Sunday, April 26, 2009

The Problem with Big Projects

The problem with big projects is that it can effectively seem to the outside world that you have given up the art of knitting to pursue a professional tiddly wink career. Whilst I have long thought myself a shithot tiddlly-winker, I have in actuality been knitting, all be it on large projects.

One is finally finished! Okay I confess that the actual knitting was finished some time ago (at least a week or two) but given my great love of seaming, it had been waiting patiently for a bit. It is amazing how you can convince yourself that it is imperative that you get other things done first and besides "It isn't even winter yet".

Well I finished last night which was ideal timing given that winter seems to have arrived today (brrrr, it was 4 degrees this morning) and I got to wear it to the market and out shopping.

Pattern: Climbing Vines Pullover by Joƫlle Meier Rioux
Yarn: Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted in Old Sage (5 skeins)
Needles: 4mm for rib, 5mm for body.
Comments: I have lengthened the sleeves by about 5 cms after the increases, they just seemed to short for a heavy jumper. I also had no hope of stopping the lace work where the pattern dictated and making a front the same length as the front. Had I of thought about it I would not have done the yarn overs that have resulted in a holey type arrangement at the top.

There was one source of help for my seamaphobia, Knitting Daily sent out links to vertical and horizontal seaming tutorials. I highly recommend them if you are a fellow sufferer.

By the way, a quick Public Service Announcement. Jason took my photos for me as he often does (bless his little heart). However, being a bloke, he was so involved in the technical aspects of the photography that this happened:

Sweetheart, surely even you can see the bunching, the unsightly rolls and the bad posture! PSA: Men might take technically good photos but they are crap at telling you you look terrible!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


I'll leave the suggestion with you......

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter

Pattern: #308 Lola Bunny by Beth Skwareck
Yarn: Cleckheaton Nature - Merino 8ply in Brown
Mods: The legs are 10 rounds shorter (an efficiency issue, I had a day to finish this little bunny) and the ears are shorter so they stand up. Otherwise done by the book.
Comments: A clever little knit, loved the butt! Stupidly I remembered yesterday morning that I made my nephew, Angus, a bunny for his first Easter and then decided that I really should make my niece, Mabel, one as it is her first Easter. After finiding a seamless, knit in the round pattern I was off about 11am. Stopping for meals and essential family functions, she was finished about midnight. Must stop doing this to myself. Pushing finger is now numb.

Hope your butt is this tidy after all those eggs! Happy Easter

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Big Enough!

My little boy is big enough now to have his own Geelong membership with his own special seat and today is the first home game. How cute is this?

Thursday, April 2, 2009