Wednesday, December 28, 2005

On Knitting Gloves in the round

I love it, it gets rid of the giant, huge, monstrous seam down the side. Can you tell I don't like seaming???
What I don't like is remembering to convert every second line of the pattern seeing as it was written to be knit flat.
Not that it's really hard, because it's not. Just distracting to try and remember while you are watching TV.
You look up at the next add break and realize you have been following the pattern for flat knitting again and have to rip back...... again.
I ended up writing out the pattern for in the round on paper instead so I could just knit and not have to really think. Much better and the glove is now looking like it should. Now I just need to add some fingers and a thumb and try not to leave any gaps between the fingers.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

This is Lucy, the one who always insists on sitting on my knitting and just can't seem to understand why I don't want her fur on everything.
And this yumminess is a Christmas present I recieved from Miss B's Nanna.
100 gm of Boucle Random in shade 591 from
The only question I have now is what am I going to make with this?

Monday, December 26, 2005

After Christmas Blahs

After all the mad rushing around shopping, buying presents, wrapping presents, exchanging presents, catching up with my family and C's family this week I woke up this morning feeling a bit flat. Nothing wrong, just blah. I finally have a couple of days to myself which I had been looking forward to for weeks, now that it's here I find I can't settle to anything for very long. I got this out.
And started knitting this. Another pair of orange socks for Miss B. Perhaps ankle socks this time as I really don't think I can face a full pair in orange.

Then I spent some time keeping Kit company and reading blogs. Mary and Bliss both blog about their pets and definately cheered me up with their pets crazy antics, thanks so much. I just love Bunny's little jammies they are precious. And hide and seek with Mary's little sooky cat Ali. I mean sook in a good way, in that Ali is just so cuddly she couldn't get any closer to Mary if she tried. If I didn't already have Kit and Lucy I might be tempted to run off with Ali. Here is my sleepy Kit.

I pulled out a glove that has been waiting to be sewn up properly for months. It was knit on two needles and there is way too much sewing left to be done for my liking.
I didn't sew it up but made a start on the second one. This time using dpn's to save on the sewing at the end.

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Christmas Eve already???

Yes, yes, yes, Grumperina these socks can definately go in your gallery. I love them. I love them so much I even put them on in yesterdays ridiculous heat for a photo. If it wasn't so hot I would have left them on they are so nice and comfy. I am very tempted to make more.Check back after the christmas break.

This is the big ball of yarn I was left with after frogging the pink jumper. Thats 3 balls of lincraft poodle, 83% mohair, 17% acrylic all rolled up there. My hands and wrists were sore after unraveling and I now understand what ball winders are for. Can I add one to next years x mas wishlist???

Miss B's secret traveling project socks. Ok so they are no longer the secret traveling project as Miss B barged into my room at 6 am the other morning while I was knitting and saw them. She immediately got all excited and knew they were for her. She is the only one crazy enough to want such brightly coloured socks. She was even more impressed that I had been knitting them secretly for the last ten weeks on the bus to tafe so she couldn't see them. The only problem with this is the bus ride to tafe isn't long enough to get much knitting done hence the secret knitting in my room and her discovering them.

And here is my little christmas corner on top of the yarn drawers. Seems it's a perfect place for the cats to sit aswell.

click the link for your chritmas card from me :)

If it doesn't work just copy and paste it to your browser.

Friday, December 23, 2005

Jaywalkers Done

They were done last week but I needed a picture. Here you go Cara, picture proof they are all done. I love them. They are so soft. Now I just have to wait till it cools down enough to wear them.
Patonyle yarn in discontinued colour, knit on 2.5 mm addi.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

38c or 100 f = HOT!!!

Either way yesterday was way too hot to look at knittning. Instead it was spent shopping (airconditioned shops) and wrapping a gazillion presents. Wrapping, wrapping and more wrapping.
Then a visit with my Mum to exchange presents.
After worrying needlessly about wether she would like what we bought for her, she likes it so much she ripped the box open instead of opening it like anyone else would. Was begining to wonder who the child was....... Miss B or my Mum. At least we know she liked it.
We also went to the beach for a couple of hours to walk along the sand and cool down. All I needed was a camera to be able to take pictures of it all. Soon. Very soon I will give in and just go buy a digital camera and then the blog will be smothered with way too many pictures.

Now there is a pile of christmas paper all over the lounge floor to be thrown out and some more wrapping and sending to happen.

Thursday, December 15, 2005


Frogging is fun!!

But only when you know what you are working on really isn't working out. That's what happened with the pink jumper. The back of the pink jumper , that's as far as I ever got and it has been sitting around for two years. I started working on it today, decided to stop and measure it. Crap 7 cm out. Add that to the 7cm out the front would have been and it would have been a sleeping bag, not a jumper. No way that would have been wearable, although the cats would have loved to claim it as a kitty bed.
So serious frogging happened and I now have a large ball of yarn sitting on the coffee table and a decision to make.

Do I restart the jumper or let the startitis that I've been fighting take over?

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

About the green sock

It is done, finally. It was the first pair of socks I ever started. I had finished the first one and then done the leg of the second before I ran out of yarn and left it for months.

Can I tell you just how ugly these socks are? They are green. Green is ok but not this green . They are acrylic .100% acrylic.
They are long, up to my knees. They are ribbed with a 4,3 rib.
I have ladders between every plain and purl and yet from purl to plain it is fine. I have no idea why........ a tension issue perhaps???

The only reason I finished these socks is that I like to keep them as a reminder of how much better my sock knitting has become.

Monday, December 12, 2005

Jaywalkers are done!!!

I love these socks. They are done and I want more of them. Lots, lots more. Unfortunately I have no more yarn suitable for this pattern. Yarn shopping anyone???

Ok Ok maybe I do, but the shopping bit sounded like fun. Time to raid the yarn stash and see what I come up with.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Continuing Jaywalkers

Yes I know it's the same pic as before but it's where I am up to on the second sock now. So just imagine a completed sock placed next to this one and thats what I have.

And imagine my eyes skipping from project to project amongst all the wip around the house trying to figure what I should work on next while the whole time I am really wanting to start something new.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

All done

Assignments are all done that is. Finally, all done!!! Untill next year anyway.
This means hopefully some more knitting time and more importantly some jaywalker knitting time. I am almost up to the heel on the second sock. Then I have to figure out if I have any other yarn that is suitable for this pattern. Would yarns printed to knit up in fair isle patterns work ? Are there enough stripes in between to be able to get away with it or will it just look a jumbled mess?

Teresa was kind enough to e mail and let me know she couldn't add a comment. I have changed my settings now, so feel free to say hi.
Yes that includes you Col.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Firstly we have pics of the finished fuzzy feet. They are probably about a cm too long, but compared to the unfelted 45cm that they were I can live with that. Miss B is still waiting for a pair for herself.

Secondly we have completed blue/brown stripy socks. These were the first socks I ever made using my addi turbo and they went so fast. There is definitely more brown in this than I would have liked, but there is still something about them that makes me like them.
Third is one patonyle self striping sock for Miss B . Sshhhhh It's a surprise. These socks are sooooooooo bright, I'm really not sure about the colours but I think she will like them and the Patonyle is softer than I would have thought. The only problem is sneaking in any knitting time on these so she doesn't see me making them.
And of course the Jaywalker. This one actually got finished last night and I am about to start it's mate. I love this so much, I am also loving the yarn. Also Patonyle but unfortunately it is a discontinued colour. I will have one ball left over after finishing these socks and am wondering if I could get away with using it for the top of a pair of socks with a solid colour for the foot. Something to think about for now.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Slow socks

Jaywalker's are growing so slowly still. I'm not sure why this is as everyone else's Jaywalkers seem to be flying along.
The pooling has stopped and the sock is looking very pretty. Maybe that's why it's not growing....... I keep looking at it instead of knitting it.
It's also the fact that after having tried the sock on, I have found that everyone is right, the sock is a tight fitting sock......DUH! It will still fit but not with as much give as I am used to my socks having. If I were to make another pair I would definately make the larger size. I am dreading the thought that Miss B may realistically be able to claim these socks as her own.
I really don't think Grumperina's plan when making these socks was for the finished product to be used to slide across wooden floors.