November 27, 2005

Au revoir, weekend

Filed under:News!,Plans-Ideas- Designs,Works In Progress — Aileen @ 23:33

what i thought would be an ordinary weekend turned into a great weekend. i took it easy, ate good home cooking, and got some work done too. i went to sligo with my mum on saturday and i got the greatest pair of shoes ever made. i got some other things too, but on my travels, i went in to a wood carver just off o’connell street, called michael quirke. he used to be a butcher, and used to do carving in the shop to keep himself busy. when more people came in to look at his carvings than buy meat, he turned to carving full time. he specialises in irish legend and folklore, and sligo landscape. he has such a unique style of carving, i love just going in to his shop to have a look at what he’s at and a bit of a chat with him.

while we were talking, he asked me what my favourite animal was. i said, a dog. he took what he was doing out of the clamp and stuck in a little bit of wood instead and started chipping away. while he was doing that, he started telling me about the greatest dog of all, Cú Chulainn.

cú chulainn

then he flipped it over and asked me if i knew Knocknarae. it’s a mountain outside the town with a mound on the top where queen maedbh is suppoed to be buried. then he asked me what i go by, and how i liked to spell it. he chipped in my name, whipped it out of the clamp and gave it to me.

aileen

the grain in the wood is the sky. he said that at certain times of the year, when the moon is in a certain phase, it sets directly over maedbh’s tomb. how cool is that though.

my dad very kindly gave me the lend of a little digital camera he has, so i have some better pictures to show :) here’s the progress on the sock….

green sock

heel green sock

this gives a much better idea of how the shawl i knitted for mum for christmas turned out:

shawl

…and the detail of the stitching:

shawl design

lastly! i picked up a ball of cream wool in sligo to make aoife a scarf. i’m thinking about a narrow version of this. aoife was the girl who made my concerto dress last year, and i’ve always intended making her something to say thanks for doing such a good job.

cream wool

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November 25, 2005

Let it snow let it snow let it snow!

Filed under:News!,Works In Progress — Aileen @ 09:58

so last night, i slept really badly. i woke up at 3am with my head full of chopin, a really sore throat and a pounding headache. i got up to make some lemsip. when i walked into the kitchen, before i turned on the light, i noticed this strange light coming from the garden. i looked out and it was positively glowing in snow. it was a bit surreal actually. most of it’s melted by now but it still looks very, very cold out.

i couldn’t get back to sleep so i started a new sock. (it’s upside-down)

green sock

i had nearly a half a ball of the green opal yarn i got at the craft fair left over, and i figured, you can never have too many socks! i recently washed the other pair i knitted and they came out fine. i was afraid they’d shrivel up into little bird socks.

i also gave the new knitcast podcast a spin. after 16 interviews, i’m enjoying it alot less than i used to. i wish she’d break it up with other knitting news, like funny patterns she’s come across, ideas or ways to integrate knitting into other crafts. in that respect, i think the craftypod has really got the balance right.

and speaking of integrating crafts, i’ve been thinking about making a skirt that has knitted panels for a long time. i wonder how well it would work?

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November 24, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving Yanks!

Filed under:News!,Plans-Ideas- Designs — Aileen @ 22:35

this is for all ye across the pond. enjoy the four day weekend! i feel strangely compelled to knit and wear one of these….

turkey hat

the pattern can be found here. i think it’s rather marvellous tbh.

i only know it’s thanksgiving in america because my sister told me about it. she’s travelling with her family down (or up/across?) to philadelphia to her husband’s family for the festivities. have fun everybody!

(remember, booze, excitement and many pointy needles don’t always mix well)

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November 23, 2005

horray!

Filed under:Finished Objects — Aileen @ 20:33

it’s finally working! i have never done anything like this before so i’m really looking forward to learning lots of new things. many thanks and secret monkeys to alb for helping me get this set up and for answering my unending questions like, “why won’t it work?” and “when will it be working?” :D

so, here’s what i’ve been working on recently. this a really fine-knit lace shawl that i’m giving my mum for christmas. it’s made from rowan’s kid-silk haze which is a mohair/silk mix. it’s really light but very warm. i have to block it yet.


mum's shawl

here is a close up of the stitch.

stitch close up

i got the pattern for it from here.

some other items that i finished a while back include the ‘hurry up spring’ armwamers from SNBN….

armwarmers

…and a cat hat from SNB.

cat hat

sorry for the poor quality pictures, they’re from the webcam. hopefully as i learn more, i can make the site a bit more exciting looking. and i’m planning on getting a little digital camera to take better pictures :)

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