Monday, 28 June 2010

As I was racing out the door this morning....

.... I grabbed my mittens and was horrified to discover they had holes in them. I'm afraid it might be moths....

I must investigate this evening. That drawer has all my hand-knit socks in it.....

Sunday, 27 June 2010

Monogamous knitting

IMG_1012, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

This is the only knitting that I've worked on for the past couple of weeks. I think it's going to be really nice when it's finished. But I'm not even half-way yet....
This is proving quite a challenge to my short-attention span.

Sunday, 20 June 2010

Well I guess that question is answered...

IMG_0989, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

.... I cannot blog every day for a month.

Yesterday I did a crash course in the basics of how to use the manual settings on my DSLR. It's all about getting the balance between aperture, shutter speed and ISO. We learnt about the nature of each of these variables and how tweaking them up or down will affect the exposure of the shot.
At lunch after the session I got my knitting out and applied my new found knowledge to shoot an in-progress shot of the green cardigan of doom. This is indoors without a flash and even has a little bit of depth of field. This makes me very happy. I now have the tools to experiment more and start really seeing what my expensive camera can do.

Thursday, 10 June 2010

The one in which Paisley hides her lack of content behind an annotated list of links...

Right now my crafting mojo seems to be completely dominated by knitting, but I still have intentions of sewing stuff.

I love the black and red grandmothers flower garden blocks here.

And for something a little bit different, how about these skulls?

Or maybe some weaving?

Then there's these fabulous new fabrics in the shop I dare not set foot in...

Much better to take inspiration from this stash-busting example.

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Accountability Wednesday

Ooops, missed a day. Bygones.

The scales and I have never have had a super-happy relationship, but at the moment I feel like they are teasing me mercilessly. They will not go under 100kg. They'll hover just above it, creep up to 101, creep back to 100-point-something, but they will not go under.
AW: 2010-06-09

Still, I guess it's better than where they were sitting in January this year.
AW 2010-01-27

And look how well the nail polish has lasted from the pedicure I got in Washington four weeks ago.

Monday, 7 June 2010

For me....

IMG_0913, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

Now that the black cardigan knitting is done, dusted and wet-blocking (cold damp Melbourne weather means that it dries very slowly...), I can get on with a new winter cardigan for myself. Here is my sorry excuse for a swatch. I'm getting gauge, so let's just start knitting and see how we go. Hopefully I'll get this done before the cool weather is through.

Sunday, 6 June 2010


IMG_0914, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

I finally finished the knitting on Seabreeze's cardigan last night. I swatched before starting this project. I even washed the swatch, which is unusual for me. So while I was knitting away, I kept looking at it, thinking, "this looks too small, it looks way too small..... but I got gauge after washing my swatch, so all should be ok.... I hope....."
The Yarn Harlot recently posted about wet-blocking before sewing up so I took inspiration and this morning I gave the pieces a little bath, then spent some time pinning them out so that they matched the measurements on the schematic. You know what? I think it's going to be ok.

Saturday, 5 June 2010

Saturday afternoon

IMG_0909, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

The coming of the cold weather brings the obligatory increase in the desire for soup. I had a surfeit of a-bit-too-old carrots in the fridge, so I tried out this recipe. Easy peasy, tasty and I had everything handy.
The cryptic crossword is from yesterday's paper. Mum will ring later today and we will compare notes and try and finish it off together.

Friday, 4 June 2010

The things I do...

IMG_0902, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

I endure seemingly never-ending stocking stitch in black wool, counting the irregularly spaced increases on every right side row so that my friend SeaBreeze can have her very own Sunrise Circle Jacket.

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Stash enhancement...

I am weak. Tempt me with hand-dyed self-striping sock yarn and I cannot resist.



Wednesday, 2 June 2010

This sock is growing very slowly...

IMG_0900, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

...because I love this sock yarn so much that I keep stopping to admire how it knits up every round or so.

It's Schoppel Wolle Zauberball Crazy. I get it from Simply Socks Yarn Company.

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Do you suppose that it's possible...

IMG_0905, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

..that I could blog every day for a month?

Let's see how far I can get. Today I present the mitred ball-band hanging towel. Also known as, using up left-over bits of dishcloth cotton.