Friday, 24 September 2010
Excuse the photos that were taken in the shower room at work in my lunch hour! I shall endeavour to get better pictures of it in use whilst holidaying in Rhodes next week.
Wednesday, 22 September 2010
This is a work in progress I've already blogged about previously but no progress has really been made, I am however now ready to take it on and progress, it will be joining me on my holidays next week and I expect to have a lot more scarf to show you on my return! It's a lace scarf for my MiL for Christmas, it's what she asked for though admitedly not the colour she asked for…I just hope she likes it! She wanted red and I thought this yarn was red when I looked on the website but when it arrived I really liked the shade of pink and I know my MiL wears pink and looks good in pink as well.
Peacock Tail and Leaf Scarf in YarnAddict Merino Plus in Pimms
Also in progress, as usual, socks! Less usually these are not socks for me (I'm rather selfish with my sock knitting!) they are for my friend at work's daughter (adult daughter so sadly not tiny, quick socks!). She asked me ages ago if I'd knit some socks for her and I foolishly said yes. She's not a knitter, she doesn't understand the time or work involved in sock knitting BUT I'm a soft touch. I said yes but I will not be saying yes to anyone else and this is the only pair she's getting. If she wants more I'll happily teach her how to knit them! I am rather loving the yarn, it's soft and lovely and I know the colours will be a big hit.
Plain old stockinette socks in Trekking XXL Pink Vanilla
Also whilst it's not pink it is still a work in progress though only just (to be honest I just wanted to do a "la la la look what I finished knitting") my green shawl, all knit and cast off and ready to be blocked when I get home from work tonight.
I am having something of a dilemma now. The dark nights are drawing in, the sun is taking longer to rise in the morning and my opportunities to take pictures in natural light are greatly reduced. I managed these pictures this morning before work but it was only just light enough and it was rather a dull, greyish light. I'm trying to think about what I'm going to do about this over the winter. I don't want to use a flash, the one on my camera is good but the pictures aren't as nice as those in natural light. I think the only real answer is taking all my pictures at the weekend and saving them for multiple blog posts during the week. I can do that I suppose, I just like more frequent progress pictures. Oh well…my other option would be taking projects to work and doing the pictures outside at lunchtime but I'm not so keen on that idea. I suppose weekend pictures it is.
Monday, 20 September 2010
In green shawl-y news I am finally on the edging chart and have only 7 rows and the cast off to go, I’m going to do it and I am absolutely delighted with that fact. It means I’ll have another FO Friday this week and also means I’ll get to try out the new addition to my knitting toolbox, details to come in a future post.
As for the rest of my weekend, the bits when I wasn’t furiously knitting my shawl! I have been having a little love in with some of the yarn in my stash and thinking about the “perfect project” for these yarns, if such a thing can exist. Now I love all of my stashed yarn, I wouldn’t have it if I didn’t love it but there are some stash yarns that are just extra special, especially beautiful, absolutely wonderful and precious and I really want to do something fabulous with them.
The first is this one:
Fyberspates Scrumptious lace, 45% silk 55% merino in Volcanic Flames
Oh my it’s gorgeous. The colours are so rich, the yarn so soft with a wonderful sheen. Also the colours are just so ME. Green is of course my most favouritest colour in the WORLD however the colours that suit me the best are all shades of blues, greens and browns which this yarn has interspersed with sections of a deep, rich purple. It’s just stunning. The reason I am so enamoured with this yarn though is that I didn’t choose it for myself. For my birthday Mr NM bought me a subscription to The Knitter magazine and this little bundle of loveliness was the free gift. I have no idea what to do with it, not a clue. It is so perfect and I don’t want to ruin it with any project that isn’t just right. The only thing I am certain of is that before I do knit with it I’ll be getting some wood tips for my Knitpro interchangeables because my current lace has silk but that’s 30% and my oh my it’s slippy on my usually preferred metal needles.
The second group of loveliness is yarn from one of my favourite dyers Laughing Yaffle.
Laughing Yaffle sock in Stormy Weather, Spring Fling and Daffodil
As you can see more greens! I admit I did buy these for socks and had plans to knit some Spring Forward socks with the “Spring Fling” yarn but now I’m looking at these beautiful colours and thinking do I really want them hidden in my shoes? I imagine myself as far more chic and sophisticated than I really am and have visions of me dressed all in black with these scrumptious yarns knit up into little shawlettes worn casually around my neck to add a splash of colour. A good plan for them don’t you think?
The only problem with going through my stash like this is it makes me itch for stash expansion, more lovely yarn for me me me! I will be good though as my stash expansion is pre-planned to occur at the end of October, I think I can hold it together until then.
Friday, 17 September 2010
On to my post…
The circle socks are finally finished! They were only taking so long because they were on the bus/shoved in my bag random, mindless knitting. The pattern is actually very easy to follow and quick to knit. The yarn is one of Kaffe Fassett’s Regia Design Line colourways called Exotic Zany. It’s a self striping but every few stripes there is a little wavy line, very funky. The only issue is where the waves of colour fell on the foot has they didn’t line up into the waves properly in places. I still like the way it looks though.
An eye of partridge heel, very pretty and extra sturdy…I’ll be using this heel type next time I knit with a handpainted yarn as I think it would work very well.
The toes all grafted and ready to wear. I’ll admit I’m still not very good at kitchener stitch and it often looks a bit wobbly but as long as the toes stay closed up I’m not too bothered!
Finally a full on shot of the socks, they almost match but not quite, I’m not too fussy about perfectly matching socks anyway though these would probably be a closer match in plain stockinette, the nature of the circles pattern means that as I started about a metre earlier in the colour repeat on one than the other it really makes a difference to the leg, the feet are more matchy.
I wanted to wear them this morning but alas they had not quite dried properly so will have to get their wearing debut tomorrow instead.
I've already cast on my next pair of socks but sadly they are not for me...oh well, they're for someone with smaller feet than me so I shall try to whip through them as quickly as possible!
Monday, 13 September 2010
A charming moment from my morning, you'll have to picture me holding up my rather smashing project bag purchased on Etsy.
Me: I wish I could sew and make myself some more pretty project bags like this
Mr. Northernmonkey: I can sew, I can sew like that
Me: You can sew? Really?
Mr. Northernmonkey: I used that stitch on my pencil case at school, I can use a sewing machine, you just choose the stitch you want
Me: Yes but look, it's lined beautifully as well and it's such a lovely project bag
Mr. Northernmonkey: Yep, I can sew like that
Me: I'm going to borrow my mum's sewing machine, you can make me some project bags
Mr. Northernmonkey: Erm…
I do believe he had sewing lessons in school and made a pencil case (he went to a better school than me, we had to hand-sew a carrier bag holder and even then the teachers were clearly nervous about giving us pointy needles!) but I don't know whether he could sew me a project bag like the one I was admiring this morning. Perhaps he can though and I shouldn't underestimate him, maybe I will borrow my mum's sewing machine and see what he can do with it!
Sunday, 12 September 2010
Wednesday, 8 September 2010
The theme of the swap was “seaside” and my swap partner did a great job of working with that theme.
This is the parcel all wrapped in pretty paper.
Inside was some rather tasty looking seashell chocolates, a little pot of foam shrimps (the little pot sadly broke in transit but I intend to get my glue gun out and attempt repair), a washcloth with a lighthouse on it, a crocheted bag and some beautiful handmade stitch markers with mermaids on.
The pretty crocheted bag, the yarn is a lovely shade of my favouritest colour AND it is a really close colour match for my lace shawl so I will be using this at the same time.
The incredibly clever lighthouse washcloth, again in my most favourite of favourite colours.
A closer look at the handmade stitch markers, the silver charms are so detailed. These are a very welcome addition to my notions case as I was running out of stitch markers whilst making my shawl and need one between each pattern repeat to prevent me from messing up (or at least to try to!)
Such lovely gifts, I am so pleased with them and so grateful for the generosity of the lovely lady who gave her time to make these, put together the parcel and send it out to me.
In other news the mini hat knitting is making great progress, the one on the bottom left is striped but it’s quite dark yarn and the difference in colours doesn’t show well in the picture. All but the top middle one (which is scraps of squeaking acrylic DK) are made from leftover sock yarn.
Monday, 6 September 2010
Now I know a lot of people use these leftovers to knit sock yarn blankets and that's a great way of using them up. A lovely blanket made of soft, brightly coloured sock yarn does appeal to me, absolutely. Knitting a blanket in 4ply from leftovers as and when I get them does not appeal to me. I do love the process of knitting but I'll not lie, I also love the results. I want something to show for my work and with a sock yarn blanket there's a LOT of work before there's any show. I don't see myself ever really getting anywhere with one.
Instead I have another use for my little odds and ends of sock yarn, a use I'd say is just as valid and is a lot quicker than attempting to knit it all into a blanket. I am instead working on little hats to go on smoothie bottles for Innocent's Big Knit 2010. I started yesterday evening whilst watching TV and have already knit three hats and started a fourth. They are a prefect way to use up scraps of yarn and my odds and ends of self-striping sock yarn makes stripey hats with no added effort from me! In November these hats (and many thousands of others) will be put on the tops of bottles of Innocent Smoothies and 25p from each bottle sold will go to Age UK. You can read about the fundraising here.
Some people make very extravagent hats in all sorts of shapes with characters on top and such. Whilst I may make a few that are a bit fancier (like the beret type one here) I will mostly be knitting the plain hats then making some sort of tassles or bobbles to go on top as this means I have time to make more of them.
I am continuing my work on my green shawl and on my top secret swap gift but both of these require a lot of attention from me so the hats will fill in as perfect no attention required TV knitting AND they can help make some money for charity, a winner all round I'd say. I hope to make at least £5 worth of hats but really would like to aim for £10 worth of hats. I shall keep up to date with my progress.
In sad and non-knitting news Mr.Lambanana's grandfather died last Friday and we'll be travelling for the funeral later this week so it's possible (though not definite) that there wont be any more blogging until next week.
Wednesday, 1 September 2010
The green shawl continues…
My other WIP is top secret for a swap partner on Pheonix Knitting Forums so I can't show you!
I'll aim for a better post at the weekend.