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Project Spectrum

I can’t believe the six month of Project Spectrum are finally over, it has been a whirlwind of colour. Unlike a normal knit-along, this scheme spilled over into all accepts of crafting and even everyday life. You just have to look at the Flickr group to see how people were inspired by colour all over the place.

One of the add joys of this project has been the Postcard Swap over the last six months I have been introduced to six new bloggers, have been impressed with the cards they have send me which, has lead me to be embarrassed with the poor quality of cards I have sent them. At the moment, my final card is somewhere over the Atlantic, winging it’s way Jody at Java Jem probably waving hello as it passed the card she sent me.

September, has become left-over month for Project Spectrum a time to finish up projects from previous months, this is going to be great for me, really all I finished as part of the project was my pink capelet, the two tone pink socks and green surprise socks for my sister’s birthday.

As I didn’t really make anything in April – Yellow and Orange aren’t really my colours, so it was easy to finish my pink projects from March. I just managed to finish the socks in May –on the morning of my sister’s birthday.

My list of unfinished objects is a lot longer, in June, I tied in the World Cup KAL with PS, to make a blue cardigan – which is almost finished. From July, I have a half finished Purple scarf and finally, my Brown mohair sweater from this month.

I believe Lolly is thinking of repeating this Project next year, I would strongly recommend it to all crafters, it has made me more aware of colour, I see it everywhere, in nature, whilst crafting, and even in simple things like a cup or hotel room. If you still need convincing about this check out the Flickr group it has become a place for inspiration, seeing new techniques and to see new knitting patterns (I love seeing peoples FOs).


2006 Knit-alongs

Going away at the beginning of the year means I have been completely out of the loop in so many things in blogland. I knew it would be almost impossible to participate in Secret Pal this session as I will be away in March as well – and that was cool.

But now I have found out I miss the deadline for Sockapalooza – which I think is a good thing, as I am not that confident about my sock knitting capabilities, and I am not sure anyone would want sock I made. The obvious way to resolve this would be to sign up to something like Count Your Socks, but I think I might be too late – we shall see.

And then there is the wonderful concept of the Knitting Olympics – what an amazing idea – the only problem is I am having so many problems completing projects at the moment and I really should finish my mum’s twin set – but the thought of finishing a small project in 16 days really appeals. It will encourage me to have a FO in my gallery for 2006 – I even have a project planned the Crafter’s Circular Shrug – but I think I have to thing about this – maybe train a little first.

Project Spectrum

Then finally in Blogland found a no-pressure project. Lolly’s Project Spectrum, it is simple create something from a set colour each month – be it a sweater, scrapbooking page or bracelet – Lolly has explained it best on her blog – but is sounds perfect for me – now I can start scrap-booking rather then just buying supplies from eBay.

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“Miss” Me?


Jason and I on the 16th JanuaryI don’t really talk about non-crafty things in this journal I have a livejournal that I use for that kind of thing, But once in a while something amazing happens and it has to be recorded everywhere.

On the 16th January – 8 years after I started dating Jason we decided to get engaged. We had been talking about it for ages and brought the ring earlier this year – but decided to make it official whilst in Chicago on our anniversary.

Our wedding is now booked for next March and I am completely in wedding mode, as I prepare to no longer be a “miss.”

Needless to say very little knitting has been done and to make matters worst I have taken up scrapbooking to try and archive our engagement and wedding – now I really need an extra hour in the day.


End of Year Summary

I nicked this from Woolly Warbler

Completed LuckyWhat new knitting techniques did I learn this year?
Thanks to Tracy (she sent me a sock starter kit as part of SP5), it has to be socks and knitting with DPN’s.

Which completed project from the last 12 months are you most proud of?
I think that would have to be Lucky – she became a labour of love, or the beaded bolero I made for my sister.

What was your biggest knitting disaster of the year?
Not sure really – I guess it would have to be Florence that I started knitting realised I was never going to wear it and also I think the pattern was a bit too much for me, I am useless at intarsia.

What knit craze grabbed you this year?
Without a doubt it would have to KSH – I love it, so far all I have used it for is scarves – but I think I may have to knit a Butterfly or Cami in the New Year.

And New Year Resolutions?
At the moment none – but it is an excuse to make a list 😉

Happy New Year!

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100 things

  1. My birthday is on Halloween.
  2. I was born in London in 1974.
  3. My full name is Dipika.
  4. I hate my name.
  5. Everyone including my parents calls me Dee.
  6. I don’t have a middle name.
  7. The hospital I was born in was across the road from my parent’s house.
  8. Both my parents were born in South Africa.
  9. My parents had an arranged marriage.
  10. They have been married over 40 years.
  11. All my grand-parents were born in India.
  12. I have one sister.
  13. I am the youngest – by 17 months.
  14. I use to always fight with my sister when we were little.
  15. Now we are really close.
  16. One of my earliest memories is seeing my sister fall down the stairs.
  17. I have never had any pets.
  18. I have lived in London my whole life and can’t imagine living anywhere else.
  19. I am left handed.
  20. I have been with my boyfriend, Jason for over 7 years.
  21. I met him at a firm I was temping at.
  22. When I first met Jason, I thought he was annoying – but he made me laugh.
  23. The first night we met we talked about driving across America together.
  24. My favourite subject at primary school was Maths.
  25. I use to think I would become a maths teacher or something.
  26. I have always loved the Star Wars films.
  27. I remember seeing Empire Strikes Back in the cinema and being scared of the Wampa snow monster at the beginning of the movie.
  28. I learned to knit when I was 8 years old.
  29. I designed and knitted my first jumper when I was 10.
  30. I use to watch The Goonies every week, when I was younger with my sister.
  31. I started wearing glasses when I was 17.
  32. I went to a girl’s school.
  33. I am glad I did as I think it gave me more opportunities.
  34. I meet my best friend, Sabeena on the second day of secondary (high) school.
  35. I was at the Brit Awards in 1989 (Yes that one!)
  36. My favourite subject at secondary school was Media Studies.
  37. My favourite TV show was Twin Peaks and I still love it now.
  38. My best friend immigrated to America, just before we started Sixth Form – but we are still in contact.
  39. I have three A levels in Sociology, Economics and Film Studies.
  40. I was the only girl in my Film Studies class.
  41. I was a typical grunge kid, doc martins, baggy t-shits, ripped jeans and floppy hair.
  42. I have every issue of Empire Magazine since 1992.
  43. My favourite place that I have visited is the Grand Canyon.
  44. I have a B.A. (Hons.) in Social Sciences.
  45. I went to university in East London (near where the Olympic village will be).
  46. I am obsessed with Tiffany’s.
  47. The colour scheme of this site is based on the Tiffany’s website.
  48. My favourite colour is blue.
  49. Especially, Tiffany’s Blue or #00CCCC.
  50. I cry whenever I see E.T.
  51. I became a vegetarian in when I was 20.
  52. I still eat fish.
  53. I remember the last meat dish I (knowing) ate.
  54. It was a McDonald’s Hamburger in Acapulco.
  55. I hate mushrooms.
  56. This is very awkward as a vegetarian.
  57. I always regret the fact I never saw Nirvana live.
  58. The last holiday I went on with my family was in 1994.
  59. We went to China.
  60. I graduated in 1996.
  61. I got my first job three days after leaving university.
  62. I got my belly button pierced the day before my 22nd Birthday.
  63. I spend two months traveling around America on my own in the summer of 1997.
  64. I wanted to eat breakfast whilst staring in the window of Tiffany’s on 5th Avenue.
  65. One of my favourite museums is the Air and Space Museum in Washington DC.
  66. I started waering contact lens when I was 21.
  67. I once saw Billy Corgan at O’ Hare airport.
  68. My favourite city I visited was Seattle.
  69. I have two tattoos.
  70. One of a Scorpio on my thigh.
  71. The other is of three stars on my lower back.
  72. The last time I went to the Reading Festival, I refused to camp and stayed in a hotel.
  73. I have vowed I will never go to a Glastonbury Festival again, after the quagmire of 1998.
  74. Less than six months after meeting Jason we traveled along the East Coat of America for 6 weeks.
  75. We spend two weeks in Orlando visiting theme parks.
  76. We drove from Miami to New York.
  77. After the holiday, I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with Jason.
  78. I want to go to every Disney Park; I just need to go to Tokyo.
  79. I planned my summer holiday of 1999 to coincide with the release of Star Wars Episode One.
  80. I did a post graduate course on the Open University.
  81. I wrote my final thesis on the Alien films.
  82. I am scared of mice.
  83. We once stayed in a youth hostel in Amsterdam with mice – which was the worst night of my life.
  84. I love Converse; I have 3 pairs and really want another pair – in Maroon.
  85. I love baby tees, especially ones from comics or films, my favourite t-shirt is a Tank Girl one I brought in 1995.
  86. I started playing The Stone in 2001.
  87. You can briefly see me in the Stoners film.
  88. I taught myself HTML.
  89. I gave up my job to do a Web Design course.
  90. I need 9 hours sleep a night.
  91. I am trying to collect every copy of Batgirl III comics.
  92. I own all but on of the Birds of Prey comics (missing issue 40).
  93. I cannot drive.
  94. But I love our car.
  95. I prefer the taste of Diet Coke.
  96. I am a really slow eater.
  97. I don’t want children.
  98. I have a god-daughter.
  99. I think I am cursed to never go to a Knit Flicks.
  100. I love making lists so this was fun :).
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I started knitting when I was still in primary school, and although I managed some big projects when I was a kid, I didn’t keep the hobby up.

Recently, with the stress of my life, I invested in a copy Sally Dallas’ Vintage Knits, and began knitting again. Only now, knitting seems to be the new trend… if I hear one more person say knitting is the new yoga. But to my advantage, there seems to be numerous amazing pattern books around and other resource, like the Internet – so I am in knitting heaven.

My first few projects have been from Vintage Knits, however, like every knitter at the moment, I have been armed with a copy of Stitch ‘N’ Bitch and Stitch ‘N’ Bitch Nation and have started tackling some interesting patterns.

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