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.