Monday, December 16, 2013
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Friday, November 15, 2013
I've been very quiet of late. Sorry about that. But this is the reason. I've unexpectedly fallen pregnant! On top of trying to deal with the fact that I have to start all over again, I've been feeling like rubbish. This is the first time I've ever had morning sickness. None with my first 2. Well, I already have 2 boys and now I'm having a third! Yep, a house of all boys and me.
Monday, November 11, 2013
Saturday, October 5, 2013
I recently bought a skein of Trailing Clouds Mind The Gap. They also had a striking colourway called CMYK. I had to have one. I was lucky enough to score one in a recent update. These are my commute knitting.
Monday, September 23, 2013
I must always remember to move the stitches around so that the colour change happens at the back of the leg and underfoot. I forgot to do that with the 2nd sock. It's much neater that way! Doh!
Saturday, September 14, 2013
I've been meaning to make Skew for a while but just never got around to it. I'm so happy with how the pattern turned out. I used 2.5mm instead of the recommended 2.25mm and the fit is amazing. No yanking over the heel for me but it's still snug. For some reason one leg is longer than the other. Weird considering the pattern is row by row.
I cannot believe this pattern is free. It must have been a trial to come up with it!!
Saturday, September 7, 2013
This one is using Frosch and Natur Wollmeise.
Friday, August 30, 2013
Satsuma uses the new continguous method. I quite like it. A nice alternative to the usual raglan construction.
Monday, August 26, 2013
Saturday, August 24, 2013
I finished my Angry Birds socks! They were a custom dye job by Stray Cats on Etsy. I love them. Just a simply top down vanilla sock with 64st. I used Fish Lips Kiss Heel for the first time. I quite like the look of it. No holes whatsoever. I'll use it again that's for sure.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Finished! These are a lovely sock. Again in Cascade Heritage. I reversed the cable on the 2nd/right sock. Although the last line in the pattern is not provided for reversing. So I had to fudge it. Love this one. Especially the length and softness. Hope they hold up well!
Monday, August 19, 2013
I got 2 comments from my work colleagues. Both were men! Gotta love making an impact with your handknits :)
In the making of this, I realised about 3/4 of the way through the body that there was an error in the lace at the bust. So I ripped it all out to the error and knitted again. I almost got to the same spot when I realised I hadn't ripped back far enough so the error was still there. Riiip again and it's now perfect. I have tamed the lace demon. We have been long standing enemies for some time. I'm so glad I decided to fix it!
Monday, August 12, 2013
Sunday, August 11, 2013
A lovely Raveller had the very sad task of saying goodbye to her daughter who was very sick. To try to help her through this impossible task, knitters worldwide banded together to make some Wollmeise squares to make a blanket. 150 squares to be exact. 45 knitters over 7 countries. All 150 squares were sent to one Aussie and a bunch of us Aussies arranged and sewed these pieces together.
We had some leftover squares so we made a lap blanket or baby blanket for her other daughter who had recently given birth.
Jeanette, I hope we were able to give you the virtual hug that you needed. Much sympathies!! x
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Sooo, I didn't tell you all about my trip away with the knitting crew to the Bendigo Woollen Show. It was great...well apart from getting gastro which I caught from my 5yr old! Thanks Kai.
We stayed at an amazing place called Lochinver about 45mins out of Bendigo. There were about 10 of us staying in that house. A lovely old homestead on a farm. Lots of rooms. Lots of places to knit or sew or chat in front of the fire.
I scored myself a lovely bit of stash at the show. A lot of yarns I'd never heard or let alone tried before. And a few that I have.
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Sunday, July 7, 2013
Saturday, July 6, 2013
One last post for tonight, promise :)
A couple of sweaters that I've been completely inspired by. That's the last thing I need. MORE awesome yarny inspiration. I especially can't get the sweater with the red stripes out of my mind. So many WIPs, so little kitting time...sigh.
And Marian in Malabrigo Rasta. I can never get the mobious thing to work so I had someone else do it for me :)
These will both come in handy as it's been very cold here in Melbourne this winter!
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
I really wanted to try both these heels. I was taken with the Sweet Tomato with visions of the wedges not disturbing the stripey pattern. This particular sock had 72st to account for smaller needles and tighter gauge. I think that's what messed this up. The heel turned out too...round or big or however you describe it. In hindsight I should have just done 2 wedges instead of 3.
In any case I ripped it out and made a contrast heel using Wollmeise in Mohrchen. In the same vein, it was a bit large due to the extra stitches. But it looks pretty neat I think.
I haven't given up on sweet tomato. I will give it a go with a 64st sock.
This one is taking a while because I keep getting sidetracked. But I'm finally on a roll. I'm not far from separating for sleeve shaping. This is so heavily modified from the original pattern. I hope I can make it work. So far so good!
Saturday, June 22, 2013
Here is the finished product of Robin version #2. I stopped short about 22 rows before splitting for sleeves. It resulted in a slightly more fitted look. But the rest of the numbers were still the same so it's still nicely oversized. and the tail length is perfect to cover the butt. I think this one will get heaps of wear!
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Sunday, June 16, 2013
Soooo Signature Needle Arts have been trying to re-engineer their 4.5mm for ages. I'm not sure whether it was because they had issues with their cables or what? In the end, they decided to create "convertible" needles. The introduction of these convertibles means that they will no longer be making their fixed needles. So in a panic, I determined which ones I don't have and put an order in along with 2 x 4.5mm convertibles to test drive. You know...for science :) I'm not one to be negative towards Signatures, but I'm not all that impressed. The transition from cable to needle is steep so it's always a struggle to get the stitches up. Especially with magic loop! But they're sooo pretty :)
While I'm on about Wollmeise DK...I had to whip up a quick gift for a yarny friend's birthday. I made a Molly hat not long ago for my mum using different yarn. Said friend had it in her queue so I thought I'd go again. This time using Im Jahr Der Ratte in Wollmeise DK leftovers. I love it so much that I think I need one for myself!
I love my Robin so much that I have to make another one. This time with some mods to make it less 'bat-wingy". So far so good. This time I've used Feldmauschen and Natur in Wollmeise DK. God I love this stuff. Some would say I'm obsessed.
Sunday, June 2, 2013
And here I am in my new sweater. Having a coffee with my knitting gals, had to show it off. Next time I would separate for sleeves a full black and white stripe earlier (22 rows). Shall I make another? :)
Saturday, June 1, 2013
Pics of me wearing to to come after it dries in this rainy cold weather.