Thursday, March 31, 2011

Spinning Jade

The actual colour is much more green blue than this is showing up. Definitely more jade-like

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Three Weeks and Lots to Do

Some of you will be aware I have been looking for a job recently spending lots of time in interviews, reasearching, preparation and of course on the internet/email and the phone.

Last week I recieved an offer and accepted it for a new job. The brilliant thing is I have a couple of weeks (3 in fact) off before I start. This means I have time on my hands and many ideas to take them up.

On the knitting front
  • Finish my current cardigan (Basic Black in Tango) I have been spending some time in sleeveland and it is time to exit. Then i can block the pieces sew them up and do the band & buttons.
  • Start a few exciting knitting projects - a lace shawl and another cardigan.
  • Get back on track with the S62011 Sock Club and actually at least get some socks on the needles.
  • Participate in a Stash Swap day we have planned in a few weeks (identify some stash to be moved on!)
On the spinning front
  • Finish the silk I have had on the wheel for a month.
  • Spin, Spin, Spin (I have heaps of fibre stash).
  • Try out some of the things I have seen in the Alden Amos Big Book of Handspinning.\
  • The big spinning workshop with Pluckyfluff next weekend.
Other Craft
  • Sewing up a lot of the material I have acquired.
On the social and entertainment front.
  • A few movies. There is no better way when having time off during the day than to go see a couple of movies whilst everyone else is at work.
  • Lunch/Coffee with friends and former colleagues over food or drink.
Don't forget the more mundane things I should be doing
  • an old fashioned spring-clean the study, the stash and the wardrobe all need to be cleaned out and some of the older items moved on.

Looking forward to keeping you up to date on my adventures.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Monogamous Knitting Gets Results

I have been knitting only one project for the last 2 weeks. My Basic Black cardigan in Tango yarn. I have managed to move from around 4 inches of the back knitted to a completed back, the left and right front and have just cast on the first sleeve. I have noticed the rib sections take a proportionally larger amount of time than the stocking stitch - even with resizing and short rows, they are also more prone to periods of procrastination. Overall it really is amazing how much you can get done when you don't have other projects to distract you. It has really been the best antidote to spending a lot of my time on research and preparation for job interviews.

The Koigu yarn is still thinking about what sock pattern it wants to be.

Friday, March 11, 2011

When is a Yarn Diet Broken

Today I travelled up to Gordon with 1funkyknitwit to meet up with the Gordon knitters. A small but friendly turn out and on the return we stopped into Mosman Needlecraft.

The Madelinetosh Tosh Sock was too tempting especially in the Flashdance colourway in person. I have been watching this colourway start to appear with great envy.

In addition they had some Needlefood (an independent dyer who has closed up the business) Wool-Silk in Lavender.

I don't count discontinued yarns - they are an acceptable exception to the year of knitting from Stash so the Needlefood is ok. The Madelinetosh is quite questionable though. Oh well nobody is perfect.

Monday, March 7, 2011

SS62011 #2 Setback

I cast on the Super Special Six Pattern Sock Club March/April Socks following the pattern.
I knit dutifully on the Nutkin Socks and reached the toe.

I put them on my feet and the leg was uncomfortable and I really didn't like the pattern on my foot. I love the Koigu yarn so much that I want socks that I want to wear.

So I frogged them.
I am now in search of a pattern to knit with the yarn.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Finished BCP with Much better photos

Ably modelled by O

BCP Finished and Blocking

So I finished knitting the BCP Rain Shawl by the fabulous Ailsa Daly aka knitabulous.

Alas the best photo I can get from the doorway of O's room where it is currently blocking. It is so nice to have it off the needles and it is currently 200cm (you will be pleased to note LynS) and just under 50cm wide. It will be interesting to see what it bounces back to.