Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Would Love all these

But unfortunately or some may say fortunately I am going to be here when the Posh Yarns Sale opens at 18:00. Have to save my money for Sunday and/or Piece of Beauty's reopening.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Hot off the needles

The scene of the crime.

Little Arrowhead shawl from Interweave Knits.
Yarn: Hand Maiden Rumple Silk
Needles: Denise 4.5mm

Monday, May 28, 2007

I don't do stitchmarkers

Good job then that I just happened to have 30+ lying around for this.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Addi Lace Circulars

Who could resist. And Get Knitted didn't let me down.

Friday, May 25, 2007


Found a clear space!

This shows the difference in size between the 2 Forest Canopies I have knit. The first one had 2 extra repeats abnd the latest has 5.

A close up, I think the edging works although my blocking isn't very even.
May try an arty shot when the washings off the line.

The sun is still shining so here it is, in all its glory.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Finished something

Something I started on Saturday evening and finished last night. Gritting my teeth near the end with over 250 stitches on the needles. I am unable to block it yet as there isn't an inch of space in this house that's either clear or clean!

Pattern is of course the infamous Forest Canopy Shoulder Shawl.
I did 14 pattern repeats so hopefully it'll cover a bit of my back as well.

Yarn: Yarn Yard Charity yarn for October with an edging of Pink Goth.

Secret Summer Santa Parcel appears to have been appreciated so I can now sleep easy again, what a worry that was.

Now the stress of joining a Knitalong looms, a lace one at that.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Plodding on

It takes some concentrating so this isn't often in my bag when travelling. Hopefully it will be finished for Mays quota.

Am also considering joining Dee with a shawl knitalong, my main concern is joining lace.....I only do knots! So any advice would be useful.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Todays arrivals

The Yarn Yard Organic Merino, Blink. Soooooooooooo soft.

Eva Wiechmann's Pursenality Plus.

Hobbledehoy Sock Yarn, Mae!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Wants and Needs!

You are all aware of my slight obsession with yarn.

Well I like notebooks too......very sad I know.

These have gone on the list, how long they will be there is not worth putting your money on, although the yarn is reliant on someone else and the queue thats in front of me!

Can you imagine me just ordering a notebook, that would certainly be a lost bet.

"I Never" Meme

I got this from Dreamcatcher Edit the list, bold for stuff you've done, italics for stuff you plan to do one day, and normal for stuff you're not planning on doing.

Garter stitch
Knitting with metal wire
Stockinette stitch
Socks: top-down
Socks: toe-up
Knitting with camel yarn
Mittens: Cuff-up
Mittens: Tip-down
Knitting with silk
Moebius band knitting
Participating in a KAL
Drop stitch patterns
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
Slip stitch patterns
Knitting with banana fiber yarn
Domino knitting (modular knitting)
Twisted stitch patterns
Knitting with bamboo yarn
Two end knitting
Charity knitting
Knitting with soy yarn
Toy/doll clothing
Knitting with circular needles
Knitting with your own handspun yarn
Graffiti knitting (knitting items on, or to be left on the street)
Continental knitting
Designing knitted garments
Cable stitch patterns (incl. Aran)
Lace patterns
Publishing a knitting book
Teaching a child to knit
American/English knitting (as opposed to continental)
Knitting to make money
Button holes
Knitting with alpaca
Fair Isle knitting
Norwegian knitting
Dying with plant colors
Knitting items for a wedding
Household items (dishcloths, washcloths, tea cozies…)
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars
Olympic knitting
Knitting with someone else’s handspun yarn
Knitting with DPNs
Holiday related knitting
Teaching a male how to knit
Knitting for a living
Knitting with cotton
Knitting smocking
Dying yarn
Knitting art
Knitting with wool
Textured knitting
Kitchener BO
Knitting with beads
Long Tail CO
Knitting and purling backwards
Machine knitting
Knitting with self-patterning/self-striping/variegating yarn
Stuffed toys
Baby items
Knitting with cashmere
Knitting with synthetic yarn
Writing a pattern
Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies
Tubular CO
Freeform knitting
Short rows
Cuffs/fingerless mitts/arm warmers
Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine
Knitting on a loom
Thrummed knitting
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets
Knitting with dog/cat hair
Hair accessories
Knitting in public-Most days!

If you'd like to do the meme just copy it and leave a comment to let me know!

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Abject Failure

The poor little bags have been left on the shelf. There is obviously something someone isn't telling me, or my theory is that most knitters are better at sewing than me. I shall have the smartest dressed WIP's.
On a more positive note I have succumbed to the Yarn Yard Merino club and ordered these patterns.

Should have given you more clues on the previous post. The powder Blue wool is 300m of Hand Maiden Silk Rumple which will do a Little Arrowhead and I have 2 skeins of Emily so I can make my next Forest Canopy HUGE, well a bit bigger than a shoulder shawl!

Off to drown my sorrows in Bombay Sapphire wearing lovelies from Majorca, I did buy sensible aswell.


Friday, May 11, 2007

The trouble with

Having such a huge stash is that you have a few (well alot) of choices for some projects. The small shawls are a case in point. I want to do another Forest Canopy, a Little Arrowhead and Swallowtail from Interweave Knits. Apart from what shall I do next is which yarn shall I use. AND of course should I maybe finish off the few projects I have on the go.
1) Twilleys Freedom Spirit Rib Wrap cardigan, Back complete

2) The dreaded Moss stitch cushion cover, 1 side done (about 10 years ago)

3) Pomatomus Socks (just turned heel of sock 1)

4) Fyberspates socks, sorry not mentioned these (1 down and 1 at heel stage)

5) I'm not quite this bad.......yet!

Ella is finished but due to the state of the area at the moment I thought it safer to stash her away in a bag.

So do I go for FC in this

or Little Arrowhead in this
I could throw alot more options at you of course!

Tuesday, May 08, 2007


I happened to look at Etsy today, as you do, and there was 40% discount from the seller who I bought from a few weeks back. So I had to support the cause and bought the above. $12.50 is a bargain in my book for 462 yards of sock wool and that's including the postage.

I read alot of blogs and also comment on some and have finally managed to join something . The Angel Yarns Forum Secret Santa Summer Holiday. Now I'm panicking about what to buy and will the recipient like it. Its only £20 but I'd like to get as much as I can that they will appreciate. Think the postcard will be the easiest thing and with a name like SussexYorkie surely the clues will be easy. Its both exciting and worrying in one, I'm glad most of us are humans!

Back on the DIY front, the plasterer is due tomorrow so even more has been removed, Dining Table to Garage and contents of Wardrobes onto Spare Bed.

One problem.

We are sleeping in it tonight......

We have agreed it was a bit silly to do 2 rooms at once but I suppose by August! it will all be a bad memory and at least the Poly **** will have been obliterated from 2 more rooms.

Monday, May 07, 2007

DIY................aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah picture heavy

Not my thing but I have had to help clear book cases. Its then that you regret loving and hoarding books. It won't change but the poor souls have been stacked in any and every available space. These are just a few of them.

All because of this horrible Poly rubbish that previous owners thought would enhance every ceiling.

Not only is it impossible to paint evenly it skins your knuckles in the process, so innocent me decided that as we decorate each room we would get the ceilings re plastered, fool that I am. Then he who must be obeyed thought that whilst the bedroom was in confusion we may aswell put lights in the ceiling of the Dining room below. That's where the book mountain lives and the glass mountain and most other mountains that can be hidden behind closed doors. Its only then you realise that its possibly better not to fill cupboards. So the Kitchen now holds enough glasses to supply a public house but they are easy to reach!

The remaining items, think that may go down over the next few weeks. What else do you use a boarded up fireplace for?

Did manage to wind some wool in case my supply was cut off during these works.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Culture Vulture

I'd like to think I was one!

Yesterday the weather held out for us to BBQ but we raced in side for pudding.

Today we have been out and about visiting the Brighton Artists Open Houses which is part of the Brighton Festival. There are some very clever people out there. If we'd won the lottery last night I think we would have spent a substantial amount, sadly we didn't but we did manage to buy some very delicious Tea and Cake.

Finally we have put 2 of the knitting bags on eBay to see if there is any interest. Take a look here. Fingers crossed the prices are realistic and the pictures show enough, I know they are well made but it was my Mum who made them so I suppose that's a bit of bias for you.

Friday, May 04, 2007

Knitting, Stash and DIY

A few bits to report today.

On the knitting front I am making progress on Ella and hope to have her finished next week but she is currently looking like this .

More stash has arrived in the form of a Posh Yarn Pink Package. Emily in Heather ( which I thought I'd ordered 2 of-just have to have more!), Lucia in Splendid and Eva 2 ply in Dove.
I am known for my aversion to certain retailers, DIY stores being one of them. So at the risk of having to visit one this weekend we went late last night for me to peruse wallpapers for both Bedroom and Dining Room, long story but we were originally only doing the Bedroom! Anyway we managed to gather all that needed joint opinions in half an hour without too much stress. The reason for boring you with these facts is that the Wallpaper for the Dining room is very apt for a knitter.

And for a bit of fun I chose a crown paint which is Corset colour, where do they get their ideas for names?

Sock it to me - April 2007

Slow and relaxing month but I love the one pair of socks I completed. Hedera by Cookie A. in Posh Yarns Sock Club yarn from February.

Thursday, May 03, 2007


Are you like me, someone who read lots of blogs but hesitate to make themselves known. I love reading peoples tales of success (and woe) they are a good source of information and encouragement, are you the same Mr/s lurker? Because believe you me it is so nice to receive a comment and thats why I am making an effort to do the same.

Piccies tomorrow, am trying hard to finish something to make it more interesting.