Saturday, June 25, 2005

Cat & Mouse

I was using bits of wool tied into circles as stitch markers for my mysterystolealong but they were driving me nuts! They kept slipping over stitches and once I knitted one in - argh! - luckily it was easy enough to undo the knot and put it back in the right place. I got sick of them this morning when I found one of them undone on my lap, so decided to have a go at making some stitch markers and this is the result:

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I've got a stash of beads and findings from my bead weaving/jewellery making days so it was easy find the materials to make these. I haven't wrapped the posts before though and they are a bit messy but practice makes perfect and these are working fine! I've had the cat and mouse beads for years, I originally bought them to put on a beaded amulet bag which I never got around to designing or making. Now they can play 'Tom & Jerry' all over my knitting. :-) The needle is a 4.5mm just to give a size perspective.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Shetland Lace Sampler Scarf


Here it is in all its glory! My Shetland lace sampler scarf that I knitted as part of the Shetland lace workshop on the Traditional Knitters list. I've actually been brave enough to enter it in the contest they are holding. I really enjoyed knitting it and I learnt a lot while I was doing it too. I've definitely been bitten by the lace bug and have joined the mysterystolealong and summer of lace list too! Ah well, it keeps me out of trouble!Posted by Hello

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Cute!

I haven't got a lot of knitting progress to show this week so I'm resorting the to 'ahhhhhhhhh!' factor and posting gratuitous cute dog pics! Max, also know as His Poochness, had a bath this morning and is all lovely and fluffy. It also seemed to wear him out (good!) but not half as much as it wore me out! Anyway, here he is in all his fluffy-ness:

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Awwwww!! what a sweetie!

Now to some fibre-y stuff! I've been working on my Shetland Lace sampler scarf and have almost finished. I just had to rip out 2 rows though because I'd dropped a stitch, picked it up 'wrong' and then couldn't figure out how to fix it without frogging 2 rows - damn! Pictures will follow once its finished, blocked and looking its best!

I've decided to 're-cycle' two of my old shop-bought jumpers that I don't wear anymore. The first is one I used to wear all the time and its 100% silk! I don't think I ever noticed that until I started pulling it to pieces and actually read the labels. It was made by Table 8 and I must have had it for about 13-15 years. This is it:

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The other one is a cream aran type that is lovely as it is but I keep looking at it and thinking 'I would like to have a go at knitting something like that...' :-) And think how much more pleasure I would get out of wearing an aran jumper I had made myself. I have started unravelling the silk one but the aran one is still alive and kicking... at the moment...

Saturday, June 11, 2005

One Sock Down


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Hurrah! Finally finished the first of the Six Sox Knitalong's 'Chutes and Ladders'. This sock looks absolutely enormous so I had to figure a way to take a halfway decent picture of it on my foot and still get the cabling pattern. I think managed it! I took this photo of my foot resting on the wall and then had to turn it upside down so it didn't look totally bizarre. Thank goodness for photo editing software! I haven't knitted much in the evenings this week, been so so tired thanks to work. When I have knitted, I've been doing my sampler scarf of Shetland lace and I haven't got very far on that either!

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The patterns I've done so far are New Shell at the beginning and Horseshoe closest to the needle. The yarn is the Jaeger 2 ply I dyed last weekend. I like the way the colours are pooling although I know this drives some knitters nuts!

I also attempted my first Kool Aid dyeing today and the jury is still out on that one. I dyed another ball of the Jaeger with Pink Lemonade and its quite patchy. I'm hoping its going to look variegated pink/lilac but fear it will be pink/grey - we'll see. Pictures to follow when its dry.

Sunday, June 05, 2005

2 Ply Dye


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Yesterday, I dyed 2 balls of the Jaeger 2 ply rainbow green. I forgot that the colours come up more vibrant on spun yarn so I got a bit more colour than I aimed for! This first pic is obviously of it drying out on the line and the one below is a skein being wound into a ball ready to knit with. Check out the oh-so-posh ball winder (aka loo roll tube!) I've started knitting a sampler scarf in Shetland lace but don't have much progress to report yet. Pics will arrive soon!


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Saturday, June 04, 2005

Another Finished Object


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The first comment I got when I showed my finished cardi to anyone was 'What a lovely colour!' I agree it is a lovely colour... and it fits... and its comfy. Perfect then!


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I've been bad... I've been on Ebay... I got a really good deal! I got 13 x 28 gm balls of Jaeger 2ply Faerie-spun 100% wool for £2.50! Okay the postage doubled the price but still an excellent bargain. Its a nice soft light grey colour and I think I will over dye it because I don't really do grey. I was originally thinking of using the green rainbow dye technique in the hope that I will get a sort of 'stormy sea' effect but I don't think the grey is dark enough. Hmmmmm... will have to have a think about it. I'm planning to knit a light and lacy shawl or stole with it. Shetland lace kind of idea.

I joined the Six Sox Knitalong a couple of months ago. I joined right at the end of their first year and didn't actually knit any of that year's socks but I have started the first one for this new year - meet 'Chutes & Ladders':

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I'm knitting it with the leftover cardi wool - DK on 2.75mm needles. These socks are going to be bullet-proof but very, very warm! They are going to be my 'Its freezing and I don't wanna take the dog for a walk but I gotta' socks.

Speaking of the dog, here is the sleepy well-behaved version:

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This is Maxi the nearly 8 month old border collie puppy. This is *not* a normal event! It has taken me a long time to get a good 'still' shot of him. This is the usual Max-in-motion:

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That's my hand and yes, I still have all the fingers! He is a lovely dog but extremely lively and I wouldn't have him any other way.