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I am in love with this pic today. So I’ll share despite this being for a swap partner who has not rec’d it yet. I am sure she won’t mind and is very unlikely to see this here anyhow. I am largely unknown to her and this blog has not been the sort to be followed these last few years.
OK, so before I get started I think I should explain the title, because it sounds a little unsporting. It is the name of the project I want to show off, which was named after a song by one of my all time favourite bands, Regurgitator. Still sounds unsporting? Yeah well it gets worse before it gets better The song was written for the Sydney Olympics, don’t worry it is very tongue-in-cheek. The project, is my Ravelympics project, where Ravelry users set them selves a knitting challenge to complete during the Olympics (Heard of the knitting Olympics? This is similar). See, the titular looser in this case is me. I am great at starting projects, but few are seen through to completion. I thought this would be a nice opportunity for me to start a project AND finish it within a short time frame. So I joined a team (Team Oz) and signed up for an event (sock put LOL).
Did I manage to crush my non-finishing run with this project. Umm, err, no, not exactly. Oh I finished it alright. I just did not cross the finish line on time. It is not all a loss, of course. I now have a very kick ass pair of hand-knitted socks that just did not exist three weeks ago. So here they are, albeit belatedly…
NOM. They are so pretty, I really cannot be disappointed. Next year I may even knit this same pattern for the Ravelympics. It will be much easier (and therefore faster *ahem*) the second time around, and this is a design I really can see myself making more of.
Here is the basic project info, for those that like to know such things;
- Pattern: The Firestarter, by Yarnissima. Knit toe-up, with a heel flap, short row toe and twisted stitch cable details. Oh and it was a freebie This pattern (for me) was packed with something new at every turn. This made for challenging and enjoyable knitting right the way through. I would not recommend them for beginner sock knitters. They are a must-do for anyone already comfy with sock knitting though. Oh and I am told that of all of Yarnissima’s amazing designs, The Firestarter is the one to start out with (the others are just mind boggling to me, so I tend to agree with this advice).
- Yarn: Araucania, Ranco Multi. Purchased from Jenny King Designs. Kettle dyed and quite yummy. Though I have heard there may be some issues with wear, I’ll see for myself and share my findings.
- Needles: Knit Picks Harmony fixed circulars, 3mm and 2.75mm sizes. Both were 80cm long. I got those from Tapestry Craft in Sydney (they arrived just in the nick of time too). This is the first I have used harmonies, but these are now my fave sock needles. Seriously.
- Mods: Just one, I added 4 extra stitches to the cuff portion to accommodate my calves. No biggie.
Just one more pic, ‘cos we like those. Just look at that cabley goodness! I love how it separates to make way for the heel gusset. Mmmmmm…
Bad language ahead. Consider yourself warned.
I have been having a bad day or two. Someone has upset me very much by being a big meanie bum. Much worse than usual. I’d like to think I am a nice sort of person, so I don’t name names or talk behind backs. So where do I put all that negative energy then?
Needlepoint, that’s where.
I like to keep small cross stitch kits in the bottom of my craft bag. When the going gets rough, one of them will be stitched, but not quite the same way the manufacturer intended. It really makes me feel better. The difference is amazing. In fact, I am able to smile now, I feel happy. How could I not, when that bear is so darned cute? Well, he has done his job so well that I think I ought to name him. How about Kieth?
The finished product. So adorable. So rude.
I got a tetanus shot, whoo! Yeah, the same one I have been putting off since mid September last year. I am a huge wuss, it goes without saying. I knew I’d be fine, but I am unreasonably fearful of needles. Unfortunately knowing just how unreasonable it is, hasn’t made it go away yet. Not good considering that it is my goal to donate blood someday, it would seem that it will take me a long time to work my way up to that. Oh dear.
So anyway. This now means I am allowed to process raw fleece, about time too. I have some stinky corriedale, English Leicester and alpaca. I have carders (thanks again Dad for getting those, you rock) too. Now I can make me some rolags of spin-able fibre, yippee! Actually, maybe I’ll begin with one of my bags of bright mystery wool from the fibre stash (Yes, I already have one of those. Yes, I know that is sad.)
Yeah, maybe this one? Well, as you can see the investment was not a large one and it is certainly colourful enough.
I have a finished object to show you all. For once *ahem* Last Friday, the boyfriend casually mentioned we had a 1st birthday party to attend on Sunday. Aw crap, seems he still doesn’t realise that events like this require knitting. Though I don’t think he had a whole lot more notice himself, so it isn’t a huge deal. So what can I whip up in just over a days knitting time? Well, technically most little kiddie items can be whipped up in a day and a half if you don’t have anythingelse to do and you are not attached to working in fine gauges. But see I decided to go with something small, considering that I am not to be trusted when it comes to crafting within a set time-frame. So here it is…
The pic doesn’t really show it, but I made this thing a tad big. It is my hope that it will be a perfect fit by winter. I was able to get it over my noggin without trouble, so it should be right. Poor little fella was not impressed at having to wear this thing in the lunch-time heat. I don’t blame him and was quite happy for him whip it off in a second. His grandma kept putting it back on though, I couldn’t tell you why really. Like I said, poor little fella.
Here is one that shows off the yarn. I am quite proud of the dye-job, which I did as soon as I got home Friday night after work.
Everything I had in stash was too girlie. Some would have been OK had he been a newborn still. But this little man is into running about and I didn’t see him crawl once. So he isn’t a baby anymore, he needed a more blokey hat. I nearly went with a camo look, but I am so glad I went with blue over khaki. It suits him.
The green and blue are both Easter egg dyes, though the green has been brightened up with a little fluro food colour. A recent acquisition from the US that. The black is food colouring. What’s new here is that I didn’t use Wilton’s for once. No, I used Queen, an old Aussie staple. I am quite surprised that it worked wonderfully. I loved the way the black behaved and I was able to get it to do exactly what I wanted without fuss. I will be buying more of this for my stash for sure. It is hard to get in the black mind you, I have only ever seen it once (Coles, Myer Centre in Brisbane just for reference). I started buying Wilton’s because I like to used a fair bit of marzipan when I do flash cake decoration. Queen is no good for it, being liquid. The powder colours I have found around here suck, so I ended up with Wilton’s gel. I have been using it ever since, so never considered liquid for yarn dyeing either. Well, after this weeks success, I will be testing out more colours. Stay tuned.
Now, just what on earth do I do with the other 2 and a half balls? Heh
I have been making progress on the monumental nursing shawl I am knitting for Lady Llanalla. I have reached the halfway point, yarn-wise. However, I have not reached the halfway point, length-wise. This means I need more yarn, of course. A significant hurdle indeed. Not only did I choose tho use a yarn that is not available in Australia, it was ordered about 7 months ago. I have Buckley’s chance of getting more of the same dye lot. Pooh! So I have been searching Ravelry for Knit Picks shine sport in peoples trade/sell pages. I figure that with 2 balls of cream and another two of an entirely different colour will do the trick. Oh yeah! I was waaaaay off the mark. I have found a number of prospects and have been sending out messages, I just hope I get a bite. I found a fair few stashes of other tempting things while I was searching. Like alpaca/silk blended Andean Silk and Shimmer, which is a pretty lace weight. Heh, just another reason to love Ravelry.
Introducing my first ever handspun yarn, Pumpkin Bom. She is a little uneven, but she is fabulous, as far as I am concerned.
I plied it, well, because that seemed like it would be much easier than the spinning so I figured ‘why not?’. I think I was right. It did my very overspun singles a world of good. I ended up with what appears to be a balanced yarn, albeit one with varying thickness. Interestingly enough, the thicker bits are at either end, so maybe I can knit it up to make that less noticeable. Now there is only 20 meters of this stuff, almost exactly. Any suggestions as to what I ought to make with 20m worth of 2 ply lucid orange merino handspun? It is kind of a heavy aran to bulky weight once you average it out some (that is at least 12 ply to you Nana). I think I would prefer to knit this into something seasonless, a tiny purse perhaps?
Here is what I made for my Dad this year. Don’t worry, he definately won’t read this between now and Sunday.
He knows I have been crocheting him a scarf in the colours of his softball team (The Redbacks BTW). But he has no idea that I’ve felted his name onto it. Before I had done with the crochet, he commented that if he left this by the field it was likely to ‘walk’. Hence the needle felted name, this baby isn’t going anywhere:-) Now, I know it is not the neatest, but two things ought to be considered about that. Firstly, this is my very first needle felted embellishement (EVER). Secondly, my handwriting sucks in the first place (ALWAYS). So therefore, this scarf is actually pretty darn cool ;-)
Check out Nsharp’s post from yesterday, too funny http://nsharporg.wordpress.com/2007/08/19/two-superheros-with-x-ray-vision-and-a-hot-girl-guess-what-happens/
OK, been out of commission waaay to long. So I’ll try not to be too wordy here and make with a few pics each most to show what I have been up to this last month. Basically, it was a bad month work-wise and it got in the way of everything. I was still crafting though, I had to or I’d have gone nuts. Um, well, more nuts that is, in a bad way not a good way.
Righto, first up. Hats.
This one crocheted from Tiegh’s pattern I found on Craftster with Sean Sheep Classic from my stash. Kinda cute. See the original design here… http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=88721.0
It is actually a bit rediculous, but I like it anyway. I wanted as much slouch an pouf as I could get, to see what it would look like. Now I know
This one above is the most colour accurate pic I could get. Yup, that is Panda Vintage Hues you see there.
This last one best shows off the colour changes in the yarn (and the silly hole in the top I ended up with because there was so much bulk I couldn’t close the hole when I gathered it all). I knit this darned thing three times before it looked right. In the end I knit it sideways because the colours looked downright awful the otherway. No pattern for this monstrosity, I just made it up as I went along (and ought to know better by now).
Next post, way cooler stuff than this to be quite frank with you. Namely the awesome stuff Thewench sent me in Craftster’s Knit/Crochet Goodie Bag Swap. She was such a great swap partner and the cool stuff I received begs to be bragged about one more time. Also, more FOs, Miss Vicki knits continental and some stuff about my current swapping adventure. This time it is all Aussie and it is all about the needle and thread!
Yeah, I know you didn’t get to see any WIP pics of this little baby. But it is reasonably basic, so it really wasn’t necessary anyhow. Sewn for my Sister In Law - in part to thank her for taking the trouble and time to organise my Mum’s upcoming luau themed 50th Birthday party - partly because she is so easy to craft for, she really does seem to like my stuff - and ‘cos she is such a rockin’ gal. Here ’tis
As you can see it is a half apron, in Red Hat Betty Boop print cotton. The pattern I used was Simplicity 5961, view D. I liked that it is gathered at the sides but not in the centre front, it is a flattering look I think. My mods: I left off the pockets, because the print is busy and the pockets were sooo huge. The pattern also calls for bias binding on all edges af the main skirt part (as well as the pockets I left off in the end), but I finished with a narrow turned over hem. All edges are still fully encased, it is important to me that it be machine washable to ensure it actually gets used. I just wanted to keep it all looking simple, like I said, the fabric is the highlight here. Well, there is a little ric rac on there. It was a last minute decission, it was there, it was just the right length and colour. I couldn’t help myself, it is my first official use of this trim.
So why so much concern about the print? Well, this is for my Sister In Law and she is the biggest Betty Boop fan I know. Admittedly I didn’t know about Red Hat Ladies back when I bought the fabric (and I still don’t know a lot), but it really doesn’t matter. It is such a cute print, I am certain it will be very well received. Besides, we haven’t any red hat ladies in the family, so there will be no confusion. If I am lucky, this peice will become a permenant fixture in my SIL’s kitchen, rather than in her spare bedroom turned Boop shrine. I have my fingers crossed, we shall see.
If anyone is interested, there is a sewalong on Craftster for this. It has not seen a whole lot of action as yet. But I am hoping my pics will give it a little boost, once I post ‘em up.
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=118987.0 We shall see.
I finally got around to making chunky grey wrist warmers to match my stashbusting beret and scarf from a few weeks back.
I don’t usually go for wristwarmers, I am more of a glove gal. I prefer the elegant to, well, the chunky. But this is a chunky set, so chunky wrist warmers seemed like the thing to do. Well, that and I have been giving thought to constructing things from simple rectangles lately. I wanted to try something I knew would work (I have seen these done before), before trying to design a beret that way. I have been trying to design different berets of late, all without success. Meh!
So there ya go. I completed that set, busted six balls worth of stash and now I am warm. Yeah for me.
I made a start on the first of two baby hats that will be knitted from my hand dyed yarn. The spring and autumn colourways from a few posts back. I still haven’t decided what to do with the Incredible Hulk yarn and it may well slip into oblivion (stash). Now because baby hats knit up so quickly you’ll only get one lot of progress shots out of me. Well, one for each hat that is, if that. Here is what I have been calling the royal pixie hat, in my spring greens.
Modeled – as you can well see – by my good pal Starlight Foundation Balloon. As I had no babes at hand. You will have to excuse all the loose ends still hanging out. Well I did tell you they were progress shots!
I like this one, it shows off the mitred top and you can just make out the little knob I added in the centre. This is also the best view of the pointed brim at this stage. I just love the way this colourway knits up.
There will be much weaving of ends and some serious blocking before this looks anywhere near as handsome as the image in my head is. Not bad though, and this was my first time at using a provisional cast-on. I can see why folks like the technique and we will be firm friends from here on out.
The finer details, just for reference. I used less than ball of Spotlight Basics Dashing (it was cream, before I got at it with Kool-Aid and Easter egg dyes), it is about a double knit or perhaps light worsted weight. It is my hope that I have enough left for socks, but there is probably only enough for toes and heels. I knit it up on 5mm circular needles, sadly they were metal, I hope I find my bamboos soon as this yarn is pretty smooth. The pattern is from The Domestic Sphere http://home.pacbell.net/kapleo/blog/domesticspherepatterns.html they have heaps of funky patterns on there, especially for little ones. It is written to be knitted flat, but is super easy to convert for knitting in the round, it is practically done for you. I think I’ll experiment with other ways of working the pointed cuff on the next hat though. I figure there has to be a way to do it without all that breaking and re-joining of yarn. Maybe short rows, or some kind of entrelac technique. I think I’ll shape the top of the head differently too. I love the shape as is, but I love variety just a little more.
Last FO for this update is this…
This hat is for baby McDonnald (I won’t mention her by name in case her folks don’t approve), I hope they all like it. This is the last of the yarn in this colourway, never to be repeated. In fact, there are only two other hats in the whole world that share these colours. What sets this one appart? The crown…
The others had umbillical tops, but this one has a neat swirl. Props again to Mr Starlight Foundation Balloon. He is a little big for Ms McDonnald’s new hat, but didn’t grumble once. I am one row of Kitchener stitch away from completing her a pair of socks too, so keep your eyes peeled for those.