January 28, 2010
I need to get back into the mojo of this blogging malarky. It's not that I don't have anything to blog about, it's just that I've fallen out of the habit, I think.
So far, 2010 appears to be the year of the small project. That suits me just fine, the satisfaction of a quick and dirty project is sometimes just what I need.
On Sunday, I pulled out a single ball of Noro Silk Garden Lite that had been kicking around, and trawled Ravelry looking for a suitable pattern. I decided on the Waterfall Scarf.
Started on Sunday night, it was finished on Monday afternoon!
Happy Supermodel shot!
Pattern: Waterfall Scarf by Cosette Cornelius-Bates
Yarn: 1 ball of Noro Silk Garden Lite, Colourway 2032, Purchased an aeon ago at The Wool Inn at Penrith
Needles: 4.5mm Birch straights
Mods: I added one stitch to either end, and began every row with a slipped stitch, otherwise, it's as written. I just kept knitting until I ran out of yarn.
Overall, it's a nice, quick knit with a good finish. Would make a good gift knit, I think.
January 20, 2010
I am a knitting lunatic, I fear.
To get over the trauma that was the Cap Shawl, I have cast on a Neibling doily. With #30 cotton and 1.5mm needles.
Lets all hope I don't drop a stitch on this one!
Seeing as Rosa is all done bar the buttons, I cast on for a new garment, too. I'm still feeling the Kim Hargreaves love, and I love me some sparkle, so I pulled some KidSilk Night out of the stash and began knitting Precious.
Those are the fronts, I actually finished the back in a couple of days while I was at a dance comp with Em. The pattern actually has little seed beads all over, but because the KidSilk Night is shot with silver, I'm only putting the beads around the edges.
That's all my knit news, I had the mopes for a few days after the Cap Shawl debacle! That yarn has been shoved down deep into a stash box until it learns it's lesson. I will admit though, that I've already been looking at alternate patterns for the yarn, I don't think I could bear to do the same shawl again!
January 15, 2010
So, here's how the Cap Shawl was looking on January 11.
I cast on the shawl on June 12, and have been working on it intermittently in the seven months since. I started to work on it again on Monday, because I had plans to enter it into the Sydney Easter Show, and needed to get back to work on it. By this morning, I was up to row 135. Not long after I began my first round, I discovered this mistake.
I contemplated it for a little while, but decided it couldn't be fudged, the stitch count was out and it would affect the pattern in that section. It's twelve rows back and I didn't much like the idea of tinking back 12 rows when there's somewhere in the neighbourhood of 700 sts per row.
I decided to be brave and try surgery to remedy it.
I carefully undid that section back to the mistake. I sorted out the threads and pinned them out of the way.
So far, so good.
It was all downhill from there. I dropped stitches that I couldn't recover and lost the pattern entirely.
The Cap Shawl is no more.
Seven months of knitting, twenty minutes to frog. You'll find me in the corner, with a box of tissues.
January 08, 2010
Heading for the finish line
Here's a sneaky pic of Rosa, heading to the finish line.
I knit most of this sweater in 2 1/2 weeks while on holiday, and it's taken me the 5 days since we got home to knit 6 ruffles and do some seaming. Ah, life!
I've spent some of this past week ruminating over the past year and thinking about the new one. We had a generally pretty good 2009. No major dramas, a few hiccups, but that's what life is about, isn't it? I started a full time course, David started a new job and things flowed along pretty nicely. It was certainly one of the better years for us.
In 2010 there'll be a few changes for us, a few Big Deal type things. I'll finish my course and hopefully get a job after being a stay at home mum for almost 9 years. Emily finishes High School towards the end of the year, and to be honest, I'm just trying not to think about that one too much. I'm going to try to just go with the flow with everything and not worry too much about any of it. And that's kind of a Big Deal for me anyway.
We've made a habit over the last four years of spending New Years Eve somewhere different every year. First was Bundaberg, then Las Vegas, Sydney and finally the Gold Coast. That's something I'd like to continue with every year, so maybe we'll think about a holiday towards the end of the year.
Onwards and Upwards!
Knitting wise, I got thinking about resolutions, goals, aims, whatever you'd like to call them. Last year I did the Personal sock club, with a pair of socks a month, and that was pretty successful. I could join the 10 shawls in 2010. Or knit only from stash. Knit a pair of socks from every sock book I own. Aim for at least 6 sweaters. Gift knit, charity knit. There's a great many respectable knitting resolutions and goals out there. So which one am I going with?
None of 'em. Not a one. This year, I'm going to knit what I want, when I want, with whatever I want, from wherever I want.
And I'm going to enjoy it.
January 06, 2010
So much to say, so little time! (And the holiday pics are still on the hubby's camera!)
The holiday was great, lovely and relaxing. No stress until we arrived home!
Knitting wise, it was very productive.
Who was expecting a completed garment? (Rusty, I'm looking at you!)
I almost managed it.
That's a front, back, two sleeves and a neckband. Not bad, huh?
Most of it was done in the car - two days up to Queensland, various travelling around, then two days back. Well, I got the front and most of the back done. The back was finished on Saturday afternoon, in the carpark of Armidale airport, a couple of hours from our final destination (for Saturday) of Nundle. I began the sleeve on the way there.
Nundle is a very small country town. Very small. It has no mobile phone/mobile broadband access. Well, it probably has Telstra, but no Optus, no Vodaphone, no 3. So we were stuck there, on a Saturday night, no internet, no phones, nothing open, except the pub where we went for dinner. It was the best meal we had for the whole holiday, too!
After dinner, we went back to the hotel to watch TV and II finished the first sleeve and half of the second. So the night wasn't a total waste!
The next morning we headed over t the Wool Mill, but it was a downer. Waste of time, I'm afraid. Last time we went, I scored some nice pink 8ply wool that I made into a cardi for Em, and a kit for a stripey jumper. They had seconds, and patterns, and kits and it was well worth the trip. This time, not so much. There were two baskets in the back room, both almost empty. That was it for seconds. There were no kits at all. No patterns, even.
The yarn is lovely, but it was marked at $9 a ball. It's only $6 on the website. In the end I left with a Rowan magazine, and nothing else. Very disappointing.
But it was more than made up for when I got home and picked up my Christmas parcel from Jill. There was Bugga! in there!!
Bugga!! And it's the most beautiful shade of blue. This will go on the needles next, I think - I just need to find a pattern to do it justice.
I got Polar Bears for Christmas, too. A candle from David and Em, and a Poo-lar bear from Jill. This made us giggle for a while - yes, we're 5 years old. So what?
Now I'm going to go knit ruffles!
January 01, 2010
Still on holidays
I'm still on holidays, but I wanted to put up a quick post so that the front page isn't totally blank!
It's been a great trip so far, much knitting has been achieved, yarn has been purchased and places visited. There's been good weather, woeful weather, family and friends.
Tomorrow we leave Surfers Paradise, and head to Nundle for the final leg of our trip. We'll visit the Wool Mill, and get home again on Sunday night.
I think I'll need two more weeks to recover.
And just to add some colour, I've ripped off an idea from Bells, RoseRed and DrK, and made a mosaic of my finished projects for 2009 (33, counting the Lace Kerchief, which is technically finished, just not blocked yet)
1. Lacy Kerchief scarf, 2. Venezia, 3. Twinkletoes with Twinkie, 4. Gail(Nightsongs), 5. Mingus, 6. Entrelac Socks, 7. Poppy, 8. Swirl scarf, 9. Sophie, 10. Elijah, 11. Firestarters, 12. Em's Cabled Hoodie, 13. Rick socks, 14. One Row Scarf, 15. February Teddy Sweater, 16. Urbanista, 17. BFF socks, 18. Pink Hoodie, 19. Emily Selbu Modern, 20. Scrunchable Scarf, 21. Rivendell Socks, 22. Aeolian, 23. Twink & Marilinda, 24. Em Baroness Beret, 25. Bling-y Shoulder Warmer, 26. Whisper Lace Socks, 27. Flit n Float, 28. Not Pink Puzzle Wrap, 29. Robin, 30. Autumn Rose, 31. Ankle Biters, 32. Chameleon Socks, 33. Esther socks
Happy New Year!