Saturday, April 30, 2011
It took four days from America, which was amazingly quick. It's strong, stable and well designed and I didn't have to do anything permenant to my wheel to attach it. And here it is a wheel mounted cup holder:
I'm drinking Sangria that Leon made while I was spinning. I'm always drinking tea, or coffee, or beer or something when I spin. At home it's easy enough to put my wheel next to the coffee table, but this gives me a new level of flexibility. And fun.
I finished the hand dyed merino, and plied it.
It was impossible for me to capture the colour with my little point and click camera. It's actually a sort of pale mint green and a misty grey. It's going to be knit with the pink on the right this for a Taygete shawl.
And I made a pair of mitts for my brother-in-law, because he asked for them.
These were fun, I didn't use a pattern, just winged it. I'm happy with how they came out. That's Leon modelling them for the photo. Tarragon looks rather squashed and uncomfortable, when actually we couldn't get him to move out of the way.
Friday, April 29, 2011
Blocking, it's just magic. I'm really happy with how this shawl came out, and it was a fun, quick knit. I altered the pattern a little, it calls for 1.5 repeats and I did 3.5, and instead of the border as written, I repeated rows 11 and 12 a couple of times.
The only problem is, little triangle shawls don't fit very naturally in my choice of clothes. I think I noted that last time I made one, but I was already half way through making this yarn, and I'm sure I will find a way to wear it. Going forward though the shawls I am planning for myself are all crescent shaped, or elongated. There is even a Wollmeise scarf in my near future. I am, however, going to knit two large, traditional, triangle shawls as gifts for my mother and sister in law, so I will have the satisfaction of the knitting lace, without actually needing to work out the practicalities of using the finished object.
Other than that I have done quite a bit of on-line shopping of late. I hadn't bought anything for a couple of months and now BAM I want everything. I have 5 packages coming in the mail, only one of which is yarn. I will share them with you as they arrive. I love online shopping, there is the excitement of the purchase, the thrill of finding the blue post office slip in the letterbox, going to the package centre and then taking the package home for the big reveal.
Now I'm off to a friends place to cast on a pair of mitts and watch the royal wedding.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Sunday, April 24, 2011
She recently cleared out all her knitting stuff, having given it up quite some time ago.The pattern came from a knitting book she gave me, which looks like it was from the early 60s. It was quite fun to crotchet a project for a change, especially at the end, when there is no casting off. You do the last stitch and that's it.
Saturday, April 23, 2011
What it lacks in symmetry it makes up for in style. I'm already planning my next one, which will be more organised in terms of shape, and have beads at every knot. But I'm quite happy with the way this one looks.
My mother, meanwhile is knotting away on a very complicated plant holder, and wonders why I keep throwing around words like "retro" "vintage" and "hilarious".
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Yesterday I finished a tam, pattern from Knitty. I've had my eye on this pattern for years, and I finally sat down and made it. It's a fun, quick knit, exactly the easy win I was looking for.
My current project is a crocheted tea cosy for my mother-in-law. One thing I love about crotchet, mistakes are easy to rip out. (Also, according to my spell check, I wanted to write crotched...)
I'm keeping this short tonight, as I have a turkey roasting in the oven, and it's time to put the potatoes and pumpkin in too.
Monday, April 18, 2011
To celebrate the beggining of my stay at home and play with fibre ten day holiday, I plied the corriedale singles for Leon's next jumper. They are a three ply, probably about an aran weight. I'm very happy with the results, both because the wool it squooshy and even and lovely and because it is my first spinning project that I have completed from fleece. After I hung this out to dry I immediately started washing some white fleece I have. I am going to dye it green this afternoon - I have a flat inspection this morning and really do not want to explain why I have a dye pot bubbling away on the stove - and ply it with some other stuff and make this jacket: Vinelle. Right now though, I'm off to spin for a shawl, form some lovely grey and dusty pink wool that I dyed this summer.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
So I'm hibernating the project. When I'm ready I'll pull it out, rip back half the bottom ribbing, where the damage is and knit on. Until then, I'm going for some easy, quick knits, starting with a fair isle tam.
I have this next week off and I intend to enjoy it. The weather is lovely, I have plans to see different people every day and this dark mood is gradually lifting.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Which brings me to the "funny" part of the story. I mentioned how lovely the colour is. It's blue, with pink. Halfway down the chest I joined a second ball. 5 inches of knitting later I realised that the next ball of wool is blue, with less pink. The neck band, knitted from the third ball of wool looks like it matches both of them.
It's hard to show in a photo. In some lights the difference is negligible, and in others it's obvious.
Here it is on.
I have three options:
1) Match the sleeves to the body and continue on.
2) Rip it back, and work the whole thing alternating balls of wool. (I know I won't do this, because I've already knit it and the comedy festival is more than half way through and this is really, really mindless knitting)
3) Burn it with fire.
Monday, April 11, 2011
It's been interesting, doing my prep from fleece. I thought the washing would be the time consuming part, but it turns out that flicking it is took the longest. It actually took longer to flick the locks than actually spin them, but once I got into the rhythm of flicking I found it addicting. Just like I always say 'one more row" I found myself saying "one more clump of wool". I know it's not quite as poetic. And doing my own prep meant I have the locks exactly as I wanted them. Drafting freshly flicked locks of this wool was like drafting clouds.
Friday, April 8, 2011
Because I have been catching the bus to work and hanging about it bars I have made some progress on the Lettuce jumper:
The colour is actually divine and when I take proper shots I'll make sure it shows up. On Tuesday night I was sitting by the Yarra and the setting sun tinting the blue sky with pink: the exact shade of this yarn.
And lastly, here is a sign I thought was funny, from the toilets outside the festival hub, which is Melbourne Town Hall. You may or may not, enjoy my toilet humour:
Monday, April 4, 2011
You may recall that last year I knitted Leon a tie, for Bad Tie Mondays. It was made out of predominantly orange Noro, and was rather hideous. I thought that was it. I had won bad tie Mondays and didn't have to think about it again. But no, a couple of Monday's ago Leon's boss Rob showed up in this:
A monogrammed hand knit tie. At the same time I mentioned in passing to Leon that I had seen a pattern for a really huge, rather ugly knitted bow tie. Well, that was it, Leon had to have one. I made it out of left over sock wool, and I think it really encapsulates the spirit of Bad Tie Mondays.