meals. Between gloriously cheesy, rich and frequent meals. With wine. Delightful. I understand if this is making you jealous, it should be. To be honest I’m a little jealous of my past self.

*sigh*

*sigh*

The point of this rambling is that while on this food extravaganza trip we were snowed in for a whole day. I exaggerate a little, it was possible but extremely unpleasant to go outside without almost zero visibility, nevertheless I was faced with a day in a rustic chalet around a warm fire. I know, because you are all appreciators of BD yarn and therefore people of impeccable taste, what you are thinking; that sounds like perfect knitting conditions. You are, of course, right. I had forgotten to bring any of my own though, having stuffed the suitcase full of knitted presents and last minute present knitting supplies only. Fortunately my fellow holidaymaker had brought yarn and a pattern for some ADORABLE baby booties (finished product below).

CUTE!

CUTE!

Meanwhile this same stylish lady had been the lucky recipient of BD hot water bottle kit for Christmas so joined me in a knit-stravaganza. Behold the results.

In Progress

In Progress

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After my return to these alternately sunburnt and drenched shores I received an email with a pic of the finished project. Much needed it was too since London started snowy it’s icy heart out as soon as I left 😦

Hottie hanging out by the fire.

Hottie hanging out by the fire.

So much brightness

So much brightness

I shall leave you today with a couple of links to fire the imagination and provide your yarn-spiration for the upcoming week.

Some clever use of knitting by a commercial photography student/knitter in the UK – knitted hair! http://pinterest.com/source/louisewalkerphotography.com/

Plus some seriously old school knitting from the Met’s Costume Institute http://www.metmuseum.org/Collections/search-the-collections/80093646?rpp=20&pg=1&ft=2009.300.1111&pos=1