Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Safety check for any cat owners

Is your cat plotting to kill you?

There is kneading and attempted disruption of the computer as I write this.
Keep your enemies close and your cats even closer.

Monday, April 27, 2009

When the skies are grey...


...I'm glad that Francis is not my only knit.


Kureyon Sock yarn(Shade S184) provides some welcome contrasts.


Contrasts I found outside too when I looked under the grey skies.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Picking up where I left off

Four days away for work and not a stitch knitted; Francis and my cat are forgiving friends though - crawled out of bed this morning as far as the sofa and picked up where I left off on Monday night. Simple moss stitch to finish the bottom border. Soothing purrs to accompany soothing knitting.
In the garden it's another story, I turn my back for a moment at this time of year and there are new discoveries aplenty awaiting my gaze. The plum tree blossom is officially over but the lush green canopy is now in place. Shade and shelter now for the summer to come (please let's say the UK will have a proper summer this year).The little apple tree has picked up the blossom baton.

The potent mix of sun and showers should ensure more greenness bursting forth over the next few days. At this time of year I wonder whether there will be enough room for all the plants.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Knitting on the Go

My weekends normally involve a big chunk of time assigned for just sitting and knitting but over Easter, dusty, dirty DIY took over and this weekend, knitting time was mainly limited to car time on journeys to and from the New Forest and a Heavy Horse Event that my Dad was participating in. Luckily the snaking spiral of Francis is just perfect for knitting on the go.Not that I tried it out in this vehicle.I think this fella has the best idea of what to do in the spring sunshine.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Sock Roulette and Toeses

I finished up the Sock Roulette socks at the weekend. Thank you so much to Julie for organising and to Pam for knitting for me with such beautiful yarn and a great pattern. It's really fun to only knit one of a pattern and get a pair of socks and I found it strangely freeing to have the choice of what to knit taken away, especially when such a lovely choice had been made.

Pattern: Serendipity
Yarn: Socks that Rock - Lightweight
Needles: 2.25mm Harmony DPNs
Started: 21 March 2009
Finished: 4 April 2009

This sock was a real pleasure to knit; the pattern is simple but effective and the feel of the Socks that Rock yarn is wonderful. It's very firm and smooth - less springy than the other merino yarns I've tried like Shibui Sock or Jitterbug - but it feels like it has more substance, more density perhaps? I knew it would be lovely, it's something I've always wanted to knit with and it really is now taking every ounce of willpower and desire to destash not to blow all my pennies on an unkindness of ravens.

The pattern does have my unfavoured heel option - a short row heel - but it balanced that out by introducing me to the joy of a star toe. Mine came out less pixie-ish than my partner's as I did a quicker decrease section. Cute as the pixie point was I decided the rounder toe was the more practical option.I didn't think anything would compete with the wedge toe for comfort whilst wearing but I have to say I like the stars on the toeses; for anyone who hates kitchener stitch this could be your new favourite sock toe as you simply decrease in a spiral and then thread the yarn through and cinch closed - simplicity itself. Three different toes in my repertoire now: I think the wedge is still my preferred option but I'll be seeing stars again I'm sure - as for short row toes, still no place for you in my affections - for my next toe ups I want to master the magic cast on.

This is the sock that I made for my partner:
Pattern: Hourglass
Yarn: Shibui Sock - Chinese Red
Needles: 2.5mm Harmony DPNs
Started: 17 February 2009
Finished: 5 March 2009

Ah socks, love them so much - so many pattern choices and so many options for each component part. However I have some startling news, there are currently NO socks on my needles! I am waiting with baited breath for my pre-ordered Cookie A book to arrive - current estimate 30 April - can I go that long without starting a new pair?

Sunday, April 05, 2009

I found a wonderful one...

...a splendid stay at home weekend,
for the cats and I at least, the pace has been slow and languorous,with special seats,
new projects started,
wips made into fos,cook bookery rearranged,biscuits baked,yet more photos taken of my favourite blossoming tree,and a few other blooms, a promise of colour for the snow bound and one for the bleeding heart afficionados,
a dinner out, and one to come courtesy of a newly found blog
and then knitting and Lewis before bed. Simple pleasures.

Friday, April 03, 2009

Blossoming

Our plum tree, my jumper and my energy levels as the weekend begins.

This is the perfect week night knit when the hands are willing but the mind is less so. I might look for a more challenging knit for a weekend without fixed plans, or it might be that the garden gets some attention if this glorious sunshine continues. Whatever your weekends hold I hope they are wonderful.
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