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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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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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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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Pink!

This is the shawl I crocheted Mum for Mothers Day. It’s the Sweet Pea Shawl from the Stitch & Bitch book. I made it in Bendigo Wool 10ply “Woodrose”.
It looks really pretty with Mum’s new grey hair. (Which you can’t see in this photo, but take my word for it)
Sweet Pea

Still on a pink theme, here is the bag I crocheted for Willow’s 8th birthday last week.
Willow\'s bag
It’s made from weird corn-fibre yarn I found at Spotlight, with some metallic thread here and there for added sparkle. I pretty much made the pattern up as I went, based on several other bags. It was expertly lined by the magnificent Cylie, to whom I am very grateful indeed (I am a sewing dunce. It would have taken me an entire day and lots of swearing to line it, and I would have done a bodgy job).
Willow loves the bag; the picture was taken by her with her new camera.

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The Grey Wool of Dooooooommmmm…….

How slack am I? Life got very busy for a while there, with uni and house renovations etc.
But uni is now done for the semester, and the house is being rather skilfully painted by Mark. Paint and I do not mix well (I tend to fling it all over the place), so I am currently exempt from that activity.
Crafty wise, I have been busy, so will update over the next few days.
To start with, here is the Grey Wool of Doooommmm.

Why “The Grey Wool of Dooooommmm” I hear you ask?
Well, I decided I needed a hat, and that this wool would do nicely. It’s a good neutral hat colour, and it’s nice and soft and drapey.
I have started no less than four different hats with this wool, and none of them have worked. Too big, too small, awkward pattern … they’ve all been doomed.
In the photo, to the left  is a slouchy hat that turned out too small.  To the right is a beret that I have made twice before and it’s worked out beautifully. This time, the first one worked out way too big, and the second go worked out too small.

So for now, I give up. The wool is obviously doomed.
It can skulk in the back of the drawer for a while.

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Intellectual highs and lows

Yesterday was a day of intellectual highs and lows. The high was getting 100% on an online quiz that’s worth 30% of my mark for that subject. Yay me.

The low was emailing The Knittery to ask politely where my wool is, and realising I’d left a digit off my address when I ordered, so the parcel had gone to a house at the other end of the street.

So I traipsed down, and luckily they still had it. They just hadn’t got around to sending it back. They looked at me like I was a mad woman, but at least I got my wool. And pretty, pretty wool it is. As usual my poxy camera isn’t showing the colour as accurately as it could. The green is a deeper than that. I think I’ll ask for a camera for my birthday.

I finished the Express Lane sock. This is a pic of it nearly  finished. I’m not as happy with it as I could be. I’m not sure why. I think the colours aren’t looking as good as I thought they would. I’ll put it aside for a while while I finish the Must Have, and get going on Clessidra with the Knittery wool. I may even rip it out and do a pair of socks each for the girls. It’s such lovely soft wool, they’ll love it.

I made Mum a Sweet Pea shawl from the Stitch & Bitch: The Happy Hooker book for Mother’s Day. She loves it, and I’m happy with how it turned out. I’ll put up a pic soon.

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More Past Works of Woolly Goodness

Right, the presentation is out of the way and I now have about a week before I have any major uni stuff to do, so it’s all systems go on the current Woolly Works In Progress. I haven’t yet done progress pics of them, so here are some past works of woolly goodness.

This is one of my favourite jumpers. I made it about 10 years ago. I really like the cable rib on the bottom and sleeves. It’s a much prettier green than the photo shows.

This is Sonnet from Knitty. I changed the garter stitch to stocking stitch, changed the lace pattern and added a garter stitch edging, which gave it a bit of a ripple effect that I rather like. So really, it’s more free verse than sonnet.

Sonnet

This is a beret I made last year in an attempt to use some of my wool stash. I’ve also made one in purple for Summer at her request. This one’s in Zhivago, so it’s wonderfully soft and floppy. Fun pattern, too. I think I might make another one.

This is one I finished while pregnant with Willow, so it’s nearly 8 years old. It’s a lot more purple (purpler?) than the pic shows. I really must learn how to use Mark’s whizz-bang camera.

Here’s a close up of the cables (Can you tell I like doing cables?)

I promise I will do progress pics of current WIPs very soon. Oh, and added to the list of things I need to knit is a pair of gloves tailored to Mark’s specifications, including taking the missing half-finger into account.

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