Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Mojo? Is that you? Come back...

Oh goodness. For someone who has mainly spent the last week holed up in a room with 4od and yarn to entertain her, I have ridiculously little knitting to show for it. I have some Debbie Bliss Cathay which, as I mentioned, I was trying to design a jumper with. I started designing after stuffing up attempts at no less than three other jumpers.

Three balls into my own design, which seemed to be going pretty well, I held up my work to admire it an realised that ball two of three is from a different dye lot to the rest. I was so sure that I checked the dye lots in the shop, but clearly not. I don't think the yarn likes me. But I still like it, so I'll get back to it soon.

In the meantime I put it down to knit a February Baby Sweater, and promptly forgot to put button holes in it. Doh! It's nearly done, though, and photos will follow. But for now, here are some socks I finished a while ago.

Undulating Rib Socks from Favourite Socks. I think these are going to hold a lot of memories for me. I started them as something to knit on the tube during my first LPC exams, then they accompanied me to a couple of job interview (including the successful one) and I finished them, and wore them a lot, during my final exams.

The yarn is Kaffe Fassett for Regia, and I realised that the colours also perfectly match my Company Law exam notes (which I haven't photographed - I don't want to look at them again)!

These next ones are the Merino Lace Socks from the same book. It's Regia yarn again, which my brother gave me for Christmas (well done him).

I looooove semi-solid sock yarns, and this one is no exception. I can't wait for autumn so I can wear these again.

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

It'th pink!

That's what my neice (who has the cutest lisp - she eats 'cornflakth' for breakfast!) said about her birthday present

From her (she's 2) they are words of extreme approval!

The pattern is Esme from Patons Sugar and Spice book, although I knit it from the copy which came in a booklet free with Lets Knit! magazine. The yarn is Debbie Bliss merino DK which is lovely and squooshy - perfect for little people. I've got a few balls left over too, which I have earmarked for a pink-and-blue creation that I'm mulling over.

That shade of pink seems to be the colour of the moment for me, because I just bought a load of Debbie Bliss cathay in the same shade, which I'm using to make my first forrays into design. I want this year to be about having fun, and stretching myself (in ways that don't involve honking great exams - I've done more than enough of them), so I decided to bite the bullet and get out the graph paper and pencils. Next on the list is getting better at taking photos of my knitting, because my current efforts are amateur, to say the least.

Tuesday, 22 July 2008

And so it begins ...

I designed this hat for a friend's birthday. It's made from some baby wool left over from a previous project, and I spent a long time not being sure whether the colour was nice or gross! My flatmate told me it was nice, and the recipient wears the hat in public, so it must be passable. Here's another view.

Also, I need to share this with someone, and the whole of the internet seems as good as anyone - I was in a charity shop round the corner looking at books, and I saw 'Sophie's World' in the Romance section, and Victoria Beckham's autobiography in the Fiction section! I can only think of three possible explanations

1. Someome looked at the books and put them back in the wrong place.
2. The volunteers are dopey.
3. The volunteers have a fantastic sense of humour (nope. Can't be that one).

Ho hum.