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I was just hinking I need a notebook to makes notes of the various knitting projects that I have on the go.  Otherwise I go away from them for a few weeks and come back and can't remember what size of the pattern I'm making etc. etc.   Then I remembered this journal.   So here for my own reference is a quick note: hoodie, Noro silver thaw and Debbie Bliss aran tweed on 5.5 needles, the second size up on the pattern.  There.

This hoodie is a real no-brainer and I only started it because I had lots of both the different types of yarn lying around that I wasn't doing anything with.   I promise myself the next thing I make will be a bit more challenging.


Obviously I haven't been paying enough attention to the world of knitting.  There are two words I've never heard before on my flist today: quivit and steek.

White Lies Designs

Guys, why oh why won't White Lies ship to outside of the US? Whyyyyyy!!!??

I am enraptured with some of their cardigans. Leticia, Marcella, Madeline and Amelie are all to die for! They're so sexy and would look beautiful worn either dressy or casual and I'd be so proud that I had such a lovely garment I made myself.

This kit would have been a lovely (if a little on the pricey side) xmas present for my mother. It's just her style and in purple or teal would suit loads of her clothes. This has to be one of the cutest tops in the history of knitting. Ok, I'm getting a bit carried away, but I really love these people's (person?) patterns.

They even do lingerie. Look at this thing of beauty.

So why this post? I don't know. I must be a masochist. The only silver lining to be found is that I know one of the big bookshops down town stocks the book. that doesn't do anything for my insatiable cardigan-lust though. Ahh, cardigan-lust. How un-rock 'n roll of me. 

New Knitty

This season's new Knitty is a really good one! It's the best I can remember in a long time.

I love Dahlia and I think I'll be making it, even though I don't really dress that feminine normally (jeans and punk tshirt ftw), but I would like to dresss that way sometimes.

There's a few really cool and challenging looking sock patterns on there. I'm going to make Azure as my first attempt at a full garment with cables (I have practiced them so I kind of know what they're about) and Slippery proves that you CAN make a sock with with a complex looking stitch and varigated yarn and the two won't "cancel each other out".

At the moment I can't do any of those though because my printer isn't working. I have Arisaig printed out from ages ago and I'm thinking of starting that off over the holidays. If only I can find some decent yarn in this town. It's a bit too late to be ordering yarn for xmas online. I suppose I can print out some patterns at work next week.

Socks and odds

Hoo, I haven't posted in aaages.  I finished the "Monkey" socks from Knitty.  I'm happy with them but I still say the stitch would have showed up nicer with plain yarn.  But of course, all my sock yarn is either varigated or self-patterning.  If I'd have been told I'd ever want plain sock yarn a year or two ago after I had heard of self-patterning stuff I would have said nonsense!   Why would anyone want plain when they can have mad colours?? Well, now I know.   Stitches. Anyway, it was really fun to knit so I'm on the look out for some sort of plain sock yarn to do it again.  I think I'll make a better job of it this time round too.

I'm also knitting a "getting rid of the old yarn" hoodie.  So far I've used up two balls and two different colours of Noro Silver Thaw and two balls and two colours (lime and purple) of Debbie Bliss Donegal Aran Tweed.  Yeah, yeah those two yarns aren't even the same weight.    You can really notice it while you're knitting it but the knit fabric actually looks fine.  They might drape slightly differently but because of the stripes it's not noticeable.

Oh yeah, just looking at how bad my bits and bobs hoodie sounds reminds me of another reason why I hardly update anymore.  I have no digital camera.   I've been quite annoyed at modern technology lately and have wondered at the little ways that I could become less dependent on it, but I don't like having no digital camera!   It's one of thte most fun things about having knit blog - posting pics and expecially looking at other people's.  Oh well, Santa Clause is coming...


I've done it again!

I ruined one of my favourite knitted hoodies in the wash!  It was a lovely green and blue hoodie inspired by the colours of the seaside down in Kerry and now it's shrunk to about half the size!  I don't think you can even get that yarn anymore. Woe! 

In good (and coincidental) news I was out last night with a bunch of girls who used to be my best friends back in my goth days.  We had all drifted apart for the last few years but we've been starting to meet up again now that we're all back in the same city.  It's really nice.  We've all grown out of goth (me the least so as I still llisten to some of it) and are all grown up.  One even has a kid!  Anyway, they have railroaded me into teaching them all to knit.  We're going to have a Stitch 'n Bitch which will be held at each of our flats on a revolving basis.  The person hosting it has to make food and the people coming bring wine.   I got no say in the matter but it's ok to be railroaded into something fun I suppose.  Anyway, I've been trying to set up a Stitch 'n Bitch for years and they always fizzle out.  It might work better with people I know. 

Now, I'm going to have to knit a replacement for my beloved hoodie.  I suppose it's not the end of the world but I still feel quite sad!

WIP Sock

I'm making Monkey from the last season's Knitty.  It's so fun!  I'm loving it!  It also looks quiet complicated (even though it's really not) so I'm proud of myself! 

Even though I love the Opal sock yarn I'm using, I think it would have looked better on a plainer sock and vice versa the lace pattern would have looked better with a less "busy" yarn; but I'm still happy with how this sock is coming out.

Hello Kitty

I made this:

I'm not that happy with her but I suppose she's cute enough.  I think I should have put in more stuffing.  But it's practice.  It's the first time I've made anything like a toy.

Oh yeah and...

Does anyone know where you can print out graph paper, without them asking you a load of questions about how many stitches and inches and all that?  I used to have a link to one that would just print off a standard page of it but I lost my bookmarks last time my computer went kaput.