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.