Sunday, 23 August 2009

This may actually be working...

The whole splitting the week thing seems to be working for me. This second half the the week I'm made some serious progress on a Christmas project... I've gotten more done today and yesterday than I had all last week! Even though I'm meant to stop knitting this project at 6pm (to restart the sock for its half of the week) I think I'm going to continue on a bit as I reckon the ball is very nearly done, hooray!!!

So back to the Christmas project I go!

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Madness strikes again!

I calculated how many weeks worth of Christmas knitting I have to do - 19. I then calculated how many weeks it is to Christmas - 19. Most of my Christmas knitting is socks, but I've also two toddler cardigans and some other things to do as well.

So I hatched a plan. Sunday evening to Wednesday night are sock days, while Thursday to Sunday evening are everything else days! I'm hoping that this works or else some projects will have to go which I don't want to do. I've my first pair of socks on the go as well as another gift. I think I'm going to have to do the quick things first, like my sisters socks, and leave the slow ones like my dads socks.... or should I do it the other way round?

And here was me thinking I'd started early enough!!! At least I've two pairs of socks done and 2/3rds of another gift done!

Monday, 17 August 2009

Edible art

Originally uploaded by ropeadope_ie
A few weeks ago in Starbucks, the knitters got to their table and were faced with this masterpiece. It was make of white and brown sugar and was really quite delightful... unfortunately it didn't last too long. This picture was taken, the sugar swept into a dirty mug and the knitting commenced. It was pretty while it lasted I suppose.

Monday, 10 August 2009

And finally....

Originally uploaded by ropeadope_ie
This is the last FO I can show here until Christmas, super secret knittings took place but since my mum won't be poking around the blog, I'm safe enough to post a photo of them.

These are her bedsocks and knitted out of one ball and a tiny bit of Sirdar Hug in Murmur. They're actually really nice and I might have to hunt out the Calm blue and knit myself a pair. They were really quick to knit up too which makes them idea last minute present material.

Currently knitting the clapotis since the headwrap for a girl in work is done, just have an end to weave in and I'll hopefully be able to post a very bad photo tomorrow!

Sunday, 9 August 2009

FO: Part Deux!

twin sock
Originally uploaded by ropeadope_ie
Here's more evidence that I knitted in Donegal on holiday - a nice pair of socks for my brother's birthday (which is in October incidentally) They are my first pair of perfectly matching socks and I managed to try them on him without him looking!!!

So far my sock total is 9 pairs this year, which is pretty good since my goal was to knit 13 pairs! I've 5 pairs to knit for Christmas and a pair to do for mysef so I could end up with more pairs than I bargained for!!!

Friday, 7 August 2009

We have a FO!!!

I have not fallen off the face of the earth, I went on holiday. I went with the intention of knitting a lot of things and to come home with one completed vintage cardigan... and I did! It wasn't a fun experience though.

It took a while for me to get the knitting finished, and once that was done it just sat there for days because I didn't want to see it for a while. Once it was washed though, I think it started to really annoy me with the "I will not dry" streak - 2 days before I lost the plot and spent an entire day seaming it while it was still damp. It was then flung unceremoniously upon a radiator and told it wasn't moving until it was dry!

Weaving the ends in (again) and the buttons took another huge chunk of time that I don't want to think about. I did want the entire thing finished before I came home... the last button was attached at 11:40pm the night before we came home - thats what I call cutting it fine!

But the mother likes it very much and has already had it on, it fits nicely and the sleeves are a nice length too (they're short 3/4 length in the pattern) so all in all its nice now that its finished but I won't repeat either the pattern or the yarn again (once I get rid of these last two balls that is)