Thursday, 25 September 2008
a/Melody Knits ( a blog from a chief enabler of high repute and a wit to boot!)
b/Yarnsnob ( I learn and admire)
c/Gilrean ( this is the sock knitters' sock-knitter...wow!)
d/Kathleen Turner (really talented designer)
e/Yarnharlot ( Ok, I know it might sound smarmy but this IS my fave blog as I laugh out loud)
f/Yarnyard ( a blog that covers yarn to chickens to sheds...yes, sheds :)
g/Stolenstitches.com (check out her wonderful Eleanor pattern)
h/Probablyjane (amazing sock patterns and her blog is a great read)
i/The Cabled Climber ( a rock-climbing knitter)
THE AWARD RULES:
The rules/guidelines are as follows .1. Post this award on your blog.2. Add a link to the person who sent you the award.3. Nominate at least 4 other bloggers, and add their links as well.4. Leave a comment at the new recipients' blogs, so they know they got an award.
So why "spots before my eyes??? Well, Linz has a bit of a thing about Ladybirds...a bit like Bill Gates has a thing about computers.....so, as a thanks for my award, here's some Ladybird patterns I like........
Ladybug Pyjama Bag
Saturday, 20 September 2008
Sunday, 6 April 2008
Thankfully the cardigan is now finished. It's the Ski Jacket from Veronic Avery's book "Knitting Classic Style"
I love the pattern but found the following
- chart key incorrect. A=main colour. The chart itself is accurate it'sjust the key that is out.
- buttonband as written would appear on mans side of a cardi
- I lengthened body and sleeves by two inches, as my arms are reminicent of an Orang and I wanted a jacket as opposed to a waist length cardi.
I also have finished my Headigan hat. This is knit side to side and is a really enjoyable knit. I used less than 1 skeinWensleydale Longwool Aran and less than 1 ball of Debbie Bliss Cotton Angora. Despite me not having a "hat-face", I love this hat. However, do you see any similarities?? Note to self re must de-fur those eyebrows. Live long and prosper.
On an extra-terrestrial theme...have a look at this blog!! This wonderful blogger has produced a crochet pattern for the newest DR Who aliens, the Adipose Babies ...less than 24 hours after they appeared on the TV. Amazing!! I hav been informed by the Piratepurls that they want one each...so will teach them to crochet their own!!
In between planetary exploration, I also joined a KAL using New Lanark yarn. This is unbelievably good value yarn ( £1.00 for Double Knitting 50 gram ball = 132 yds / 120 metres ). I am using the Donegal Silk Tweed mix and subbing it for Felted Tweed to make the Tangled Yoke Cardigan. My tension using the New Lanark was different from the original yarn (21 stitches on 3.75mm needles) so I am knitting the smallest size to accommodate for this. Hopefully I will get a 38 inch chest. Swatching was interesting as the yarn "blooms" slightly after washing and the feel and handle much improves. It's not a scratchy yarn but is not super-soft. I do think it is wearable against the skin after washing. One thing, if you do buy this yarn I would invest in a sample card for £1 as the colours look different on my monitor.
Here's my progress to date...just finished the garter rib and onto the ss. Not sure about continuing with the faux seam :(
It's not just me who has been busily knitting. Both the Piratepurls have been knitting over Easter. They both completed the Easter dishcloth from Kenyetta Davis. She very kindly let them be test knitters... ( a pause for motherly pride of a 9 and 10 year old being test knitters)...and they found the pattern well written and fun to make. Kenyetta's piccie is better than mine!
They are now knitting two of Barbara Prime's patterns. The rabbit with a hoodie and the Puppy Dog
Saturday, 22 March 2008
Got quite a few knitting and crochet things finished, just as well 'cos then I fell down stairs at work and couldn't knit for nearly TWO weeks. That's made me realise how obsessive I am, I have been like a cat on hot bricks. The Doctor in casualty/ER looked at me as if I was concussed when I kept asking for his best estimate of when the pain would stop as I had a shawl to complete.....
Anyway.Finally finished the Bodrum Airport socks. This is a nice partern by the Yarn Harlot. They look nothing like her "Earl Grey" pattern, as the pattern ended up in lost baggage....so they are "sortof" her pattern but aren't. The Harlot is SERIOUSLY funny....hubby is now used to me laughing at the laptop and saying, "Oh that Harlot"....he was originally worried that I had been subsumed by a cult and was speaking in Old Testament tongues...nope...one of the wittiest blogs I've read.
On the topic of The Harlot...she is coming to the UK. At the risk of sounding somewhat sad...I am REALLY excited about this, especially since a very, very kind friend bought me the ticket as a surprise. You know who you are. I am sure all of you knitter-types know Yarn Harlot as a clever, witty knitter-blogger...but..just in case you have also been working in sub-space for NASA, here's her blog.
Do not take a mouthful of liquids whilst reading or your computer my be at risk.
I have also been crocheting and finished two halter tops for the Pirates. Bargainous cotton aran from Texere, so less than a fiver a top.
The pattern was very easy to follow and comes from here. http://mypinkzebraboutique.com/zebraboutique/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=49&products_id=552
Also finished a Sweet Pea crochet shawl. This was also a stash-buster, using a lovely mercenised cotton 4ply I got from my last holiday in Turkey. This is a nice pattern but if following the pattern from "The Happy Hooker" please note their are errata. http://www.knithappens.com/snbhh-errata.pdf
After that it's plain sailing. Pattern is also available here
Tuesday, 13 November 2007
Sunday, 11 November 2007
I can tell it's winter...I have an urge to do Fair Isle. So the hunt was on for a suitable pattern. I found two fabulous ones by Karendipity. They are fabulous in terms of both design and the actual patterns themselves. I think it's always hard for a designer to hit the right balance of enough information without making a pattern seem unduly complex/too abreviated or just downright ambiguous. These two patterns don't fall into any of these categories. They are well illustrated, have clear instructions, super tutorials AND (as if this wasn't great enough, inbuilt-chocolate breaks. The woman is an icon. Patterns are available in PDF and hard-copy
Wednesday, 3 October 2007
First part: I need ideas for small knitted golf items that are suitable for the male and/or female golfer. You might even come up with your own design for golf socks, gloves to wear onyour way to a golf Lesson or headcovers?? A suitable prize will be sent to the winner of a selected pattern/ idea...the prize will be from the Yarnyard...fabulous squidgy sock yarn. After looking at this video...maybe you can design a pattern for a knitted protective codpiece....male readers may find the following images disturbing...