Thursday, June 28, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
And in other news, a quick FO post - whipped up this beanie for a friend's birthday on the weekend (yes, the Ribs place!!). (sorry about bogan head in picture - beanies so do not suit me!!)
Pattern: Grumperina's Odessa, without beads. I'm not sure if I'm a beads on knitting kind of person. I have seen some lovely things with beads, but to be honest, I'm not sure if I can be bothered stringing the beads!
Yarn: 1 and a bit 50g balls of Jo Sharp Luxury 8ply DK, col 327 (navy) lot 19082 - from the stash (hurrah!)
Sticks: 4mm bamboo dpns for the rib, 4.5mm bamboo circular and dpns for the main part. (note to self, must purchase a 4mm 40cm circular stick - I'm not a big fan of larger items on dpns - just the socks!
Time: A quickie, this one! (for a change) - cast on 21 June, finished 23 June.
What I learnt: Well, clearly, not beading. This is a great pattern - very clever shaping and so easy (especially if you don't bead). Love a knit that looks hard ("how do you get the knitting to go on an angle and straight at the same time??") but is actually easy (shhhh don't tell!)
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Upon reading the menu, we were somewhat taken with the "BBQ Chicken" option. A WHOLE BBQ chicken. And the 750g steak (that's 1.6 pounds in the US). And of course the 1.1kg of ribs - which of course is what I (stupidly) ordered, assuming that at least half of it would be bones. Husby ordered a burger.
That's one huge rack of pork ribs and two, yep count'em two racks of lamb ribs underneath.
In the event that I ever think it is a good idea to order this many ribs again, please remind me of this experience. Say no to the ribs. Back away from the meat.
Friday, June 22, 2007
A question though - should I do the recommended standard slip stitch heel flap or should I do eye of partridge? I quite like the effect of eye of partridge but, you know, this is a Nancy Bush pattern we're talking about - should I mess with the Nancy magic??
And my clappy - half way through - woo hoo! At one stage I was like "too much stocking stitch", but now I am totally loving knitting this - and when I get to row 6, I'm all "yay, I'm making a new drop stitch stitch" and then row 8, even better - "I'm dropping a stitch, look everyone (ie no-idea-about-knitting husband and disinterested cat), I'm dropping a stitch!".
ps. sorry about my craptastic use of language today. I've been doing some heavy duty writing at work this week and I think it has taken all the good words out of me and left only the poor ones. Or I'm regressing to being a teenager in the 80s, one or the other!
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Pattern: Knit and Tonic's Le Slouch, modified for 8ply/DK weight yarn. Love the crown shaping on this - double decreases - so cool!
Sticks: 4.5mm 40cm bamboo circular, then 4.5mm bamboo dpns.
Time: 8 June 2007 - 17 June 2007
What I learnt: Not to forget taking my dpns to Melbourne with me (had to buy new ones - oh well, you can never have too many sticks - quite fortunate really, as J is using them to knit her boyfriend scarf, using the Yarn Harlot pattern and Rowan Summer Tweed.)
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
I didn't do as many set up repeats (4 rather than 7) because I don't have as much yardage as the pattern requires. And I don't need a thick scarfy wrap thing (there should be a word for that) here in Sydney. So I'm pretty happy with my Clappy. And have proven to myself that I shouldn't write off a pattern just because I don't love it at first sight. There's still hope that one day I'll knit Monkeys.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
I'm sorry to inform you that he's mine, ALL MINE! Mwahahahaha!
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Check this out...
Clearly I have some shoe shopping to do! (I so covet the red and white ones (second from front in the first photo), and I even hate white shoes. But those, I'd have those in a flash!)
And for a change, with my photography, the colours are quite true to life - a bit more pinky purple in this yarn than I expected, but I'm quite happy with the way it is knitting up. And yes, if you think that the sock looks fairly blocky, that's because I got these (there are actually two of them, clearly!). Yippee!
You can't quite see it in this photo (it was getting a bit late to be taking pics yesterday, by the time I got around to it over the loooong weekend (too.busy.knitting!) but the cat has teeny tiny whiskers!
Sunday, June 10, 2007
And admiring of boots (see, I do have rose red shoes!!)
And chatting, flashing of knitting, discussing of sticks, yarn, yarn stores, shopping, wedding planning, and and and...We stayed for so long they had to kick us out so they could close up! While we were sitting there an older lady came up to us (as she was leaving) and asked about our knitting - we'd been talking earlier about when we knit on the bus, and no-one ever asks about it or says anything. So it was nice, but also a bit weird, to actually have someone say something to us.
Thanks for a great afternoon Nora, Shaz and BrownPants! And Nora for the photos (you might see them on all of our blogs!). It was fabulous to meet you all in person, rather than virtually!
edited to add: photo credits - pics by BrownPants (chai latte) and Nora (boot!) on Nora's camera!!
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Loving the way Miss E's ear flap beanie knitted up in her chosen yarn, I had to make one for myself, sans earflaps. I'm not sure why, as beanies do not suit me at all, but there you go. Just.had.to.have.it.
So here's my Freedom beanie - haven't decided yet whether to wash/block it or not. I'm a bit scared it will be ridiculously large if I wash it so I'm putting off the inevitable. A bit of fun colour for a dreary day, like today (although clearly I'm not wearing the beanie at work!!) (I am though, wearing this. Hurrah!). Interesting how the yarn striped more in Miss E's version than mine. Gauge, hey!
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
You can't see the pattern too well in this shot but I am loving it (twisted stitch cables and all) and in particular, am looking forward to the end of the 36 row patterned cuff and the nice stocking stitch thereafter. Ah, soothing stocking stitch.
Monday, June 04, 2007
KO, knitting this time, on the pram cover she started at our CWS meeting about 4 months ago - yep, that's all the progress! (but she is working full-time and studying as well, so there isn't much left-over time to knit at the moment!).
KT, footloose and fancy free this weekend with her husby and baby away for the weekend (and yes, still knitting away on the cushion cover - in between our get-togethers, she had a bit of a moss stitch disaster and had to frog about 1o rows!) (And yes, that is KO's rear end in the background - cheeky!)
Miss D, snorgling her very placid and cute burmese cat Oscar, who later had much fun playing with the tail of my knitting (mmm, cat saliva yarn!)
Since everyone complained after last time (well, ok, maybe one or two people) that I didn't post a pic of me, here I am, knitting the left front of Trellis. Am on the home stretch now - just the right front to do, and then the seaming and collar - yippee!
And finally, Miss E's first ever knitted project - how cute are these!!!
Friday, June 01, 2007
Anyway, the best thing about my knitting book is that it has the days of the week on the left hand page, with the same amount of space for each day, and the right hand side is blank, for notes. So I can note what I work on every day (which I do) and then make notes about the project(s) or blog ideas or whatever.
And there's a month to a page view at the front, where I note when I cast on and finish all projects, and I keep a running tally each month (so far, I'm only just ahead in the FOs, which is my aim!). And on the blank pages at the very front and back I keep lists and how-tos - like the kitchener graft instructions, which I can never remember. I know there's a rhyme thingy but I can't remember it either. And how to do a right slanted increase, and a left slanted increase. And eye of partridge heel. It really is so handy. I carry it everywhere with me!