Thursday, 8 December 2011
Tuesday, 31 May 2011
In a fit of desperation and distraction, I've made a list of all my WIPs:
Cardigan for H
Celestine - nearly finished (and needs to be finished by the end of this week). Cardigan for H - started three years ago, currently snoozing gently in the corner, but needs to be woken up, finished, and worn, before they are all too big for it. The cowls are rapidly rushing to the top of the list as they need to be done by the end of term; I finished one yesterday on the way home from the beach, but due to being very tired forgot that it needed a stretchy bind off, so I need to rip back the BO and do it again differently. Doh. The plus side is that I need another ball of wool for one of them, which I will have to order, so I might stretch to a pair of metal knitpro interchangeables, because I want to try them out. It's for research purposes you see.
We were on our way to the beach yesterday morning, Chris driving and me armed with the OS map of the area we were going to (Llandudno). I quickly discovered that it's a two sided map and I was on the wrong side, which means opening the whole thing out to turn it round. I was trying to do it whilst going along, until Chris forbade me because he couldn't see the road. (Honestly. What do you mean, you need to see the road to drive? It'll only take a minute...) So I asked him to pull in at the upcoming petrol station, and got the 'can't you wait until we stop at the services?' answer (he was a bit cross by this point). To which I repiled, but I need to see the map, if I change it I can look at it now, and to my surprise he said yeah, I see, it's a map, and stopped. Sometimes we really do think the same :)
Monday, 2 May 2011
But I digress. I'm really excited about this KAL, I've never done one before and I have all sorts of ideas in my head about what I want to make, which may or may not be possible / sensible. I also have a baby gift to finish and a few other small things to knit before the summer holidays, plus Rogue to finish off (I've lost my chart for the sleeves, and I really don't want to have to re-do it - it's all coloured in with notes on increases etc, so I need to have a good look for it before I can carry on).
Anyway I'd better get back to work before I run out of tea and laptop battery.
So, to answer the questions in the first post:
It will be a pullover with a high zip/ribbed neck and full length sleeves, and no shaping.
No idea how long it needs to be, I'd better go find a sweater of his and measure it!
I might do hems for the cuffs and bottom welt, rather than ribbing.
I think I'm going to use the DK double with 5.5mm needles (I often do this for sweaters, so they don't take too long!). Next stop - the guage swatch!
Friday, 25 March 2011
Or, why did nobody tell me about this before? The pattern for Rogue uses short rows for the shoulders instead of a stepped bind off. What a difference! It’s doubly good because (thanks to another fabulous article by Techknitter) I’ve finally managed to do some decent short rows. With hidden wraps. The purl ones weren’t as good but still quite reasonable. Wahey!
Cairn number 1 is finished, but its a surprise so no photos. Cairn no. 2 is currently stuck in the design stages - I might need to dye some wool for the second colour, shame. Celestine is also coming on apace but again, no details as its a surprise.
A friend and I visited Fairfield Yarns the other week, which is a fab place - yarn heaven! Like one of those secondhand bookshops with floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall books and only tiny aisles, this was the equivalent for yarn, complete with old coning machines and something clacking away in the basement. I came back with some woolly DK and 4ply to dye. I've been skeining it up, but I really need to get on and dye it. Trouble is, most evenings are either taken up with meetings or I'm too exhausted to do anything or the kitchen is too untidy. Fridays are essay writing / sleeping days, so not much happening there either. Ah well.
We have survived the chicken pox anyway (just about, just a few infected spots to go, yuk) and are now coping with the adult tonsilitis that has followed, so I'm not feeling up to much at the moment. It has to be said though that quite a lot of knitting has got done in the last couple of weeks, so it's not all bad. (We won't mention the cleaning. Again.) This morning I have the house to myself which is rather nice, and yes, I have done some work. And some washing. Must be feeling better.
Wednesday, 23 February 2011
In other (knitting) news, the new year has seen a plethora of new projects cast on. Some are secrets for the present so I won't say too much, but the jumper is coming on well. I went for Rogue in the end, using Wendy Mode chunky so that it doesn't take as long to knit. Luckily there is a rogue veteran in K1S2 so I can ask questions etc. So far it is a very enjoyable knit, but it has been temporarily snoozing of late as more time-dependent projects have taken over. I also finished the first seaweed sock and cast on the second, but haven't got any further for the same reason as above. I have a whole list of projects to do this year, so it could be a very knitty year (or a very frustrating one, depending how it goes).