Archive for October, 2009

Not much news

October 24, 2009

I really don’t have much of an update this week, but I feel compelled to write anyway, it being Saturday.  I’ve just been work-work-workin’ all week, getting stuff done.  This coming week doesn’t look like it’ll be much different. 

On Wednesday I did wander off to the library at lunchtime, to meet up with knitting and crochet people.  A record 5 of us turned up, which made it more lively than usual.  Sometimes it is nice when there are just 2 or 3 there, as it’s cosy, but this week there were enough of us that at times there were even 2 conversations going on. 

I took my never-ending shawl with me, which finally seems to be nearing the end.  I’ve got just 2 more rounds of pattern left to do, then the border.  Sadly each round now takes at least 45 minutes and goodness knows how long the lace border will take.  I’ve got my fingers (and toes) crossed that I have enough yarn left, as the ball is getting pretty thin. 

Also still in progress is the cross-stitch picture for Daisy.  I’ve finished one daisy, apart from the back-stitch, just one more big daisy, 4 small daisies, a fairy and a name to do.  It’s going very slowly because I’ve been so caught up in the shawl. 

No photos this week…maybe next Saturday.

Photo Saturday, as promised

October 17, 2009

So, here we are, Saturday again.  I’m sat in my library (how grand), uploading photos to flickr, listening to the endless, repetitive chatter of Billy the cockatiel, and thinking about what I wanted to say today.  I had it virtually drafted in my head as I was falling asleep last night, but was too lazy to get up and write stuff down.  As a consequence, I’m just gonna let the pictures lead.

First off, A’s cardi/jacket:

That’s it, just blocked (nearly successfully).  And on the recipient:

He was insistent that I explain the jacket is deliberately skinny-fit, that’s how he wanted it.  In fact, when I started on the smallest size in the printed pattern and he tried it on, he didn’t like it as it was too big.  That meant I had to invent a whole new size, which wasn’t actually as hard as I thought.  I cast on 130 stitches, instead of the 146 of the smallest pattern size, then pretty much guessed from there.  The bits I was worried about were the saddle shoulder bit and the decreases after joining body and arms, but both worked out fine.  As stated earlier in the week, the place where I had most difficulty was getting the pockets even.  They still aren’t a perfect match, but if A is happy with them, they’ll do. 

The other comment I would like to make is that I deliberately cut off his head in the photos, as he didn’t want the fame.  It isn’t just my poor photography skills. 

On to the next, this is the baby picture I’ve cross-stitched for A’s cousin’s baby, which is due soon:

It’s a lovely pattern, and I’m pleased how it turned out (so far)…just don’t look too closely at the details.  If you do, you might notice two flying cats.  And a rabbit wearing a nappy.  And a load of other weirdnesses.  As soon as baby is born and we know name and date of birth, I’ll stitch them into the gap in the centre and frame it for Auntie Vera to give to the new parents. 

Following on from this, I’ve also started a cross-stitch picture for another cousin’s little girl.  I didn’t make one when she was born, as no-one asked and I was totally absorbed by the knitting, but I did make one for her older sister and realised that now I’ve made 2 for one Auntie and only one for the other.  The theme for this one is daisies, as the little one’s name is daisy.  Pictures when it’s more than a splodge. 

Finally, while on holiday we wandered vaguely around Paignton one afternoon, and stumbled across a small craft shop.  It had some of everything, including the buttons on A’s jacket and a stash of yarn.  There I found a few balls of sock yarn, which I still can’t help buying even though I’m not currently sock-obsessed:

That’s Wendy Happy in a pretty pink/purple colourway.

Back from holiday, feeling unwell

October 15, 2009

Just a quick update – I’ll take photos and fill in details on Saturday as usual. 

Last week we were on holiday in Brixham, South Devon.  It was nice enough, just not quite it, you know.  I didn’t feel very rested or relaxed while we were away, and didn’t come home feeling that way either.  In fact it was really good to get home this time.  A’s Mum came away with us, which changed the holiday completely.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad she did come – she really needed it.  But we didn’t do our usual stuff, and felt the need to come up with ‘things to do’, which normally doesn’t bother us.  I think she enjoyed it though, and hopefully feels rested. 

Actually, I think the only thing we really did differently was the walking – not as much of it as usual.  We did still eat out a lot.  And I mean A LOT. 

Anyway, there was loads of time for knitting (didn’t actually get around to it much) and cross-stitch.  I have started and finished, apart from name and date, a picture for A’s cousin’s baby…due any time now.  I’ve also planned another for another cousin’s baby.  Then I’ll think about one for our niece.  Looks like I’ve been bitten by that bug again! 

I have been knitting since we got back, and A’s jacket is just one pocket away from finished.  There was a magic moment late yesterday when I thought it really was finished, but then A tried it on, did up the buttons (yes, complete with buttons) and we both realised at the same time that the pockets don’t match.  I don’t know how.  I made them identically, down to counting rows and everything.  But somehow, one of those damn pockets is a good inch taller than the other…guess I know what I’ll be doing today.  Also, I want to soak and block the whole thing, as it’s quite snug and some of the stitching looks a little uneven. 

So, why is it that I have knitting (and writing) time in the middle of a working Thursday?  I have a stomach bug.  It started yesterday, and today I feel a little better but still not good.  Fingers crossed for a quick recovery…I actually have work to do, and now I’m starting to fret about it.  I know, weird huh?!