Sunday, March 18, 2007

Knitting and Stitching

I have been trying to post all afternoon but while trying to beat Blogger at its usual trick of refusing to recognise my paragraphs (does anyone else have problems with Blogger and paragraphs?), I managed to lose an entire post.

Anyway, I will try one more time before I really do lose the will. I had much of interest to tell you but Blogger has sucked it all out of me now. I apologise if I sound a little tense, grrr.

Blogging has been somewhat sporadic of late, there have been germs again, this time Tilly, full of coughs and colds and in need of lots of cuddles. There has been crafting though and indeed several gifts quickly finished and sent without even the time to photograph!

Right now I am working on one of Hilary's lovely Stitchettes. This one is titled Toe Tapping Tilly and was therefore a must. This is my second Stitchette and I love working on these, so easy to pick up and put down, perfect to keep to hand in the kitchen and complete a few stitches while watching a pot or waiting for a kettle to boil, no stitches to count or pattern to remember. Not sure what this one will become as yet, maybe a pocket for a new gym bag.

I was delighted to discover that the Meathead pattern was being offered for sale, briefly. I missed the original knitalong and really wanted to make this pattern. One evening's knitting produced one for me and one for Tilly, we will try not to wear them together.... Great pattern.

I still have not taken a decision on what to knit next for myself. I need to decide soon as this is nearly finished, it is Evie from Rowan Junior, knitted in 4ply cotton. I am making the age 4-5 size but it seems awfully big, fingers crossed it won't turn out to be unwearable.

A couple of people asked me for details on my last post and I have been unable to reply directly to them thanks to Blogger's shortcomings.

Martina, I used 6 and a bit balls of KSH held double. It would have been 6 balls as stated in the pattern but I made my Kelly a little longer. Hope this helps.

Anonymous, I knitted the UK size 10, to fit bust 86cm, actual bust 92cm. I am about a 34 chest but often find knitting patterns a little on the large size chest wise (I am pretty flat chested to tell the truth), I think if I knit this again I may even go a size down, especially if I was going to use buttons rather than the brooch to fasten.

Friday, March 09, 2007

Kelly Complete

The Kelly cardigan is complete. In fact it was complete about 2 weeks ago making it a pretty quick knit. I am always surprised at just how quickly Kidsilk Haze seems to knit up. I made the small size although I am wondering if perhaps I should not have perhaps made the extra small? I am not petite but it would seem that often the patterns I choose are rather too generous around the chest and yet almost always too short in the body for my liking although I guess that is just a personal desire not to flash any midriff wobbles . I didn't add any length to this and I had my usual trouble setting the sleeves, does anyone else find sleeve setting a nightmare?

I really love wearing this, I wish I had gone for a different colour because this really only goes with a few things in my wardrobe, I may be forced to knit another. The yarn is used double and it is so light and warm, like being hugged and who doesn't want to wear a cardigan that hugs you?

The pattern does not have button holes but requires snap fasteners, if I had bothered to think about this before knitting I probably would have made provision for button holes because I think tiny pearl style buttons would be gorgeous. The only snap fasteners I could find locally were rather clumsy looking so I opted for my usual fall back of a brooch fastening and I am happy with that for the moment but should I knit this again I would certainly add button holes or maybe if I wake up one morning and feel like making tiny i-cord (this is unlikely but you never know) I could add button and loop closures.

What to knit next? I have a baby tank top on the needles and a 4ply cotton sweater for Tilly, who would have though a garment to fit a 4 year old could require so many stitches? My gosh, it is a slow knit, does anyone else find 4ply cotton seems to take longer to knit than 4ply wool? Is this scientifically possible I wonder....? Anyway, I digress, I am wondering what to make for my next big project. I am really taken with some of the projects in the new Rowan Bamboo book but I haven't seen any real ones out there in blogland as yet. I am also keen on the little silk cardigan in the Erika Knight book. Decisions, decisions.....

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Tea and Biscuits

Last weekend saw the children answer an emergency call for babysitting. We hopped in the car straight after school and travelled 300 miles or so to baby sit for some seriously good friends. The were due to have their first ever night away, since having children, and the intended baby sitter had done her back in so we offered to step into the breech. The children are age 2 years and 10 months and I have to admit I was a little worried about how I would manage to entertain them but thankfully the four of them pretty much entertained themselves and was really only required to provide meals, change nappies and read stories, quite relaxing really.

Our friends returned on Sunday afternoon and brought me a fantastic bag of good things from Fortnum and Mason to say thank you. Amongst the delicious goodies was this beautiful tin of green tea. So pretty don't you think? I love these colours.

Obviously one must have biscuits to go with tea. Gingernuts today and I was greatly assisted in the kitchen by this little flower child.