Thursday, May 29, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
I decided on the Twirly Whirly Hat!
Sizes: Child/Small (Ladies, Mens) - Pictured size is the ladies size
60 (70, 80) metres of Worsted weight in Colour 1 (C1)
5.5 mm 40cm circular
5.5 mm DPN’s
CO 84 (96, 108) stitches using the circular needle.
Work 8 rounds of k2, p2 rib in C1
Using C1, k2tog, k5.
Join in C2, k6
[k6 in C1, k6 in C2] repeat until work measures approximately 10 (15, 20) cms ensuring that the round you finishes on brings the marker back between the final stitch of a C2 stripe and the first stitch of a C1 stripe. You can choose to strand the colours (as I have done and yarn amounts allow for this) or you could work from bobbins if you wished although it would drive me nuts. Actually scrap all that. Trust me and strand.
Decrease Rounds (at some point you will need to switch to DPNs)
Round 1: [k10 (6 stitches C1, 4 stitches C2), k2 tog with C2] repeat 6 (7,8) times, knit 6 with C1, k5 C2
Round 2: [k4, k2 tog with C1, k5 with C2] repeat for entire round.
Round 3: [k8 (5 stitches C1, 3 stitches C2), k2 tog with C2] repeat for entire round
Round 4: [k3, k2 tog with C1, k4 with C2] repeat for entire round.
Round 5: [k6 (4 stitches C1, 2 stitches C2), k2 tog with C2] repeat for entire round
Round 6: [k2, k2 tog with C1, k3 with C2] repeat for entire round.
Round 7: [k4 (3 stitches C1, 1 stitch C2), k2 tog with C2] repeat for entire round
Round 8: [k1, k2 tog with C1, k2 with C2] repeat for entire round.
Round 9: [k2 stitches C1, k2 tog with C2] repeat for entire round
Round 10: [k2 tog with C1, k1 with C2] repeat for entire round.
Round 11: k2tog all around with C1
This pattern is provided free for your own personal use. You may knit it for yourself, as a gift, a swap or for charity. This pattern is not intended for commercial use. Any intended commercial use requires permission in writing.
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Frans is now confined to an electric wheelchair and relies on a LightWRITER to speak and communicate. He now does a mean Stephen Hawkings impression! There are also a myriad of other devices that make his and Shirley's lives better. None of these things are cheap and many are provided by MND Victoria.
I am sure if you had a few cents to spare the good folk at MND Victoria would be sure to put it to very good use. There will also be stalls set up in most major shopping centres throughout the week, it would be lovely if you could buy a little something.
Saturday, May 3, 2008
So what have I been up to? In actuality there has been a slight lull in life these last two weeks. It is teaching round time at Uni so whilst all the other students are out learning how to teach, I have had two weeks off learning how to teach dance and drama. As much as I have been enjoying classes it has been nice to have a few less hectic Thursdays without 6 hours of classes.
I have been doing quite a bit of knitting. I outdid myself by creating a large knitted penis for my Hash, now there is something to put on the resume! I will spare you a photo. I also finally finished my 22/7 vest. See, here it is.....
Best you excuse the dopey look on the face and frizzy hair - be warned people this is what happens when the curly-haired uses her husband's conditioner! The main premise of this vest is that the stripes represent Pi to the 23rd decimal place (including the waist band). Okay, very geeky but don't you love the stripe pattern? The pattern was designed on the fly. I haven't written it up as yet, but as I wear it I like it more and more so it might just make it to paper. Having said that it is definitely not rocket science!
It is knit in left over Bendigo Woolen Mills 12ply rustic that I had originally bought to make a laptop bag. Have I blogged that? Oh well here it is if I didn't.
I started it using a pattern from Not Your Mama's Knitting and finished it using my own common sense. The pattern was just oddly written so I gave up and went my own way. It is quite nice and it is far more fashionable than the education-department-issue-black-jobby.
I also whipped the boys up an Autobot face washer to make up for the fact that they are definitely not getting a Transformers hat each. There response to the generous gift of my time and labour? "Great, can you make a Decipticon one too?" I think that means they like it or maybe they just like to see me suffer.
And lastly I have finished one circle sock. These are so cool and I am loving the gorgeous bright yarn from Susanne at Susanne's House of Wool. These are my "portable project" that travels in my handbag so they get worked on intermittently. I am near to the heel flap on the second sock. With my little size 6 feet, that adds up to pretty closed to done!
Well my apologies for the tardiness. I am sure all three of my regular readers are bereft without me.