Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
We also had some visitors from Friday night until Monday morning (we had a long weekend here) at fairly short notice, but luckily they aren't the sort to need a lot of special preparation-it was my Mum & Dad who live around 300km away. It was great to have them up here as we haven't got to catching up with them in the flesh since Christmas.
Luke was also on scout camp during the long weekend-he thoroughly enjoyed himself, and was glad that he didn't have to choose between Shrek and scouts.
Monday night Ron flew up to Brisbane for work and is due back tonight-his plane has been delayed by at least half an hour, but he gets tomorrow off as he had to do some extra night work while he was up there.
My ISE4 package was sent last week-I quickly took a picture before I got it posted off. It's knitted with 4ply Merino Cashmere in "Dark Reds" from The Knittery . It was lovely to knit with and felt so soft. It's just a simple Feather and Fan lace pattern with a garter stitch border as I didn't want anything too busy with the variegated yarn. I also added a pewter figurine (of a goanna), bookmark, and a cute little sheep made of roving. I didn't add any food as I wasn't sure what I could send to the US and I didn't have time to find out ;)
I received my ISE4 parcel-I haven't taken any pictures yet-perhaps tomorrow. You can read all about it here .
I've been stitching on my models. I've had to put the "Flowers"aside for the model I'm stitching for Kirsten from The Gift of Stitching as it is due sooner. Speaking of The Gift of Stitching, if you are a subscriber you will have seen my stitching in the latest issue-the pincushions. It gave me a fright at first because there are pictures of the back of my stitching as well as extreme closeups of the front of some of them. However all the pictures look lovely and Kirsten gave me a lovely mention at the end of the magazine. You can also see the pincushions at Stitches and Spice under the Gift of Stitching kits.
Knitting-wise I haven't done a lot. I'm knitting a beanie for Knit One Give One and have just received the rug from Rugz 4 Kidz which I will be knitting 7cm on before I send it on. These are ideal for picking up and knitting on when I don;t have the time to get my stitching out. I also want to knit up some tension squares for a couple of projects I have in mind for me. Not sure when they would get started though. I also rediscovered a couple of balls of a lovely soft 70% alpaca, 30% wool yarn that would make a lovely scarf for me........... There's also knitting I want to do for the Guardian Angel charity project, fingerless gloves for Luke, a cardigan for Caitlin, socks for me, etc, etc.
Other news-Dr Who is back in 2 weeks time! It will be on Thursday nights though at 8.30 so we will record it and watch it at a later time. I've also discovered some DVDs at my library that I've somehow been oblivious to"-the "Hornblower"series with Ioan Gruffudd. And there is 8 of them. Nothing like a historical swashbuckler with a nice leading man ;) Maybe I can fit in a trip to the library tomorrow?
A special hello to my family lurkers out there! And also thanks to people who stop by and comment.
Friday, June 01, 2007
I've started a model for Naomi of Stitches and Spice . It's called "Flowers" - you can see it here if you scroll down a bit. I'm stitching it on 32ct Belfast linen in her colourway "Hannah's Rose"-it's under Spice Blend on her website with Gloriana silk in the colourway "Jacaranda"-which is a brown strangely enough. I've got a picture here-not a good one as it's still raining outside, but I wanted something here so I can see my progress. I will be rotating this for some model work I am doing for Kirsten of The Gift of Stitching. I won't be stitching on any of my things until both are done, but I will do some knitting as a break now and again.
Speaking of knitting, I have a couple of FOs to show you. Firstly a pair of socks that I finished early this year sometime-quite a while ago anyhow.
These are knitted with OnLine Supersocke that I got from last year's craft fair, using a pattern on the Patonyle pattern book which I then tinkered with a little. It has 2x2 ribbing at the top, 4x1 ribbing for the leg, calf shaping, and an Eye of Partridge heel. These were much easier to knit than my first socks as I didn't have to work at juggling the dpns. The yarn was nice to work with, and I had a small amount left from the 100g ball.
Next are a pair of bedsocks I knit for Caitlin. I used some Clinker yarn that I picked up at Kmart and dyed using food colouring. It's around a 10 ply I think-I used 5mm needles. Pattern was from Ann Budd's The Knitters Handy Book of Patterns . I did something strange with one of the heels-it was supposed to be a slip stitch heel, but when I was stitching the second heel-noticed the first one looked totally different. Never mind!! I also found that Caitlin has a big foot-I knit the womens small size and they have a bit of room for growth but not much. And she is not quite 9yo. The yarn is fluffing/pilling where she has worn them with slippers but I'm not too fussed-they were cheap to make-and fast!!! I love the knitting with the bulkier yarns.
I'm going to go and stitch for a while before lunchtime-also need to go and block my ISE4 scarf.