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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Crashing Down

On the morning of the 6th January 2007, my father passed away.
Last winter he was taken into hospital with suspected heart failure, whilst there he discovered he had Renal Cancer with Bone Metastasis. Due to the strain on the heart they decided not to operate and instead monitored him regularly.

My father had been diabetic for years and this was never a problem until Christmas day, when he was taken in hospital in the early hours of the morning, after suffering a hypo. – However he was back at home for his Christmas lunch.

On the 4th once again we thought my dad had suffered a hypo in the evening, and once again called the ambulance however, this time we discovered it was actually the cancer.

Without a doubt my father has been the most influential person in my life. He arrived in the UK with nothing, quickly saved up enough for my mum to travel from South Africa so they could get married. For years, my parents thought they could not have children and when my mum had my sister they were over the moon – 17 months later I was born and they were so grateful for their two blessing, as a result of this we were completely spoilt.

With the exception of knitting all my other passion stem from my dad. As a young child my mum worked evening so my dad looked after my sister and I. He would sit in his armchair, my sister on one arm rest me on the other, watching Batman or a Western on BBC2, which undoubtedly lead to my love of comics. I remember sitting on his knee in the cinema begin scared of the monster at the beginning of Empire Strikes Back.

My dad was determined to offer my sister and I the opportunities he never had encouraging us into further education and showing us the world. As teenagers, our family holidays were to The West Coast of America and Grand Canyon, India, China and Mexico. Leading to my love of learning and travel.

Even as an adult he spoilt, his daughters and even his future son -in-law, if we dreamed of something for our birthdays or Christmas he would always be one to buy it for us, even if he didn’t understand what all the fuss was about. Whether it was an iPod, designer handbag or something in a little blue box.

At the moment we are taking each day at a time but I still feel like my world has come crashing down around me.

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Circular Shrug

Circular Shrug

Yarn: Debbie Bliss Maya 13.
Pattern: Circular Shrug.
Needles: 6 mm.
Notes: No one is at home at the moment – and I can never take a decent photo in the mirror, so you will have to imagine what this looks like on me.

I loved this project when I started it – I couldn’t wait to wear it. Unfortunately it got pushed aside in the long hot summer – now that autumn is here, it is the perfect item for to throw over a summer tee.

The pattern is really straight forward – apart from the assembling part – the instructions don’t really explain it too well – once I realised it was meant to be a circle it all made sense.

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Merino Cape

AKA the World Cup Cardigan.

Merino Caridgan

Yarn: Karabella Aurora 4 color 8170 (Navy) and Texere’s King Cole Merino Wool Blend 4ply in Cherry (29)
Pattern: Made up.
Needles: 3.25 mm circulars and straights.
Notes: A basic top down cape – like the Anthropologie-inspired Capelet, use a basic increase instead of the yarn-over.

Rather than, stopping the decreasing when the sleeve stitches meet at the underarm, I continued to increase for half an inch more. The arms were worked straight to create the floaty sleeves, ending with an inch of seed stitch in the red yarn.

 

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Twin Set

Twin Set

Yarn: Texere’s Good Fortune Cotton in Wine (6)
Pattern: Twin Set from Vintage Knits by Sarah Dallas.
Needles: 3 mm, 3.25mm and 3.25mm circular.
Notes: Those of you, who read my blog regularly, will remember my Mum asked me way back last May to knit her the twin set from Vintage Knits. I brought the yarn in July and made the sweater by September.

close-upButton Band

However, she has been waiting a long time for the cardigan. Back in February, I decided that cardigan would look to plain in stocking stitch so made it in diamond stitch pattern.

All the cardigan needed was the button band and add the buttons. Finally, over a year later the twin set is complete.

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