Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Monday, May 28, 2007
Avant le déluge, I went off to Kings Lynn and had a lovely morning full of bargains; I bought stripy things...
Two towels I couldn't resist; a sheet of fancy paper for making book covers and the like...
I bought flowery things:
My favourite perfume, usually all-but-unobtainable here, in special edition and ridiculously reduced in price, and some more pretty book-cover paper (if only this had been fabric...)
And there's a lot of knitting going on round here but most of it's both secret and unexciting to photograph (pictures of a Slightly Larger Heap of Crumpled Stuff not being guaranteed to rivet the attention). But look, a Pretty Thing!
More flowers, for Lorna (for a change, the colours are pretty accurate here). I took the Marigold chart from the tote-bag recipe in IK Summer 2006 and it's looking very pretty, although it's reminding me of why, although Intarsia sounds like an attractive Mediterranean island, it's not one I'm keen to visit too often. I did some more last night after taking this picture and am over halfway there now... Stripy sleeves to go, which should be fun DVD-watching knitting...
Thursday, May 24, 2007
The needles are going to be burning this year. There may not be much knitting content on show here though; all parties have this blog address...
And just as a totally random photo, I saw this on the way into work today. Look at those colours...
Sunday, May 20, 2007
I'm now thinking about green with contrasting pink and orange bits... Will let you know.
Saturday, May 19, 2007
And it's now wonderfully soft and luxurious, and exactly the right size for its intended use. I always have this illusion that one day I'll do 'elegant casual' - it's a complete delusion, of course, but it doesn't stop me trying...
So - the details. Pattern Hanging Garden from Sivia Harding - as ever beautifully charted (and with written directions for those who prefer...); size 6 Toho raku beads from Beads Direct, heavy laceweight cashmere from Colourmart (col. D495), 3.25mm needles. Started in the garden of the Blue during last year's June or July KTog there. Finished weight: 110g.
Next time, I think I'd wash the cashmere beforehand - I didn't get a nice sensual experience knitting it, and it would have been wonderful to knit with something as soft as this yarn has turned out!
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
“Each person tagged gives 7 random facts about themselves. Those tagged need to write in their blogs the 7 facts, as well as the rules of the game. You need to tag seven others and list their names on your blog. You have to leave those you plan on tagging a note in their comments so they know that they have been tagged and to read your blog.”
1. For 3 years in the early 80s, I read the Bible cover to cover each year. This has not made me a better person, but I'm your woman if you need to know about smitings and arcane measuring systems...
2. I once wore fishnets, a leotard and a top hat in a performance of Joseph and His Technicolour Dreamcoat. (I think I was 7 at the time)
3. I collect the very strange 1930s books of Dornford Yates, and special-edition 50p pieces.
4. I spent years thinking CDs would never catch on, and resisted having a PC at home for a similar period.
5. I have a white streak in the back of my hair, inherited from my mother (I was once dragged across a room by my hair, so the nit-nurse could show it to a colleague).
6. I still have a tendency to suck my left thumb. The nail there is undamaged; in contrast, my right thumbnail grows out as if it's been put through industrial machinery...
7. My favourite smells are tar, fresh paint, new wood and grated ginger.
I'm tagging some people who may or may not take up the challenge; EJ, dododumpling, Anne, MaryDeB, Wye Sue, KarenE and Lixie - sorry if you've had this one before and resisted, ladies...
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Knitting with metal wire
Knitting with camel yarn
Knitting with silk
Moebius band knitting
Participating in a KAL
Drop stitch patterns
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
Slip stitch patterns
Knitting with banana fiber yarn
Domino knitting (modular knitting)
Twisted stitch patterns
Knitting with bamboo yarn
Two end knitting
Knitting with soy yarn
Knitting with circular needles
Knitting with your own handspun yarn
Graffiti knitting (knitting items on, or to be left on the street)
Designing knitted garments
Cable stitch patterns (incl. Aran)
Publishing a knitting book
Teaching a child to knit
American/English knitting (as opposed to continental)
Knitting to make money
Knitting with alpaca
Fair Isle knitting
Dying with plant colors
Knitting items for a wedding
Household items (dishcloths, washcloths, tea cozies…)
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars
Knitting with someone else’s handspun yarn
Knitting with DPNs
Holiday related knitting
Teaching a male how to knit
Knitting for a living
Knitting with cotton
Knitting with wool
Knitting with beads
Long Tail CO
Knitting and purling backwards
Knitting with self-patterning/self-striping/variegating yarn
Knitting with cashmere
Knitting with synthetic yarn
Writing a pattern
Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies
Cuffs/fingerless mitts/arm warmers
Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine
Knitting on a loom
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets
Knitting with dog/cat hair
Knitting in public
Thursday, May 10, 2007
and I'm only 4 rows off starting the pattern on the back now, too, having knocked off the other 24 while watching The West Wing this evening...
Monday, May 07, 2007
Friday, May 04, 2007
... whether this particular look expresses a) disdain at my audacity in photographing her; b) disapproval of the truly awful cover of what is otherwise a very wonderful book; or c) disappointment at my less-than-stellar tableclearing skills... It's got cold again here over the last day or so, so she's sleeping on the table rather than under her favourite hollyhock in the garden (she's beaten the soil down flat under that one; better not plant on it...)
But in other news I took delivery of this:
a binbag containing 2.5 kg of Jacob fleece. Freshly sheared, veryvery sheepy, and full of fantastically sticky lanolin... from a sheep which is thriving less than 5 miles away, too...
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
and the gates from inside - I thought the lettering made an interesting pattern against the office building behind...
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
I've done quite a lot of knitting recently - but one of the biggest pieces was a secret. Here it is, an Icarus for Jan in some Fleece Artist/HandMaiden Angel Hair, a 70% mohair/30% nylon yarn... the second one I've made to this pattern, and if they haven't discontinued this yarn by the time Ally Pally comes round, I'll be in the market for some for me...
and the stitch detail...
Some baby knitting also got done. This is the Baby Kimono from the wonderful Mason-Dixon book, in some hand-dyed Jaeger superwash merino. The baby's a girl - I'll hand the kimono over to the father when he gets back from paternity leave next week...
And a Baby Surprise Jacket - which was great fun to knit. This is Schoeller and Stahl yarn from Web of Wool - in the Hummingbird colourway. Like Trekking, it doesn't have a true repeat, and like Trekking I knew this would irritate the hell out of me in knitting socks. I really did think I was laid-back enough not to care that my socks didn't exactly match - but nope. So I know what my stash of Trekking is going to become - with this pattern, because of the really strange construction, the pattern matches perfectly!
And I found half a dozen buttons in my stash which match the yarn and are about the same size (I'm not quite that much of a symmetry freak). I don't know who this is for - there are several babies due to friends this summer - so the buttons will wait until I know its gender - you make buttonholes on both fronts, which is another wonderful feature of this pattern!
I hope to have some more finished stuff to show soon - the endless Trekking scarf which SkipNorthers may remember is finally done and I'll block that tomorrow morning before work; and Ragna is knitted, but I don't like the neckband, so I'll have to do that again... But as I only have one set of socks and one lace thing on the needles - tonight, I'm actually going to start some things!!