Tuesday, 26 September 2006

Male socks & Male choir

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Originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.
I'm just back from a long weekend visiting my parents. I got my step-dad to model his Fathers' Day socks.

We went and saw the Melbourne Welsh Male Voice Choir who were down to do one show at the local PAC. There looked to be just the one chorister under the age of 50 (and him not by much) and some of them had very distinctive visages. It's funny the things that you take notice of when the show is not designed for visual stimulation. Whilst listening to their wonderful singing, we occupied ourselves with spotting who was left handed (there were a couple that revealed themselves when they had to some finger clicking), who had an earring (I spotted just the one in the front row - he also had a button missing from his jacket and his trousers hadn't been taken up enough), who wore a wedding ring, which face matched which name on the program, who looked like the biggest trouble-maker or stirrer.... you get the picture.
Here are the socks from the other angle.
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In other knitting news, I'm a bit over half-way through a variant of the baby surprise jacket for my cousin who is due to give birth in November. No photos yet as it just looks like a green blob.

Thursday, 21 September 2006

A woman of few words

I went to Borders after work today.
new books

That's all I have to say about that.


I've been knitting my first pair of toe-up socks.
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That's all I have to say about that.

Monday, 18 September 2006

Erth watching

I went round to C's place on Saturday arvo and we chatted as I sat knitting on a sock and she staked her tomato plants. I also took the opportunity to check on how the Pomatomi were holding up after a few wears and washes. Omigod they are sooooo soft and delicious to touch after a few hand washes in wool mix. I have some more of the same yarn (2 strands of Marta's 2 ply - different colours though) so now I'm itching to knit it up (I've earmarked that yarn to make Widdershins so I can have some of that soft goodness as well.

Sunday we headed off to the Garden of St Erth where their mass plantings of daffodils are currently in full bloom.
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I've never seen globe artichokes growing before. There were quite a few dotted around and they made a spectacular feature.
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I bought one to stick in my garden. We'll see how it goes.

They had Morris Dancers (just for fun).
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I got the girls to pose amongst the daffodils.
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And we had a wonderful chin wag in the car all the way there and back.

Saturday, 16 September 2006

bold red and bittersweet

bold red and bittersweet
Originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.
At Donni's and C's request, the new additions to the sock yarn stash can now officially be designated as flashed. They look a bit like those boiled lollies you get in old fashioned shops.

Contrary to what you might think from looking at the blog over the last few weeks, there has been some non-sock activity going on. I've finished quilting one half of the Mariner's Compass bag and I'm about 2/3 through the quilting on Aunty M's quilt. Photos wouldn't really reflect the progress in any meaningful way so I haven't taken any.

We're off to a daffodil festival tomorrow. I'll try and take some nice piccies there.

Friday, 15 September 2006

Project in action

knee cushion in action
Originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.
A couple of weeks ago I posted about finishing a knee cushion for us to use in our office at work. Here is my boss demonstrating it's efficacy whilst doing her weekly update of the staff whiteboard.

I've been thinking about whether to learn another new knitting skill in 2007. 2006 has been the year of the sock, and I don't plan on stopping them, but I've mulling over the idea of making 2007 the year of lace knitting (knitted lace - I seem to recall reading somewhere that there is a distinction). Of course, I've dabbled a bit with Pomatomus and a feather and fan patterned scarf (hmmm... both of these ended up being gifted to C - perhaps she's a lacy kind of gal), but today I saw this. Isn't it beautiful? Go on - follow the link and have a good look, then hit the back button and read what's left of my post.

Which isn't much. Just a quick thought that I'm now seriously considering buying Wrap Style just for that pattern.

Thursday, 14 September 2006

The new Knitty

The latest issue of Knitty went live this week. I've made a couple of additions to the Sock Queue (CableNet and Diamante). I also added in the series of facewashers called Back to School to the Intended WIPs list. Now that I have a surfeit of scarves, I'm finding I don't have many opportunities to use my straight needles. Everything I work on at the moment requires circs or dpns. So dishcloths or facewashers are a welcome opportunity to do some quick and dirty straight knitting.
There is also an interesting article on knitting two socks at once using a double knitting technique rather than magic loop or circs. I'm intrigued by the lengths that people will go to in order to avoid second sock syndrome. Perhaps I will try this one day. Maybe when I'm really in the mood to challenge myself to learn something new and complicated. But right now the sock queue beckons. Last Friday I took advantage of a sale over at Purl Yarns and ordered 4 skeins of Bold Red LL shepherd sock (for the Ladies Useful Stockings - S's request) and 2 skeins of Bittersweet shepherd sock (for me, because it was on sale, no pattern earmarked for this yet - although now that I think about it... maybe the Razorshell might be a good choice). It arrived last night and the Bold Red is just delicious. I'm hoping there might be enough left over to make just a little pair of socks for me.

Monday, 11 September 2006

Yarrow Ribbed Socks

Another finished pair of socks. Yarrow Ribbed Socks from Nancy Bush's lovely book, Knitting Vintage Socks.
Yarn: Patons Patonyle
Needles: 2.5mm bamboo dpns
Time: A few weeks, on and off.
See my other Flickr photos for a close up of the heel and a foot modelling pose.
Pattern Review: I'm wearing the socks today and they're pretty comfy so thumbs up on that front. When I was modelling the socks for photos I found that the French toe had a tendency to twist around a bit. The German heel looks pretty good, although next time I would add in the slip-every-second-stitch-on-the-knit-rows heel pattern. The yarn is soft and lovely to knit with. I knit my first pair of socks back at the start of this year with the same yarn and they have proved to be pretty tough as well - machine wash at 40 degrees quite happily.

Monday, 4 September 2006

RPMs are on the turntable

RPM pair fin

RPM backmasked

Project Specs
Pattern: RPM by Aija from Knitty.com Summer(sic) 2006
Begun: 19 August 2006
Finished: 2 September 2006
Yarn: Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock Multi in "Vera" purchased from Purl Yarns
Needles: 2 x 2.5mm Addi circulars.
Variation 1: I did the short-row heel, but added in the
slip-every-second-stitch-on-the-knit-row-heel-stitch-pattern to give the heel a bit more thickness.
Variation 2: The second sock was knitted inside out (apart from turning it back the right way to do the heel) in order to reverse the swirl.

RPM forwards

I was a little bit worried about the gauge on the second sock, wondering whether my purling tension was even with my knitting tension, but the socks ended up the same size so no harm done.
These were fun and pretty quick to knit. The Lorna's yarn was lovely to work with - I'll definitely be using it again.

Friday, 1 September 2006

WIP Friday

I woke up early this morning and it was warm enough to sit outside with a cuppa and do a bit of quilting and model the almost completed reversed-swirl RPM sock. The early morning light explains the slightly blue-ish tinge of these photos.
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After my whinge earlier in the week about how slowly things were coming along, it struck me this morning as I was working on the hand quilting of the bag-in-progress that it would have been a darn sight quicker and not too fiddly to machine quilt the bag. But I chose to hand-quilt, so no more whingeing allowed. I made my own bed on that one.

Not much growth on yarrow ribbed sock number two. I'm probably about 2/3 of the way down the leg. No rush. Hakuna matata an' all that.

The reversed-swirl RPM sock is coming along well. It's my train knitting at the moment so moves along reasonably quickly. I did some googling yesterday to try and find some hints for avoiding a hole where the short row heel joins back into the round of the foot. It's too late for this pair, but good to know for the future. This is the first time I've done a short row heel. I like the way they look and it seems quicker to turn a short row than a flap heel. If I can just eliminate that pesky hole... See it? In the photo below? Right there in the vicinity of the ankle bone bump?
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