Saturday, January 31, 2009

Another half FO

G'day all!

I must be feeling better this week. I've done a fair bit of spinning

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(was halfway through spinning that up, got the bobbin full then two-plied it and it is thinner than I expected. Such is life! But after it is washed and thwacked into shape that may change... Fleece is from a Black Pines sheep CVM/Romeldale called Laura. Plying may or may not be dodgy.)

I've also spun up 4oz of BFL. It is not as smooth as I am used to BFL being and I think I'll list it in my shop - I don't think I will use it but other people are not as princess and the pea when it comes to wool as I am. It is *very* me colours though. No pic yet - have to set the twist and thwack it yet.

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I managed to finish a fingerless mitt, of my own design, three times in 18 hours. Grr! I thought it was done then decided it was too tight, re-did it, realised I had mucked up the striping going into the ribbing, redid it.

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I would have almost had a pair by now if I had just done it right the first time! Instead I only have a cast on, so I have to get cracking to finish that by tomorrow to post another FO!

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Tomorrow I can cast on for Nathan's socks, undeserving as he may be! The other bright chirpy mini mochi will have to wait. Such is life!

anon!

Friday, January 30, 2009

Not really an FO

G'day all!

A couple of weeks ago I bought some Mini Mochi. Oh pretty rainbow colours!

On Tuesday, I started knitting it up.

Since then I've been obsessed. Here's the result.

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mm_on

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The yarn is really fuzzy. I've been pulling out the hairiest hairs but it is still fuzzy - as fuzzy as various of the sock that I have washed a few times. Will be interesting to see how this sock washes up. Yes, I will make a second one and see if I can wrinkle out some issues with the pattern. At the moment, after doing the setup repeat, it doesn't really follow the chart, just common sense.

Biggest problem with the yarn, apart from splittiness due to its singles nature, is

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The green crocked. Pics are not great but I think you can get the idea of where I tension the yarn and what bits actually hold the needles, at least for my right, throwing, hand.

First, I have to finish a fingerless mitten and get cracking on my Feb socks (on Sunday). They will be husbandly socks. Speaking of which, DH informed me that hand knitted socks are ok and he likes being able to tell which socks are pairs (doesn't stop him wearing mismatched pairs, mind). He was rather dismissive. As he is telling me this, he started to realise that maybe it was not the right response, and became rather sure of this when I asked him why should I bother putting all that effort into socks for him if he doesn't actually care for them that much? I have been making him a set for Valentine's Day, his birthday and Christmas but really why bother? Anyway, he will get the next pair as I have some yarn earmarked for them and then I will reconsider.

anon!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

FO - full o piratey goodness

G'day all!

This is the last FO for the moment unless I get a bee in my bonnet about finishing things I haven't actually started (like the fingerless mitts to go with today's FO).

As I was knitting it, I thought it looked like (stripy) stained glass, but someone else saw it as being piratey. So ahhhhrrrr, me hearties, I give you the pirate beret

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(without pirate ahhhhrrr expression cos y'know it ain't that attractive and I have some meagre standards about my appearance.)

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I think it looks a lot better on that off - it looks like a funny little bag thing. It wouldn't sit flat.
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Yarn: Mission Falls 1824 in eggplant (024), Koigu Kersti in pretty much every colour. 4.5mm needles.
Pattern: Though the Loops beret recipe.

Fun to knit!

anon!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

How do you solve a problem like

G'day all!

What do you do when you pick up a languishing UFO and decide to finish it, only to find that after one row, your ears and throat are itching and your hands are burning? Is this why it is a UFO? Because you are allergic to alpaca and it has 10% alpaca? You've knitted and worn a jacket made out of the same yarn (in a different colour) without any problems, but that was before you tried processing and spinning alpaca fleece.

So do I take antihistamines and finish it or do I frog it and try to pass on the yarn to a new home (preferably by swapping for something else). It may be dusty, though it has been kept in bags and/or boxes.

In the meantime, another UFO has been glaring at me from half under my armchair. I put it there so it would guilt me into finishing it. That plan did work, eventually - a month or so later I pulled my finger out. After all it is tedious having to pick it up to vacuum under it.

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Looks like a mess, doesn't it?

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It is made out of some Marta's Yarns - Slubby and magic 2-ply laceweight. I can remember lurking in her shop in the city eyeballing the Slubby, knowing it was naughty to buy it but feeling the siren call.... then I found a little scrap of laceweight to make a scribble shawl out of. It also has beads strung on the laceweight (imagine trying to get them on the slubby yarn!).

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It could almost work as a wrap except I am one of those people who catches on *everything*. Sometimes things go out of their way to attack me - branches and twigs that sway that bit further to snag me, that sort of thing.

Anyway, it is one less UFO to worry me. I now have the jacket, a glub (oversized mitten with two wrist holes for handholding), a kid mohair wrap and a mosaic sock to finish off. Plus a lovely shawl but I can't find the yarn for it - it is a tiny ball of laceweight to do a picot edge down the sides. I can't get more of the yarn cos I hand-dyed it ages ago and there is no more of the base plus my dyes are from a different batch. Oh, the curtain - that is a biggy! The cable baby hat that I started at guild in ?October or November. November. It got separated from the pattern and I find one or the other but not both at the same time.

I wonder what other UFOs will come lurking out to attack me if I search? I am sure I left some at home. Ah I just remembered a sock. I hate the yarn - feels like cotton, though it is wool, and my gauge is wrong so it is stiff. I can remember riding the bus Back 'Ome and knitting that sock - I have no idea why I was on the bus rather than driving but it seemed like a good idea at the time. I think I decided to Go Exploring and the bus went in a straight line to a place I'd never really been, so I hopped on and knitted away merrily. That sock might get frogged and the yarn repurposed.

I now have two new WIPS - a sock and a shawl. I don't know what it is with shawls and me. I don't wear them but I seem to like knitting them. No prizes for guessing what yarn I am knitting the sock out of.

Gosh we are having noisy day today. The volatile (red-headed) girl on the diagonal from us is having a screaming match on her phone, I think - you don't normally stand and argue with thin air? The baby upstairs is teething I think - he's the right age and he's wailing more than usual. He is at last past the h-wah-h-wah crying. The bad thing about getting somewhat more (but not all) of my hearing back is I can hear things that I might not want to hear. The good part? I can often hear the pot boiling over on the stove or the food making the Bad Noise (burning), I can hear my husband, and I can hear the little birdies outside. That is if people aren't yelling on the phone and the little man upstairs isn't bellowing. LOL

Could be worse, I could be Back 'Ome, where it is 31C at 6:45am and is headed for 43C (109F) today, tomorrow and Friday (actually yesterday, today and tomorrow, oz time).

anon!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Meret - Three in a row

G'day all!

Last Friday I decided that I needed a beret to wear, a nice slouchy beret, dare I say it a fashionable beret.

I dug around in the stash, looking for my lovely skein heathered icy blue Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd's wool. I got pretty cranky cos it was not where it should've been, but calm was restored when I found it in the Wrong Box.

I had also been looking around at patterns and had had Woolly Wormhead's Mystery Beret (Meret) on my list of funky things to make. (Not necessarily in my Ravelry queue though, LOL.)

This was a fun knit, though I did finish it once, put it on and decide that for my boofhead I needed some extra boof. I did four repeats of the pattern. Blocking it was not easy as it is much bigger than a dinner plate (see boofhead above). The yarn is absolutely a delight to knit with. I had bought it to make a little baby something out of but it is not machine washable = disaster for a mum with two little girls and a new baby. It is soft and bouncy and shows stitch definition quite well. I have no idea how well it will wear, but given I tend not to rub my head against much, I don't see that as being a problem. I am very tempted to go back to Purlescence and get me another skein so's I can make fingerless mitts, and some in pink too so I have matchy matchy for my weather- resistant coat....

Oh, you want to see it in all its glory?

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(yarn colour is a bit more turquoise than in the pics)

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(the underside is interesting too!)

And even a shot with me wearing it!
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(Scuse the skanky hair - it was still wet.)

So far this week, I've posted three FOs. But the fun doesn't stop there - I have TWO MORE to go! Stay tuned.

anon!

Monday, January 26, 2009

FO - Stripy socks

G'day all!

I've recently suffered a case of finishitis (wish I'd finish some old wips though!).

Here's some socks:

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I dyed some 50:50 merino:tencel so that it would stripe. Tick! It stripes!

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I put a little flower motif on the sides of the cuff. I tried out two different ways to make the leaves - yo/decrease and twisted stitch. The yo version shows up better.

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The heel has the reinforced ribbing look to it rather than the eye of partridge that I like so much. Eye of partridge would not show up so well with boldly striped yarn.

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They are knitted with my usual toe up recipe. I should write the recipe up for you, but it is not a pattern, just a recipe.

(I'll be listing some wool nylon blend in the same colourway on my etsy shop as soon as I get off my lazy butt and actually list it. Note that the wool nylon blend dyed more consistently.)

So January's socks are done. I need to get a wriggle on with February's socks but it isn't Feb yet. They will be Valentine's socks for DH. He is starting to get a collection of hand knitted socks now :-) But these socks are definitely for ME!

By the time I show you the last FO I am hoping that it won't be the last one! We've been on a movie watching kick recently and gee that is prime knitting time! The Constant Gardener was a disturbing movie, very disturbing. What was the name of last night's movie? Max (Russell Crowe) inherits his uncle's estate in Provence and discovers the joys of being out of the stock market. Very unchallenging. Not what I expect from Ridley Scott. No brain cells were disturbed and you only needed two of them firing. Pleasant! Then we ended up watching MIB, which is amusing rot. I admit to not enjoying movies and shows that are Good For Me and Raise My Social Conscience.

anon!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

A genuine FO

G'day all!

Finally we have a day with some sun! Hooray! This means photos.

I was given a lovely book for Christmas. I started knitting a scarf with a pattern based on one of the jumper patterns as a reciprocal gift. Whilst I was sick sick, I took a break from knitting anything for others. I figured that it was yucky to infest gifts with my germs.

Early this week I finally finished the scarf. It seemed to take ages, though when I got stuck into it, it flew!

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I used two strands of lace/fingering weight handspun that I . The fleece is grey merino from a sheep named Sarah. It is lovely to work with. I originally used the yarn for my mystery stole 4 but well, let's just say that pattern was not for me and was frogged. I can't say how much I used - I spun up about 800m and used a good 2/3 of that, though remember I used it double stranded.

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The pattern is very simple - multiple of 4 + 2. You can add a selvedge stitch or three if you want.

Row 1: Knit.
Row 2: Purl.
Row 3: *k2, p2* repeat to last 2 stitches, k2.
Row 4: *p2, k2* repeat to last 2 stitches, p2.
(from "A Fine Fleece" p34, Rhinebeck sweater)

I started with a garter stitch band and put garter stitch bands every 17 repeats. Why 17? Umm cos it looked right. I knitted until it was Long Enough. (About 1.6m long, or about 5'.)

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(The reverse)

Now it has to go to its new home! I hope its recipient doesn't have a problem with wool.

anon!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

G'sday all!

I was naughty a little while ago.

Here is evidence of naughtiness.

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Ahem!

The first two pictured I want to play against each other but really the thought of doing a whole 1X1 rib for The Scarf on size 2 US needles seems a little MAD! So I might make some mittens or something instead. The rainbow ones will become socks, as their manufacturer intended.

I had no idea what to expect from the yarn itself. I just went WANT! and bought two days later. It is soft but has some wiry hairs in it. It is also a single - will be interesting to see how it will wear!

I have almost finished this month's socks, hooray! In another 1.5 hours they will be done! It is good to finish stuff. And I finished the gift scarf but still don't have pics. After weeks of sun, we now have days of gray, and getting good shots of a grey scarf on a grey day....

I've been a member of the Rockin' Sock Club since its inception. This year, despite all the big name designers, I didn't cough up the lolly for it. I figure someone else can have a go, plus I have PLENTY of sock club yarn that has not been knitted up, along with a heap of other sock yarn (eg see above).

So when I came across a post on Knitter's Review about a DIY sock club, I thought what a great idea! (I would like to thank the person who thought of this but I can't figure out who it was.)

Grab your sock yarn stash (ok, it's not stash). Match up 12 skeins with 12 patterns. Put each lot of yarn with its pattern into a plain paper bag and staple or tape it shut. Shuffle the bags around so's you don't know what bag has what in it. Take a bag each month and knit up the socks.

Brilliant! My own sock yarn club, and I am guaranteed to like the colours! LOL Except I need to knit DH's Valentine socks next and then there is the STR Leyburn thing on Ravelry that I am still considering.

And for those who can't get enough memes, or me mes, I give you an Aussie themed version of one that has done the rounds. I got it from Alison, of MachenMachen. Bold the things you have done.

1. Started your own blog.
2. Slept under the stars.
3. Played in a band.
4. Visited The Great Barrier Reef.
5. Stood under the stars in the outback, the real outback – think Uluru.
6. Given more than you can afford to charity.
7. Been to the Gold Coast’s theme parks – anyone, you take your pick.
8. Climbed a mountain.
9. Held a praying mantis.
10. Sung a solo.
11. Bungee jumped, jumped out of plane, been paragliding or hang-gliding, hot air ballooning – you get the idea, you’ve been hundreds of metres about earth in a seemingly flimsy contraption.
12. Visited Melbourne. Ah, it is my usual home. So no, I haven't visited.
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea.
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch.
15. Had a child. Raised a child. Worked with children.
16. Had food poisoning.
17. Been to the Snowy Mountains.
18. Grown your own vegetables.
19. Visited the Brett Whitely studio in Surry Hills, Sydney.
20. Slept on an overnight train or bus.
21. Had a pillow fight.
22. Been backpacking.
23. Taken a mental health day.
24. Been buried in sand with just your head and toes sticking out.
25. Held a possum, kangaroo or koala – or any other native Australian animal.
26. Gone skinny dipping.
27. Been in a fun run.
28. Been on the Blue Mountain cableway.
29. Seen a total eclipse.
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset. (heelo1 You'd have to be blind, literally, to have never done that!)
31. Played, or watched, cricket.
32. Sailed, kayaked or canoed our beautiful waterways.
33. Seen the Daintree.
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors.(as long as you count grandparents, not great/etc)
35. Visited an Aboriginal settlement or mission.
36. Learned a new language.
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied.
38. Toured the Sydney Opera House.
39. Tried rock climbing (indoor or outdoor), abseiling or just simple bush walking. (all)
40. Visit Queensland’s Gallery of Modern Art.
41. Been to the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
42. Sunbaked at Bondi.
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant.
44. Visited Broome.
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight.
46. Been transported in an ambulance.
47. Had your portrait painted.
48. Gone fishing.
49. Seen Tasmania’s old growth forests.
50. Been to the top of Q1, on the Gold Coast.
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkelling.
52. Kissed in the rain.
53. Played in the mud.
54. Gone to a drive-in theatre.
55. Been in a movie.
56. Driven the Great Ocean Road.
57. Started a business.
58. Taken a martial arts class.
59. Visited Norfolk Island.
60. Served at a soup kitchen.
61. Sold Girl Guide biscuits.
62. Gone whale watching.
63. Got flowers for no reason.
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma.
65. Gone jet boating.
66. Visited Port Arthur.
67. Bounced a cheque.
68. Flown in a helicopter.
69. Saved a favourite childhood toy.
70. Visited the Australian War Memorial.
71. Eaten Caviar.
72. Pieced a quilt.
73. Stood in Federation Square.
74. Been on the Murray River.
75. Been fired from a job.
76. Travelled, or climbed, over the Sydney Harbour Bridge. (I don't count driving)
77. Broken a bone.
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Three Sisters at Echo Point, Katoomba.
80. Published a book.
81. Visited St Mary’s Cathedral, in Sydney.
82. Bought a brand new car.
83. Been to Hermannsburg.
84. Had your picture in the newspaper.
85. Read the entire Bible.
86. Visited Parliament House.
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating.
88. Had chickenpox.
89. Saved someone’s life.
90. Sat on a jury.
91. Met someone famous.
92. Joined a book club.
93. Lost a loved one.
94. Saved a pet.
95. Been to the site of the Eureka Stockade.
96. Swum in The Whitsundays.
97. Been involved in a lawsuit.
98. Owned a mobile phone.
99. Been stung by a bee.
100. Read an entire book in one day.

OK, that should do for the nonce.

anon!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Stencilled

G'day all!

A miracle occurred yesterday! One of my ears sorta cleared. I can now hear more stuff! Hooray! Plus it makes riding my bike a lot easier - I feel more stable. So I've been celebrating by riding to Wholefoods and back two days in a row. That wouldn't be because I forgot to buy vegies to go with the roast leg o lamb for tonight though, would it? Ahem.

So last night was the monthly knitting guild meeting. This time around, we stencilled tshirts for the upcoming Stitches West. Cutting out the stencils was not real fun but the painting was!

Here's my tshirt all stencilled up and painted:

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And the result?

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Imperfect but I am not too fussed. After all, the tie-dye job on the tshirt is pretty average too ;-)

I got some yarn today...

anon!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Ever swatching

G'day all!

After my swatching fest the other day, I decided to do some more swatches in a larger size to givew me more idea about how the yarn works up in the different patterns.

Normally I use a sleeve or the front of a cardi as my swatch but in this case I do not have a pattern. This makes things considerably more exciting and swatches are absolutely necessary.

I grabbed the four favourites from my last post and eliminated one pretty quickly in the larger swatch. The leafy type pattern - she gone!

I have to say the ribby cables look absolutely fantastic.
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The problem with such a fitted cardi is that I don't have many fitted tshirts/etc to wear underneath it and I absolutely must have something between me and the wool on my body and any part of my neck that it touches. My arms are made of tougher stuff though if the cuffs grabbed around my wrists or rubs the crease of my elbow, they will complain too.

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I still like the daisy pattern, no idea why, it just appeals to me. This would be a looser, still fitted but looser jacket. You can almost see the pattern in the stockinette section in the bigger photos.

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Razor shell still looks pretty good to me as well. It would make a very classy jacket but not so fitted as shaping the shell is a bit harder to do.

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Finally, I looked up the February Lady Sweater and did a bit of the lace out of that. Of course I am showing it upside down I realise. I think the colourway might be a bit busy for that sort of lacework. However it would be relatively easy to modify the gauge to go from worsted to fingering.

I am still humming and harring over which design to go with. I like aspects of each. I think I shall let them marinate for a while and work on some other stuff that I need to finish, like the scarf for the lovely person who randomly sent me "A Fine Fleece."

I hooked out all my sock yarn tonight with the idea of pairing up some of it for projects other than socks, maybe a flowerbasket shawl or something. I have some that will go together ok but I am surprised by how much doesn't go together. Then there are the colourways that match beautifully but some of the yarn is Casbah or Posh Emily and it is so squooshy and yummy that I just want to knit socks or mitts or hats out of it all by itself rather than putting it with say Colonial wool, which is lovely but just not the same class. Then there is the yarn that would play well with others but is almost monotone = great for all those fancy-pants patterns I want to try out.

After all the "special" yarn is put aside, I am left with a hodge podge of colours of which about three skeins sorta go together. The rest well to put it together would be taking a huge punt. I love my colours but some of these combos are plain scary. Also the textures are all over the place along with the, to be blunt, quality of the yarn.

I always thought that I go for the same colours over and over but apparently I don't anywhere as much as I though I do. At least not in socks. It is sorta peeving cos I thought a shawl would be good and stash busting, for lord knows I have plenty of sock stash. I guess I could use up the one pound skeins of Wildfoote I got at the Brown Sheep outlet in a shawl - that would get rid of some yarn but I don't really want to just get rid of stuff willy nilly, I want to make stuff I want to make.

The real problem is that I have startitis but have nothing to start! I guess I'll have to convert it to finishitis and do this scarf and the other sock to match my self-striping sock. Then I will have a pair of socks for the current month and can think about other things, like jackets and maybe one day finishing that curtain I was making months ago before commissions and stuff got in the way.

BTW, I am thinking of advertising my little Etsy shop on Ravelry. I have not sold one item so far. I have quite a bit more to list but I obviously am dyeing all the wrong colours or offering stuff noone else is interested in. Plus I am a very small fish in a very big pond and have very bad timimg. It's rather disappointing. I'll do a little more dyeing in colourways that have sold well in the past in Oz and if that doesn't go with the help of a Ravelry ad, I will pull the plug. There's only so much effort and money that I want to throw at this. It is sorta difficult cos I am trying to fund it from my earnings doing knitting for my LYS, and I don't have a huge budget. I thought if I started small then I could add more types of yarn and bigger quantities, but currently I am not even going to recoup the money I've already put into this microventure. I really enjoy dyeing yarn and fibre and always dye too much for me to use on my lonesome. Ah well, live and learn.

anon!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Swatching

G'day all!

The electricians have been and gone. Can you believe that in our 750sq foot apartment, there were TEN two point power plugs? 10! I forgot completely about two of them and another one is in the kitchen. Anyway, it is now three point plugs all round! Yay! Watching them install the power points was interesting - lever out the old, clip four wires off the back (two were green and brown - old wiring?) then the put connectors on instead. The connectors look like cat-5/LAN connectors. Crimp em, clip the connectors into the new powerpoint on (the point is an integrated box so I guess all the wiring is done within it), force it back into the wall, screw it on, faceplate on, Bob's your uncle!

Now I am surrounded by single glowing green eyes.

I've been sitting here wondering what was wrong with my vision. It is getting steadily dimmer. Then it occurred to me that maybe, just maybe, the darkness is something to do with the sun disappearing behind the apartment block and that I might have to turn the lights on. It is only 4pm. (Now 5pm and the sun is about to set if it has not already set.)

So, onto today's topic. Swatching.

You may remember, DH gave me this lovely pile of yarn for Christmas:
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He is slowly learning...

So when I looked at the patterns available for this yarn, umm, well it is fingering weight. Not a lot of pattern support for big girls (but if I was small there'd be more).

I've about twenty ideas of what I'd like to make. Given I'll most likely be using 3.5mm needles (seems to knit up softer than on 3.25mm), I don't want anything too complicated in way of pattern. I'd prefer a cardigan/jacket, long sleeves and as long as I can make it (cos I am sure I will end up riding the bike with it on and if my top rides up and my pants ride down, well, who needs to see my newspaper holder?). I am vacillating between fitted and semi-fitted - I tend not to wear close fit tshirts and I have to wear something under it cos even the loveliest wool itches me (so do some synthetics, rough cottons and linens - I just have sensitive skin, not a wool allergy). I think I want slightly flaired sleeves but then on a bike it is nice to not have cold air rushing up your arms. Same with a scoop neck - looks great but brrr!

I've looked in my Ravelry queue and not much says modify my stitch gauge and make me! Most of the people who have used the yarn (Mirasol Chirapa) have made socks and accessories from it.

So a swatching we will go!

Wednesday and yesterday, I used a whole ball of the yarn to try out various patterns. I tried 13 or 14 different ideas, though I only took pics of 9 of them - some didn't even show up or just looked like someone couldn't remember whether they should knit or purl next. I didn't bother adjusting the colour so it is a bit harsh and darker than te yarn really looks.

After a miserable failure of a pattern, I tried a two by two rib that has a little cable action happening - it would look a whole lot better if I could count properly (I blame the antibiotic reaction)
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(Swatch 1) This would make a fitted jacket. It would be suh-weet but do I want a fitted jacket and can I be bothered with all that ribbing?

Then I tried one of my all time favourite stitch patterns.
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(Swatch 2) Daisy daisy, give me your answer do! I'm half crazy, all for the love of you! This pattern speaks to the little girl in me who likes pretty things. I could do edgings in this with the simple stitch specified for the baby kimono. It would be a semi-fitted jacket.

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(Swatch three) Too busy for this yarn I think.

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(Swatch 4) I was looking for lace patterns that were had something reminiscent of water, fins, waves, etc. This one looked good in the sample but not in my sample. Nor did

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(Swatch 6)

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(Swatch 7)

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(Swatch 9)

However, I sorta like
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(Swatch 5). It has grown on me somewhat. This also could be semi-fitted or maybe a swing jacket (though I am not real skinny).

I also like
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(Swatch 8) I tried some different versions of this razor shell and also adjusted it so's the double decrease has a central line. This would make a nice clean line up to the bust area, where I'd probably just swap tp plain ole stockinette. Arms in pattern or not? Or partway in pattern then swap at bust line?

So, I have cut the possible patterns down to four. Razor shell (8), daisy(2), cabled rib (1) and umm since it doesn't have a name, I'll call it fishtail (5).

I'm currently working up bigger swatches of the patterns. Isn't it all so exciting, not? LOL

Now if only my body would shake off the remains of this cold, life would be very good indeed! It is apparently being called the three week cold. People who don't usually get sick are going down like ninepins, and it is hammering them in the sinuses (so it isn't just me - yay!). Then the cough stays around for a while too. But it is nice to know I am not the only one with it.

anon!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

She goes, she goes, she just goes

G'day all!

I'm calling this an FO - I have to put a snap on one side, a tie on the other (methinks a toggle) and it is done. I'll probably not get another shot of it. It can go to the shop tomorrow where I will discuss the finishing touches.

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(If you can see grot on the floor, sue me, I'm the housekeeper around here and I've been otherwise occupied with vast piles of tissues.)

Details: wrap jacket by Sandi Prosser for Kertzer Yarns. Yarn is On Your Toes Bamboo.

I really did not like the way the decrease was done across the front. One stitch in with the shaping going in what I thought was the wrong direction. When it came to picking up the stitches, if I picked up between the first stitch and the decrease, I ended up with a holey gap that looked rather average. Knitting into the back of the picked up stitch didn't work either. so I had to knit into the decreases themselves. Peeving. Very peeving. It made the commissioned cardi look like the dream boat it was to finish - full fashion figuring (eg increases and decreases 3 in from the edge) makes a helluva difference.

The yarn is interesting. It is a 75% bamboo, 25% nylon. I have a skein I dyed (the tangled skein from a while back) that I will knit up. It has very good stitch definition even though it appears a bit fuzzy. It has many small plies which are not hard to split if you are not paying enough attention to your knitting. I am curious as to how it would feel and work as sock yarn - it is supposedly antibacterial but I am used to cotton or wool socks.

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Here's how much plain knitting I got done waiting at the doctors' surgery on Monday. 'Scuse the blurry pic - I had to go back to the doctors' today, blasted annoyed too. I am still alive, despite best efforts of antibiotics. I thought it was going swimmingly until the third dose, and the fourth, well....

We can add sulfa drugs to the list of things to which I am allergic. Dangnabbit. Horrible reaction - ice cold, sweaty hands and feet, heart pounding, constricted breath, trembling, terribly nervous - a typical me reaction to something I've eaten. Basically a panic attack except for the sweaty bit which I don't usually get. A four hour long panic attack cos I was not game to take antihistamines, which usually knock them on the head for me. So now I am back to fighting this bug on my own. Doc says ears look pretty good - must be eustacian tube thing. Whatever. I am sick of being sick. I hope tomorrow I wake up feeling as good as I did today before I ate the sulfa drug of DOOOOOM! Cos I was feeling pretty good.

I have to be better. On Friday, electricians are coming to replace our 2 prong powerpoints with 3 prongers! Yeah! There are only four sets of 3 prong outlets heree at present, two in the kitchen, one in the bedroom and one in the bathroom. We had to get all sorts of double adaptors and extension leads to get power into the loungeroom.

We've been requested to make the old points easily accessible. Unfortunately, there is only ONE powerpoint that is easily accessible. The other six are hiding behind things. We planned well when we set our place up! We have to move pretty much all bar one large item that we have.

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(the coffee table, the bed, somewhere behind the bookshelves, big chrome shelves, the harmonium, the desk and in the centre, the only one easily accessible as we have not yet constructed our dining table (but have the parts). I forgot the shoe rack powerpoint - the second easiest to deal with.)

anon!