Monday, November 26, 2012

Of beads, and Trees and Pretty Baubles

You know when you have a really great idea in your head for a knitted project, and then you spend AGES on it and it doesn’t work out too well?  That's what my green jacket thing is doing to me right now. 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

GAAA Wordless Wednesday

You know when they make those amazing programs but only show half the season and then have a really big break?  Well GAAA Wordless Wednesday is doing that.  You see, I’m really lazy and haven’t finished the grafting on two of the squares, neither have I designed and knit the 25th OR Started on the edging.  I’m guessing it’s going to be well beyond Christmas until I get back to it since I’ve got lots of other things on the go too.  If you’ll all bare with me, one day you might see the finished article!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Very Late Birthday Post

It was my birthday on Tuesday!  I thoroughly enjoyed myself, got lots of chocolate and flowers and cards, and was properly spoilt.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

GAAA Wordless Wednesday: Susan Rainey Square

This square is the prize winner of the competition, and not for those that dislike sewing!  The sweater is sewn to a plain background in three pieces.  For more information, visit my Great American Aran Afghan Squidoo Page

Friday, November 2, 2012

Repairing My Ten Stitch Blanket

Remember ages ago I knit a ten stitch blanket? I used 500g of Sirdar Denim Tweed I’d bought on sale and didn’t like when knit up, but poppy adopted it even when it was washcloth sized and so it became a dog blanket.  Cut to the end of April and poppy gave birth on it!   Five chewing puppies later and it ended up with this big hole! 

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

GAAA Wordless Wednesday: Ginger Smith Square

This Square is knit in panels whilst the other stitches are kept on hold – a really useful technique to learn!  For more information, visit my Great American Aran Afghan Squidoo Page

Monday, October 29, 2012

Poppy’s Puppies

Warning: Lots of cute pictures and videos!

About six months ago we had a litter of puppies from our gorgeous jack Russell, Poppy.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Progress Report

It’s amazing how long it takes to knit a sleeve.  I’m still on the first one of my secret project, but at least I’m an inch or so from the end.  I’m going to try putting a row in between each bit of joined i-cord because my other attempt came out a bit tight.  The bad thing though about sleeves is that I’m about to do it all over again!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

GAAA Wordless Wednesday: Georgia Vincent Square

This Square came out far larger than the prescribed 12” square, so I’ll probably reknit this with a smaller needle.  For more information, visit my Great American Aran Afghan Squidoo Page

Friday, October 12, 2012

Secret update

Why does casting off the body of something always give that false feeling of being finished? 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

GAAA Wordless Wednesday: Jay Campbell Square

This Square puckers slightly in the middle, but I am assured that it will block out! For more information, visit my Great American Aran Afghan Squidoo Page

Monday, October 8, 2012

The One Where I Start Christmas Knitting

I cast on Luna Moth yesterday!  I guess that’s not all that much of a surprise since I’ve been chomping at the bit to get started.  I realised that 4.5mm needles were what I should use so I didn’t need to wait until I’d finished with them from my other project. 

Saturday, October 6, 2012

My Package Arrived!

It came today – that’s almost like overnight delivery!  Here are some pictures:

Friday, October 5, 2012

New purchase

I've just ordered a new knitpro interchangable needle case for my symphonys! I'm thinking they'll be here for monday, I'm so excited!
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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

GAAA Wordless Wednesday: Judy Sumner Square

There is a small bug left to add to the top right hand corner, but I’m still in two minds about whether to do it.  For more information, visit my Great American Aran Afghan Squidoo Page.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Thinking ahead

Not that I’m ready to cast off just yet (although that mini deadline is certainly approaching!) but I have been thinking about how I’m going to do it.  You see the main part of the thing is stockinette, so likely to curl without a little weight to the bottom, so I’m thinking possibly an applied i-cord cast-off.  However, part of the last row will be vertical ribbing, so needs to retain that stretchy look, which i-cord is definitely not.  Should i just gather some of the purl stitches as I’m casting off, or do something different?  At least I’ve still got a bit of time to think about it!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

My Week

Monday: Cone of black yarn arrives, promised by mother-in-law, gets buried in van-full of bedroom and living room furniture, bed and half a tonne of curtains and bed linen.  I do love when my family have a sort out!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Anastasia Socks

I told you in a previous post about knitting some Anastasia socks and I’ve finally gotten around to photographing them:

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

GAAA Wordless Wednesday: Hannah Burns Square

There is so much going on in this square that it’s difficult to keep track of all the charts – you will definitely have a lot of stitch markers!  For more information, visit my Great American Aran Afghan Squidoo Page

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Super Secret Projects

So the nights are drawing in (already) and I’m dog walking in wellies again.  Out comes the autumn knitting that I started in may and gave up on (I think it may have been the grafting).  I made it official by frogging and winding it all up into balls, and after chasing the dogs down the garden and fighting to get it back – winding it all up into balls again.  Note to self – ignore that moment of madness that says grafting cables will be easy!

I’m planning something much simpler, with some ribbing and a nice collar.  If it turns out well, I may even publish the pattern…

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Long Time No Post

So, almost two years between posts…  At least there is a lot I can tell you about!  In a nutshell, there are a lot of finished projects, started projects and hibernating ones.