Tuesday, March 14, 2006

I finished T's scarf, and got quite fluent at doing the rib stitch by the end. (He wasn't here when I took the picture to model it himself)

Friday, March 10, 2006


I have this yarn in a colour I love. But I don't know what to do with it. Haven't got enough to make a jumper and not sure I'd want a jumper in it anyway. I've knitted the same ball up four times in different tensions and widths and then tried to learn to crochet with it. This was the result. I figured quite soon that if you crochet in the round and go only once into each stitch you end up with a cup shape, so I tried crocheting twice into each stitch for the first few rounds. You can't really see from the picture but it's a sort of floppy flowery shape. Not much use for anything but it looks quite pretty. Not sure what I'll do with the rest of the wool (another 550 grams). Maybe cushion covers etc. for presents. I was thinking of a tea cosy, but it would be a tragedy to get tea stains on it.
The long size 10 needles have arrived so I've started the back of the stripey jumper. I should have researched stripey knitting before I started - I expect there will be all sorts of unforeseen complications when I try to sew it together.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006


This is the front half of a cardigan - my first attempt at colour. I can't do the back yet because I've only got 30cm needles and the stitches keep falling off, and I can't finish off this piece till I know how long the back is going to come out. I'm waiting for a 40cm pair of 10mm needles to arrive from Textere.
I used Ann Budd's book the Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns. I decided to go for set in sleeves even though it's not the easiest method because I'm short with narrow shoulders and look silly in bulky clothes.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Right and wrong

I bought a bag of knitting needles on Ebay and picked them up from the sorting office yesterday. Fabulous - I can now experiment with different needle sizes on the wool I've got.
I'm doing a ribbed scarf in Saphire Magenta wool from HandPaintedYarns. It takes longer to grow (obviously) when you knit on smaller needles, but it's easier on the hands. They sent the wrong colour but I won't be sending it back - I think it's beautiful.