Wednesday, 25 April 2007

Ester-ing

Remember that gorgeous Knitty pattern Ester? I've joined the Ester Knit-Along. Pop over and keep an eye on the projects as they unfurl - there's some gorgeous yarns being chosen.

Monday, 23 April 2007

Mosaic

Poppalina has been posting a regular series of mosaics from her Flickr explorations. I've been meaning to do one of my own for a while now. These are some of my favourite shots from my travels on Flickr.
current flickr favourites
1. pda holder, 2. flying monkeys, 3. Sock Shot Version Deux, 4. the forest, 5. Ansel Adams Wilderness, 6. ushering spring, 7. Chair, 8. playing with "plain spoken", 9. plain spoken 6, 10. Oh yeah... and it's quite close to the railway., 11. green/blue/lilac/brown (wet_, 12. teal/mint/lilac (wet), 13. Rhiannon Socks, 14. Yarn!, 15. Thelonious Side, 16. Flicker 1, 17. Jitterbug Socks 4, 18. cuff, 19. cuff, 20. cuff, 21. Titania's Revenge 7, 22. Rooftops, 23. Lamb Dressed As Mutton, 24. Knitting is Good Therapy, 25. Lauren's quilt: completed

bag in beta testing

I've been playing round with a couple of bag ideas in my head for a while now. This one is based on one I spotted in the blogosphere sometime in the last 18 months although I can't remember where exactly. The pleats were the feature that intrigued me. I liked the idea of getting a flash of exciting fabric half-hidden by a plainer fabric pleated over it.
baggy experiment

Mum wants me to make a bag for a friend's 60th birthday which is coming up in August. I've bought some lovely fabrics with this idea in mind, but I wanted to play around with the actual construction before I do the real thing. I think I might make another test bag first though. This one doesn't have quite the crisp look that I have in my head.

Sunday, 22 April 2007

aMAIZing garterlac


corn garterlac, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

yes - another garterlac dishcloth...
This one is made from South West Trading Company's aMAIZing 100% corn fiber [sic]. I have no idea how well this stuff will hold up to the rigours of the dishcloth's life, but we'll see. It looks pretty sturdy and it actually dries really quickly.

Friday, 20 April 2007

There is power in a union

I found this meme in my surfing travels here and thought it looked like fun. The Beatles seem slightly over-represented for a "random" selection but some of my answers made me smile.

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Put your music player on shuffle
2. Press forward for each question.
3. Use the song title as the answer to the question even if it doesn't make sense.

NO CHEATING!

HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY?
I want to hold your hand - The Beatles

WHAT'S YOUR OUTLOOK ON LIFE?
And I love her - The Beatles

WHAT DOES YOUR FAMILY THINK OF YOU?
Come anytime - Hoodoo Gurus

WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU?
Mary's Boy Child - Harry Belafonte

WHAT DO STRANGERS THINK OF YOU?
From me to you - The Beatles

WHAT DO YOUR EXS THINK OF YOU?
I walk away - Split Enz

HOW IS YOUR LOVE LIFE?
Raining angels - Max Sharam

HOW WILL YOUR LOVE LIFE BE IN THE FUTURE?
White shadows - Coldplay

WILL YOU GET MARRIED?
Turn off the light - Nelly Furtado

WILL YOU HAVE KIDS?
Across the universe - The Beatles

ARE YOU GOOD AT SCHOOL?
Scar - Missy Higgins

WILL YOU BE SUCCESSFUL IN LIFE?
Brickbat - Billy Bragg

WHAT SONG SHOULD THEY PLAY ON YOUR BIRTHDAY?
Don't go away - Oasis

WHAT SONG SHOULD THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL?
Built up area - Flanders & Swann

THE SOUNDTRACK OF YOUR LIFE:
As sure as I am - Crowded House

YOU AND YOUR BEST FRIEND ARE:
Man on the moon - REM

HAPPY TIMES:
Oh! Darling - The Beatles

SAD TIMES:
A pict song - Billy Bragg

EVERY DAY:
Charmless Man - Blur

FOR TOMORROW:
Not myself - John Mayer

FOR YOU:
20 tons of TNT - Flanders & Swann

WHAT DOES NEXT YEAR HAVE IN STORE FOR ME?
Everywhere - Billy Bragg

WHAT DO I SAY WHEN LIFE GETS TOO HARD?
Like wow, wipeout - Hoodoo Gurus

WHAT SONG WILL I DANCE TO AT MY WEDDING?
Matilda, Matilda - Harry Belafonte

WHAT DO YOU WANT AS A CAREER?
Somebody's crying - Chris Isaak

YOUR FAVOURITE SAYING?
Here comes the sun - Joe Brown

HOW WILL I DIE?
Talk - Coldplay

THE SONG THAT YOU'LL PUT AS YOUR SUBJECT?
There is power in a union - Billy Bragg

ouch


insect bite, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

As I got on the train this morning, something must have bitten me. As I worked away at the second attempt on D's sock (I did end up frogging the first version) I was fascinated (and slightly grossed out) by watching the little insect bite swelling grow bigger and bigger and I couldn't resist snapping it with the camera phone.
These days I'm pretty good at not scratching itchy bites. I take a certain perverse satisfaction in letting it itch in the short term, knowing that by not scratching, the swelling and itch will go away a lot quicker. I had no such self-control as a kid and was constantly covered in little scabs where I'd scratched and broken the skin.

Wednesday, 18 April 2007

Some advice please...

I think I know the answer to this already, but I thought I'd throw the question out into the ether first.
d sock start

This is the start of D's toe-up socks. I think they are going to be too big. I keep looking at it and thinking that there's no way that D's feet could be THAT humungus. His foot circumference is 10.75". With my gauge at 8st/in and 88 sts around, the socks are going to be 11" and probably too loose (I thought the garter rib might shrink the width more than it does). The next size down is 80 sts which will make a 10" circumference. Do you think that will stretch to 10.75" comfortably (for the wearer that is)?

Mystery Knitting in progress:
geranium knitting
endless garter stitch

Sunday, 15 April 2007

oops


dpn searching, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

Happy Sinhalese New Year everyone.

Having stuffed ourselves silly with a festive lunch, S and I had settled down for some knitting on her back verandah. I was having a lovely time with my new Knit Picks dpns when dog J decided he wanted some PaisleyPunchi petting and I lost my concentration for a moment. Guess what happened to the 5th dpn? Oops.

I offer you this highly inelegant shot of me and T2 trying, as yet unfruitfully, to manouevre the rogue dpn to somewhere a bit more accessible. We're losing the light now so I think it will have to wait for another day when T2 can do his mission impossible thing and crawl under the house.

Thursday, 5 April 2007

My lord, I have a cunning plan....

No pictures today, just some Easter knitting plans to articulate.

A couple of years ago I bought Teva Durham's Loop-d-Loop and was pretty smitten by this pattern but I had never found the right yarn. Super bulky weights seem to be pretty hard to come by in Australia. This winter, however, Australian Country Spinners seem to have come to the party with at least two new yarns - Patons Shadow Tweed and Cleckheaton Merino Spun - which seem to fit the bill. I'm going to try out the Shadow Tweed.

I've ordered some new KnitPicks dpns which Donni is posting out today so next week I'll be able to make a start on Unky D's socks. I'm going to do them (probably toe-up) in the garter rib from Sensational Knitted Socks.

I'm working on a cotton baby bath blankie thingy for S's brother and his wife who are working in Ireland and expecting a wee one in July. It's basically an oversized version of this dishcloth pattern, but then I plan to include a little hood at one corner.

I have the pattern, I have the yarn and I have the needles. The question is though, do I have the nerve to try out Eunny's Bayerische Socken?

Happy Easter to all. May your extended long weekend bring you lots of time for knitting, family, peace and chocolate (and/or Hot X Buns - I love hot cross buns....)

Sunday, 1 April 2007

Oriel socks

It's a veritable feast of FOs to show off at Chez Paisley this week.... well... slight exaggeration, but here's a second pair of socks which have finally been finished and had their photo shoot nestled amongst the peppermint geranium in the backyard.
oriel 2

These were made using the leftover yarn from the pair of Ladies Useful Stockings which I have made for S [they haven't been photographed yet - I'm still finishing off the garters (cast on 10 sts, knit in garter stitch for 71cm..... *yawn*)]. I always find that Lorna's Laces has great yardage, so 1 skein got me from the knee down to just past the heel turn. This meant enough left from each 2nd skein to make a pair of not-so-long socks for me.
oriel 1

Given, however, that I wasn't sure quite how far the yarn would go, I decided that this yarn would make a pair of toe-up socks. I've done this a few times with left-over yarn now, always using a short-row heel. But I've decided that I find flap heels with a gusset much more comfortable. So flicking through Sensational Knitted Socks, the 12 stitch repeat patterns were written for a toe-up flap heel sock so I thought I'd give them a whirl.
oriel 4

They're a little bit loose. The 12 stitch pattern repeat, and the need to have an even number of pattern repeats meant that the choice was between a base number of 72 stitches or 48. 48 was obvious going to way too small, so 72 it was. My feet don't swim in them, but they are not a nice snug fit so it is hard to judge how efficacious this particular type of flap heel turn will be. I've found a couple of other toe-up flap heel instructions which look interesting and worth trying out in the future.
The photo below probably shows the colour most accurately. Red really is a notoriously difficult colour to photograph truly.
oriel 3