Monthly Archives: June 2007

Mystery Stole 3

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Mystery Stole 3, originally uploaded by lyndsey-jane.

I have really enjoyed spending the evening knitting this. I have only completed Chart A of the Clue 1 but am really pleased. The rogue dark bead will make more sense after Chart B has been started. I was finding it difficult to decide between the clear silver lined beads and the grey (haematite looking) beads. Once I saw the chart I realized I could use both – the clear beads around the edging and the dark beads in the main body of the stole.

Friday Feast

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I found this interesting site called Friday Feast on Margie’s blog and have decided to play along.

Appetizer
How many pieces of jewelry do you wear most days?

7 or 8. Watch, medicalert bracelet, 5 rings always and often a necklace.

Soup
What is your favorite instrumental song?

For The Love of God – Steve Vai

Salad
Who has a last name that you like?

My boyfriend – Tabois.

Main Course
Name a popular movie you’ve never seen.

Reservoir Dogs

Dessert
Fill in the blank: Nothing makes me hungry like cookery programs

Summer Of Socks 07 (pair 1)

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I have finished my first pair of socks for Summer of Socks 07 and have cast on for number 2

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Pattern: Haiku Flower Socks

Yarn: Valley Yarns Longmeadow – Seafoam

Needles: Brittany Birch 3.25mm dpnd

Mods: None

Karl has been moaning about his cold feet so I am knitting him a pair of thickish (DK weight) socks using the Basketcase socks pattern and Jaegar Baby Merino DK in a variagated brown/green.

ISE 4 Parcel

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Yay!! I am so lucky, I received the most wonderful scarf from Kimberley for ISE 4. I have been hoping for some nice sunny weather to take photos but the sun doesn’t seem to want to come out and play. The colours are much richer in real.

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New Sock Swap

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I know there are loads of you sock knitter and swapper out there (although probably not all reading my blog) and I have just found a new sock swap. Sign ups close on 30th June, but the swap runs until 15th October (so plenty of time to get the Sockapalooza socks done first).

If your interest just click the button

Summer Of Socks Progress

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I decided to make the Haiku Flower socks for myself and have ordered some Panda Cotton for my Sockapalooza pal. The Haiku Flower Socks are a really quick knit. It only took me two days (of knitting whilst watching a couple hours of TV) to finish the first one. I really like this yarn, it is so soft. It will be interesting to see how it wear and washes. If it seems to be ok, then I may be tempted to make top out of it.

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I have cast on the second sock and knit on pattern repeat so hoping to have my first Summer of Socks FO in the next day or so.

Count to ten….

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Why is it that the one night I actually feel tired before 2am and want to go to sleep, the bloody next door neighbours decided to have a party and not just any party a flipping ABBA party!

I was so looking forward to tonight, pringles, diet coke, series 2 of Greys on DVD (and Yes us Brits are way behind) and knitting. The music (all ABBA) is so loud that I gave up knitting an hour ago as couldn’t concentrate and it got so bad that we couldn’t follow the episode of Greys! (we had subtitles on as we couldn’t hear the TV that well and didn’t want to deafen ourselves!)

Please don’t think me a party pooper but if you are going to have a party isn’t it courteous to inform the neighbours before hand? It’s as if we don’t talk to the guy, although I believe that the owner of the house isn’t actually there as his car isn’t in the drive. I wanted to knock on the door and ask if they could possibly keep the noise down as it is 1.30am but Karl says to leave it. The really annoying thing is that it is quieter downstairs so I can’t even lay down in bed. So when its the early hours of the morning and you need to rant, what else is there to do but blog.

In knitting news, I received my ISE4 parcel today, the scarf is made from a wonderful variegated silk but as has been raining and dreary all day I have decided to wait until tomorrow before taking photos as I think it will really shine in natural light. I will post about it fully tomorrow. I cast on Isabella and have turned the hem (I chose to turn the picot edgeing up as I knit as I hate sewing) and have completed the first row of eyelets. I really like the fabric so far but can see all the stockinette with such fine yarn on small needles getting to me! Not to worry I have Summer of Socks, Mystery Stole 3 and Tour de France to keep be entertained too.

Without wanting to jinx myself, it sounds as if the Abba lovers have decided to shut-up so hopefully I can go get some sleep.

Thanks for listening, rant is over!!

Summer of Socks Goals

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Summer of Socks 07 officially starts today! I decided to mark this by setting out my goals. Some people have decided to worked solely on socks all summer. I have some tops I plan on knitting over the summer, so have decided that my goal is to knit 2 pairs a month for the duration. I have some great sock yarn in my stash and want to use Summer of Socks as an excuse to use some of this.

The socks that I really really want to knit are:

Twinkle Toes – (for Sockapalooza) Valley Yarns Longmeadow
RPMSock Hop Sock Yarn
PomatomusThe Yarn Yard Sock Yarn
Friday Harbour from Knitting on the Road – Fyberspates BFL

I am putting Ms Marigold in time out for the moment as I think I may need to frog some of it. There is a slight irregularity in the fabric and as it front and centre every time I pick it up I notice it. I am off to cast on my Sockapalooza socks and swatch for Isabella.

(eta: After much hassle I have decided against Twinkle Toes as I hate the figure 8 cast-on!)

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At last I have an FO! I loved making these socks, and Emma the recipient loved them too. It is Emma’s legs and feet in the photos. As these were a birthday present I printed a sock wrapper for them with yarn details, washing instruction etc on.

Pattern: Monkey by Cookie A (like I have tell you)

Yarn: Lisa Souza Sock! Merino in Miss Violet’s Pink Ribbon

Needles: Clover Takuni Bamboo 2.5mm dpn

Mods: None

 

I have joined a couple of KALs recently both on Ravelry and in the blogosphere in general.

Tour de France – this is a fantastic idea! I have decided to ‘wear’ a green jersey and am challenging myself to complete a project within the duration of the race. The project I have chosen in the Ogee Lace Skirt from IK Summer 07 (scroll down). I am a huge fan of skirts over jeans, and as soon as I saw this I knew I had to make it.

 

Mystery Stole 3 – my first! I had vaguely heard about these but never played along. I have made a lace shawl and enjoy lace but I do find charts difficult – its mainly trying to remember how many of the repeated bit i need to knit. This shawl will be charted but there will be no pattern repeats so I am hoping this will help me gain confidence with my chart reading. I have swatched and decided on my yarn. Zephyr Wool-Silk in Elderberry using 3.5mm needles and matt purple seed beads. The swatch is blocking as I type.

 

Isabella KAL – I really really like this pattern and have some yarn in my stash, a gorgeous pink/red that I need to swatch but fingers crossed I will be able to cast on soon.

 

Finally, Summer of Sock 07. Sign ups are closed now but I managed to sign up in time. I am really excited about using some of my sock yarn stash.


 

Theme Dye Swap

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Theme Dye Swap Yarn + goodies, originally uploaded by lyndsey-jane.

Last week I received my Theme Dye Swap parcel. My pal was KnitXcorE and he chose my 70’s theme. The parcel was filled with amazing stuff, all with a 70’s theme (except maybe the coffee) and I am so pleased with it all.

In my parcel was a gorgeous bag made by my pal (the colours are so me its amazing), 2 packets of Millstone coffee – Hazelnut Cream and Breakfast Blend (my favorite make coffee only I can’t get it in UK) and some lovely smelling patchouli soap. A smell that is soooo 70’s…

… and course the yarn. 100g Blue Faced Leceister Sport weight. I can’t wait to knit with it but I am looking for the perfect 70’s pattern. Any suggestions please leave a comment only no ponchos. In the meantime I keep petting the yarn and sniffing the soap.

Does anyone know how to get rid of the code at the top of a post when you’ve imported the post from Flickr?