Update time

I’ve been terribly slack on the blogging side of things. I haven’t been slack on the woolly side though.
Clessidra is plodding along…slowly. I do a few rows here and there. I’ll finish at least one sock one day.

Summer requested a rainbow penguin for her birthday.

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Boo!

Boo!
It’s been a while between posts, but I have been rather busy with work, study, kids, house renovations etc. That doesn’t mean I didn’t knit (or crochet) in the mean time. I’m posting from my iPhone, so I don’t know how the photo will turn out, but I’ll give it a go.
It’s a pattern called “Moch Cardi” (sorry, don’t know how to do links) done in 8 ply Cleckheaton Machine Wash. I have many other finished objects to post, and will do so soon (really!)

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Remember me?

Apologies for the lack of posts. I was slack.

I’m not knitting or crocheting too much at the moment as it’s just way too hot. But just before Christmas I had a bit of a brooch frenzy for an online Secret Santa I was involved in.

I sent the bird, 011the coloured anenome (it’s supposed to be a chrysanthemum, but it looks more like an anenome) 019and the pink fuzzy flower  (This one was my favourite).017The sparkle flower 014I gave to Mum, and I made an extra anenome for her as well. Brooches are  a nice bit of almost instant gratification.

I’ve also made 2 Fat Bottom Bags from the Stitch and Bitch Happy Hooker book (the bird brooch was from there also)

The small green one looks great. It just turned out a bit smaller than I expected.

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Ieven lined it:

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The big one I made with two strands of 8-ply acrylic, and it’s just a bit daggy, but I like it.

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Current projects at the moment include a purple Fat Bottom Bag, it will look more like the green one only a bit bigger and probably with black handles. I’m also working on a vest for me. I’ve almost finished Willow’s cardi. As soon as we get a coolish day I’ll attach the collar and do the front bads and that’ll be it.

My rather late New Year Resolution is to be a more diligent blogger in future!

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Clessidra is on thin ice

I’m still plodding along on Clessidra. I wish it was finished, they would have gone very nicely with today’s outfit. I seriously considered ripping them it out a couple of weeks ago. It’s just so bloody fiddly. But I was talked out of such rash action, and thus I am still at it.

Here’s a progress pic:

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This is only the first sock. And they’re knee highs. I’m still not convinced it’s worth continuing,  but I’ll keep going for a little while.

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May the Force be with you.

Summer was recently invited to a party with a theme of “dress as your favourite Star Wars or Indiana Jones character”. So here I present to you Princess Leia.

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Her dress is a 2 metre length of cheesecloth I bought years ago for some long forgotten purpose. I cut a hole in the middle for the head, and tied it at the waist with a sash that rather conveniently matched the light sabre.

Summer’s hair isn’t quite long enough for what I considered to be an adequate Princess Leia hairdo, plus I am completely incapable of doing things by halves so I made her some buns.

leia-hairI plaited several lengths of black wool into two long plaits, rolled them up, hand sewed them into position and then sewed them on to a head band I made by cutting a strip off the leg of a pair of pantyhose that was fairly close to Summer’s hair colour.

She looked gorgeous, of course.

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Enter the entrelac!

I actually knitted this last year (I think – maybe it was the year before?), but in an effort to keep up with the bloggy goodness, I thought it was worthy of inclusion. It was great fun to knit, but unfortunately I don’t actually like the finished product! It’s mainly the front bands and collar that I’m not keen on, so I might see if I can take that off and re-do it. Otherwise, I’ll save it for a rainy day and rip the whole thing out.

It’s not the thing you knit, but the knit itself!

(with apologies to Chris-in-the-morning. Yes I’ve been having a little Northern Exposure revival)

And here’s a close-up

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I’m baaaaaaaaack!!

Sorry it’s been so long between pics. Life got a bit hectic for a while there.

Crafty-wise, I’ve been busy. I did a class on continental knitting, which was fabulous. It makes 1×1 ribbing absolutely zip along. My tension is still a bit off, mainly because when I hold the wool in my left hand it wants to crochet, not knit.

I crocheted a lovely stole for Grandma for her birthday, but I forgot to take a photo (Oh, the shame!) I will remedy that next time I see her.

It’s in a similar wool to this, which is a scarf I made Mum last year. Mum says she gets endless compliments on it, which is rather nice for the ego.

I’ve been working on a couple of things for the girls. I’m still going on Willow’s cardi, and I’m frantically trying to finish it so a) she can wear it while there’s still a bit of cardi weather (though I made it nice and big so it will fit her next winter) and b) so I can get going on my next project, which is the tree jumper. Mine will be in green, of course. I’ve also started a crocheted vest, mainly for a break from knitting.

This is Summer’s vest. There’s no point making her jumpers as she just gets too hot, but she does like a hoodie. The pattern is a plain hooded vest from a Panda kids 8ply pattern book. I added the cables in. The cables are hugs and kisses (X and 0), with sparkles in the cables and edging, as per Summer’s request. The rainbow wool was her request also.

That’ll do for now, but I promise to be a more diligent blogger in future!

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