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Friday, April 23, 2010

WIPing Along - Still.

WIPing Along - Still.

Slow but steady wins the race, right? Lord I hope so.
I'm still plodding along on my Heather Hoodie Vest, if you could call it that, since I am just using the basic shape of the piece. I'm on the right front with both back and left front completed. Once its done I will block each piece, sew it up then pick up the stitches for the hoodie and button bands.
I hope to her have completed within the week as no J this weekend means I can knit as much as I like. Besides I have two appointments to attend today, one in which E is busy and I get to knit for an hour.
I've done both squares for the swap and will be posting those out today to Miss Sandybags.
I decided to go with one plain and one lace, I was going to jazz up the plain square with buttons etc, but she has a little one and I don't want to send something unsafe into her home.

I've had my eye on some cute fingerless mitts in someone's projects on Rav, there is no pattern. So, Vintagegrrl and I sat there for a few hours and roughly worked out how it went, then VG opened a book and there it was, harrah, We only had to change one little stitch :) I of course cast on to see if the mitt would work...but then I was good and put it to one side, other wips to finish first! :)

I had a bit of a "stuff the world" moment on Monday and felt down and out, so went on a spending spree. First it was Bendigo Woollen Mills for some Rustic for a blanket I want to knit, colour Radiant (red), also some single skeins. Luxury in Leaf 4 ply, Classic in Berry red and Mallard in 5 ply for a couple of shawls/scarves. For some time now I have wanted a few more cables for my Knit Picks tips, so Knitting Inspirations was next! I bought some cables, some clear tips in 4mm, packet of cable connectors, a set of DPNS 4mm and some yarn, Fleece Artist Trail sock in Topaz and BFL in Wine....well they sent me the right colours but the Wine was also in Trail not the BFL....anyways, it is still pretty, maybe I should tell them the mistake? Was no price or yardage difference.

Chicken Update: our girls are doing well, laying an egg each per day, unless I lock them up around laying time and totally put them off for the day, oops. They are a joy to have and they come now when I call chook chook chook, or if they hear the back screen door open :) They happily follow us around the yard as we do gardening...even the mower doesn't bother them. The eggs started around the 42/43grams now most are around 49/52grams...holy cows batman, I just went out to collect the eggs and we got a 56g, monster egg:)

Hopefully pics next time of finished projects, would be nice :)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Chooks and WIPs Along

The green hat you see here is Everglade by Woolly Wormhead, excuse my mugshot, it's a beautifully written pattern. Within hours of finishing this one I cast on another, which will be black. My adorable but goofy son put this on over the top of his hoodie and has stretched it, so it's going for another bath soon to hopefully fix that.

Revontuli is done :) I will try get a better pic soon, when we find the sun again. I won't complain as I am enjoying the much cooler weather. There was a knot going from the lovely sunburnt orange to the bright lime green, I had to wind off 36g to match it back up again, thankfully it could be matched up. I am thinking of putting Indian bells on the tips, hippy it up more :)

A week ago I picked up these lovely ladies, Hi-Line Browns. They should start laying anytime now and when they do it's one egg a day generally.
Yesterday I paved under their coop to help with keeping it clean, then lay down straw. I will get some river sand to lay down instead, just used what I had on hand at the time.
Yesterday while I was busy they munched on baked pumpkin, boy did they dig in! We give them scraps and so far they seem to appreciate it.
We got them just before school broke up for Easter, which was great timing, E has loved sitting out the back with them...I too and guilty of this :) Awesome time wasters.

I cleaned up my WIPs box, its just a small 10 litre red plastic container, nothing special. It was overflowing...9 WIPs in total, including the Revontuli shawl above. Well 9 is just nuts for me, so I started a thread on OTF (Rav) to encourage others to sweat it out with me and finish our WIPs.
My Heather Hoodie Vest had been cast on and only 2.5" of ribbing done on the back piece, which is now done. Today I have cast on the left front and hope to have that done by tomorrow. Of course my knitting mojo is usually killed off while J is here, I need to be social :S
I have eliminated the XO cables, not my thing. Instead I am thinking of keeping the channels where the XO's go but leave it plain until I get to the top, above boob level and do an Owl...just for something different. I hope to have this project all done within the week...ok 2 weeks :)
The next WIP to finish is Mum's Aeolian, IF I can ever work out what I have done wrong, if not I will rip it back and either start again or make her a different shawl. She will have a shawl!

Right, back to that hoodie!