Monday, 31 January 2011
Thursday, 27 January 2011
Probably not what I chose this morning.
Melissa Leapman's Sampler Afghan. I found this pattern in issue 3 of The Knitter & immediately knew I needed to make it. I "knew" which yarn I needed, so promptly ordered 12 X 200 gram balls of Luxury 10ply from Bendigo Woollen Mills. When the yarn arrived, I whipped out the magazine & ... oh no! I need 12ply!! The yarn & pattern were put in "time out" while I decided what to do with it.
18 months later & I've finally decided - it'll come out a bit smaller, but ... I'll do it anyway.
As far as summer projects go, this really isn't as silly an idea as it sounds. It's made up of various sized rectangles sewn together in a patchwork fashion, so I won't have huge volumes of nice thick 10ply cables sitting in my lap as I knit (until you get to the knit-on border, but I'll cross that bridge when I come to it).
Half a block down, only 25 and a half to go!
Monday, 24 January 2011
I forgot to take photos!! My friend D (a.k.a. "Rainbow Zap Cat") did though, so I might be able to grab a copy from her. My goodness, you should have seen us all - capes here, weapons there ...
I wound up wearing my sockie necklace, pinning a multitude of mini socklets all over me & sticking knitting needles in my hair.
I don't normally enjoy dress-up parties, 80's themes, 1920's, or something equally not me. This one I could really get my teeth into.
Monday, 17 January 2011
We managed to pack in so much into such a short space of time - visits to Bendigo (woollen mills & Bendigo Pottery), the city (Clegs, Magnation & lunch with dear friends), & of course the Handweavers & Spinners Guild (lunch with my lovely friend T).
Of course I had a few "accidents" along the way.
(There were more, but they were gifts for friends, so therefore they don't count - in my special little world, anyway.)
There are two baggies of multi-coloured merino tops, a small bag of silk tops, a small bag of de-gummed silk cocoons (should be good in a fibre sandwich) & some more sock yarns.
I think I can see a definate theme emerging here. As I think I mentioned in my last post, my favorite colours are blues & purples, & I seem incapable of buying anything else.
Sunday, 16 January 2011
Hmmm ... I think it has to be knitting related, preferably with the involvement of socks somehow ...
Ooooo - this could be a really great excuse to knit Cat Bordi's Seven Socklet Necklace.
See? I knew I was keeping all those little left-over bits of sock yarn for a reason!
(Actually, I have the crazy idea of a mitred square blanket in my head ... )
I have enough leftover sock yarn that I can actually pick out 7 different ones (or more) in my favorite colourways - blue & purple.
Monday, 3 January 2011
Time for some of it to go.
Although I could knit this stuff up & either sell it or give it away as useful articles, I know I probably never will. (Some of this stuff is just nasty, & knitting it first won't make a blind bit of differance to the quality - it'll just make me miserable) There's a fair bit of acrylic in those bags, along with some muppet road-kill, & it's all going. I don't know where it's going yet. We're having a swap day at my spinning group next month, so I may see if anybody else wants it, & I might even get something nice in return. If nobody wants it (that's what I suspect), there's no way I'm letting it back into the stash (it's plastic boxes have already been filled with new purchases - whoops!). Maybe a craft group somewhere might take it off my hands?
And after all this effort? I haven't found a new project yet ...