the knitterati

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Au revoir!

I have decided to move blogs, you can now find me here.

:)

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Yay Rowan

I got some Big Wool last week and there were three knots in close succession, so I sent an email to Rowan and they have sent me a copy of magazine #38! How very nice of them :)

Monday, November 28, 2005

Clapotis Fun

I made a mini-Clapotis.

Here is a picture of it on my face at 10pm last night.



Yarn is Jaeger Extra Fine Merino Aran, colour 'Peacock'. It doesn't feel so soft when you're working with it, but once knitted up it's fine. I am going to make some more (but longer; the kpixie pattern ends up too short. Good for practice though).

Anyway. I have a tutorial to go to now. Yay.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Labels

I ordered some labels to sew into stuff from able-labels.co.uk (when I ordered, the website was playing up a bit), they were pretty cheap. And they arrived quickly too, the expected delivery was up to 28 days and I think it's been like a week and a half.

So, here they are:



I have also been knitting more of the Phildar yarn/Katia pattern wrap, this is a shot of it draped along our two-seater sofa *:




A close up of the back of it (which I think looks good too):




And the front:





* I put one of our spare duvets on the sofa because the cushions tend to move apart and it the uncomfiest thing in the world, especially when you're knitting. The little pink things are pigs, if they are too small to make out. Oh and the picture is blurry because I forgot to take the macro function off, and it is actually quite a bit longer than that, I just couldn't fit the whole thing in the picture, I'm not tall enough, haha.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Not Knitting At All

Okay so I have an assignment due in tomorrow (three minute news bulletin complete with two 1 min 15 inserts and me being a newsreader). Having had a stressful few weeks I wasn't where I wanted to be in regards to having my work done, so today I find myself having to finish off most of well, everything. So once it's all recorded I sit down and get ready to edit. I know, I think. I'll edit the newsreader bit first so I know how long I have left for the inserts (the max was 1.15 so I could have made them shorter). I have a specific tape called "TV Journalism" (the name of the module) but I'm not exactly the most organised people so it is entirely possible I didn't film the studio bit on there (although I did film the insert bits on it). So when I don't find it on that tape, I'm not so worried. I pick up another tape and have a look through. Not on there either.

My mum rings me and asks "Are you watching the Take That thing? Where have Jason's cheekbones gone and why is he talking funny?" Yes. I am watching it, and I don't know why he sounds weird.

I have a look through the next tape. Not there. Last tape. Please be on here. Of course it isn't. Although there is some nice footage of us on the London Eye.

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH.

Huh?

I ordered some Brittany Birch 5mm needles from Get Knitted (I've not used them yet, but they look nice), and in the package was the usual GK pen - but also a heart shaped lolly. There was no explanation for the lolly. I am very confused.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Yes It's Me Again

So now I have a new camera I will probably update all the time. Sorry about that. Anyway, I did a swap on Knitty with Urraca, and here is what I got:

Two balls of pinky-purple Katia Mexico:



Three balls of grey (with coloured speckles) Phildar Legende (there are only two here because I've started knitting something):



And a Katia magazine. One of the balls of Legende is becoming the green shawl on the front cover (and it's going really fast, and it's really easy, yay)



I did try taking a picture of the shawl I started making but it's quite dark outside so it just looked like a big grey mess. Which I assure you it is not. It's lovely and soft thanks to the 9% alpaca content.

Oh! I got a voucher for the department store that sells yarn, so I got a ball of pinky-purple Rowan Big Wool. I can't believe they put the price up. Also I don't understand why Big Wool is 100% Merino, but Big Wool Fusion is 100% Wool, which I assume to be plain old sheep wool. How can it be part of the same range if it's a different fibre? It's just the same weight, that's all. Silly Rowan. Anyway, I want to carry on knitting now.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Birthday Yarn is Good Yarn

So. I've not done much knitting really, recently. The other girls over at Knitty went to the Get Knitted open day on the 5th November, I was very jealous.

My birthday was on the 11th, and for that weekend (well actually Thursday - Sunday) I went on holiday to Keswick with Simon and his mum and stepdad. We visited Whitehaven, where I used my knit-fu to locate a yarn shop. I got £20 of stuff (kindly paid for by Simon's stepdad as a birthday present), and because all of the yarn was reduced, I got quite a lot!

Here we are. First up is some lovely mohair boucle and matching ribbon yarn.



I got two balls of each. I haven't used the ribbon yarn yet but I have started making a hat with the boucle. It's very lovely and soft.

Next is a ribbon AND mohair yarn. Yes, I said ribbon and mohair. Anyway, it's lovely and soft. And very autumny coloured. I'll probably make a drop stitch shawl or something from this. I got two balls of this as well.



They had quite a lot of Patons yarn. This here is 'Funky Chunky'. Again, I got two balls of each. One and a half balls of the green has already become a beanie hat for Simon (which came in very handy on the chilly Derwentwater boat trip. It's an acrylic/wool blend, £1.50 a ball.





I was going to get more Patons, but then I decided that I could probably get that online easier than I could the other stuff. They had loads of it, even some Beehive stuff that I thought was discontinued ages ago.


You may notice that my photos look better than my previous pictures. This is because I have a new camera, (5 megapixel as compared to my old 2 megapixel camera). It's a Samsung Digimax A502, if that means anything to anyone. In Jessops they had a deal where if you bought the camera and standalone printer you could get it for £129.99 (which is a great bargain because the camera was originally £79.99 and the printer £99.99). I got some more rechargable batteries too, but that's quite boring actually.

Anyway, my fingers are getting cold now so I am going to stop.