Monthly Archives: August 2006

No camara at the moment

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I’m afraid I have no progress photos of Flood (cable jumper), Wind (cable scarf) or Rosalind as dear dear boyf decided that he would use my camara batteries to put in his Minidisc player to listen to on the bus to work this morning. I am not a happy soul about this as they are pretty expensive batteries esp for digital camara and other battery draining devices, not minidisc players. Why he couldn’t have just taken the rechargable battery from mine (which was sitting on my desk next to the camara) i don’t know. (sorry rant over)
I finally plucked up the courage to cast on Flood yesterday evening and have completed two of the 14 row pattern repeats. Not sure why I had jitters about this sweater as its not my first. I am hoping to get this finished in 2 weeks time to take on holiday with me. The yarn is pretty chunky so knits up quite fast.
Rosalind is going really well and i’m loving the colour combination. I estimated that I would need about 3 pattern repeats and have just started the second. It is such a nice knit, not too simple the boredom sets in but still easy enought to watch tv whilst knitting.
I have knit one pattern repeat for Wind but have put it aside to get Rosalind finished as this is a autumn/spring scarf and Wind is definetely a winter scarf.

I have my Fave Colour Swap pals parcel all wrapped up and ready to post tomorrow. I hope she likes the things I have chosen. Fingers crossed!

Sign ups for Secret Pal 9 begun to today, I have been so intrigued reading blogs of participants of SP8 that I signed up right away. I seem to have enough swaps etc on the go at the moment,
International Scarf Exchange 3, Hot Socks, Sock Wars and I am hoping that Knitters Tea Swap starts up again soon.
I am promised new batteries tomorrow so as long they are bought I will show pics of wips.

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The proof is in the eating…

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and we’ve been doing alot of that.
The bread cook up lovely and I am beginning to think that there won’t be any left for Monday so am attempting bread rolls tomorrow. If may not look much but believe me it lovely.

If anybody out there has the Nigella Lawson Domestic Goddess book and hasn’t yet made Granny Boyd’s Biscuits, you must. They are really good, if fact they are so good half of them had vanished before I had a chance to photo them. Me thinks Karl might have had something to do with it.

Flapjacks have been cooked but are still cooling, more photos tomorrow.

More finished socks and free yarn!

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I have finished the Ribbbed Socks and love them. I finished them last night and have been wearing them today. I love the feel of the yarn and it is so nice to knit with. This pattern knits up really quickly.

ribbed socks

Pattern: Cherry Tree Hill Ribbed Supersock
Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill Supersock in Northern Lights
Needles: Brittany Birch 2.75mm dpns
Modifications: None

I suppose you want to know about the free yarn, ok, I ordered a couple of balls of Rowan Plaid in Sea Mist from MCA Direct as I didn’t want to run out when I knit my jumper and the company I got the original lot from have sold out. The parcel arrived today and they had sent me Sea Thistle instead, a lovely colour but not what I wanted. I e-mailed them and they said to keep the yarn sent by mistake and they would send the correct out asap. I give them 10/10 for customer servive as I sent the e-mail at 4.30pm and got a reply within 10minutes. The problem is what do I do with 200g of Rowan Plaid? Any suggestions.

I also received some Sirdar Pure Cotton and Sirder Breeze cotton as I have joined the Monthly Dishcloth KAL.The colours aren’t great but they were reduced so worth it for experiment knitting. Everyone seems obsessed with knitting dishcloths so I’d thought I would see what the fuss was about. If it’s as good as the hype then I may have to order some Sugar n Cream from the US. This months discloth has a lighthouse on it so I’m definetely trying that one especially as we are off to stay in a lighthouse next month.

Of late the knitting has almost seemed a chore, my mind just hasn’t been focused enough but that is all in the past now. I had worries about returning to Uni as I had missed alot of last year because of the Chronic Fatigue but I am now retaking my 2nd without penalty and feel much happier about. I know it means another of study but atleast now my grades with reflect my ability. This has mad so much of a difference that i’m itching to pick up the needles.

 

 

Calling all sock knitters…

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…there’s a new swap in town just for you. Laura from Indieknits has organised a swap via Swap-bot called Hot Socks. The idea being that you send your swap pal sock yarn and their fave hot drink (tea, coffee, hot chocolate). I think this is perfect for the dreary winter we seem to have ahead. What more can cheer you up than some bright sock yarn and nice hot cuppa! This is Laura’s first time as a swap-hostess so lets make it a good one for her. Signs up are open until October 1st.

Unst now finished.

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I completed Unst yesterday. It is a really comfy sock due to the stretchiness of the lace. I had a slight mishap with the first one as I didn’t see the second chart and the lace is slightly misaligned as it transfers from leg to foot but I don’t mind and the second sock is fine.

Pattern: Unst from Knitting on the Road by Nancy Bush
Yarn: Opal Rodeo Cotton shade 1174
Needles: Brittany Birch 2.25mm dpns

I have cast on for the second ribbed sock and completed the leg and am ready to do the heel flap. Hopefully it should be finished by the end of the week.

Yarn, FO & sheep.

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My Booga bag has finished blocking and I am debating whether to line it or not (or should I say, I’m debating on asking Mum to line it, my sewing is horrific!). It is looking really good and I will definitely be making more in the future.

I received the Rowan plaid that I ordered at bargain price after some discussion with the company as they didn’t have my first choice, so now I have 10 balls of Sea Mist (to make myself a jumper, undecided which at the mo’, from Rowan Plaid Collection and 6 balls of Creeper (for some reason only 5 made it into the photo) to make myself a hat and scarf from the same book. I can see a very cablely autumn and winter ahead, that is why I have joined Conquering Cables.

 

Yarn was purchased yesterday and I have a project in mind for it but as I am trying to clear my ufo’s I won’t cast on anything new until September.

Here we have 2 balls of Debbie Bliss Merino Aran (shade 004) for Fetching, 2 balls each of Debbie Bliss Merino DK (shades 004 & 002) to make Rosalind. I am really excited about this project as it encompasses my two loves; knitting and science. I have been yearning after a brown scarf for a while now and when I saw this lovely dark rich chocolate brown I knew I just had to get it. It took me a while to match it up with the green but I think they look great together. There is also a pair of 8mm bamboo knitting needles for use with the Rowan Plaid.

Speaking of scarves I joined the International Scarf Exchange 3 earlier this week. I am having an obsession with scarves for the moment so thought it was a perfect swap to join. I also joined Sock-a-month 2, as with the amount of socks I knit this should encourage me to get them finished. I have decided on my pattern for the Mystery Sock KAL, it is called ‘Wonky Lace Socks’ and uses Cascade Fixation – a yarn I have been wanting to try for a while.

I will be wrapping up all the presents for my Fave Colour Swap pal tomorrow and they will be posted out shortly. I just have to felt and block the Special Companions giftbag for her and then all will be done.

Whilst reading this blog I saw a link to this – a sheep challenge. What a great idea! I decided to take part and no sooner had I done so than I saw this bag in my kitchen

and when boyf asked why I was taking a picture of a carrier bag I told him about the sheep challenge, he then proceeded to and take this picture (apparently the white/grey blob is a sheep in his PC game).

I think will try and get Unst finished tonight as only have a small amount of the foot and then the toe to finish. Then that gives me two weeks to finish two socks (and a bag, but I’m not too fussed about finishing that) until I’m UFO free.