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.