July 31, 2004
I'm making huge progress on
I'm making huge progress on the Katia cardi for Em. Funny how 10sts/inch will do that ;) I've done the back, and have done around 3" of the front.
I haven't knitted with a tape yarn before, and I'm finding it a little frustrating. It keeps twisting up and having to be untwisted. At first I was being careful and making sure the yarn was staying flat and even around the needle, unraveling the twists every row. But, being the torally impatient person that I am, I said "To hell with that!" and I'm now just knitting normally with it. It doesn't seem to look an awful lot different, and the gauge is still the same.
It's just my sanity that's healthier :)
July 30, 2004
When you're having a crappy
When you're having a crappy day, everyone needs a friend like Jill.
Whilst I was whining about my crappy day yesterday, I failed to mention that the high point of the day was going to the Post Office in the morning to pick up a big box of yarn from Jill!
And then I got to the Post Office this morning and there was a fat envelope from Jill!
The perfect medicine! :)
She sent yarn, yarn, and more yarn yesterday, and today there were magazines (yay!), needles for that silly Katia cardigan (12mm straights and a 10mm bamboo circular), a Suss poncho kit and a little Origami kit for Em.
So I got to spend the morning drinking coffee, reading knitting magazines and swatching the Katia. And ignoring the housework. I even got pretty close to gauge on the Katia with the 10mm bamboo circs. Note that I didn't get gauge, but seriously, you all would have been surprised if I did, wouldn't you? Hell, *I* would be!!
Why didn't I spend the morning finishing the Cloverleafs?
Because I finished them last night!
And with the help of my blogfriends and the tips and pointers, I even worked out the Kitchener stitch for the toe. YAY!!!!
July 29, 2004
You ever have those days
You ever have those days where at the end you just want to sit down and scream "leave me alone!"? I'm having one. Nothing in particular happened, just a rushed, stressy, stupid kinda day. Em has dance exams next week, and she's getting stressy which sets me off. I had to drive to a dance shop 30 minutes away for the privilege of paying $16 each for two pairs of dance tights. 30 minutes there, 15 minutes to find a parking spot, 5 minutes in the shop, repeat. Then I had appointments, came home to attempt to make some kind of headway on laundry, housework, dishes, the neverending story. Went to school to pick Em up, took her to a dance lesson, came home and spent 2 hours listening to her pre-teen hormonal temper type emotional outburst. (Which was apparently about nothing in particular) cooked dinner, went back for another dance lesson, came home an hour ago to find that something in this house has a foul odour, and we can't figure out what the hell it is.
Why do I feel stressed out? Hell, I dunno!
And I still managed to nearly finish the second Cloverleaf :) Only the toe shaping to go!
July 28, 2004
Okay, the vote seems to
Okay, the vote seems to be to leave the green yarn alone. So, as I intend to finish the Cloverleafs on time (ie - by Saturday, LOL!) I'll swatch up the yarn when I'm done with the Cloverleafs and see how I like the yarn done in the pattern.
For those of you who wanted to know which seller I bought the Cloverleaf yarn from, her name is Celia, and she is a lovely lady from Sydney. She actually has put up on eBay more of the same (or a very similar) colour I used for Cloverleaf. You can find it here! But be quick, she only has one lot of this shade, and it's Buy It Now. she has some other colours up there too!
I have turned the heel on the second Cloverleaf, so I'm on the home straight now, and I should have it done on time. Should. </snort>
And in the nature of cute pet pictures, here's one of Twinky. Long, long ago, I posted a picture of Em's first ever finished object, a Tea Cosy that she knitted for her Nana. This is the teapot the cosy was for. Em would periodically bring it out to check the fit. Twinky seemed to like it. :)
July 27, 2004
We're going to have a
We're going to have a poll!
My Kool Aid yarn is dry, and it has lightened a little, but is still a little blotchy. A lovely lady named Alison has kindly offered to send me more Kool Aid to give the yarn a second bath. Will this even out the colour? Does anyone with more Kool Aid dyeing experience than I know the answer? Should I redye it? The pattern I am doing is called "Making Waves" and is a cabled sock.
Even if you've never left a comment before, just say "yes" or "no". Please. Hi would be nice, but I won't push my luck ;)
Twinky had her stitches out this evening, and was proclaimed to be healthy and well. This was after she did her best to pulverise the vet and his assistant. :) She is most unhappy with us now and is sitting in a corner, refusing all bribes.
Hmmm... maybe I should give Twinky a Kool Aid bath ;)
July 26, 2004
I finished Cloverleaf number one
I finished Cloverleaf number one and made a good start on number two!
I'll have to try to remember to take a better picture in better light.
I discovered a reason why I don't do socks cuff down. I don't know how to do the kitchener stitch. I grabbed my nifty new "Knitters Guide To Finishing Techniques", but I just couldn't get my head around it today. So I cheated and did a three needle bind off for the sake of my sanity. I honestly do intend to go back and fix it at some point, because I really like this sock, but I don't think I'm going to like that cast off bit at my toe. Is there any other way to finish a sock? Maybe I should have knit it toe up. I hope someone works out a toe up version for the new one! ;)
July 25, 2004
The cloverleaf sock number one
The cloverleaf sock number one is progressing nicely - the toe is in sight, probably finish it tomorrow.
With this in mind, and the fact that the second sock is due to be started, I evaluated the sock stash again, and again decided that nothing in there was appropriate. The sock has a lovely cable pattern, and I didn't want a patterned yarn that might be distracting. Aha! I shall dye my own.
I perused my kool aid stash that Jill sent me, and decided that it should be green - I have no green socks, and the bright green sock yarn that I bought a few weeks ago has been soundly claimed by my DH.
So I went off to the local craft shop and got some Patons Patonyle in cream. (Which I believe to be the Australian equivalent of Kroy, and the only locally available sock yarn)
Then I dumped it all in a saucepan with some water and cooked it for a bit.
Then after all was done and cooled, I rinsed it off.
I can't say I'm overly happy with the finished results. It's a little too bright and patchy. Normally I would love it, I love variegated yarn, but the point was that I wanted solid colour for a change. Oh well, I'll let it dry and start the socks, and see what I think then. Maybe I'll love it after all. Maybe I'll need to buy more ;)
July 24, 2004
I've been working on my
I've been working on my Cloverleaf sock - it's going much quicker than boring old stockinette or rib socks :)
I'm liking this sock - I may even finish the pair before the 31 July deadline! But then again, I may get second sockitis. It's not unheard of arround here ;)
I am also developing an obsession for this scarf.
I really like it. I have the pattern and yarn in my elann shopping basket, and I keep going back and looking at it. I need a new project and new yarn like I need a hole in the head, but I like it ;)
July 23, 2004
Well, I finished DH's socks.
Well, I finished DH's socks. They only took 3 months or so. :)
And so then I started my cloverleaf socks, the first ones from the six sox knitalong. The second pair should be started on August 1. Hahahahahaha. :)
Anyway, I started the first ones, and I'm using the hand dyed sock yarn I got off eBay a week or two ago. Nice yarn :) I think this pattern would be better in a plain colourway, though. But I didn't have any plain sock yarn, and seeing as I have enough sock yarn on hand for 20 pairs, I didn't think I'd better order anymore ;)
I'm liking the pattern, but I changed it a little according to some notes in the knitalong. I don't have skinny calves, so I added a few stitches. It's a simple 6 row repeat.
This is the only knitting I've done. I'm still peeved at my gauge isseues, so I've not had the nerve to pick up any knitting where gauge really matters. ;)
July 22, 2004
Next to no knitting to
Next to no knitting to speak of, so I think I'll talk about reading. I used to be a voracious reader, but I find now that the only time I get to read is in bed at night, and I tend to fall asleep after a few pages. I'll read almost anything, but I like horror, true crime and sci-fi/fantasy best.
I joined the Anna Karenina readalong, but I've kinda stalled on that at the start of Part Three. I'm not disliking it, but I'm not loving it either. On the other hand, I received "Song Of Susannah", the lastest Dark Tower book by Stephen King last week, and I read it in four days. The final instalment comes out on September 21, and I'm dying to get my hands on it.
Today I borrowed "Queen Bees and Wannabes" from the local library. It explores teenage girls, their behaviour, cliques, boyfriends and the like, and apparently helps the parent to understand. Can you hear me whimpering? Even after all these years I don't know that I'm ready to revisit all that! I think I've blocked out most of High School. ;)
So that shall be my reading matter for the next week or two. Then I'll pick up Anna Karenina again!
I've had a few queries about Twinky's continuing good health. I tried to take a picture of her today, but she wouldn't stay still long enough - this is all I could get.
Rest assured, all is once again well in Bunnyland :)
July 21, 2004
Look what came in the
Look what came in the mail today!
Yet another eBay buy. I bought it to encourage Em, who is having trouble staying interested enough in anything to finish it. It claims that even if you've never knitted anything you'll be able to make these. Each toy is made of garter stitch squares. They are all knitted in 8ply (DK), and are apparently easy.
Gauge won't matter. If my row gauge is short, I'll have shorter fatter toys - more cute, right? MWAHAHAHAHA.
I may knit every damn toy in the book! ;)
Of course, I have to knit the polar bear!
I have been knitting on DH's sock, I am determined to finish it this week. I have joined the yahoo group for the six sox knitalong, and looked at the patterns. If I knit socks for myself, the gauge doesn't matter too much. And surely even I can knit six pairs of socks in a year. Well, ten and a half months, the knitalong started back on June 1. Oops. Maybe I can use some of my sick sock yarn stash :)
Never fear, I haven't given up altogether. In fact, I just bought enough Jo Sharp yarn on eBay to make myself a sweater.
July 20, 2004
Let's revisit my normal whining.
Let's revisit my normal whining.
I hate gauge. I hate it, detest it, and abhor it.
Today I flung my knitting across the room in total frustration.
I knit a gauge swatch from the Classic Elite cotton. After playing about, I got gauge on 4.5mm needles. Very unusual. Usually I have to go down a size to get remotely close to gauge, today I go up a size. Okay, whatever.
I dutifully washed the swatch (And I must admit that it washed beautifully - no shrinking, no stretching, laid out beautifully, no rolling, Dry Clean only not necessary!) Gauge still spot on. So I cast on the top. You start at the point, and do your increases until you get the required number of stitches. My gauge is way off. The top should have been 14 3/4" wide at this point. It was over 16" wide. This is where the flinging came in. I am now getting stitch gauge on 3.25mm needles, but my row gauge is short.
Why oh why oh why do I have so much damn trouble with gauge???
I think I'll stick to scarves.
July 19, 2004
So what do you do
So what do you do if you're in a knitting slump and none of ypur current projects are going the way you want?
Start something new! ;)
Emily spotted this top in Family Circle Easy Knits for Kids, which I borrowed from the local library.
Coincidently, elann.com had the yarn on sale, so it jumped into my shopping cart. I'm sure you all understand. :) It's Classic Elite Imagine, 53% cotton and 47% rayon.
It arrived today, and I hurriedly wound a ball, then I read the label. Dry Clean Only. What the? Surely I can hand wash it or something. Opinions, please. I really don't want to go to the trouble to make a top she loves, then have to send it off for drycleaning every time she wears it!
Apart from that it seems nice. Not much give, but it is a high cotton content, and the rayon is a nice purple shiny bit through the middle.
July 18, 2004
I finished DH's hat. I'm
I finished DH's hat.
I'm pleased with it, and I assume he is too, as he hasn't taken it off since I finished it. Mind you, it has been freezing here today, so I can't blame him. It's made with Jo Sharp DK in Pistachio, and it took two 50g balls. The brim is double, and the i-cord is knit and sewn on last. I knitted it at a looser gauge than required as my DH has a big head :)
So I now have a sock on the needles and that is all. It has been a very long time since I've had only a single project in action. Jill let me know today that she got some 12mm needles for me, (yay! she's my lifesaver! :) so hopefully I can get gauge on those for Em's Katia cardi.
I also have not yet finished Charlotte's edging. I've been mulling it over and I'm not sure what to do. None of the edgings (although they are gorgeous) in Knitting On The Edge grabbed me for Charlotte, but I don't feel confident enough in my crochet skills to crochet a border either. Maybe whilst I'm in a knitting slump I should practice my crochet until I feel confident enough to face Charlotte.
July 17, 2004
I have the knitting blahs
I have the knitting blahs :(
Here is my current knitting progress on all projects.
DH's second sock
DH's Jo Sharp Hat.
The band folds under at the purl row, then I have to do 10 rows of reverse stockinete before I start the shaping. Unbelievably, my gauge was correct, I was knitting along blissfully, was up to the point I'm at now, then I tried it against his head only to find that his head is too big. So I frogged it, and am only now back to here with looser gauge.
Emily, in her 11 year old wisdom, has decided that she absolutely will die if I don't knit her these.
I have the yarn, substitutions from the stash, but I really don't feel like starting them. She gave me that imploring look that only an 11 year old girl can truly master, so I guess I really should start them. I guess. ;)
I can't believe that with the number of needles I own, I don't have the right needles for the two projects that I do want to start - one maybe, but both of them?? Anyway, the Addi 3.5mm is on the way for DH's sweater, but I've had no luck sourcing 12mm needles for Em's cardigan. Of course, it's not as if I don't have plenty of projects waiting in the wings for me. I just have the blahs. Hopefully it will pass soon.
July 16, 2004
Over react? Me? Regularly! I
Over react? Me? Regularly!
I whisked Twinky back to the vet this morning, as she still hadn't perked up, hadn't eaten, hadn't been to the toilet... and as soon as we went in, she started hopping all over the examination room, sniffing about, full of beans.
Still, the vet was lovely, and didn't make me feel like a total idiot. :)
He examined her, and said that she is fine, just feeling a little sore and cranky. She's not dehydrated, her temperature and all other vitals are fine, her mother is a little over-anxious is all.
She has picked up tonight and is eating a little, but is still much more quiet than normal.
Knitting goes nowhere, but I did sew today, so the never ending pile of dance costumes shrank a teeny bit. Hopefully I can pick up a pair of 12mm needles tomorrow and make some progress on Em's Katia cardi. However, I have been led to believe that with the current rage of novelty scarves, large needles are as rare as hen's teeth locally. Bah!
July 15, 2004
Twinky isn't herself yet :(
Twinky isn't herself yet :(
She's still off her food, which can be dangerous in rabbits, as their digestive tract can shut down. We have spent the best part of the evening trying to tempt her with all sorts of things, and finally got her to nibble some hay. I rang the vet, and if she is still unwell tomorrow evening, we'll take her back over.
Knitting is still nada. Despite the fact that my tension was too loose with the Katia on 10mm needles at first, now it's too tight. I don't have any needles bigger than a 10mm, so I shall have to go out on the weekend and hunt a pair down.
Of course, it could be my anxiety levels rising.... :)
July 14, 2004
Twinky is home and well,
Twinky is home and well, thankyou all so much for your thoughts and messages! :)
The surgery was routine, went like clockwork, but she is still sleepy and hiding in a corner. I think she is more than a little miffed that we put her through it all.
In knitting news, nothing is happening :(
I had done 10 inches of DH's silkroad sweater, when I had to face facts and admit that the gauge being a little bit off did matter. The front was 4 inches wider than it should have been. Now my DH is not small, but it was looking like an afghan. So the sweater has been frogged, an Addi turbo in a 3.5mm has been ordered. So I decided that I would start Em's Katia cardigan. Gauge issues again. Too loose on 10mm, too tight on 9mm. I am about to try again on 9mm bamboo straights.
I hope you're all having more knitting success than I!!
July 13, 2004
Twinky is at the vet
Twinky is at the vet tonight, awaiting her desexing tomorrow. I feel far more apprehensive than I expected to, although the vet gave all the right answers to our questions, asked us the right questions, and gave us the standard "There is a risk involved.." speech, although he assured us that he hasn't lost a rabbit yet.
I am hoping that she comes back a slightly calmer bunny, with less destructive tendencies (she has ruined carpets, linoleum, blinds, electrical cords, etc, etc).
The vet said we can call at around 5pm tomorrow and she should be ready to come home then.
She definitely wasn't happy - this is her first vet visit, and of course there had to be a huge dog there when we arrived, whining and barking. When we finally saw the vet, she jammed her feet against the sides of the carrier and refused to budge. This is a bunny with a brain! ;)
July 12, 2004
Mail Day!!! I love
I love getting mail! Well, perhaps not the bills that always seem to come.
The books are from Amazon. Surprisingly enough, they were ordered a week apart, both were ordered from Amazon USA, but one parcel came from Hong Kong, and one came from Hamburg! Knitting On The Edge is gorgeous. I haven't had time to read it in depth, but it looks great. Finishing Techniques I have been lusting after for months, and finally decided to just buy it. I also got the new Stephen King book with Knitting On The Edge, and Kids Knitting (which has been put away for Christmas) with the Finishing Techniques.
That gorgeous yarn is hand dyed sock yarn, bought from eBay, dyed by Celia, whom I have spoken to via Knitters Review. The colours are beautiful, and as my DH is on a green kick, he shall get Leprechaun green variegated socks!
The yarn really is beautiful.
I think my credit card may be confiscated in the next few days ;) I also contacted Rob from Threadbear, and ordered Lucy Neatby's "Cool Socks, Warm Feet" and some Bearfoot sock yarn and some Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock yarn. If I knit nothing but socks for the next year, I'll still have a sock yarn stash. (ROTFL - I typoed that as "sick yarn stash" I'm sure there is inner meaning there!) And before Christmas, I swore that I would never knit socks.
Psst... Apple Laine are having a big sale and all their Koigu is on sale. If all of you buy it, there'll be none left, and I can avoid temptation. ;)
July 11, 2004
We went to the Drive-in
We went to the Drive-in this evening to see Shrek 2.
Our local drive-in usually shows a double feature at 8pm for $13.50 per head, but in the winter school holidays, they show a G rated movie at 6pm for $22 per car. It's hilarious to see all the vans lined up at the back with all these kids piled in the back! :)
Shrek 2 was hilarious. I enjoyed it way more than Harry Potter, although Em gave us a few odd looks when some of the jokes went over her head.
I finished Em's novelty yarn scarf, and ended up using only one ball, and I bought 3. God only knows what I'll use the other 2 for! Pics tomorrow :)
July 10, 2004
We went to a shopping
We went to a shopping centre an hour or so away from home today, and whilst we were wandering, we came across a bead shop. So I bought a handful of mixed beads and some pins and split rings, and made me some stitch markers :)
It was great fun! And I'm pleased with the way they came out, too :)
In other news, it rained today. All day. This may not seem like a big deal, but we're in drought, so it's a big deal! Here in Sydney, we've been reduced to only being permitted to water our gardens on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays before 10am and after 4pm. Not allowed to wash cars with hoses, no hosing of footpaths or other hard surfaces, no filling of pools, etc, etc. So rain is a big deal.
I just wish it wouldn't come when all my laundry hampers are full!
July 09, 2004
Mmmm... Elann fibre-y goodies! Katia
Mmmm... Elann fibre-y goodies!
Katia Denim in Pastel Dream
Which was purchased for this for Em, from Katia Kids 25.
And it's a celebration day today :) My DH was diagnosed with Stage 4B Hodgkins Disease in January of last year. One year ago today he had his final Chemotherapy treatment. (He is now in remission) YAY! A whole year has passed :) O happy days!
Twinky says we need a holiday
July 08, 2004
Em had a dance competition
Em had a dance competition today - we left the house at 7.45am this morning, and just got home at 10pm. Here is her haul for today.
She did extremely well :) Not a single stitch was knit or sewn all day.
And we finally got DSL - hip hip hooray!!
July 07, 2004
And yet another FO! Excuse
And yet another FO!
Excuse the pictures - the photographer needs a little more practice yet ;)
No head, I'm having a bad head day again! I kept saying "Hurry up, Em!", and without fail, eerytime I talked she took the picture, so I ended up looking pretty silly!!
I stayed up quite late last night to finish it. I am pretty happy with it, just a few things. I wish I'd made it bigger. I tend to wear cardigans and jackets quite big, and this isn't as big as I'd like. DH assures me it looks fine, but to me I looked a bit stumpy. Ah, body image ;)
I made the Large, and got the kit from Peace Fleece, the colour is Blueberry Borscht. The kit comes with enough yarn to make the biggest size, although I think their yardages are off. The pattern said 5 1/4 skeins, Renada was spot on when she left a comment saying pretty much exactly 6 skeins. I was left with around 15 yards from the sixth skein.
The cardi itself is lovely, a little itchy for directly against the skin, but I think it's too bulky to wear much under it. Personal preference, I guess.
Overall, I enjoyed the knit, love the yarn, love the colour, and will no doubt wear it to death!! :)
July 06, 2004
Em and I were out
Em and I were out and about today, enjoying the school holidays. We went to the local craft store, and look what I found!
Flannelette fabric with sheep knitting!! I'm gonna make me some new pyjamas!! :)
I thought it was so cute, I had to have it. Despite the fact that I still have 58 dance costumes to sew. And it was only $2.55 a metre!! How could I turn it down?
July 05, 2004
Today I knit. :) It
Today I knit. :)
It was the first day of the school holidays, so we had a bit of a sleep in and more or less relaxed the rest of the day. Funny how little things like not going to school or dance lessons give you extra hours in the day!
And what did I knit? A Jo Sharp mohair hat, of course :)
Nice and warm and soft and quick! Just the kind of quick fix I need every now and then.
DH went into work this morning and told a workmate that he had popped into the office yesterday. His mate said "Yeah I know, and you had lunch at Bondi". DH thought there must've been a spycam hidden around somewhere, but then his mate told him how he found out.
He read my blog. ROTFL!!!!!!!!!
July 04, 2004
Wow, what a great day!!
Wow, what a great day!!
First off, I won Becky's BucketAlong contest. Well, really, all I did was knit a hat, decorate a tutu and take a picture. Em won the contest, really. And she's very proud of herself, I must say :) She danced around the house, as pleased as punch! Thanks for running such a fun contest, Becky!
And we had a great day out. When we say we live in Sydney, it's really on the outskirts of Sydney, in the suburbs. It's 45 kilometres (27 miles) to the city, so it's not something we do an awful lot. It takes David an hour and a half just to get to work each day on the train. In fact, it was the first time we'd taken David to Bondi, and he's lived here nearly 5 years. We really should go out and appreciate our city more often.
We went to DH's work, where he showed off the view from the Boardroom at work.
Now that's a view! You can't see the Opera House, it's hidden behind the Bridge pylons on the right of the picture. We have to travel over the Bridge to get to DH's work, this is what the Bridge looks like if you look up while you are driving on it. :)
Then we went and met our friends at Bondi for lunch. We had a lovely steak lunch, at a restaurant overlooking the beach. A bit windy, but the view was gorgeous and the company great :) We stopped for a few touristy type pics.
Heres Em showing off (how unusual ;) at the park near the beach.
And one of the top end of the beach. I couldn't get a parking spot, so we didn't go right down onto the beach, but Bondi Beach really is stunning, even in the Dead of Winter. Despite the fact that it is the middle of winter, there were plenty of people about, and the day was lovely, almost t-shirt weather. We'll go back when it's warmer, and I'll get you all some really nice photos. Not one of me in my swimwear! ;)
We also stopped at a yarn store in an innercity suburb that I haven't managed to get to before. Really tiny shop, but nice and friendly, and everything was well labelled which I always like. What did I do there? I bought yarn, of course!
Jo Sharp DK wool to make DH a hat. He picked this colour, Pistachio. Opal sock yarn in purple Lollipop. And Jo Sharp Rare Infusion Kid Mohair in Rosehip. What can I do with one 25 gram ball of mohair?I can knit this from the new Jo Sharp book, Contemporary Knitting.
And even though we were out and about in Sydney today, what did we see?
Wasn't he a long way from home??? (In case you can't see it clearly, it says South Carolina!)
I hope you all had a weekend just as lovely. Even Twinky was relaxed and tuckered out this evening!
July 03, 2004
Another FO!! Well, half a
Well, half a finished object, anyway. And this sock took only 2 and a half months or so. By summer he could have a matching pair!
Ever have one of those days where you sit down at the end of it and ask yourself "Where did that day go?" That's the day I had today. The whole family had a sleep in, then Em did a little dance practice (she's competing later in the week), we had to go to the dance studio for a tiny lesson, stopped at the nail salon to get one of my nails fixed, did the grocery shopping, cleaned house, had dinner, then went "Huh?"
Tomorrow we're going to lunch at Bondi Beach. Friends from interstate are staying at Bondi, so we're doing lunch ;) We also have to pop into DH's office in North Sydney, with a spectacular view of Sydney Harbour - I think I'll take the camera and take some pretty scenery shots for you all.
My smarty pants DH has just called out that one side of his body is toasty warm. (He is still wearing one sock) I offered him a ball of sock yarn to sit on top of the other foot.
July 02, 2004
I managed to block Everyday
I managed to block Everyday today. With the current weather we're having, it probably won't dry until at least Sunday, though. I ordered The Knitters Book of Finishing Techniques today, so I may wait for that to finish it off, but then again, I may not! Mood will dictate :)
I got a little more done on DH's sweater - but I don't think this will be a very fast knit. The front has 149 stitches, so it's taking a little longer than Everyday's 90 or so!
I got my Threadbear email update today, and was checking out the free pattern links, when I saw this. Perhaps this is what my Noro wants to be. A nice patterned scarf. Just what I need. Another project!! ;)
July 01, 2004
Yay!! I finished the Everyday
I finished the Everyday sleeves today. Hip hooray!! So I now have all these pieces of stockinette waiting for me to have 10 minutes free to block them. And with school holidays starting next week, I can't see it happening in the next fortnight. :(
However, I did cast on DH's jumper in the Jo Sharp Silkroad. Yuuummmmmm. I am using my new Addi Turbos, and I don't know if it is the yarn or the needles, or both, but this is knitting!
The yarn is soft, the needle smooth, and it is all just sliding along beautifully!
I also got an interesting letter from Interweave Knits today. You may or may not recall that weeks ago, I decided to subscribe. Within a week or so, I received a bill in the mail, which said that I would get my first issue free very soon. So today, I got a second notice on my bill, asking if I'd enjoyed the magazine, and that they hoped I'd send payment soon so that they could send me the next issue.
Well, I never received a damn thing. Except the bill. So I emailed them today, pointing out that I was a little uncertain about sending payment in case I never got anything from them at all.
Thank God for Jill, or I'd never see these magazines. I'm a little wary now of following through with this subscription. I wonder if FCEK is a better idea?