The summer of green top-down cardigans continues. This one is a simple garter-stitch-fest, making use of the two skeins of discontinued Noro Lily Multi that I got in Kyoto a couple of years ago and some soft Cascade Cotton-Tencel that I picked up in a sale. Ravelled here.
Wednesday, 9 December 2009
...that I made another hat? This one only took a day of not particularly onerous knitting. It's BrooklynTweed's "Quincy" pattern, with cheapish tweedy wool from Lincraft.
The question now is which hat to take on my upcoming wintery, trying-not-to-fall-on-my-arse-in-the-snow holiday.
This tweedy reddish one;
The blue BS Johnson; or
The green Relm.
Sunday, 6 December 2009
Saturday, 28 November 2009
S and I went and saw New Moon this arvo. Lots of giggly teenage girls around us. Edward's sparkly marble skin looked a little grubby. I think perhaps C had a point when she said "now werewolves running around the forest with searing hot skin - that's interesting".*
As can be seen from my latest sock pics, I don't sparkle in the sun, but I did feel a bit like I was walking in slow motion as I left the cinema to walk back to my car.
*paraphrased - I can't remember her exact words....
Thursday, 26 November 2009
Mandie dyed the fibre.
I spun the fibre.
Stephen wrote the pattern.
I knit the shawl.
With no left-overs. Nada. Zip. I even ended up using the Yarn Harlot's I've-run-out-of-yarn-crochet-cast-off. Not ideal since it's not a stretchy finish, but blocking made it pretty serviceable.
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
The goalposts were changed a couple of times through the year, (including, a'hem, the addition of a new book to the stash...) but the object of knitting at least one project from six previously un-used knitting books in my collection was achieved.
This idea was designed, not be an onerous weight on my shoulders for the year, but to be a little incentive to "work from my stash". Because a stash doesn't just include yarn or fabric. It's also the accumulation of magazines, pattern books, e-books and print-outs from t'internet.
The Projects: (links are to Amazon for the sake of convenience)
- Faroese Shawl
by Marilyn van Keppel
from A Gathering of Lace
- Undulating Rib Socks
by Ann Budd
from Favorite Socks
- Modular Tomten Jacket
by Elizabeth Zimmermann
from Knitting Without Tears
by Cookie A.
from Sock Innovation
(also made Lindsay from this book)
- Simulated Basket Weave / T Pattern
by Charlene Schurch
from More Sensational Knitted Socks
- Coronet Design
by Marianne Kinzel
from First Book of Modern Lace Knitting
Full details of projects are on Ravelry.
Now to think of a new challenge for 2010. Ideas and inspiration welcome.
A slowish project, I started this in July and took the blocking wires out last night. But it wasn't a difficult project. Garter stitch based lace, with every second row, k all stitches. The patterned rows had an easy rhythm to them so that even though I had to knit this with the chart spread across my lap all the time, it never felt tricky or full of traps to trip me up.
And the secret to casting on 400+ stitches at the start? Put in a stitch marker after every 50 stitches and it won't seem nearly so hard or so long.
Six Books Project wrap-up to follow.
Monday, 16 November 2009
Thursday, 12 November 2009
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
...and I start dreaming of job opportunities in Hobart.
We're in the midst of an early season heat wave and I'm trying to be good and not use my air conditioning too much. So wool is taking a back seat whilst I knock out a few cotton dishcloths. I love this new pattern - "cotton leaf rag".
Wednesday, 4 November 2009
Photo One: Make sure you use lots of paper when lining the tin.
Photo Two: Blurry. Fruit soaked overnight in brandy. Extra glace cherries because I love them.
Photo Three: Big mixing bowl just like Mum's. A heavy duty wooden spoon is your friend when preparing cake mixture.
Photo Four: Three hours later, a baked cake. Somehow managed to get the baking paper in focus rather than the cake.
And whilst it was baking, I made a box bag, because the fabric stash will not shrink by itself.
Tuesday, 3 November 2009
So that black bit of knitting that I was working on at the beach in my last post? Another Liesl cardigan. After all our exertions on Saturday, Sunday I just flopped and got into a knitting frenzy (can you flop and frenzy at the same time?) trying to finish this thing. I kept thinking, "it's nearly done, I'll just knit a bit more".
I hit a snag with the cast off - I didn't leave myself enough yarn, so I had to thread a lifeline through and rip back a couple of rows - not too difficult on this project - which slowed me down.
I finally sewed the buttons on while watching the final episode of Wuthering Heights, wondering why Heathcliff didn't put us all out of our misery straight away after Cathy died. It was never my favourite book. Love the Kate Bush song though.
Monday, 2 November 2009
Fog on the track.
We ate our lunch on the beach. It looks cold but it wasn't at all. Just foggy.
I did some knitting on the beach whilst J demolished a vegemite sandwich.
On the way back we saw an echidna....
...and walked through some funky looking jungly trees.
Monday, 26 October 2009
Of my hat quest, this is the best so far. Soft drapey merino-silk handspun , teamed with some simple cables makes a really nice beret. The only thing that worries me is that it may be prone to damage as it is so soft and delicate.
The pattern is Relm by Jared Flood (of BrooklynTweed fame) from Knit.1 magazine.
Project ravelled here.
Saturday, 10 October 2009
Wednesday, 7 October 2009
In this exciting instalment of Paisley's search for the perfect hat, she tries out Calorimetry (from Knitty.com). With 9000+ projects in Ravelry, the pattern must have something going for it.
Of course, I over-compensated for my big head, and managed to make it a bit too big. This was partly because I decided it would be a good project to use up my first handspun efforts which are a bit thicker than the pattern calls for. But the fit is not too bad. At least it doesn't feel as if it will pop off.
But it's not perfect. The quest continues.
Saturday, 3 October 2009
A 40th birthday approaches (I don't think he reads the blog... otherwise the surprise is spoilt...) and R has never had a quilt from me, so I've whipped up something simple and hopefully blokey enough for a professional feng shui consultant.
Friday, 2 October 2009
Pattern: Lindsay from Sock Innovation by Cookie A.
Needles: 2.5mm addis - magic looped.
Yarn: Genevieve sent me some squishy soft Knit Picks merino/alpaca blend sock yarn for my birthday back in May. The colourway is called "Evil Stepmother" which my boss thinks is hilarious.
This is the first time I've tried a garter stitch short-row heel and toe. Easy peasy and extra squishy, I love it.
These were mostly a train-knitting project, but I cast on the first sock back in August on a weekend, while watching The Last King of Scotland on DVD and I can't quite get the image of James McAvoy strung up on butchers hooks out of my head. The mind can be a mysterious thing in the associations that it makes.
Saturday, 19 September 2009
Gorgeous tweedy, texturey, stretchy ribbing with an undulating hint of interest to break up the monotony. Pretty yarn which brings out the gold-fish reaction in me on each round. "oh look, pretty variations, oh look, pretty variations, oh look, I wonder what colour comes next?".
I am easily amused.
Project ravelled here.
Monday, 14 September 2009
which, in turn, become this.
And the half bobbin of plain blue singles leftover, plus a curiosity to try out navajo plying, become this.
Soft merino top was probably not the best choice of fibre for my first attempt at this technique, but I kind of got the hang of it and the resulting yarn is definitely knit-able. More practice required on a sturdier-spun single.
The Blue: Atlantic Merino Top 100g from Ewe give me the knits!
The Multi: Myers BFL/Bamboo 50/50 100g from Ewe give me the knits!
Saturday, 5 September 2009
How quick was that!
I haven't blocked it. Don't think I will. I shudder to think how much it might grow when it gets washed. Perhaps if I dry it scrunched up...
Buttons from the Buttonmania-stash-enhancement spree a while back.
Thoughts for next time. Perhaps go down a needle size (ie. 6.5mm). Anecdotal evidence suggested that the pattern tends to run a bit small, but this is really a little bit big in the width department. Perhaps my tension is looser than Ysolda's.
Thursday, 3 September 2009
Because this knits up so quickly, it's quite addictive, which means I keep on knitting this to the exclusion of other projects, which means that the project goes even quicker! Self-perpetuating speed?
The sleeves are finished. It's just a matter of deciding how much longer to make the body. It sits higher at the back than at the front currently. That may prove to be the only incentive to actually block this since it's sitting pretty nicely everywhere else.
Wednesday, 26 August 2009
I hereby proclaim that this coming spring and summer will see me attired in a variety of light-weight green cotton cardies.
First up on the needles: Liesl by Ysolda Teague in Cascade Pima Silk. I haven't swatched. I hope it fits.
Sunday, 23 August 2009
Sunday, 9 August 2009
If memory (of my rusty German vocabulary) serves me correctly, Zauber translates as "magic". This sock yarn is called Zauberball and yesterday I caved in and succumbed to a touch of startitis.
Undulating Rib Socks from Interweave's Favorite Socks book. This will be project six of the six-books-project, so I guess this means I'm ahead of schedule.
The yarn really is quite magical. The barber-pole striping which is so obvious in the ball, turns into a rich tweed when it's knitted up - much richer than the ball would seem to promise. I keep wanting to continue just to see how the colours are going to blend next.
Monday, 3 August 2009
I finally got around to sewing the buttons on Mum's cardigan.
It fits and Mum likes it so the experiment was successful. I'm not 100% sold on the i-cord around the hem and cuffs, but I thought it needed something to visually tie the front panels to the rest of the cardigan. Mum was intrigued by it - she hadn't seen applied i-cord before so I did a little demonstration on my swatch to show her how it was done.
The Tour de France is over for another year. I didn't "knit-along" this year, but I was keeping tabs on the race, dreaming of one-day hiring a Winnebago and joining the spectating throngs. "Our Cadel" didn't have a great race this year.
As for Australia's performance in the Ashes so far......
....and the weather at Edgbaston has been so splendid.
Time to get the spinning wheel out and work my way through some more of my free fleece.
Friday, 24 July 2009
The Tomten jacket was a success - even though J seems more interested in a discarded library book card. His mum loves that he can't pull the hood off so it stays on, unlike most of his hats.
C is sadly blog-and-Ravelry-less, so may I also draw attention to her own handiwork - the gorgeous blue cable vest that she is sporting.
Sunday, 12 July 2009
Tomten, by Elizabeth Zimmermann, from "Knitting without tears".
Project 4 of my six-books-project is complete. (I've stalled a bit on project 3 - got a bit of the ol' second-sock-syndrome happening, but now that this jacket is done, I have no excuses to ignore that little itty bitty sock).
Inspired by the colour combination in Fricknit's Tomten jacket, I raided my stash for all my 8 ply scraps of blue and grey and did my own version - completely from stashed yarns. Buttons were also from the stash. The pattern calls for a zipper, but I like buttons and that's what I had on hand. The fronts and the hood are edged in applied i-cord, with gaps for button loops.
Sunday, 5 July 2009
Kidsilk Haze (just to see what all the fuss is about)
Cashsoft 4ply (perhaps a little scarfy thing?)
Cotton Jeans (for a summer-weight cardi)
Something tells me that I'm going through a green phase at the moment.
Monday, 29 June 2009
- Mum's cardigan is finally at the interesting bit (Noro!)
- D's socks are at the gusset point and choking up the circs - I might have to switch to one sock at a time for a few rounds.
There has been painting.
- I'm getting new blinds installed this week so it seeemed the opportune time to paint the front wall of the living room. (ie: paint it now or never get 'round tuit)
There has been waving temptation under noses.
- I met up with Y and M for a little
inititation intoexcursion to Morris & Sons. Like candy to a baby.
Monday, 22 June 2009
C has been bugging me about not blogging.
There always seems to be fewer hours in the day in the depths of winter. That's my excuse anyway.
I finished this hat way ahead of schedule for SA's birthday, but I didn't want to blog it until it had been presented. Ravelled here.
I love the definition that twisted stitches give to cables and the ribbing makes for a warm, head-hugging fit.
Thursday, 4 June 2009
Tuesday, 2 June 2009
....and C is for Cookie A.
This textured sock pattern is Eunice, from Sock Innovation.
Yarn is Grignasco Strong Print that I picked up at Clegs a couple of years ago. It has a teensy bit of sparkle in it and it stripes really nicely.
One sock down, one to go. I'm still on track for my six books project.
Monday, 25 May 2009
Handmaiden Casbah Sock in Aurora. (soft... mmmm.... soft.....)
Dream in Color Smooshy in Plum Paisley (I just had to see what all the fuss was about.... And I can now report that smooshy is the perfect product name)
Crazy Zauberball (this stuff just looked like fun - it was the catalyst for the splurge...)
These all came from Simply Socks Yarn Company where I window shop... a lot... and buy... occasionally. Allison has a really great selection of sock yarns and her international shipping is reasonably priced and pretty speedy.
My crystal ball tells me that it can also see more yarn in my near future. Given that Morris and Sons has just opened near where I work and they're having their winter sale at the moment, I'm not surprised....