February 28, 2006

Gold Medal for Ireland

Filed under:Knitting Olympics,News!,Stash — Aileen @ 21:14

Here it is!

It wasn’t the struggle I suppose it was meant to be, but it did teach me the difference between knitting through the back loop and front loop (as evidenced in a wonky repeat on one of the fronts). I also learned (yet again) how to read a chart. I always read them backwards for no reason. It furthered my obsession with light cotton tops despite it being about -5 degrees outside.

It’s so cold that I’m determined to knit myself a decent jumper. I have that great big ball of purple wool just waiting to be cast on. I was going to knit a swatch but I’m too tired tonight: tomorrow! I’m just going to make it a regular bottom-up yoked raglan with a roll-up neck if I have enough wool. I was thinking about making eyelets along the raglan just for a bit of interest.

My sister posted me knitting mags from america! They include good ole Creative Knitting, Vogue Knitting, and a vogue sibling, Knit Simple. I’d to do lots of work today because I’m in rehearsals and class tomorrow, and I have to teach, so I went through them quickly at lunchtime. But I’m looking forward to giving them a good seeing to when I jump into bed. The Vogue Knitting one seems to be the most comprehensive, with articles and a variety of patterns. The other mags have some quirky patterns that I’m looking forward to mulling over 😀 Cheers Niamh!


February 27, 2006

Farewell Olympics!

Filed under:Finished Objects,Knitting Olympics,News! — Aileen @ 21:22

So I finished Elspeth right on time – on Saturday evening, in fact. But I had gone home to Sligo to get well, and the connection isn’t good enough to upload pictures. I don’t know if that puts me out of contention for a gold medal, but I don’t mind. I got it finished and it looks nice. Here it is.

I’ve never mangaged to make picot edging look right. I think I’ll steam press it with a damp cloth and see how it is then. If it doesn’t behave itself after that, I think I’ll rip it out and tighten it up again.

While I was lying in my sick bed, I kept thinking about that mohair scarflet I mentioned before. So last night, I got out my 5mm bamboos and using this pattern as a guideline, I cast on for it. Beware! The pattern is in french. I couldn’t understand it either! But I used the schematic and that proved to be just as good. Here’s what I finished up with tonight.

I really like it, it’s just what I’d imagined. I used Phildar’s Kid Mohair. It’s not that scratchy at all. For the extra loop that I thread one end through, I picked up stitches, knitted a loop wide enough for the end to pass through, cast off and then sewed it on. What I should have done is picked up the stitches while I was still knitting the middle section, knitted the loop until it was wide enough and then joined the two pieces with a three needle bind off. I’ll know for again.

See the little silver brooch on the scarflet? I got it in Sligo at the weekend in The Cat and the Moon for just a tenner. All of their jewellery is handmade by the owners of the shop. They have a wide variety and a good price range, ie they have very pretty things for about e5-10, but alot of more expensive items too. Here’s something else I picked up in Sligo.

There is a small pokey little shop beside Moffat’s that sells all sorts of knitwear. There’s no shop that sells wool in Sligo any more (sigh) but I always go in here to have a look for ideas. This is a little felted bag, the perfect size for minding lipstick and odd trinkets in your handbag.


February 21, 2006


Filed under:Knitting Olympics,News!,Works In Progress — Aileen @ 15:22

After fretting that I wouldn’t complete my Olympic project on time, I now think that if I pace myself with some Benilyn, I should make it on time.

Nectar of the Sick Olympian Knitter

I completed my second front piece last night. I’d show it off but I’m too floppy to go downstairs and get it, and it looks like the other one anyway. If I really cared, I’d mirror the picture of the other front piece in Photoshop and you’d never know! The sleeves are just regular knitting, no lace pattern or anything. They do have some interesting short row shaping that took me by surprise the last time: this time round, I know too much. I know what you’re up to, pattern. This time I’m armed: my 3pm pill and a mug of tea. I’m taking you sleeves down.

In other news, I got stuck into my Phildar pattern book in an attempt to decipher the code. Honestly, Alan Turin couldn’t have done a better job. It’s not so bad but it took a good hour searching through other blogs and the pocket dictionary. I made one conclusion: the french need another word for ‘decrease’. They use ‘rabattre’ for ‘cast off’ and ‘decrease’. Sometimes, they say ‘diminuer’ (decrease), but sometimes they use rabattre. It’s confusing. You wouldn’t want to be drunk, or say, sick and bored and wanting to cast on a new project 😀

Speaking of being sick and bored, I decided to tackle that vinyl bag again last night. What is wrong with me? I can’t sew even when I’m well! This escapade involved me nearly losing a finger and for what? A vinyl bag with the top sewn together like a big, plastic, inside-out cushion.

I don’t know what to do with it. When I muster up the (mental) strength to unpick the stitching, I’m going to have a bag that looks like it was used for voodoo! I think I should just cut the top off completely and glue the hem down. Yes. Glue it. That way, everyone wins: the bag is finished and I emerge with all ten digits intact.


February 20, 2006

Belated Valentine

Filed under:News!,Secret Pal 7,Works In Progress — Aileen @ 12:28

Look what my Secret Pal sent me for Valentine’s Day! The postman was late, so I went down and closed the window. About ten minutes later, he rang the bell and handed me the box with this huge grin on his face, probably because it had hearts all over it 😀 Thank you!!!

Check out what was in it! Show ▼

Best of all was this card she made for me.

See the little hearts that are music notes! And the little button thingy that looks like a tiny flower. And the green leaves that were done by hand. I’ve put this one up beside the other one she sent me. I think when SP7 is over, I’ll put these in some 6 x 4 frames and hang them up as a memoir!

I am still really unwell today. I have cancelled everything for the week, but if I’m feeling a bit better tomorrow I’ll go in and teach, just to get out for a while. I was really down in the dumps but this morning’s parcel has really cheered me up.

In a brief period of semi-wellness, I dug out an old vinyl project I started about three years ago and never finished. It’s a bag. Show ▼


February 19, 2006

Things for down the line

Filed under:News!,Plans-Ideas- Designs — Aileen @ 17:18

I mentioned previously that I would really like to make the lace leaf sweater from Loop-d-loop. Well, yesterday, I knitted a swatch from a left over ball from Cathode. I made Cathode last year in a fit of mid-summer madness.

What was I thinking? Sure the colours are nice, and it fits me perfectly, but my arms get cold… and on the days when my arms don’t get cold, it’s too warm to wear. So I have actually never worn this for more than an hour. I figure I will have just enough white wool to knit the lace leaf sweater.

Here’s some other yarn I’ve been looking at in my stash. I got the purple stuff for a tenner.

I think this would make a really nice plain raglan sweater with a few stripes thrown in. I’ve been going nuts recently with my light cotton tops when I’m not going to be able to wear them for about another six months lol. So I do need to knit a sweater soon, it’s really cold out.

Dig this stuff! I have no idea when I bought this but it’s been waiting to be turned into a skirt!

I joined up to this sew-a-long over at Sew I Knit and said that I’d be using this fancy Vogue pattern I got. Jeez, what is wrong with me? The pattern is like for sewers extraordinaire! All these tiny tight seams to make it look perfect. I’d never manage it. This morning when I was having tea in bed and a chat with ole Bear, I had a look through Super Crafty, and figured I’d definitely be able to make their one-afternoon skirt. No zippers, just a few really basic 1.5 cm seams and elastic. I’m still a bit groggy otherwise I would be cutting this one out right now and not sitting here with more tea and typing this 😀

These, I suppose, are all post-Olympic projects. I think I should start with the skirt as it is the most straight forward and doesn’t require swatching or the drying of yarn. I think some white lacey trim along the bottom would be funky.