January 22, 2006

Some News

Filed under:Crafty Sites,News! — Aileen @ 00:16

Cheers to Rhonda Bell, of Knitting News Cast fame, for stopping by my blog πŸ™‚ Check out her podcast, is rud iontach Γ© πŸ˜€

She pointed me towards another new knitting podcast (downloading as I type!) called About Time. It’s on it’s second episode and I’m really looking forward to giving it a spin. It’s already gone into the Knittng Podcast Archive πŸ™‚

Another recent discovery of mine is Men Knit, an online knitting magazine for men. They’re also on their second issue. Go and have a look! They have cool patterns for things that men would actually want to knit and wear.


January 21, 2006

Lots of WIPs

Filed under:Finished Objects,News!,Works In Progress — Aileen @ 23:54

Horray for Lidl! I finally got some batteries to get my camera going. So this is what I have been working on… a finished project to start with! It’s the tam, version 2.0, in rowan baby soft, to match the loopy cowl I knitted a while back. Check out the hat, it is the perfect beret!


And this is with the loopy cowl. I think it’ll be really nice for Spring, if it ever gets here.

Je voudrais acheter du pain et de la confiture s’il vous plait lol

I have been plugging away at my Lucky. Here is the second sleeve. It’s at about the halfway mark. I have another bit to go before I can start the raglan shaping.

In the last few days, my brain just sort of exploded with the urge to makemakemake. I stocked up on some feltable wool over the summer (which is very hard to come by here) and yesterday I decided to make some felted brooches. I’ve got a real thing for brooches. These are three leaves knitted separately and then sewn together.

They looked sort of lonesome so I knitted three small ones to lay over them today. They’re drying separately.

It all looks very wishywashy, lying there on the radiator, but I intend to wear the finished item on a very green coat, or on my dark purple velvet jacket. I like to wear bright coloured scarves so hopefully this won’t clash with anything πŸ™‚

And last but not least, I decided to start some mittens. I know I edited my Olympics post and said that I’ll throw in some fair isle technique as a challenge too, but I just know I won’t be able to do both. Also I need the gloves now, it’s really nippy out now. So, lol, this is what I came up with tonight.

I started out with a tried-and-tested pattern I’d used before out of Hip Knits. But then I started looking at my armwarmers and figured, if I kept the number of stitches I cast on constant, and didn’t increase for the hand part, it’d look as good as the armwarmers. Why did I do this? I should know, of all people, that my hand gets really wide at the bridge (knuckles)… but I knit all the way up and did my little bit of fair isle and decreased and all that… and I’ve ended up with what I can only describe as a torture device.

It’s too funny to be mad about it, plus it only took about an hour of knitting. The wool is Tivoli Superwash, a really good aran weight, that knits up very nicely on 5mms.


January 18, 2006

Filed under:Crafty Sites,News! — Aileen @ 15:07

I can’t feel guilty about not practising because the piano tuner is here:) Can you believe, he last tuned it July 2004, it was moved during the summer… and yet it is still at pitch! I love my piano.

I have great news. Yarn in Galway is expanding their website. I check on it regularly, and it’s slowly getting there. This morning when I checked on it, there were nearly all of the brands she carries, including Rowan, Debbie Bliss and Noro. Prices are in Euro and you can pay by Paypal. So go forth and buy yarn! She has many of the Rowan books and magazines also.

Bored waiting for the Knitty surprises and the new Magknits to go up? Here are some free pattern sites I’ve come across:

The Anticraft is a (seemingly) quarterly magazine with a gothic edge.

Midnight Knitter’s blog is perfect if you’re like me and love to just look. It’s got both knitting and crochet patterns.

And of course Grumperina is no stranger to many knitters but I recommend another visit, if only just to check out the new purple hat she’s knitted. Lubberly.

I promise I will get batteries for my camera soon and post pictures of the new tam that I made at the weekend and (finally!) my first completed sleeve for Lucky.


January 17, 2006

Knitting Olympics 2006

Filed under:Knitting Olympics,News! — Aileen @ 10:58

The Knitting Olympics will take place between February 10 – 26th. Pick a pattern that you will find challenging and win Gold for your country! check out more details over here.

Me, I’m going to have a stab at Jaywalker in the Sock Event. It may just be the greatest gold medal Ireland’s ever won.

Edit: I’ve been thinking about it, and since the event is supposed to challenge our knitting skills, I want to enter another Event – Fairisle. I don’t know how to do it (I know there’s a technique in weaving the colours behind so that you don’t get holes) but I would like to. So I am going to knit a black tam and gloves with a simple fair isle pattern in cream.


January 16, 2006

All Sorts of News

Filed under:Crafty Sites,Music,News!,Works In Progress — Aileen @ 18:05

I played in a concert in Sligo at the weekend. The concert is part of a series called ‘Informal Music Afternoons’. They’re run by a guy called Rod Alston, who is the head of the Early Music Ensemble in Sligo. Check out the blurb about the concerts here. There was also a similar article on the Sligo Champion Arts Page. The great news is that Rod approached me about doing a Mozart concerto with the Ensemble during the summer. Yay!

So I’ve been really getting back into listening to music. Today, whilst trying to fix my email, I started downloading all sorts of things I’ve been wanting to listen to. If you’re looking for new music to listen to, but don’t know where to start looking, check out all music. It’s the best music site I’m aware of on the net, for all sorts of genres, including jazz and classical. On my list today was Eminem’s Curtain Call, Elliott Smith’s From a Basement on the Hill, Architecture in Helsinki’s In Case We Die, and the Fiery Furnaces EP. The last two were all music’s top pick for 2005, so I thought I’d give them a spin. On my wishlist is SinΓ©ad O’Connor’s album. The Observer gave it two big thumbs up, and they’re usually spot on with their recommendations.

I have two knitterly things to show, one’s an FO and the other’s a WIP, but the batteries in my camera are dead. I left my charger in Sligo (clever, no?) so until I pick a packet in the shop, the pictures will have to wait.

However, in lieu of pictures to look at, might I recommend Crochet Lab. It’s an online fibre arts magazine-type site. I haven’t looked at it in detail but seems interesting.

Also grabbing my interest is knitknit. It is an actual printed zine (and available in Dublin, no less) but they have some extracts on the site. I was reading an extract from Issue #1 about this woman’s angora rabbit. Guess what I want for my birthday!