Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Yarn: Merino Cashmere Sock (old) from The Knittery, in Moonlight. I omitted a repeat on the legs because I was worried about yarn...I needn't have worried, I've got at least 25g left! Wasn't sure how I felt about the faux striping effect, I was hoping this yarn would be more subtle, but it works pretty well for this pattern.Sticks: 2.75mm KP Harmony dpns - my first time using these - love them! The colours don't interfere with the knitting at all, and they have a lovely smooth but slightly grippy coating. And they are nice and pointy too.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
We had the most fun planning and executing the food items.
And of course there were cocktails - strawberry dacquiri and the pina colada (mmmm, umbrella drinks!):And the piece de resistance:The hand carved cucumber flower basket, which was our table centrepiece! What fun!! And I may have (ahem) bought just a wee bit of tupperware...
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Monday, January 14, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
So I'm using Rowan Calmer (yay, stash yarn!!) rather than the Cascade Sierra the pattern calls for. Yay me for realising I could use stash yarn rather than buying a bamboo/cotton blend I was thinking about when I saw it in Spotlight (also yay Spotlight for not having enough of the yarn in any colour thus preventing me from buying it, and yay Ravelry pattern search so I could see what others used!)
I even swatched. Twice. Using 4.5 mm and then 5mm sticks (new Knitpicks Harmony options, for those interested! Love them!).
The 4.5mm is on the bottom, 5mm on top (I know, they look the same size, they aren't!). So , over 10cm/4" with the 4.5mm sticks, I get 18 stitches and 28/30 rows (stretched) and with the 5mm sticks I get 18 stitches and 24 rows (weird hey - same stitch gauge). The pattern gauge is 16 stitches and 24 rows. I don't really want to go up another stick size so I think I'll use 5mm sticks. But that means upsizing in the pattern, which is fine as the pattern goes up to a 56" chest (which is, yay, bigger than I need, for a change!). This brings me to the second difficulty.
Ease. It's meant to be a relatively snug garment. But I don't want it too snug, nor too loose, which on my limited understanding of ease means I need to use a little bit of negative ease. So doing the maths on my gauge of 18 st/4" and the schematics, if I do one size up I get 0.5" smaller than the correct size for me, and if I do two sizes up I get 1.5" larger. Now I stretched out the swatches, and they could stretch a teeny bit more, so I think I'm probably best to go with the next size up - otherwise, I'm going to end up with an extra 3" around and I think that will be bad, right? If only the pattern indicated whether the gauge was achieved by stretching out the garment or by it just sitting flat. Sigh.
If anyone has followed any of this and has any advice or opinions, feel free to advise!!
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Monday, January 07, 2008
Something I was looking forward to in 2008 was opening my new knitting diary. Out with the old 2007 blue one, stuffed with bits of paper, addresses, yarn labels, postcards and so on, and in with the shiny new red moleskine, perfectly formed and with an in-built ruler (see, designed for knitters!!). Mmm, new knitting diary, lots of possibilities...
(see what I did there - more procrastination!!)
Alrighty, down to it.
Looking back to last year's resolutions, how could I have guessed that #1 would take off in the way it did - not only did I do this one, but it lead to a whole new blog and a fabulous fabulous friendship (Bells has written up our recent visit already! So efficient!)#2, knit from your stash - not so good. Sigh. Am having another go at this. Bellsknows how much stash I've got! Am totally stealing Del's idea to note which projects I knit in 2008 using stash yarn.
#3, knit for charity. 2007 - good intentions, poor execution. Will do better for 2008.
#4. The less said the better, really.
So, for 2008, the year about which I have an insanely good feeling - I've no idea why, this rarely happens to me, but I do have a good feeling about 2008. I believe good things are headed our way this year (and when I say "our", I mean not only me and husby, but you as well, dear reader!). This is the plan:
1. Stashbusting and knitting for charity. Simple aim means achieving is easy. I've already knit one sock from stash yarn:
And I've joined a Ravelry group which aims to knit a pair of socks a month from stash. I could do that for a good 5 years I reckon...
2. Transfer my blog persona to real life. I've said it before, blogging means I can be the good person I want to be. I want to be that person more in real life. More kind, less snark. Remember to think before speaking. Self-edit.
3. Set some goals each month, even if it is only 1 thing, and do it. Report back to the blog. The blog must keep me honest!
That's it, really. Pretty simple huh.
And don't forget: Good things for all in 2008!
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
(gratuitous butt shot, because I know how you all love them!! Heh!) (funnier still, husby deliberately posed for this. He's the one that really loves the adulation!!)