Friday, July 30, 2010

Knitting? No...surely it cannot be!

Oh yes my little cheese and onion crisps, there has been knitting. Woooo I feel a little faint, maybe a brief lie down might be of assistance to the shock!

I finally finished the plain pair of socks that I started for M in May. The yarn is from his stash (he wanted socks but is into his clay at the moment so asked me to knit the yarn for I didn't have his arm twisted behind his back......well maybe just a little) and is Hot Socks we purchased it from The Woolbar in Worthing
which is a lovely little yarn shop. The pattern is just a bog standard Plain Ole Vanilla sock to fit a mans UK size 8 foot over 64 sts on 2.75mm circs using a standard slip-stitch heel flap.

I have also finished another project, pictured above, which is lovely, but I can't do more than show the stitch pattern as I intend to gift them to someone who might stumble across them on here, maybe. Once I've gifted
them then I will post proper pictures.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Waving lace socks.

Finished these last night. They are Waving Lace Socks by Evelyn A Clark. This is the second time I've knit this pattern, the last pair were not a favourite due to the yarn I used, these were made in Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock Multi in colourway Wisteria. I used 2.75mm circs.

Close up of the lace pattern. I think it is very pretty.

A 100g of hand spun Alpaca/silk blend.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Punctured figures and missing mojo

I still do patchwork occasionally, though I tend to hand piece these days in preference to machine piecing, hence the punctured fingers. I'm also covered in lint and have quilting pins stuck in my lapel. I feel like a walking craft table.

Knitting is slow at the moment my mojo is on a go slow more than totally missing. It doesn't help finding all those books in the attic. It has some brilliant books/authors from Stephen Donaldson to Anne McCaffrey. It's like finding lots and lots of old friends.

So far I've read 5 in less than or around a week. I'm loving it but it means my knitting etc is being a bit sidelined - it's been a long time since I've read like maybe it is a case of knitting mojo on go slow, reading mojo back with a bang.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Maia and Ruby

This is my SIL's new Border puppy Maia who is 8 weeks old and moved in (and took over?) their home this week. She is totally adorable and lovely and squonchy and cute and smells of puppy!

This is who Maia has come to live with - the lovely Ruby - who is actually her Auntie.

Yay more Borders in the family!

Thursday, July 08, 2010

What's on the needles? Catch up.

Remiss of me not posting here, but I am on holiday and time is whizzing by.....whoosh!

I had a bad case of startitus and really have too much on the go - but I will get to them all in time - nothing I want to frog, just a case of needing to sit and manage my time and projects (yeah right?!).

M's plain ole vanillas - 1 down (hurrah) number 2, ribbing done and about an 1" of leg
Gifty socks - (secret ones) sock 1, leg almost done.

Did loads on this but have put back in the cupboard for now until I get some stuff of the needles.

Ruffle mittens - Glove 1 - half way through the thumb gusset. Using some CTH in Champlain Sunset which was a birthday gift from Emma and Jamie, gorgeous, gorgeous colourway.

Banderilla details of design here- I was awaiting a missing ball of yarn from GK (on back order) they got it to me for the start of the holiday so I have knit all the rib, body is knit in one piece, so it's a lot of rib and am now on start of st-st.


Orenburg - still going strong but such fine yarn on little needles (2.5mm) takes time to grow also I need a quiet house for this - but I always had it as a long term project.

Anthemion - ditto the above - lace knitting is difficult for me so I go slow - it is growing - just finished 2nd repeat of chart B.

Cozy - mine is looking a little tatty so I'm making a replacement for winter as it is cozy and I love wrapping myself in it. Using some Manos silk blend that I had left (about 2.75 skeins).

And that's it.

Have also done some patchwork, some needlepoint and a lot of reading - I do knit less when it's warm.

Spinning - nothing since last post.

Monday, July 05, 2010

Sir Conkers McBonkers.....

is 5 years old today. He is celebrating by making a nest in the airing cupboard on the tea towels before heading off up the garden on another kitty adventure. He has lots of new kitty adventures every day, they involve stalking nasty little terrier type things, making Grandma jump, giving hard Paddington stares to the cats next door, chasing Jasmine and laying in the undergrowth surveying his domain. Hard life.