Monday, June 26, 2006

In a fickle mood

Forgive me, it's been a week since my last blog. I have limited internet access untill the end of the month.

I am still finding it hard to commit to any single project. I have started a lengthwise knit scarf in blues and a pair of toddler socks with my left over opal. The falling leaves socks are waiting to be frogged because I don't like them anymore. The back of the GA sweater is finished at last. It seems freakishly large to me, but others more famillar with little people assure me it is 2yo size. The plain stocking stitch was pretty boring so I'm going to put a cable or two in the front to keep me awake.

This afternoon I cooked up a big pot of Minestrone with more veggies than you can poke a stick at. I think it will do me good, as I have come home to toasted cheese sandwichs a little too often lately. The perils of living alone! Ash is grumpy because he was shut out of the kitchen for the afternoon. He has an unfortunate fascination with things boiling on the stove. I have told him that cats and boiling water don't mix, trust me on this. But you know what they say about curiousity and cats...he won't take a mere humans word for it.

Tonight I'm going to bite the bullet and try to finish Sharfik. I guess you'll find out tomorrow if I'm succesful!

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Fun, fun, fun in the sun, sun, sun

Suzi's sock yarn came home with us for sunday lunch so I grabbed some photos of it sunbathing on the balcony. Enjoy!

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Houston, we have a problem

Today I planned on dyeing. I spent most of the morning winding yarn into hanks. Snag no.1: I have two balls of Patonyle. One is brand new and gets wound around two chairs on opposite sides of the room. Then it is tied at carefully measured lengths ready to make my self striping tiger yarn. All is well! (Perceptive readers will be hearing that movie music now, when something nasty is sneaking up on the unsuspecting heroine.) Then comes the op shop Patonyle. Wind, wind, wind. Where is the yarn gone?? Oh, there is a break in the wool. No worries, I'll start again. Windy wind... (you know where this is going, don't you?)

Fifi: Another end? Why do I have another end?? Suzi, look at this boogelly wool!!
Suzi: *unravels yarn all over the floor*
Fifi: You know I have to untangle that, right?
Suzi: I think we may be oka- oh!
Fifi: Arghhh!
Suzi: I think someones cut the ball..
Fifi: Arghhh!
Suzi: ..if you look here there's all these ends..
Fifi: No! I don't want to look!
Suzi: I'm afraid it's boogelly, Fifi.

So, the tiger-yarn-to-be is hanging in my wardrobe, away from Ash's playful claws, untill I get another ball. I dyed some blue patonyle for Suzi instead. She wanted varigated blue, purple and black. I tied it into thirds and dyed it in the microwave in two containers with the rest left as is. Snag No.2: It takes an unbelievable amount of dye to make black. I started out following 2paws instructions and measuring with my little plastic spoon, and ended up sloshing in every colour and running out to Suzi with samples going "is it dark enough yet?"
"No! Blacker! BLACKER!"
Well, we got there. The result is on the Darkside.

Snag No.3:I decided to finish off with some rainbow 8ply for me. This was also wound around distant chairs, as I tramped back and forth dreaming of the self striping results. I confidently go to pour in some vinegar. A little trickle comes out. I shake the bottle. Nothing. It is all gone! At this point I'd really had enough, so I stormed off to stuff more yarn in the wardrobe.

But there is some random good news as well. For those of you who have made Jaywalkers, Grumperina is offering sock yarn to the 350th or 400th person to submit a pic to her gallery. Yesterday, a friend leaving for Melbourne offered me some of her jewellery. I picked this neckless and shiny bracelet. I am a sucker for shiny things! Also, two Dulaan hats finished. They are kind of cute and not as washed out as in the photo. I'm being nagged to put the pink one on the stall. If I do, I will keep the money to help post the other Dulaan items we have knocking about.


Monday, June 12, 2006

Notes from the fish pond

I have the attention span of a goldfish. I keep starting new things, mostly not even interesting things. Such as:

One baby mitten in Merino Bambino, second started for Guardian Angel.

A new square for the stash rug with some novelty yarn that hypnotised me into buying it at the Blackspot of doomlightTM Cindy. Here is a photo of the squares so far. A big thank you to Sandra D who knitted some for me!

I borrowed some bamboo dpns from Suzi and finished a pink Dulaan hat,('Barbie') that's been laying around for ages. Immediately started another one with brown cleckheaton and furry brown mohair (I'm calling it 'Wooly Mammoth')

A Falling Leaves sock in Hot Socks. The toe up instructions seemed really confusing so I'm doing an ordinary sock and started the lace chart from the top instead of the bottom. I'm not sure if the pattern is turning out right yet but it looks interesting so I'm just gonna keep going!

Then this arrived...
Coral Reef from the Knittery. I feel another new project coming on...

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

You knit what?

I just discovered You Knit What? They make fun of bad knitting patterns. There is a bit of drama at the moment after they did an entry on knitted shorts from vogue's K1 and the designer showed up and threw a hissy fit in the comments and then on his blog. I have been looking through the archives and laughing myself silly although there is the odd thing I actually like.

Topi is finished but has a droopy brim. I have to wear it tilted back on my head so it doesn't cover my eyes! Oh well, I still love it. Next up is the bamboo stitch hat from Knit Simple. When I popped into Blackspot of Doomlight they had a sale on, so the yarn aisle looked like a bomb had hit. Still I grabbed some patons Jet while it was on special. Naturally they were training a new person, and someone wanted to make a lay by (which is an incredibly convoluted process apparently), so there was an enormous queue waiting for ages.

I've also turned the heel on the first Pippi longstocking. I couldn't find the kind of bright colours I wanted, so it's sort of camouflage colours instead. It had to be shortened a little because I have stumpy legs. Seriously, I buy short length pants from Target and still have to cut off about 5 inchs! I am jealous of tall girls.

That's all your knitting excitement* for now. Ciao!

*Actual excitement not included

Monday, June 05, 2006

Sock curse strikes again...

Here is the jaywalker I spent four days working on last week. Isn't it beautiful? Guess what...

It doesn't !@$#ing fit!!! It's been frogged and the yarn banished to the bottom of the sock stash. I am cold and unforgiving on matters such as these. I have decided I need some instant gratification another challenge so I started the Pippi Long Stockings from S'n'B. They are knitting up super fast in some el cheapo 8ply from the Blackspot of DoomlightTM Cindy. I started yesterday and have half the leg done.

Suzi brought me a Guardian Angel book the other day. Last year I made bootees but now I am a more experienced knitter I want to attempt something more substantial. So my first sweater is on the needles. It's just boring stocking stitch at the moment but it's handy to take with me in case I need something simple to fill in time.

Tomorrow I can get the thingo for Topi and I will finally have something finished. Here's a sneak preview.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Topi, Jaywalker and Sharfik! Oh, my!

Topi is almost finished. It just needs another inch on the brim and some plastic reinforcing thingo to go inside. There was some concern at the Knitting Coven that it would be too small but it fits! It magically grew as soon as it came off the needles. The yarn striped perfectly around the sides. I don't have the camera at the moment so the grand unveiling will have to wait.

In the mean time I have started a Jaywalker inspired by seeing Suzi's. I'm using some of my new regia. The colours are hard to describe but it's safe to say they are not going to be everyone's cup of tea. It's brown, olive and dark grey with tiny amounts of pale blue and lemon. I think these will go quite quick as the pattern is very easy and I'm in a real sock knitting mood.

Not content with nagging me about Sharfik in real life, Suzi has taken her crusade to my comments. I have not knitted any more of it and I WILL NOT knit anymore! It is tedious beyond belief. It is a dull, grinding, soul crushing slog. Just looking at it fills me with lethargy and strong feelings of knitting aversion. So from now on around here it is the scarf-that-shall-not-be-named.

Uh, anyway. Today was my last day at TAFE before the school holidays. Yay! No more getting up at 7am or standing at bus stops while my nose goes numb. Even better? Lots and lots of time to knit!