Monday, September 24, 2007
It'lll look fab all seamed up - such a cute little top to this knit! We'll have to wait for it though - I've been cooking up a STORM tonight, for a co-worker's farewell lunch tomorrow. It's a bring'n'share function, and though I put myself down to bring a savoury dish (mini puff pizza wheels) I've also done up a golden muesli slice and I have mega-choc choc-chip cup cakes baking as we speak! Yay for baking! Yay for knitting! Yaaaaaay!
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Lately though I've been SO enjoying a morning cup of coffee made with lovely coffee grounds and a little plunger. I boil the kettle, trot off and do something else til it's ready, pour it over the spoons of lovely rich coffee grounds in the plunger, then trot off again to busy myself whilst it brews, and brews and becomes all lovely and tasty!
Perhaps my palette is finally becoming adult? All growed up, as I like to say! I'm still not an olive fan, and think I'll always prefer sweets to savouries - but isn't it interesting how our likes and dislikes can change so dramatically as we progress through life?
Another change I've been experiencing is in my mind. As I said above, vegetarianism is something that is simply a part of my life, not up for compromise or re-thinking. But I've found myself becoming.. MORE vegetarian.. or perhaps leaning towards veganism lately. I have trouble eating eggs unless I can distract my mind from what's going on there, and have always had a funny phobia of dairy - "is this off?!?! Is it? What's that funny bit in it?" If the cheese has been out of the fridge for longer than 20 minutes it's inedible as far as I'm concerned!
But now that awareness of where things are derived from is extending further, into food groups I never expected to have hampered by ethics - LOLLIES! Of course most jubey, squidgy lollies are made from gelatin. And gelatin is made from hooves and horns and other such delightful animal parts. Tasty, huh? Our lolly-tin at work is always a source of mid-afternoon energy and we all tuck in every now and again, lining up the colourful treats across the top of our keyboards to pop into our salivating mouths when the phones are quiet for a moment or two. But now I find myself only picking the chocolate ones, or the hard boiled ones. No more squidgy gelatin lollies for me - I find it too hard to reconcile in my mind. And that's a good thing. I'm not disappointed that my damn ethics have stopped me from having a tasty treat!! I feel glad to be mindful of these things.
So, as a result when I was in the store the other day needing to top up on my coffee supplies, I looked over the shelves and shelves of various, exotic, european and fancy-pants packets not knowing one from the other - and one stood out as the definate and easy choice.
Yes, it can make life seem slightly more complicated, and of course I'm not a saint - there are many areas in which I fall down - driving to work each day and back for example - but as long as we each maintain our integrity and value system, don't cut corners, uphold our own ethics - imagine what a difference that would make? Imagine a world full of honourable and genuine people - it's certainly food for thought, isn't it?
Knitting the lace shawl for someone special and very loved makes the experience all the more meaningful, and my knitting all the more frenzied in my eagerness to present the finished gift! I don't want to get ahead of myself, I want to be Zen and enjoy the current knit. To live in the knit. Be the Knit. BUT... after this shawl I'm looking forward to making another lace project - the Flower Basket Shawl, for an equally special and loved somebody -my needles'll be tasting lace for a little while yet I'd wager!
Friday, September 21, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
SUCH excitement! The anticipation of being able to get cracking on the real pattern part of the jumper! So close! Just around the corner! I had to FORCE myself to Put. The. Knitting. DOWN!! and go to sleep! It was so tempting to keep going, but I told myself I it would have to wait 'til tomorrow.
Just as well I did. I've come across a bit of an obstacle.
I know.. an OBSTACLE! This is NOT what we want! I suppose it is a learning experience in disguise as an obstacle.. but I still have that sinking feeling in my stomach.
See, I've gone to start with the Right Front part of the pattern, on the RS and have decided that I will omit one stitch from the K18 on each Front, and omit 1 stitch from each of the two K18 sections on the Back - that way taking care of the 4 seam stitches. Simple, right?
Well! LITTLE did I know!!
It seems I may have buggered up utterly! *grim look* I think I may have needed to set up my ribbing differently. Instead of doing K2P2 all the way along, I may have needed to go K1P2K2P2 and continue on with normal 2x2 ribbing - but start with ONE KNIT/PURL STITCH! Oh no!! Have I totally come undone?! Will I have to frog SIX INCHES of 194 stitch wide fabric?!?! *slightly hysterical eye twitch*
*calms down a little* alright.. I have a plan.. I'll calm down. Then I'll eat some chocolate. Then I'll get out the graph paper and a pencil. Eat more chocolate. Poor a glass of Gin'n'Tonic with lemon. Mark out the ribbing.. eat more chocolate...
Let's see it we can figure this puppy out!!
p.s. By the way I'm VERY excited to be part of the Central Park Hoodie KAL which I've been stalking for some time and thoroughly enjoying all the CPHs being made and all the hot tips being discussed. I've posted a similar account of my ribbing woes over on the KAL - hopefully someone will come to my rescue with a simple twist or turn that will save me from frogstering my lovely knitting!!
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Well, at knitting group this weekend I did the deed - *sigh* - yes, I had to frog what progress I had made on my Bunker Bay Scarf!
The pattern, you see, is all knit stitches (K2Tog, YO, Knits etc..) on the RS, and all purl on the WS.. so what do you think? IT CURLS!!! The curling at the bottom is taken care of by the braided tassels that are added on to the finished scarf - but the sides will still curl in and DESTROY my knitting satisfaction!!
It was discussed with my knitting companions, and we decided that knitting 3 sts of garter at the edge of the scarf, instead of the stockinette prescribed by the pattern would be the way to go.
Friday, September 14, 2007
Carding turns the fleece into lovely fluffy batts of fiber - looook!
So as I was taking them off the drum carder I put them in the laundry trough, which I had filled with hot HOT water, and a little dish detergent.
After a time, maybe half an hour/an hour or so, I carefully drained the water out of the sink and removed the fleece (felting the fiber is a BIG risk when you have warm water and soap combined!) - transferring it all to the large tub of clean hot HOT water I had awaiting their rinse!
When it was time for them to come out, i geeeently squeezed the excess water out and laid them out on the airing rack to dry.
And now that batch is done! So I've popped it all into a little freezer bag and squished all the air out to close it nice and tight. I'll keep it all aside until I've carded and cleaned the entire fleece (3kg!!) then I'll card it all again to re-fluff it all, and I'm even planning to card some lovely alpaca through the fleece before I spin it - ooohhhh!! yes, I'm excited too!! ;D
Thursday, September 13, 2007
So I worked out what my overall Hoodii torso length would be given that additional 2 inches - and it came to 26".
...the BUTTON BAND!"
Well, it's a deliciously rainy, wild and woolly evening out there tonight - so I'm off to bed to snuggle down with a nice warm lovely and knit some MORE!!
p.s. In other news.. it's quite difficult actually, to take a self timer shot of oneself whilst sporting a partially completed and tangle-tastic piece of knitware...
Sunday, September 09, 2007
By the words of my favourite Irish proverb:
but the laughter of children makes a home
Saturday, September 08, 2007
uhhmm... see, I was seaming the other booty up this afternoon and had almost finished, mere minutes before needing to hop in the car to get to our waffle meet-up for tasty foods and catch up time... I was going really well too!! Sure, my finishing and seaming skills do need work, but I'd managed to make really quite a good job of it.. in fact I'd made quite a good job of it all the way up the toe of the booty plus the top of the ankle that isn't meant to be seamed.
Yes. I cut the wrong thread of yarn.
So after tugging at it, unravelling a little and saying to myself "noooooo, I haven't cut the KNITTING, I've cut the SEAM, it just looks strange!" I actually allowed myself to realise that yes, I had fked it up.
(I'm sorry Anne - I know your daughters read my blog - Hi Girls!! - But you have to agree.. taking scissors INCORRECTLY to knitting warrants the 'f' word!)
So anyway, I'll try to unravel a bit more til I know where I'm at, then rejoin the yarn and knit the top up again.. and if that doesn't work they're such a little bitty booty I'll just knit up another one. So not really such a massive drama - but I feel sort of.. disloyal, and.. unforgiveable, that I've CUT my knitting! My actual knitting! I'm appalled!
*sigh* nevermind! To make it up to my knitting mojo I picked up three balls of lovely bright zesty cotton while out and about today
Montego Bay has been spoken for earlier, and after my nice warm wheat-bag has heated the bed sheets sufficiently ( it's a somewhat blustery, stormy night out there - perfect for snuggly down with a lovely and a wheat-bag!) I shall hop right into bed and keep on knitting away with it to get a bit more substance to the article so I can decided whether I'm happy with the width and gauge.
This photo is a bit flashy so doesn't display the shade of green accurately, but gives a better view of the flecks of crunchy tweed in amongst the yarn.
Friday, September 07, 2007
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Knitting with the Donegal Tweed has been nice, but we got off to a rocky start. See this? TWIST!
And not twist of the good, healthy, happy spinner kind - the FRUSTRATING horrible twist that sometimes gather in yarn as you pull it from the wound ball. It is one of my absolute pet peeves - I cannot STAND dealing with built up twist energy in the yarn running from my knitting to the yarn ball.
So after a short time of pulling and thrying to 'push' the twist back down towards the ball so it wouldn't set my stitches askew I decided THAT'S IT! Something HAD to be done!!
So I completed my first attempt at spit-splicing! And it was maaarrvellous!! =D
Who'd've thought human saliva could be such a useful knitting accessory?! hehehe!
I rejoined the knitting yarn to the OUTSIDE of the ball this time, so it hopefully woun't be so twisted up with potential energy there, and I'm really please with the join - nice and smooth, in fact you can't even tell it's THERE! The donegal tweed felted together so well it looks like an normal strand of yarn again! And no twist! WOOOHOOOO!!! =D I had to use the Spit-Splice again a little later when the twist did indeed build up again, and the splice was great again!
I'm SO excited! This means I can knit away dreamily and not be concerned if the energy starts to curl up the running yarn - I can simply break it off, de-fuse the twist, fray the yarn ends, suck on them and rub 'em back together and keep on knitting!! Hurrah!! =D
And with that, I'm off to nice warm bed with my Hoodii and Chilli-muffin in tow!!
p.s. hehe can you tell I like green? I noticed that the picture above displays - green yarn, green blanket and green jumper! Hmmm!!
It's an incentive! A plan for motivation and positive affirmation! I liiiike it!
Here is where I'm at with one pair of bubby boots - all I have to do is seam them!!
The other pair are a little further away from the finishing line - but not by muuuch! Well.. maybe a little, in fact I don't know if I've even got enough yarn to finish the second bootie! Ah well! =D
p.p.s I was editing the post just now, adding pictures and links etc.. and in the html what did I see? The word "justify" - code to align the paragraphs etc... *sigh* I admit it! That's what I was doing.. justifying the knit!! My blog sure knows me well by now!
Monday, September 03, 2007
You can check out more of these fabulous knits (such as a Pear Cosy!) at the inventress' etsy store - Jacqueline Knits
Saturday, September 01, 2007
Meeting fortnightly is perfect - and though I have to drive a long way to get into the city, which on a weekend is that last thing I want to do after 5 days commuting long long hours in the car to and from work, it's worth it for this group! And I don't mind for this group!!
p.s. At the Citiknits group one even occasionally sees a book.. in their namesake!
My lovely friend Chez taught me her method of knitting socks - Cuff down, with a dutch heel and kitchenered toe. So starting with a double strand long tail cast-on (my first try of this - it was excellent fun!) off I went, knitting madly and having a fabulous time!
I had taken the scrumptious Skoot's foot measurements some time ago, but decided to go for a ribbing design to ensure a snug and delicious fit. I used the Opal yarn I had secretly bought for him a while back from Anne and Helen of Knitting Inspirations - the colours are perfectly Skoot :)