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Friday, 29 July 2011

Two posts in one month? I must have gone mad!

Hiya

So yeah. Spinning is kind of sitting to one side while myself and Nik work on something else. We have decided to crochet a big afghan for a wedding gift for when her brother gets married next week. I'm starting to think that we will never have it finished in time but there is only one thing you can do when that happens, CROCHET FASTER!

I've been thinking today what i want to do the day after the wedding, when i won’t be surrounded by crap acrylic, crocheting endless annoying squares and i think I’ll start with my grandmas tea cosy.

She has asked for her birthday (it was last week but she asked knowing there was no way I had time so she wants me to just do it as soon as I can) for a tea cosy to fit her teeny tiny teapot so I've decided on http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mistake-rib-tea-cosy which comes in a small size. I just need to choose what colours now. All I know it that I want it to be very bright.

Once I've done that I'm going to finish my peppermint twist jumper. Not far to go now, just sleeves and collar. I keep praying to the knitting gods (and Buffy too, it's always good to remember Buffy whilst praying) that it will fit. I do not want a repeat of the 5 dollars in Newcastle jumper i made which i stupidly did in alpaca because it was so soft and lovely! And it would be perfect for a wide neck jumper!

No it was not.

It stretched and stretched within a couple hours of me wearing it i had to keep my hands in the air so it didn't fall off my shoulders and show everyone my boobies.

While i was at work.

Luckily a rep had just dropped off a load of free promo t-shirts so i could get changed. My step dad is now the proud owner of a lovely greenbyte t-shirt (other European made storage arrays are available)

I would also like to finish my socks. I started making these on Boxing Day and I’m still working on them. I know that’s slow but I have been working on other things in the meantime. I’m so close to being finished I just want these done. I’m on the second sock and I’ve just got a couple more rows left before the toe decrease. I could have got there last night but I wanted to compare the second sock to the first which I didn’t have with me. I know the first is a tiny bit short but it still fits over my foot and I’d rather have matching slightly too small socks then odd ones. They are a bit too tight for my giant fat legs anyway. I think maybe next time I knit socks I’ll read the pattern properly before I start and use 2.75mm needles instead of seeing ‘size 2 needles’ and getting started before I remember that is what American’s call a 2.75mm needle. What an idiot.

I have also seen this pattern, http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/abalone-4 and decided I want to make it out of my grey/blue King Cole anti-tickle yarn I bought from Ann’s. I don’t know why but I think it’s beautiful. I think it’s the rounded corners on the bottom. I see myself wearing the hell out of this but I want to be a good girl and swatch etc. first, not sure if I can wait though. I’m so naughty.

I also really want to finish the dinosaur hat I’ve been making for Charles. It’s been sat as a hat with no spikes for ages and I feel like a terrible aunty so I think I’ll finish this before I start the cardi. I’ve also been thinking I’d make him a matching scarf. I made this http://www.ravelry.com/projects/toric/pipers-chain-scarf for my beautiful niece Eleanor at the beginning of the year and I thought I could do the same for Charles but instead of multi coloured I’d do just black and red to match the hat.

Another project I’ve started and would like to finish is my first ever shawl and my first ever bought off Ravelry pattern http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/tuch-shawl-lazykaty

I’ve cast it on in the red/purple and black Zauberball dad got me for Christmas. So far I love the yarn, I’m not sure particularly what I like about it so much, I think I like the tension that it’s been plied together (I don’t know if that’s even a thing, I just made it up) it’s nice and springy and still feels pretty study.

Well, I’m pretty sure that’s enough knitting to keep me occupied for the rest of my life so I’m going to leave it there. Though by the time I next post I’ll have likely changed my mind about everything and decided to knit myself a whole bunch of other ridiculous stuff.

Thursday, 7 July 2011

My Poor Neglected Blog

So I had every intention of using my blog and I've posted twice. Well done me!

Considering my last post was about how I'd re-learnt to knit by finishing my first project I guess I've got quite a bit to update. I think the biggest news is that myself and Nik learnt to spin! now we can make our own yarn! Yippee! And this brings me to my current news.

While having a lovely four days camping in the west of scotland I noticed an awful lot of sheep about. I pointed this out to my friends who informed me that was because we were stood in the middle of a sheep farm. What knitter doesn't love a sheep farm? So when the campsite owner/farmer came round to ask if we were ok I asked if he sold fleeces and he went away to check prices and came back and informed us (my friend who is also ginger, I would have thought Scotish farmers would be one of the few groups of people who can tell the difference between gingers but i was wrong) it would cost me 10 pounds. I've never bought a fleece before but I think 10 pounds must be a right bargain. I spend that on a single ball of yarn! And there is so much of it! The farmer told me to pick out whatever fleece I wanted, i found one with nice long hairs or fibres or whatever I'm supposed to call them and pulled out a fleece the size of a medium to large sheep skin rug and smiles at the man all happy with myself and he said 'no, theres more' and pulled out more fleece about twice the size I pulled out. I dont think I've ever seen a whole sheep as big as the size of this fleece.

So anyway, me and Nik have now spent two night washing fleece, soapy wash, vinear wash, hot wash repeat and we are both now immune to sheep poop. We have three laundry baskets full sat in her spare room and a set of carders waiting to be picked up from Chester le Street post office.

The next step will be teasing the yarn. All I can think about when I hear this term is the episode of The Good Life where they make their own clothes. In fact, thanks to that episode I already new the basics of how to spin my own yarn before I started reading about it. Looking back now I am amazed with how quickly the managed to spin enough yarn to use on a giant loom.

And once we've done that all thats left is carding, spining, washing, plying, washing, dying and kniting. We'll probably have it all done in about a week and a half. pfft yeah right!