Friday, December 28, 2007

YPF .......................................Socktopus Club Yarn

This parcel arrived on the 21st December after a very hard day work and home. It was Manna from heaven indeed. :) The Yarn is The Knittery Merino Cashmere Sock Yarn specially dyed to make socks named Anna Karenina. A stunning pattern indeed. I love my parcel Alice.

This was the sock bag I received, it is a beautiful bag handcrafted by Jennalou. I love it.
There were other georgeous extras, chocolate which I ate immediately and a snazzy tree decoration which my 3 year old ran off with immediately to hang on the tree. The pattern is a beautiful fairisle pattern by Jane Lithgow. There was also a copy of The Anna Karenina Audiobook which Jane listened to while creating the pattern. A real Humdinger Parcel Alice, even though I only went for Bells and Whistles :) Thanks.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

A little last

Only a little knitting done over the holidays, friends, family and entertaining the children come first, and the catering which I love doing. I would love a job cooking for people who love food :)

I did finish this on Christmas Night. In time for her visit on the following day. :)

It took one skein of Posh Yarn Eva in total, but it is only a little neck scarf, not a full one. :)

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Slipping in a little knitting now and then........

I knitted my first Fetching, one down.........I have been experimenting with the Evolution I got from Socktopus and trying patterns for Wrist/mits using the yarn which is very soft and silky. I also have been tinkering with a sock pattern using it for my little ones etc. :)

I have received some yarn purchases from Jannette's Rare Yarns for future projects, some Cashmerino Aran for more Fetchings and some Chunky to knit Buttony which Terri inspired me to try :)

I am almost finished this for my sister's Birthday which was yesterday, :blush: I originally bought Knitspot's Little Scarf pattern but my lace skills were not up to the short time frame I had to do this and as you can see this simple pattern isn't done yet either! It will be done by Christmas definitely :D The Yarn is Posh Yarns Eva in Cumulus using 3.75mm needles.

Monday, December 17, 2007

progress report..........

Been busy and not always with knitting, these are some of the little things I've been up to lately. :)
I started a pair of Fetchings over the weekend, This is the first one almost done. Black Cashmerino Aran. Mind you the only 4mm dpns I had were 20cm!! Hard work....... I will try circs for the next one. :)

I finally finished a sock in SWTC Tofutsies. The pattern is Tidal waves.

I finished another pair of socks over the weekend. These are knitted in Posh Emily sock yarn.

Friday, December 14, 2007

YPF.........STR goodies

These are self explanatory and are part of a large order made recently with my 10% off coupon that I got with my Rockin Sock Club goodies :)

Now which one first? You decide? :D

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

A Silken Angel ..................................

I took part in another swap on Craftythreadsnyarn Forum. This time we swapped Christmas Decorations. I received a lovely knitted silver and white angel from Chrissy at BrightDyes. This is the angel I sent to the blogless Carolinne.

I made it from the pack of Oliver Twist Silk products I bought at the RDS. The head is a cocoon, the wings silver wire covered with a silk handkerchief, hair and cloak different fibres etc etc. Instead of glueing the bits or sewing it I used pearl topped pins to put it together so it became a recyclable Eco Angel, if Carolinne wants to recycle it that is. I have so enjoyed these monthly swaps as they have persisantly challenged me to try new things :) I look forward to next years challenges :) First up is a Dishcloth swap, great to start spring cleaning with? :)

Sunday, December 09, 2007

A little something........

I had ordered some yarn from Kerrie at Hipknits in the sale and I received it yesterday along with a 'little present', 50 grams of Chunky Cashmere. I was very taken with the feel of the yarn and was compelled into knitting something with it. What to knit? I couldn't find a pattern so I made it up as I went along.....

Here is the result: A little Neckwarmer.

You can see just how little waste there is. And the scarf is so buttery soft. Luxury around the neck. Thank you Kerrie!!!

Saturday, December 08, 2007

A week's worth!!

I have been working very hard this week and last, putting in extra hours. And the light here is appalling. I had to wait until today to photograph a lot of these yarns and WiPs. I guess if this keeps up I will only get to post once a week for a while! I hope not. At least snow gives off wonderful light when it comes!! :)

This arrived during the week, one of a large order of Socks that Rock using my 10% off coupon, a bonus gift in the Rockin sock Club this year. :)

I received this from Chrissy of BrightDyes in a CraftyThreads Christmas Decoration swap. :)

This yarn arrived from the Hipknits sale. Silk/Cashmere sock yarn in Seaweed.

A scarf for my sister for her pre Christmas Birthday (she is the Big 40 this year)
Pattern is Haven and yarn is Posh Eva (silk/cashmere 4ply) Colour Cumulous using 3.75mm needles.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Where is all the light these days??

These days getting a good well lit picture is so dependant on me being at home in the morning, after lunch it is really dark here! Is is just rainy/cloudy N Ireland or is anyone else feeling SAD?

One on my latest projects is The Basic Black Cardigan by Glenna C. I'm knitting mine in Rowan Wool Cotton in discontinued Moonstone. I was helped out by a fellow Blogless Raveller Marly in getting enough to be able to complete this eventually. Thank you!

Friday, November 30, 2007

YPF..................Panda Wool

This Friday's yarn is a lovely soft sock yarn: Crystal Palace Panda Wool in Seascape, purchased from Gill at Woolly Workshop.

It feels very soft and this is bigger than the Panda Cotton balls.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Another Micro Monkey pair done

I knitted these in KPPPM #460 purchased from Socktopus. I love these colours!!

Doesn't the colours look fabulous on this sole! These socks are on a UK childs shoe size 6.5.

Friday, November 23, 2007

YPF ...............Yarn Nerd's 850mhz merino

I got a skein of this to try from Sheri at the Loopy Ewe. It is lovely and soft and the colours rich. It will make lovely man socks.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Wonderful friends........

This arived in the post today from the wonderful Piglottie! Thank you so much. The bag is absolutely georgeous and so 'me' :) The cards are exquisite. Thank you again :)

Monday, November 19, 2007

Small Pink Feet!!

One of my colleagues has had a little girl recently. I don't normally knit presents for people as few people I know really appreciate knitted gifts. But my friend does. She also has a little girl nearly 3 so I knitted these 2 items for them. I will hopefully get to visit this week, now that the settling in period is over. :)

Debbie Bliss Sandals in Baby Cashmerino yarn from the book Baby Cashmerino.

Micro Monkeys made from Crystal Palace Panda Cotton: Strawberries and Lime.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Rib and Cable Cardigan finished

All done :) The first knit I enjoyed finishing. :)

Debbie Bliss Rib and Cable from Special Family Knits, in Cashmerino DK colour 11, 3.75mm needles.

Friday, November 16, 2007

YPF.......Glorious Wollmeise

I got a new camera this week, a Sony DSC H7, and I am experimenting with different settings on the camera, bear with me. :)

Flash on

Flash off

Isn't this riot of colours fabulous!!!

I am still learning; it's no DSLR but the options compared to my old Kodak are so many!! :)

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

WiP Rib and Cable nearing completion!

I'm on the collar now, then the sewing up/buttons :)

Surprise Credit!

I got a message on Ravelry from a fellow Raveler/RSC member asking me would I like a copy of the picture they had made of the chart of the Micro Monkey Sock pattern (I had modified it from Cookie A's Knitty pattern for my 3 year old). Yes please! Here it is, and credit given to me, even though Nartian did all the hard work. Thank you Nartian! :)

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Too many WiPs, and not enough time to get FOs...

The first Panda Cotton Monkeys, they are for a present.

I've also started a micro monkey with what is leftover on the first Panda Cotton Ball.

The Debbie Bliss Rib and Cable Cardigan. I'm currently on the cable section of the right front. The last full piece to knit before finishing it. :),

Friday, November 09, 2007

YPF.................................More ShiBui Knits Sock

I got this at the Loopy Ewe. I must like the colours because I realised that the Panda Cotton I bought recently is very similar :D

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

It's a Wrap!!

I finished the Wollmeise Mobius-Wrap at long last. :) It is georgeous!! Since I was the only one who was there in daylight the pictures are modelled obligingly by a pillow :)

The back end!

Details: Wollmeise lambswool. 3 skeins (Red Hot Chili/Dornroschen/Brombere) on 5mm circs with 100cm cable. Special technique used: Mobius cast on. Pattern free here .