Thursday, September 30, 2010

I'm in!

For Blogtoberfest that is.


Coming along for the ride??? It starts tomorrow.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Upcoming stuff

There's a few things happening next month, blog and Rav land type stuff as well as real life stuff.

*Starting October 1st is the beginning of Blogtoberfest 2010 hosted by Tinniegirl. A month of posting something every day. It's a challenge but do-able. This will be my third year of participating. Sign ups at Tiniegirl's blog on September 30th. This year I'll have at least one giveaway, I've got some stuff that I was given as bonus type things and I'll never use them so I'll be offering them to whomever wants them.

*The beginning of Kirsten's Through the Loops Mystery Sock knit-a-long for 2010. Last year we ended up with an awesome pair of socks, can't wait for this years pattern. There's one clue a week for each of the 5 weeks: cuff, leg, heel, foot, toe. This year I'll be using two circulars and knitting one sock on each one at the same time so by the end of the month I will have a complete pair. Think I know which yarn I'll use, but you know a wander through the stash is always fun, so I might change my mind!

*Three Birthdays will be celebrated. Tyler's party is a couple of days after his Birthday, mine and then late in the month it will be Jules' turn and then its the end of the Birthday run and we will all be a year older.

*Term 4 starts and the kids will be back at school and kinder. Swimming lessons will start again and so will tennis lessons. All the madness of our regular lives.

Until then we are sitting back, relaxing, enjoying the sun and the chance to play outside without rugging up.

Thanks for the ideas yesterday with the problem socks you had great ideas and if I was repairing a hole I'd definitely go with Kate's (Kiss My Frog) suggestion. Mainly because I'm not on a deadline though, I've gone with the rip them back and reknit them method and have already redone the heel and shaping and am back on the foot of the first one. What with being on school holidays and not having to drive hither and yon I'm getting a good amount of "sit and watch the kids" time so they won't take too long.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Hit a snag....

Hmmmmm

Working on Jules' socks and it is amazingly apparent that there is not enough yarn to finish the second sock. I was suspicious and never did the grafting on the first sock. I'm annoyed but I'll get over it.


Yes I did weigh the yarn when I finished the first sock and it said there was enough. It lied.

It will come as no surprise to most of you that I am going to knit as far as I can before pulling it back out so I can work out just how many rows I have to pull back in the leg of the sock so that it will all match nicely. I will end up with two completed leg pieces and two frogged feet and heels but getting it right will be worth it.

Sorry Jules it will be another couple of weeks until your socks are ready :-(

For future socks for my skinny footed husband I will indeed learn how to do toe up socks and will do both at the same time probably on separate needles and then we won't have this problem again.

Note to self: The pattern I'm using just a plain sock but in 2x2 rib. Rib eats yarn.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A success!

The shawl is done, yes that's right done!!!

I have also frogged the Noro tricot scarf and despite thinking it might turn into a blanket I came across an interesting skirt (not a Rav link!) which may be a better plan. Only problem is I'm short a couple of balls of Noro Silk Garden Colour 205 in Dyelot D. If I can't find the right dyelot I'll do another in the same colour as I will be knitting it 2 rows per ball anyway so colour changes between lots hopefully won't be too bad.

Will be back in a couple of days with details on the shawl and hopefully a photo or two for you.

Off to Tesselaars Tulip Farm with the kids tomorrow to meet up with the cousins and then have the cousins stay here overnight tomorrow night. Busy couple of days :-)

Oh and for those keeping track I am down to 5 WIP's overall and only 2 left from last year, with 3 months of the year remaining. There may be hope for reaching the target yet!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Photo shoot

We went to the zoo last weekend and I took my camera with the zoom lens so that I could get some close up shots of the animals.

Enjoy!









2010 FO# 42 - Cat hat 2

This is the second of two hats made to fulfil an order by a Mum who had a stall adjacent to mine at the Craft Hatch Market.

Yarn: Shepherd Colour 4 Me, pink and red yarn.
Needles: 6mm Nickel tipped Knit Pro interchangeable circular needle
Pattern: Based on the Official Kittyville Hat by Kitty Schmidt from the book "Stitch 'n Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook"
Started: September 12th, 2010
Finished: September 16th, 2010
Modifications: I resized this hat to make it suitable for wear by a child aged 2-5 years. The cast on amount was decreased, the height of the sides and the rate and number of decreases in the crown were adjusted. Full details on it's Ravelry page. If you don't have access to Ravelry let me know and I'll transfer the details to here.

And yes Zac did have a ball posing with this hat on, I think he may want one for himself!

Friday, September 17, 2010

2010 FO# 41 - Shelves of Pride socks

Last Christmas I was asked to write a wishlist of gifts I might like to receive as part of our family's Kris Kringle type arrangement. It occurred to me that since I love knitting and yarn and needles so much I might as well really get some presents I wanted. So I put a book, some needles and some yarn on my list and in the end either through vouchers or direct purchases was gifted with all three. The yarn was Socks that Rock mediumweight in the colourway Pride (rainbow).

When it came time to knit with this yarn I looked for a pattern that would show off the colours and since I didn't want completely plain socks, something with a little pattern but nothing that would get lost because of the colours. This was quite a big challenge. In the end I found the pattern in amongst my faves on Rav! It was perfect. My new socks are thick and warm and very bright and happy :-)


Needles: 2.25mm Nickel tipped Knit Pro interchangeable circular needle.
Pattern: Shelves Upon Shelves by Erica Lauder
Started: July 9th, 2010
Finished: September 12th, 2010
Modifications: None :-)

2010 FO# 40 - Cat hat 1

This is the first of two hats made to fulfil an order by a Mum who had a stall adjacent to mine at the Craft Hatch Market.

(Sorry no photo, will add one later. Forgot to take one before sending it off!)


Yarn: Shepherd Colour 4 Me, blue and green yarn.
Needles: 6mm Nickel tipped Knit Pro interchangeable circular needle
Pattern: Based on the Official Kittyville Hat by Kitty Schmidt from the book "Stitch 'n Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook"
Started: August 28th, 2010
Finished: September 7th, 2010
Modifications: I resized this hat to make it suitable for wear by a child aged 2-5 years. The cast on amount was decreased, the height of the sides and the rate and number of decreases in the crown were adjusted. Full details on it's Ravelry page. If you don't have access to Ravelry let me know and I'll transfer the details to here.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

WIP Status update

At the moment I have a pretty good list of WIP's that I'm trying to convert into FO's. Three of them are getting some serious attention. Two projects from this year and one from last year.

The current car/swimming/tennis project is Jules' socks. They have gone full steam ahead because I attended three evenings of a "parenting" type course at Kinder and knit solidly on them for about 2 hours each of the nights so I've just finished the heel on the second sock and need to do the short row shaping and then the foot and toe. These will probably be done in the next week or maybe two.

The current SnB project is my rainbow socks or "Shelves of pride" socks, these ones occasionally come out at home as well depending on my mood. First sock finished, up to foot of second sock. These are travelling along nicely and will probably be done in the next two weeks as well.

The other project getting some serious attention is my shawl/shrug. When I finished the Teacup pinafore which was a "big" project I went WIP searching for the replacement "big" project. This one satisfies the criteria because despite being knit in 2 ply (laceweight) on 4mm needles it is quite literally "yo, p2tog" so it has to be watched...constantly.....and in my house that counts as a "big" project. I also realised this morning when re-reading the pattern that I have one more repeat of 12 rows on 215 stitches to do than I thought so it's going to take a bit longer.

Have started and finished a little hat for an order in between all this and will be doing another little hat for the same Mum when she gets back to me about head size for child number 2.

As alluded to before, I have had my reservations about the tricot scarf I was making and I have now made the decision that the Noro tricot scarf will be frogged and at some stage it will come back in the form of a blanket maybe, on big needles though so it is loose and stretchy.

Heaps of knitting on the go and an order to get to in the next week. Hmm, that may mean the socks slow down for a week, oh well it's still plenty cold enough here to wear them for a while I think :-)

Hope that all your craft is coming along nicely and that the weather continues to improve. I'm over Winter and can't wait for real Spring to arrive.

Monday, September 6, 2010

2010 FO# 39 - Teacup Pinafore

This little pinafore fulfils a request from a grandmother for her granddaughter. The colour is a beautiful lilac. Will be handing it over tomorrow at SnB.


Close up of the flower detail:

For a size idea I did indeed torture my youngest!

Apparently the little one it is for is an inch or two shorter and quite petite so I figure it should fit her since he is wearing it with two tops and a pair of pants underneath! I'm assuming the Grandma is going to buy the buttons.

Vital stats
Yarn: Naturally Loyal
Needles: Knit Pro nickel circulars in 4.5 and 5.0 mm sizes
Pattern: Teacup Pinafore by Carol Feller from Interweave knits Summer 2010 issue.
Started: August 11, 2010
Finished: September 6, 2010

All up 21.5 hours of work. Had to modify the skirt length and bodice to fit a smaller child, details on my Rav page.

A birthday and a giveaway

We had a birthday party over the weekend. Every year the children get to pick a cake from the Australian Women's Weekly Kids Birthday cake book (ours has a newer cover than this one). Hunter has been wanting a version of this cake for the last three birthdays, ever since his little brother had it one year. So this year I had a way of making it look different but still be what he wanted it to be.

So here is the cake, with a couple of visual clues for those that need them:

and this is what is hidden underneath:


The first person who wasn't at the party to correctly identify how the treasure is unearthed will receive two balls of Patonyle 8ply in the green colourway. (Ok so I have searched and searched and not even Patons have a shade card for their 8 ply Patonyle! The only link I can find is a Rav one the colour is close to the top ball of yarn.) The closest green I can find on Wikipedia is Sacramento State Green, of course this is on my monitor so it may be different on yours, but you'll get the idea.

If no one guesses the actual answer, I will leave entries open until Friday 5pm Melbourne Australia time (EST, GMT + 10) and then the closest answer will get the loot!

ETA: We have a winner Congrats to Rose Red who will soon be receiving the yarn in the mail. He did indeed whack it with a Tennis racquet!