Gretel

Gretel

GretelYarn: Knit Picks Andean Silk in Navy.
Pattern: Gretel Beret from Ysolda.
Needles: 3.75 mm & 4.5mm.
Notes: I started out knitting this pattern really quickly, I knitted the regular version so it didn’t take long at all, I couldn’t get the decreasing right, so I kept ripping it back, and eventually gave up, whilst I was in South Africa Ysolda released a newer version of the pattern and then it was completed pretty quickly.

At first I was concerned about knitting cables on circular/double pointed needles but I found it was pretty easy – this is one of those looks harder that it is patterns – to be honest I think it could be knitted up in a day.

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Ravelry Envy

We have all heard of Facebook Envy, I am thinking I have Ravelry Envy, I subscribed to my friends activities, now whenever I see a project I like I have to queue it, or else I am coveting a new yarn. The problem is, I am picking patterns that I don’t have the yarn for when I should be trying to get rid of the yarn I have.

Baudelaire - CuffLast night, was meant to be the first of the Chiswick Ravelry Meet-Ups but it ended up falling to bits. So I spent the night finishing off some projects, I am actually really pleased with myself – I cast off two projects last night, the birthday scarf is blocking on the ironing board and my Baudelaire are on a wire-hanger-blocker.

I made a promise to myself this morning that I am going to have this many projects on the go at once, has made me so unorganized, I have forgotten the repeats of lace and ended up having to frog the sock more than once, I also don’t really have the place to store this many projects (my flower basket shawl is currently in a tesco’s carrier bag).

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Silk Scarf and SSS

Silk Scarf Over the weekend, I sat down and re-thought my idea for Janice’s scarf, I decided to knit her the Lace Scarf from Debbie Bliss Pure Silk in some of the KnitWitches Silk I brought at KSS. My plan was for a washable, warm scarf, that could be worn everyday… so of course, I am knitting a skinny thin silk scarf – the complete opposite of my own spec. The lace pattern is really simple, so there is no problem of me meeting my deadline of next week, even though I am working on 3mm needles.

Actually, I am getting a little concerned about my knitting projects. Jason has even mentioned that I had far too many things on the needles (I spot 7 progess bars on my sidebar), the hoodie and gretel beret are nearly finished, I just need to weave in the ends or block them. But I am worried about my pomatomus sock, the first one was finished in August, in fact I remember knitting this whilst sitting outside I Knit one glorious summer evening – and I haven’t even thought about casting on it’s twin… is this my first real case of SSS.

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Le Slouch

Le Slouch

Le SlouchYarn: Berroco Jasper in Blue Bahia.
Pattern: Le Slouch (pdf file).
Needles: 4.5mm.
Notes: I opted to knit this beret as stocking stitch rather than the seed stitch as the yarn was so stunning, I didn’t think it needed the pattern.

As the pattern says this hat is the perfect quick fix project to update your wardrobe, seeing all the berets in the stores at the moment, I knew I had to knit one. But the best thing about this hat it is great for wearing on bad hair days.

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We interrupt this programme…

You can’t help but notice my absence over the last few weeks, this was mainly due to me being in the Southern Hemisphere.

Last year, when my father was first taken ill, he made us make a few promises, one of them was no matter what Jason and I would get married on the 3rd March and the other was, that we would take his ashes to the Umgeni River in South Africa.

Traditionally, Hindus have their ashes scattered in the Ganges River, in Durban the crematorium can perform a ceremony where they use water imported from the Ganges before the ashes are scattered into the river.

My dad loved to travel, so rather than make this trip something more, we decided to do some travelling around South Africa. None of us had really seen South Africa – even though my mum and sister were born there (Mum only went to Cape Town last year), I had been over 10 years ago, so it was a real chance to travel.

We started off in Durban, then flew to Cape Town. This city has so much to offer, amazing both in the way of culture and scenery. Finally, we headed up north to Jo’burg, Sun City and we went on safari.

South Africa

More photos
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Friends & Family

Socktopus Launch PartyI had one of those amazing weekends where I got to spend time with friend (and meet some new friends) and see some family (most of whom I haven’t seen since my wedding).

A few weeks ago, Alice announced that she was planning a launch party for her online store, knowing that we were going to a wedding over the same weekend, I had to decline the invitation, but over the last few weeks the buzz on the Ravelry London Board has all been about the party.

Socktopus Launch PartySo I managed to convince the hubby that as the wedding wasn’t until the afternoon we could travel down in the morning.

Socktopus Launch PartyAs well as getting to see the iKnit regulars Alice, Emms and Laura (and Ross), I also got to finally meet Sharon and Arianne. Then there was the lovely ladies from Ravelry – Anna, Gabrielle, Izzie, Mel, Mulene, and Sarah. (I am sure I have forgetten someone – sorry if I have).

Aside from the wonderful company and food, the real reason were all there was to sample Alice’s wonderful finds – over the last few days she has been tempting us on the Socktopus Blog with images of Shelridge Farm, Dream in Color Smooshy and Chameleon Colorworks, and of course we all had to buy, buy, buy.

Of course, what you really want to see is what I brought…
Socktopus Yarn

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Fetching

Fetching

Yarn:Knit Picks Andean Silk in Navy.
Pattern: Fetching from Knitty Summer 2006.
Needles: 3.75mm DPN.
Notes: The write up for this pattern on Knitty calls these gloves an “instant knitting gratification” and I have to agree, I sat down over the weekend to watch a few movies and my the credits of the second movie I had a pair of fingerless gloves.

After reading some comments on Ravelry, I discovered it is adviced to knit this mitts with 3.75 needles rather than the 4mm the pattern suggests. I also added an extra set of the 4×1 rib and cable row, just to make the wrist part longer. Because of the modification, I ended up using a little over one ball of yarn for these mitts.

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7 Random Facts

Laura tagged me about a week ago – and I am only just getting around to completing this meme.

Here are the rules:
“Each person tagged gives 7 random facts about themselves. Those tagged need to write in their blogs the 7 facts, as well as the rules of the game. You need to tag seven others and list their names on your blog. You have to leave those you plan on tagging a note in their comments so they know that they have been tagged and to read your blog.”

My seven things:

  1. I had LASEK eye surgery over Christmas, so now I proudly have 20/20 vision!
  2. I can not sew, I look longingly at kits on the Subversive Cross Stitch or Sublime Stitching websites, and wish I could.
  3. I grew my hair for my wedding, it is the longest it has been for nearly 18 years (and it still is pretty short).
  4. I can’t drive, I have never had a lesson.
  5. I don’t think I drink enough water and as hard as I try I can never drink 2 litres in a day.
  6. I prefer baths to showers – very un environmentally friendly – but I love my baths.
  7. I have loads of reward cards, I love collecting points and working out what I can buy with them – however, I only ever buy stuff with my Boots Advantage Card.

I think everyone has already done this meme, but if you haven’t consider yourself tagged!

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Jaywalkers

Jaywalkers

Same Dye Lots

Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in Black Purl.
Pattern: Jaywalkers Jaywalkers.
Needles: 2.25mm DPN (5 needles).
Notes: This pattern has been on my to-knit-list for over a year, I think I am one of the last people to try this pattern, which I loved, it is extremely easy, and yet looks so complicated.

I decided to use Lorna Lace yarn, as it seems to be a popular choice for this pattern and it comes in the most amazing colours, the yarn feels beautiful and is easy to knit with. However, even though the two hanks were from the same dye lot, the colours are different, and I think they now look like odd socks.

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