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Spring sprung

April 10, 2010

Before Easter we’d had the joys of snowdrops and the daffodil were looking willing, but this week has seen the daffodils burst out and come the end of the week, warm sunshine came along on Thursday too. I was very glad of that sunshine as my limited energy was beginning to bug the hell out of me. Getting outside to the patio (a few feet from the sofa) to photograph some projects proved that the sunshine was warm enough to be outside without being wrapped in tonnes of layers too. So after unsuccessfully being artistic (my snapping had to happen from a seat) I grabbed my knitting and sat outside for an hour to knit.

Pic of what could have been more artistic if I’d got the snap angle better: Still, a pretty daffodil and cheerily bright socks.

Today Simon needed to head out for DIY supplies and so I tagged along and we went for a walk along the river on the way back. I’d originally thought of parking along the ringroad, but we headed to waterend instead and headed west (out of the city). We’d previously done the river walk from waterend into town or from town out towards rowntree park, but this bit of the river walk (up to the park and ride anyway, beyond that the ringroad invades the senses too much) is my new favourite bit. I managed all the kissing gates in my chair-albeit not easily (the one the other side of the ring road was a NIGHTMARE-felt like I could’ve ended in the river at the slip of the joystick)-I didn’t brave the cattle grids as if the jockey wheels swivelled (and they do) I’d have been truly stuck. Radar key gates like on Hobs Moor would be welcome York council (hint hint lol)

Decided that if I were to do the walk by myself parking at the park and ride wold be a better choice as the hoist for the wheelchair is troublesome on the hill at waterend (although could go a bit further and park on the street). While checking out parking t+cs atthe park and ride Simon went to the loo and came out, KNOWING I’d be sat on the swings at the playground (no kids prevented from playing, the place was empty!)

Two pics of Simon (I had the camera) on the swings. The first-helicoptor spotting as only he knows how!

Since being home I’ve been thinking about how great that river path would be to cycle. Last year at the cycling festival (Simon’s a keen cyclist, MTB and commuting) I tried a handcrank bike (I’d also tried one in the peak district when we camped there. It’s a wheel that attaches to the front of a manual wheelchair lifting the jockey wheels up and it has pedals that you “crank” with your arms). Loved it-it killed me. Which is why when I was given the opportunity of trialling a handcrank bike indefinitely and for free I made the very sensible decision to turn it down. I’ve got where I am by being sensible though and I love my chair…

Sensible or mad I’ve also been considering ripping back a sweater I’ve had LOADS of compliments about (and the most hearts on ravelry), because honestly I’ve only worn it a handful of times.

I used the “wrong” cast on for this and it’s a little tight at the bottom (knit bottom up, no yarn left over) AND I feel very self conscious of my wobbly tummy in it. Plus I’ve come to the conclusion that illness affects clothes choices more than I’d realised. Tight things can hurt and I need temperature variations (usually options to be warmer)…

So yes frugal knitting is making me think of reusing the yarn for a garment I’d wear more often. I’ve not forotten about photographing the grey reincarnation, but I need a photographer to do that 😉

Next sensible choice is to shut up, hurry my hubby out of the bath so we can have a beer and some food together.


End of January

January 31, 2010

January’s been a strange one.

I gave studying a go, but was running on adrenalin, for which I’m now paying healthwise. Not financially too though, as thankfully I realised before the official course sart date. Someone shoot me next time I get a case of the “should” or “ought”!!

Knitting wise I got all evangelical about finishing my UFOs, but it’s been slow after the christmas knitting rush. A big purple balnket that I made and then ripped back, is ALMOST a new blanket, but not quite-the colour is finally growing on me though. I sold/traded some of the yarn I got because it was cheap, but didn’t really like the colour-lesson learnt there, colour matters big time to me.

THIS grey cardi:

gained a purple border and owned some buttons before I decided that by adding the purple button band, the shaping at the sides made my flabby bits look even worse (although they have lost the 5 pounds that’d crept on over winter)…. so over the past few days, the grey has become


and is currently taking a bath

am planning a long short-sleeved top down sweater with it-how i ever managed to get a hoody cardi out of it I don’t know-but should have enough for the new project.

apart from announcing that Shannon has won the buttons. (I decided to roll a dice for the winner, and I rolled a 2. I’ll contact you!) my brain has run out of steam completely, so for now …


Frugal knitting one step too far?

October 28, 2009

I have a hoodie that I finished in March last year.

Now, it’s a little shorter than I would have liked as I was running out of wool fast and the zip length also kind of determined the length of the hoodie.

If it were a bottom up hoodie, I’d rip back the hood and the flipped up hem (in contrasting yarn) and add a contrasting button and neck band and use the grey wool to add some ribbing/garter stitch to the bottom.

As the hoodie was knit top down though, this isn’t as straight forward….

why do i want to alter it and not just knit a new one? cost!! and it’s perfectly good wool-in fact i really like the wool… hmm. your thoughts would be gratefully received 😉


resisting the frog

August 14, 2009

After the great workshop (awful classroom) with Jared Flood, I think I got scared of my cardigan, so it’s been hibernating since, I couldn’t even look at it as I thought I might have to rip it out and start again. The other week I got brave, pulled it out the bag and got dad to try it on and I do think it’s going to be ok! 😀 I haven’t knitted any of it since though, for 3 reasons:

  1. I haven’t knitted much (1 pair of socks, 1 sock knitted and frogged) at all this summer and knitting was beginning to become the big elephant in the corner.
  2. I need to wind a skein of yarn into a ball
  3. I thought my pattern notes were in my weekend bag in the loft. Turns out they’re still at my parents.

The elephant has been conquered. I have knitted a pair of fingerless mitts, which I am now however tempted to rip out as the yarn would work for a hat I’ve seen and love (I have a small stash) I am desperately trying to resist frogging them. The fact they don’t have a thumb gusset is making this weakening my resistance :S

I shall wind some wool today/tomorrow in anticipation of my pattern notes arriving soon.  Maybe I should spend some money on some yarn too to prevent the frogging urge further-although still tempted to reknit the mitts with a thumb gusset-much much more user friendly.


The tale of Rowan Polar

July 28, 2008
Bought for a hoodie for myself… it was going to add too much bulk to my slimmed down self though. also not 100% sure about the colour for me.
an unfinished hoodie

an unfinished hoodie

unfinished hoodie from front

unfinished hoodie from front

bought extra wool and it was then a finished sweater for simon, but was a bit skimpy and bulky again!

it was then made into something of a mystery parcel for Tom.

A brown paper wrapped box

A brown paper wrapped box

YES, another hemlock ring blanket 🙂

and a candle flame shawl for my grandmother’s 80th birthday present. It now sits on the back of her chair 🙂


moving on/loving it

May 9, 2008

The golf club covers I knitted for my dad went down a treat. I just need to grab the photos off him to share with you!

I finished one project of doom and now love it! It’s my second hemlock ring blanket in the yarn that was a hoodie for me and a sweater for simon first. The yarn is perfect for the end project. I need to block it, photograph it and post it off to Tom-I told him it’d be ready for summer. OOPS! The weather is gorgeous, but the need for an Alpaca blanket is not high.

I finished a pair of Opal Hundertwasser socks. They weren’t appealing on the needles, but on my feet and in my shoes, I love them.

I’ve also started my first proper lace project. As in lace pattern, in lace weight wool.

Found myself saying I’m loving it AGAIN, so I think my literary skills are failing me. Hopefully some pics next post 😀


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.


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?!