Tuesday, April 29, 2008

knitterly goodies!!!!

I took part in the current round of secret santa on the crafty threads forum and my gift arrived today!!!
Some chocolate, yummy!!!! Some gorgeous handmade buttons, and some Habu silk/steel laceweight!!! It's a lovely gift and I'm thrilled with it. I want to make a scarf with the laceweight I think, just need to find a pattern suitable for it. Looking on ravelry, the Habu seems to have been used for plainish scarfs, but I was thinking something airy and open lacey iyswim..........
I've just been doing easy knitting whilst I've been on nights as knitting time has been limited. I started Montego bay last year and only did a couple of inches before it was dropped in one of my many WIP bags, but I rescued it before the weekend, and its now finished!!! It's lovely. I haven't decided whether to add fringing or not yet?! It's blocking and I'll take a picture when its finished off properly.

The sun has been shining today so I've been laid on our hammock in the garden. I love it when its sunny, I like to lie and listen to the world go by, no music, no book, just quiet....... Bliss:-)
It's a good job it's warmed up a little, our boiler has packed in and we've had no hot water or heating since saturday morning:-( Hiopefully it will be sorted tomorrow, cold showers are definately NOT fun!!!!!!!!

Friday, April 25, 2008

All work and no play.....

Or at least thats what it feels like to me!!!!
I have been knitting, but haven't make much progress on anything, rather I've been doing little bits on lots of differant projects.
As I think I've mentioned before, I have one of the bedrooms which is my knitting room. I keep all my stash, patterns, notions and Wips in this room. It's probably my favourite place in the house tbh, although it's small, it's cosy, and truly representative of the things I love.(It does have photos of DH in there......)
Although I'm generally a very tidy and organised person, this room is somewhat a paradox! I'm always in there, tidying, clearing up, sorting stash, yet it never seems tidy......... I put things away when I've used them, so not sure why this is the case. Anyway, as days off often end up with me tidying this room yet again, I've spent all morning in there, not knitting, but sorting! I've had all my WIP's out of bags!

Why is it that I always find WIp's which I'd forgotten about???!!!! And it always lead me to renewed enthusiasm for things started months ago, but as there are so many of them, I can't decide which to tackle and inevitably,no WIP progress is made at all, and they return to a period of hopeless abandonement in yet another project bag *roll*. Needless to say, all the above are now safely returned to their hiding places of previous months:-) I reckon if I leave them long enough, they'll almost feel like a totally new project!!!

I signed up for the mystery stole knitalong last year, I think I kept up for the first clue and then I moved onto another WIP! I've done another couple of clues over the past couple of weeks. I'm using yarnyard laceweight merino, which is like a cobweb lace weight, so I only manage a couple of hours on this at a time otherwise my hands start to ache, but I think I will keep getting it out once a week as I'm loving how its progressing.I'm really looking forward to blocking it, although I have a long way to go before thats gonna happen!

I'm back on nights on saturday night, so in preparation have been trying to make myself a navy cardi in time to wear. I've been working on Mr Greenjeans from Knitty, and its going along quite quickly. I have the body done, just need to start on the sleeves. I doubt I'll have it done for saturday night, but I have almost three weeks of night duty ahead, so hopefully I'll have it to wear at some point during the three weeks:-) I'm using all seasons cotton, which is nice and soft, I do like this yarn and have another lot of it in lilac in my stash.
Ok, enough of my witterings for now, maybe I'll get back to regular posting some time soon! I need to win the lottery so that I don't have to go to work I think:-)

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Blue Monkey's

I've been working for the past ten days, so not a great deal of knitting sadly:-( I did manage to finish the Monkey socks for my monkey pal though!!! She said in her monkey questionnaire that she liked blues, so I thought this yarn from brightdyes was perfect. I'm really pleased with how these turned out, and 4 weeks before the deadline too, I've even amazed myself:-)
Only three and a bit weeks to work, then I have a fortnights annual leave, I'm really ready for some time off:-(