Sunday, February 25, 2007

*sob*

My Thermal is a moebius strip!!!!

I checked and double checked to make sure that i didnt twist the stitches, but i did.... *sob*. So the 2 inches of Thermal is sitting in the corner, looking at me. Its eyeing me up and down, saying, "C'mon, do me baby. Frog me - i dare ya!". I dont normally take attitude from knitting - but i'm afraid. It took me so long to wind the skeins (3 days) from my 200g balls of baby wool, and a further 2 days to dye them all to a matching colour. Then i had to let them dry (another 2 days) before untangling them and winding them into balls (still going on that one - there were 15 skeins and i've done 5 so far).

Now, after 3 days of knitting to get to 2 inches, i have to frog it. I want to cry. I grabbed a 200g ball of black soft alpaca and began to wind it on my ball-winder... meditative. Then i realised that its the yarn i want to use for the Dollar and Half Cardigan.... so as punishment to the Thermal., sitting there, glaring at me - i cast on for this cardy. I sat in front of Thermal, and stared back. I gave it the evil eye - "See?? See?? This is what happens to naughty knitting. You have to sit there and WAIT until i finish this cardigan now. If you had behaved in the beginning it would have been fine - but no......".

I'm not crazy, really.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Interweave Knits! Spring 2007

A trip to Borders was called for... It was a stormy-ish overcast day, and my work was/is boring. So i toddled down to Borders in my lunchtime, swerving through the crowd of office workers who in their sheep mentality seem to walk in big groups - taking up the whole footpath.

Once at Borders, i peruse the knitting mags - when in shock i saw IK Spring 07! It was here? Already? D'oh - i'm a subscriber, surely i will have to wait 2 more weeks or more to get mine....

NOPE. Guess what was in my mail when i got home...

Lovely! Everyone has seemed to either love or hate the new layout - i'm a bit "eh" about the whole thing. The photos are better thats for sure.
I am lurve with this Dollar and a Half Cardigan from Veronik Avery. It takes a DK weight yarn as well.... and i happen to have some lovely 8ply alpaca, waiting for something like this....
Must....finish...Thermal....first..... Oh the struggle with my inner-knitting-demons...
Other reviews - Knit.1 sports issue. You have created masterful FUG again... The only thing i would even consider knitting is the little riding gloves, and i would still have to stop the gorge from rising when i had to flick through the magazine to find this particular pattern. What gives? At least you arnt doing fun-fur cardigans again i suppose....

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Heart stopping moment...

You know when you've spent hoours caculating and adjusting a pattern to fit your gauge and your body's measurements???

Worked out the pattern, and double checked it. Now you're ready to cast on!!! So, 336 stitches and 2 hours later, i am up to here on my Thermal (from Knitty).
Doesnt look like much, but when you are knitting on 3mm needles with baby wool, with twisted rib, its heaps.

Then i got to thinking - sh!t, did i adjust the cast on amount to compensate for my loose knitting gauge??? I was on the train. I didnt bring the pattern with me. I thought, maybe i didnt! I dont remember doing that.

My heart stopped and sunk. In a fit of pique i grabbed my shiny Addis, ready to rip the knitting of those smooth points and frogg the life out of it and me. But i stopped. I put it away and grabbed out my beloved's sock (the 2nd one).
As i continued around, one of the DPNs just fell away. Turns out it had snapped in half and was just being held in by the tension. (By the way, i had to photo shop the image of the sock to show the cables. Its the BFF sock by Cookie, in Purple Royale Cashmerino sock yarn from the Knittery).
So that became the 2nd heart stopping moment.
After taking some deep breaths, offering a prayer to Mary Thomas, and performing some emergency stitch holder surgery I decided to put my knitting away.
Look for the silver lining..... I'm going to my LYS at lunchtime today (Tapestry Craft in the city) to procure some new DPNs and maybe fondle some yarn. And i re-examined my gauge for Thermal - turns out i did work it out correctly - so glad the frogging incident did not happen ;).

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Secret Pal 10!

Just signed up - yay!

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
My favourite is buttery-soft merino, like Zara. Or beautiful coloured yarns like Noro etc. Yarns i DONT like are acrylic baby-yarn. yuk! I love DK to worsted, but anything bigger is a bit thick for Oz ;). Not a huge fan of furry (mohair) or novelty yarn.

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
I have 3! handmade needle rolls. Most of the time they are floating around my house hehe. My circs and stich markers are loose in a see through bag.

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
Intermediate. I taught myself through the SnB books and from GLBT-Knit. I have no worries with Fair-Isle, Intarsia or decifering Vogue Knitting's instructions (hehe)

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
Not at the moment - i spend too much time at Kinokuniya and Borders to worry about a wist!

5. What's your favorite scent?
Honey. I like vanilla, mint, cinnamon and lemon grass as well...

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
Yes! I LOVE crown mints! mint mint mint mint! Anything with mint!

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?
I sew, and paint as well - but knitting and sewing are my two passions.

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
Nick Cave! The Cure, Queens of the Stone Age, Eagles of Death Metal, The Killers, PJ Harvey, Reverend Horton Heat, Rusty and The Dragstrip Trio, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, Silverchair, Nirvana... theres too many. I can play MP3s.

9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand?
Black and red. I do like greens, pinks and greys as well. Not a fan of orange, lime, yuk-browns (hehe) or primary-coloured stuff.

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
Seeing a lovely Boi (butch grrl) at the moment (1 year in March!), living by myself. I used to have a dog that was pup-napped back to Perth by my ex. I miss him (Scooner) terribly! I volunteer at the Sydney Dogs Home so i get to play with the doggies. (They are furry people).

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
Scarves - yes, beanies - sometimes. Its not really cold enough for mittens here, and no-way to ponchos!

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
I am so lame - socks. I love knitting for other people (and have never made myself socks). I love looking at jumpers and cardigans and plan to knit them. I like baby clothes as well because they are quick!

13. What are you knitting right now?
Socks (for other people hehehe). A Slytherin Vest, babies clothes for my friend's sproggs, trying to start Thermal from Knitty.

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?
Sure - as long as the person has made me something i would like, not something they like and want to give me. I.e. some pretty pink lacey thing - they love it, would I? Does that sound rude? Sorry - just trying to be honest... ;). But it is the thought that counts, and heck, if someone wants to make me something, go for it!

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
Have to go with circs - though you cant beat a cool set of anondised aluminium needles from an op-shop (thrift store). Bamboo and metal Addis - all the way!

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?
I love my winder - i sat down and wound balls just for the heck of it the other day. No swift... yet...

17. How old is your oldest UFO?
About 2 years maybe? Its just waiting to be frogged anyway.

18. What is your favorite holiday?
Xmasoltice! I love giving presents!

19. Is there anything that you collect?
Vintage knitting patterns, mainly from 1930-1945. Carltonware (old crockery shaped like leaves and vegetables. Really). Tattoos. Stash.

20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
I subscribe to Interweave Knits and am trying to get my hand on the Fall 05 issue. I get Vogue Knitting and Knit-scene when it comes out, and Knit.1 if it looks good. Would love love love a skein of Malabrigo! I would love to get my hands on the Mason-Dixon knitting book as well... and Vintage Knits.

21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?
Hmmm i'm kinda teach-myself kind of grrl.

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
Sure are! About 26cm, or 10.5 inchs. Medium-wide foot.

23. When is your birthday?
Next week - 25 Feb.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Swatch for Thermal

Besides realising this jumper will be my holy-grail... i.e. taking 3 months i think to finish... i kinda like it ;)

I cant get gauge, so i'm going to just make it to fit my tension swatch. Like the colour? Its food dye he he he....

I've put the little bolero-top from Vogue on the back-burner - i have to frog about 6 rows.
I finished 2 first socks today (yay!) and went to the dentist (boo!). 6 fillings to come.... :(

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Yarn Dyeing with Food Colour - too much fun!

Did i mention i have *only* just discovered how to dye wool with food colour?
How sad! A whole world of creativity is now open to me....
Like this rainbow crazy-ness below - destined to become a baby's hat for a friend back in Perth who is pregant (finally!).











Or this purple/pink/blue baby wool (only my second try BTW). I keep going to knit it into some booties, then something happens and i have to frogg it and start again. Like when i was nearly finished making one from a vintage Patons book, and realised i had made the mitten instead - D'oh!!!!