Saturday, June 28, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
One day this
The sheila knew she had to have this golden fleece at any cost. And cost her it did! The evil lord bloke lured her away from her beautiful land, dumped her in the land of the freezer, enslaved her into the house and garden, and demanded she cook, clean and wash til death do they part.
Moral: watch out for wolves in sheep’s clothing!
Oh, and I should mention that at long, long last, I am about to cast on a pair of Jaywalkers!! I’m using Hand-Dyed Fleece Artist Merino Sock Yarn that I got from Knit Café at the Knitter’s Frolic earlier this year. The socks will be for my sister's birthday. She will LOVE this purple colorway!
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
A sobering mid-life crisis fuels dissatisfaction in a successful architect, to the extent where he trades his marriage and career in for spiritual exile on a remote Greek island. His hope is to conjure meaning into his life - trying the patience of his new girlfriend and angst-ridden teenage daughter.
You probably think that this movie has absolutely NOTHING to do with my Victoria Moss Tempest. On the surface it may appear that there are very few similarities, however, I did have to frog 6 inches out of MY Tempest because the written instructions were a little confusing (=I didn't read the pattern properly).
To some [hiss, hiss, curse, curse], this may not seem like such a big deal. But to me it WAS like a.....a......a mid-life crisis fuelled by the dissatisfaction of being overworked and underpaid, to the extent where I'd like to trade my marriage and career in for spiritual exile on a remote Greek island! [Hmmm....almost sounds like a movie I once read about....]
So, now with Emily's sock finished, I can truly concentrate on my Victoria Moss Tempest, and attempt to frog less and knit more!
Emily will turn 4 in a month, and these socks are part of her birthday gifts from Aunty Isa. She has a 15cm foot, so I made these socks about 16cm long with the hope that she gets 2 seasons out of them :-)
I really loved knitting with this yarn; it felt nice in my hands and the socks are beautifully soft. I used Supersocke 100 ONline yarn. Fibre content is 45% baumwolle (cotton), 40% Schurwolle (virgin wool) and 15% Polyamid.
Here's the finished product:
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
From the moment I saw the pattern on Knitty I knew I had to knit it. I bought my Fleece Artist Blue Face Leicester 2/8 from Colorsong Yarns in the USA. The two colourways I chose were MC Victoria, and CC Moss.
Just two days ago I cast on, and although I'm not too far along (I'm madly trying to finish my citrus socks for my niece), I have knit 30 odd rows to show off:
The knitting is so awesomely light and soft. I LOVE IT! Althought a little hard to see from this photo, the CC moss green (middle stripe) is the same shade of green in the MC victoria. Me likeeeeeee!
Sunday, June 15, 2008
It's finally OVER, and I couldn't be happier. The frog jumper I've been knitting for a couple of months is ...dee-oh-en-ee....DONE! I'm donating this boy's size 4 sweater to The Year of the Frog colouring competition for the under 3's being run at The Bloomin Bog Water Gardens.
It turned out quite nice. The back and arms of the jumper were finished in no time at all.
Ribbit, bloody ribbit!
Never again...nope, nah, no way, nada, non, ne, nein, nö, nie, naa! Grrrr....
I was getting so tangled with the small cards of colour that I decided it was easier to cut 3ft-4ft lengths of yarn for each colour area. This worked fairly well actually - no more tangles. However, when it came to weaving in all the ends.........#%#$!!#$!!!! [please excuse the only French I know!]
So my intarsia days are done - not for any amount of money. Am I smarter than a fifth grader? Well, that's yet to be determined. But what I do know is that I'm smart enough to never make another intarsia sweater.
Oh, and did I mention that I HATE intarsia? It's right up there with liver and brussel sprouts!
On a positive note - if this sweater saves just one frog, then all my frustration was worth it!
Oh to be a frog, my lads,
and live aloof from care.
Theocritus, from The Reepers, Circa 310-250BC.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Emily has a birthday on 16 July, and will be turning 4 years old! When I was in Australia at Christmas, I asked Emily about her favourite colour. Well, it turns out that she loves ORANGE!
I hunted far and wide; over hill and river wide until I finally found a beautiful sock yarn in just the right shades of orange. The yarn is ONline Supersocke 100.
I'm knitting two socks at a time on two circs. Sure beats the Second Sock Syndrome (SSS) I tend to suffer from right along there with everyone else!
Children's socks are fun. Here's where I'm up to:
I'm working on the heel flap and will turn the heel tonight!
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Ann with Tempest
As you've probably read in last week's posts, I am going to knit Tempest in Fleece Artist Blue Face Leicester 2/8, colourways: Moss and Victoria.
Moss (lime green/olive tones) is pictured above in Ann's photo together with Sea Storm (blue/green tones). Victoria is pictured below in my swatch.
See? I can't wait to actually cast on! As soon as I finish my little
I used 4mm needles (as suggested) and my tension is perfect! Woo hoo! You can't believe how soft this swatch is and how light! It is so bewdifool!
Unfortunately my swatch was finished before I hit the olives/green tones, but believe me, there is green in that thar cake I made!
I am in love....AGAIN....and this time with yarn!