Saturday, 28 February 2009

Destash Sale and Giveaway

Hi All,

Kristen is having a great dsicounted yarn sale on her blog: I'd really recommend it; there are some great bargains there, including lots of debbie bliss, lots of hand-dyed.

Take a look, I did!

Sunday, 15 February 2009

Happy Valentine's Day

Okay, so I'm a day late. Look at the beautiful blooms DH gave me. He also made me dinner, even though we'd agreed we weren't doing anything special - how lucky am I?!

In knitting news I started
this last week:

I'm using Blue Sky Alpacas in Sportweight, but started out with a little scrap I had left over from the
bunny and have finished it, so I desperately need to get enough to complete this, otherwise I'll be starting again with a new yarn. That means a trip to Stash next Saturday - any excuse, heh?!

Sunday, 1 February 2009

New Year, New Projects

Having been stuck at home due to a chest infection (the doctor signed me off work for 4 days), I've been able to get on with a lot of things. Here are the Noro Long Gloves from the Noro Designer Mini Knits Book:

They have a very pretty picot edge which isn't very clear from these photos. I'd use that motif for edging things in future, perhaps a blanket...

They look good fully stretched out or ruched at the wrist. A quick and easy knit, the only correction I made was to knit them completely in the round. I couldn't believe the pattern was written flat; imagine all that sewing up around each finger!

Next was a very sweet little bunny who doesn't have a recipient yet, but I'll save it for a friend. It's one of the
Lovable Toys by Marion Edmonds from Last Minute Hand-Knitted Gifts. I'll make an elephant sometime as I have the yarn ready.

Last up is the hat I made my for my brother for Christmas using chunky wool. I hadn't been able to show a photo before as he immediately took it away with him when he went skiing. I'm just glad he liked it; I worry about overloading family members with my hobby!

I'm not quit sure what to start next, but I'm flirting with Curlicue as I'd like to try a lace project with a bit of substance (i.e., not using airy lace-weight wool). This uses cotton in sportweight which is appealing.
Another possibility is the Simple Yet Effective Shawl in bulky but I'd better finish the one I started in Noro Kureyon Sock first! It looks lovely but takes so long on the longer rows. I've finished one hank which the pattern calls for, but to make it substantial enough it really needs to be a lot bigger, so depending on my patience, I have another two hanks to use. Somehow I have a feeling this one's going to hibernate for a while!