Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Watching cricket

We spent large chunks of Sunday watching Australia not take wickets as J-P Duminy and Dale Steyn almost single-handedly put South Africa into what turned out to be a comfortable winning position in the second test. To take the edge off, I knit some dishcloths.

Argosy
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Garterlac
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Blocking


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Ignore the colours - the lighting is pretty crappy in the spare room. But the lace is looking fun. Prettier photos to follow once it's dry.

Thinking ahead...

One of the features of Ravelry is the library where you can list all the knitting books in your collection.  Then it cross-references your collection with your knitting projects and you can view which books you have actually made projects from.   

Can you guess where I'm going with this?

I've identified 12 books that I have yet to make anything from.   A stash isn't just made of wool, books add to the pile as well.  So for 2009, a little challenge awaits. 

Six projects from knitting books I own but have not used yet.  Preferably using yarn from the stash.

The proposed list:

A Gathering of Lace - Cobweb Doily  (light coloured multi Marta's Yarns 2 ply) 
More Sensational Knitted Socks - one of the stranded stitch patterns? 
First Book of Modern Lace Knitting - Coronet design (brown Marta's Yarns 2 ply) 
Second Book of Modern Lace Knitting - Thistle design?  (purple Marta's Yarns 2 ply) 
Knits from a Painter's Palette - Charlotte's Web Shawl  (Noro Silk Ruby) 
Folk Shawls - Litla Dimun  (perhaps natural handspun?) 

Nothing too strenuous (I hope!).  One project every two months so there should be time for other stuff in between.

Tuesday, 23 December 2008

hoot hoot


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Owls knitted from cables - what will they think of next?

Saturday, 20 December 2008

Turtles


DSC02924, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

A turtle each for J and T3's first Christmas.

A simple little pattern from Amy Karol's "Bend-the-rules Sewing".

After a mild and pretty wet start to December, today I'm feeling quite summery. The washing dried quickly on the line in the sun, neighbours are out mowing the lawn and there's test cricket on the telly. All is calm in this little corner of the world.

Saturday, 13 December 2008

FO: Silky Stash

This week saw me doing some test knitting for the fabulous Donni.   Here is my Silky Stash "scarflet".
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I had just a single 50g skein of the slightly pricy Colinette Tao - a pure silk DK weight single which was just heavenly to fondle -even Mum commented on how soft it was.   This was a quick easy and effective knit which used up every last bit of that precious skein.  The single structure of the silk meant it was a tiny bit splitty so I had to be a little bit careful, but I'm certainly not complaining.
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The pin dates from, I think, the 1960s.  Mum tells me that her brother gave it to her.  She thinks it was made by a friend of his.  Apparently there was a craze for setting stones around this time.  I have no idea how prevalent this may have been.   I love this brooch.  It wasn't until this morning that I realised what a good match it was for this scarf.  I had thought that I was over my purple phase, but in C's words, here is another scarf in my "signature" colour.
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The Stash pattern is available here:   

Monday, 1 December 2008

Knitting copywriter?


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The powers that be in Melbourne are obsessed with combatting fare evasion on our public transport and have tried all sorts of ad campaigns to encourage the buying of tickets. BATBYGOBSTOPL* anyone?

The latest campaign is a series of "fare evasion karma" scenarios. These really annoy me because the whole attitude towards providing any sort of customer service on our public transport system is so negative, adversarial and "anti-karmic".

However, I spotted this one on the side of a tram in Flinders Street. It gave me a giggle and made me wonder. Was the copywriter a knitter?

* "Buying A Ticket Before You Get On Board Saves Time Or Problems Later" ie: buy a ticket - and validate it - or our thuggish ticket inspectors will rough you up a bit and whack you with a $100 fine - no discussions will be entered into.

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

How to make a quick purple shawl

Take two skeins of Noro Lily Multi (now discontinued) that you got for half price from a little yarn store in Kyoto.
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Team it up with a couple of balls of vivid purple Lincraft Bamboozle which you just happen to have lying about.

Realise that they look like they were made to go together and start thinking that perhaps a shawl is called for.

Surf through your Ravelry favourited patterns tagged "shawl".

Find two patterns that are conceptually very similar - La La's Simple Shawl (32 projects on Ravelry) and Simple Yet Effective Shawl (307 projects on Ravelry).

Compare the pair.

Decide to the take the road slightly less travelled and opt for La La's Simple Shawl - this one also has a teensy bit of "lace" for an extra bit of interest.

Start knitting.
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Finish knitting and model.
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Take satisfaction in using up just about every last skerrick of the four skeins.
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Ravellers can see not much more of the project here:

Sunday, 16 November 2008

I spun some yarn


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South African Fine Top in colourway Party Hat 1. Purchased from Ewe give me the knits. (Sticking with local sellers for the moment - the Australian dollar being so cactus at the moment means that I really need to give a lot more thought to buying stuff from overseas). I forgot to take a picture of the roving pre-spinning.

It took a while to get the hang of this. Spinning prepared top, rather than greasy wool straight off the sheep's back, requires much slower treadling and extra care to stop it getting away from you.

Having said that, there's no wastage at my end. The plait of roving was 110 g and every last bit of that has gone into the skein. I've got no idea of the yardage or the wpi. As you can see from the photo, it's not perfectly even, but I'd hazard a guess from eyeballing it, that it would average out at about an 8 ply (DK).

Charm squares quilted


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I decided that I had let this one drag on for far too long, so last night and this morning I got my fingers into gear and finished the quilting. Now there is just some hand-sewing to fix the binding on the back.

I love this part of the process. Once the little bit of texture that quilting adds to a piece is completed and then the whole thing is bound, the promise of the initial idea is revealed.

Some quilts work better than others, but I always find myself pleasantly surprised at the lift that things get when they're finished off properly. I think one of the reasons that I sometimes take so long is that I get disillusioned with the project in progress. Getting to the finish line almost becomes an intellectual exercise in reminding myself that this has always been the rhythm of things.

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Darned socks.....


DSC02890, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

Darning these socks has been in my "gunna do" pile for quite some time. This afternoon I finally just sucked it up and did them - and it really doesn't take that long. If you look closely, I obviously have a classic spot where the sock (just one out of each pair, despite my attempts to alternate wearing them between left and right foot) wears out.
Today is Cup Day here in Melbourne and we have the day off. I have had a lovely day remaining completely oblivious of which horse has won "the race that stops a nation". I've been catching up on the backlog of podcasts that has been building up in my iTunes, baking a Christmas cake ( a Nigella recipe - tried it last year for the first time and loved it) and sewing myself a Heath Robinson-ish spinning apron.

Friday, 31 October 2008

Introducing Olaf...

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Despite being named for a Viking warrior, Olaf has actually just popped over from New Zealand - probably about as far away from the old Norse homeland as is possible whilst still remaining Earthbound.

Here is Olaf in his longship:
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Olaf has been having a lovely time helping me spin some more singles from that Merino Corriedale Cross that I got a few weeks ago.
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We've already filled two bobbins which are now ready to be plied:
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Olaf's arrival was kindly facilitated by Ashford-Migration-Agent-Extraordinaire Donni who can usually be found Indulging Her Inner Knitter.

Thursday, 23 October 2008

Finally.....


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...I am able to present the Noro Kureyon Sock socks-of-doom. I'm wearing them now and they're pretty comfy on, so I guess it was worth it, but knitting these socks took a loooooong time. Nothing wrong with the pattern - Slipped Stitch's "Boyfriend Socks" is a nice simple toe-up pattern, short-row-heeled, with some attractive cables adding interest. The pattern was really easy to memorize - everything the perfect train-knitting project should offer. The trouble was the gauge. Knitting this Noro at a really tight gauge (which I was - on 2mm needles) was a slow and sometimes uncomfortable process. I usually choose my sock needle size using the rather unscientific method of eyeballing the sock yarn and making a judgement about whether it's a slightly thinner, slightly thicker or middle-ish sock weight - which then points me to either 2mm, 2.5mm or 2.25mm. Generally I find that I don't go far wrong with this rule of thumb.
I guess next time I will just have to try going up a size or two with the Noro. I also have a sneaky suspicion that my general tension has increased in the past year as my knitting style has developed into a speedier technique ( I finally worked out how to wrap the yarn round the right-hand needle without letting go of it - it only took me twenty years.....)

Sunday, 19 October 2008

Oh, the joy...


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...that is a great blobby bit of lace. The pile of knitting that really doesn't look like anything. I haven't knit much lace in the past, but it's been something that I've kept meaning to try. It looks like now is the time. Light 2 ply lace-weight wool makes for a nice summer weight of knitting.

Saturday, 11 October 2008

J.A.F.F.L.S.


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Trying out the timer function on my camera - not sure how to get it to focus properly. Still, I think the jacket is pretty fabulous. The buttons are pretty lurid, but I figure I've got plenty of other plain black stuff, so why not have a bit of fun with this?
The wool is Bendigo Woollen Mills Rustic 12 ply in Graphite.
Buttons are from Buttonmania.
Finished just in time for summer. Oh happy happy joy joy.

Monday, 29 September 2008

Back to our regularly scheduled knitting...


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Now that I've returned the on-loan spinning wheel to the guild, the mad spinning frenzy is on hold until I get my own wheel and the knitting, which was feeling a tad neglected, is getting some more attention.
My lounge room also looks a bit more organised now that it doesn't have a raw fleece rolled up in a sheet resembling a dead body on the floor in front of the telly.
The February Lady Jacket is progressing smoothly. I love how easy it is to try on a top-down as you go to check the fit. This is going to be just right. I've only got two balls of the 12ply (200g each) left now so I've started on the arms which I'm sure will take less than a ball each (I've done a very rough calculation in my head based on the yardage consumption in the body). Then I can use whatever is left over to finish off the main body. Just in time for summer.

Friday, 26 September 2008

A little word of encouragement

I don't like to be preachy - people in glass houses an' all that - but every now and then it can't hurt to give out a little reminder.

Natalie's husband has just reached a milestone, having made 100 blood donations. I've got a long way to go before I catch up.

I was about 30 when I started giving blood. I should have started earlier, but it was always one of those things that I just never got around to even though I knew I should. You know - procrastination rears its ugly head yet again. But now I go regularly. The nurses there are always lovely, they're pretty adept at finding my sometimes-reticent veins and I leave feeling that even I do nothing else, at least I've made one tangible contribution to the community that I know will be valued somewhere down the line.

Australians can check their eligibility to donate blood and make appointments with the Australian Red Cross Blood Service here: http://www.donateblood.com.au

an omnivore's 100

I came across this via Genevieve. It originates from Very Good Taste.


1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment here http://www.verygoodtaste.co.uk/uncategorised/the-omnivores-hundred/ linking to your results.
(this link is also really useful if you don't know what some of these are - he links to Wikipedia explanations - quite educational)

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros (it would have to be a bean-free version)
4. Steak tartare (I love the idea of this - one day I will be brave enough to order it in a restaurant)
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding (this was one of my dad's favourites but I've never tried it. I think it might be very rich)
7. Cheese fondue (this would really depend on the cheese - nothing to strong)
8. Carp
9. Borscht (beetroot? blech)
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich (I don't like peanuts)
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses (I don't do pongy cheeses)
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns (Char Siu Bao! I love these)
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras

24. Rice and beans (I don't do beans)
25. Brawn, or head cheese (qualifier - I might have had a cheap and nasty version of this from the supermarket deli when I was a kid, but I remember that being really horrible)
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper (I'm not a masochist)
27. Dulce de leche (I'd never heard of this - it sounds yummy - and similar to the "caramel" we used to make with tins of condensed milk)
28. Oysters
29. Baklava

30. Bagna cauda (never heard of this one either - sounds good)
31. Wasabi peas (wasabi - blech, peas - blech)
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl (this sounds tasty)
33. Salted lassi (I've drunk mango lassi, but not salted)
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float (but I've drunk plenty of lime spiders - lime soda with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream)
36. Cognac with a fat cigar (cognac yes, but no cigar)
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal (I like to taste my curry)
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi (never again - my face was a sight to see)
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal (on the rare occasions I go to Macca's I always have the Filet o Fish Meal)
56. Spaetzle (I'm learning so much - never heard of this before - but again - it looks good)
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV (I don't drink beer)
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian (this stuff may well be delicious, but the smell really puts me off)
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette (the whole possibility of leftover faecal matter just puts me off)
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe (never again though)
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong (this is my aunt's favourite. The smoky smell is a bit strong for my taste but it seemed too extreme to strike it out completely)
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict

83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef (to be completely accurate, I'm not sure that it was Kobe beef - but it was definitely Wagyu - and delicious)
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam (when I was very small - I wouldn't touch the stuff now - blech)
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox (yum, oh yum, oh yum)
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

OK - all this talk about food is making me hungry. Is it lunchtime yet?

Sunday, 14 September 2008

This one time.... at spinning class.... I bought a fleece.

So now, bit by bit, picking out grass seed after grass seed, the fleece is turning from this...

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into this...

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which in turn, gets plied together, washed and finally appears as this.
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I have 5 skeins completed so far. Each skein is about 80-90g. Eyeballing the weight, it looks to be about an 8ply/DK - perhaps a smidge heavier in parts. I'm thinking cardigan - I've gone cardigan mad on Ravelry and have been favouriting nearly every cardigan pattern I come across. I think it's the adjustability and the possibility of slight temperature regulation that attracts me to cardigans rather than jumpers.

Spring is definitely here now. Yesterday I sat out in the back yard to read a bit more of Breaking Dawn (this one is taking much longer to get through than the first three books - the story is interesting, but it seems to be dragging) and although it was quite windy, the air had that warmth to it which feels soft on your skin.

Thursday, 11 September 2008

the new Knitty....

Here we are moving into Spring and the new "Fall" Knitty has just gone up and 9 new patterns have made it into my Rav favourites. What a spectacular issue. I dare not add anything to my queue right now but it's very tempting - right from the front page with that stunning purple cardi.

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

Another hat starts


DSC02841, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

A beret for me. This coming Sunday is our last spinning class and one of our aims was to have a finished article from our handspun.

Pattern: One Day Beret Recipe
Yarn: Handspun Corriedale Finn.

Sunday, 7 September 2008

It's beginning to look like a cardi


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Seemingly endless garter stitch has now made way for seemingly endless gull stitch.

Wednesday, 27 August 2008

FO : Helena Baby Jacket


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A quick little knit from the top down. See the pattern called Helena at Knitty.com. The only quibble I have about knitting top-down raglan is the really long rows that you get just before you divide off the sleeve stitches. But once that's done, you can watch it turn into a try-on-able-as-you-go cardigan. I love that.
This cardigan pattern has a handy trick for the extra cast on stitches at the underarm which eliminates the need for any seaming - something to remember for the next February Baby Jacket, which will probably actually be a February Lady Sweater. I've been itching to cast one on all winter, but I keep on finding myself making other things that have a deadline. Now as winter edges towards a close, I find myself with a little gap in the knitting schedule. I guess I'll get to wear it next year.

Sunday, 24 August 2008

More baby stuff - FO and WIP

I finished the never-ending edging on the baby blanket.  Whole project is ravelled here.
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Then I started on a baby jacket to match. This baby is going to be a girl, so I'm going a little more feminine, while avoiding baby pink.  Ravelled here.
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What a difference a wash makes


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same sheep, same wool, bottom skein washed, top skein unwashed.

Monday, 18 August 2008

spinning and edging

I've made some progress in learning to spin. Yesterday we learnt to ply. I think plying is much easier and more satisfying than making the initial singles.
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This is Corriedale-Finn which has been spun "in the grease" so the yarn still feels pretty sticky and full of lanolin. I have to wash this lot before the next lesson so that we can muck around with dyes. I'm looking forward to seeing how much lighter this will become once washed. Our teacher has shown us a sample that she has spun up and washed from the same fleece - the difference looks to be quite striking. So watch this space.
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The latest baby-knitting news: I'm making slow-but-sure progress on edging a blankie for M&A's baby. I love the way that side-ways-knitted-on edgings finish off a knitted blanket neatly with plenty of stretch. But working them always seems to take forever - almost longer than it took to knit the rest of the blanket!
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This edging pattern comes from issue 21 of Busy Needles - an old Marshall Cavendish magazine that Mum got a year's subscription to back in the early 1980s.
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Friday, 15 August 2008

Dear Aunty Paisley...


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Dear Aunty Paisley,

Thankyou for my lovely green and gold cardigan and hat. It’s just perfect to wear while I’m cheering on the Aussies at the Olympics.

I was toasty and warm in it when I went to visit the Maternal Health centre nurse today. I just need to grow a bit more, as the hat keeps falling down over my eyes. Thankfully mummy rolled it up, so that I could see and be seen!!

Lots of love

Baby J.

Thursday, 7 August 2008

I done gone and knit another hat...


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The Cabled Rangoli Beret. Ravelled here. Pattern here.
Mum says this one is a perfect fit - just the thing for keeping the brain warmed up for Sudokus and The Age cryptic.

Sunday, 3 August 2008

It's not mine...


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It's on loan from the guild for the duration of the series of classes that I have signed up for. I have some homework to do.
My goal by the end of the series is to have made a hat from my own hand-spun.

Thursday, 31 July 2008

What's my name?

Some frivolity - appropriated from Genevieve

  1. YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (first pet & current car) Tina Corolla
  2. YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (fave ice cream flavor, favorite cookie) Boysenberry Ripple Monte Carlo
  3. YOUR "FLY Guy/Girl" NAME: (first initial of first name, first three letters of your last name) P-Wom
  4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal) Green Beaver
  5. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born) Louise Portland
  6. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first) Wompa
  7. SUPERHERO NAME: ("The" + 2nd favorite color, favorite drink) The Purple Spirulina
  8. NASCAR NAME: (the first names of your grandfathers) William Charles
  9. STRIPPER NAME: ( the name of your favorite perfume/cologne/scent, favorite candy) 4711 Caramel
  10. WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother's & father's middle names ) Barbara Henry
  11. TV WEATHER ANCHOR NAME: (Your 5th grade teacher's last name, a major city that starts with the same letter) Millen Moscow
  12. SPY NAME/BOND GIRL: (your favorite season/holiday, flower) Spring Camelia
  13. CARTOON NAME: (favorite fruit, article of clothing you're wearing right now + "ie" or "y")Banana Cardie
  14. HIPPY NAME: (What you ate for breakfast, your favorite tree) Muesli Maple
  15. YOUR ROCKSTAR TOUR NAME: ("The" + Your fave hobby/craft, fave weather element + "Tour") The Knitting Frost Tour

Monday, 28 July 2008

TdFKAL: stage 22 - the final analysis

I didn't finish the Clapotis. Although it's probably long enough now that I could just finish it off. I'll keep going till I've used up the rest of the sea silk. Sorry - no photos. I didn't have much time over the weekend to take advantage of the daylight for photography. I did manage a couple of sprinty FOs though - the beret and the chapeau - tres bien!

I stayed up on Saturday night to watch Cadel race the time trial. SBS were hyping it up big time with a series of Smashing-Pumpkins-soundtracked promos. Even my boss got excited about it and this morning reported that she had set her alarm and got up after a few hours' sleep in the middle of the night to watch the last gasps. The end result was a little disappointing, but on the bright side, an overall second placing two years in a row is an amazing achievement in itself.

I am now looking forward to some early nights. Le tour follows straight on from Wimbledon which effectively means 5 weeks of burning the candle at both ends. So now I've got a couple of quiet weeks before the whole shindig in Beijing takes off - with more armchair sporting than you can poke a stick at.

Saturday, 19 July 2008

In other knitting news

I know - three posts in one day. I've had some catching up to do.

I finished the first half of the "Not the Boyfriend" Socks a couple of weeks ago, but hadn't got around to photographing it.
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I've knit about half an inch of toe on the second sock. I'm using the TdFKAL as a bit of an excuse for a touch of SSS. I'm pleased with the way that this sock has come out. The colours are gorgeous. But I've knit this at a very tight gauge on 2mm needles. The Noro has a bit of uneven-ness to it which means that the 2mm needles occasionally struggle with the slightly thicker bits. The whole process is quite hard on the hands. It lends itself, therefore, to train knitting as I'm not working at it for really long periods. No more than half an hour at a time.
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I've had a bit of a cold this week, so I took Thursday off. I caught up on the latest episode of Prison Break (I think I missed the season return - they slipped that under the radar a bit), then for contrast, I watched Stephen Fry's directorial debut - Bright Young Things (starring, amongst others, the delicious James McAvoy and a surprisingly unappealing (in this role) David Tennant). To keep my hands occupied, some mindless knitting - another dishcloth.
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The mistake you can see rippling through the middle of the centre panel isn't so obvious in the flesh.  Cameras can be so unforgiving.

TdFKAL: Clapotis update


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Lest it appear that I'm spending all my energy on sprint finishes like Mark Cavendish (4 sprinting stage wins so far), here is a progress shot of my "real" TdFKAL project - the Clapotis. As you can see, it's a scarf version. The goal is to keep knitting through this one skein until it looks like I've got just enough to do the decrease section at the end.
I'm really happy knitting this. The pattern and the sea silk work really well together. I made a clapotis a few years ago when the craze first hit, but I made a bad yarn choice then and the wrap has sat in a drawer since then. I can see this version getting plenty of use though.
To be honest though, we're now about 2/3 through le tour and I think I might be pushing it to finish this project, especially given my aborted attempt at the lace ribbon scarf. But I try not to focus on the "if onlys" of life. In this instance, I will still end up with a beautiful scarf. Happy Days.

TdFKAL: second sprint completed


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May I present the Jacques Cousteau Chapeau. The pattern, like everything else these days, is on Ravelry. (ie: I can't be bothered finding the link). It uses a decrease that I haven't come across before - KKS. Super easy and pretty quick.
The wool is Patons (Australia) Merino Deluxe DK. This appears to be ACS's attempt to produce a competitor to the Italian style basic yarns like Filatura di Crosa Zara. It's pretty good and a leap forward from the basic 8 plys that they've stuck with for so long. If I were going to be critical, I would say that Zara is a smidge softer than this. But that would be being a little bit picky.

Monday, 14 July 2008

TdFKAL: first sprint completed


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Most of this beret is made from a delicious merino-seacell handspun that I got from Pigeonroof Studios. There wasn't quite enough so I used up the rest of the plum coloured merino-cashmere from the "Anne of Cleves" hat. That still wasn't quite enough, so then I broke out a cake of Marta's Yarns 8 ply merino blue multi to finish off the brim.
Photo is blurry. Hands are not really steady when taking photos in the morning before the first cup of coffee.

TdFKAL: The clapotis begins


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Ahh..... that's better. This is giving me so much more satisfaction than the last attempt. And dropping stitches? It's so counter-intuitive, but then really satisfying when you drop the ladders all the way down.

Thursday, 10 July 2008

Wednesday, 9 July 2008

TdF-KAL: Changing bicycles...

Perhaps I jinxed myself by speaking too soon. A few days ago I was full of knitting hubris that I could knock out a lace ribbon scarf in no time flat. It took me an evening (and a bit) to get this far.

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It's now about double the photographed length. Pretty as it is, I'm not enjoying knitting this. It's not theoretically challenging and there are no needle-acrobatics required, but it's still monumentally easy to stuff this up at regular intervals unless you sit there counting every stitch under (or over) your breath.
So for the last couple of nights, this beautiful soft sea silk has been sitting on the coffee table watching le tour while I neglect it in favour of some pretty pigeonroof handspun which is knitting up easily into a beret (pictures to come). It deserves better treatment.
Look at it, sitting here patiently. It is worthy my love, not resentment.
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So tonight I plan to frog the lace ribbon scarf, chalk it up to life's rich tapestry, and cast on for a clapotis.