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Good evening from New York,

Our wonderful chief owl Camilla has asked me to put up the post this evening, since her house is now quite full of grandchildren.

It is my pleasure to help Camilla. Seeing all the previous knitting posts, I thought that I would continue that theme.

I bought the yarn for this Vest (!) decades ago at a shop in Bath, called The Shepherd's Purse. It was great fun to knit it, and every time I see the sweater I remember that lovely day. It was also the very first time I tasted clotted cream on a scone.

Thank you all for indulging my reminiscing.


Posted at 21st Mar 2009 - 12:08AM   Posted by Frances   If you cannot sleep ... Comments: 15

Tiggywinkle's Avatar It is amazing how we associate places and happy times with clothes. I have some things for yonks because of that. I have put some more ideas on the Knitting post. I adore clotted cream. Must post some recipes I have for making it. I am having a "Men drive me nuts day" Tigger keeps tidying away my stuff since I came home, thinks he's helping me, and I can't find anything. Can't find the cable to upload my photos. Found my new fabrics in the hotpress. It freaks me out.

Posted by: Tiggywinkle on 21st Mar 2009 at 12:22AM

Tiggywinkle's Avatar Loved your photos Frances. St. Patrick's Day is more celebrated in America than here. Spent one in NC. Was amazed at all the decorations, and the effort people put into cooking and dressing up. I am very into occasions, but don't do much for Patrick's day. We use to go to the parade, when the children were small. I look on it as the start of my gardening year. It was great this year as the weather is lovely, and I got a great kick start. I love getting ready for the Easter celebrations.

Posted by: Tiggywinkle on 21st Mar 2009 at 12:28AM

Tiggywinkle's Avatar Wow, I've just noticed the photo. Is that the sweater you knitted?

Posted by: Tiggywinkle on 21st Mar 2009 at 12:30AM

Blackbird's Avatar Your sweater is beautiful, Frances.

I love that the best of sweaters can be worn for decades. I've been getting compliments on one that I've been wearing that I knit when I was pregnant with my 16 year old. I'll have to post a picture of it.

Posted by: Blackbird on 21st Mar 2009 at 12:50AM

Frances's Avatar Yes, vintage home-made treasures are real treasures. Tiggy that is my sweater made with the yarn from Bath.

Blackbird, do put up a photo of your beloved sweater.

Glad you liked the parade photos. It was nice that the weather co-operated.

Tiggy, you have amused me with your reports of how helpful Tigger is being.


Posted by: Frances on 21st Mar 2009 at 12:58AM

Tiggywinkle's Avatar The sweater is amazing, Frances.You must be a great knitter. I have never done fairisle, and don't think I would have the time or concentration to do it now.

Posted by: Tiggywinkle on 21st Mar 2009 at 01:19AM

Frances's Avatar It's just stitch by stitch! Beautiful yarn helps. This sweater is not totally traditional because I also used some mohair yarns for the fuzz.

Thank you!

Camilla is much a better owl than I am, and can stay up way past midnight.

I hope that any of you who are still up, will continue to visit with each other on this perch.

However, tomorrow is a work day for me, and I will soon have to think about getting my needed shut eye.

Sweet dreams to all. xo

Posted by: Frances on 21st Mar 2009 at 01:23AM

Puffin's Avatar My Frances,
That is an amazing sweater-You must be very good at knitting.
I have a problem with Seashell's e-mail so will have to
just say everyone have a great night and sweet dreams.
I will touch back if I can.

Posted by: Puffin on 21st Mar 2009 at 01:41AM

Tiggywinkle's Avatar I'm off to bed. Nightie night.

Posted by: Tiggywinkle on 21st Mar 2009 at 01:48AM

Puffin's Avatar Everything is great now-Hope Camilla is having a great week end .
Nite to all-Have to be up exter early

Posted by: Puffin on 21st Mar 2009 at 02:31AM

Toady's Avatar Fabulous knitting Francis. Although I knit a lot I could never do intricate patterns like that.
Clotted cream is of course from Devon and don't believe anybody that tells you different. Sadly it is mostly factory made now. Years ago in our pannier markets the old farmers wives would have brimming great bowls of the stuff and you would buy it by the scoop. Elf and Safety has put paid to that though.

Posted by: Toady on 21st Mar 2009 at 07:30AM

Lily's Avatar That took me back a few years, I remember that shop when I lived in Bath years ago.

Posted by: Lily on 21st Mar 2009 at 08:32AM

Camilla's Avatar Thank you so much for putting up the owl post Frances, so kind.

I adore the colouring and pattern of wool you purchased from Bath, which was by your talented creativity made into a Fairisle sweater, I adore Fairisle patterns.


Posted by: Camilla on 21st Mar 2009 at 09:41AM

Westerwitch's Avatar Thank you to the Nite Owls. Odd without you Camilla.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 21st Mar 2009 at 10:37AM

beautiful sweater Frances. My Mum was a pretty impressive knitter, and I used to have some Fair Isle sweaters she made me. I dont suppose I will ever get that competent, but I do love tradional knits. I have a couple of fancy Arans too .

Posted by: Zoe on 21st Mar 2009 at 05:57PM

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