Wednesday, 27 February 2008
Friday, 22 February 2008
Monday, 18 February 2008
Saturday, 9 February 2008
I've finished my Norwegian mittens, just in time for spring here - it was a gorgeous sunny day today and my daffodils are opening in the garden. Having finished my first fair isle project, I fancied myself as hot stuff, and ordered a bunch of 2 ply jumper wool in the Jamieson & Smith February sale, planning to tackle a Kaffe Fassett vest called 'Little Circles' from his Glorious Knitting book. But when I sat down to knit a tension sample, it was a disaster. This pattern has three colours in each row, not two, and I made a complete mess of it, tangled yarns, crooked floats, misread the pattern, the lot. I think I'm going to wait until my Denise circulars show up from America and then try knitting a tension sample in the round, which might be easier since I won't have to purl the floats, but I'm still not sure how I am going to hold the three yarns. If I have to keep dropping one colour, it is going to take forever to knit. I knit continental, so for the mitten I was holding one colour in each hand.
My Rowan Denim yarn arrived and I spent an evening winding it into balls with my electric ball winder. However, when I went out to my knitting shed to get the ball winder, I discovered that there is a hole in the roof and the water has been pouring in and soaking a corner of the room. Luckily none of the machines are damaged but it is a mess. I've put a temporary patch on the roof and have been running a fan in there to try to dry it out. I also found that the ball winder wasn't working very well, I had to take it apart and found that the grease had gummed up since I haven't used it for a few years. Anyway, I managed to fix it and got there in the end, it just all took about 3 times as long as I thought it would. The felt roof is about 4.5 years old so I guess we need to replace it - will likely tackle that over the Easter weekend, the traditional weekend here in the UK for home improvements.
I finally put together the Jellystone quilt top, made from my American Jane FQs. I would have liked a wider outer border, but that was all I had of the blue colour. It looks good, really homey/folksy.
And I'm knitting a little teddy bear, called Oliver, from "The Knitted Teddy Bear" book I bought. At the moment he looks more like a squirrel, or maybe a rodent, so I am hoping he will look more bearlike as he acquires more limbs and features.
I Have Been Tagged.
I have been tagged by Swooze.
1. Once you are tagged, link back to the person who tagged you.
2. Post THE RULES on your blog.
3. Post 7 weird or random facts about yourself on your blog.
4. Tag 7 people and link to them.
5. Comment on their blog to let them know they have been tagged.
Seven random or weird facts about me:
1) I was born in Canada, but emigrated in my late 20s to the UK.
2) I have eaten water buffalo, pigeon and turtle in my world travels (yuk to all 3).
3) I once applied to work for the Canadian government but was turned down because my French is minimal.
4) I have tested as high as 120 words per minute typing speed, if the testers are not deducting for backspace corrections (I used to temp).
5) I have never owned a car, but I have passed three different driving tests (Canadian, militia, UK) first time each time.
6) When I was young, I loved to climb trees, and fell out of one once (but luckily didn't break anything).
7) I used to be able to drive a horse and carriage when I was a teenager and even entered a few driving classes at horse shows.
I don't know 7 people to tag - I don't have time to follow many blogs, and most of the ones I do follow are 'official' ones from knitting shops or podcasters. I will tag Kathy, because I love her work and she seems such a nice person.
Tuesday, 5 February 2008
I had my stitches out last Wednesday night. The surgeon is pleased because the graft has taken and is healing well, but he's not sure he got all the cancer. He needs to review the pathology results and may cut a little bit more away under a local (one stitch) in four weeks. I was pretty horrified when he let me look in a mirror - we're talking Night of the Living Dead here - a big patch of dead white skin graft oozing blood all around, with big red stitch marks radiating in all directions, it was pretty gross. A week later and it has improved, the perimeter is mostly healed and the non-oozing stitch marks have faded away. But I am covering it up with skin-coloured tape when I go to work. He said in 2 to 3 months it will be much better, although still white, but I will be able to apply make-up to make it less obvious. The graft is a bit bigger than a quarter, so pretty much on show. But it doesn't hurt at all any more and I feel fine.
So what have I been up to? On Saturday I travelled up to London to meet up with some gals off Ravelry (a knitting community site) to do some knitting in the cafe of the Wellcome Institute for a few hours. It was good to talk knitting with other people who are really into it - I took my lace sock and worked a few more rows on it. On the "way home", I managed to fit in two knitting shops: All the Fun of the Fayre off Carnaby Street where I got some Regia sock wool on sale, and Liberty's department store.
Thursday and Friday I mostly spent making 25 sets of little straw handbags and change purses, for a swap that I am doing in May (but I have to post them off before the end of the month). These are in 1/12th scale, and the handbag idea was from a dollshouse magazine. They are pictured on a side plate to give some idea of size.
I've nearly finished my second Norwegian mitten, I'm just coming up to the tip of the thumb. The new Rowan issue 43 arrived, and had several things in it that I want to make. I managed to score 15 balls of Rowan Denim in shade Memphis from Ebay, so I am going to make 'Mustang' which is a denim jumper with a lacy yoke. The main part is stockinette, so I might break out the chunky knitting machine if I can be bothered to get it all set up. I really liked 'Dauphine' but didn't have any luck finding Rowan Cottan Glace cheaply anywhere, the best price I could come up with was £80 ($160) to knit it, and there is no way I'm paying that. The new Vogue Knitting Winter issue also turned up yesterday. I was reading it just before bedtime, and ended up having weird yarn dreams all night (don't ask). I went to Borders last week and bought a book called "The Knitted Teddy Bear" which has some absolutely adorable bears in it, with clothes, so I think that will be my next small project after the mitten.
My Orenburg Lace yarn turned up from Discontinued Yarns in America, but I won't be ordering from them again because (despite my email request to the contrary) they sent it plastered in commercial logos so of course it got stopped by Customs and the charges amounted to 50% of the order. I emailed them to tell them this and didn't even get the courtesy of a reply. It was still cheaper overall than buying it in the UK, but it's annoying.
And I have done a little sewing - I assembled the blocks for the Jellystone top and have started adding the first borders.
Now I have to stop blogging because dh is home, and I am making pancakes for supper because it is Pancake Day! I have managed to train my family in the strange North American custom of mixing bacon and eggs with pancakes and syrup - very foreign to the British who often just put lemon and sugar on their pancakes/crepes.
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