Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Just finished sewing the last end so it hasn't been blocked:

I think the wide neck may stretch after a while and start to annoy me by slipping off the shoulders. The yarn used was Paton Coral DK in the Candy colourway. The pattern was a Sirdar booklet. I've got over 4 balls left so I can see a pink tank in the future.
The pink tank will be finished sooner than Friday. I've finished the knitting and have seamed one half ot it. I'll finish seaming it tonight and if it looks alright without blocking I'll take a photo.

Tuesday, June 29, 2004

That's me back from my holiday and back at work. I had a fantastic time and I came back feeling that I had been away for a long time. It's taking me a while to adjust back to my normal routine so although I've been around for a few days I haven't caught up on my usual blog reads. Knitting has been non-existent until last night so I don't have anything new to show you but I predict a new FO by Friday.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

I'm off for a few days holiday sampling the delights of Rannoch Moor, Glen Affric, Fort Augustus and finally Skye. Should be fun. No knitting is being taken as I can only take limited luggage and the choice was gin or knitting and guess what won?

The pink top is moving along very nicely - I've finished the back, 2 sleeves and am nearly ready for the armhole shaping on the front. Poor Lucille hasn't been worked on since the last photo I posted of her.
Reading wise I've just finished "Frence Revolutions - cycling the Tour de France" by Tim Moore. It's very funny and you do learn some interesting facts about procycling - did you know that professional cyclist has a life expectancy of 15 years less than the average man?

Wednesday, June 09, 2004

I can't knit lace and watch DVDs at the same time so I've started another project using Patons Coral DK:

It's a bit pinker than the photo and apart from the eyelets in the edging it's all stocking stitch. I'm knitting Sirdar Pattern 5083 and tonight's DVD is "The Bourne Identity"

Does anyone have any suggestions for a cotton/acrylic blend which looks and feels like All Season's Cotton but is a DK-weight yarn?

Monday, June 07, 2004

Now that I've finished the tricotalong I need a new knitalong and what could be better than the:

And look I've already got something appropriate on the needles:

Sunday, June 06, 2004

Finished my version of pattern 40 from the latest Rebecca magazine:

I could have got away with the smaller size but it's too late now. I reckon it'll look alright over a long-sleeved T. I might try that out tomorrow morning when the lighting is better.
The main colour is the denim shade of Patons Washed Haze and the contrast colour is called Reef.
I'm glad I ran out of the main colour as I think the shoulder panels look better in the contrast colour.

Friday, June 04, 2004

I've had a busy couple of days knitwise. On Tuesday I went on a roadtrip to Emma's to meet up with Carolyn and Kerrie. It was a great afternoon with much stitchin', bitchin' and eating going on. We also got the opprtunity to root around in Emma's stash - boy, does she have alot of good stuff and some lovely colours as well. I don't think I left a box unopened. The afternoon just flew by and it seemed that we had only been there about an hour when it was time to go. It was all a bit surreal - I mean who in their right mind would spend 7.5 hours driving for an afternoon of knitting!! Only other knitters would understand.

I'm knitting a new tank(it's the orange one) in my current love - Patons Washed Haze. I started it on Tuesday night and aim to finish it over the weekend. Housework can go hang itself. Of course, I've got worries about not having enough yarn but I've thought of away around that. The tank has shoulder panels so if I've run out of the main colour I can do the shoulder panels in the contrast colour with stripes of the main colour. It's a really fast knit, it's the finishing that's going to take time. The stripes are crocheted on and I'm no good with a crotchet hook.

Tuesday, June 01, 2004

Why is it when you plan to take a photo first thing in the morning before hurrying off to work the weather's crap, you have to put all the lights on so you might has well have taken it last night when you had more time. Anyway here it is is finished:

I had a bit of a trial with the zip. It was too long so I cut it. That was no problem but what I forgot was not too pull it up all the way and of course it went flying of the end. I spent about 30 minutes trying to put the metal pull thing back on but it wouldn't go. So I thought how about Norwegian clasps. I sewed on three sets but they didn't look right so it was back to the zipper and I finally managed to get that sorted and sewed it in. Just as well, I'm planning to wear Tricot tomorrow.

I'm very pleased with the Patons Washed Haze but it still has to undergo the ultimate test of being machine washed.