Monday, January 31, 2011
Its a great pattern, with a lovely mix of more complex lace, followed by simple stocking stitch.
I love the yarn, both the colour and the texture, and the price. Thank you Miss Babbs.
I love wearing it. Happiness all around, basically.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
On Sunday I cast on for the Annis shawl from Knitty. It starts by casting on 363 stitcfhes. I thought that this, and establishing the first row would be the challenging parts of this shawl. It turns out that the challenge is knitting 363 stitch rows. Even though there are only 18 of the lace rows, for some reason this is psychologically more challenging than knitting 363 rows of 18 stitches each. I started the rows with nupps yesterday.
I don't mind them and am not struggling with the actually nupps, but it is slow going. In fact, last night I only did two rows, while knitting from 7pm until 10.30. Mind you I was at the pub and perhaps the beer and cider where not conductive to speedy knitting. Hopefully my stitch count is still right! I only have three more of the nupp rows left. I'm hoping to finish them today, as well as do a bit of spinning for Owls.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
A few days before I start a project I like to do a little check, to see if I have everything I need. I tend to review the pattern, check the yarn, that I have the needles, all that sort of stuff. On Wednesday I had a look at Owls, as I am planning on casting on in a week or so. I haven't yet decided what size I'm making, nor have I swatched. I looked at the yarn requirements: 550 metres for the two smallest sizes. I looked at my 520 meters of handspun. I tried to make that maths work, and failed. So on Thursday I sat down outside to spin another hundred grams. Hopefully I'll be able to make it match.
Tarragon came and helped. This was new. He doesn't normally sit on my lap, because he likes to be on top of hands, and I'm always knitting. Because I was doing long draw it was just about workable.Eventually he got bored and left, which made spinning easier, if less furry.
This morning on the way to work I had a bit of a collision with a car. While I was lying on the road, my right foot basically under the car's wheel my first thought, my very first thought was "I hope I haven't broken my ankle. That would make spinning difficult." Luckily nothing is broken, although I do have some very dramatic bruises.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Then we got to go out on our own and experiment.
It was treat to be able to use Landscape dyes, they are a little more versatile than food colouring, and the lighter colours are much easier to achieve, but not practical to use in my flat, where I shall happily continue to play with food colouring.
I also learned to present them prettily:
All of this making of fibre inspired me to do some actual spinning, so this evening I have been spinning my corriadale fleece for Leon's jumper. What I've learnt is that the wool preparation takes as long as the actual spinning, so I'm off to flick some more locks to that I have something to spin tomorrow night.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
2) Use 7mm needles
3) Hang out with some wonderful knitting peeps, eating rainbow cake for sugary, rainbow knitting energy (thank you Katie)
4) Don't forget to stop
5) Cast off
6) Make the recipient try it on, even though he is half way through cooking dinner
7) Admire and enjoy.
Friday, January 14, 2011
It's way too hot and humid to sleep, so I am doing a blog update before Leon and I watch a dvd, while Leon puts on bread for breakfast tomorrow. I'm not complaining about the heat, I love it, I'm just explaining why I am posting in a condition that might not best be described as sober.
After I finished the first German Stocking I started the second one. I knit it on Wednesday and I knit it on Thursday, I got up to the part where I have to start the super complicated 36 row cable. I realised that my plans for tonight and the weekend are not going to allow me to sit down in the silence that this cable requires. Tomorrow, far from working the cable we are going to mission clean the house. There is a weird smell wafting around, and I cannot locate the source of it. Its not the kitty litter, I changed that and applied bleach. Its not under the bed, or behind the hallstand or anywhere else. Driving me insane. But when I find it, I will kill it with bleach and fire.
Anyway, the point is (and there is a point, I promise) that I needed something straightforward to knit to take me through the weekend. I cast on Leon's 2011 scarf: a simple relieving 2x2 rib scarf made out of handspun.
Loving it. Alpaca and wool, squishy stripy goodness. I know this photo is a little bit shit - you can see my shadow. Lets just consider it artistic and get back to the knitting...
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
I also bought this pretty red tussah silk
which I am planning to spin with this Stranded in Oz Fibre to make 198 Yards of Heaven. Shawls are definitely my current obsession Although when I am going to spin this is the question - I seem to have collected a lot of fibre in a short time, and have a "to spin" list that will take me well beyond the middle of this year.
Also I finished the first German Stocking.The top of the cable is one of the more complex things I have knit, not difficult as such, but very fiddly. Once I was past those very slow 36 rows the pattern is relatively straight forward, with an easy to memorise twelve row repeat. Until I tried it on I was rather wondering if it was worth the effort, but now I've seen it on my leg I know that every painful, cabled, splitty stitch was worth it.
right, now I'm off to watch an episode of ER and cast on the second sock.
Friday, January 7, 2011
I am knitting with Wollmeise for the first time. The colours are beautiful - prettier than the picture above - and it knits up into a lovely smooth fabric, but it is a little bit splitty. This has been exacerbated by how tightly I ended up knitting that cable.
Anyway, Leon and I are off to Ballarat for a wedding, where I am going to wear my party dress and my recently completed Swallowtail Shawl.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Or Swallotail, as I rather mysteriously named it on Ravellery.
I finished it without drama and blocked it using the blocking wires that I received with such drama months ago. The points maybe didn't hold as well as I hoped, but the yarn was 50 percent viscose, which might explain that. The lack of beads or nupps certainly isn't a problem, again the yarn was quite heavy and drapey, so more heaviness may have been a disadvantage.
Leon and I went to see Mary Poppins last night, which was on at Her Majesties Theatre, next to Chinatown. The pillar we have used as the backdrop of these shots is actually the entrance archway. It was so nice to leave the house, which I hadn't done for two days, and to leave my suburb, which I hadn't done since New Years Eve.
Monday, January 3, 2011
On New Years Day I cast on for the Richmond knitters Swallowtail knit-a-long. I knit the 14 repeats of the centre pattern and everything was going to plan. I don't think I am going to run out of yarn, the pattern looks good in my colours and the lace was easy enough to memorise. And then I started on the border and the plan got derailed a little.
I don't like the look of the nupps, and am not sure I have enough yarn to do them anyway so I had decided to use beads. After adding the first row of the beads I realised that they were too small. They added little to the pattern and really stressed my hands out, getting them on. Now I am just purling the stitch that is meant to be the nupp, and hoping it will look okay in the end.