Saturday, March 31, 2007

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Freedom FO!

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On my first day of freedom, I have an FO! The Koigu socks are finished and will be worn tomorrow to the NEC. I'm going to try very hard not to buy anything but I will probably fall off the wagon! I'm looking forward to seeing some of my bloggy friends again and hopefully meeting some new ones!

Sorry about crappy flash photo. Even though I finished these this morning I've only just taken the photo... in the dark...

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Baby Knits & More

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I knit a pair of newborn baby socks for the soon to be great-neffy poo yesterday. No pattern, I just knit until I got the first one right and then quickly made the second before I forgot what I'd done! I think they are soooo cute! I've started a hat in the same yarn which is a nasty acrylic. Yuck! But no point in making anything in nice wool as my niece will just throw it in the washing machine I think. I want to make some thumbless mittens too and that will be it for this round of the neffy poo knitting.

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Koigu socks are progressing but slowly. I have about half of the leg still to knit. With only 2 days of commuter knitting left, I will have to make an effort to knit on these at home.

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Wavy is slightly longer! The flash has brightened the colours quite a lot. The colours make me think of a forest and sky. I don't usually do brown but lately I'm becoming more attracted to it. Maybe I'm finally becoming a traditional redhead or, terrible thought!, my love of all colours I 'shouldn't' wear is mellowing as I get older.

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I've done a bit of spinning this weekend too. The first pic is a possum/merino blend. It was an interesting spin. I think if I spin any more I will card it first as it didn't draft very well. Pic on the right is a close-up.

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Second interesting spin was some flax tops. Its quite easy to spin but feels completely different to wool. The fibre feels quite soft as tops but hard, like string, when spun - not surprising I suppose! I made myself laugh when I realised I was picking vegetable matter out of... well... vegetable matter! Pic on the right is a close up of the spun single thread. (And quite a good one of my fingerprints!)

Both of these unusual fibres were given to me by Sue who seems to have become my fibre pusher! Thanks Sue!

Only 2 days of my very intensely disliked job left!! On Thursday, second day of freedom, I'm going to the NEC for the Sewing for Pleasure/Hobbycrafts show. Come and say hi if you see me! I'm the mad red-headed Aussie - a fairly distinctive accent in Birmingham!

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

I forgot to post on Sunday - oops!

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I've finished the baby kimono and only need to sew on the buttons. In Mason-Dixon Knitting they use ribbon ties but I prefer buttons. How cute are the buttons!

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I've been dyeing. These are going to be put up for sale 100gm 75% superwash wool 25% nylon sock yarn for £10.00 each. I'll get better pictures on the weekend when I can play in the daylight. I really like all of these! They'll knit up with fairly random colours rather than striping. I must get to work on a proper website!

Its almost two years since I started blogging - amazing! I was never any good at keeping a paper diary but this form seems to work for me.

To finish, the rest of Saturday's alpaca pics. Check out the one of the fleece - don't you just want to dive in? And yes, they really are as soft as they look (and they do spit but not as much as camels!)
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Saturday, March 17, 2007

Sunday, March 11, 2007

A Good Day

And it would have been even better if I'd been paying attention to my knitting!

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I was hoping to have finished the Mason-Dixon kimono by now but a lapse of concentration meant a trip to the frog pond. I'd forgotten to do a yarn over and it was glaringly obvious to me. I'm sure the imminent great-nephy-poo wouldn't have noticed and maybe my niece and sister wouldn't have but I knew it was there and so rippit rippit rippit. Maybe I'll get it finished by the end of the day.

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We have one finished Koigu sock and the toe of the second. Koigu... mmmmmmmm! Is it odd to love a yarn so much? I'm well aware that I'm not alone in this oddity! :-)

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This is Araucania Atacama 100% alpaca I got from HipKnits last year. I didn't know quite what to do with it until yesterday. I've only got 3 skeins so I thought it would make a great Wavy from Knitty. I'm in love with alpaca yarn too. So, so soft.

I saw a shooting star yesterday morning - perhaps the only benefit of having become an incurable insomniac. Yesterday turned out to be a very good day! I'll tell you about it when I can. To make life even better, I woke up thinking about knitting this morning instead of W.O.R.K and that can only be a good thing and mean that life is getting back to normal! Roll on 30th March and...

freedom!!!

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Look! Over There!

No knitting, spinning or weaving progress to show today. I've almost finished another dishcloth and the baby kimono has a back and part of a left sleeve and front but there has been no other progress. I didn't even knit on the bus last week! I feel like I'm just kicking my heels waiting to be able to be finished with work. Giving almost twice as much notice as required might have seemed the right thing to do but
boy-o-boy-o-boy is it making for a long route to escape. I still have four more weeks to survive when if I'd only given the required four weeks this would be my last week. Oh well, four more weeks pay to go into the kitty I suppose.

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To distract you from the dearth of knitting pictures here are two of last night's lunar eclipse. I really must get my camera fitted to my telescope so I can take decent pictures. Oh didn't I tell you? I've always been an astronomy geek! I have two telescopes and lots of bits and pieces to attach to them. :-)

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A picture of this morning's sunrise. Quite spectacular but short-lived. About 10 minutes after I took this all colour had gone and after about an hour it started to rain and hasn't stopped all day. The red reflections on the ground are in the flood water. The River Avon has burst its banks again. Its happened so often this year that I'm getting quite fond of the lake out the back. :-)

Saturday, March 03, 2007