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Two New Pairs!

22 Dec

First up, the Posh Frock Red socks:

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The Vital Statistics

DSCF1051Cast on: 2nd November, 2013
Finished: 15th December, 2013
Pattern: Spice Man basic toe-up by Yarnissima
Yarn: Colinette Jitterbug, colourway #159 “Morello Mash”
Needles: 2.5mm Knitpicks fixed circular
Modifications: Garter-stitch gusset, K2P2 ribbed leg and upper foot. Judy’s Magic cast-on, Jeni’s Surprisingly Stretchy bind-off, and a 2×2 cable up each side of the leg, just to keep things interesting.

Next, Saturday Morning Cartoons:

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The Vital Statistics

DSCF1049Cast on: 30th October 2013
Finished: 15th December 2013
Pattern: Purl and Zag by Jeannie Cartmel
Yarn: Ms Gussett Sock, bought Bendigo 2010
Needles: 2.5mm Knitpicks fixed circular
Modifications: This pattern is actually for a toe-up sock with short-row heel, but I just used the stitch-pattern and plugged it into my standard top-down sock.

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New Sockage.

8 Nov

Not one, but two new socks on the needles!

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As promised, bright (right) green socks: the yarn is Ms Gusset sock, bought at Bendi in 2010, pattern ‘Purl and Zag*’ by Jeannie Cartmel, which is one of those “just one more repeat” patterns that practically knit themselves.

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Also, I needed something to knit in the car on the way to the wedding, so I cast on a very plain* (I can’t look at my hands or I’ll get sick) toe-up in some Jitterbug from my very first Bendi trip in 2008, colourway ‘Morello Mash’, which just happens to match the frock I wore to the wedding. It didn’t get any play on the drive home, as I was feeling a bit seedy (I had a really good time), and thought I’d better not push my luck.

*Rav-links

Coconutkin

25 Oct

Another pair of socks to add to the pile:

My socks were only in the rosemary for a few minutes, but now they smell heavenly.

My socks were only in the rosemary for a few minutes, but now they smell heavenly.

The Vital Statistics:
Cast On: July 1st, 2013
Cast off: October 13th, 2013
Pattern: Nutkin by Beth LaPensee
Yarn: EGMTK! Sock, in a colourway I call Toasted Coconut, because, well, look at it!
Needles: 2.5mm Knitpicks fixed circular
Modifications: Fancy-schmancy Nancy Bush Estonian Cast-on, otherwise standard.
Link to Ravelry Project Page.

Catching up.

2 Aug

While I’ve been spending a fair bit of quality time with my new stove, there have been other things going on around here as well.

My in-laws came to visit, bringing with them a couple of dwarf fruit trees (peach and nectarine), to get our garden started. Before I could put them in, I had to dig out the somewhat overgrown garden bed and mix a bunch of compost into the heavy, clay soil, which, as Dr Bones pointed out, constitutes a fairly comprehensive workout.

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My crack team of personal shoppers (AKA Dr Bones, Knightly Knitter, Tinkingbell and Zephyrama) came through big time, sending me everything on my Bendi shopping list:

ALL THE FLUFFY THINGS!!!

I’ve also been knitting, getting halfway through a pair of Nutkin socks,

CocoNutkinsas well as casting on a Vertex cardigan in the 4ply Cormo wool bought at Bendi 2012:

Wordpress really wants this pic upside down. I even tried turning it upside down in my folder, but it liked it that way.

WordPress really wants this pic upside down. I even tried turning it upside down in my folder, but it liked it that way.

And there’s been this, which is making me ridiculously happy:

happyThe house is also taking shape; next week we have an electrician coming to replace the stupid, expensive-to-run so-called “low voltage” downlights with more efficient compact fluorescent units, and put in some extra power points. Because we can do that sort of thing now.

In Uffish Thought

6 Jul

Submitted for your approval, one pair of socks:

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New socks, new tree.

The Vital Statistics:
Cast On: 12th May 2013
Cast off: 1st July 2013
Pattern: Brainless, (Rav-link) by Yarnissima
Yarn: BMFA Socks That Rock mediumweight, colourway “Jabberwocky”
Needles: 2.5mm & 2.75mm Knitpicks nickel-plated fixed circular
Modifications: Eye-of-Partridge heel-flap, because it is just all-around better on socks than straight stocking stitch.

Better colour, new front step.

Better colour, new front step.

What do you get when you put together a yarn called Jabberwocky with a pattern called Brainless?

And as in uffish thought he stood,

The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame

Came wiffling through the tulgey wood

And burbled as it came.

This is my fourth attempt at this pattern; every other time I’ve had issues with the row-gauge making the gusset too short, but this time it came out perfectly. I blame the awesomeness of Socks That Rock. Incidentally, this is the last skein of STR that I bought with my birthday money in 2009. I really need to get me some more.

Dead gorgeous gusset.

Dead gorgeous gusset.

First time working Judy’s Magic Cast-on; what an amazingly clever woman! It came out perfectly on both socks, no need to tighten anything up, and as completely invisible as a Kitchener toe on a top down. Just lovely.

Another Wingspan

5 Feb

DSCF9606As previously mentioned, I cast on a second Wingspan immediately upon finishing the one I made for Boyo’s Year 6 teacher.

It is now finished and blocked, so this morning I took it outside and hung it in a tree.

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This one is made from the Crazy Zauberball I bought in Brisbane at the Stitches & Craft Show in October 2011.

My favourite part is that slash of red, edged with golden yellow.

DSCF9601If this scarf can’t brighten up a dreary winter day, then nothing ever will.

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The Vital Statistics:
Cast On: 3rd November, 2012
Cast off: 25th January, 2013
Finished: 30th January, 2013
Pattern: Wingspan, by maylin Tri’Coterie Designs
Yarn: Schoppel-Wolle Crazy Zauberball, colourway 1564 “Tropical Fish”
Needles: 4mm Knitpicks Options circular
Modifications: I worked a wrap-and-turn at each short row, because I prefer that.
Ravelry Project page here.

What I’ve been doing all this time…

15 Jan

Aaaaand again, I have failed to keep my New Year’s Resolution to post every week. A large part of that was the study thing – I finished the easy introductory part of the course, and they threw us into Anatomy/Physiology, which was really interesting but quite difficult in parts, so I needed to buckle down and stop faffing about online. It worked: I came out the other end with good marks, which was both pleasing and surprising (I know it shouldn’t be; I’m a smart person, and I worked hard, but I always am surprised when good marks happen. It’s just how I roll).

The other part was family stuff. Boyo had a very difficult 2012. He starts high school next month, and he is understandably anxious about it, but where another kid might deal and move on, he has turned that anxiety into a whole slew of behavioural issues. I won’t go into detail, but between meetings at the school, ferrying him about to various therapy appointments, and no small amount of screaming and crying (both him and me), he has taken up a fair bit of my time. I’ve applied to defer my course for 12 months, as I really need to focus on getting him through this first year of high school. I haven’t heard back yet from the Powers That Be, but I’m told there should be no problem, I definitely qualify for “special circumstances”.

Anyhoo, while all of the above has meant the knitting output slowed down somewhat, there has still been some fibre-y goodness happening. As mentioned in the previous post, I made a Wingspan scarf for Boyo’s teacher, and both she and it are swanning around Ireland at the moment (lucky girl!). I loved knitting it so much that I promptly cast on another for me, and have almost finished it, despite the ghastly hot weather we’ve had here.

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Also, socks-in-progress for Tech Support, from EGMTK! Super Sock Yarn bought at Bendi:

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And the learn-to-spin thing is moving along nicely. I did indeed break out the BWM fibre, and look how pretty it spins up!

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On top of all that, I’ve been sewing:

iPad cover

…and dabbling in a bit of quilting:

This is what happens...

This is what happens…

...when you let a 9yo pick the fabric.

…when you let a 9yo pick the fabric.

So, all things considered, a not-unproductive 2012.