Confessions of a skull-obsessed knitter

Thursday, March 31, 2005


Hmmm, I couldn't resist any longer.

I started my Clapotis today, in the stunning camo baby merino. So far so good, I've done a couple of repeats of the increase section while watching the football tonight.

Really, really glad I'm not using stitch markers though!

Sunday, March 27, 2005

They made me do it

My boss is a bad influence. I had to call in sick on Thursday, and when I spoke to her, she told me about a yarn shop she'd discovered in Colchester.

This isn't exactly local to me, but I persuaded the husband to drive out there today "just for a look". Oh my.

The shop is called Franklins, and it is a cavernous place full of supplies for every kind of craft you could think of.

The yarn section is BIIIG, and stocks Rowan, Jaeger, Sirdar, Regia and lots of other stuff. They had more colours of Kidsilk Haze than I've ever seen in one place (but none of the pretty green).

Best of all, they have huge clearance bins *grins*

16 balls of yarn and 2 patterns later, I forced myself to leave, bu I'm sure we'll be back before too long.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

I finished the Noa-lite hat, and I'm sure that Molly will be thrilled with it. I won't be rushing to do any more projects in Jaeger Odessa though. The yarn has a tendency to go very clumpy, and I spent ages removing fibres. Still, it looks great, and that's what's important when you're 8.
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I got a little fed up of people mercilessly mocking my row counter being tied to my wrist with the handle of a Liberty's bag, so I made this. I've already got orders for a couple more.
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Monday, March 14, 2005

My current travel project is a hat for Molly, in very soft (and sparkly) Jaeger Odessa, that was gifted to me by the lovely Jennifer. I was going to make a kids version of my tailed hat, but then decided that I'd adapt the pattern to incorporate the top of Noa
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The spare ball of Baby Merino is now this pair of socks for Eve, which are a bit of a botched job, as the legs are longer than they need to be, but I taught myself mattress stitch so it's all good (and neat!)
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Monday, March 07, 2005

so small

Okay, Janet can go ahead and have her baby now, as the cardigan is finished. I found Jaeger Beby Merino to feel lovely, but it splits quite easily, which is a bloody nuisance.

ION, I've worked out how to change comment settings now, so there shouldn't be any restrictions.

Friday, March 04, 2005

2005 - my year in knitting

I'm just about to shut down my old knitting lj, so everything needs a new home. You'd never tell that most of the photos were taken with a camera phone, would you? *cough*

This jumper is my take on "to dye for" from the first SnB book. Cheap bulk-bought glittery acrylic has never looked so good.
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One ball of Sirdar Gigi made this neckwarmer. Some people love it, others haven't been quite so positive, but I think it rocks.
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This scarf was a birthday gift. it's knit in R2 braid and glitter, using my favourite drop-stitch pattern.
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This is the first thing I made for my husband, and I'm now working on a jumper. He chose the Sirdar Stampata himself.
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Quick birthday gift for someone at work, knit in Rowan Cotton Tape from the Liberty sale.
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Aaaar! My first intarsia project that I'm not ashamed of. Fits my Palm Zire71 perfectly.
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Thursday, March 03, 2005

Hmmm, at the Golders Green group last night, someone came over to tell us that seeing a group of women knitting gives him hope that the world is still normal.

He remembers that all women used to knit, but nowadays people drink and take drugs in the street.

Um, right you are.