August 28, 2006

Much to tell

Filed under:News!,Secret Pal 8,Stash,Works In Progress — Aileen @ 21:19

It’s been a long day, but a good one. I got up at 6am to get a good amount of practice in before the bus and it went really well. Work went quickly and wasn’t too dull, and when I got home there were some surprises waiting for me in the porch! My last parcel from my secret pal arrived, as did the books I ordered from Amazon. Get your bibs on: it’s drool time.

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August 19, 2006

Pretend Progress

Filed under:News!,Secret Pal 8,Works In Progress — Aileen @ 17:52

Bah! I thought I’d been plowing ahead with my unpronouncible sock (aka Pomatomus)….

…see? But after picking up all my stitches for the rest of the foot, I have gone wrong with chart B. I am half way through it, at row 11 and I am six stitches short. I realise now that I have been leaving out the extra bit detailed on the chart for the left side – but at the time, there were no extra stitches to knit for the left side. So I am confused. I am too tired today to do anything with it. I know that it’s not wise to tackle any sort of lace problem in this state! But I have to show you the transition on the back of the leg from the lace pattern into the heel flap. It is really nice.

In other Granny Smith news, I have knitted too much on the left front before doing the armhole shaping so I will have to rip back and correct it. I haven’t had a chance to do that yet. So much I want to do, so little time!

I got the Autumn issue of Interweave Knits there during the week and I’m really enjoying reading it bit by bit in bed every night. I think knitting magazines should have more articles – like Spin Off! That is a really great magazine that I enjoyed reading when my SP sent it to me, even though I don’t have a clue about spinning. I like the intarsia sweater on the front cover very much but am rather reluctant to take on an intarsia project. It’s not intarsia knitting or anything, it’s more the knowledge that it probably won’t suit me the way it suits the model. There’s something pretty nerdy about intarsia sweaters and you really have to be the right person to pull it off. I’ll think about it!

I have been settling back today – put on a wash, tidied up my room, uploaded my photos to the computer, had a good sleep, messed up my knitting with tiredness :} I am freaking out about my practice because I have been so tired during the week that I’ve been finding it very difficult to get anything done. I just had a nap and I’m going to try and get two good hours done before the 9 o’clock news. That’s a goal!

Another goal I have got to get underway with is my final parcel for my Secret Pal. She’s been very poorly this summer – she had pneumonia of all things! I was hoping to pick up all sorts of goodies for her in Germany but came back with less than I’d hoped. However, the September issue of Simply Knitting came out here this week and it is really good, so I think I’ll parcel it up with Knitting which is out next week, and last month’s Sandra. I have that blue mohair that I bought in error – but I have just realised that I have sent her a different type of blue mohair in each parcel lol! Can you sense the obsession! Stay tuned for what I eventually come up with :D

Here’s something for you to look at: Leigh Radford’s site. She’s the author of One Skein and frequent contributer to IK. Pretty things!

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July 15, 2006

Picture Post

Filed under:News!,Secret Pal 8,Stash,Works In Progress — Aileen @ 09:22

Finally! Pictures as promised! Apologies for the site being down during the week. The hosting I use jigged some things around and I didn’t notice :}

Firstly, check out the gorgeous mohair my SP spun for me, and the blue Cascade 220 she sent to me. Isn’t it lovely?

Here is a better close up of the mohair. I can’t believe she spun this herself! It is amazing.

And check out the funky buttons she sent along too!

I didn’t manage to get a photo of the nifty magnetic book marker she sent me, mostly because it is in use and I forgot to bring it out with me when I was taking phhotos! Similarly, the map of Virginia and photo book were also in use ;) As for the chocolates, they have mystseriously disappeared :D I have to say: magnetic book markers = brilliant idea! Why don’t we have them here?!

Thanks again, Secret Pal! You’re the best!

Salina has taken a dramatic turn for the better. Here it is, front and back all pinned up.

I have since sewn the shoulder and side seams, and knitted on the lapel. I tried it on at that point and it fits wonderfully. In fact, I am so happy with the fit that I would venture to recommend this pattern for any fitted, light worsted weight sweater. All that’s left to do is seam the sleeves and set them in.

Check out the ‘craft pins’ I got in Galway last weekend. Why didn’t I get a box of these before? Pinning knitting together is impossible with small sewing pins!!! These pins rule. And I am always thrilled with bright, multicoloured things…

Today, Alb is driving up from Galway and we’re going to continue on towards Donegal and climb Knocknarae. He wanted to climb Ben Bulbin (highest granite plateau in Europe! lol I have no idea how I know that) but I said that if we climbed Knocknarae (easier) we’d have a great view of Ben Bulbin! He’s messed up his leg playing football yesterday so we might not even get as far as any mountain. Photos to follow, in either case!

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July 14, 2006

Filed under:Knitting World Cup,News!,Secret Pal 8,Works In Progress — Aileen @ 12:14

What a week!

My KWC project, Bliss, didn’t get finished. I’ve got the front and back pieces done, but ended up finishing the back piece the day after the final :} Not only that, but when I compared the front pieces to the back piece for length, I realised that they were two different colours. I was sort of half-expecting it, but after everything, it just made me so fed up with knitting it that I have just left it to one side for the moment. It is perfect weather for it, but our office is so cold (just where I’m sitting, it seems :P) that I have no incentive to finish it!

However, I finished my second sleeve for Salina last night. Horray! I am going to start sewing it up tonight. I am looking forward to knitting on the lapel. It is in seed stitch, just like the cuffs and bottom of the body. I got some wooden buttons for it when I was in Galway last weekend, so I hope that they suit. For anybody thinking of making this jumper, I would definitely recommend it and also say that you will definitely get it finished with the 6 balls recommended for 36″ chest. I bought a seventh because I wanted full-length sleeves instead of 3/4 length and I must say that I have only used a little bit of the seventh so far.

My Secret Pal sent me the greatest parcel during the week! I really needed it this week. I haven’t been feeling great. I’ve caught a bug from sitting in the draft from the air conditioning. She spun me the loveliest mohair – about 600m of it! It is a dark grey and I’m envisioning luxury socks… From what she told me, it is not the easiest to spin, which makes me appreciate it all the more. I have been showing it off at home and it has been widely admired! She also sent along two skeins of Cascade 220 (hope I got that right) in a fantastic petrol blue. I’m imagining a mad blue hat with matching mittens for winter! Yay! Roll on Winter! lol… Also included was a lovely photo book of Virginia, a map of Virginia state in case I hadn’t figured out where she was from ;)… some yummy chocolates and a really fun selection of music-themed buttons. These really made me laugh and cheered me up no end.

The three books I ordered ages ago came in during the week too – Knitting Rules, Socks socks socks and One Skein. I will write more about them later. I want to post pictures too! It sucks, I hardly have any time to catch up on my blog reading or posting anymore. The concerto I was supposed to do, and then thought wasn’t going ahead, is now going ahead. I’m not really thrilled about it. I wish I didn’t have to do it.

I promise I will post pictures as soon as I can.

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June 20, 2006

We have kick off!

Filed under:Knitting World Cup,News!,Secret Pal 8 — Aileen @ 22:25

I knitted nearly 10cm of dense ribbing yesterday, and no matter how much effort I put into it, ribbing still just looks like ribbing so I hung on until today before posting a picture :)

Pattern: Bliss, from Rowan 39.
Wool: Phildar Aviso, 60% cotton, 40% acrylic.

This is the left front. It took nearly an entire ball to knit the ribbing, which is very worrying, but since i got started, I have reached the armhole shaping on less than a ball. Oh well – I can always order a few more if I need to. I will probably order straight from Phildar if I need to.

This is a close up of the lace detail. Sorry for the flash photo, it was very dull all day today.

Tomorrow I go home because I’m starting my job on Monday. So I had a lot of odd jobs to do today. I went into town in the morning because I had some things to get. I got my next parcel together for my secret pal, had a look in the George’s Arcade, shopped in Penny’s and hunted down some wool. The last bit involved me walking all the way to a shop on Dorset Street – about half the way home – to no avail. For my secret pal, I have got ‘Knitting’ and ‘Anna’ magazine (the latter is an all-round textile craft mag), a big bag of Bewley’s strong coffee powder, two tubes of gourmet jelly beans for her kids, and some body stuff from M&S (royal jelly and honey sugar body scrub, almond and peach hand&nail cream, mud mask/sauna mask/feet refresher soak, bar of Dove), and I just managed to squeeze in a ball of the lovely soft ‘Ladybird’ yarn from Tivoli, in white. Think it’s enough? Think she’ll like it? I was trying to go by what I would like to get in the post and what I could afford :S

Penny’s yielded this groovy bag for a euro! And I finally found a needle gauge that I could afford – every single gauge I have found is about e15. This was e2.25 :D

I am obviously pinching pennies because it will be a while until I get paid, and I want to go to Galway at the weekend to see Alb and the Airshow. (Alb and the Airshow – what a great name for a band!) So I will need at least the bus fare and money to buy an extra ball of Felted Tweed to finish Salina. I finished the first sleeve today, so I’m actually not that far off. Hard to believe, really :D

Thanks to all (SP, Saskia) for the fellow-yippeeee comments about my box finally getting here :)

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