Wednesday, March 09, 2005

A message for Mr Crumpet

Step 1: Plug the phone back in.

Step 2: Call me.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Spiderweb Capelet #2

Apparently Gorte asked what I was knitting, so I thought I'd take a picture. Hi Gorte! :)

So here's my second Spiderweb Capelet from Stitch 'n' Bitch Nation. I love this pattern, so much so that I actually don't need to look at the pattern while knitting anymore. This one is the same JJs mohair yarn as the last one I knit, but it's in the Lavender colourway instead of my beloved Fireball. This one is a gift for someone, and I'm knitting it on 12mm needles instead of 10mm. I'm also going to knit one for my niece on the 10mm needles, but less wide, as she's only eight and therefore tiny.

I actually started this on the tram this afternoon, but was so excited to see someone else knitting on public transport (on tiny bamboo DPNs with tiny, very pretty yarn, so I think she was possibly knitting socks... in a 2x2 rib... yes, I'm a knitting nerd... I also spent a lot of time geeking out over the few knitted garments in House of Flying Daggers before my tram trip, but back to the story...) that I cast 92 stitches, then knit a row onto the wrong needles, and had to frog the whole thing when I realised. And even after just one row, mohair is a bitch to frog...

Monday, March 07, 2005

Don't read this post if you're Urbankitty!

There's a lot I want to blog about today, but I might do another post later with all that, and just make this one picture heavy...

I'll start with some of my favourite birthday presents from last week!

Turtles! Knee socks! Turtles on knee socks! Dinosaur coat knitting patterns for puppies! Woot!

In other knitting news, I've finished my first Hurry Up Spring armwarmer from SnBN. I think I'll frog the purple on the thumb gusset and make it green though, but I'll decide for sure when I've finished the second armwarmer.

I loved the Noro Kureyon yarn from the armwarmers so much that I did some freeform knitting with it, inspired by my new copy of Unexpected Knitting by Debbie New. This book is so awesome and inspiring. I totally recommend it to everyone.

My little freeform piece somehow happened to turn out to my exact cupsize and shape... I toyed with making it into a dress, but I think I'll aim towards a piece of mermaid art instead.

And now for something I didn't make myself, but received in a Glitter swap for reusable grocery shopping bags:

Hopefully the bag I made will arrive at it's destination soon. I hope it hasn't gone missing mid-post... I have a picture of it somewhere, but I'm not sure where that is at the minute.

In other swap news, I'm also taking part in the Joss Whedon swap over at Craftster. I haven't received a package yet, but it's on the way, as is the one I sent. I bound my first book ever to make Simon's Diary from Firefly (more of an inspired piece than a replica...) and also did a drawing of Giles from Buffy. Hopefully they'll be well received. :)

I attempted the coptic stitch for binding. Having never seen it done and only following instructions from the internet, I don't know how well I succeeded, but the book seemed to stay together well enough, which is the main thing... plus I got to use my drill to make the holes in the cover. Yay! The image/writing on the cover was done with a linocut print, and the end pages are made from old Astor Theatre posters, of which I'm sure Joss would approve. :) The quotes are from Jayne's character as he pretended to read Simon's diary.

More later...