Friday, December 28, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Tea Sets and Party Flags all knitted and nearly wrapped ready for a big suprise for a little girl and her mother. As they are spending some time in transit I hope these will be appreciated.
I am sure they will. I procrastinated and started a felted bag rather than finish sewing up the flags. Why do i do that?
The end result is magnificent though the colours of the Bendigo Cotton are magic together. Now on to knitting for me - no more deadlines.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Sunday, December 9, 2007
I was expecting one of them (from the knittery!!!) but the other was a complete surprise and a fantastic way to stop my day being so grey.
My Tea Cosy Swap Parcel had arrived from the amazingly talented knitwytch.
You can see the tea cosy in action on right (can you spot the bee?) Such embroidery and colour.
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Ravelry is officially a stash multiplier. Just check out this stash enhancer (well i helped a little) pack of acquired yarns this week. I am looking forward to much knitting with this little bounty.
Ravens, Silk Thread, Silk Ravens, Sea Wool and Casbah colourful stuff.
Other news has seen me volunteer to co-ordinate the next Ravelry Australian Knitting Group swap. I am looking forward to it - a bag theme. We have just boosted the group members to 500, so if we encourage this could be a decent sized group. Lots of anticipation and interest building over christmas with the kick off in January.
Monday, December 3, 2007
And it LOOKS FABULOUS if i do say so myself.
We managed to pick fantastic colours that look great together.
The draw string style ties look pretty great too.
Although the other half said I should have sewed them to the opposite side to make the opening and closing easier.
I have moved on to the Sea Breeze and No Vine Stocking Stitch socks and some 8 ply cotton party flags/bunting for my SIL and niece for Christmas.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
I have made no progress on the SSS knitting whilst I have been knitting up this Tea Cosy for my Ravelry swap pal -it looks just stunning in the red, black and white but is quite simple to pull together. Simple, that is, if you are not watching an election at the sametime.
I had to undo three stripes due to a dropped stitch on Sunday morning (it was in a black stripe) as well as joining in the wrong colour at least three times and having to undo it on Saturday night. But eventually it finished up quickly.
The Toy Bag, however has completed nicely, at least the main piece. The colours look fab - especially the Light Teal (aqua blue), Marine (dark blue) and Mango (orange). I am now weaving in ends and sewing up the main part of the bag.
I also need to knit up 2 x 100cm icords which shouldn't take long in the heather (pink). It looks very very cute and I can't wait to see it all made up.
On other knitting news I have ordered more yarn. I can feel th shock now! I finally succumbed to the Raven series from Blue Moon Fiber Arts - but included some silk for a shawl. It isn't just sock yarn (I did get some of that too though). The delivery is taking it's time due to the huge order that they recieved.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Socks for her are now going to be much more work than previously for her - small women's is now the size we will be starting with.
The pattern was easy to memorise and looks so much like sunshine in this colour.
O is in love with the colour of the socks as Yellow is her favourite colour so all in all the hand-dyed hand knitted has been a success.
Monday, November 5, 2007
- What’s your favorite sock yarn? (please note that the word “yarn” is singular. Just pick one. I know it’s hard.) Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock
- What’s your favorite type and brand of sock needle? Knit Picks Classic Circulars (with the longer tips)
- Do you knit your socks toe up, cuff down or sideways? Generally cuff down, but I have been branching out recently
- Do you knit both socks at once or just one at a time? One at a time. I tried 2 and got hopelessly tangled. I've decided i need to try it when I am on holiday and a little more relaxed and patient.
- What’s your favorite toe and why? A pretty standard reduce at either side of the toe. Because my family have sensitive feet and complain about any other style.
- Favorite heel? Heel Flap for the family, short row for me
- Do you prefer plain or patterned socks? I like variety to knit and wear.
- Who do you knit the most socks for? Dh and my stepdaughter O, them me and the grandparents.
- Do you darn your socks? Technically yes, although the pile in my repair basket probably means I should say No right now (as it is turning into a tower).
- If not, what do you do with them? Build a tower out of them in my repair basket
- Do you only wear handknit socks? As much as I would like to say yes (for the whole family) the answer is not quite. Though dh treats his as good socks for work.
- Bonus Question: What pattern, if any, is your basic “I-just-need-a-pair-of-socks” sock pattern based on? Do you keep it written down or memorized? I have a pattern I got from The Wool Shack with my first ball of sock-yarn. It is easy to follow and all the books i have looked at use the same principle (stocking stitch) with slight variation. I have it written down and folded into quarters in my accessories pack (which is see through). I usually only refer to it for stitch counts at certain points.
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
An FBI radio favourite keeps ringing in my head...."too much to do, and not enough time, not enough time" is repeated throughout the chorus and that has definitely been the theme for our week.
My preferred calming technique of knitting in the early morning quiet was disrupted by my brain wrestling with work issues at 5:40am. As a result I spent much time watching the 7:30 report on the ABC and other associated programs and finding myself yelling at the politicians and journalists repeatedly.
Thankfully the ABC put Bob Brown on the Insiders this morning and it was very strange to see the Family First Senator and the Democrats Senator treating the Greens as the incumbents.
All I can say is Thank you Bob for making sense!
I live within Marrickville Council where the Greens have put forward a practical socially and economically responsible agenda. I just hope the message gets through to greater Australia.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Saturday, October 20, 2007
All I can say is it looks like raspberries and aqua blue blueberries.
It's gorgeously yummy to knit and admire the colours.
I love the variegation. I am looking forward to this one being a quick knit.
The Opal and the Blue Moon STR New Architecture Socks are still in hibernation.
Friday, October 19, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Blue Moon Roses are rare and of the two bushes that my dh has planted only one has been flowering and with only 3 buds at the moment.
One opened and a caterpiller ate through it. Of the other 2 buds only one ohad pened and the other was just budding - but they were both on the same stem.
Now the bush was a present to me and dh has been carefully nurturing it to get some flowers close to my birthday.
And lo and behold someone has not just picked one but taken the whole stem leaving only the caterpiller eaten bud left.
Last Spring and Summer this was a regular occurence. Whenever it flowers they get picked off and they don't even do it neatly they kind of mangle the stem so nothing else will grow. GRRRRRR...
I am considering putting up Rascally Rabbits stop picking my roses sign on the front fence.
I don't mind the occasional pick - but this is every time the bush flowers.
Saved from the big frog.
My beautiful new socks were knitting up a treat until i realised i wasn't yet at the heel and was nearing the middle of the ball. Panic set in. Would i have to frog them and alter sections for sizing. Or knit a completely different pattern.
I don't mind frogging because it's not working, or to resolve an error - but when it is working and I am loving it that is fate I was not able to bare.
Of course i had to pick the skein of wool from Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock that
- Was the lone one of it's colourway and weight in my stash
- where I had recieved notice via the sock club that they would be resting the colourway
- where I had also recieved subsequent notice that it was low in stock.
- and I had also recieved a notice that there was an ordering frenzy following the resting announcement.
I threw myself on the mercy of the ladies of Blue Moon Fiber Arts and hoped they had a lone skein in search of a home.
My luck held out and it is on it is winging its way to me as I type.
The customer service ethic of these ladies is second to none.
Whilst waiting I have cast on an easy sock for dh in a ball of Opal Neon (that I have 3 others of) with the intention of knitting a pair of socks in this colourway for each of the household. Dh, his mother, O & I. I am looking forward to completing this little mini-project.
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Saturday, October 6, 2007
I have spent the morning winding the skein into a ball and knitting up the cuff on the first sock.
The colours in the yarn are magnificient. The colorway is Chapman Springs and is even more beuatiful in person.
I can't wait to get a bit more done.
Sunday, September 30, 2007
I have cast on a Stockinette sock in Patonyle to start. We have visitors today and these will allow me to continue knitting while they are here (and we are not feeding or watering them (so to speak).
I will cast on a second pair a little more complicated tonight to accompany them.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Froggy has arrived. The sizing on the pattern is big!
And the largest size - which i thought I had to make based on measurements left the anklet sock swimming around my ankle.
So much so I think I might go down 2 sizes.
The Good News is of course I can now not start them again until Monday and they Can count in the Southern Summer of Socks.
Can't wait to get started...itchy fingers too many patterns, too much sock yarn.
Distract yourself with Ravelry.....
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
My personal Challenges.
- Use up the yarn I have (I must count it this Sunday - to both stash it here and name it)
- Use patterns from as many of the books I have (1 from each)
- Alternate with Stocking Stitch pairs (for presents for my fussy family members)
- Try at least one of each technique in Cat Bordhi's new book.
I think that should do it.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
I have cast on (belatedl) the August kit for Rockin' Sock Club. The Summer of Love Lace Sock seems simple so far, but the colourway is beautiful - blues, browns, pinks and purples.
I think they should come together quickly.
Photos to come soon.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
I was lost to the world from Wednesday as I got my invite to Ravelry. After what felt like months watching the count of the number of people before me drop down I finally got invited into the cool kids club.
As soon as I got the email I clicked on over and took my first step into the new world. And oh what a fantastic world it is. Although I think they should make you leave an itinery with the authorities before you go in - so the search party can find you.
My family were wondering why I was spending so much time on the humble computer. As well as dragging out my stash and taking photos. I think they are still wondering, but they indulge me anyway.
It also spurred me on to finish at least one more project on my needles. The Blue Moon Fiber Arts Rockin' Sock Club Solstice Slips rapidly galloped from 25% complete to 100% complete. Just so I could mark a new project finished (and take photos and finish them).
Now for the next week. More catalogueing. A sign-up to the kitchen swap on ravelry and the Southern Summer of Socks.
Busy Busy Busy. How am I going to fit it all in between my ravelry adventures and my life....
Monday, September 17, 2007
Thus begins my first tentative (if lightly belated) steps into blogging.
After spending months reading the many and varied knitting and knitting related blogs I just had to take part.
Intention: My intention is to regularly blog my progress and experience with my knitting project with some social commentry from my point of view thrown in.
Currently I am a Sydney based knitter who loves to knit socks. I do like to mix it up with the occassional jumper, cardi or other item. Recently I have been prolific in the output of baby related items to celebrate the birth of many friends and colleagues children.