Archive for March, 2008

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surprising find

March 26, 2008

I went to see Cats (the musical) in Leeds on Saturday afternoon. I am very pleased that we got a show guide, as lo’ and behold knitting gets a mention.

“PRODUCTION ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Leotard Painters Penny Hadrill,
Nicola Killeen
Knitting                 Trevor Collins
…”

It really made me smile and the knitting was funky too. Mind you, the show as a whole was just amazing. Bodily perfection in lycra, vocal gymnastics… It couldn’t have been better =)

I’d finished a pair of socks in time to wear them-got to keep warm. The socks, still not photographed  had been finished, ends sewn in and everything a few days earlier, but after wearing them I decided that they were too short. The downside of a sewn cast off is pulling it out, but that done, the ribbing ripped back to the pattern and having lengthened them, I’m as happy as I’ll ever be with them. One of my first posts here was about colour and I mentioned my love of colour, but that I wasn’t sure about multicoloured yarn. I fell foul of the magpie syndrome. This sock wool looked pretty in a skein-gorgeous in fact, but I bought it on the internet and there were no knitted up versions available to see how the colour placement worked out. For socks which are red, with shots of bright blue and lime green, they’re decidingly boring and lack the pizazz I was hoping for now they are knitted up. I really do think socks is one place you can get away with mad colours, but it’s the placement of those colours that can make or break it?!

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some hoodie pics

March 9, 2008
apocalypse hoodie
apocalypse hoodie
apocalypse hoodie cuffs
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pretty perfect Saturday

March 8, 2008

spent this morning just pottering. wound wool (read: took a skein of wool, ended up in knots, needed sy’s assistance to wind it into a ball ready to knit up into socks) and finished with a rare fry up. Alas, HP bakedbeans are still proving elusive. Finished off the potato scone I made Thursday.

Thanks to tv pause, I watched the rugby after a “nap” (oh how that makes me think of my sister!!) and swatched (non knitters: knitted a test square). JOY Scotland won 😀

Then this evening was spent eating bread rolls which Sy baked while I was asleep and listening to our three newly purchased CDs, whilst knitting the socks.

Jack Johnson; I cannot say enough good about this guy. Erik Mongrain; I’m not sure if it would inspire you to play guitar or put you off forever as he is such a genius! It’s a shame I wasn’t up to seeing him live here the other week. Laura Marling; speaking of seeing live, we went to see her, but she had a poorly throat, so her entourage of Marcus Mumford, Noah and the Whale and King Charles entertained us for the evening. I’d be interested to know more about Laura, as her lyrics and voice belie her age (only just 18)

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a round up

March 5, 2008

My zip is finally sewn into my (blocked) hoodie. It even got a little outing yesterday evening, but as yet no pics-that’ll be the plan for the weekend I think. Did I say that I intend to use our national trust membership as photo locations? Back to the hoodie. Am wearing it now. It’s gorgeous! Warm, snug fitting, goes with anything. A firm favourite wardrobe staple me thinks!

Few reasons for the delay in finishing the hoodie:

  • taking a few strands of my wool was too thick for the zip (recyled from an old favourite) so I had to wait and buy some tapestry yarn.
  • I’ve borrowed a knitpicks cable length from someone on ravelry, so have been busy knitting the hemlock ring blanket, so I can return it to her asap. Finished first blanket in 12 day and have permission to do another before returning it =)

The showcase for it was a mini ravelry meet up yesterday evening in a pub in York. Only 3 of us turned up, but we still managed to scare anyone from sitting on any table in our vicinity-why is it that knitting has that effect?