Tuesday, January 30, 2007
This is Leila, 18 months, wearing an 18-24 month Debbie Bliss bolero. I can't imagine she'll grow that much in the next six months, can you?!
Em said Leila loved it though, and didn't want to take it off, which can only be a good thing. Let's hope she still feels that way when she's a teenager and I'm still knitting clothes for her. Ha ha!
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Monday, January 22, 2007
Firstly, my secret pal managed to buy me a book that I've wanted for ages, but never mentioned because I was scared of cables! Now that I'm no longer scared of cabling, I'll be able to knit this dress, from one of the Miss Bea books, for Katherine's 1st birthday in August. I know it's a long way off, but I've got about a thousand other things I want to knit before then as well.
These are my favourite gifts: two vintage baby knitting books. I want to knit some of the patterns from here in nice contemporary colours.
I think the first thing will be this 'Double Breasted Shortie', knitted in some deep dark purplish red Rowan 4 ply Soft. The patterns are beautiful, but I especially love the adverts. I think I was born several decades too late :o(
And the best bit was my secret pal revealing who she is....it's Ruth!
Thank you so much Ruth for the fantastic gifts. They're going to keep me entertained for a very long time :o) Ruth visits friends near where I live, so I'm hoping we'll be able to meet for a trip to Stash sometime.
I finished my third Calorimetry on the train back from York after a visit to the Viking this weekend. I was sorry to find that it's too big. I knit this version with a about two thirds of a skein of Malabrigo, colourway 'Velvet Grapes' and 4mm needles. I love this yarn, and the colour is beautiful, but it's just too big, so I'll have to rip it and perhaps knit a hat instead. Speaking of The Viking, he's demanding to be introduced properly, so here are me and Miles earlier this month, just before I caught a train back to London. Cute eh?! By the way, we're sitting down, he's taller than me really!
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Any advice on yarn shops, knitting groups or nice/fun/unusual places to visit when I'm there? Leave me a comment!
I'm so excited! ...I think I should do some knitting to calm down.
Sunday, January 07, 2007
Keeping my ears warm: I'd definitely recommend knitting this, it doesn't take much yarn, is a very quick knit, and the pattern is simple and well written. Hmm, how long before I cast on another one...?
Thursday, January 04, 2007
I knitted a 'Calorimetry' on Boxing Day, but it was too big, so I've ripped it and am going to re-knit it on smaller needles. Perhaps I'll do that this afternoon instead. Or both. Hmm, decisions, decisions...
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
As promised, I'm finally able to show you the fantastic gifts given to me for my birthday last month. First of all, my wonderful SP9, who sent me 3 balls of RYC DK, a lovely pale green, the Green & Blacks Chocolate cookbook (there goes the New Year diet!), a crocheted snowflake, some Green & Blacks chocolate bars, and 2 vintage pattern books. I'm really very tempted to knit the pink dress in the book on the left. Thanks so much SP9. I know I've been a little quiet recently, I really appreciate the thoughtful package :o)
I spent the weekend of my birthday in Newcastle and York, so I was able to meet my lovely Centurion Knitters on Saturday morning, where I was given such wonderful presents!
Helen knitted the Hedera socks in the previous post, gave me a vintage Nursery Knitting book with some very precocious child models, and some handmade knitting notecards.
Jen gave some Manos Del Uruguay yarn that she bought me in New York. Emily gave me a beautiful purple notebook, which will be perfect for knitting notes, and Lucy gave me a needle gauge from the Knit Tin and some peace fleece needles. I had chocolates from all the girls too! I'm sure I've forgotten about something, if I have, remind me in the comments!
After the Centurion, we headed to the newly opened Wagamama in Newcastle, before I had to dash off to Central Station to catch a train to York. I went to a ball with Archie the Viking, had a fantastic evening. I think he was even quite impressed with the bolero I knitted to wear to the ball to comply with the 'shoulders covered' dress code. I don't have any photos of me wearing the bolero, and it really deserves a proper post of its own, seeing as I abandoned my Christmas present knitting to make sure it was finished on time. In the end, I finished sewing the ends in as the train pulled out of Central Station leaving for York. Cutting it a bit fine, eh?! Here it is, I'll do a proper post when I can get someone to take photos of me wearing it.
I think this is one of those things that definitely looks better on than off!
Lots more updates to come this week, including the Christmas present I managed to knit half of on Christmas Day morning, and my new found love of cables.
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2007 TO YOU ALL