peppermints & poppies

where life imitates art

le tour eiffel… October 29, 2009

Filed under: Photography — Katherine @ 8:56 pm

I’m aware that it’s been rather a long time since my last entry. To say that quite a lot has happened in that time would probably be an understatement, and yet really, not all that much is different! Sorry for the gap, folks. I’ll try to make it up to you!

My peace offering comes in the form of the Eiffel Tower.

I must confess, I fell ever so slightly in love with it.

Nothing more than a few fairly decorative girders, really, this looming metal cliché captured my heart entirely. And I took rather a lot of pictures of it, up it, off it… there’s also a chance I may have scribbled our names and the date of our anniversary somewhere on the 2nd floor observation deck, but since that’s technically vandalism, and thus illegal, I can’t confirm it.

As it happened, we walked to the tower from the Louvre metro station (which is a LOT further than it looks on the map), and as we tumbled through back streets the top of the town would peek teasingly up from behind buildings, and as we finally came out onto the Champ de Mars, it revealed itself in its full glory, and pretty much took my breath away.

There are 328 steps to the first floor, and after walking a good 5 miles to get there in the first place, we DEFINITELY felt every one of them.

There are a further 340 steps to the second level, and 23 steps and a lift to the top level.

It’s a good job, then, that when you get right to the top, the view looks like this:

My legs ached for a full 10 days after this particular climb, and actually, I was ok with it. I forgave the tower. Because the tower gave me a lovely, warm, fuzzy feeling. And, achy legs aside, it was a really rather perfect way to celebrate our first anniversary.

How on earth will we top that next year?


going postal… October 18, 2009

Filed under: Crochet — Katherine @ 9:43 pm

This month I have been mostly being annoyed by Royal Mail. Specifically, not knowing whether, if I order the yarn that I need to finish Baby Granny Blanket, it will actually arrive due to their stupid epic industrial action. Seriously.

On a brighter note, this has given me the opportunity to sneakily start work on the next project in my queue – the Baby Ripple. This one intended for an actual baby (unless I steal it for myself to just have and admire!). It’s a little ripple, my lovely Cotton-Ease on a 4.5mm hook, in which were supposed to be unisex, but actually turned out to be slighty more boyish colours.

I must admit, I’m ever-so-slightly in love

In other yarn news, I have been stashing. Bargain-hunting new yarn, and squirrelling it away for my next ideas.

King Cole Merino DK – almost exactly as lovely as the Rowan Pure Wool, but on sale at more than half the price. Success! I have big plans for this. Big SECRET blanket-like plans.

Couldn’t resist this combo! I’m planning another smaller blanket – chunky and snuggly – maybe long stripes?

And finally, the most AMAZING shade of green I think I’ve ever seen! Like a big, shiny Granny Smith! Going to make some fingerless gloves with this, I think. There should be enough for two pairs, but I can’t decide whether to make a green pair and a black pair, or a green/black striped pair! Wonder if it’d stretch to 3 pairs? Hmmm.

Anyway, that’s all my yarn porn for today. Hope to be back soon with more projects!


a sneaky peek… October 10, 2009

Filed under: Crochet — Katherine @ 1:56 pm

I am now on the TWENTY FOURTH square, after some hardcore (well, hardcore for me!) crocheting, and casting my mind forward a little, to my growing queue of projects.

The little heap above is the bare bones of my ripple-to-be. I’ve also got a new stash of wool screaming to be made into fingerless gloves, Midi Granny Blanket to be, and some cotton for a bag I’ve been dreaming up.

What I need, and what I don’t have, is more time. I spend all day at work thinking about what I’m going to create, and when I get home I have NO TIME in which to create anything. Rubbish.

What I really need is 36 hour days!


twenty one… October 2, 2009

Filed under: Crochet — Katherine @ 8:33 pm

There are twenty one completed squares in this pile (the top one has now been edged!). I am on to my final colour (Hyacinth, if you’re interested), and nearing the finish line.

I also wanted to share with you my favourite square so far, created as I was speeding through northern France, in fact:

I LOVE this colour green. I think it may be my favourite colour in the world. I love how cheery it is against the coolness of the greys. And the way that’s all held together with the pale blue of the pier. Well, it’s all so lovely.

I’m also thinking about joining them with Cypress (the darker blue colour) instead of the grey. Hmmm. Undecided.