Wednesday, September 26, 2007

A Little More!

Here is the silk/merino mix so far, 200g

I have 50g left to spin, but I'm trying something a little different with this last bit, although I had a bit of a disaster with some felted bits I put in the washing machine earlier this week, this accident may actually turn into a blessing.

Still beavering away on the cardigans, almost there, and I cast on for a sock with some Posh Emily which will probably get frogged because its pooling like the devil!

I've also been the lucky winner of a couple of competitions lately, the first arrived this week, a lovely package of some Colinette cotton and viscose mix, a yummy soap and a fluffy pen, from Angie at Jazzy Crafts, I just havent got around to taking a picture, but thanks Angie!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

The Yarn That Time Forgot

Ok so maybe time doesn't forget, I just havent had the time, and its been getting to me, so last night I made two more bobbins of this pretty merino/silk mix. I was hoping to get it onto the niddynoddy today so I would at least have something new to show you on my blogiversary, but it wasn't to be.

I was also fed up of the sight of me in that capelet, anyway still knitting sleeves for the toddler cardigan, and now I'm off to wind my yarn.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Shake Your Pompoms!!

One Spiderweb Capelet, ready for delivery to its recipient! This pattern started life in the book Stitch & Bitch Nation by Debbie Stoller, although the pattern as written in the book is complete tishtosh, and even if you cast it on and carefully follow it religiously 3 times without making any mistakes, it basically won't work out. You will basically get so many stitches you won't know what to do with them all, and it will look nothing like this capelet, or the picture in the book.

Now at this point if the garment was for me I may just throw it across the room and give up, then again who wants to beaten by a Spiderweb Capelet.

Anyway it's not for me, and not one to be beaten by a mere capelet I called for re-inforcements in the shape of Heather who has just moved to her new blog home. Heather is a whizz with numbers, knitting and patterns, I could see what was wrong, but I didn't know how to fix it.

The yarn is Wendy Allegra in the shade Flora, it's a nice soft alpaca, polyester, acrylic. I think I knitted it on 10mm needles, and used less than 2 balls.

It not something I would wear, and apart from the problems it was a nice little knit, although my favourite part of all has to be the pompoms.

Unfortunately progress on the toddler cardigans has been halted by a complete *£#! UP, oh yes indeedy, they were both blocked and ready to finish. I was visiting the friend who's daughters are going to be wearing these cardigans at the weekend and just held the largest one up to see how the size was, and oh b*gg!r, I've only gone and knitted the wrong blinking size, it was a size too big, doh!

So that was frogged and I am about to re-knit the sleeves. I've also now got a full complement of arm measurements for both girls, just to be on the safe side!

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Ok it's been over a week, but there's not much to see here....

Ok well there was that, that is 306g of 2ply handspun aran weight Shetland fleece, which I purchased at Woolfest, which does beg the question, how much weight does a fleece lose in the washing process, it was 400g when I bought it!
There was quite a bit of vegetable matter in this but no matter, and you may not be able to quite see but I carded scraps of multi merino in, to add a little colour here and there, actually if you click the photo you can just see the different colours.

Apart from that I have 2 cardigans, that need blocking and a capelet near completion.

There was NO knitting on my needles, apart from sampling for an idea for a design for college, and so I took this to be a sign to knit a couple of blanket squares for Flo's Miner Blanket Project.
I'm just knitting good old garter stitch after a couple of false starts trying fancy stuff which didn't work out.

It's taken me a little while to really GET the point of Ravelry, but I was looking for a skein of sock yarn yesterday and found a couple of gems lurking in my stash, one being 6 skeins of Noro Iro, so I fast tailed it over to Ravelry to have a look at what other Ravellers had been doing with it, priceless, and plenty of ideas to mull over. I'd really like to start getting the stash sorted and up on flickr and Ravelry soon, but as usual so much to little time!