Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Mosaic Matters!

I found this over on Angie's and knew I just had to make time to put this together, unfortunately my first attempt this morning timed out while I was visiting the dentist, so I had to do it all over again.

This is how it's done:

1. What is your first name? Joanna
2. What is your favorite food? Fillet steak
3. What high school did you go to? Holbrook
4. What is your favorite color? Purple
5. Who is your celebrity crush? Christian Bale
6. Favorite drink? Tea
7. Dream vacation? Actually I made a mistake with this one and have done my favourite vacation which is Iceland, my dream vacation would be Mexico (oops)
8. Favorite dessert? Angel Delight
9. What you want to be when you grow up? Here
10. What do you love most in life? Colours
11. One Word to describe you. Fluff Magnet (I know it's 2 words but it's so me!)
12. Your flickr name. Limegreenjelly.

Here’s how you do it:
a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
b. Using only the first page, pick an image.
c. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd’s mosaic maker.

Go on - you know you want to!

I'm knitting more booties, as they are quite small, and easy, and quick to knit, ready for some craft fairs that are coming up at the end of August and in September.

I've ordered the yarn for my first sweater design and just have a couple of details to tie up before I cast it on!

Nothing has really moved me into going to the cinema since 2005, the last film I saw then was War of the Worlds (Tom Cruise), until now. I've lost count of the time's I have seen Batman Begins as Neo being a typical boy loves superheroes! But it did count up in the heights of my favourite films, up until now that is, Saturday night we booked seats for The Dark Night, and I was on the edge of my seat all night, yes it's DARK, and menacing, and certainly should have a rating of 15, instead of the recommended 12A (going to be a while till Neo sees this one!), but oh what a magical movie, can't wait for the DVD! So I can watch it again and a again in the comfort of my own home!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Booty Call!

Now this first pair have happily arrived safely in Wyandotte, I can show you them! The pattern is easy to follow, adapt and memorise! They appear in Ravelry twice, almost identical patterns, one is Jane's Baby Booties, the other is Christine's Stay On Baby Booties. Such an easy knit I'm knitting up a couple of pairs with left-over sock wool. The yarn for these is Posh Emily, I think the colourway was Chortle, but I'm not certain, everytime I cast on socks for me with this yarn it pooled more than I could stand, not a problem with booties, and being a squooshy blend of wool, angora and cashmere, just perfect for baby tootsies!

Here we have Clare, modelling a fabulous Finished Object made by a lady called Betty Saunders, a member of the Kent Guild of Spinners Weavers and Dyers!

I'm showing you this fabulous lace stole, well apart from the fact that it is absolutely gorgeous, but Betty spun the yarn and plied with a silk thread, and then knitted it but it started life in my kitchen dyebath! Yep, I dyed the merino, and when I saw this last month at our meeting I had to get some photographs before it found its way to its new home! (It was sold to another member for £38!). I'm slowly gathering a collection of finished objects made with my yarns and fibres, so I'm going to start a Limegreenjelly Gallery group over at Flickr, where people can share their projects!

Special thanks to Clare for modelling, she's got some great new colorways and yarns up in her etsy shop too, I'm lusting after Parakeet at the moment, I just love turquoise, red and black!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Berry Gummy Box!

It's been a rather dull week, I'm busy with more felted rock, and knitting samples for my first sweater design.
I've also frogged Aprés Surf Hoodie, I was plodding along with it, but thought it looked a little small, only to discover that maybe my gauge was out (I had checked it) I was working on 3mm needles, instead of the recommended 3.25mm) but I think I actually should have been on the 3.25mm after all! I did go out Monday and buy myself the addi circ in the 3.25mm, but when I started to cast it on, I don't know I don't feel like starting it again, maybe I've fallen a little out of love with it, I'm actually thinking maybe I could do something else with the yarn, possibly even design something else, so we'll see!

Just to brighten the week up this came this morning! My first secret pal parcel!

Infact the photo really doesn't do this package justice, but it is a very grey day today, anyway it's a very Berry Gummy Box!
We have some bags of cranberries and blueberries, some gorgeous purple sock yarn, gummy bear needle huggers, gummy bears, a huge bar of berry milk chocolate (which won't last long round here), 2 heart shaped chocolates (Neo and I saw those off soon after the photos!) and 2 large bags of Grey Finn (which is a very rare sheep breed) and really squooshy, it's got the most fabulous crinkly crimp to it too, I'm really looking forward to spinning with this!

Thankyou very much SP, it's a great package, I'm going to head over to ravelry right away and see if I can find a sock pattern for that lovely purple yarn!

Friday, July 11, 2008

I is For.....

INTARSIA....Ugly intarsia at that, one down and one to go, last months knitting homework!

I thought this cardigan that I knitted about 10 years ago was a brighter more fun example, but spot the deliberate mistake, yup, no intarsia involved. Still fun none the less. The pattern was free in a British Magazine called Essentials, they used to publish sewing and knitting patterns every month. Although the magazine is still produced they stopped doing patterns many years ago, which is when I stopped buying their magazine! 'I don't suppose there's much call for that kind of thing these days'-Little do they know!

I knitted it for my neice, she will be 12 this year, and her brother who is 10 also wore it. The yarn was some kind of crépe acrylic, and I've just been to have a look at the pattern in my archives, it was featured in a Sirdar Booklet called Knitting With Care for Save The Children!

Handspun, this was actually done at the same time as my coil yarn from the same batts, therefore the same colours.

Its quite randomly plied in places as I was plying with 2 threads simultaneously, I'm hoping there is enough for a scarf, using the coil yarn as an edging!

This is SP12 Question of the Week,:

The “perfect sized” stash was a tough question for many of you to answer. Maybe these stash related questions will be easier: 1) What yarn (that you don’t have/haven’t used) would make your stash “complete”? 2) What yarn do you never want to be without?**

In answer to question one, well actually there are alot of yarns that I haven't tried that would make my stash complete, so this is a difficult one!

The yarn I would never want to be without though, to me is an easy one, I wouldn't want to be without my own handspun yarn, imagine no fibre, no spinning, might aswell cut my arms off!Although Noro yarns, and Habu are two of my favourite brands that I wouldn't want to be without either. Infact to be perfectly honest I couldn't imagine life without any yarn at all!