Saturday, 19 December 2009

Green Summer Cardi #2

IMG_0381, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

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

Did I mention...

DSC03212, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

...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

In costume

DSC03217, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

This year's theme for the work Christmas party is "New York". I will be the Big Apple.

I love that I can work knitting into my costume.

Saturday, 28 November 2009

new socks...

IMG_0350, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

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

Colonnade - a team effort.

IMG_0340, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

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

Six Books Project 2009

Mission accomplished in good time.

Six Books Project 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)

Full details of projects are on Ravelry.

Now to think of a new challenge for 2010. Ideas and inspiration welcome.

Faroese Shawl finished

IMG_0326, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

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.


IMG_0331, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

... for a fun little project.

Monday, 16 November 2009

'nuvver new hat...

DSC03200, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

I reckon between this one and the green relm beret from a few weeks ago, I'm pretty much happy for hats... for now.

Thursday, 12 November 2009

the heatwave continues...

DSC03192, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

...and another dishcloth is made.

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

the heat is on...

DSC03191, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

...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

Cup day

The first Tuesday in November is the Melbourne Cup - "the race that stops the nation" - and we have a public holiday. In an annual fit of kitchen-domestic-goddessity, I baked my Christmas cake (Nigella Lawson's recipe from How to be a Domestic Goddess) and attempted to document my progress in photos.

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

Another Liesl

IMG_0311, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

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

On Saturday, we headed down towards Cape Schanck. It was a pretty warm day in the city, but we hoped it would be a bit cooler on the coast as we planned on a bit of bushwalking down to Bushrangers Bay. We were in luck.

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

Hat quest: Relm

DSC03164, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

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

hoot, hoot

Hoot clip, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

Just for fun. I love owls, so I couldn't resist Ysolda's quick little project. (And I mean quick - this took less than an hour, including sewing on buttons and sewing it onto the clip).

Ravelled here.

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

The quest ....

Photo 27, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.


In this exciting instalment of Paisley's search for the perfect hat, she tries out Calorimetry (from 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

Quilt for RHI

IMG_0252, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

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

Birthday socks

IMG_0245, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

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

Six Books Project #5 done

IMG_0229, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

Happy socks.

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

Spinning equation

These..... plus spinning wheel....

become these...


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

Liesl fin

Liesl fin, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

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

Summer green cardigan #1 nearly there

Liesl in progress, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

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

summer green cardigan #1 begins

IMG_0188, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

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

no head for hats

DSC03150, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

My quest for the perfect woolly hat continues. Lovely as it is, this is not it. It feels like it could slip off at any moment.

But the knitting of it did scratch an itch to do something quick and spur of the moment.

Ravelled here.

Sunday, 9 August 2009

Just like magic...

IMG_0173, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

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

More knitwear modelling

IMG_0133, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

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

Knitwear modelling

IMG_0112, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

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.

Verra nice.

Sunday, 12 July 2009

Not a purl in sight

IMG_0089, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

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

Resistance is futile

Clegs is having a sale with big discounts on their Rowan Yarn range. I couldn't resist.

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.


IMG_0083, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

...knitting is done and all the ends have been darned in. It needs a blocking to flatten out the garter stitch underarm gussets and some buttons.

Buttonmania, here I come!

Monday, 29 June 2009

there has been...

There has been knitting.
  • 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 into excursion to Morris & Sons. Like candy to a baby.

Monday, 22 June 2009

More textured knitting

DSC03119, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

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

She's got a new toy...

IMG_0008, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

...and needs some practice.

This should be fun.

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

E is for eggplant.....

DSC03133, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

....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

Falling off the (unofficial) wagon...

Does it count as breaking your yarn diet if you never officially declared yourself on one?

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....