Tuesday, July 31, 2007
I wanted to have the blanket finished by August and as of 10pm last night it was blocking on a towel on the spare bedroom floor. This blanket did take slightly longer than the first - partly becuase I wasn't knitting so intently (16 days is a bit crazy) and partly because it was the second blanket and I knew what it was going to look like.
Incidentally the fact that I knew what it was going to look like and what modifications I was going to make (the modifications that saw me rip out an entire side of the border last time) did not preclude me from making a mess of the triangle edge on the top border and having to pull it out and re-do it - knitterly overconfidence take your bow!!
I'm told (admittedly by encouraging female relations) that you forget the pain of childbirth because you have the baby to look at and if that is true (and I have my suspicions) then it is analagous to the production of this blanket. I still do enjoy knitting this pattern but doing two so close together has brought on a touch of the second sock syndrome and I had had enough of the border triangles by the time I finished the 132nd (bearing in mind the 28 I had to rip out). However, the finished product is beautiful if I say so myself and once it has popped through the washing machine and is all blocked out I realise why I am making this. It is perhaps strange that I never spend any time with the finished blankets - the last one came off the blocking towels and was in the recipient's hands within 2 hours, this one will go out in tomorrow's post. One of these days there will be an alphabet blanket that stays with me but not for a little while (hopefully enough time for me to summon up the urge to knit another one).
The thing is that seeing the finished blanket I want to make one for Baby 3 (due in October) becuase it is the nicest gift that I can think to make to give to him/her, not through lack of inspiration (thanks Ravelry) but because it ticks every box, it's machine washable, interesting to knit, big enough to snuggle under and goes with just about every decor .... I'd better go order some more Baby Cashmerino!!
The almost is Peggy's sheep which Mary correctly identified from my last post oh so long ago.
This is the anatomy of a sheep:
to whit - one back, one tummy, one head, four feet, four ears (front and back x 2) and a little tail. I made valiant efforts to sew up Peggy the sheep last night while the blanket was washing but I only got this far:
I have sewn up the ears and the tail on the way to work this morning and I hope to finish tonight after I get home from knitting and then there can be two parcels in the post tomorrow - economy of post office effort.
All this finishing means that an old friend who has been sat in the corner of the sofa watching me is coming back into play - roll on colour!
Sunday, July 22, 2007
And then we went to find India
OK, OK that's only some of the team - the rest of them were practicing batting!
After a fantastic morning's English bowling, the inevitable happenned and after the lunchtime interval demonstration of Archery (sounds completely unrelated to cricket but Lords will be the venue for the Olympic Archery) we had this
We did get some brief cricket breaks in the afternoon:
And when they were playing it was fantastic but mostly it rained and we snoozed (including one guy in front who interestingly slept during the cricket play!)
Now then I promise this is still a knitting blog rather than a weather report and I do have a belated answer to an earlier question - if your husband takes to wearing odd knitting socks you hurry up and finish the second one!
H's latest socks are a 68st simple sock in Regia Nation #5399 on 2.5mm DPNs and he loves them.
I've also learnt a few more of my letters as you see:
I'd hoped to get a bit further this weekend but my aim at present is to finish it by the end of July. Kauni and the Mystery Stole are taking a bit of a back seat until the blanket is finit and then I can go to town!
One final question - what do you think this is?
Monday, July 16, 2007
Well it's not quite ABC but I'm certainly a lot nearer than I was. This is three blocks through the central chart; I've knitted a little bit further so I'm probably 1/3 of the way through the next "row".
In 'knitting spotted in the wild' I have discovered the answer to the unanswered question: What happens if you take too long finishing your husband's latest pair of socks!:
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Sunday, July 08, 2007
Which in turn became this (Sunday afternoon)
Mystery Stole 3 has me in its grasping pretty laceweight beaded claws. The pattern is beguiling, it calls to me to complete just one more row, just to the end of this chart and implies that as I knit further I might be able to guess the theme to this pattern.
I've now finished clue 2 and frankly I'm no wiser. H thinks he can see a tree and I think I can see a honeycomb and possibly waves - maybe it's Adam and Eve and the garden of Eden.
Whatever it is it is pretty and the Patons Baby 2ply is working very well as laceweight yarn - I'm using beads in a kind of antique gold colour to stop it being too bridal with all the white!
Kauni has also had a little bit of love and attention recently as an antidote to (a) white laceweight and (b) having to go back to work tomorrow. Pimms works quite well for the latter too!
Hope you all had a good weekend!
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Now then, where did I leave my needles?
Monday, July 02, 2007
The pattern is essentially a one-skein variation of the Print o the Wave stole made with one skein of 100% silk laceweight from Curious Yarns (currently on sabatical) in their Tired Roses colourway- hence the name! This is an "it's my own invention" type of scarf with the plan to knit until I ran out of yarn - this is what I have left: