Friday, 30 January 2009

Rib in my future

I've been sitting here (in this one spot and not online) since 1.30 this afternoon. I've been redoing the rib on my dad's jumper and as of 8pm I have 4cm done. In 6.5 hours, I'm only half way!!!! Its evil, and horrible and there's too many stitches!!!!!!

The other project on the go at the minute is my dad's second sock. I managed to get the heel done on Wednesday night and the majority of the leg last night. Right now, I'm about to embark on a lot of 2x2 rib... for far too long!

There's nothing but rib in my future it seems, and I'm ITCHING to cast on something new. If, however, I do start a new project the jumper and sock will never be finished.

Sigh. Off to the rib again it seems.

Friday, 23 January 2009

Bit bored.

I was a bit bored of the sock last night and didn't want to continue the rib of the jumper, so I started this. It's a nice feather n fan pattern and is coming along nice and quickly.

Off to knit some more and watch the rest of Atlantis!

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

thank goodness for that!

This, my knitting friends, is a baby cardigan. The colour is the photo is dodgy, there were 100 million ends to be woven in as well as buttons to put on. It's also been taunting me since November 2008 to knit it.

However, this little cardigan has no home to go to now that its out of the Wip basket. it is donating £1 to the "use ball of yarn" fund and 50p because its now a FO - as for where the actual cardigan will end up, who knows!

I believe this little pain will have a fulfilling life once it travels in a plastic bag collected by charity workers... a fulfilling life if my seaming holds up that is!

Sunday, 18 January 2009

Does this count?

On Wednesday, at SnB, Jolene gave me my Christmas present - a "Hand it to 'em" glove kit from Unfortunately, the kit contained sock yarn in which to create the said gloves.

In my whole "no new yarn" thing, does this count as a 2008 intake (since it was for Christmas after all) or a 2009 (since this is when it was received)

More to the point - how do I put this one into the notebook? My categories are used and bought, so should I start a new category for gifted??

This, simple as it probably is, hurts my brain, lol.

Saturday, 17 January 2009

Death of the jumper!

We went to Starbucks after work last night for Nicky to disassemble the jumper. 3 hours later the cast on edge was no more. Unfortunately, the darn thing just wouldn't rip out so... I took the scissors to it and cut off the rib. I cut the jumper!!!!!

Its currently lying in a tesco bag for life on a needle, waiting for the new rib to be put in.

Did I mention that this is only the back of the jumper??? It's going to be a repeat performance next week for the front!

I may faint at the thought of cutting it again, lol

Thursday, 15 January 2009

Remember, remember the Jumper in November??

Remember I knitted a jumper for my dad's birthday last year?? Well as it was an inch or so too short, he hasn't worn it much.

Tomorrow, the jumper is being taken apart at the bottom seams, cast on edge is being undone and its being frogged for a good 2 inches! I don't have the guts to do it, so Nicky is, lol.

At least if its the correct length it'll actually get worn... and all these extra balls of yarn will be put to work!

Sunday, 11 January 2009

How very interesting!

I have a 2008 diary that I used to keep track of the yarn in/out and completed projects. Since I last purchased yarn in November 2008, I thought I would have a look to see just precicely how many days it's been since I last made a purchase.

As of right now, its been 72 days... thats right, 72 whole days since yarn came into my house. This, I think, is mighty impressive. And you know, its not as bad as I thought it was going to be. I've looked on yarn sites at the sale stuff, contemplated buying it and closed down the window. I have a lot of stash, I don't need anymore for a while.

I'm having a sock issue though. I'm in the midst of a father sized sock and although its going swimmingly, I believe I don't have enough yarn for a decent lengthed leg. It took 30g of yarn to do the foot and heel and I don't know if he'll wear them with a shortened leg. I guess the only way to find out is to knit the darned thing. I wound 50g off the ball for the other sock, so the entire ball will be used this time (usually I have something left over)

Onto the sock then!

Thursday, 8 January 2009

Photo time!

It's been a few posts since I managed to get a picture of something nice on here, so we have the pink candyfloss shawl that I finished last night at the SnB. its quite a nice soft and warm shawl and I'm beginning to really like it!

The colour is very accurate in the photo and the length isn't too bad. I think another ball (i.e another few rows) and I would have been happier with the width, but you can't knit with what you haven't got, and that defeats the 100 ball challenge after all, lol.

Wednesday, 7 January 2009

Good Day today!

Today was a good knitting day - I finished the pink shawl, used another ball of yarn and cast on my dad's sock. These are his first pair so I'm hoping I've guessed the correct number of stitches. I'm going to go now, finish the increasing and make him try it on!

Monday, 5 January 2009

Happy New Year!

I know I'm a day or 5 late, but I took myself off to Donegal for the New Year with some knitting friends, and knitted.

I was slightly deluded as to what I could actually accomplish up there (I brought stuff to knit a jumper, shawl, socks and finish a baby cardigan) Needless to say, those 4 items were not completed. I did cast on the shawl and knit through 100g of Sirdar Blur which helps with the 100 ball knitdown challenge (there's a list on the side so I can keep track of what I've used) Unfortunately, the shawl wasn't necessary, at the top of the list or urgent. It was a distraction, a procrastination tool. I didn't want to seam the cardigan and I didn't want to do 14 inches of 2x2 rib over 230+ stitches.

I'll get the cardigan finished this week, same goes for the shawl (hopefully) The socks will be cast on and so will the jumper.... a few evil rows at a time, but it'll get done.

As for mysock club, I'm not starting that until the Trekking socks are done. So I suppose these socks are unofficially the first of the year (although they kicked my butt last year and should have been done then)

Off to get cracking on this shawl then!