Sunday, January 20, 2008

Frost & Ice

I have managed to do a bit of knitting this week. Both the Pomatomus socks and Tangled Yoke cardigan are a bit longer but don't really look all that different to last week's photos.

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The Frost & Ice shawl has also grown and it shows! Okay, so its only two repeats but it is progress! I can't tell you how much I love the Kid Silk Haze. I might change my mind if I have to frog it but that hasn't been necessary so far.

Now I have to go and do some work on the assignments I need to get done for tomorrow's workshop. I am such an unmotivated learner at the moment! Not so good for encouraging my own learner's to get on with their courses. Oh well...

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Poor Puppy...

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In adding all my files and photos to my new computer I came across this photo taken at my aunt's place Christmas 1985. The dog was called Poppet and was one of two chihuahuas my aunt had, the other was called Pepi. I'd totally forgotten about this photo and thought you might like to see that knitting for dogs is not a new thing! Sorry for the dark and strangely shaped photo but I cropped out all of my cousins and other assorted relatives.

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On to the real knitting! I've taken a new photo of Tangled Yoke. I haven't worked on this for a couple of weeks but I'm still loving it. Now that I've mostly finished setting up the new computer I should feel more like knitting.

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I've also taken a new photo of Pomatomus (we actually had some sun yesterday!) I really hope they will fit me this time around...

We've got flooding here again and had really cold, sleety rain on Friday night while I was on my way home from work. The road near my bus stop was flooded as well to a depth of about 6-8 inches. I asked the bus driver if he could let me off at the side of the flooding nearest to my house. He ignored me. I said 'excuse me?' He ignored me. So I had to find an alternative route to walk home unfortunately I still had to wade through some water but at least it wasn't too deep. Nothing excuses bad manners. The driver could have at least looked at me to acknowledge that he had heard me even if he still refused to let me off before the stop. Bastard.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

New Toy No Knitting

On Friday my new computer arrived so I've been messing about getting it set up the way I like. I've also been adding music, podcasts, photos etc until my fingers bleed but still have made hardly a dent in the hard disk space. Its got a huge amount of RAM and a fast processor too so I'm in techie heaven. Its also got Windows Vista as the operating system and although I haven't come across anything I really hate, the jury is still out on whether I like it or not.

In the absence of knitting to show you, I only have a new spreadsheet to report. I finally set up a stash spreadsheet to track my incoming and knitted up stash totals. It serves a different purpose to my stash being on Ravelry and I kind of hope using the two together will remind me of how much yarny goodness I really have. I've set up some formulae to calculate the totals for me so I can be lazy :-) so all I have to do now is remember to keep it up to date...

Oh, and for those interested, I have 25,135 metres of yarn or just over 25 kilometres (about 15 miles). A mere drop in the ocean compared to lot of knitters! :-) I haven't put my handspun, undyed or weaving yarn in either because I want to track just knitting stash at the moment.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy New Year!

After yesterday's 'what I knit in 2007' post, I thought today's ought to be about what is still in progress. I had a major frogging session a while ago so I don't have a ginormous list!

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First, Lizard Ridge still has only four squares completed. I don't know why I'm finding this such a chore because I enjoy the knitting and I love the look of the finished blankie. I must admit to not being a huge fan of Noro Kureyon - its rather harsh to knit with. I'm tempted to set a goal of a square a month so I can get it finished but I did that about six months ago and have knit one square in that time...

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Second, Pomatomus. I've cast on again for these although this is the old photo. The ones I took today were dire, either over-exposed or too dark. First time I cast these on they were too big, second time, too small so this time, like Goldilocks, I'm hoping they're just right. :-) The yarn is 'April Showers' from the Posh Yarn sock club which is no more sadly.

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Third, Fire and Ice Shawl from the fabulous Sharon Miller at Heirloom Knitting. This is being knit with Rowan Kid Silk Haze in colour #636 - Mist. The yarn was half price - bargain! This is actually a very simple pattern and easy to remember. I love the way its looking and it feels lovely.

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Finally, the Tangled Yoke Cardigan from Interweave Knits Fall '07 I. The yarn is Rowan Felted Tweed in colour #157 - Camel. Once again, the yarn was half price. This is an old pic and I'm now about two thirds of the way to the underarms. I really like knitting with this yarn and its my project of choice at the moment. Anyone who knows me will be amazed to see that I am knitting something brown for myself. I don't usually do brown so I'm a bit amazed myself!

And that's it! Only four things in progress and I'm not really sure that Lizard Ridge should be counted or if it has achieved UFO status. :-)

Wishing you all a very happy and prosperous new year.