London Bombings

I am surrounded by my family, we are all safe.
That is all I have been wanting all day.

I spend most the day in front of the TV next to the phone trying to get updates.
Decided to change the layout of my blog – just to keep me busy – I can’t even think about knitting right now.

I know there are a lot of London Knitters out there and – I hope all they and their families are all safe.


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 just love getting parcels in the post, I ordered a few things online this week – some stuff for my Secret Pal and some for me and most of it arrived this morning. The biggest package was from Stitch’ n’ Craft, I have been wanting to make some MaryElla bracelets from knitty as gifts, and I have loads of DMC Floss and beads – so all I needed was the needles – which it appears are really hard to get hold of. After hunting around online, I found Stitch ‘n’ Craft sold the needles, but then I discovered all there beads – so many pretty colours and so I had to order more.

Today when my package arrived, I discovered that seed beads actually come in sizes (I thought seed bead was the size 😳 ) as I looked at the beads one tube looked fine, but the other 3 tubes were filled with tiny beads – I could just about make out the hole in the middle – let alone thread them into cotton – assuming I could find a needle that small. I have now discovered (from this site) that seed beads have sizes, and I needed size 11 not 15.

Not to be deterred, I found some black beads in my stash and white floss and realized the DMC floss, I have is 6 thread floss and not Perle 8 – like the pattern called for – so at the moment, I am feeling a little silly and extremely embarrassed. Not to be deterred, I am off to Hobbycraft this weekend to try again.

Seeing, as I love parcels, I thought it was about time I spread some joy and send my first part of the Secret Pal gift – especially, as I got the finally part of the first present today – and some of the bits for the second gift – I just have to go to the post office to buy an envelope and sent it. 😀

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Yarn: Opal Elemente in 1075 .
Pattern: “Sock it to ’em” Starter Kit Pattern.
Needles: 2 mm DPN’s (5 needles).
Notes: I was a little scared of knitting with DPN’s, I had heard horror stories about ladders and missing stitches, but this pattern was really easy to follow, it was a little strange on the first few rounds of the rib – but by the time I got to the knitting part it was very easy.

The only real issues I had with the pattern were the live grafting, however, the instructions on Knitty were really helpful here.

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Sock It To ‘Em

Sock It To ‘Emâ€? Starter Kits

Well now I am home – still in American time – but slowly getting use to the idea the holiday is over… and since I have been back, I have been playing with my new toys…
Waiting for me when I got home was a package from Get Knitted – addressed to SP5, inside was a “Sock It To ‘Em” Starter Kits – containing everything I needed to start knitting socks, the pattern, the self-patterning wool (in a fabulous blue colour), the DPN’s, stitch markers and even the darning needle to weave in the ends. So since I have been home I have been knitting socks.

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Beaded Bolero

Beaded Bolero

Yarn: Paton’s Cotton DK in Cream.
Pattern: Adapted from Bolero in Vintage Knits by Sarah Dallas.
Needles: 2 ¾ mm, 3mm and 3mm circular.
Notes: I knitted the body all in one – mainly as I hate seaming.
I started out with 184 stitches, and increased the fronts as the pattern called for but only increased the sides for the back, (the extra 5 stitches for the fronts were added one at the beginning).

The beads are 5 stitches apart – every sixth row – alternating to form the diamond (first bead was on the fourth stitch and the next beaded row it was on the second stitch).

Rather than make a tie for this (or leave it as the pattern suggests), my sister brought this lovely brooch from Gap.

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Beaded Bolero

Lucky SleeveWith Lucky finished it is time to move on to my next project… after buying Rowan 35, I have been inspired to knit tons of projects with cotton. Hopefully, I will get on to knitting something from here soon at the moment Audrey is at the top of my list.

I also recently invested in some (more) Paton’s 100% Cotton, which is a great substitute for Rowan’s Cotton Glace. These four balls of cream are ear-marked for my sister’s beaded bolero.


Beaded Sweater

I’m not really following a pattern, the basic design is the bolero from Vintage Knits, but I am making it with short sleeves, and then the two front panels will have the beaded pattern from the beaded sweater (image on the left).
I convinced my sister last night to thread the beads on the wool – I hate the tricky jobs… she used the clear nail vanish tip from SnBN which worked a treat 😀

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Finished – that is Lucky…

Completed Lucky

I have been unbelievable busy trying to get my pet project up and running, that I have been unable to update my journal…

However last weekend, Jason finally managed to take a few photos of me in Lucky Clover Lace Wrap. As I was trying it on, I realised I have sewn the neckband on wrong and the tie was on the right instead of the left – but being left handed I thought it was kinda apt that it was cack-handed – and so I left it. Well the honest truth was the sewing was all done with a wing and a pray that I doubt it would work again.

I knitted the smallest size and although, I didn’t constantly check my gauge, when I blocked the pieces they were the right size however the whole cardigan is a little larger than I was expecting, however, I think it will look great when teamed up with a dress.

Lucky SleeveThe close up here shows the inside tie and yet again shows it is on the wrong side… This is also a better photo than the one I took the other day as that was on my phone camera and this is with a decent camera. I was hoping to get a darker colored ribbon, but this lilac color looks good and I guess no one will see it.

Now I need to get started on my next creating. I am hooked 4-ply cotton, it is seems silly knitting With heavy wool in the summer, so I have planned a few summer cotton projects.

First I am knitting my sister a cream borelo with gold beads – it’s a cross between two patterns in Vintage Knits the bolero and beaded sweater that both have the same gauge.

After that I am planning a little delicate sweater for myself, I was hoping to get it ready for the end of May as I have a naming day to go to and I thought I could wear one of my projects with pride – but it looks like I don’t have enough time. 🙁

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Next Project

I’ve been thinking today about my next project (yes I know I have only just started Lucky). I really want to knit something else in mohair, and I was thinking a pale blue. I have seen some amazing wool on eBay, but I have yet to buy any wool from the Internet as I usually am drawn to the colour or texture. However, it is so much cheaper online.

Obviously the most important think is the pattern, I really like Ultra Feminine from SnBN or Grecian plait from Knitty, but neither of them is just perfect… I like the lace bottom and mini ribbon of Grecian plait and the arms of Ultra Femme, I guess I will have to combine them… but I also saw an amazing jumper in Top Shop that had a chevron hem and it looked amazing, so maybe I will have to combine all three ideas.

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Lucky Update

I thought I should comment more on Lucky as it’s the main thing I’m working on at the moment. I’m using Paton’s Washed Haze in Rose Pink – although it’s more of a purple color, I loved the colour and didn’t stop to think that I don’t have much purple clothes to go with it – still it’s an excuse to buy a new dress and I’m sure it will look great with jeans.

I had completed the back however; I noticed a few errors, clovers with only two leaves. So I started again, now it’s looking a lot better and I seem to be getting into the swing of things with the pattern. As I started the back again, I decided to do the rib in tubular cast-on or Italian style (I’m not sure what it’s called), so hopefully it will look neater – I always think my casting on is messy.

The other problem is I am spending the week at Jason’s parent’s house and I remembered all my knitting stuff but forgot the camera, so I won’t be able to post any pictures until after the weekend.

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