Sunday, 29 January 2012
Saturday, 28 January 2012
Friday, 27 January 2012
What do you think? Less revealing and more acceptable?
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So today we started with:
Hue and Dye I took myself off to Hobbycraft and bought some Wilson's food colouring (complete with warning label stating that it might make some children hyperactive, that's how you know it's chemical enough to dye yarn!) with a quick detour via the supermarket to pick up white vinegar.
Tuesday, 24 January 2012
Then we had a single:
In fact, we had two separate lengths of yarn.... As the first single was so much thicker than the second, I ran out of it first, so I plied together the two ends of the remaining single to make a bit more yarn.
I have to say, I would highly recommend this learn to spin kit. It's from Hilltop Cloud on etsy, and it's really good. The roving is apparently great for beginners as it has such a short staple, and drafts really easily, and though I can't actually comment on this claim as I've only spun one thing, I did find it a lot easier than I thought I would! I had no problems drafting at all, which seems to be what most new spinners get stuck on, and there were clear instructions on what to do, with a link to videos on the seller's website (though I didn't really need them, though I did check them to make sure I was doing it right). Plus, the fibre is gorgeously squishy, and I love the fact that you get some plain North Ronaldsay roving to begin on, and then some Hand blended British Blue Faced Leicester and Merino Roving and some Handcarded Merino and British Shetland Batt in your choice of colours. It means you get to try different fibres and different ways of buying fibre all in one kit, as well as having a bit of colour in your yarns. You get a lot for a very inexpensive kit, and what you get is very good.
And now, I'm off to research dying yarn with food colouring (and maybe a bit more spinning) since browny grey is such a boring colour!
Sunday, 22 January 2012
I haven't done much this week, but I did get out all my WIPs to examine and take stock
Central Park Hoodie: In the middle. It's got the back and half a side finished, and I think I can pick this one up and finish it soon. It has left the yarn box to take up residence in a bag by the sofa, so it's easy to pick up again
Make-up Socks: Bottom left. I have no mojo to make these, as this is the third time I've knitting this bit. They're in time out for a while
Warhammer Scarf: Top right. Did some more on this last night. It's now 2 foot 8 inches long, but as I think it's going to need to be 7 foot, and I'm already over half way through the yarn I bought, I'm going to need more. No idea how to match the dye lots, so I may well be Ravelry stash searching
Embroidery: Bottom right. This is going to take a very long time to do, and I'll keep picking it up occasionally.
Tatty Teddy Bookmark: Needs about an hours backstitching and then finishing off, but all the backstitch is grey, so I pick it up and get bored in 5 minutes. One day soon I'm going to sit down and finish it!
I did get something done on my list though! I finally frogged my scarf.
I really like the little pile of curly wool on the floor from before I reskeined it, it looked really pretty with the variegated colours.
I just need to decide what it's going to become now. I definitely want to make a scarf, and I thought about doing another double knit one. If I do that, I'll be using black as a contrast yarn, to tone down the bright pink and purple. I was tempted by Hönkä but then Pi Digits caught my eye. I also like Celtic Knots, but I would do it as a straight scarf. Any suggestions for scarves? Not necessarily double knitting ones.
I also spent today cataloguing my stash, needles and books. It was a mammoth job!
In vague terms, acrylics top left, baby yarn bottom left, sock wool bottom right and everything else top right. This is just the stuff that isn't attached to WIPs! I know for some people it's not a lot, but for me it's a lot. Ravelry tells me it's 11046.7m. I have 11 KILOMETRES of yarn!
Also, anybody want any odd needles? I found 13 while logging the ones that used to be my Grans and Great-Gran's.
Oh and I realised my Yorkshireisms are coming out. For anyone who doesn't get the title "while" means "to" as in "working 9 while 5."
Friday, 20 January 2012
When I say it was the biggest project of my life, I mean it. It was 15,000 words in the body of the text, 22,000 with abstract, appendices, and references added, 90 pages, 3 months of my life in a lab, and 5 months of writing at most available opportunities. Oh and 36 hours without sleep to get it finished despite all that.
But it's in! It's so weird not having to worry about it any more (though I've already found one mistake when I was emailing it to my supervisor...
Just the viva to go now!
I cast on for the first knitting project I've done in weeks last night, and it's so great to get back to it. And now to go clean the house, which hasn't been cleaned or tidied for a week, and catch up on the blogs I've missed
I figure this is an FO, so I'm going to link it to FO Friday over at Tami's Amis
Sunday, 8 January 2012
I have a very silly squee today. I was idly surfing Ravelry when I decided to check out how many downloads my patterns have had. It turns out that someone has actually made my Pug Dog Washcloth!
This is the first time someone's made anything of mine, and I don't know what the etiquette is, but I was so excited that I dragged the boy through to see the picture. Not sure he really got it...
Does this make me an official designer now?
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Saturday, 7 January 2012
That will teach me for buying yarn online in bed, when the room is dark and I've not had coffee yet. Looks like my Mum is getting a purple hat for her birthday.
Going off to order some blue yarn now...
Thursday, 5 January 2012
So aims for 2012, which I'm sure will be a good year. I'm loving it so far anyway
- Finish my dissertation
This is more of a necessity, as it's due in January 19th, so you probably won't see me around the knitting blogosphere for a while
- Lose weight
I've been using myfitnesspal.com for a couple of months now, and I lost 11 pounds, but have gained some back over christmas. I've been putting £2 into a tub marked Emma for every pound I lose, and £2 into a tub marked Connor for every pound I gain.
As you can see, there's a lot more in my tub than the boy's.
- Go to the gym 3 times a week
Really this is part of 2, but I enjoy going to the gym. Why don't I go more often?
- Knit an adult sized garment
I have one half finished jumper and 2 more garments on my Year of Projects List. I can do this
- No buying yarn
I don't need any, and if I get much more, I will have nowhere to store it. (Sock yarn doesn't count, it comes in small singular skeins...)
- Learn to spin
I have the kit, I have the challenge, let's do it!
- Write more blog posts
I love writing, and I want to get better at it, and I want to learn to take better pictures. This blog helps me do that. And of course, I love all you wonderful people who read it. The knitting/crocheting (and other crafting) community is amazing and (warning, slushy geeky picture here)