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Sunday, August 27, 2006

Can't do housework.... must keep knitting sock...

Expect daily updates on this beauty. Sadly, I don't think I'll have enough wool for the full length stockings so I might drop a pattern repeat for safety :(

Kelly [ 5:41 PM ]

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Here we go again...

I've already tried putting my heart and soul into a wonderful post this evening, only for Blogger to devour it. Has this site got no heart?

I'll try and do it all again.

Apologies for the lack of posts - they have been mostly due to the lack of sunshine in Bristol, meaning that all of my photos look too grey to impose on the world. But today seemed a little nicer than the other grim days so I took the opportunity to photograph my latest baby knits. They are all complete now and ready to brave the long journey to America and their intended recipient.

This is the completed Cherry Cardigan. It's roughly based on the Classic Cardigan from Debbie Bliss's Knits for Babies and is an excellent pattern to keep in your arsenal for impromptu small person gifts.

The Boy, being the big softiehe is, agreed to add to the package and produced the Black Bear Hat, a product of his own imagination and folly. It could have been a kitty hat.... but the ears went a little wrong... so we add sparkly pink felt and voila!

These goodies join the cherry hat and some candy, ready to go to the post office on Tuesday. I have also finished the cabled footies from One Skein but need some big feet to photograph them with... until The Boy returns, I'll keep those to myself. The Vogue-inspired cape has gained a few more inches of ribbing but not enough to show off here yet.... I keep putting it down in sheer bored frustration. The real reason I was mopping up all these WIPs?

Welll, we all loved Eunny's, we drooled over them at Fig and Plum... and now winter is coming I need my own...

Yummy Norwegian Stockings from Nancy Bush's Folk Socks. Everything you've heard about these babies is true. Addictive to knit, stunning to see progress... and a pattern that doen't make you want to gouge your eyes out with DPNs. Mine are a little bigger than illustrated... I just keep going back for one more row...

I chose some wool from my endless stash of 4-ply wool acrylic blends - the blue is actually more of a purple and called heather; the pink is called princess. They're knitting up nice and soft but I do think that some elastic wil be needed in the ribbing, even for my chunky calves. A word of warning though...

Fair-isle knitting both fascinates and confuses kittens. Hence the expression on poor Leroy's face.

Kelly [ 6:29 PM ]

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Breaking the fast
I was trying to spare you all and not blog until I had something completed to show you. Hmmmm. Well, I have been working consistently on 4 or 5 things but none of them are actually finished. The bad dark photo above, courtesy of the general greyness pf Bristol at the moment, is an almost finished baby cardigan. Those two vague red dots are my first attempt at intarsia and with a little bit of embroidery, they'll be a cherry. To go with the cute cherry buttons, cute cherry hat and other goodies and be parcelled off to begin their new life. I've really enjoyed knitting tiny baby things - you can be a little more creative and everything works on a smaller scale. It's cute.

The other new distraction of my knitting life is my ball winder. Rescued from Ebay for the tidy sum of around £10, it has allowed me to collate endless quantites of coned and scrap yarn into decorative, easy to store center pull balls. I love it, really I do. It's rather therapeutic and fascintaes Leroy the Kitten, who watches the strings with great interest as he plans his attack.

No other buys to blog about - I am keen to stashbust a little. Organising my stash has pointed out to me just how much yarn I have that I have no project intended for just yet. Lot sof ideas though...
I saw one of these on Craftster today and don't think I can make it through my knitting career without one...

(picture stolen from Bente B's blog)

Kelly [ 7:50 PM ]