Monday, December 25, 2006


I thought I'd post pics of some UFO's I just unearthed, in the hope that it'll motivate me to finally finish them...

First, this is a lace cape in Brown Sheep Nature Spun sportsweight. It's finished (and has been for years), I've just never got around to lace blocking it! How sad is that... I plan on blocking it out on the bed when we go away.

Second, a pair of knee-high stockings in the same wool. First stocking is almost done (only the toe to knit). Only the fold-down cuff on the second stocking is done. This is almost like a kilt hose, soooo warm!

Third, a cabled aran sweater. Knit in Fisherman's Wool (worsted weight). Both sleeves are done and I'm halfway through the back.

All these projects are more than five years old!

Better pics (in natural light) is on it's way.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Matilda's huge night soaker

I was lucky enough to have Rach dye me up some Four Bags Full Merino in the superbright colours of pink, green and purple. I've been meaning to do a night soaker for M and thought I'd try being a happy hooker and crocheting one. From this pattern:

I made it extra large because I was planning on felting it to make it even more waterproof. Well, it didn't work! The wool is actually superwash (chemically treated to make it machine washable without shrinking). So now M is in bed with a huge VBSN bubble butt with a monster soaker on top (I don't think she'll ever outgrow this one LOL)... with a matching huge wool booster (which also didn't felt)!

Whatever works... :)

Sunday, December 17, 2006

I LOVE this yarn!

Progress pic of the "Balloons Over Sunset" capris I'm working on. I love this yarn! It makes me want to knit more, and more and more... I only cast on late last night before trying (and failing miserably) to go to sleep. So today I've been knitting like crazy. At this point I'm thinking capris (as there was 120g in this lot and I want to get to the yellow). The other ball of 150g shown will be an instock yarn I think - enough for a pair of longies (depending on how you knit the legs).

For the legs, I knit about ten rounds at a time and then break the yarn and switch to the other leg for another ten rounds etc. Because of the gradualness of the colour change this works really well and you don't have to have two balls. When the yellow bit comes I might do five rounds or something.

The dye job turned out exactly as I'd hoped :) With my gradient dyeing technique it's possible to get reaaally gradual colour transitions which I think is the beauty of the yarn... also love the flecking in the colours. I plan on continuing the gradient from the red-orange on the waistband up to a deep red on the t-shirt shoulders (batik) in the set.

Oooh so excited!
I really should be concentrating on personal knitting like I'm supposed to, but I'm waiting for the yarn for Miss M's 1st Crumpets birthday dress to arrive. Have to have that finished by Jan 19th. And of course baby needs new crawling shorts! I was just watching her practice this morning and planning the next pair for her, in hardy Utiku Seaweed (which I won't be too precious about) with a colourful cartoon caterpillar going up the leg (coz at the moment she's exactly like a caterpillar inching along and munching on leaves etc hehee)

Matilda's great at commando crawling... at swimming this morning she had crawled across the mat and almost to the edge before I'd had a chance to get there myself! But in the past week or so she's been really practicing her "baby pushups" and rocking. She's about to rev off, we've pretty much taken care of all the low cupboards *fingers crossed*

Mother's group Chrissy breakfast tomorrow. The Rudolph Batik Baby rompers were for two of the boys Jerra and Sebi (secret santa). These didn't turn out as well as I'd hoped (I was crunched for time and didn't let the wax heat hot enough). I made two, each one has their name batik'ed onto the shoulder. I hope they like them!

Saturday, December 09, 2006

D is for....

Dominic! (and here you thought D stood for Dolphin hehee)

Here's a special project I've been working on (on the sly...)
(one of my first embellishments redone on a LTK small original soaker with JJM in "Aquarius" colourway)

Friday, December 01, 2006

You know you're a yarn fiend...

... when you go into your yarn hoard to rummage around for some yarn and an hour later you still haven't found what you're looking for, but in the process you've "re-discovered" heaps of stuff you never knew you had!

Still haven't found what I was looking for but instead have loads of new projects in mind (join the queue!!!)
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