Saturday, September 30, 2006

Saturday Sky

Its a quadruple deal today. We had such interesting skies I had to take lots of photos! The rest are in this album on my Flickr site.

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Early morning.

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Late morning.

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Early afternoon.

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Evening.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Just Joinin'

Another KAL! This one is to dye, spin and knit your own sock yarn, or yarn for any other project.

Its called Twisted Knitters and is hosted by Margene.

The official start date is October 2nd so head on over and sign up!

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Clapotis

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My clapotis is growing and has grown more since I took this picture yesterday. In the picture, I've knit six of the thirteen repeats of the straight section. At the moment, I'm up to nine - four more to go! Its a quick knit so I'm hoping to finish it soon. I'm still not enamoured with the colours of the Rowan Tapestry, they're kind of muddy. I'm hoping to have enough leftover to knit some mittens or maybe handwarmers. I'm not sure how well the yarn will hold up, its very softly spun.

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The sock in progress is Trekking XXL in colour #100. I must admit I hated this when I started knitting it but its grown on me. I'll reserve judgment until I finish both. I started this on Monday evening and have made good progress because of all the travelling I've done this week. The seminar was... ummmmm interesting, yawn, but catching the train to Birmingham and back added an extra two hours of knitting time to my week. :-)

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The sheepies are back! The field at the back of my house has its woolly inhabitants back. This is a very quiet bunch! Maybe because there are no lambs constantly losing their mummies and crying about it. It was a bit misty here earlier on today.

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I thought today's skies were rather nice too, especially after the early rain we had. So this is kind of like an extended version of Saturday Sky on Sunday. :-)
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Saturday, September 23, 2006

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Dye-O-Rama Socks Finished

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Just a quick post because the Dye-O-Rama socks are finished. I can't wait to wear them they are lovely and squishy and soft! They were knit on 2.5mm dpns, toe-up with short row toes and heels. The navy blue on the toes, heels and ribbing is 4 ply merino I dyed and the multi-coloured section is the yarn from my Dye-O-Rama swap pal, Jeni.

I found out only on Monday that I have to go to a seminar at the Radisson in Birmingham tomorrow. Well, I thought, at least the lunch should be good! Then I found out its only a half day thing. Damn! The coffee had better be something spectacular! Anyone know any good LYS's near New Street? ;-P

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Sox On Sunday

060916-3My Regia silk socks are finished. I like these so much. The colours and the softness are just fab! They were knit toe-up using this Knitty cast on with an afterthought heel on 2.5mm dpns. Although using this cast on was a bit of a pain - knitting the first round is difficult because the stitches are so tight - I will definitely be using it again because the stripes don't get messed up. It probably didn't help that there was quite a long time between starting the first sock and the second! I'd forgotten how to do it and had to re-learn and make sure it matched. I got there in the end and I like the way it looks.

060917-1More socks! I should finish the second of the Dye-O-Rama yarn socks today. The yarn was dyed by Jeni and she is obviously brilliant! The stripes from the two separate balls are matching perfectly. I can't wait to wear these, I love them! Once these are finished, I have a dilemma - so much sock wool! Which to knit next?

I've started swatching with the Hip Knits silk I bought on Thursday at the NEC but the project will be secret until I decide what I'll eventually be making. It will be lace. :-)

060915-2Here's a pic of a sunflower from Mum's garden, planted by the birds. I love sunflowers and it is a perfect match for today's weather which is bright and sunny (now the fog has disappered!)

I almost forgot! I've joined two KALs - Warm Hands and Socktoberfest. Both have fairly easy-going rules and I need more socks and mittens! Now to decide what to knit for them...

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Friday, September 15, 2006

The Knitting & Stitching Show

Yesterday, Mum and I went to the Knitting and Stitching Show at the NEC, Birmingham. The journey should have taken about an hour and a half but actually took three and a half hours! We left home at 7.30am in plenty of time to catch the 8.19 train... or so we thought. We'd allowed for the road works in Worcester but not for the stupidity of the people managing it who, in their wisdom, put a set of temporary traffic lights on either side of a permanent set of traffic lights. They were not synchronised. Can you say chaos? The 15-20 minute car trip to the station took 50 minutes which meant we just missed our train.

Except that the trains were delayed due to signal failure! We were supposed to be meeting Sue on the train but she had eventually given up and drove. Mum and I caught the first train that came along. It was, in the words of the conductor, the 'severely delayed 6.45am train to Shirley'. Errr yup! We caught it at about 8.40. It was very slow, stopping at all stations and we got as far as Stourbridge and they told us it was terminating and we had to get a coach the rest of the way. Got off train, went over to coaches, grumpy, harrassed drivers told us they were going back to Worcester. Finally, an annoucement came over the PA system about 15 minutes later that said the train at Platform 2 was the train to Birmingham. You guessed it, the very same train we had just got off!

We eventually got to the NEC at 11am and, after a restorative coffee and whinge, were ready for the shopping!

We stopped first at the Knit and Relax stand to say hi to Sue and Fred and swap travel horror stories. :-) Then it was off to the stands. Mum shopped for Britain! For once she spent more than I did, an event unheard of in the annals of our craft show history. :-)

On to the important things! My purchases.

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060915-9Regia Bamboo from Web of Wool.

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060915-12Lovely Hipknits silk.

060915-13Procion MX fibre reactive dyes for plant fibres from Art Van Go.

060915-16Alpaca fibre from UK Alpaca. Wish I'd bought more of this! The bag actually contains 200 gms. The little pack on the front is just a colour sample.

I also bought some Brittany Birch 2.25mm dpns, a 2.5mm 30cm long Addi circ and a 5mm 80cm long Addi circ.

060915-14The 5mm Addi is already in use in my Clapotis. I'm knitting it with Rowan Tapestry. The only thing I don't like about it is the rogue peachy colour close to the beginning. I know the stripes are wider there because there are fewer stitches but so far that colour hasn't repeated and it looks odd! Ah well, I'm not frogging it!

The second Regia silk sock is close to being finished so look forward to an FO hopefully tomorrow... unless I get sidetracked by some of the new goodies!

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

The Reveal... The Pics

0609093Just look at all those goodies! The Thorntons chocolates have disappeared but I have lots of the chilli chocolate left. Its really yummy but quite hot so I can't pig out on it! Probably a good thing really. :-)

0609094A close-up of the hat. Wonder of all wonders - it suits me! Its the first hat I've ever had that I don't feel like a complete dork wearing. :-) And I'm not just saying that to make Terri feel good. Its true!

I'm off to the NEC tomorrow for the Knitting and Stitching Show. I'll be seeing Sue and Fred. If you see me (I'm the bespectacled Aussie redhead with her mother in tow) say hi!

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Plonker!

That's what I am. A complete and utter plonker!

I had a brilliant day out with Sue. We took synchronised sky pics :-) and I left my camera in her car! PLONKEEEEEEERRRRRR!!! Unfortunately my camera won't talk to her PC so she can't email me the pics.

For Saturday Sky I took a photo with my phone - its rubbish! One of the specks in the sky, near the lamp post, is a hot air balloon. Just use your imagination okay? Weird colours courtesy of crap camera phone!


Sue and I had a great day in Malvern. We spent an hour in the Knitting Parlour and I think we touched, squeezed and stroked every ball of yarn in the place. The staff there are great and just let us get on with it. We both bought some Rowan Tapestry but in different colourways but I was seriously tempted by some Debbie Bliss Pure Silk. Then we went to the Knitting and Crochet Guild meeting and met a really great bunch of ladies who were knitting and crocheting some gorgeous things! I was particularly taken with Ruby's pink socks.

The postie bought me a fab parcel this morning - my reveal package from my SP8! It was HUMUNGOUS!! My pal was Terri and let me tell you, she was an absolutely great spoiler! Sadly, due to camera-left-behind-related-thick-headed-dopeyness, I can't show you the pics. :-( She sent me some Thorntons chocolates and some chilli chocolate (which I've wanted to try ever since I saw Chocolat), a hand-knitted hat which is gorgeous, 2 books, soap, mud mask, candle, a little notepad, 2 balls of Rowan 4ply soft in a yummy green and some BFL and Merino tops for spinning. Thanks so much Tuts! I'm sorry I can't post the pics but I will once Sue manages to stop laughing and we can meet up for a camera handover!

Friday, September 08, 2006

More Mists

This morning the mists were absolutely spectacular! It was quite cold too and for the first time in ages I wished I had my gloves with me. :-)

060908-1This first photo was taken on my walk to the bus stop. It takes about 20 minutes and, although I walk along the road, there are plenty of places where you can look down towards the river over the open meadows. Its always pretty but when its misty it is something else! Occasionally you take a picture that makes you think 'wow! that is something special!' and then you take another one...

060908-3Words fail me. I think this is the best photo I've ever taken. I took it a few steps further down the road and facing the other direction and directly into the sun.

This open patch used to be some houses and garages which they've demolished. Its directly opposite an old folks home and I can imagine the little old ladies and gents looking out of the window and wondering about the crazy lady with the camera! At least I wasn't holding up a sock so it could be in the picture! (Only because I don't have one on the needles at the moment... must cast on tonight.)

060908-5I've finished the first Regia Silk sock. Its knitted toe up with an afterthought heel. Its lovely and soft and I can't wait to finish the other one so I can wear them. :-)

Thursday, September 07, 2006

A Mixed Bag

060907-3Let's start with this morning. Just as I was about to leave for work I looked out of the window to see this. Golden mists. It was such a lovely morning, crisp, clear and sunny. You really can't ask for more. I love the mornings at this time of year.

060907-7This evening there was a lunar eclipse. Excuse the not brilliant picture! Unlike a solar eclipse, the moon doesn't disappear but turns orange/red! The lunar eclipse I saw when I was living in Wales was better than this one for colour because the moon went a really deep red but this was better for the sheer size of the moon. It was HUGE!

060907-5Yesterday, my stitchmarkers arrived from the Swapbot swap I joined. They're gorgeous and the loops are made from tigertail I think, flexible and will fit large needles. The needle they're on is a 4mm.

060907-6Finally, I have decided to knit Eris, the sweater version. I bought some Cascade 220 from Get Knitted and I'm swatching! I also bought some 15mm Brittany needles. Not to knit Eris with! I've got some Sirdar Bigga bought from the Beatties sale where I got 5 balls for £3.50, that's for all 5 not each! Bargain. I might make the bag from the first issue of Simply Knitting but with a few amendments.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

The Great Bookmark Exchange

0609023I should have posted this last week but I'm bad. This is my Great Bookmark Exchange from Esta in Australia. She spoiled me rotten! Just look at the lovely bookmark. Amongst the wonderful goodies she sent was some fibre for spinning! There was also a Cadbury's Furry Friends chocolate bar with a picture of a kangaroo on the wrapper. There are times when I really miss Aussie sweets, sad isn't it? Thank goodness for generous swap partners and Cyber Candy!

Sunday, September 03, 2006

The Dobby Hat

060903-1I can't help myself. I have a fit of the giggles every time I look at this latest finished object. Its not that I think its awful, because I don't, but its just too cute for its own good. :-)

The pattern is the Dobby Hat from Stitch 'n' Stitch, a Harry Potter fan! Its very simple, knit in the round with no shaping, other than that caused by changing needle size, with a three-needle bind off at the top. When you wear the hat, the corners fold down and look like ears. That's what causes the giggles. Too cute! Unfortunately, due to my complete inability to wear a hat with anything even approaching style, the model is a saucepan! Mum wouldn't model for me either. I'll just have to hope that Meg likes it and sends me a photo of her wearing it. She wears hats well.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Saturday Sky


Grey, wet, windy.

'Nuff said.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Phew!

My pal liked her socks! Hurrah! Go check out Yvonne's blog to see the socks in action. :-) She was a great spoilee and I really hope we keep in touch. I've had a great time with SP8 and, just in case you weren't aware, sign ups are open for SP9. Yeah, I did it. I wasn't going to but it really is fun!

I bought a new spindle which arrived today. It was hand-turned by the wonderful hubby of ClaireUK on the Dropped Spindle forum. Its made from holly and has a little cup too so it can be used as a support spindle. I haven't ever spun on a support spindle before so I'm cheating and using it as a drop spindle and let me tell you this little baby spins and spins and spins and... Do you get the idea I'm rather enamoured?

Here is a pic of some Fyberspates tussah silk, some prepared for spinning.





And here is a pic of the first tiny bit of spinning with a pen for scale.





And a close-up. Lovely silk.








I've also been book shopping. Wye Sue is responsible for making me buy Knitting Nature. She let me look at her copy and I was a lost cause. :-)



Due to my many late running buses (two hours to get home tonight on a half hour trip), there has been knittage. The Regia silk sock is progressing nicely. I've just started doing the ribbing and will be doing an afterthought heel. This is absolutely gorgeous yarn to knit with.