29 December 2006

My first socks, and heartburn

It is 3.00 in the morning. I can’t sleep because I have heartburn. I need sleep but it won’t come. Elusive when it chooses. Instead, I decide to get some milk (helps with the acid reflux) and blog. As we are on hols it is the only chance I will get to sit at the computer... Dear hubby is glued to it most of the time – that is most of the time he is not doing other things asked to, such as decorating that nursery… That is another story of its own.

Anyway, thought it was about time you heard from me. The bump is getting bigger and my knitting mojo is still with me. Since my last blog, I also completed small project and started (yet) another big project. I made these for my mother-in-law who appreciates a fine thing or two; and she was very pleased when we gave them to her as part of her present. She put them on immediately. I was pleased to see that they fit snugly.

They are done in Rowan Kid Classic yarn, which is a favourite of mine. This was my first time knitting socks and I was surprised at how easy these ones were, however there is one down side to them. Simple as they are, they have a seam on the inside of the foot. As this is my first time knitting socks, I thought I was allowed to get away with this. The pattern was taken out of this book (I not on commission, honest!)

As for the other project… Yes, I started another and have not yet finished any of the other big ones listed down the side. It is called Forecast! I know a number of you have already knit this little number, so I have decided to join in. More about that later. Meanwhile, I panic that I have no desire to knit little things yet…

24 November 2006

Your nursery ideas are needed

Thank you all for your kind reassurances. After much angst and deliberation we have decided that I should stop commuting in 3 weeks time – we are 6.5 months now.

(I am blooming!)

There are a number of considerations we have had to take account of:-

- I spend 4 hours commuting – door to door
- As I get bigger – it is taking me longer to traverse distances which were previously deemed ‘short’
- By the time I get to my return train, most seats are taken
- Nobody, absolutely nobody will stand to give a pregnant woman a seat
- Much as I love my job it is stressful

Ian and I agreed that the aggregate of above might have negative effects on our health. So, I work for another 3 weeks in London and finish with working from home for another 3 weeks in January.

Then, the other day one of my friends sent me a little mum-to-be package in the post. It contained contact details for non toxic paint suppliers (for nursery) and an overview of child development (benefits of different sounds at certain stages) among other things. She will also be giving me all her terry nappies, as I am keen not use disposables and she will lend me her Moses basket as she thinks babies do not spend much time in them so worth borrowing. She is so generous, lovely and considerate. Sarah I love you!

I am on the scrounge for ideas for the nursery. We do not know the sex (will find out at birth) and not sure of essential furniture/equipment. Sarah has already given me some tips but would also be good to hear from you knit sibs. So what is essential and what is a waste of time? Which makes are good and which are also good value for money?

Oh and the book from whence the knitting adventure came from is Textured Knits by Julia Cooper. There are other interesting knits in the book. My verdict of the project completed is that it is quick to complete, has lovely combination of yarn (I love the feel). Only one downside to it – it curls inwards? Aargh! That blocking board I started over the summer will need to be polished off for things like this.

Fellow adventurers how goes your project?

19 November 2006

My, aren’t you big!

Isn’t it funny how once you are pregnant you become public property. You receive comments you would not otherwise. I wonder whether everyone who has gone though pregnancy has had the same response. Whilst I appreciate the attention I am also intrigued. I expected everyone to want to stroke my belly but actually they have kept their hands to themselves. It must be something in my body language. But… They do open their mouths! The conversation usually goes like this…

Admirer: “Wow! look at you!”
Tusa: “Hi” (shyly)
Admirer: “You are blooming. When are you due?”
Tusa: “February”
Admirer: “My, aren’t you big! It’s going to be a big baby…”
Tusa: silence… thinks… yes that might be the case you are probably the thousandth person to say that and I am really getting fed up. But replies “yes, maybe. See you later”.

At home my poor husband has suffered the perennial “do I look big?” question. His answer is always charming… “Darling you are a small person and the belly looks big on you in relation to your normal size. You look pregnant darling. You look wonderful”. And I skip away having had my ego stroked. No wonder I married this man.

But despite the reassurance from Ian, and after a few more encounters, I asked my midwife about this at the last appointment. “It is usual” she said “and don’t get offended. The next time someone says something like that tell them that your midwife says you are right on target”. Then she showed me my measurement and the chart. Fantastic! I walk out with a huge smile on my face. And… I have used that line already.

As for knitting? I have finished my Secret Santa Scarf

And, here is the rest of that project.

With right side facing, pick up 44 sts evenly along the other side ends of the fabric using yarn B

Then starting with a purl row work in stocking stitch as follows:-

Work 37 rows in yarn B
Change to yarn A and work for 8 rows
Change to yarn C and work for 12 rows
Change to yarn B and work for 4 rows
Cast Off

I have not finished this but I should by Tuesday. I the last stage for myslef to read:-

With right side facing, pick up 44 sts evenly along the other side ends of the fabric using yarn C

Then starting with a purl row work in stocking stitch as follows:-

Work 37 rows in yarn C
Change to yarn A and work for 8 rows
Change to yarnB and work for 12 rows
Change to yarn C and work for 4 rows
Cast Off

You must have guessed by now. Source of the pattern in the next blog.


17 November 2006

The Wrong Red

I love this time of the year. It has a special feel to it. Although dark, wet and windy, I still think it has a magical feel of its own.

Every year in my office we buy each other presents for Christmas - in secret. Ever done secret Santa? Yup! The last two years through were a shambles, and apparently I was the only one who did not know my secret Santa… I felt so left out…

This year though the team has agreed that it should be completely secret. Separate shopping (they went to the same market last year), no hinting etc. So mine would like her gift brought from India (a member of the team is out there travelling) but tough! Had we sorted this before Australia, I could have got something from there. But we didn’t and it will just have to have my signature on it!

My SS loves the colour red, and would appreciate something luxurious but I can only spend maximum of £5. So, after a few head scratching moments, I settled on the good old scarf. I headed out to my local to see what they had in stock. You know how it is you have one project in mind and by the time you leave you two other projects in mind. I will only share these other two with you once I cast on – just to be sure.

Anyway, how did I decide? I saw a lovely fluffy scarf in lavender in the shop. I touched it, stroked it, and fondled it. Yeeees… My precioussss.... Mmhh. So, next I peaked at the instructions attached to the scarf - my local, English Yarns, is really good at this. I committed the pattern to memory then decided to look for red yarn. But oh nooo… It was not going to be that simple (a scarf for crying out loud!). The colour did not quite look how I had mentally pictured it. Rather than holly red it is cranberry red. It was the wrong red! But I need to make something and soon as our reveal date is 4th December. So, I reasoned that at about £3 I could buy it and if it did not work out I would wear it.

As you can see from the photo it has turned out really well. This is the first time I have worked with eyelash yarns and it is surprisingly easy. I always thought they would be very hard to work with. This scarf feels soooo good I will have to make one for myself.

Oh and that adventure - I know that one person has joined me… The next steps for your project are…

Change to yarn C and work for 10 rows
Change to yarn B and work for 4 rows
Cast off

With right side facing, pick up 44 sts evenly along one of the side ends of the fabric using yarn B

Then starting with a purl row work in stocking stitch as follows:-

Work 37 rows in yarn B
Change to yarn A and work for 8 rows
Change to yarn C and work for 12 rows
Change to yarn B and work for 4 rows
Cast Off

Have you guessed yet?

13 November 2006

Adventures Down Under…

So the other day I set up a mystery knitting adventure. But let me tell you about my recent travelling adventure.

At 5 months pregnant we decided to head to Australia… Yes! Down Under, to Perth where we have friends. It has been my hubby’s dream to visit the place again after his initial visit 15 years ago. So off we went. Bring pregnant I did not plan to do very much apart from visit the Swan Bells Tower where Ian’s uncle worked at the turn of the millennium to hang some bells.
I also wanted to see some of the outback so we went on a tour which passed by the Pinnacles. My first time ever in the desert – fantastic. And also see a bit of Perth and the surrounding areas. Actually, I ended up being pretty active throughout with some rest days of course!

Anyway, while we were there I thought what better time to find out if I can by some Aussie yarn especially Kaalund. I have always thought it to be very expensive but thought I might have a go this time. To commemorate a special occasion. Nyet! The only outlet I could find was in Victoria! Hours and hours away! I was so disappointed. Yet there are more outlets over here and in the US… What’s up with that? It also brought to light why Australia is also called a continent it is so huge. I could not just pop over to Victoria – much to Ian’s relief!

Ok so that mystery knitting… I am assuming you have some yarn in your stash and now ready to cast on…

So now, using Yarn A and 4 mm needles cast on 176 stitches

Beginning with a knit row and using stocking stitch complete rows as follows:-

Yarn A = 2 rows
Change to yarn B and work for 2 rows
Change to yarn C and work for 10 rows
Change to yarn A and work for 4 rows
Change to yarn B and work for 18 rows
Change to yarn A and work for 10 rows

It should end up looking like this…

Good luck! More my next blog.

10 November 2006

Mystery Knitting Adventure

Are you in? Good.

Well I have so much to share with you but most importantly I want to share this journey with you. I started yet another project. Yup! I am back with knitting. Got my mojo back!

I have also discovered that many women actually go off knitting at some point during their pregnancy. It does not make sense… The only thing I can think of is that one’s body goes into energy saving mode… What are your thoughts about this? The bump is developing and here is a picture of us.
Anyway, I wondered whether you might be interested in a mystery knitting adventure. It will make a great Christmas gift for someone but you will have to trust me through this journey. It should last a week or two at most depends on how much time you have…

You will need

4 mm needles
Yarn A – Jaeger Extra Fine Merino DK or equivalent 1 x 50 g ball
Yarn B – Rowan Kidsilk Haze or equivalent 1 x 25g ball (use 2 strands together)
Yarn C - Rowan Kidsilk Haze or equivalent 1x 25g ball (use 2 strands together)

I don't think you need to worry about tension but if you want to... it is 22sts x 30 rws to 10 x 10 over stocking stitch using 4 mm needles.

The colours are up to you really. I can share mine here…

More in the next posting!

p.s. this is not my design therefore will share the source at the end of the adventure...

27 August 2006

Bun in the oven

A Belly full of arms and legs
Knocked up
Up the duff
With child

Please add to the list - yes we are!

Baby is due on 23rd February 2007... We are thrilled to bits! I am getting over the morning sickness which was just awful. And the exhaustion - my goodness I don't know how those of you who have or had toddlers at the same time did it! It must have been trying.

Ahem! This is why you have not heard from me recently... Now I am getting my energy back, my cravings seem to have tailed off, my waistline is disappearing but we are happy. I may actually pick up my knitting again and blog some more...

For now, I am taking my dear hubby on a surprise birthday trip for his 40th on Tuesday! I don’t think he has guessed but he knows we have an early morning tomorrow. What fun! Read you all in two weeks.

18 August 2006

Silent and Imaginary…

…knitting. There has been no progress on this front. But I thought I should put in an appearance on two counts one of them related to knitting.

Firstly, I wanted to share the good news that Ian and I have just celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary. And in style I might add… It started as follows.

Three days ago my husband arrived home from work looking rather excited and mischievous. After much questioning on my part and getting ‘nothing’ for a response I gave up the inquisition. Little did I know… I would also learn that my husband can’t keep a secret! Ian decided to reclaim my attention by asking whether I wanted to know what we would be doing on our anniversary (17th August). “Only if you want to tell me” I answered. He continued to smile at me inanely. There was a part of me that wanted to find out but I also wanted a surprise.

Anyway, I thought of it no more, he was after all smiling through it all. Had it been a sad face I would have pushed harder. I continued to run around to prepare for my day at work the following day (16th August). I went to bed rather tired and woke the next morning proceeded with my normal preparations. When I came in back into the bedroom to say goodbye for the day (Ian currently has so much annual leave time it is just not fair!), that inane smile re-appeared. Even more surprising Ian was awake enough to hold a conversation. I will rephrase that… he was just so excited about our adventure on Thursday that he could not contain himself! Do you want to know what we will be doing tomorrow? After similar response to the night before, he replied with “we are going to Venice for the day!” Oh my goodness! I was so excited! Of course he received lots of kisses for it. I did get to work but did not sleep much that night because I was sooooo excited!

And it was absolutely fantastic! I will never forget the day and what an array of activities we had too… A ride on the Grand Canal to the Lido for lunch then some 'culture' at St Mark's Square and getting ‘lost’ in the back alleys of Venice where we discovered some gorgeous Jewellery (of course) and I bought some Murano Glass (how could I not??!)

Knitting did cross my mind (please don’t gasp – it is just a phase and I will overcome it) but somehow finding our way to the Rialto bridge and visiting the market there dominated my head before we made our way back to Marco Polo for dinner and jetting back home. What more could I ask for? Nothing, it was just perfect.

Oh, after seeing the length of this post I have decided to leave the other news for a separate post. Later!

28 July 2006

RSS - Reading, Sudoku and Scarf

That is my version anyway...
On the train home, I usually try to find something very engrossing to occupy me for the 1½ hrs home. Depending on my mood this is knitting (very little lately) reading (lots more recently) and games. Recently, Sudoku has occupied this time, however, yesterday I was foxed! No matter how I looked at this puzzle, I was stuck! Can you help? Once you crack it please let me know the answer! Blogger is playing up so to find this please go here

You might wonder what I am reading... An intriguing book lent to me by a good friend. The book is titled
“Afghanistan, Where God Only Comes to Weep”.

I have a few more pages yet, but I will share my thoughts when I have finished.

Alice asked about the Kidsilk Haze scarf pattern. I was initially going to reply to her personally, but then thought there might be others interested. The pattern was shared for free by Shoreham Knitting, so I feel I can share too.

Kidsilk Haze Scarf Pattern

You need o
ne ball of KSH, beads (optional) and needles (any size between 5mm - 8mm)
Depending on width you desire – cast on between 45 – 60 stitches
Knit in moss stitch i.e.
Row 1 = k1, p1 to end
Row 2 = k1, p1, in other words knit so that you avoid ribbing
Row 3 = as row 1 (& add beads evenly across the row)
Row 4 = as row 2
(Repeat rows 1 – 4)
Continue until ball is about to run out then cast off (bind off).

I have made a few of these and the one pictured above includes beads.

Happy knitting!

22 July 2006

A Prayer...

I have been debating with myself whether or not to share something with everyone. I have debated long and hard and decided that I should. I am not forcing (I hope) this on anyone therefore if prayers are not your bag, you are best placed to come back tomorrow. If, however, you could do with one, or know someone who could do with one, here is one that packs a punch. For some background information just google ‘Saint Jude’ and see what you get.

St. Jude Novena
(A novena is a nine day prayer)

“Oh St. Jude
Apostle and Martyr
Great in virtue and rich miracles
Near kinsman of Jesus Christ
Faithful intercessor of all who invoke you
Special patron in times of need
I humbly beg you to whom God has given such great powers
To come to my assistance now
Please help me in my present and urgent need and grant my earnest petition
In return I promise to make your name known and cause you to be invoked
St Jude pray for us and all who honour thee and invoke they aid

Say 3 Patters, 3 Hail Marys and 3 Glorias

How I came across this prayer? I attended a catholic school many, many moons ago where prayer was at the forefront of our daily lives. However, this is not where I discovered the prayer, although the discipline meant that I was open to prayer. I found it in a local newspaper and used it when my father was very ill. I was only about 13 yrs (I am over 30 yrs now). I have kept it since and gone back to it over the years and in desperate times.

I hope above does not aggravate/annoy anyone. What ever your choice, look after yourself physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually.
I am off to prepare for my knitting club now. Later, knit sibs.

21 July 2006


What a scorcher of a week. This week has been the hottest week of the year (with the hottest day of the year) in the UK. I must admit I enjoyed the hottest day very much. I have enjoyed the last week. You see, deep, deep, deep down in there, I am a tropical bird. And guess what. It was so hot that my employer decided to buy everyone ice-cream, ice-lolly or sorbet. All 350 of us in the building. I was so impressed. It only lasted a day though.

BEFORE I GO ON, I MUST SAY SORRY FOR NOT BEING HERE KNIT SIBS! I have just not been able to and I want my blog to feel optional, otherwise… can’t bear to think about it.

So how is Loll doing – not well and I think I will stop writing about her now. Otherwise it will be moan moan moan. So tonight I will swatch for Tempting II. I want to be well on my way, ready to cast on when I get to my club tomorrow.

I have to let you in on household thing… The other day I went to turn our dishwasher on and got stuck. Admittedly, I have been a bit lax with some housework recently but for good reason. Anyway, I got the box of dishwasher tablets only to find it empty! I hate it when this happens, I really do. But there we go, so yesterday after work I popped into our local cooperative supermarket to get the supplies.

I started typing this on the train, and just as we get home the aircon really kicked in. Typical but actually I didn’t mind the warmth. You can’t win.

Have a good w/e!

16 July 2006

A Quickie…

Well, since I last wrote, I have received words of reassurance which has helped me a lot. Thanks guys. I have now completed the second front for Loll and working on the sleeves at the same time. I don’t think I could bear working on them separately – I would die of boredom!

I have not started Tempting II but, next Saturday I will (whether or not I have finished Loll). I will be attending one of our knitting get-togethers and I am really looking forward to it. I know this will put the wind in my sails (as it were!) and perhaps I will get my mojo back.

Oh yes, a moment of revelation for me. I spent some of this morning watching the motorbike racing with my hubby.

You see, he is a biker and loves fast bikes. I have toyed with the idea of joining him but I will have to see. What does he have? Well, until recently he had two Kawasaki Z1000s one classic (blue) and one new (orange). Sadly, he sold the classic. I was very sad when it went but I understand why it had to go. Anyway, I think I needed some sort of sport to keep my knitting going (and I did some knitting today) this morning which is why I joined him. I really enjoyed it too and of course supported Valentino Rossi all the way...

I did say it was a quickie so I will leave it there. Manana!

12 July 2006

My Knitting Mojo

Where is it???? I well and truly have come to an impasse, or what I think is one. I have completely lost interest in my current project – Loll. Has anyone experienced this before? At the moment we have the completed back...

And one complete left front...

Some of the right front...

And some of the sleeves...
I always do this with any knitting project, which is why I have gazillion percentage bars over the side. I usually start very well and then lose interest, then play around with another project, and eventually come back to the previous project and finish it.

I am in a bit of a bind now though because I promised myself to finish this project before moving onto another. And I really want to start on Tempting II. Argh! What to do? HELP!
By the way have you seen Eunny's FO? That girl's got knitting mojo!!!!

09 July 2006

Last kicks of a dying horse

Zidane! I have just finished watching the World Cup finals. Another intriguing match. I spent most of the actual play running around and doing other things with one eye on the game. I saw France score but missed Italy’s score. I must have been loading the washing machine at this point. Sometimes domestics get in the way! Then I decided to get busy with other things but I settled down for the last few minutes. I saw Zidane do his thing. What a shame! I thought his move to announce his retirement was a good one, whether France lost or not. It would be his grand finale; but instead it was the last kicks of a dying horse! A great shame that a great football player should go out like that. Now we are not connected to the French (I told you I get choosy) at all! Pah! Sorry sis.

Note to all: I will not blame the critical match loses on my evident ‘kiss of death’ as far as football is concerned. I would rather blame it on more tangible reasons: Rooney and Zidane. That's just me…
Congratulations Italy! I will never hear the end of this one from my Italian collegue at work. I have to brace myself.

Meanwhile, not much knits while running around the house which is why Loll has not progressed much since last night. I will keep at it though. I should be done by next weekend. I will no doubt get to that finish line steadily without pressure of those (psychological) sprinters I talked about. I will not give up. It would be too expensive and my dear husband would not forgive me after running around all DIY shops last weekend (when we were meant to be preparing for the family’s arrival) so that I could get all the material needed for the blocking board; which was of course urgently needed!

Tusa and her antics! I must dash my dear friends. More housework beckons before bedtime.
p.s. I had more picutres lined up for today's blog but blogger wont let me. Hope the blog is still entertaining.

08 July 2006

Trouble with Loll…

...is that I have lost interest in her. I went for a whole week without picking her up, partly because I was travelling up and down England and partly because she didn’t challenge me anymore. The travelling was productive though, but rather exhausting. I spent two nights in York and I managed to see some of the place but not much as I had to speed away to Bath vicinity (yes another historic town of England) but I did not get much chance to see that either. Now I want to go back to both and do them properly. By the way, if you clicked on the links, you can zoom in and out to get a sense of where the cities are in England.

So, much belly aching about my ‘duty’ to finish Loll by the end of the KWC tomorrow. This reminded me of my attempt to take part in athletics. Well the story goes like this. Many years ago while in school, I took part in athletics. I was proud to be one of the fastest runners in school. Then one season our school entered the city school athletics. After much training etc., we turned up for the competition. The our race came on and using the usual techniques I started rather steadily believing that the others in the race would tire out, as they had in the past. You know who tired out first? Me! Why? Because I had to try and keep up with them. Realising that there was no point and that they were 'fit as a fiddle' and could run miles at full speed, I gave up. It was the first time I got beat. I was so sad... But my Daddy came to pick me up and my Mummy cooked me a nice meal and the world was right again. After the lesson of course – know my limits and do my homework! I think this pertinent, now.

OK back to Loll and KWC. I remembered something I read about the Knitting Olympics. I think it was on Yarn Harlot’s blog, she advised to enjoy the games and not get too obsessive. So, ultimately, I want to enjoy Loll and not dread every minute I pick her up (at least that is what I am saying to myself, so indulge me here...); and this means I might not be finished by tomorrow, but I will be close. I feel much better having faced this reality; and given that I have lots to do around the house and the garden.

While I was away, my dear husband took it upon himself to put the plastic cover over the blocking board. I have to finish it though by stapling the gingham cover over. I should be able to use it from tomorrow. At leasst one project will be completed on time... A sense of satisfaction!

I am also looking forward to tomorrow’s match between Italy and France – I vote for France of course. Funny how the French connection is now at the forefront in the family... Usually we keep quiet about it. Indeed the (sibling like) rivalry between the British and French is such that we do not mention that side of the family unless necessary. I guess we are all holding onto something.

And what about Wimbledon? No British players in the game anymore... What happens to the British with international games? Is it not one of the games they introduced to the rest of the world? And now they can’t play it? I continue to be amazed. OK, now I am getting choosy about my nationality – I know that... But sometimes it is good to get choosy! Now back to Loll...

02 July 2006

They think it is all over…

And it really is! What a day yesterday. Had the family over again to watch footie, only to be so disappointed. We lost to Portugal and we were all very shocked. And Rooney! Could he not see that he was being set up? All he had to do was hold out and not give into the taunts. Conspiracy theories abound over here... some think Sven took a backhander to ensure that England did not play very well. And to top it all, our England captain – David Beckham – resigned. That was very sad to hear but professionally (and tearfully) done. I think there is more to what he is saying but, nicely done Becks. Well done and thanks old chap.My family’s only consolation is that France went through. We have a French side you see... No name dropping. But even that was shocking. Brazil are out! Gordon Bennett!

I am not getting on well with the knitting. Nervous tension from yesterday, then disappointment... So, today I finally got down to making my blocking board. Nothing like using a staple gun and imagining stapling... oh no, really, I don’t have a mean bone in me. So it went from thisto this...
And I got as far as gluing the foam to the chip-board - hubby helped me of course. Still the plastic sheeting and gingham to staple. [I lost interest and,] I wanted to do some knitting, as I am behind, and I have yet to start on Tempting II...
Also, had to prepare for the week ahead, I will be on the road for four days and I am not looking forward to it. Can you not tell? So, if you don’t read me, I have not had the chance to blog but maybe I would have had more knitting opportunities... Goodnight knit sibs and knit easy.

30 June 2006

Sexy Knitters Club

What a day so far. I have joined the Sexy Knitters Club and I will be knitting the current choice for the July KAL - Tempting II. Much excitement! Oooh! Aah! I think it is sexy…

I left my first blog at SKC this morning. I lamented my indecision on yarn therefore the very last minute dash to buy the needed yarn for the project. No sooner than I had posted than the yarn arrived. Three hours later actually but I want to exaggerate – blogger’s prerogative, exclamation marks included! I was so pleased with MCA direct. The only thing with internet buying is you are never quite sure what the yarn will look like colour wise. So, as it turns out the yarn is two shades darker than I anticipated but I still love it! Calmer in Kiwi. I can’t wait to cast on for the KAL. The lesson? There has to be one, no? Always imagine the yarn two shades darker or buy shade cards. I know, I am a skinflint sometimes…

And the footie… Well I am working from home today so I am ‘reduced’ listening to the commentary via BBC online. As my husband’s best friends said earlier today – it is not to be missed. It is a ‘final’ match and a “Clash of the Titans”. I am not sure who to support. Completely torn here. I know who Marietta is supporting. I am listening, but it is hard to write a report and listen to all the excitement. So far though I am holding up. If it comes down to penalty shoot outs I will have to go downstairs and watch… I can’t miss that!

My word! What a penalty shoot out. I am so impressed with Germany and pleased that England did not meet them here. They were so determined and they got through. Anybody who plays them better watch out! There is nothing like playing on home turf to pep that determination. Wow! Germany beat Argentina, who would have thought.

And what about tomorrow? I am already having anxieties about that – how will I manage it??!!! The family are descending on us so, DH and I better go food shopping - now. I will either be ecstatic or depressed when I blog tomorrow…

27 June 2006

Bring it On!

The title is in reference to knitting but before I talk about that, I want to update you on my work life. I can do this too no? I do like a detour.

This week has turned out to be much better than last week, so far. As I type this I am on the train home… The conductor has just come through and wants to see our tickets. Why is it that they decide to come through just when I decide to occupy myself intensely? Mhhh? It is beyond me. Can’t they see I am busy???? They should ask in advance...

Anyway [ticket shown with a smile], as I was saying, I am on my way home and usually (last two weeks) I am working on Loll, as I inch my way home. Yesterday though, I had to do some work. I thought I would be able to dedicate some time to knitting too but ohh noooo, I worked all the way home. Blast! I was not too impressed with myself or my work but you know what, I had a less stressful day at work today. It was all worth it in the end.

My confined space is making me look funny while typing. My shoulders are hunched up rather high and I am beginning to feel tense around the shoulders perhaps typing this on the train is not such a good idea after all. No matter, I will persevere.

You will have noticed that I have joined the Rowanette Blog Ring which has provided me with more opportunity to visit knit sibs as Brenda Dayne calls them. I just want to see what everyone is creating and knitting. I am amazed at what is out there. Apart from, this I love Rowan patterns. So, I thought it would be fun to see what patterns others have decided to knit. Also Rowan yarns being expensive, I wanted to spy what yarn substitutions people have made in the past.

I must also add that my first proper adult cardigan... after learning to knit at the age of 5 or 6… no, wait for it… then rediscovering knitting when I was… well around 6 years ago… was a Rowan pattern - Onza it was/is called. It was so simple and straight forward, that I fell in love with Rowan. I remember mentioning the cost of the yarn to my ‘mentor’, but all she said at the time is that it is worth it. Which I have discovered is true but since then the yarn world has moved on. More suppliers are coming on line, therefore more competition, therefore cheaper yarn available but not necessarily lower standards. Even in the UK. It is happening. Bring it on, I say! Laters!

25 June 2006

Bend it Beckham!

He did too. The old Beckahm was back. What an afternoon for England! So many moments of ooooooohhhh… Agonising close calls but we pulled through.

We had the family over with us to watch the game and my little niece who is just under two years old started imitating my [rather] loud expression of oooooohhhhh! Then we scored and I raised my hands with a verbal expression of ‘yeeeeessss’. That was the expression for the afternoon for her. Bless her. So every time she says yes now she raises her arms in the air...

Some knitting accompanied the footie watching but not very much. I was too excited. Which was fine but I have still to complete the front. My intention was to compete it yesterday. Oh, and the family were drinking bud-wei-ser, mind boggles…

The photos? I just thought to share more of our garden piccies…

24 June 2006

Nag, Nag, Nag…

Oh what a bother! Earlier today my dear hubby got really annoyed with me. I didn’t mind because I knew it was for a good reason that I nagged him. You see, we both were in the garden enjoying the sun and really chilling out. Then, I suggested that although he had put some suntan lotion on he should not sit directly in the sun just after midday. Oh, my goodness! You would have thought I asked him to eat worms… He was so resistant. Talk about one digging their heels in! But you see I had good reason. Last year the docs found a melanoma and removed etc., etc. So, I didn’t stop at his annoyance, which annoyed him even more... I kept going until he moved into the shade. It was warm enough.

Anyway, we soon made up and went to a local fete but I forgot my camera so I can't show you what they had there. But we bought plants for the garden for all of £2, crystal glasses for £3 and a picture frame for £2. Not bad eh? A bargain I say.

We also got to enjoy our first ever home grown strawberries. They were very sweet and tart... No pun intended. Seriously, it was lovely to enjoys the fruits of our labour.

I nearly forgot. That update on my knitting adventures... Well, Loll is coming along. The back is complete as I mentioned earlier, and I should finish the front today. More pictures when I am feeling happy about where I am... Actually, forget that here is one...

Oh, yes and the footie... The whole country awaits with baited breath. England v Ecuador... Not to be missed!

22 June 2006

When it rains…

...it really pours! This week has really 'had' me at work. I have been working long hours and today, oh, is unmentionable.

I have been determined to do my knitting though which means that I have broken the back of Loll... ahem, I have completed the back that is... Now onto one of the fronts. It feels good to be here. I am actually progressing.

Meanwhile, thinking ahead, I have started contemplating blocking. I have never blocked any of my knitting and I would like to block Loll. Any advice out there. I have read about people making blocking boards or using space beds etc but what exactly do you guys do with the garment while blocking? Being new to this realm, any advice would be good.

Oh and the world cup... I could not for the life of me type while England were playing. Something happened to my fingers and they froze! Even when I tried to knit; which would have been detrimental actually, as it would have turned out very holey. England v Sweden was an absolute nightmare to watch. I have stayed away from the television since then – well actually, I could not get to it, seeing as I have collapsed into a tired heap every night. Tonight, I have just about mustered the energy to stay up and do this.
Until the weekend my friends.

19 June 2006

You knit too much when…

...you try to knit with your eyes closed and, pretend that it is the calming effect of knitting lulling you into a sense of calm... WHAT! I think I have a serious problem here. I know I am tired, but I am still trying to knit so that I can literally break the back of that Loll.

Meanwhile, I received some very good news today. One of my oldest friends is going to have her second baby. I have not seen her for ages but you know, it is one of those friendships you know will last a lifetime. Congratulations matey!

I wonder what my needles will be up to until then… Nightly, night.

Oh! And that photo of Loll, lolling around last Saturday…
No footie for me today...

17 June 2006

Game of Attrition…

Disallowed, disallowed why oh why??? It was in! The Italian pulled a fast one – injury indeed. If it was an injury surely he would have stayed off the pitch, but he came back. Can you tell that I am supporting the US? I think they have played very well. I am so upset with the referee though. Three red cards, countless yellow cards... Heart breaking stuff. So, is Italy out? 1 all at the moment and we are at 74 minutes. Loll is lolling around as we speak, she was this afternoon too...

Ok so what else did I get up to today... spot of gardening. You see I love our garden but it is on the bigger side of average English gardens. This means (for us at least) that we cannot go long without any garden attention.

Back to footie, hubbie has just commented that the game is really now a war of attrition – two foes slugging away trying to wear each other down. I want the US to win ... 13 minutes to go and it is lively. I like a lively match but please don’t let the Italians score. The US is really on the attack here and looking good. Come on USA score for crying out loud!!!! Sort those Italians out! Oh... it is tense people, tense... 8 minutes to go and then extra time after that. If I had beer in the house this would be the time to have it – to calm the nerves. They are fraught I can tell ya. Knitting? What knitting? Scared of making mistakes... lack of attention you see. The footie wins without a doubt.

It is interesting you know. Any other time of the year, I would not be interested in football. You see when I was young (this makes me feel old) my father watched football all the time... The Italians nearly scored again. 3½ minutes to go... As I was saying, Dad watched football all the time. As we had one television, we (the children) could either watch or leave. Most of the time, we left. Looking back, it was not all the time that Dad watched football actually, just when we wanted to watch Dynasty (oh yes, we watched it!)... 90 seconds away!!!! Breathe, breathe, breathe, breathe, breathe... So... I developed an aversion to football in my younger years, however occasionally; I get involved as I am now. I am sure Dad will be pleased when I tell him... (This is a diversion tactic by the way - to pass time quickly). Italians nearly scored again. COME ON USA!!!! HOLD IT TOGETHER! You have done so well, so far. 9 against 10... 90 minutes er... seconds, to go of the extra time. HANG IN THERE USA... I c..a..n..t t y p e a n y m o r e... it is too tense. It is over! It is all over! America 1, Italy 1. Amazing!

OK, I have to see to dinner now… Yes, it is late but I was watching football...
p.s. can't add photos to this thing... again... maybe tomorrow. I wanted to share more of the garden and Loll lolling around.

Swatch & See

Aahhh! Another glorious day in the garden. Here is a picture of dear hubby enjoying the weather outside. He is also trying to educate me on bird watching. I love it, but I just can’t remember the birds nor recognise them!

Meanwhile, I had a brainwave (sp) – a stash busting idea! Lotus Blossom Tank could be my next project after the next one... I run up to the spare bedroom but... lo and behold the yarn I had in mind does not have the tension required. Not being experienced at yarn substitution, I thought it best to give in here. The original tension required is 22sts/36 rws the said yarn tension is 24-26 sts... I have just realised as I write this... I could increase the needle size and still get the right tension, no? I think I have enough yarn to make it. Yipee! OK, ok! I am excited about LBT but I will have to contain myself. I will only start it when I finish one of the other projects... Lets see how long I hold out... Now to swatch and see... I will keep you posted.

Can you tell I am getting bored with Loll? Yes, I am... I always get like this after I have done most of the back. I enjoy seeing the pattern unfold and when it does, I get bored. Get me out of here I am only a knitter! No wonder people knit in the round. You don’t have to do it all over again. I will perk up honestly...

No footie recently. Two late nights at work (even when I was working from home) have meant little blogging, knitting, or footie. Anyway, back to the garden... Yup those roses are really in our garden. We planted them on the day we moved into the house. Aren’t they beautiful?

14 June 2006

Multi-tasking – Knitting, Blogging and Footie

Oh what to do? Watch football, knit or blog? I have decided to do all at the same time – well kind off. I am taking break from knitting as I write but I am still watching the footie. Germany against Poland. I am supporting the ‘said’ underdog as usual - Poland. But you know they have just lost one player to a red card! What are they doing – 74 minutes under their belts and what’s that, a red card? Why???

Talking of which, I have been close to giving Loll a red card as well. Those shapings people talked about. While doing the research mentioned in an earlier entry, I discovered that the shapings of the cardi are not quite to… and Germany nearly scooooreeed! Ohhh! Thank goodness for that… as I was saying the shapings of the cardigan are not quite what is written down. You have to try and imagine what the designer would have intended – physical and visual shaping – then adjust the placement of markers accordingly. What I have ended up with is what you can see in this photograph. Not bad but I have not written it … oh Germany are rather aggressive now, 84 minutes into the game… Good for you Marietta no?… down.

This multi-tasking is wearing me out. Oh by the way, I am also conversing with my hubby as I do this. I am not doing any of these things well but it has to be done otherwise a long night is ahead of me. So, I have not written it down which means I have to be careful when I come to the front but hopefully a visual reference using the back will be enough. Germany have just missed again – yeesss!! But the Polish goal keeper has just got a yellow card for not collecting the ball quick enough – WHAT! When did that rule come in? NOOooooooo! The ball just bounced off the Polish goal three times and then Germany scored! But the whistle had blown phew! No, they have just scored, again!!! Germany that is – tears for the Polish, it means they are out unless Costa Rica beat Ecuador! Torturous! Pleased it was not England though…

OK I give up on trying to blog about knitting. Needless to say, I have survived the alternative shaping. Manana people.

12 June 2006

Knit One, Frog Two

I am glad I read other posts about Loll pattern before I started it. Mind you, I had already committed to it, eh. The posts gave me an idea of what to expect and, I think, reduced what would have been plenty of frustration.

So far, I have used that life line three times and I am not even half way up the back! How many times would I have frogged this if I had not done some research? Boy am I pleased... As you can see from my progress bar, I have made some steps forward since last time but I would like to have been further than this. I will keep those fingers flying!!!

Now, I hope some of you heard my contribution to Brenda Dayne’s pod cast – for Today’s Sweater. I was not expecting this to happen soon but I was very ‘chuffed’ as they say over here! It was wonderful to be included in Brenda’s show. I only hope you enjoyed listening to it. My thanks to Brenda for including me.

11 June 2006

Taking the Bull by its Horns

Finally! The KWC started, it is here. All that build up left me exhausted. Did I cast on at kick off? Nope! Instead I procrastinated. You see I was nervous about starting Loll, and also reluctant to lose that anticipation you get before you start a new project… But what motivation! I finally managed to cast on late Friday night. The timing was perfect, as it also coincided with another of my knitting adventures.

Over the last month, I have been trying to set up a ‘knitting circle/club’. You see, in the last year I attended knitting workshops including some by Emma King and they always left me wanting more. I very much enjoyed that knitting and chatting atmosphere including hints on best techniques from others. It seems other ladies who attended these workshops felt the same way. This year we finally took the bull by its horns and I offered to host the first meeting (10th June). Although there were lots of keen people, the take up was not high for the first meeting. I suspect it had something to do with England playing. So how many came?? Two! That includes me by the way.

We had great fun though, knitting, chatting and eating most of the day. As it was a gorgeous day outside, and we sat in my garden. Fabulous! Guess what I worked on? I didn’t get very far though because of the chatting and eating part. And other bloggers were right; the loll fringe does take ages. Because of this I am using ‘lifelines’ for the first time ever! And yes, I have frogged to that lifeline already… Anyway, one ball down and eight more to go, it is the KWC after all! I am hoping to fly after this, err… hurdle.

Will the knitting club meet again? Yes, yes, yes!!!!! We decided to give it another try next month, by which time the two founding members agreed to have finished current projects. It fits in with the KWC too. Fingers crossed! Or should I say fingers flying…

10 June 2006

The Best Laid Plans

Those knitting world cup training sessions I mentioned were planned as follows…
    Monday – swatch to check tension
    Tuesday – ditto
    Wednesday – swatch loll fringe pattern
    Thursday – swatch rib pattern
    Friday (evening) – cast on baby!
The plan was to do this swatching on the train journey to and from work. I have an hour’s commuting time each way. Forget that work I need to catch up on this is more important…

Hello!!!! Reality check, plan very unlikely. The training sessions instead went like this…
    Monday – swatch to check tension
    Tuesday – ditto
    Wednesday – ditto
    Thursday – forgot yarn etc at home.
    Friday (evening) – cast on regardless!
Thursday as you can tell was frustrating… But I was also relieved actually. I caught up with some sleep. Beautiful except the train was so cold. Why is it that at the mere glimpse of sunshine all air conditioners go on? The result is that you wear cardigans all the time – well most of the time. My office is the same, the minute there is sunshine outside, the air cons come on. So, the only opportunities I have to show off my shoulders are at home and when walking back and forth between the train station and the office. Does this make sense? It makes stash enhancement excuses for me but come on!!!! I want to wear other knitted garments too!!! OK so that is the knitting link. Rant over… for now.

So back to my training sessions. They are not going well. I initially started with what I thought was a shortcut - knitting just over an inch square then counting the rows and stitches in an inch square. Multiplying these by 4 to get the proper picture. Clever no? Noooooo. It all got too much by Tuesday. After starting with the 5mm needles then moving down to 4.5mm because my tension was too loose resulting in too few stitches and rows; the figures got to me. How could smaller needles producing fewer stitches? They were meant to be increasing.

Jiminy was at it again. “Start again! You should have done this in the first place!!! Ha haaa!”. Aiyeeeee! So, I settled down to doing the full swatch first with the 4.5mm because earlier attempts indicated that this would hit the nail on the head. Nada! Zilch! Way to big. Reduce please… 4mm did the trick but brought up another dilemma. The pattern calls for one whole mm less needles to start with do I adjust accordingly or do I make a different call?

I will sleep on it but I CANT WAIT TO CAST ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Loll and World Cup here I come… What an excellent excuse to watch footie.

08 June 2006

Acts of Kindness

You know after my last blog, I wondered whether I would get very far with my unfinished project. It is called Sahara by the way – did I mention that? I don’t think so. So yes, I called it Sahara because of that travel log I alluded to . I will revisit this particular side of my knitting adventures later…

For now, those emails I sent out in desperate search of discounted yarn were answered most impressively. I got a very gentle response from the online yarn shop I had originally ordered from – Scandinavian Knitting Design. Yup they came up trumps and I was very pleased but not only this, it is the way in which they answered my plea.

First of all they wrote back to me within hours of me sending out my email. Bruce, who was my main contact, said he should have a look around to see if they could find anything. By the time I got home last night - tarrah! There were emails waiting for me. Emails of joy! Bruce had managed to find two balls of the yarn I was looking for, in their demonstration box. AND… wait for this, it was discounted… Now fellow knitters tell me – an answer to a plea or what??? He promised to send it out to me as soon as possible. Bless him and Karen who was the other person involved in saving this knitter in distress. Kni[gh]t in shining amour he was.

Hand on your brow pleaaaase damsel!! Kni[gh]t on that horse – keep that armour polished! He didn’t stop there! I was looking for three balls of yarn. The hardest to find was the main colour of course, for which they were missing one. Murphy’s law? I prefer to call it by its other name S*d’s law… Anyway, as I was saying he had another trick up his sleeve – he contacted one of the other customers, who had bought the last of this orange yarn, and asked her whether she would be using it all and whether she could spare one for a fellow knitter.

And she… bless her cotton socks… responded immediately. Her name is Claire by the way and she has her own blog (Claire I hope you don’t mind me mentioning your name and blog). Fine, Claire said. She didn’t mind helping a fellow knitter out. Of course I responded quickly… Thank you very much Claire, where, when, how? I asked. You know what she said? Free of charge. If this is uncomfortable with you, she added, then donate money on my behalf to charity. What a woman. Thank you so much Claire!!!!

Meanwhile, my kni[gh]t was still producing the goods. I wanted to receive the yarn ASAP of course, so asked how I could pay quickly in order to get the yarn and given that this was an unconventional order (I think?). Not to worry Tusa, he replied I will send you a Paypal button. He had actually gone into previous records and found out that I was Paypal set… I tell you, I was impressed. The button arrived a few hours later. On I clicked, directly to Paypal with the right amount. As easy as that.

Aahh… What a relief, my yarn distress sorted out through acts of kindness. I am charged with being a recipient of these acts of kindness and as a result want to say to anybody who is reading this, please pass it along in whatever way you can – make someone’s day.

p.s. This entry was intended for 6th June but I had connectivity issues with blogger…

04 June 2006

Against the Wall

You know, you read about these things in other people’s blogs and think – no not me I would not do that… Well this w/e I discovered that I had made exactly the same mistake as others have.

Last month I spent a whole day (well almost a whole day) having knitplosion moments. I had discovered that I could design my own sweaters rather than find a pattern to suit my stash… Well maybe I am stretching it here, this is more of a stash enhancement excuse.

Anyway, I don’t know why this had not dawned on me before but there I was making my first calculations for my first sweater. I researched the net and found some instructions on how to make a drop sleeve sweater. Now… I like cardigans, so I thought I wanted my first design to be a cardigan. While I was at it I decided to calculate for other sizes too.

Oh yes, I forgot to mention, I thought that it would be best to start with a child’s sweater. Small, short, quick and would make a perfect gift. After much time calculating the dimensions noting them down etc., I ordered the yarn from an online shop and it arrived two days later. At the time of ordering I checked out how much was in stock with the company and I noted that they had plenty…

The yarn arrived and I very excitedly cast on to check my gauge, so that I could adapt the pattern I wanted to knit. A television programme had inspired this cardigan – a travel log actually (more on this later). Now, it was time to turn this pattern into fabric… I swatched and cast on.

As usual, I flitted between this and the project I have recently finished. Normal state of affairs for knitters no? After completing the other project, I decided to pick this other one up. Happily knitting away, then I realised that I did not have enough yarn for the main colour. So I thought, easy, I will just order some more and maybe some spare for some socks later on. On, I logged, poised with card details but then smack! I ran into a dead-end… no more yarn in stock. Then I thought ok, so I will see whether other suppliers have any in stock, another wall… They don’t do mail order.. Aaarrrgghhh!!!!.

OK, I thought, I will email this and other suppliers, meanwhile I will see if others overseas stock this yarn. Of course they do in the Scandinavian countries (where the yarn is from) but I could not read the websites, they are all in Scandinavian languages… Ok, deep breaths… Q. do I have friends in these countries, I can't remember! Deep breaths... I am sure I have friends over there, but of course I could make one now!!!!

Seriously, what to do? Patience my husband cautioned, wait for a reply and then if need be find a stockist in another country. But I wanted to finish this project before next Friday!!! Well, my jiminy cricket said, you should have ordered more in the first place, how many times have you heard this happen to other people??? Shut up! I think… I hope at least one of them stocks the yarn…

02 June 2006

Who am I kidding?

I have finished it!!!! At last...

Am I pleased with it? Well, I have mixed feelings. I have checked and re-checked the pattern to see whether it looks on me, as it does on the model. I think it is close... The only thing I did different was to add the toggle because I prefer to have my cardis closed, partly closed at least. The loop was made out of a two stitch I-cord.

The construction once it was all knitted went well no major hiccups except I had this dread at it not looking as it should. Well, here is a photo. Let me know what you think. Does it look half decent? I think the lack of shaping is what is holding me back. I like them fitted and not sure why I did not think about this before I started. Ho, hum - you live and learn.

Tomorrow is Saturday so I will wear it all day and then make up my mind. In the past when I have not been sure of my sweater, I have waited a little and it has grown on me... Hubby says it is fine but he knows I am a little sensitive at the moment as I have just finished it after a long slog – he is nice like that.

31 May 2006

The Art of Knitting… with chopsticks?

Well, sort of.

I wanted to tell you about my day today but thought perhaps it would be better if I stuck to blogging about knitting. I don’t think I have managed this so what I have ended up telling you is a bit about my day through an account…

Recently at a meal out with work colleagues, I commented how the chopsticks we were eating with, could be used for knitting. I was having one of my ‘KnitPlosion’ moments. Not thinking much of what I had said, I noticed that at least one pair of ears picked up and hey presto (!), I had a keen learner.

Having survived the Spanish inquisition, we agreed to meet up the following Wednesday. On the day, I brought along some yarn for my colleague’s use. After a shaky start she quickly mastered her not so pointy sticks and she was very pleased. So was I, I have actually passed along the art of knitting… This was about 3 weeks ago, she is still using the chopsticks – the scarf has a few rows now.

Meanwhile, another colleague commented how she had just been to a wedding where the bride’s mother had the idea that the bride’s friends should knit squares to make up a honeymoon blanket. Although she had knitted before she was unsure how to start again or continue in order to make her squares. After a few knitting tales from my side (some tall), we both got really excited about knitting and agreed to start a lunch time knit. We were joined by our keen starter (above) at our second meet.

Isn’t it funny, once you start talking about it you can’t stop? I have also managed to convince two other colleagues to join the group. They have made positive noises and both currently knit, but I get the sense that they don’t want to do it in public… Actually one of them mentioned today that she has thought about knitting in public but she is too embarrassed. I thought I should keep WWKIP quiet… for now. Next week they both promised, today. Next week being the next meet, they will be there…

Until next Wednesday then… and with photos, perhaps…

30 May 2006

Loll cardigan

I have finally decided what project to knit for the KWC 2006. It is a pattern (Loll) by Kim Hargreaves and I already have the yarn in a fabulous pink colour called 'flamingo'. Yes a de-stashing project in a discontinued yarn colour. No room for errors here. Do you think it is going to be a challenge?

By the time I construct the garment I hope it looks something like the picture… Oh yes, no lace in sight – I changed my mind.

I have noticed that a number of you have already knitted this cardi. From what I have read, it IS going to be a challenge. Any advice? I can’t wait to start but – patience! I will use the lead time to get to grips with the yarn; do a gauge swatch… a ‘fringe’ swatch…. a pattern swatch… Training in progress, no?

Oh and a thought, just a thought… I would love to see all the different versions of Loll out there in one place, perhaps worn by the owners. What do you think? ‘Calling all Loll cardigans to the Loll Gallery’?

29 May 2006

Knitting Gallery

I want to share my work in progress and completed projects through this blog. But maybe I am trying to run before I can walk because it is all beyond me. It is getting rather technical. I have managed to put some headings but, oh boy! How do I do this? Help!!!!

28 May 2006

Knitting World Cup

Yup! I have signed up for those knitathons. Am I mad? Some time back I wrote in my knitting journal that I hate knitting to deadlines yet here I am signing up… I love the challenge really. I have yet to decide what to knit!!! But I know I want to do something with lace. Much inspired by Interweave Knits (great magazine).

Meanwhile, I want to finish that shrug. I am knitting the sleeves at the same time in the hope that (a) I will not loose interest and (b) it will finish soon. I can’t wait to try it on.

A Shrug?

On the needles at the moment is a shrug...

I fell in love with this shrug pattern earlier this year. It appealed to me because it looked so simple. You knit a rectangle. Fold it in half and voila, you have a sleeveless shrug… Maybe too good to be true… Mine does not look like a shrug, more like a cardigan!

I love cardigans but I want a shrug! What did I do wrong? Ok maybe I am also getting impatient as I have sleeves to go as well and this might help with holding the structure of the ‘shrug’ together. Have you ever made a shrug like this? Let me know and please give me some advice…

27 May 2006

Today's Sweater

Today I took the plunge, well a couple actually. I recorded for the first time ever an mp3 and sent it to Brenda Dayne of Cast-On in the hope that she will use it. The piece is for 'Today's Sweater' which is part of the Cast-On podcast. I also enclosed as a part of this contirbtuion a photograh of the sweater I talk about.

The second plunge? Well this! I cannot believe I actually have a blog. Lets see how it goes but I am pleased about it.


Hi there. Welcome to KnitPlosion, my blog space for my knitting explosions! I intend to post commentary on my various projects and knitting adventures here. Not sure how this works but I will give it a whirl. Until then...