Archive for December, 2007

Not so mini minisweater

Posted by on Dec 19 2007 | Crafty things

So, although I’ve knocked out one or two smaller things in the time I’ve been knitting, I’ve never actually made – ok, ok, never actually finished a proper garment.

Last year at the Avoca sales, Sara and Cheryl picked up a cone of turquoise wool for me.

Now, I do know that with coned yarn you should really wash it before using it etc etc etc, but I figured that my first proper garment was going to be a disaster learning experience anyway, and I love the idea of having no ends to sew in, so I decided to knit straight off the cone.

I’m not finished yet, but I think we’re about due an update.

I’m making Stephanie Japel’s Mini-sweater/boobholder. My boobs don’t really need holding, so minisweater’s the more accurate term for a garment for me.
Except, instead of making it as written, I’m knitting down from the bottom and giving it long sleeves to make a full sized cardigan.

I have a couple more rows to get done on the bottom, and then I need to make the sleeves, and it needs a wash and a block, so I’m getting there. I’m not sure what to do with the sleeves. They’ll be stockinette ending with a few garter rows, but I don’t know whether to go straight down, or decrease and then increase again at the end, or just decrease.

Are there things I’d do differently?
Of course, but ask me again when I’m finished!

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Current distraction, and some finished knitting!

Posted by on Dec 19 2007 | Crafty things

After my very hectic November I decided to treat myself.
Unfortunately I decided to treat myself with one of this years christmas must have gifts for the kids.
However, an early morning hair appointment meant that I was in town for shop opening time, and hit the right shop at the right time, as an unexpected delivery came in, so I have a new toy:

My brain age tonight is 59. Clearly I have some work to do. This will eat into knitting time.

However, in among the hecticness there has been knitting, mainly for other people, so I present:

Tiny knits for a very tiny baby.
Saartje’s Booties (small size) and One Skein Baby Hat (small size)
Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino
3mm needles

Wristwarmers for E.
Fingerless Mitts, Interweave Knits, Fall 2005
Debbie Bliss Maya
5mm needles

A toque for T.
Made up hat pattern.
Alpaca with a Twist Highlander
5mm needles

I’ve actually knit this twice – first with 100 stitches cast on, which was too big, and then again with 80, which is better. The yarn is soooooo yummy I really didn’t care. It’s lovely. If you see some, buy it. It’s really soft and squishy and warm.

Slightly bigger booties.
Saartje’s booties. (again)
Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino
2.75mm needles

Dublin Scarf for L.
Random stripes in the Dublin colours.
Tivoli Celtic Aran Superwash Wool (they’ve changed the blend somehow, it’s really soft now).
Yarn held double
10mm needles

Phew! I’ve been busy. More to come…

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Back to life?

Posted by on Dec 07 2007 | General Ramblings

Right then. I’ve been gone for a while. I make no apologies, I just needed to take a break. Or rather, a break was imposed on me by the amount of other stuff I was doing.

So, in the last, oh, six weeks or so, I’ve…

Worked like a mad thing.

Completed an excellent online course in Inclusive Education.

Had a lovely but oh too short time with various sets of visiting family members.

Visited the Dublin Knitting and Stitching show (slightly disappointing but as expected)  and spent time there with friends (lovely and what made the day worthwhile)

Tried to relax a little, but you know things aren’t good when you find yourself studying in the bath because you need to relax but you also need to learn about inclusiveness.

Abseiled 65ft down into a cave.

Knit (I’ll show you some things later).

Right now I’m frantically crafting (I’ll explain why and show you that later too). Soon, soon, there will be baking, and knitting for me, and possibly a quilting attempt instead of just petting the lovely fat quarters. I’m especially looking forward to baking. I have a hankering for things with ginger.

So, back to business as normal.

Until there’s more to see though, pop over to Knitty and check out the marvellous Tudora, then go visit my very clever and talented friend Cheryl’s blog to congratulate her on the design.

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A note on the post below

Posted by on Dec 07 2007 | General Ramblings

Full explanations will follow with time. For the moment I’m trying to block the whole experience from my memory.

I am observing that my wrist looks a little hirsute in that picture. I’d say that it was a bad thing except that it may distract from the evidence that I was present in Copper Faced Jacks last night.

I’m not proud, but at least now I can safely say: “Yes, I have been there. No, no, I’m not going again.”

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The mark of shame. A review will follow

Posted by on Dec 07 2007 | General Ramblings

The mark of shame.
A review will follow in the morning.

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