Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
Thursday, July 26, 2007
As you are fully aware, my kick-arse Secret Pal Karen is COMPLETELY fabulous in every way and her packages have always utterly spoilt me and left me gabbling and ranting my thank-fulness and glee at all the goodies and treats! And suffice to say this finale reveal package was no different!!
Just look at all those lovely gifties!! I really CANNOT fully express how lucky I feel, how spoilt, appreciative and thankful :) But I guess I'll try.. hehe *wink*
See those colourful stripes at the bottom of the photo? Those are HAND KNIT MITTS!! How completely awesome is that?! They fit perfectly (like a glove, some would say) and are SO beautifully made - Karen you're brilliant :) They're just the thing for those cool evenings when the house is warm enough, but my fingers are feeling a little too cold to knit, much to my dismay! Well, I shall no longer be kept from my knitting by frosty fingers! =D
So many other treats; spritely fairy pencils (I'm using one at work right now!), fun-fun magnetic dogger bookmark clips, a mini jumper keyring - in aussie colours no less!, jotter pad, maple leaf Canadian travel tissues and an awesome Oriental rug bookmark! It's truly ruly woven out of threads and such, in the pattern of a 1600s Isreal rug! Yeah, Mum, I'm watching you there... I'm aware it would look lovely in a dolls house... *grin* hehehe
Karen again used her amazing powers of psychic knitterly connection and gave me a knowknits knitting pouch!! I'm so thrilled!! And what a COLOUR! I bet you're liking it Cindy! Vibrant Acid Crazy-Apple Green - Yum!! And what's that poking out of the bag, I hear you ask?
** KOIGU **
Oh. Goodness. Gracious. I must have gone all quiet after my first gasp of recognition after opening the skein-shaped parcel because Skoota looked up from near-by to see what was up! I have been longing for Koigu for SO very long, but never felt comfortable purchasing over the 'net as I wasn't sure on colourways. So I've always kept Koigu and Socks That Rock up on a pedestal - yarns that I will reward myself with when I reach personal goals or to celebrate special times. So I am absolutely thrilled to bits that my first encounter with the luscious koigu was at the hands of my delightful new friend Karen :) THANK YOU! I've taken a bazillion photos of the snuggle-worthy skeins and will surely post more as I continue to gaze upon their loveliness!
I have thought about what I'd like to knit from them - perhaps a clapotis? I have about 300m, 2 skeins, will I be able to fashion a slap from that do you think? I imagine the yarn would be so well shown-offin a pattern like that. A simple pattern so as not to detract from the colour variations.
And on that blissful note, I shall return to the normal world of reality, and leave my dreams of delicious knitting safely tucked away in my new knowknits bag, until next time :)
Another HUGE thank you to Karen for being such a fabulous Secret Pal, my first ever!, and spoiling me so very well with SUCH generosity!! I'm am absolutely delighted to count you amongst my knitterly mates! :) *big hug*
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Allow me to introduce my lovely new hat, my Cap'n Hat, gifted to me by my Shweetum :) - It just screams Moby Dick and conjures all visions of oldy worldy sailing ships and such!
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Using the wheel I still have on hire from the Guild (I'm on the look out for my very on Ashford Traveller) I spun up first on bobbin..
Thursday, July 19, 2007
I've always been a huge board-game fan, so when I saw the Scattergories meme on Claudia's blog I had to jump on the wagon!!
Here are the rules:
~Use the 1st letter of your name to answer each of the following.
~They MUST be real places, names, things…NOTHING made up!
~If you can’t think of anything, skip it.
~Try to use different answers if the person before you had the same 1st initial.
~You CAN’T use your name for the boy/girl name question.
Your Name: Sasha
1. Famous Singer/Band: The Shadows
2. 4 letter word: Smug (yes, that's right, I'm staying OUT of the gutter, thankyou...)
3. Street Name: South Tce
4. Colour: Silver
5. Gifts/Presents: Soaps
6. Vehicle: Sugar! (the name of my lovely '61 Holden) - or if you want to be technical,
7. Things in a Souvenir Shop: uhm... Souvenirs...
8. Boy Name: Sascha (Russian)
9. Girl Name: Samantha
10. Movie Title: Some Like It Hot
11. Drink: 'Shake
12. Occupation: Steel fabricator
13. Celebrity: Santa Claus
14. Magazine: Skateboarding (that's truly it's title)
15. Australian City: [amended this one from U.S City] South Hedland
16. Pro Sports Teams: So out of my depth here!
17. Reason for Being Late for Work: Sick, Slow traffic, snowed-in!
18. Something You Throw Away: Snotty tissues
19. Things You Shout: Sorry!!
20. Cartoon Character: Smurfs! (or should it be 'Smurves' in plural...? hehehe)
In other news, I'm thinking I'll continue with the shawl as is, doing the SSKs purlwise.. if I can figure out how to do so! It's awfully tempting to swap back to normal SSKs but for the rest of this part of the lace I'll do them purl-wise. When I get into the Lily of the Valley borders I'll start doing them knit-wise :) That sounds like a plan!!
Thank you all for helpful comments and suggestions :) Much appreciated in my hour of need!
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Alright, I'm calm enough to look at this rationally. I think (think) I've been doing my SSKs for the swallowtail shawl incorrectly all the way along. I think (think) I've been slipping the stitches purl-wise. Problem is (and the reason I've been emphasising the THINK part so much!) that it's been so long since I've knit on the shawl that I can't even remember how I've been knitting it!!!
Alright, I feel quite tired so won't think or act on it anymore at present. But please, if you have any helpful suggestions do let me know!!
p.s. I am brightened by looking at my shiny happy new shirt, purchased the other day on an absolute walk-by impulse.
And I hesitated to put it in the bathroom. I looked down at it and held it a bit tighter, but then I set my mouth firmly and said in my head "No. I always preach to my knitted gift face/dish cloth recipients that they MUST use them! They were knit to be USED not to sit about ornamentally, however adored. And I will not be a hypocrite on this matter." And with that I walked resolutely to the bathroom and hung it on the rail.
And I've used it, I promise ;) It's gotten wet and soapy, wrung out and everything!
Not only did lovely Karen be-gift me the squidgy washcloths, but part of parcel#1 also included some of the yummy organic cotton itself! 2 soft and textured balls, one a pale sage colour, the other in the same mottled green and brown of her gifts!
I wasn't sure immediately of what I wanted to knit with the cotton - I had in mind some more gifty face/dish cloths ("fisht cloths") or some baby items for some up'n'coming new little people I wil be meeting in October (a close frined, and my cousin are both expecting then!) but wasn't set on anything.
Then I found on the very ball band itself, a pattern for the cutest little pair of baby booties!! You can see them in the picture above, on the Sage coloured ball band. So I cast on straight away and they've come along so quickly!! I'm already ready to seam up the first pair! I think a lot of these little munchkin booties will be coming off my needles in the following months !
The pattern even includes a French version along with the English! Oh! To be able to speak French again! I must get out my books and start learning again to bring it all back. Must learn to read knitting patterns in French!! =D
Monday, July 16, 2007
My Grandad is a big fan of bow ties and I remember always seeing him in a different one at Christmas and Birthday gigs while growing up :) So I decided that while I couldn't quite master a bow tie, I could quite easily adapt a sock pattern to become a tie! So I started with a short row 'toe' very VERY pointy! And from there I knit a section of 'tubing' so to speak, round and around then decided it was time to start the shaping. I worked out how much width I wanted to decrease over what length of the tie, and what that translated to in terms of stitches. From those calculations I was decreasing 1 Stitch every three rounds and off I went!!
Round.. and around... and around..
Finally I was at the desired skinniness sufficient to continue at that width for the long tie-able part of the tie! So again...
Round.. and around... and around..
With only 4 stitches on the needles! Fiddley!! And finally it was complete! =D I decreased sharply for the little triangle point at the end of the tie, et voila!
Grandad was absolutely chuffed with his hand-knit neck tie and put it on straight away! The contrast with the shirt he was wearing isn't ideal, but the tie works very well I must say!! We caught up this weekend just past for my Uncle's 50th, and Grandad explained that he had been very tempted to wear the tie, but didn't in case it dangled too dangerously into the bbq!! A very wise decision, and a man who respects hand-knit goodies!! =D
I'm very glad I created and gifted a hand-knit to Grandad for his Birthday :) I'm hoping to hand knit at one item for each of my near-and-dear loved ones. Better get knitting!!
p.s. Happy Birthday Grandad! =)
Thursday, July 12, 2007
[The two red circles should be TOUCHING and attached!! Not the clutch dangling away on its cable]
We went out with a group of friends this last, soaking weekend, which was SO much fun! Skoot and I, and the two lads were all on bikes, and Kelly brought along her racing quad. That's a LOT of bikes! We barely fit them all on to Gus our trusty, faithful and adorable ute. Lookattitall! We barely had enough room for the camping gear!
We went out Saturday arvo and stayed over night in such a gorgeous spot, absorbing the mellow surrounds and crisp air. The next day we got up bright an early to get some riding in before the forecast rain made its inevitable appearance. I've always thought riding in a 'pack' would be awesome, but I hadn't realised just how much fun it really would be! We encouraged and motivated each other, played about and enjoyed the trail rides, supported each other when things went pear-shaped or repairs needed to be done, and basically had a ripper of a time!
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
If ever there's a time to wear my Cast-On homage shirt it would be NOW. The reason?
Oh yes, there's a but.
Another paragraph of increase rounds and another 6 rounds of ribbing!! ACK!!
So wish me swift stitches and flying fingers! I've gotta get it DONE!
Saturday, July 07, 2007
Friday, July 06, 2007
Thursday, July 05, 2007
They were even upstairs and in the balconies!
I had taken the day off work and made my way into town for the event - I was very excited! I met many of the Library Knitting and Citiknits knitters there and sat at a table together for the festivities. We had all the tasty treats and necessary "fuels" we needed to knit knit knit away while the radio presenters, singers and dancers entertained us.
I snuck up to the opera balcony and took some snaps - Here's our circle from the air! We had a great time sitting together and chatting as we knit away - such fast knitters I couldn't keep up!
All in all a very worth-while day. Many thanks go out to Anglicare and all the supporters of he event who made it happen. And of course to all us KNITTERS!! I think the count got to over 200 blankies before I left - what an achievement for everyone! They will make such a huge difference to under-privileged and chilly people this winter - not just physical warmth, but warmth from the heart is knitted into those blankets too, and that makes all the difference :)