Thursday, 30 April 2009

A bit slow

I only realised today that my new handbag:

is the same colour as the socks I'm knitting:

(OK, they don't look exactly the same colour, but that's the light - they are the same really. The handbag is closest)

That yarn was from the big bag of Freecycle yarn, but I loved the colour and couldn't help but cast on for some socks. These are the River Rapids socks from Sockbug. I love knitting lace; I love watching the pattern come out and it always looks so pretty. The wrong time of year for woolly socks, perhaps, but they're small and light to knit so why not really. At least if I start them in April, they'll definitely be finished for autumn!

Looking back in my blog, I find further evidence of my being a bit slow; last year I wrote about how watching Ashes to Ashes has a detrimental effect on my lace knitting. Last night I was having the same problem. Oh well. I'm getting quite good at tinking back a few stitches.

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Circular Needles: Not Just For Round Things

But also for wide things.

That's the sides and front of the Kelso cardigan (it's knit in one piece), all on one straight needle. Bit of a pain to be honest but I already had to buy DPNs for the sleeves, I'm too cheap to buy a circular for the body as well. Also pictured, my very clever yarn holder, that I made with a great amount of time and effort (I cut the corner off the lid of an old Persil tub, and put some tape over the cut edge). It works really well. I wish the base was a bit wider though because it tends to fall over.

Here's a sleeve, waiting for the body to catch up:

There's another one as well but it looks the same so I didn't bother photographing it. I need to crack on with this because the lovely spring weather is here, the sort of weather that calls for lacy cardigans, and I want to make the most of it. Although since this cardigan calls for aran yarn, I might actually finish it, unlike the 4-ply cardigan I tried to make last spring. I ripped that back when I was sorting out my wool the other week. Not sure what I'll do with that yarn; maybe baby cardigans? But a grown-up size cardigan in 4-ply just isn't going to happen!

Monday, 27 April 2009

Still here

My excuse this time is that the husband has been on his Easter holidays (he teaches) for the last three weeks and my normal routine has been thrown off. The last few days he has actually been in New York City on a jolly college trip and my parents came up to visit and to play with the baby, which was nice. Hopefully back to normal now though. Proper post should follow tomorrow.