Tuesday, June 27, 2006


Here it is - and as Alice says, blocking makes all the difference when you knit lacey things. I just washed it in warm water with a bit of soapy stuff, squeezed some of the water out by rolling it up in a towel, and let it dry flat. It has opened up beautifully and in fact is about 20% bigger both ways than before I wet it. I'm really pleased with it and will wear it smugly tonight at a meal with some anti-knitting women friends.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Sock block

Very little progress to report on the socks I'm afraid. I've got as far as the heel flap and may get even further before the end of the World Cup - and one day this sock will be perfect for someone with one leg.
I've done quite a lot of the shawl though. Made a few mistakes - usually too many yarn overs - and have sometimes just sneakily decreased a stitch somewhere or sometimes ripped back a bit. But the yarn is so lovely, even ripping it back is a pleasure.
I know it's easy to find nice looking flowers at this time of year, but believe me I'm no gardener so I'm very excited by this crop of hollyhocks which has appeared in our front garden. They've all self-seeded and some of them are growing from the tiniest cracks in the paving stones. Incredible.TC has been very busy in the back garden. And a fox has stolen one of his gardening gloves!
I was awake (and knitting) at about 4.30 this morning when I heard someone or something bashing around in the garden and when I looked out, saw this enormous fox with something in its jaws. Then this morning one of the gloves, which used to be his motor cycling gloves when he lived in Canada, had disappeared from a chair. You can see its forlorn other- half in the picture.
We also had to harvest all our not quite ripe cherries this morning because the blackbirds are eating them. We live in the middle of very densely populated Hackney with a dog and two cats so don't really expect to have these kinds of struggles with nature!
I need to confess that I ordered more wool last week, completely unnecessarily. Yesterday I worked out that when it arrives I will have enough to knit six long sleeved jumpers plus at least 16 hats. Which is enough to be going on with really isn't it? I also ordered some under-the-bed storage boxes and more vacuum storage bags to store it in.
So I'm pledging not going to order any more woollen yarn until I've used at least half of what I've got. i.e. until I've made three jumpers, and eight hats. Honestly.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Birthday breakfast

Today is Ellen's 18th birthday. She's the younger of my two daughters, so it feels like a special day for me too - two children now officially grown-ups. She's got an A level psychology exam this afternoon unfortunately, so we had a special birthday breakfast. Her dad, who lives a few streets away, came round and took these pictures. Tonight she's celebrating with her friends.
And here she is on a previous birthday. (Sorry Ellen.)

Thursday, June 15, 2006


My soon-to-be scarfy-shawly thing has just appeared on Knitting Pattern Central - it's the "andean treasure shawl". Just when I was worrying that it wouldn't work because it has got a right and wrong side - now it's a "real" pattern so it must be OK! Though of course I'm doing it in a fatter yarn so mine won't be as delicate.
I had to go to a meeting yesterday and knitted it all the way from Seven Sisters to Victoria and back on the tube.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

World Cup plan change

I had to abandon the Knitting World Cup project when I found I didn't have the right sized dpns for the socks. Instead I decided to have another try at the Sock Kit which has defeated me several times before. As you can see I have at least got it started and I'm getting used to the little needles, but to be honest although the self-striping yarn is very clever I don't find it very inspiring to work on. I think that's mainly because I don't enjoy following patterns.
I found this "fisherman's hat" a bit tedious too - partly because it was someone else's pattern and partly because it involved knitting 9 inches of 2x2 rib. But it has a three inch turnover at the brim so it will keep someone's ears warm next winter.
I was so pleased with my cotton sunhat I decided to do another, in some more yarn I bought on ebay.
I've also taken my first faltering steps into the world of lace knitting. This is my fabulous worsted weight merino from Handpainted Yarns - I've got a kilo of it. The stitch pattern is from Debbie Bliss. I think it's going to be a scarfy sort of thing.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Angels and footballs

Went to Angelknits last night for the first time. Really enjoyed myself and met some very nice and obviously very skilled knitters. Even the beer was good.
Then this morning I found out about the Knitting World Cup and as I am doomed to football widowhood for a month thought I'd have another go at knitting a pair of socks. But I'm not going to use those spiky little 2.5mm needles - oh no. I'm going to knit them in my incredibly soft worsted weight merino from Handpainted Yarn and use a basic sock pattern from Ann Budd's Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns.
Better start limbering up for the kick off on Saturday. (Or is it Friday?)

Tuesday, June 06, 2006


We went walking in Herefordshire and the Malverns for a few days over half term with some old friends of TC. (That's me in the pink jumper - also a Getting Warmer creation.) The new sunhat was great - it never blew off, never felt too hot, and I didn't get at all sunburned despite being out all day in full sun.
I've done a wool version of this hat but the brim is too floppy so I'm going to redo it before posting any pictures.
I'm knitting a "fisherman's hat" now from the Vogue book of knitted hats. Not especially interesting - miles of 2x2 rib - but it should be warm as it has a three inch turned up brim. I'm doing it in the larges size thinking it could be for a bloke. Probably not TC as he doesn't like woolly hats.