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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Must Have Cardi – Done!

Well, the Must Have can be ticked off the list. I’m really pleased with how it turned out.
Must Have Cardi

I had to tweak the sleeves a bit as the pattern was written for lithe young things with skinny arms.
I am not lithe, I am not young and my arms are not skinny!
I may have to do another one day soon, in another colour.

Meanwhile, I am filling orders from the children, but for my next project, I think I’ll do this
I’ll do it in either mauve or green, and I think I’ll change the spider on the back to something else, and I may not do the shaping at the waist. Plus I think I’ll change the hem as well, but you get the basic idea. It’s the tree and the cabled hood that I really like.

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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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Must Have – the update.

Here is an update on the progress of the Must Have Cardi.

It’s going really well, though this morning I had to rip back 6 rows of the back as I buggered up a cable while watching the girls do Kung Fu. That was not fun. I’ve finished both fronts and am zooming my way up the back. I am well and truly converted to doing back & fronts together. Much better than seams. I’m still deciding whether to do the sleeves in the round or not, and if so, whether to do them on a circular needle or a set of double-pointeds. Hmm. Decisions, decisions.

Last night both girls requested cardis. Summer wants a vest with a hood, made out of rainbow wool (as seen in Free Verse. She also wants sparkles, so I’ll knit some metallic glittery stuff through as well. I have the perfect pattern in mind. Then Willow requested another one of these, so I’ll tweak the pattern a bit to make it bigger. I’ve got stacks of pink wool I bought on special a while ago, but I’ll have to get more glittery stuff, as she wants sparkly bits too.
That should keep me busy for a bit.
Though speaking of busy, I am waiting patiently for my specially dyed sock wool from The Knittery. The colour is Barley Grass, and with it I plan to knit Clessidra, though I may change my mind and do a different cabled knee sock instead. Clessidra looks so good in the red in the picture that I may have to do it in red myself.
But first I need to finish the current sock, of which I will take pics next time I take my boots off.

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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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Studying…blah.

Alas, woolly fun has slowed right down while I actually do some uni work. In fact, I have a presentation due on Thursday. I can’t even begin to describe group work with a bunch of 18 year-olds. Let’s just say it’s not my idea of a fun time.

However, all is not lost in the land of woolly goodness. The Must Have Cardi is going very nicely indeed. The Express Lane Sock, which I’m doing in the Pocket Full of Pansies wool is looking rather good. Nearly finished the first sock. The project-that-cannot-be-named (in case the recipient looks on here, which is fairly unlikely, but you never know) is zooming along and looking good. Pics of that after May 11th. Then there’s the crochet handbag I’ve been working on sporadically for ages. Then there’s poor old Rudolph, who I started crocheting before Christmas and never finished. Then there’s the list a mile long of all the things I want to make.

So much knitting, so little time.

I will take pics of the cardi, the sock and the bag on Thursday or Friday and show some progress. I was going to have a show-and-tell of previous works, but not only is the net on a go-slow, but for some reason WordPress is refusing to insert pictures, and I haven’t got time to figure out why. Aaahh … the suspense!

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