Thursday, 29 January 2015

Year of The Sheep

2015 is the Chinese year of the sheep.

The first day is on February 4th, with the Chinese New Year day on February 19th.

For the Chinese New Year celebrations China Town in London's Soho goes into carnival mode and the streets are filled with much gorgeousness and festivities. It's a great place to be, the atmosphere is high energy and the food and 'dancing dragons' make it a very special celebration.

Because it is the year of the sheep, the Campaign for Wool has collaborated with the Michelin starred Chinese Dim Sum tea house Yauatcha, and will be transforming the restaurant by designing a pop art window display. There will also be an unconventional art gallery and woolly make over of the restaurant space. All sounds jolly interesting to me.

At home my woolly endeavours are still going apace, working towards the completion of my knitty blanket.

I'm working on my forth strip of knitty squares, 36 squares in each strip, with one more strip to go. Then I intend to sew the long strips together and finish off with a fancy edging of some description in black Lopi Icelandic wool, which I bought during my trip to Reykjavik last year. I have been sewing ends in as I have been knitting so it's nice not to have to do that all at once.

I have been using up my stash to make the blanket, so it sort of feels as though I'm getting it for free. I have to admit though it doesn't seem to be making much of a dent in my yarn supplies. But it has stopped me buying more yarn for the time being, which is defo a good thing.

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  1. Glorious blanket! So neat and tidy I am soooo impressed. Mine always look like a right old rag, tag and bobtail affair. I do seem to use up wool when I make them though and this makes M pleased as the bags reduce significantly. However, I am now taking up that particular slack with fabric!
    Thanks re Chinese New Year, I hadn't realised. As shepherdess to a flock of 28 Wiltshire Long Horns I feel I should let them know, and perhaps give them extra food and party poppers as a form of celebration! xx

  2. I didn't know that you were a shepherdess as well. I'm the one that's impressed :)


  3. I like the sound of the New Year celebrations.
    Your squares do look really neat, I love knitted blankets x

  4. Your chunky blanket looks lovely Jean. Can't wait to see it when it is finished.


  5. Your blanket looks good even before it is finished!

  6. Love your squares! And the sheep pop art poster is wonderful!