Thursday, November 29, 2007

North Roe Shawl

I have been knitting for less than a year, but that hasn't stopped me jumping head first into my first lace/chart pattern. My friend Ann pointed out to me most ppl do not start lace til they have been knitting 18 - 24 months. Oh! I admit I had to chart out the whole pattern, cause the little box highlighted in red just wasn't clear enough for me. Now that I have my extended charts I am finding it alot easier. For a first attempt I am happy with it :) I am enjoying it and thats what counts. Its taking me forever as I can only do a row or two before I have to stop due to pain. I'm back on medication to try control it. I'm like a zombie on these meds, so only taking them at night so I can focus a little during the day. I'm use to some level of pain on a daily basis, but not the zombie stares. Knitting was suggested to me by my neurosurgeon as physiotherapy after surgery on my spine, but sometimes I wonder if its just causing more problems at this stage. Hope not, as I have grown to love knitting.
Anyways, self pity party over (just a bad week, you understand right?). I started this Shawl while I wait patiently for my Knitpicks needles to show up for Juno Regina, its started as just messing around, glad I kept going. On Ravelry's Juno Regina KAL board, PearlsMother has done JR in The Knittery Merino Cashmere fingering weight yarn in the Warm Pinks colourway, and its absolutely frilling gorgeous!! Being of a heavier weight yarn I decided PearlsMother is definately onto a good thing, heavier weight yarn + bigger needles will be alot better for my body. So off I went over to The Knittery webby and found a Overweight (185g - 740m-809yds) skein in Indigo, its less than the pattern requires so I will double check weight of yarn, knit the diamonds, weight the yarn again so I know how much to have on hand for the other end, knit the centre section and hopefully end up with something lovely to snuggle into next winter. My Knitpicks order should be here in 2 weeks time....

Sunday, November 18, 2007


Ravelry is sharing the love, and I got the Koolhaas love passed on to me from another lovely Aussie Raveler. The magazine was in Friday's mail, Sat I overdyed some yellow yarn into a lime green semi solid, E's colour choice.
Pretty, no? He loves it and thats the main thing. Once I have finished with the pattern I too will forward this mag, just for this pattern, onto another Raveler. I am waiting on a order from Bendigo Mills, which seems to be taking forever! 11 days and waiting, which from all accounts from others that twice as long as normal. It also took alot longer for Knitpicks to send out my order (to Ann, since they refuse to post outside of the USA, grrr. 8 days from ordering to sending.) which I have bought myself the Options for Xmas :) Hopefully she will get that Monday her time....and I'll maybe get it around Dec 7th. So so long after ordering *sigh*. All yarns ordered are to make gifts...2 b'days in Jan and one xmas present.
I also just discovered the Lime and Violet pods, they are all freaking hilarious, nutty, fun, fibre loving gals...makes you want to grab a few shots of Sambucca and join in on their conversation. Actually, they are so forthcoming and free, I almost feel like I am evesdropping in on their convo's....which are totally worth listening in to :) Thank goodness I am getting broadband after Xmas, cause downloading their pods takes about 2.5 hours + per show, frill!
So broadband and more pods, here I come...well after Xmas :)

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Patterns Galore

If you haven't spotted the 3 extra patterns added to, then do yourself a favour and go look. There is Intarsia Fun, a hat and matching scarf, a gorgeous cardigan, Oblique, which I feel is out of my limits, as much as I love it! Then there is Juno Regina, which for me at least, is instant love! So much so I started an Along on ravelry straight away *blush*, I just hope the designer is cool with that, she has dropped in to offer help to anyone with the pattern so that is cool.
Also I totally love Brooklyn Tweed's Koolhaas hat, Interweave Knits Holiday Special, which dammit I cant find in Australia. I may just have to buy the pattern before Winter 2008 arrives. With the exchange rates between Aust and the USA as good as they are ATM I decided to bite the bullet and buy myself for Xmas the Knitpicks Options needles. This company doesn't mail to Aust, so I've had to send to a friend first, who will then repost to me. Of course I bought her yarn as a thank you, she puts up with my shit, what can I say? :) Companies should just send International, if we are willing to pay the postage. Us International lot are use to waiting that little bit longer for the parcel to arrive and paying the higer postage costs. Shows you the huge gap that needing filling in Aust....if only I had the cash to start a small yarn business *sigh* I've gotten to the point now I will only buy yarn IF I know what project it is for.....I'm intent on eliminating my stash enhancing habits, not that its a habit really, not yet, so time to make sure it doesnt become one. All the acrylics I have collected over the past 2 years as I taught myself to crochet then knit will be going into several crochet blankets. From now on no more acrylics, they actually hurt my wrist to be honest. Natural fibres seem to move over the hook and needles far easier.
Anyway thats my babble for today, I'm trying to avoid cleaning the house :) Better get it done..
then I can sort myself out and proceed with Juno Regina, yahoo!

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Back to School Vest Part One

Back to School Vest - Fitted Knits - Stefanie Japel

So I ripped out one I did start, yarn hurt to knit with. Bought some Cascade 220 in 2448 Mallard - yummy blue heather. Did a swatched, looking good, cast one and am 4 inches deep into it. I just noticed I have one stitch twisted in the ribbing, we shall name that one Steve, since I was chatting online and knitting, had to rip and obviously wasnt watching and missed that oops. Steve stitch shall stay! Momento yes?

This pic is truer to colourway than the top pic. So far this has been an easy knit, as much as I fear ribbing, its still all good.

Also I bought a new camera, nothing special, but lovely all the same, an Olympus FE-270. It does this weird battery empty thing when its not, so not sure if this camera is faulty or if its just a glitch in the series. Will have to investigate.