Thursday, 31 January 2008

IK preview

The Spring 2008 preview of Interweave Knits is up. It seems to be the cute-little-cardi issue with seven cardigan patterns. Several of which I'm quite taken with. My favourite is the Holly Jacket. I like the simple shaping and the oversized button detail. I could see myself wearing this one.
Other possibilities include the Sylph Cardigan (I'd probably make the ruffle a bit longer) and the Printed Silk Cardigan.
I also think the Hexacomb Cardigan is pretty, but not for me. It doesn't appear to have any shaping over the bust so perhaps it would be a pattern better suited to a pre-pubescent girl. The way it is buttoned up in the magazine shots doesn't seem very flattering on the model.

Tuesday, 29 January 2008

The Bulldogs BSJ

Another piece of baby knitting done and dusted.

Now while I think that this is pretty cute, it's just your bog standard EZ BSJ. Now Peggy over at Noodleknit has thought outside the square [or perhaps delved further within it?] and come up with a fantastic variation on the classic BSJ. [I won't spoil the surprise - follow the link!]

Saturday, 19 January 2008

cruel and unusual?

DSC01989, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

A girl at work is having a baby in April. Her family are Western Bulldogs supporters so I thought I'd make her a little baby surprise jacket in the team colours.
I was telling C about this and she jested that making baby clothes in football team colours was tantamount to child abuse, or at least cruel and unusual treatment.
Ordinarily I would be inclined to agree with her. (Especially since I'm really not a football follower). But in this case, I don't think the colours are that bad teamed together. It's not like red, white and blue is an unusual or offensive colour combination and so far I'm really happy with the way the jacket is looking.

Thursday, 17 January 2008

Horcrux Socks

DSC01982, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

No souls were harmed in the making of these horcruxes. These ones will keep my soles warm.

Sunday, 13 January 2008

Parrot and its prey

This morning I sneaked up and snapped a couple of photos of two parrots squawking away in my back yard.


And the reason that they think my garden is paradise?


The over-hang from next door's tree weighed down by lots of fruit. (plums?)

Sunday, 6 January 2008

Midsummer Night's Sock

Titania's Revenge 01, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

Titania's Revenge has been in my sock queue for ever so long. But there was always another pair of socks on the go which seemed to take precedence. I finally cast on for them back in November last year. But I wasn't happy with the tension on 3mm needles and 2.5mm were going to be too tight. So then I waited for my new 2.75mm wooden Knit Picks Harmony dpns to arrive, which they did, on the Friday before Christmas. They were worth the wait. They feel wonderful and work really well with the Jitterbug yarn that I'm using. The lace isn't difficult. It requires some extra attention on the final round of each pattern repeat, but apart from that it's pretty plain sailing. It was stinking hot yesterday so I holed up in air conditioned comfort watching the cricket (Aus v India, 4th day) and the faux cable across the foot just seemed to knit itself. Hey presto, one sock down.
Now I just have to remember to reverse the faux cable on the second sock.

Saturday, 5 January 2008

A February Baby Jacket in January

febBJ 01, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

The beauty of this was once I had cast off, I only had to darn in ends and sew on buttons. No seams. At all. Zip.
Donni's buttered popcorn colourway had melded very nicely with the gull pattern from EZ's Knitter's Almanac. But perhaps next time I make this pattern, I might see if I can find another 7 stitch pattern to plug in. The gull pattern wasn't really difficult, but I found it a bit annoying to work. I can't quite put my finger on why.
Next up? A hat to match I think.