Tuesday, January 31, 2006
My other dilemma is what to take to the Forth this evening. I could take the frilly tank, but I'm decreasing and have a feeling my concentration won't be too great this evening. Other options are the Loopy and Luscious scarf (started in August...geez); the fyberspates yarn sock (started in October...can you see a problem here...); a top for Leila (started in November...ok, ok, I know); or shall I could start a pair of wristwarmers or a hat from a skein of discontinued Maya.
What do you think? I think the Loopy and Luscious might be the best option. I really should get it finished so that I can wear it. It's really beautiful, probably the favourite thing I've knitted (big effect, little effort!) Let me know what you think...
Also, in a very exciting development, Pumpkin is going to learn to knit! Please leave her words of encouragement :o) I found her a knitting group at the Yarn Sellar in York, Maine, which she has promised me she will be going to this evening at 7pm. Very exciting! Have fun Pumpkin. x
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Monday, January 30, 2006
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Sunday, January 29, 2006
For now, Aloise will have to make do with her cardy. I hope it still fits by the time it arrives in New Zealand.
Emilie sent me a recent photo of Leila, looking gorgeous as ever.
It's been a while since I've seen her, she seems to be growing up so quickly. Hopefully I'll be able to visit them in London soon.
Do you remember this tank top that I knitted for her in July?
Well, Em had a little accident involving a washing machine.* The tank top now looks like this...
Oops! Nevermind, I'll have to knit a new one to compensate. One day, when I have the time...*sigh*
* Just wanted to add that Leila has 3 tanks, a cardigan, 2 pairs of bootees and hats, and this is the only thing that has felted. Em is very careful with her knitted goodies :o)
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
To those who have donated already, thank you! Just to let you know, I've raised £220, but I need to raise another £1280. Please click on the link below, and give all you can afford.
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Thank you for your support. x
I'll be walking the Aviva Weekend to Breakthrough Breast Cancer, a two-day, 60 km walk through the neighbourhoods of London, taking place 15-17 September 2006.
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My Grandma was lucky to survive breast cancer, but thousands of women are not as fortunate as her.
Help me to help those women who have been diagnosed, and those who will be diagnosed in the future, to have a better chance.
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Saturday, January 21, 2006
I'm really pleased with this little cardy, which will be winging it's way to New Zealand for little Aloise to wear, as soon as I've made the giftbox to post it in. Cardigan pattern is adapted from the Argyle Cardigan in 'Special Knits', by Debbie Bliss.
Here's the front view:
Here is a close-up of the mouse buttons I found in John Lewis:I know Mumsie will be checking out how closely I matched the stripes. I did my best Mumsie!
Here is one of the bootees. I really like this pattern, adapted from the Fair Isle Bootees in 'The Baby Knits Book', by Debbie Bliss and knitted in the same Baby Cashmerino yarn as the cardigan:
Lastly, here is one of my sexy labels, courtesy of Purlpower: http://www.purlpower.blogspot.comFinished at last!
Thursday, January 19, 2006
Catering Assistant (I seem to have been doing a lot of assisting)
Four movies you would watch over and over:
ah, I have shockingly cheesy movie taste, sorry...
Bridget Jones Diary (...'I like you, just as you are'...'I happen to have a very high regard for your wobbly bits'...yeah, right, like any guy would ever say that. But I can dream.)
Four places you have lived:
Kingston upon Thames
Newcastle upon Tyne
er, I haven't lived anywhere else yet...
Four TV shows you love to watch:
House of Tiny Tearaways
Location, Location, Location (I want Kirstie's wardrobe...and Phil)
EastEndersCHild of our Time
Four places you have been on vacation:
France (all over the place on family camping holidays)
Four websites you visit daily:
Four of my favourite foods:
Chocolate (I don't actually like it that much, it has a magnetic pull which I have no ability to resist)
Fourplaces I would rather be right now:
At home with Mumsie and Dad
In Maine with Pumpkin
In New York
At Get Knitted's warehouse!
*UPDATE 9pm: OK, so I haven't quite finished. Actually I'm nowehere near there. I have bought the buttons and the card to make the gift box. I bought brown paper and parcel tape to package the gift. But I forgot to buy sewing thread. Grrrr. I am SO mad at myself. I tried sewing a button on using white thread, but having spent so long knitting the cardigan and bootee (yes, singular, haven't finished the other one yet either) it seems such a shame to ruin the whole gift by using white thread with pink buttons. They are very cute buttons though, with a little mouse face on each. I also remembered I need to sew in a label before the whole thing gets sent off to New Zealand. Yes, I have labels, courtesy of the lovely Purlpower. I post them tomorrow. They will be finished then. No, really they will. With the right colour thread and everything :o)
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
At 7 we headed to the Forth. There were 12 knitters this evening, which is the biggest the group has been for ages. Looking very serious and focussed here:
This is almost the whole group:
Just to prove to Jeni that I've been knitting the frilly tank (and enjoying it!):
Purlpower looking particularly ****ed off here, after ripping out several inches of lace knitting, because she'd used the wrong cast on. Poor Purly. Glittr, in dominatrix mode, soon sorted her out:
A fab night all round, and great to relax with knitting, hot chocolate and great friends after my exam. What more could a girl ask for? Er...a never-ending yarn stash?
Monday, January 16, 2006
Let me know your thoughts, because if I'm going to do it I need to get off my lazy **** and start walking! Well, as soon as I've finished revising the quite thrilling development market, Private Finance Initiate and Compulsory Purchse Orders :o/
Thursday, January 12, 2006
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
And this is the progress on Aloise's cardigan. It's been neglected for a while, while I've been working on a million other things. I need to finish it soon though, otherwise the wee one won't be wee enough to fit into it!
The front and back are finished, the first sleeve is almost done. Then I'll need to knit the second sleeve, pick up stitches around the collar and down the front and knit the rib, sew it together and add buttons. Should be finished by Aloise's first birthday!
Monday, January 09, 2006
Sunday, January 08, 2006
Before I show you what I've been knitting, here's a very blurred photo of the deer, taken while driving through Richmond Park this morning. It was a beautiful, but cold, misty morning. Although London 'cold' and Newcastle 'cold' are two very different things. This is my new hat, yes, it's all mine. It's 'mini' by Kim Hargreaves, knitted with one ball of Big Wool on 9mm needles, because just like Purlpower I'm a loose lady.
Now, this is very exciting (at least to me...I feel like a proud mother): my first sock! On dpns. Oh yes.
Having bought this yarn from Jeni at Fyberspates at Ally Pally way back in the Autumn and starting the sock about, ooh, 3 months ago before leaving it in a box 300 miles from where I am (mostly) living, I finally picked it up and had a sock day yesterday. I turned the heel! I am excited!
Here it is on my foot. (Over another sock, my feet do not have snowflakes tatooed on them.) Sorry about the blurry nature of this photo, think my leg was shaking!
Finally, this is the Fyberspates Frilly Tank pattern, also started about 3 months ago, sadly neglected while babies were born (not mine, I just do the knitting), and Christmas presents knitted and boxes constructed. Oh and essays written, buildings designed. You know, the usual.
Friday, January 06, 2006
This is the laceweight silk called 'Floss' (could that be anymore perfect?!) in the colourway 'Tired Roses'. I think this would make a beautiful wrap to wear with the dress for Ellie's wedding. It's such pretty colours. They also sell dk and 4ply hand dyed silk, a thicker slubby silk, sock wool (with a mini reinforcing spool...Purlpower would like that) and 'luxury' wools. From pampered sheep perhaps? :o)
I've been in London this week and while I have my camera I don't have the USB connection-duh-back to the Toon tomorrow so normal service should resume shortly. I finished a slinky scarf and have almost finished the ribbing on the Fyberspates frilly tank so I'll post those tomorrow night. See you then.
Monday, January 02, 2006
It has to be the bargain of the century, 70% discount so was reduced from £160 to £48!!! I decided I wouldn't be able to find anything nicer between now and August for that price. Woo-hoo, I love it. Makes me feel like a flower fairy!
Now, I need to knit a shrug to wear over the top, any ideas? I'm thinking Colinette mohair in Moss would be really pretty with this. Or maybe Moss in a different yarn? Or, perhaps a Clapotis? Or a loopy and luscious shawl? Or maybe I should tackle my first lace project?
Hmm, decisions, decisions...