Sunday, 31 January 2010

mission accomplished

IMG_0477, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

It's amazing what you can get done when you're monogamous to one project.
It's really a bit too hot to be modelling woollen socks today. Two sleeps until I fly off into the cold Japanese winter.

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

It's Australia Day...

IMG_0472, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

...and I'm flicking between the tennis and the cricket on the box and knitting like a fiend. Do you suppose if I cast on the partner to this lovely sock this evening, that I might be able to finish it before I fly out next Tuesday?
Let's see.

Saturday, 23 January 2010

Travelling light(er)

IMG_0466, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

A new little box bag to carry my travel-sized toiletries. This is much more compact than my usual big sponge bag.

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Reclaimed tweed

A few years ago I knit Teva Durham's asymmetric mock cable vest from her book Loop-d-Loop. It wasn't a great choice for me, especially given that the largest size written (38" bust) was always going to be way too small. But I thought that the mock cable pattern looked really cool, so I gave it a go using some Patons Shadow Tweed that I'd got on sale at Clegs. With a bit of tweaking and some negative ease, it fit, even if it didn't sit very nicely (the edges curling like the clappers was meant to be a design feature apparently).
I wore it once - to an Anzac day BBQ if I remember correctly - and a friend snapped a photo of me in it. I looked at the photo, decided that it made me look even more like a lumpy grey apple than usual and shoved it away in the cupboard, never to be worn again.
Then I started seeing versions of the Shalom Cardigan popping up on Ravelry and I thought "oh, I should frog that vest and re-knit it into this some time".
And finally, early one Sunday morning a few weeks ago, I got a bee in my bonnet and spent it frogging, winding, washing and hanging out great big skeins of bulky weight yarn. I cast on that evening.

I'm so glad I did. This is much better. Full project details are ravelled here.

Saturday, 16 January 2010

Flashing some of the stash

Flashing some of the stash, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

Today I took some photographs of some of the yarn stash. A couple of pretty recent acquisitions, but mostly stuff that has been sitting at the bottom of various receptacles for too long. I have plans for most of it, but I only have two hands.
Good thing that this stuff has a long shelf life.

Saturday, 9 January 2010

socks, plots and plans

Kitchenered last night:  (cuff-down) Train-Knitting (Simply Ginny) Socks


Cast-off last night:  (toe-up)  Riverbed in Vinnland Socks


Plotting and Planning:
  • next train knitting sock selection 
  • travelling-in-Japan-in-February sock selection
  • flights to the US in April/May (golf, Grand Canyon and perhaps a "popover" to DC)
  • and in the meantime, trying to stay cool in Melbourne's January heat.

Sunday, 3 January 2010

Handmade Christmas presents

In the lead up to Christmas, a few female newspaper columnists, most notable among them Germaine Greer, published articles which seemed to suggest that all homemade Christmas presents are badly made, naff, tasteless, generally undesirable, (horror of horrors!) cheap and, perhaps by implication, nasty.  I'm not going to argue the point as plenty of other bloggers have already done so I'll stop here and just tell this little anecdote from my own experience.

A few weeks ago I made a couple of patchwork shopping/tote bags to give as Christmas presents which I didn't photograph [sorry - bad blogger :-( ].  One of them was given to my aunt, who rang me a few days after Christmas to say how much she enjoyed carrying her new shopping bag, declining plastic bags, as she did the rounds of the Boxing day sales and how the short handles were the perfect length for someone of her stature - so much better than any of her purchased non-plastic shopping bags.  I was chuffed.