April 29, 2005

Your Inner European is Italian!

Passionate and colorful.

You show the world what culture really is.

April 25, 2005

This is the bad knitting... before it got frogged. I'm glad I frogged it! Posted by Hello

this is the re-beginning of Kiri.. she has grown much more since then! Posted by Hello

Hope you are enjoying Anzac Day

I must confess I didn't get up for the Dawn parade.. We went for the first time ever last year and whilst I'm glad for the experience, its not something on my annual calendar! But I do think about what we are commemorating a lot, I think a lot about the innocents people around the world who don't have remembrance days - the estimated 10's of millions who died as a result of famine and other atrocities in communist china mid last century, the 10's of millions who died during partition in India - a direct result of the way British Empire handled their exit, the genocides in Africa and Eastern Europe, the number of people who have been killed in countries with border disputes - Palestine/Israel, Kashmir, the number of people who are dying in different wars - drug wars around the world, the wars the are launched in the name of peace/new order - Iraq, people who die daily because someone wants to force their will onto another. I'm not even politically active in any way and yet I know all these things have and are happening, I dread to think of all the other unreported atrocities which humans are capable of.
Maybe if the world spent more time knitting we might not have time for this, unless of course their was a wool shortage and we started stealing the next tribes yaks....

Obviously I haven't been knitting enough this week either! Too much time for thinking...

I've bitten the frog bullet and have re-done the sleeves on the jacket and am now quite happy with it, photo will follow once my phone has recharged... Also have finally stitched some pleats into my turquoise sweater so it now fits snug as a turquoise sweater should. We had an autumnal cold evening last night and it was a smug little me all toasty in the turquoise sweater...

The body of the boxy jacket for Dulaan is done, sleeve's and bands will be in a contrast colour as the main has run out, I plan to do a hat in the contrast. Now I am planning what next? I'm 80% set on The Cowl from snb1 for the daughter in a white acrylic/wool mix purchased from TradeMe, it's all in garter stitch which should contrast nicely with still having Kiri on the go.

Last Wednesday was our monthly SnB, we had two new members and a regular attendee's Mum, my guest was to have been my neighbour but she was unable to attend due to painful knees (she is in the waiting list for the required operation) My neighbour is a long term knitter and her current project is teaching herself to do woven fairisle - I haven't seen it yet but I imagine it is what is also called jacquard knitting?

On a funny note my asthma wasn't asthma, I found this out after a panicked visit to the local White Cross, I had woken with a tingling left arm which wouldn't go away after an hour or two combined with the short breath, well it turned out it wasn't my heart either (whew) but it was muscular/skeletal - somehow (I blame the gym) the area around the lungs was contracting causing the tightness of chest feeling. I was also very relieved to find the tingling wasn't carpal tunnel... There is no way I'd blame knitting if it was... Also as this was on Wednesday my main concern whilst waiting for the doctor is how would I let the knitting group know I wasn't coming?....

Time to get on with the rest of the day! Enjoy!

April 18, 2005

If knitting really does reflect life then

I'm stuffed! Especially if my constant frustrations around garments I knit for myself is anything to go by!
Yes the jacket is finished - yippee! however I'm a bit frustrated about the fit around the shoulders, (I do still need to block the bugger... hoping for a blocking miracle)therefore I am frustrated, pee'd off and generally not showing anyone because of my despair.

GENNY GET THIS INTO PERSPECTIVE (or prospectus as someone I work with says!)

why? well you didn't use a pattern - it fits nice (apart from the shoulders) the design works well and it is finished really neatly (yes even after the cut and graft episode)and you can't help that you look like a nana in it after all you are a 37 yo with hips, juicy butt and belly - not a vogue model! Seriously though - you look fine...

so there!

and on further knitting news, the shawl is a treat to knit and I'm about a 5th of the way.. really only get about 8 rows done at a time.

Am halfway through my Dulaan project - a boxy jacket in green with a maroon stripe, knit from edge to edge in tight garter stitch using the leftover wool company 10 ply - should probably fit about a 5-6 year old (oh yes, I'm flying with no pattern again!)

and there is one mutant glove still awaiting the birth of its twin.

and as far as life goes - I have been in the midst of a very busy and stress inducing week or two, I'm going through a learning curve combined with a deadline at one of the jobs, throw this in with a bucket load of abusive, mean, vile teenage behaviour directly aimed at the woman who is "not even a proper mother" plus other poetic words from her I've blocked out! Thank god its the school holidays and I can pack her on a plane and ship her off to my brother and his wife. Mind you knowing my luck, with them being proper mothers and fathers, the teen will just come back with more examples of good parenting to compare my inadequate attempts to!

Then to top it off I seem to be having trouble breathing! (connected you think? no...) I haven't had asthma for YEARS (8 at least). It is a bad season for asthma, my DP has had to increase his puffer intake, either that or it's a reaction to the supplements I've just been given. Nothing serious, and a good reason for a bit of self pity I say!

I do have some photo's from the phone to upload when next I'm blogging from home.

have a great monday - and I look forward to catching you all later

April 12, 2005

she done gone crazy

why? Well my friends, knitting can do that to a girl.

The Jacket is 90% done workwise but boy do I have 50% of the frustration to go! I was soooo pleased with myself, I worked all the weekend to get the bulk knitting done, on Sunday when it all the pieces were complete and nicely stitched together - and I mean nice backstitched with nice neat stitches close to the edge - I sweet talked DP into driving me to the LYS so I could get a contrast yarn for the edging (beautiful Rare Yarn boucle in a natural black). The sleeve edging is perfect, the tiny stand-up collar is just right, the hem edging was fine - until - I laid it out this morning and saw to my horror the right front hung on an angle 1 inch longer than the left front... slash my knitting wrists I say. The irony? well as you know I was knitting this on the down - the right front and the back were the exact length and perfectly even - the left front was longer and I slipped my needle through the stitches and frogged to level, if anything this should be the front I have issues with! In a double irony - the uneven front (right) actually looks nicer than the nice straight one (left)... so I've threaded a circular through the left, am going to cut the bugger do a few short rows and then graft. Confused - I am. I'm not looking forward to it, my grafting is dodgy to say the least. Will keep you posted.

On a second frustrating note, I had to frog the kiri shawl, I had somehow ended up 5 stitches to short on one side, this compounded with a glitch which I was prepared to ignore earlier on. So I thought bugger it, frog it, and re-do it. And like a phoenix from the flames it is reborn. This process was the learning experience I needed to understand how the pattern was working. Once I had it off the needle - I saw how the shawl was built, I hadn't realised that the edging which I was knitting would become the top edge. Also somehow by doing all this, my brain began to "see" the knitting better - so I am able to immediately pick up any errors from the row below - make sense?

I'll pop some photo's up of this in the next couple of days.

I've been catching up on my blog reading, how on earth are other knitters so blimmin prolific? I've got knit envy...

Anyhow - better get on with work.

catch ya soon

April 07, 2005

Lace Knitting

Well I've taken the plunge and started a lace shawl. I'm using this pattern http://www.alltangledup.com/movabletype/my_images/my_patterns/kiri.pdf . I mean - how amazing this is a free pattern! Knitters are a generous breed that's for sure. I'm using the lovely red 4 ply Touch Yarn - oh it is lovely. I'm up to row 30! Around row 24 I became an expert on un-knitting, for some reason I got it wrong 3 times... aargh - but after sitting in the magic knitting chair before bed last night it all came right.. and am now whizzing along. It certainly provides a welcome change to the jacket which has now become too big to travel easily, it doesn't help I've left all the pieces basted together! I've left it like this because I still need to try it on every now and then to check the length - also to ensure the fronts will equal the back.

I've also started listening to books while I knit, its actually quite addictive and comforting. It must remind me of when I was a kid and got plonked in front of the radio to listen to the mid morning story, gosh that's just reminded me of primary school - occasionally the school would broadcast over the loudspeakers a story being read on National Radio if it was relevant! Gosh, it makes me sound old!

I've heard from my online knitter friend Koz, that it Blogger is a bugger to leave comments on, so I understand now why there are no comments! Koz has created a two needle sock pattern for the Dulaan project and it is posted here http://www.zibibboisgood.com/more/2needlekidsocks.html very impressive!

Alrighty my friends - have a great weekend!

April 03, 2005

A Winning Day

Yesterday was the first game of the season for both kids soccer, I was on duty for the daughters game. It was a nice fine day, quite warm for running around the field fortunately I was sitting under the shade and she was doing all the running! Her team played exceptionally well considering it was their first match as a team. The score was 8-0 win to us, with 1 of the goals being scored by the daughter! So go her. Unfortunately the son's team was not so lucky, they had a loss. After 3 years of playing defense he was enjoying playing midfield to worry about losing.

Then to top it all off the blues won!!! It was a fantastic game - I didn't even think about knitting, ok I lie I thought about the ribbed cardi in lapis blue which I want to knit next as it would be perfect for wearing to the footy...

I finished my first glove yesterday, it was knitted in the flat from a creative knitting pattern. I understand why the magazine is called creative knitting, its because you have to figure out half the patterns for yourself. It seems the patterns are written by very experienced knitters so they don't write all the instructions - for instance when instructed to pick up the stitches for a finger it didn't tell you how many stitches should be left on the other needles - so I was unsure whether I was on the right track. Well the glove turned out ok, it looks nice on, I'll have to see how it goes after blocking.

The sleeves are finished for the jacket, Í have basted the fronts and backs together with one sleeve, and so far I'm quite happy with it. Remember no pattern! I managed to get the sleeve shaping pretty damn spot on to fit perfectly into the armscye. I used short row shaping at the sleeve cap which has given it a slight puff at the top - but this is a desired effect! And notice I said slight... We're not talking leg o mutton or anything! So at the moment I'm knitting the bottom of the back and have engaged my technique of the moment, short row shaping, to add the butt fullness in... Its just as well the designing is keeping me alive with this project, the wool is lovely knitted up but its sticky to knit even on metal needles.

Tension - I've worked out I knit with a really loose tension despite thinking I was doing ok by knitting the swatches, my realisation came reading a fantastic instructional book I got from the library. Because I usually substitute yarns I've been leading myself astray - I've always gone with the stitch count for the pattern without taking into consideration how the yarn looks at that tension. So I've realised this has accounted for some of the pilling or slack look to one or two of my garments. OK some of us are slower than others at catching on. As a result of my new knowledge, I looked more closely at my jacket project, and yes again its at a slack tension - but I think it will be ok for this as the drape works for this jacket. Hopefully... (it does sound like a justification though doesn't it?)

alrighty my friends - the light in my room is perfect for phone photos - watch this space!

April 01, 2005

new posts - there is

If you click on March 2005 in the archives - it will come up with the posts I have recently made.

A word of advice for my 2 readers! Always click on that - don't rely on what shows on the homepage..

more from me later