Saturday, December 9, 2017

Sunday Rambles

Hello there. This week in endless cardigan news:

I've been working on the body, and now it's nearly 100 rows longer than it was last time I blogged about it. It's all scrunched up in a plastic bag to keep it clean while I work on in, so it doesn't feel like it's growing fast, but it really is.

I have a weird obsession with knitting this body FAST. I don't know why at all, after all, when i finish this I'll just cast on something else, but I absolutely want to get this finished by Wednesday. Why? Nobody knows.

On Saturday I went to the button shop to try to find a closure. I found this

which I am so, so happy with. Look, it's a little horned sheep! Right, I've got to go, I've only got 30 rows (of 300 odd stitches) left to go. If I don't sleep or go to work, I can have it finished by tomorrow.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Words for Nerds (Grace and the Fever)

Grace and the Fever

I don't read a lot of YA, but this was recommended on the Call Your Girlfriend podcast, so I thought I would take a punt on it, and I'm glad I did. It's a book that plays with the question "what if you got to meet your idols?". In this case it's a member of a boy band, but really the activity doesn't matter. It's an exploration of celebrity and fan culture. While the band members could perhaps have been more fleshed out as characters, Grace was believable, likable and real.I couldn't stop reading it, which is my gauge of a good book. It made me think of another YA book I read when I was actually young. Do you remember the Lion's Teen Tracks series? There was a book in that series about a similar topic, but it was much more tortured than this one. I can't remember what it was called, and a google search did me no good at all.

Linking up with It's Monday, What are you reading? over at the Book Date.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

What is that smell?

Fight Club reference. 
Last Monday I pulled my current project - Thoughts by Joji Locatelli out of my Field Bag (which I am still completely in love with) and sniffed. Now, I have a sensitive nose, but the waft of smell was like those old opp shops. Or like a granny on a hot day. Not dirty, but not quite right either. I was reminded of my Twist Pullover but I thought that was about taking the laceweight jumper I was knitting camping with me. This time I haven’t been anywhere, and I had only been knitting on this for a week. Also, I’ve been pretty careful to ensure my hands are clean, because I really don’t want to finish this and discover that I’ve stained or marked it. So I don't know why it smells weird.
That said, I’m really happy with how this is knitting up. I decided to knit the sleeves when I had the body down to the waist – it just seemed that doing the sleeves now would be easier somehow. Sometimes sleeves feel like a drag, but I am loving knitting in the round.
I’ve put the body of the cardigan into a zip lock bag while I knit the sleeves, to keep it clean and out of the way, and it’s working quite well. Once I pull it out I might give it a rinse before continuing. I can always call it blocking to see how it looks, but we know it’s so that it will smell pretty while I knit on. After all, I’m going to be with this knee length, laceweight cardigan for a while. I might as well enjoy the process.  


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Richmond Knitters Christmas party 2017

Last night was the Richmond Knitters Christmas party. As always a good time was had. There were some differences this year - Katherine and Louisa took over the organising from Sonia. As a thank you to Sonia for founding the group and keeping it organised, we all made her a tree ornament. Her face when she was given the box was classic:

I made little socks, one for our ornament exchange, and one fore Sonia. Here they are wrapped:

And here is the only photo I have of them. So blurry:

Dani from HalfBaked Hand Dyed dyed a signature yarn for the group:

It's so perfect. Self stripping in colours that I think really represent us. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it, but I know it's going to be fun. 
I received this lovely ornament in the exchange, knit by the talented Becs, and Susanne gave everyone little baubles and the pattern and yarn to make a cover for them, but I think it looks really lovely just the way it is:

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Words for Nerds - Big Little Lies

After finishing Assassin's Apprentice I was undecided about what to read next. it's hard to follow up a book like that, and I considered just going straight to the next book in the series, but I decided to take a break instead - and I'm glad I did. 

I decided to read Big Little Lies simply because it was one of the oldest things on my Kindle, and I generally have a read it or delete it rule.
I always forget how amazing Liane Moriaty is. When I started this, I was thinking "I'm not in the mood for chick lit", but that's not what this book is doing. It explores really big issues - bullying, family violence, blended families, abuse - while still being light and breezy. It a great read. I'm nearly at the end and I really, really, really want to know what happens. I'm working form home today and doing revisions on things I've written (a task i find tedious) so I'm using finishing this book as an incentive to get on with it.  

Saturday, November 25, 2017

A hat, a hat a hat that I finished.

I participated in Woolly Wormhead's latest KAL because I'm doing a class with her at EYF and I thought it would be fun to have knit something by her. I had leftover yarn, so I I played along. 
I quite like the hat design, and it was fun to knit. Since it's the same yarn as Elise's cowl, I will probably give it to her at some point.
I just felt like I didn't have the same enthusiasm as others who were participating. They would excitedly post their finished clue each week, and I would think - I knit a quarter of a hat, what will I do for the next six days? I didn't feel a need to share with the group, which is rather the point of a KAL, I would think.
Forgive me for being a bit "meh" today. I'm not sure why. Leon is also feeling a bit "meh", but he was kind enough to model for these photos. And when I say "model" I mean not get up and run away when I put this hat on his head and started taking photos! 

Friday, November 24, 2017

FO Friday

I finished the Romi Hill jumper more than a week ago, but it’s been hot. Now, I love it hot weather, but I did feel like I was the only person in Melbourne wearing a jumper when we took these photos yesterday.

It was a very straightforward knit…until I got to the collar. I wanted to make sure the collar sat on my shoulders and didn’t flop around, so I went down a needle size, introduced a purl turning row and didn’t do the increases at the beginning of the collar.
Was it successful? Partly. It is still a bit gappy around the neck. I am kicking myself, because I had thought of doing some decreases, but then I chickened out. I’m thinking about reknitting it, but the joining of the collar was kind of complicated, and undoing it might be messy. Also, lazy.I think it might benefit from a reblocking. 

All that said, I put it on yesterday over a collared work shirt, and found I quite like the way it looks:
I don’t really know when I am going to wear this jumper. Maybe to work in winter? It’s quite warm, but then it has that lace around the chest, so it’s a bit of an odd one. It looks very good though, if I do say so myself.