Sunday, 20 November 2011

FO Sunday

I kind of missed the boat for FO Friday, for the past couple of weeks running so I thought I'd better get these blogged about before another week crept up on me. Over on Ravelry I was part of a swap on the APlayfulDay podcast group. If you are new to podcasts then you should give this one a try. Part of the swap was a handmade element and I decided to make my swap-ee some handwarmers as she had some in her queue but I couldn't see any in her projects. Stalking, it's all part of the fun of swaps! I get really nervy when I'm making things for other people and it is so hard to make something when you don't know someone. I was trying to decide on a pattern that would fit a range of sizes.

I decided on Midnight With a Twist, a free pattern by Ferol Max. It's written for sport weight but I didn't have any to hand so I used my beloved Wendy Merino Bliss DK in Mulberry. It's a bit darker than the pictures suggest. I have to take all my pics outside at this time of year as my house is very dark so I had no choice but to head out to my scruffy garden.

I added 2 extra rounds before starting the cables and another 2 extra after the thumb. Had I not done this I would have only used one 50g ball but it was slightly over. If I'd been making these for myself I'd have had to add quite a few more rounds as they only just covered my knuckles. I did pass them around for people to try at knit night and it was fine on them, just my extra long hands they didn't fit! I did a provisional cast on and left enough yarn to go back and do a K2togtbl cast off (don't know the proper name for this!)

I did them on bamboo DPN's I bought as a cheap set from Ebay. They were £5.99 including postage for 11 sets of 5 ranging from 2mm to 5mm and they are in a much handier 5" length. For the price I expected I'd be spending some time sanding out rough spots or sharpening the tips but I didn't have to do anything like it at all, they are perfect. I used 3.25mm apart from the cables where I used 3.5 as when I'm concentrating I knit more tightly. I will probably knit this pattern again at some point. My hands are freezing now the weather has turned and I was very sorry to put these in the post.

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I had planned a post where I had organised my queue and assigned yarn for the next few projects and had vowed to stick to it......until I saw Tiny Owl Knits' Deer with Tiny Antlers pattern and then my good intentions went out of the window. I'm all done apart from one ear and felting the antlers. My first attempt didn't go well at all and I'm dreading trying again! There aren't enough swear words invented for those antlers.

Wish me luck

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Fibre Flurry 2011

Hello all. It's been a while hasn't it? One of the perils of blogging is that sometimes blog-life meets real life and it's awkward. It's a bit like singing away merrily to yourself and realising someone is standing there listening and you don't know whether to shut up or carry on singing. I'm going to carry on, but quietly, and spare you the air guitar and dance routines from now on.

And I can't disappear as I have things to post about. October means two things on my calendar, Halloween and Fibre Flurry. This year we decided to go as a knit group day out. I got up nice and early, packed my sandwiches and satnav and set off to pick everyone up. Fibre Flurry is held in Kings Norton, Birmingham and it's in it's 2nd year. There are also workshops available, I did one last year but the day was a bit of a rush so this time we just went to shop at the many lovely stalls and chat with nice people. This year the stalls were set out over a bigger area and it wasn't as cramped. I decided to have a quick look around first and decide where I would be spending my budget. I had a tidy up of my Ravelry queue the day before so I knew which projects I wanted to buy for (more about those in the next post) and which colours I was after. When you are met with so many stalls offering beautiful things it is easy to be tempted into buying anything and everything. And I really did not need any more variegated sock yarn!

I ended up buying all of my yarn from Easyknits. They had brought along a striking display of their Deeply Wicked yarns and I was spoilt for choice. It was very busy so I picked up a skein of all the ones that caught my eye and spent an age trying to find the best combination, which of course ended up being the ones I went for first - Mustard Seed and Battleship.

I bought myself some treats from Brownberry Yarns, a Herdy keyring and badge and Hiya Hiya bamboo sock circular. The tiny tea cup stitch marker was from Undercover Owl who had brought along some gorgeous project bags, and also her baby boy who is adorable and watched all the goings on from his sling.

We settled down to do some knitting but one by one made our way back to the stalls for another look and a spend! While I was walking around earlier I had stalked a lady wearing a beautiful shawl. She wrote down the name of it so I could look it up later. It turns out I had seen the pattern on Rav and favourited it before but it had somehow not registered properly till I had seen this one. She had made it in bright green Wollmeise. So it was back to the Easyknits stall with me and I chose this bright teal colour called Siren.

And even though I had sworn blind I wasn't going to buy any more variegated, this was calling to me loudly! I can't resist a rainbow. It's Easyknits Bambino 80% Merino 20% Bamboo and it's so soft. Of course I don't have plans for it, it can stay be a stash pet for now til I decide. I have enough projects on my plate for now anyhow.

There were plenty of stalls selling wonderful yarns but I sort-of managed to stick to my shopping list otherwise I would have definitely come home with some Knitting Goddess. I'm really wishing I'd picked up some of the Bella's Truck 'When Vamipres Knit Socks' yarn. I'd been eyeing it up while I was chatting to the lovely Coopknit. I did get a fab knitting badge and magnet from there though, and also a Christmas decoration from Injabulo whose stallholder told me all about her rescue battery chickens. She had rescued them in the dead of winter and knitted the poor featherless girls some jumpers to wear till their feathers grew back. I'm really hoping to get my own rescue hens next year and I can't wait!

Fibre Flurry is a lovely, friendly event and we're so lucky to have it here in the Midlands. Even though it isn't that far I still made a few navigation errors causing the satnav to put on her angry voice but we got home in the end!

Oh and I had my first Trick or Treaters for the first time inyears. Every year I put Halloween decorations out and buy sweets but never got any knocks on the door. This year I did but they were dressed as scary clowns and as luck would have it, I'm actually petrified of clowns and had to keep reminding myself they were just children behind the masks.
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