Wednesday, November 12, 2008

90 years on, the Great War is passing from living memory to the realm of history. Lest we forget

For the Fallenby Laurence Binyon
Originally published in The Times on 21 September 1914. —

They went with songs to the battle,

they were young,Straight of limb,

true of eye, steady and aglow.

They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,

They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Bring on the crazy lady

Well, I think I always knew that complete and total insanity was on the cards. Today I bring you proof:

5%ish of a Blanket made from sock yarn (mainly scraps, some new bits from the stash, or bits that never found their niche - hot pink Shephard sock etc). Each hexagon is 4" diameter, with a CO edge of 20 stitches per side on 2.75mm DPNs.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Just too hot

It isn't meant to get like this in Northern England.

I find myself unable to do anything at all today cos even the slightest activity turns meinto a sticky sweaty mess, and frankly its not fun. Maybe I'll do something this evening. Meantime some more piccies and projects...
First up, the Apres surf sweater - this is the first piece, the back. Just in the midst of the armholes, and coming on a treat, if I'm done with the back in time, I'll take a sleeve to Cambridge!
Next, this was a wedding prezzie for a couple of friends a few weeks ago - from a book called tea cozies - I also got them the teapot underneath and a couple of nice mugs!
Lastly, the interminable tangled yoke cardie. Onto the yoke now, but not quite at the patterned bit yet - such long rows...

Sunday, July 13, 2008


Well nights are ongoing and I'm in that state of cloudiness that comes from 4 hours sleep in the last 36 or so. I could have sworn the little bloglet was innundated, like having a load of important visitors when the house is a disaster zone!

So now I've been spurred back into active blogging (can't promise how regular and active) I have loads to tell you all. Its been a while, and we have loads to catch up on!

I'll start with better pictures of some of the current WIPs

The Lenore socks - where I'm really up to (toe decs on second sock)

The lace detail shows how gorgeous this lace is - I think it will be a gorgeous baby sweater too!

Top pics probably better for the lenore colourway though! This expanse of grey stocking stitch is going to be Tangled Yoke, but I'm so bored of the plain body and humongous rows that it has stalled at the moment.

This is my current favourite. I know you've seen the Big Blue Blob before...but finally here are some new pictures. I'm adoring how the details are popping now I'm starting to put the border on.

But I will admit it is turning out a lot more substantial than I had thought. I'm not sure how easy it'll be to find occasions to wear a denim coloured 6'+ shawl once its done, but I love it.

More juicy WIPs next time!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Feeling guilty

OK so I am still in the blogosphere. I've just been lurking awhile since Ravelry's been taking up more time, and works been pretty hectic too.
Somewhat guilted into a return since my little mention though ;)

As you may well know therefore, I've been plodding my way though the 2007 Rockin Sock Club, and my latest attempt are the fabulous Lenore socks.

Just one toe left to knit - I may take them to work to finish tonight.
In general though, I'm being entirely fickle with my knits. Every time I see a fantastic pattern I'm all over it, (I'm beginning to think Rav is bad for my health) and I now have four part sweaters to show for it BUT STILL HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR!
Dickinson Sweater (above - Natural Aran Wool from trip to Ireland last year) and Rogue cardie (below - Shetland wool, an utter bargain but I can't remember where from - think its in my Rav entry)

The Tangles yoke is still a mass of st st in grey. I think I may be a little scared of the cables!

My latest knitting crush is the Apres Surf sweater from this summer's Interweave knits. Theres only a hem yet so piccies can wait! I was in Bristol in the week, so went in person to the most fabulous (not so)LYS I have ever seen!

But why was I there? I have a new job in Bristol, starting in August (again with the reduction in blogging time) Kids ortho for a year and I can't wait!
The big blue blob got bigger on the trip too.

I've also been dabbling with the spindle again, and I think things are improving a little.
Lets be honest the only way was up!

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Chickening out

No knitting today. Theres plenty going on and I'll tell you all about the knitting group I've found here next week after the meeting.

Today, we're talking POULTRY.

Now, I know some of you are not in the UK. The little map thingmy on the right tells me you're all over the world, so you may not have seen Hugh's Chicken Run or Jamie's Fowl Dinners over the last couple of weeks. I've been on Free Range Eggs since I started shopping for myself and have been getting vaguely more Organic since I was in NZ (so much lovely fresh food), but still found the images of battery conditions an eye opener. Now totally Free Range for chicken and eggs and I wanted to try to spread the message a bit.

Find out more here, or join the "Chicken Out: Campaign for a Free Range Future" facebook group. You can join the campaign using the link above my head over there, and I hope you do.

Monday, December 31, 2007

A very small sweater

is still a finished sweater, after all!
Ripples in Time sweater from Inspired Cable Knits. Knit in Sirdar Baby Bamboo, for K's baby (no sign yet but due date was yesterday)
I love how it turned out, and absolutely hated the horror that was the weaving in of all the ends. Every piece seemed to take just over a skein, so there were loads of ends. I seamed the whole thing with crochet, and have ended up with nice strong seams, which I wove most of the ends into.
I'm glad I took the time to restart this a couple of times to get it right. It'll probably be a bit big so the kid can grow into it and it might last a little longer for that.
Enough of the baby stuff for now though - I ordered yarn for Eunny's Tangled Yoke cardigan this week, so will get going with that soon, too.