Thursday, December 30, 2010
I got one to hold my sock while the kids played on the playground. I hardly got the photo taken before he started nibbling my knitpicks needles!
Roos are such a pest in Australia. (But roo meat is very nice!)
Finally, today, I cast off the Casbah socks!
Got to love Jeny's Super Stretchy Cast off for toe-up socks. It uses about 5m of yarn (hehe) but you could get both your feet into it.
I used my standard toe-up pattern, but with 60st around and 2.5mm needles. The pattern is a rib that is K3 P3 on one row, and K5 P1 on alternate rows. The yarn is the very lovely Handmaiden Casbah! I shalt buy thee again!
Sunday, December 12, 2010
So I don't think I'm going to manage a pair a month next year, even if the Yarn Harlot can. Instead, I'm joining the Super Special Six Pattern Sock Club 2011 (!) to make 6 pairs. Here are my yarn choices...
1. Patonyle sock yarn, chocolate-dyed by me.
2. Dream in Color Smooshy. Color: Spring Tickle
3. EGMTK. Color: dark green
4. Wired For Fibre Greta. Color: denim
5. Two Tees. Color: Kaleidoscope
6. Dream in Color Smooshy. Color: In Vino Veritas
Here's a link to the chosen sock patterns, with knitting dates and pictures. We're all doing Shur’tugal, Nutkin, Leyburns, Fox Faces, Nanner and Boyfriend Socks.
You might not have heard of Two Tees, as I think 'Sue from the knitting group" has only just started dyeing it. I got some pretty quick, from her HawthorneCottage site. Luckily she lives "around the corner", so she put it in my letterbox, all balled up for me :)
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010
12g Matt's phone sock
60g eucalypt given to Kelly
95g chocolate hat
85 Picovoli extra (1 whole ball)
40 Baby's Jet dress
50g sacrificed to kids entertainment
45g from last month
End of November: 17.4
I have such a craving to buy yarn. LOL. We'll see if I can hold off until next year :)
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Barely a hint of dirt or grass with long white fibers... Why on earth did I start with the short, dirty stuff from the black sheep last year? I haven't washed it. Just trimmed the very end off, which is felted into tiny curly tips. Makes your hands a bit greasy, but spins up great as it is! I've been pulling it from the side, just like that, though I can't do it quickly enough to use my wheel with this stuff.
Inspired by my baby sister, I thought I'd attempt a felted scarf. I laid out my long strip of bubble wrap (3m at the post office was about $2.50) and laid out a mat of fibre running acrossways. Layer two was lengthways. Layer three was stripes of pale blue and pale green (as opposed to the white), and layer 4 was more white.
This is 250cm x 30cm, laid out on towels on the floor (while the kids had a nap). Then I wet it, rolled it up, and agitated it around, scrunched it, microwaved it, threw it against a chair, washed it again, put it in the dryer... even ironed it. I also did Kelly's trick of trimming the sides with scissors!
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Here's Zachy, fast asleep on the beanbags at playgroup, while 20 or so kids ran around him screaming! Can't half tell he's a number 3 child!
My Casbah socks are up to the gusset increases. They are taking forever, as 4ply socks with 2.5mm needles two-at-a-time do when you have three littlies. But I am loving every soft stitch! And weirdly (I don't even know why I chose these colors) the teal and purple and gold are appealing to me very much. Hmm.
Another FO! I actually finished this back in July or something, but it was too short and rolly. So I snipped off the ribbing and knit another skein on (about 6 inches) with some double garter on the bottom. Sorry about the dodgy photo. It's dark green Picovoli.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Yep, I ran out of yarn. They're short little Fargyles, but I love em, and the Tosh Vintage was really nice to knit with. I don't seem to have the hang of twists; instead, I just do single cables, and this tightly twisted yarn is nice and non-splitty, which is pretty good for cabling without a cable needle. Also, I'm starting to think that knitting is a little bit like my brother described carpentry: All the skill is in covering your mistakes well! Hehehe.
Sunday, October 31, 2010
270 Little Jet hats for kids
10 Cardi for Gill
35 socks for Byron
300 Jasmine's dress
200g uruguay wool
460g wool from Webs
end of September 17.8
end of October 17.8
If I could resist buying new yarn, I would be doing so well! Hehehe.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Here are my side seams. I increased every third row on either side of my 10 marked-off stitches under the arm. Then I used up my green with about 6 rounds of garter stitch. To weight it down a bit, I bound off with an icord edge, which is so neat, but eats up the yarn like crazy! lol. Now that it's done, it occurs to me that it now looks like the bottom has curled up. hehehe.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
And she was right. Thanks girl.
Picked three Madeline Tosh skeins in the flavors Forestry, Amber Trinket and Filigree.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Slack. (The three kids and 6 other pairs of socks are no excuse.)
I do like the multi-tone effect caused by accidently dyeing the skein while twisted up (where is my brain?) and despite how huge they seem to me, they somehow fit Byron's feet well. Sigh.
Also bought 200g of fingering handspun from overseas somewhere. It was more multicolored in the picture, I thought, but I just plan to ply it together and knit some soft hats or something.
35g knitted, 200g bought. Hmmm.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
A little blue and yellow stripey 10ply sock yarn for quick and easy socks for my 3yo.
One finished blue sock that will probably suffer SSS for the rest of its life. The afterthought heel worked well, though I should have made it bigger, I think.