Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Saturday, October 27, 2007
in the cuff part: row 16-18: Knit should read instead
row 16-18: P1, K5 * P3, K5 repeat from * to last 2 sts, P2.
The link on the side bar will have the new corrected copy as of October 30.
Also some have trouble with the bobble row. There should be 11 bobbles, each bobble uses up 2 sts NOT 3 sts. To make a bobble you (P1, YO, P1, YO) in 1 sts, P1 next stitch, turn, now you've got 5 sts to work with.
I'm so excited, I can't wait any longer. I had so much fun knitting these fingerless mittens, and wanted to share this fun with you. I'm still waiting to hear from my test knitter, but if she finds a mistake in my pattern I'll let you know.
The three pairs are already spoken for. I have to take a break, knitting some other Christmas gifts, but I'm sure going to knit some more.
The variegated pair, was my first pair, which is not without mistakes, but it was the process. By the last pair, I didn't need to look at the pattern anymore. They knit up fast, and take not even the whole skein. I had 8-10g leftover yarn with all three of them. So, if you have a single skein Koigu kicking around in your knitting basket, you might want to give them a try. ;o)
Did I mention it's free? Here's the link to the download. I wish you lots of fun! And of course, send me some pictures for my Readers Gallery! ;o)
Friday, October 26, 2007
I'm NOT good with working as a group. I like my own pace, and hate waiting for the contributions of others. In this case, I was waiting for pictures of Hannah with the vest "Karolyn", I made for her. Some - time - ago.
Monday, October 22, 2007
edited: We had 26 C today!!! It's October for goodness sake! Biko presenting her new collar.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
After the furnace service guy came (late) and went, there was the Biko incident. She slipped out of her collar and took off. One last backward glance at me, and off she went for her trip down the road. At the first moment I thought my heart stopped. But we were in luck, because at that particular moment, there were no cars, no people, no distractions of any kind. I only got her, because she found a spot, where the scent was so intense, that she didn't notice me sneaking up on her. I knew she was a clever girl and all, but I never thought that she would ignore me like that. She listens at home, in the house and in the garden, she comes when called and so on. Well, after an hour, I was still shaking. Imagine what could have been! Needless to say, she was in the doghouse for a while.
Last night my husband came home from his trip to Europe. His luggage was in the hall, and I promptly fell over his f***** carry-on suitcase. I could see myself falling in slow motion, thinking how best to fall and land, with minimum damage to myself. Silly, really. I landed on my hands, and my right knee, both wrists hurt, and my knee as well, but the worst are my left hand and arm, they hurt real bad. At first I thought I can't knit, but I can. Typing is much harder, and still I'm doing it. While I was on the floor, Sam came, walked around me and had himself a fine drink of water, after that he slobbered all over me. Thanks!
I did not make any progress on my spinning, or my holiday knitting. In fact, I had an idea for something else, and had to start on it, right away. I'm having fun, and I'll share the outcome with you. This is a picture just to tease you. ;o) I go now, lick my wounds, and knit some more. Wish you all a wonderful weekend, without accidents!
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
This is Spunky Eclectic fiber of July "Celebration". I didn't like the colores, even with the orange in it. The fiber is Shetland, which was very nice to spin with. This was a little careless spun, because of the color, and produced ~ 190yds of worsted weight yarn, with thick and thin places. Not my best.
They turned out a little big, and I DID a swatch, measured my hand to make them fit perfectly, but I guess the uneven spinning is to blame. So I thought I'll felt them by hand, just a little. They didn't shrink enough though.
They'll do fine though. I like the cuff longer, 2inches is never enough, I made 3 inches. Would have done more, but wasn't sure of the yardage. Anyway, they are done, the yarn is out of the way, and you can never have enough mittens around here.
This little tea pot is my husbands. He's got it for his birthday ( from me), I think it's totally cute.
The next subject is a wonderful one. On October 11th, I received a package. Sybille remembered my birthday, that is, she knows that it in November, but last year it came too late, so she calculated and sent it earlier. Only this year, it was here after 5 days!!! (not weeks like last year). So I've got an awesome early B-day present!
To round it all up, here's a picture of Sam soaking up some sunshine on the balcony. Right now, both of them are doing well, no major boo boo's, skin infection cleared up nicely, everything is alright. Hope I didn't chinx it.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
I didn't mean to let you wait for my next blog post, but there was so much to do, the weather went from sizzling hot, to pretty cold. What that means is, that blocked items are slow to dry now, since I haven't turned on the heating yet.
Saturday, October 06, 2007
Enough with the dogs, you say? Want to see some knitting? Here you go ....
pattern: Amy King, Fake Isle Hat
Besides fooling around with the dogs, I've spent a lot of time in the kitchen the last couple of days. It's my sons Birthday today (22), and my husbands is tomorrow. I've been backing a "Punchtorte" as requested by my son (who usually likes his chocolate cake very much). The Torte tastes fine, but looks aweful. I couldn't get the glaze right. It's supposed to be a "Fondant glaze" where you boil water and sugar until when dropped from a spoon will make fine strings or something. After that drop some lemon juice on it, and wait for a fine skin to appear (or something), after that stir with a wooden spoon until it gets thick and turns white. Anyway, I've never done this before, and it did not work. It got all syrupy thickish, but never hard enough. I still put it on the Torte, but it ran off in a hurry, and even now, after a day in the fridge, it's still dripping down the plate (and it's pink)! ;o) As I said, it tastes good, it's sweet, that after a slice you'll be in a sugar coma. My son said, it's O.K., but he thinks change is bad, he should have stuck with his chocolate cake. Would have been easier for me too! ;o)
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Well, some time ago, I've already forgotten about it, Deborah Robson was writing about this book on her blog. She asked to leave name and address, if we were interested in an advance copy of this book, that is, if she had some left over. If you want to read her blog you've got to have some time, because her posts are long, but very intersting! ;o)
Since I already own a book by Donna Druchunas (Artic Lace), which i thought was very interesting to read, with the plus of gorgeous lace patterns included, I thought I'd give it a shot, and left my information.
You can read more about what Donna has to say about her new book here: Go Knit In Your Hat blog.
I'm not quite through reading it, but it came in my life at the best possible moment. I'm very interested in Fair Isle knitting, or any other color knitting at the moment. The next post will show you what I've knit so far, but this book answers so many questions for me. I even found headband patterns in it, which I was looking for all over the Internet, and in every single knitting book I own, with not much success. I thought I'll start with headbands, they might be easier, which I now doubt. Still the same tanglement, but they will not take that long, hence sanity will be restored more quickly.
There are different kinds of patterns in this book, 4 small skill-building projects, and 8 master sweater plans (as it says so on the back of the book). It reminds me of Cat Bordhi's new sock book, with the master numbers, where you need to plug in your measurements and off you go, knit yourself a wonderful fitting sweater.
I'm so excited about this book, but don't expect a big fat sweater in all-over color pattern just as yet. I'm still struggling to keep sane with the small stuff. Maybe one day. ;o)
And thanks again, Deborah!
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
I've been knitting of course, after the Braided shawl was done, I was so very ready to knit little things, things I've been wanting to knit for a long time. Like this very spicy Beethoven Dickey.
Sam seems to like the turmeric taste. One can smell it very faintly (for human noses), but he started to like the bip right away.
On the spinning front, there's this 190yds skein. I didn't care for the colores very much, so I tried to mix them up real good and spin a little thicker than normal. It turned out 2-ply "thick'n thin" yarn, because it's not my best spinning ever. The break I took was too long, and even though you'll never forget how it goes, you need practice to produce even yarn.