June 30, 2006

TGIK! Thank God I Knit!

Filed under:Crafty Sites,Knitting World Cup,News!,Works In Progress — Aileen @ 20:03

Horray! It is Friday and I made it to the end of the week intact. Today I got my last two day’s files back without any errors and got lots more done today. I am glad I caught on quickly because at the moment there is just me and Trish, my trainer, doing the work of about five people in Registry. Other people are on leave, so I am dealing with their remaining work. I got through it all today, but it involved going through three sets of files sticking on labels and sorting through masses and masses of print outs. All the time I was thinking about this….

…and this….

I have finally cracked the Right Front of Bliss. Boy. I ripped it out about five times because it just wasn’t right. I love it when I get it right though. Doesn’t it look pretty? I have just that ball of wool there in the picture attached to the RF left so my goal is to finish the RF completely over the weekend so I can go ZOOOOMMM on the back and sleeves when my wool (hopefully) arrives on Monday. I have got nine days! Two of those are the weekend! No post on the weekend stinks – but it does give you a reason to look forward to Monday.

I can’t believe my progress on my Jaywalker. I took so long to knit the first one I thought the initiation, never mind the completion, of the second one would never occur! But the digital summit is in sight! I hope to get these finished at the weekend too.

Tomorrow I am going to visit the Craft Basket below Sligo tomorrow. Good Lord, they have a website. I am hoping that this place will be good because once I get going with my driving, I would like to go there after work sometimes. Just for something to look forward to. I am really suffering withdrawal from not having decent access to knitting blogs and knitterature. I left all my mags and books in Dublin. There is no net access in work and our connection at home is very slow, so I go to an internet café after work. It is e1 for just 20 minutes so it’s not very good value for money!

Thank you one and all for your kind comments about my Airshow pictures! It was very difficult to show just how low they flew and how close they came to one another. I think the one of the rescue helicopter with the guy dangling out of it over the crowd shows how low some craft came. It was so much fun and totally worth getting burnt alive for.

PS: I went into a little bookshop today down by the river to see about ordering in Mason-Dixon Knitting. I asked the guy if he could order it in. I said, I don’t know the authors or the ISBN, but it’s called Mason-Dixon Knitting. He goes, oh yeah…. *taptaptap*. What?! “Oh yeah”?! This means there is another net-savvy knitter out there in Sligo who came into him about ordering this book. I must find this person. However because it is hardback it is going to be e30 and I checked it out on Amazon – by the time I add shipping, it will end up being the same price. I might wait on this one until it comes out in paperback.

PPS: I was looking in another bookshop and I came across a really old book of Norwegian Knitting! It is seriously 60s, the photography was hilarious, but the designs were traditional and I think could be adapted to more suitable colours for today. It was only e5 but I had no money on me so I left it there. To be honest, I can’t imagine it will disappear soon. But it pleased me: this bookshop had the Stitch’n’Bitch book and a really nice baby design book by Zoe Meller (I think) for only e8 which I think I will get, with the Norwegian Knitting (too funny and useful to pass up on methinks), tomorrow.

Stay tuned!

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June 27, 2006

non-con wops

Filed under:News!,Photography,Works In Progress — Aileen @ 17:50

It feels like an eternity since I last posted, even though it’s not really. I started my job in the Pensions Office yesterday. I’m working in an office in town, in the registry for widow’s pensions (wops). Basically, I filter out essential information from all the forms coming in and write them down on a sheet and make up their file, which is then sent on to the relevant offices. Today was complicated because I had to ‘learn the system’, but I managed to get through three forms on my own before I went home, and I can see that it is going to be very tedious. It’s pretty much 9-5 and I had not anticipated being too tired to knit (or do anything else) in the evening. I hope that this will pass.

I have not been having much luck with Bliss. I ended up with far too few stitches about half way up the right front bit, and had to rip right back to the ribbing to rectify it. I only ripped it out yesterday, I have had no time to even think about reknitting it. Sigh :(

But in good news, Phildar has already shipped my wool that I ordered at the weekend. They would have shipped it yesterday, but I got an email saying, we don’t understand your address! Why don’t you have a house number or postcode! So I had to email them back and say, look, I live in the country, I know the postman and he knows me, if you put that address on it, I assure you it will get to me. I imagine they threw it in the post bag with a bonne chance and a sceptical look. But horray! Wool (and two sneaky balls of cotton I just couldn’t pass up on and another pattern book) is on its way!

The weekend was great! Check out my pictures from the airshow!


nnnnyyyyoooouuunnnggggg

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June 24, 2006

My WIPs

Filed under:News!,Works In Progress — Aileen @ 16:45

Might as well post these while I have the chance. Sorry for clogging up your friend’s page/subscription page!

First off, here is the completed left front of Bliss. There is really great stitch definition, which I love. Check out the funny plain stitching up by the armhole shaping! I didn’t notice it until I went to resize the photo. Well, it will be under my arm so I guess noone will notice.

Here is the lovely sock bag from Trek. Perfect for carting one’s sock knitting.

And this is how far I got with my Jaywalkers. I have a bit more knitted on the leg now. I’m shocked I actually got to the end of the first sock. Never has a sock ever taken me so long!

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Loot of the Day

Filed under:News!,Stash — Aileen @ 16:39

First item of business was to get Trek’s yarn off to her. Down I went to Ryan’s – lo! behold my joy when I saw they had four balls of tweedy superwash all in the same dye lot. I also threw in two balls of Tivoli DK tweed, which was on sale dead cheap, to make up for the delay. I got a box and sellotape in Eason’s and off I went to the Postoffice and it is now winging its way to America. I guess all told, a gift certificate would have been cheaper, but it is alot more hassle for me to arrange. Also, she intends to knit her little girl, whom she home-schools, a new jumper for the winter, which is a pretty nice idea. I hope she’ll have enough in the four balls.


Que-ce que c’est? Encore de mohair? Mais oui!

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Decisions!

Decision!
Order more yarn! Horray!

I have been thinking about it, and while I have been thinking, I’ve been knitting onto Bliss. I am about halfway through my second front piece… the more I knit, the more obvious it is that I am going to have to order more of this yarn ;) What a shame… But I must say that I really like the drape and weight of the yarn. I think Calmer is a much lighter aran weight cotton than the Aviso. Anyway, you know that job I start on Monday? Well, we get paid weekly, so I guess I’ll be able to splash out on it. I think I’ll have just enough to get the front done and maybe a sleeve too.

In other news, I am in Galway this weekend for the Air Show on Sunday. I borrowed my dad’s 70-300mm lens for it and I’m looking forward to trying it out in a situation where I’ll need it :) Check out my new camera bag here – that’s just a picture I found, my one is grey and black :) I picked it up on sale in Dublin in the Lowe Pro Shop (which I never knew existed). They had a good selection of camera bags and they were priced just like their other bags, ie not overpriced like in a camera shop. I’d been interested in getting one like Alb’s, which is an Orion Trekker II. They only had the original Orion Trekker, which they were selling off because they were ordering in more of the Trekker IIs. On closer inspection, the Trekker I is slightly bigger than the II. The compartment space on the top is bigger, as is the camera space in the bottom. It was reduced to e60 and I bought it. I can fit the D70, my F80 body, my binoculars (you’d never think it, but really handy), my dad’s lens, my connection lead & charger for my iPod… and still have room without it being squished. Pretty good, no?

Of course, I can’t visit Galway and not buy wool! Some of you may be aware of Trek who makes sock and spindle bags for swap. Well, I arranged to swap four balls of Tivoli Superwash for two sock bags. I decided to get one for myself, and one for my Secret Pal. I was thinking, well she’s just expecting another big package and nothing in between, so this will be a nice surprise. Anyway, Trek doesn’t dally when it comes to posting things and I got them in the post on Tuesday. I, on the other hand, was having a real problem finding the Tivoli Superwash. I know three yarn stores in Dublin and I know they stock this stuff all year round, but NONE of them had it! Hickey’s said they were ordering in, so I went back about three times, but they still didn’t have it by the time I left Dublin. Stinky, eh? I knew I was coming to Galway for the weekend, and I know that Ryan’s stock all of the Tivoli stuff, so I am going to try there today as a last resort. If they don’t have what Trek wants, I am just going to email her and say, look, the wool that is always there isn’t in stock anywhere, I will get you an Amazon gift cert instead. I am peeved that I am being really slow on the swap and that there is nothing I can do with it. With a bit of luck, Ryan’s will have it, I can pop it in the envelope I have ready and get it off to her today. Fingers crossed! I am dying to show you the sock bags, but I won’t feel right about putting a picture up here of them until I get my half of the swap in the post. Let me just tell you this: fantastic idea.

I have been drooling over This pattern. To the point where, clutching the few euro I have left until I get paid, I am willing to part with it for some Kid Silk Haze to knit this garment. She’s crazy!, I hear you scream. I know! But it’s a mohair cardigan that’s light, fluffy, and will work in every season! But again with the three-quarter length sleeves. At least sleeves are pretty easy to lengthen. Also on the shopping list is another ball of Felted Tweed to finish off Salina which is really close to being finished! It sort of snuck on me. I have one sleeve done, but I can’t start the other because I left the pattern in Dublin … duhhhh…. but my dad said he’d fetch it for me, so I gotta have that ball out of the label and raring to go when he gets back lol… And that’s about it for the wool shopping list, but you know I am going to come back with some Kilcarra, some Laine du Nord mohair or kniterature of some sort. I’m irrepressible.

On the knitting front, I have been plowing through my Jaywalkers because 1. I am trying to space out my Knitting World Cup knitting because I’m running out of yarn (!! click on the link !! I have to finish that project on time – just look at the prizes up for grabs! omgz swoon) and 2. I can’t knit the other sleeve for Salina. I finished the first sock and I am about a third down the leg of the second. I got a fair bit done on it yesterday coming down on the bus.

At the risk of making this post even longer and scrappier, I had quite an opportunity to mull over the freshly-sheared sheep from the window of the bus yesterday evening. There is wool all around me, sheep covered in imaginary skeins, if only I knew how to get it from the sheep on to my needles! This is an issue I have developed since receiving Spin Off magazine from my (very excellent) Secret Pal. Much of the vocabulary was beyond me but was as intriguing as binary probably was to Alan Turing. So, all you spinners out there: how does one start spinning? Is a drop spindle a good way to start? Should I buy fibre or could I get away with just going out into my neighbour’s field of sheep with a scissors? Are there any little manuals explaining what to do? Or are there excellent, free sources online?

Ok. Sin é. Cupán tae anois, is dócha :)

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