Saturday, December 31, 2005

Out With The Old...

...in with the new. Old year out, new year in. Old gloves out, new mittens in.

I need a new pair of gloves. I've had these for several years and as the picture shows they've got a little thin! I bought them and a matching scarf from Marks & Spencers and they've given good service.

After the success with Mum's Broad Street mittens, I had to have a go at making my own of course. I used a combination of the knowledge gained from the Broad Street mittens, making socks and the mitten chapter in Simple Socks, Plain and Fancy. I think I've done good!

I'll have the second mitten finished by the end of the day (and year) so I'll be sporting my new mittens on my first day back at work on Tuesday.

I've already started thinking about the next pair. I'd like to do a pattern, maybe cables, and a gussetted thumb. I used a straight thumb this time as its simpler and I really needed to have these mittens finished to replace the poor old M&S gloves.

I might even write up the pattern - its very easy!

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Crown Me

With everything I have on the needles at the moment I, of course, started something new!

This is Coronet from Knitty. I knitted it in an acrylic yarn I found in Mum's stash. Its not a yarn I'd like to wear against my skin but its okay on my hair! The yarn is an Australian one, Panda Magnum 8ply Mist colour #347, a heathery green, knitted on 4.5mm bamboo straights and 4.5mm metal dpns. The yarn is old, possibly over 20 years old. Mum moved back to the UK from Australia in 1981 and I know she didn't buy any yarn the last time she visited Oz in 2001. So I think we can call it vintage yarn!

Here is a close-up of the grafted join on the cable band - its not perfect but I am quite happy with it. I realised I was doing something slightly wrong when doing a grafted seam and now that I've cracked it the grafts are looking much better.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Crimbo Goodies

This is a very greedy me me ME post!

This first pic is of the goodies that were waiting for me on Christmas morning. Two balls of 6ply Regia sock yarn in colour #5180. 10 balls of Sirdar Salsa DK in colour #721 'Moonlight', enough to make the sweater on the cover of the January issue of Simply Knitting. A box of Thorntons chocolates and a box of Baileys truffles - yum! A watch which was a complete surprise! I lost my watch back in the summer and my wonderful Mum decided to replace it for me because I hadn't got around to it.

This is a close-up of the Sirdar Salsa. It is the most gorgeous colour. There are three colours plied together - black, blue and purple. The yarn is 50% merino and 50% acrylic, fuzzy and soft. Lovely. Of course, I have started knitting the sweater and I will have a progress shot later. It knits up really nicely and is also easy frog, surprising seeing as its fuzzy. The reason I know it is easy frog is, naturally, that I've suffered a bit from brain strain and more than once I knitted on the purl row. Duh!

This is the mega-cute ice cream scoop that my Aussie neices, Hannah and Abbey, sent me for Christmas. Thanks kidlets, I love it!!






Finally, along with all my other presents, Mum also gave me a bunch of flowers! I love flowers and don't get them very often so this is a very special gift. Thanks Mum!

Speaking of Mum, she loved her socks! They went straight from wrapping paper to feet and stayed there all day. She also liked her broadstreet mittens so a very happy day was had by all!

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Sock Part The Second

No cursing! No ripping! I did have to fudge the second sock slightly as I was a bit out in my guestimate of where to start but I don't think anyone would notice. I can't see it and I know exactly what to look for and where. (see Sock Part The First for yarn and needle details) This is the quickest pair of socks I've knitted and would have been quicker but because I knew I would finish today I was suffering from 'distract-itis'. The picture is awful because the light today is awful, its been grey and murky all day. Blurgh!

Now... what next?

**Edited to add: I also finished my International Scarf Exchange scarf today - hurrah for me! I will leave blocking it until after Crimbo as my 'drying space' (aka my bedroom floor) is full of handwashed handknitted socks at the moment!

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Sock Part The First

I was a busy little beaver yesterday. Yes Mummy there is a sock this Christmas. Well... almost. I'm at the toe-shaping of the first sock and should be able to finish the second in time for Sunday. I'm using Opal Rodeo Cotton in colour #1170 on 2.5mm dpns. I bought this colour ages ago because I liked the look of it and I like it even more now that its knitted up. I wasn't going to bother matching the stripes but... Look how well the striping went on the heel and you just know I will be spending this afternoon cursing and ripping until I get the second sock to do the same!

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Broadstreet

Mum's broadstreet mittens/fingerless gloves are finished. She's tried them on and they fit a treat. Now she just has to wait for the large, jolly bloke in the red suit to visit before she can have them!

I've decided to frog the socks I started for her because the yarn (from her stash) is really harsh and was hurting my fingers while I was knitting with it. I think it will be too harsh for feet so it had to go. I am going to try washing it to see if it softens up at all so she may yet get her socks! I've been a bit sneaky because I told her that she won't be getting socks for Christmas but I remembered last night that I have a ball of Opal Rodeo Cotton so I've started her a pair in that. I noticed this morning that she is wearing the other pair I made her and I said 'nice socks, shame you aren't getting a pair for Christmas' and she hit me! She'll take it all back on Sunday when she opens her presents.

I guess that means I'd better get knitting then!

Monday, December 19, 2005

Meg's Scarf

The tops I dyed for Meg's scarf are dry. The red and blue is still quite distinct but I know that the colours will be much more blended when its spun. I'm quite looking forward to spinning this. The good thing is that its summer in Australia so I have plenty of time to spin and knit it!

The green Wensleydale is also dry and looking lovely! If I do say so myself! I couldn't get a decent picture of the colours even though I froze my butt off outside on Sunday morning trying!

My lovely little camera has had a bit of an accident too. It had a disagreement with a ceramic salt shaker and came off second best. The screen on the back is quite spectacularly cracked but fortunately the camera still works with no problems. This, of course, all happened at my work christmas party so next year my poor little Canon camera is staying home where it is safe!

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Seasonal Silliness

Christmas Elf Name

My Christmas Elf Name is
Get your Christmas Elf Name at JokesUnlimited.com

Looking at where the hyphen is, I think this is meant to mean that I have ghost fingers that are happy! :-) I prefer to think that my fingers are full of happy spirits because they know they have a two week holiday from work and can spend all their time knitting, spinning and dyeing!

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Nothing To See Here, Move Along

Sadly no pics today. I have a few things on the needles that show some progress but the light is appalling today, very foggy outside. Besides, I'm sick AGAIN! I'm sick of being sick! At least this year its a couple of weeks before Christmas, last year I got ill on Christmas day - urk!

Mum's broadstreet mittens are finally happening in a size that will fit her rather than Hagrid. I'm knitting them in navy blue Sirdar Country Style 4ply (yes left over from the mosaic socks!) on 2.5mm dpns. They fit me so far and Mum and I have the same size hands so, fingers crossed, its looking like I've finally cracked it. I can only knit them during the day though because I just can't see the stitches well enough under artificial light. Ruh roh! Think old age is catching up with me!

My other startling news is that my scarf for my International Scarf Exchange pal is 30 inches long! When did that happen? I think I must have some knitting brownies in my house because I can't remember knitting it that much! I'm probably just less than halfway through the second ball so well on target for the 55 inches the pattern calls for. I have four balls so I can easily make it longer. I'm not going to say which pattern or colour I'm using just in case my pal figures out who I am! No clues here!

I dyed some more roving yesterday. Some rainbow purple for my mate Meg in Australia who wants a Wavy scarf knitted in 'the same colour as the one you did your Mum'. I also dyed some more Wensleydale in green. This time it came out far more variegated so I'm going to ply a single from the first batch with a single from the second which should look quite good. I hope...

Meg has just started up a blog of her own so pop over and say hi! Her kitty cat, Benni, is lovely and fluffy and grey!

Anyway, enough rambling. If the light improves I'll try to get some pics posted.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

The Mosaics Are Finito

Six Sox KAL socks for Oct/Nov are done and dusted. I used Sirdar Country Style 4ply in a navy and light blue. The navy sections were knitted on 2.5mm dpns and the mosaic pattern section on 2.75mm dpns. I quite enjoyed this pattern. It looks quite complicated but was actually quite an easy one to remember. The new pattern is due out tomorrow but I think I will have to leave starting it until I've finished a few of the other things I've got on the needles. Ah well, something to look forward to! Maybe it will be a pattern that will work with some of the yarn I dyed. Hmmmmm... hope so.

Thanks to those who have already visited my Frappr map - I didn't actually expect anyone to notice it! So thank you , thank you, thank you!

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

A Lemming

That's what I am. Find me a bandwagon and I'll jump on it! :-)

Please make yourself known on my Frappr map!

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Nearly A Post

This is only nearly a post because I nearly forgot to make it and I haven't got any finished items or exciting progress pics to show.

I've nearly finished the Six Sox KAL Mosaic socks. They need to be finished by 30 November. Should manage that.

I've nearly finished spinning up the Wensleydale I dyed ages ago. Well actually I'm just over halfway so not really nearly. :-)

I restarted the scarf for my International Scarf Exchange pal because it was too dense and skinny on the needles I was using. I'm nearly back to where I was before I restarted.

I also had to re-start Mum's Broadstreet mittens because she would have been able to wrap them twice around her hands. I only needed to rip it out to the ribbing because that was snug enough. Once again I'm nearly back to where I was a while ago.

I've started a hat for me! I don't usually wear hats because they just don't suit me but with the bad winter they are predicting maybe owning one is a good idea. This is my first hat knitting attempt so we'll see if it turns out nearly good enough!

Oh, and lastly, I nearly started knitting with the sock yarn I dyed but I was strong. It sings a good siren song though. Must. Resist. ;-)

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Finished & Progress

Here's a pic of the finished Regia 6ply socks. Knitted on 2.75mm dpns in the colour 5402 'Passion'. I'm wearing them at the moment and they are very nice and warm. I think they are the best pair I've made so far.

Progress is being made on the Ruffles scarf. I've done about 26 inches and need about 85 inches so that's about a third of the way. I've taught myself to knit backwards so I don't need to keep turning for the short rows. Problem is I keep forgetting not to turn and I'm halfway down the row before I think 'Doh!'

Here is the blue, green and yellow Kool Aid sock yarn I dyed last weekend wound up into a ball. I soooooo want to knit with it but I'm bullying myself into finishing other things before I start anything new. I hate me at times. :-)

It's still really foggy and the frost is staying around as well. It's really spooky weather and so cold! My weather pixie in the sidebar has been down to -4 Celsius. Too c-c-c-cold for this mis-placed Aussie!

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Brrrrr!

Well it looks like winter has arrived at last. We've had some heavy frosts this week the best being on Monday, Thursday and Friday but the weather has been cold, crisp and sunny - gorgeous. Today, however, it looks like this. I took this at about 7.50am and now an hour later I can't see the tree and bushes on the right hand side of the pic the fog has thickened up that much!

This is a close-up of the magnolia on the bottom left of centre in the first pic. The edges of the leaves look like they are coated in sugar! Beautiful.

I've finished the Regia 6ply socks and my Ruffles scarf is growing and I'll post pics later. I've also realised I didn't post Max's birthday entry. Oops! Poor Maxi! I will definitely take and post a pic this weekend.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Tagged

I've been tagged by Jan

What is your all time favourite yarn to knit with?

I don't really have one! I much prefer natural fibres to manmade but I'll use anything as long as I like the way it feels. I am rather partial to my own hand spun!

Your favourite needles?

Once again, no real favourite. I have metal Addis, bamboo straights and 'ordinary' metal dpns. I'm not a big fan of plastic straight needles but I have got some large plastic circs that I don't mind. Go figure!

The Worst Thing You've Ever Knitted?

My first and only attempt at knitting a baby bootee. It was GINORMOUS! I don't know what I did wrong but it was awful. I must have another go now that I know I can knit socks to the right size.

Your most favourite knit pattern?

And again I don't really have one. I am rather fond of my toe-up socks but that is less of a pattern and more of a collection of techniques I've cobbled together from various sites on the web.

Most Valuable Knitting Technique

Short rows. Love 'em.

Best Knit Book or Magazine

I don't have a lot of knitting books (yet!) and I don't buy knitting magazines regularly. I am quite impressed with Simple Socks, Plain and Fancy

Favourite Knit-Along

Hmmmmm. I think that would have to be the Six Sox KAL. Although I do suffer from performance pressure as everyone else finishes their socks so quickly!

Favourite Knitwear Designer

Don't have one

The Knit Item You Wear the Most

My hand knitted socks of course!

Which Lucky Knitter Gets this Next?

Katie!

Sunday, November 13, 2005

More dyeing

Second post for the day but I had to share!

I've wound up the cherry and grape. It's a bit patchy but I like the variegation that gives. This picture was taken outside. I really like this colour combination. I thought it was going to be a big mistake but its turned out exactly as I pictured it! Can't ask for more than that!







I've dyed the yellow, blue and green Kool Aid. I love these colours! I used one sachet of Ice Blue Raspberry, two each of Lemonade and Arctic Apple Green because these colours were too pale with only one sachet. This skein is still sopping wet so the colours will lighten up a bit I imagine once its dry. I've taken two pictures one outside and one inside with no flash. Neither is a perfect representation of the colours - oh well!

My hands and house smell very sweet!

A Good Week

It's been a good week for acquisitions... again! I ordered 'Scarf Style' and 'Simple Socks Plain & Fancy' from Amazon. I love Scarf Style and have already started Ruffles in an old Sirdar mohair/acrylic blend I stole from Mum's stash. I've knitted about 15 inches so far and it needs to be about 7 foot long. I have a way to go yet! It's an interesting knit and quite amazing how the twists appear as if by magic! I only started it yesterday 'just to see how it would look' and I've knitted on nothing else since. Oops!

I was initially disappointed in Simple Socks but after I'd read it through I realised it is going to be one of those books that never makes it on to the bookshelf. I'm sure I will be constantly referring to it. If you want a book of sock patterns this isn't the book for you. If you want a book that will teach you to create socks and mittens in all sizes to suit all feet and hands - this is the one.

I have been doing a few other things.

I also bought this.








And this.








And produced this. It's still a bit wet at the moment and I can't wait for it to dry so I can ball it up and start knitting. I used 1 sachet each of grape and cherry and I'm quite pleased with the result. I was originally going to use two sachets but thought I try one first and see how it turned out. I'm glad because I think two sachets would have been a bit too neon bright for my liking!

I bought two of the Opal skeins so next on the agenda is an attempt at yellow, blue and green. I was already addicted to socks and dyeing but now it's morphed into dyeing for socks. :-) Can't wait to start knitting with it!

Finally, another pic of Max. Next one will be on his birthday! :-)

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

More Of The Pooch

I was going to post a Max pic every day in the lead-up to his first birthday on the 15th November.... ooops! Anyway here is another one. This was taken on the 20th February so he was about 3 months old. It was between his two bouts of serious illness when we thought we were going to lose him.

Aaawwwwwww!

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Back To Work Tomorrow, Boo Hoo!

Here I am at the end of my week off. It's been a mixed week. My cold has almost gone but I keep having little relapses. I've also picked up an ear infection - ouch!

Max has emerged from under the table none the worse for wear for his terror last night. I wonder if it's made him afraid of the dark? Good thing dogs have short memories! Max will be one year old on 15th November so, rather than post new pics, I thought I'd do a bit of a retrospective. So here is a pic taken on the night he came to live with us. He's sooooo little! It's hard to believe now that I could hold him in one hand at this stage.

I've bought myself a niddy noddy. I thought it would be quite awkward to use but I got the hang of it really quickly and its a lot less painful than using my arm to make a skein! It's an Ashford and makes a skein of 150cm or 60 inches.

The Regia 6ply socks are coming along nicely. I've made no attempt to match the stripes but they are managing to get a pretty close match all on their ownsome. The pattern does repeat but not exactly so, although I didn't know that when I started knitting, it means that it was a good idea not to match!

The red blue and green socks are for my Mum and the yarn is the result of stash diving in her stash. Yes, I know its a bit cheeky using her yarn to make her a pair but she doesn't mind as she says she will never make a pair. We'll see! The yarn is a bit of a mystery but I think she has some more in a different colour so I will go hunting sometime and see if I can identify it. I'm not using a pattern for the socks but sort of making one of my own. I'm using what has become my standard toe-up, short row toe and heel pattern and the stripes are being done according to the Fibonacci number sequence. I know there is a pattern on the web for a sweater using Fibonacci stripes but I couldn't find it so I Googled Fibonacci to get the number sequence which is 1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21 etc. I'm using the numbers 2,3,5 & 8 and three colours so the stripes will look random but it will be a repeating pattern over 54 rows. The toes are solid red and the heels will be either blue or green depending on where I am in the colour stripe sequence when I get there. The ribbing will be in whatever colour is left.

Bargain needles from the little craft shop in my town! The 3.75mm dpns cost £1.10, the 3.25mm 80cm circ was 80 pence and the 10mm 80cm circ was 75 pence. Like I said bargain! I had a long chat with the shop owner who is a very lovely lady. She is so enthusiastic and loves to find out what her customers are up to craft-wise. We spent quite a lot of time talking about spinning and she even said if I don't have room for a spinning wheel I could leave it in her shop and sit in there and spin!! Wow! It's been a long time since I met someone as warm and generous as her.

There's recently been a big discussion on the UKHK yahoo list about bad service in yarn shops and, like many others, I've experienced it but certainly not in this case! Nor in the little yarn shop in my town either. The owner of that shop is fabulous as well. Ready to help if you need it but quite happy for you to mooch around on your own after she has greeted you.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Sunrise

Isn't this the most amazing sky? I took this pic around 7am this morning and didn't realise just how brilliant the colours were until I uploaded it just now. It's kind of appropriate really with all the explosions and flashes going on around here and the whole country tonight. It's Guy Fawkes night.

Max, shuddering with fear, has burrowed so far under the table I don't know if he will ever surface again. I was hoping he wouldn't be terrified by fireworks but unfortunately for him, he is.

I'll have knitting pics tomorrow and maybe a Max one too if I can coax him out!

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Ahhhhh! Holidays!

Well, here I am. Halfway through my week off. I've had a long overdue haircut, knitted some, read some, knitted some, spun some, knitted some, watched DVDs some, knitted some. I think you get the picture! Its a nice relaxing week because I'm still trying to fight off my cold. I had a bit of a relapse on Sunday when my throat was extremely painful again but I think it is finally going away. Good riddance!

When I went out yesterday afternoon to get my haircut, I stopped in at the little yarn shop in my town and bought some Regia 6ply sock yarn in the colour 5402 'Passion'. It is scrummy! I only got two balls (50gms each) so decided to do toe-up-and-knit-till-the-yarn-runs-out socks on 2.75mm dpns. It's creating quite a firm fabric but I didn't take enough money with me to buy needles as well, think I should be using 3.5mm - oh well! I'm not going to try to get the stripes to match because it will waste yarn and I haven't got enough to waste a scrap! I don't have a pattern for socks made in this weight so I'm winging it with a little help from this calculator I found courtesy of the Socknitters group.

I've also made another couple of dishcloths. I've been using the patterns from this site and they are free! The paw print cloth on the left is for my Mum. The pattern on the left is Mabel the mock cable cow and was a lot of fun to knit! That one will be winging its way around the world to my mate in Australia who is besotted with all things cow. :-) The yarn is dishcloth cotton I 'liberated' from Mum's stash.

I think I will be going back into town tomorrow. I might need those 3.5mm needles and more Regia. Also, the market is open on Thursdays and I know there is a stall there that sells dishcloth cotton...

Monday, October 31, 2005

Sunday, October 30, 2005

A Quick Knit

Is a good knit! I've joined the dishcloth brigade. Why didn't anyone tell me you could produce one of these in an hour? Hmmm, quick re-think on the Chrissy pressie front...

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Ooooh! I've been tagged!

And I didn't notice - sorry Mary-Lou!

Ten years ago:

Was living in Australia and working (unhappily!) at a university.

Five years ago:
Hmmmm 2000 was a mixed year for me. Started the year working in London in a post-grad law school. Moved to Wales in the May and away again by Christmas. I loved Wales but not the job I had. Also, this was the year that my father committed suicide - a shock and yet not if you know what I mean. Not a very nice man but still the only father I had. :-)


One year ago:
Just started the job I am still in and I love it. Not yet knitting again or spinning but they were looming closer on the horizon!


Five yummy things:
Chocolate
Home-made wine
Home-made bread
Home-made ice-cream (seeing a pattern here!)
My own handmade soap (not edible-yummy but still yummy)


Five songs I know by heart:
errrmm.... I don't know any full songs by heart but I can sing along (badly) to lots including some opera in Italian no less! :-)


Five things I would do with a LOT of money:
Go to Australia
Make my Mum and sisters very rich people
Live somewhere near the sea or mountains or both if I can swing it
Help lots of animal charities
Set up my own business doing something creative and crafty - thinking of doing this even without a lot of money!


Five places I would love to escape to:
Tough this one is! I've done the South Pacific island thing and the different country thing. Ummmmm... two will have to do:
Mountains
Seaside


Five things I would never wear:
I grew up in the 70s I've done it all! LMAO!

Five favourite TV-shows:
call me weird but I don't watch TV


Five things I enjoy doing:
Knitting
Reading
Spinning
Candle & Soapmaking
Computer games


Favourite toys:
Computer
Digital camera
Drop spindle


Five people who get this meme:
Errmmmm... whoever wants to do it!

Better Than Nothing

I've struggled with my cold all week. I've been so tired when I got home from work that I've more or less eaten and then gone straight to bed. The good news is that I have next week off work and I'm planning to get some fun stuff done!

In the meantime, I have a little progress pic. I've turned the heel on the first Mosaic sock from the Six Sox KAL. I really like the construction of this heel - no picking up stitches! The increases are worked in the round while you are still knitting the instep and heel flap. It took me two attempts to understand how to work the instructions for actually turning the heel but that was me being thick more than anything else.

The sad thing is that I think these will be too big for me although I haven't tried them on yet. Looks like Mum might score another pair of socks for Christmas.

I'm using Sirdar Country Style 4 ply. Not sock yarn so there could be pilling issues. We'll see. They do look nice though!

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Crazy Stripes

I just finished the Opal Rodeo #1153 (aka commuter) socks. I like the mad colours and non-matching stripes.

Now onto the Six Sox KAL Mosaics and then I just might have to have a little bit of an online shopping spree to get me some more sock yarn. :-)

Its an addiction. I know it.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Sniffle

I've been meaning to post all week but on Wednesday I succumbed to the germs that have been making the rounds of my office. Needless to say I've spent a lot of the last two days horizontal and thoroughly miserable. At least today my throat has stopped hurting and the gigantic sneezes have ceased and desisted for the moment and I can actually string two thoughts together. I hate being sick!

This photo is a bit of a cheat. I've done very little this week so I've lumped it all in the one photo to make it look better! The scarf was finished last Saturday by lunchtime! If you want a quick knit I highly recommend it. Pattern is from the Women's Weekly Knitting & Stitching Special 2005 and knitted with one ball of Sirdar Denim Ultra (the pattern uses Sirdar Bigga but hey! mine is stash yarn!) at the massive cost of 60 pence! It was sale yarn. I've done a little more spinning with the lovely Wensleydale. I still love it. Finally, the commuter sock has grown but has become the 'sickbed' sock. :-) I should be able to finish it today and then I want to concentrate on the Six Sox KAL Mosaics.

Oh, and molto excitement - I've joined my first ever exchange! The International Scarf Exchange 2, link in sidebar, has started taking sign-ups for participants and I decided to join the rush. I've never joined a swap because I'm not very good at hitting deadlines but even I should be able to produce a scarf in two months. I'm really looking forward to it and have already started thinking about what to make but can't make a decision till I know what my partner likes.

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Jealous...

...of all the people who are going (or have been) to Ally Pally. I've been visiting the show vicariously via blogs but, boy-oh-boy, do I wish I was there! Well, maybe next year.

In the meantime, I have Wensleydale. I'm still in love with it. I love the sheen, love the way is spins up and the way it took up the dye. Such a beautiful colour. The pic is taken with flash because the light here is awful today.

I've finished the first 'commuter' sock and have started the second. I decided not to try to match the stripes and I love the way they are turning out. They've become the lunchtime socks lately as I've been trying out the later bus I always used to catch until it started running horrendously late. It's way to full of school kids for me to have room to knit. Out of the five days this week I got to work on time once, 10 minutes late twice, 15 minutes late once and 25 minutes late once. I think next week I will be back to the earlier bus with knitting room!

Last night, instead of knitting one of the many WIPs I have, I started a new scarf. The pattern is in the new Women's Weekly Knitting and Stitching Special 2005 but it is widely available elsewhere I'm sure. Its a very simple pattern, on row 1 you wrap the yarn twice around the needle as you knit each stitch and on row 2 you knit through one of the loops and let the other drop off the needle. Simple! Nice, open, lacy scarf that knits up so fast I think it will be finished by the end of the day! :-)

No progress to report on Six Sox, Kepler or Branching Out. Bad me.