Thursday, May 31, 2007

Sockapalooza Finito

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Well, obsession can sometimes be a good thing. :-)

After finishing the first sock for my Sockapalooza pal I was going to give socks a rest for a few days and work on some other knitting.

The sock had a different idea.

It called to me. Cajoled. Whispered. Pleaded. Downright demanded that it be started immediately.

So Monday afternoon I cast on. Wednesday morning I cast off. The socks have had a bath, done their photo shoot and now need to sit around waiting for almost two months before being packed off abroad. Yes, my socks will be off on an international adventure come the middle of July. I also have plenty of time to think about what else to put in my pal's parcel!

:-)

Oooops! Forgot the nerdy bit!
Yarn: Opal Feeling colour #1703, heels in Opal Uni colour #1419
Needles: 2.5mm metal dpns
Pattern: Ridged Feather from 'Sensational Knitted Socks' by Charlene Schurch
Modification: Short row heel rather than the 'forethought' heel from the book

Monday, May 28, 2007

Sockapalooza 4

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The first sock for my Sockapalooza 4 pal is finished. I decided to do a short row heel rather than the afterthought heel in Sensational Knitted Socks.

Now to cast on for sock two.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Sox On Sunday

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Mum's birthday socks are finished. I still love this pattern and will be making it again for myself even though I got a bit bored on the foot of the second sock. The pattern is Bells & Whistles from IK Holiday 2006. I used Opal Uni colour #1411 and 2.75mm Brittainy Birch dpns.

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070526-04
There are many things I liked about this pattern, no the least being the way the pattern carries down onto the heel and top of the foot.

I'm almost finished the first of my Sockapalooza 4 pal's socks, I'll post a pick when its finished.

I've also joined up for Summer of Socks 2007 because whatever else ends up on the needles you just know there will be socks in progress as well. :-)

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Monday, May 21, 2007

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Saturday Sky

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What Mum always calls 'the best part of the day' - early evening sunshine and an almost cloud free sky. :-)

Friday, May 18, 2007

Seven Random Things

Wibbo's tagged me for the '7 things' meme. I had to think quite hard about it. Answers below but I warn you - I am a very boring person!

Rules: Each person tagged gives 7 random facts about themselves. Those tagged need to write in their blogs the 7 facts, as well as the rules of the game. You need to tag seven others and list their names on your blog. You have to leave those you plan on tagging a note in their comments so they know that they have been tagged and to read your blog.

Here we go:

  1. I'm the second oldest of four daughters, no boys in my immediate family.
  2. I have five nieces, one nephew and one great-nephew.
  3. I'm extremely claustrophobic and its particularly bad in crowds of people believe it or not. I've even had an attack just reading about closed in spaces and I can't bear to watch movies etc where people are in an enclosed space.
  4. I like playing computer games - geek and I know it!
  5. I've got a Microsoft technical qualification.
  6. I built my own computer.
  7. I love early medieval history, culture and music.

I'm not going to tag anyone because I think I'm one of the last to do this! If you want to lift it from here go right ahead but let me know so I can find out seven random things about you!

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Errrr...

Yup - its socks.

I know I said I wouldn't be knitting any socks while I concentrated on a few other things but whaddaya know? I lied! ;-)

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These were started on Saturday, 5th May and finished just over a week later on the 14th. They are the usual toe up, 60 stitch short row heel non-pattern only this time I used Wendy's new cast on. I like it and will use it again. The yarn is Opal Rainforest Doktorfisch knit on 2.5mm dpns. I started them because my cousin was visiting and I wanted something small and plain to knit so I could concentrate on catching up on all the gossip.

I love my cousin, she is one of the world's bestest people. I also taught her two kids to knit. George almost got it but Sophie was too easily distracted although convinced she would have knitted a teddy bear by the end of the day! Who knows if it will stick but at least they've had a go.

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Next are a pair of socks for Mum for her birthday on June 8th. The pattern is the Bells & Whistles socks from IK Holiday Gifts 2006 and the yarn is Opal Uni colour #1411, quite a dark brown. I think I started these last Friday and finished the first sock yesterday, the second sock is already in progress. The pic on the right is a close up of the toe. I've wanted to do this toe for a while and like it even more now that I've knit it. This pattern is an absolute delight to knit and I will definitely be knitting a pair for myself.

070517-04
Last sock - for my Sockapalooza 4 pal. I thought long and hard about what to do for this. My pal is easy-going about pattern but quite specific about colour and yarn. She wanted machine washable so I decided to go for Opal Feeling in colour #1703, shades of blue and black. The pattern I eventually settled on is 'Ridged Feather' from Charlene Schurch's 'Sensational Knitted Socks'. There's no rush for these as I need to have them done by mid-July so I can post them in time to arrive for August 2nd. Hint, hint - need long time to arrive at destination... ;-)

I did have a play with some other knitting. I initially cast on for a bottom up raglan for myself but it was ginormous rather too large! So I've re-calculated for a top-down this time and will cast on for it when I finish Mum's socks.

070514-03
A rainbow picture from Monday.

Just because.

And that is the week that was! :-)

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Saturday Sky

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Wish I had sound with this one and then you could hear the cuckoo too!

Friday, May 11, 2007

Cutie Alert

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Connor - 2 days old

awwwwwww!

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Generations

This is a bit of an introspective, rambling post and has no knitting/spinning content (gasp!) or photos so you might want to give it a miss. I'll understand. :-)

Today I became a Great-Aunt. I hope I've always been a great aunt but now it is written with capital letters and sounds all impressive.

My niece, Amy, gave birth to a son, Connor Scott, at 4.32am Australian Central Summer Time, 9th May 2007. He weighs 5lbs 14oz and is 18 inches long. Both mother and baby are doing well.

I very clearly remember Amy being born. I was 27, my sister 19. Amy's my oldest niece and her birth marked the second time I became an aunt. She was a tiny thing with enormous blue eyes. Her middle name is Leigh and I used to call her 'Amy Flea' which made her giggle madly. She had many endearing (and irritating!) habits as a kid. One that has always stuck out in my mind and made me laugh was Amy flicking through the pages of a photo album saying 'so cute, so cute' at every page even though she was really going way too fast to see any of the photos. It doesn't sound like much but it was hilarious at the time. I can't remember how old she was but definitely younger than 6 years old.

I've never wanted kids of my own but really enjoy being an aunt even though I live so far away these days. I haven't seen Amy since she was 10 and now she is a mother. That just bowls me over and makes me think about families, how far away I am from mine and how much I miss them. Its times like this when I really feel the overwhelming tug of homesickness and want desperately to go back to Australia. I know its a passing thing and I don't really want to leave the UK yet. One day, however...

I've always felt a bit ambivalent about Amy's pregnancy because she is only 16 and to me that is far too young to become a mother. Today, putting aside all 'might have beens' and 'if onlys', I'm just celebrating the fact that they are both fine and I am a Great-Aunt.

Wow

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Saturday Sky

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Saturday sky with pear tree and rather massively overgrown hawthorn!

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Selbuvotter

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I bought this book last Wednesday from the author in the US and it arrived today! That's the same amount of time that it took Kerrie's parcel to travel about 100 miles.

Selbuvotter is written by Terri Shea who became fascinated with Selbu mittens while cataloguing a collection at the Nordic Heritage Museum in Seattle.

The patterns in the book are stunning! They were traditionally knit with a black pattern on a white background but there is a lot of scope for being creative with your colour combinations. :-)

I've only had a quick flick through so far but I can already hear the siren call of a new pair of mittens and I have suitable stash...

You can buy a copy here. My copy is number 330 of 500 and is signed by Terri. :-)