KAL or just plain crazy

I must be slightly crazy – casting on an 10ply cable cardigan just as summer begins – I had sworn to myself that I would be knitting linen, socks and shawls all summer but that went out the window over the weekend

I have been following the change of season in the northern hemisphere as well as a quite a few blogs up there – and I am always intrigued but the amount of startitis that starts in my house this time of the year – all that pattern pron that is floating around me thinks.

 

So I pulled out my original como tonofwool purchase and knitted up a swatch

 

I got gauge – I didn’t dare measure it for a few days but yesterday afternoon I crunched the numbers and they worked out.  My honeycomb is one stitch out but the 1/2 a stitch and the diamond is perfect

 

But now I face a dilemma – do I cast on another project as looking at Ravelry I have quite a few on the go at the moment – and do I need white cable knit cardie?

 

 

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long time between drinks

So this is how it goes now

 

I work and then I have a break and then I blog with a title along the lines of ‘it’s been a while”

Back from Melbourne mermaid wrangling I spent a few weeks packing up/sellling then dumping a warehouse of a show and starting a new job(TV series for ABC).  Cut to a few months on and the offer of another job(Feature Film) so I left that one with a 2 week enforced break as it has been 18 months, ahem over 2 years, without a proper break.  Ok so Xmas does count but seriously the way I work that didn’t chip the edges of filling back the bank of energy.  It wasn’t the Melbourne job that did me in but the no break on from there – note to self not doing that again.  So new film keeps getting put back in time – which is really great as I am catching up on cat time, cooking for husband, knitting and sewing again.  And some overdue work around the house.

There has been knitting and there has been sewing.

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Finally back into socks with 4 pairs in the last few months – the basic Wendy toe up dont think too much is a winner.

 

I am plugging my way through a jumper, 2 cardigans, a mega lace project, smaller lace project and realised that 2 babies are imminent so some baby knitting will be sorted out this week too.

 

I have also been engaged to do some private knitting classes – which is kind of exciting – as word is out there of my skills.  I did manage to convert another 2 people on a job and was shown a finished jumper from one of the converts!!  Fast work there Madame M!!!

Thinking seriously about the 33 items project as the wardrobe is seriously out of control….well not that seriously but it sounds dramatic

 

I also have about 4 quilts in planning – 2 wedding quilts, one baby and another for our bed.

No pictures today but more soon….

 

 

 

 

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a few days off

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and a wonderful few days at home

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I decided to get into the moss making spirit and after a delicious coffee or 4 with a delightful co conspirator in making sheep naked I headed off to tessuti with a mid/ heavy weight fabric in mind.

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So with some dark navy chord and a few errors in cutting out and one day later I have my perfect so long searched for skirt.

 

I promptly cut out a scout t but it is WAY too large – so that will have to wait for another weekend or a few days off.  I do see this and the many variations being a staple in my wardrobe.

 

In knitting news I won another blue ribbon – read first – at the Sydney Easter Show - I was jumping up and down at work when Zena texted me the news and a picture.  Thanks Zena!!!

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I met a knitter in real life – and it was so cute how we siddled up to each other and said – are you……The lovely Kylie is now working at the wool shop that tipped me into the craft in the first place Sunspun.  I did buy lots of yummy yarn.

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So hats are a big theme in my knitting world at the moment and colourwork and kits.

I have also been ticking off my bucket knitting list as well

I cast on a texture shawl    in alpaca and silk for the braindead nights of knitting

Ysolda’s snap dragon was a fave

Kate Davies is featuring alot too – there is an Ursula there plodding along slowly

Tea Jenny

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Ecclefechan

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and sitting ready and waiting are

Snowhead and the BCM cowl

should I get the socks too?

 

Small projects that I get done fast when there is little knitting time makes missfee a happy knitter…..

 

 

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Hello

Thank you everyone who responded to my call out for hellos – And LynS & Belinda hurrah you are both the random winners of a ball of delicious yarn each – which is coming your way in the next week.

I have been absent from the blog but not from knitting, putting aside the 12-14 hour days and weekends for work I still manage, to my relief, to keep knitting( and running and cooking for myself and watching great TV & Movies)

My strickmich club arrived and was a delicious knit in 7 days.  Hearts for Valentines day – it arrived to me on Valentines day with my gorgeous Beau as the bearer…..

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I am 1/2 way through the follow your arrow knit along – got stuck at clue 3 with indecision reigns there unfortunatly even with all of the finished items on display,

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a bit further along than this but no photos to prove it

And now I am working my way through a tail for a mermaid Aranami by Olga Jazzy. I am on the 3 last row – but they are getting longer each go

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I have 2 of 3 entries complete for the easter show this year so fingers crossed……

See you all soon with more knitting.  And maybe some quilting too – no just kidding no machine here in Melbourne.

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i’m still going

Way back in the dark ages of 2007 I started this little blog and this year albeit a bit late here we are to celebrate 7 years of blogging

happy blog birthday to missfee.com

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And for those of you who are still hanging around I have a lovely skein of delicous yarn to give away

and 2nd prize is a ball of sock yarn…..

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so come on down and say hi for a small prize

 

Tom on Quilt

 

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what missfee did(made) in 2013

Quilting and knitting for 2013

 

Quilts well I made 3 from scratch and finished one from over 24 years ago – so a total of 4

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Knitting at total of 32 items – one more than last year but i had though the count was down – those necklaces got me over the line I think

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Socks – 0 urge so over socks at the moment – do booties count – then 1

cardigans – 6

shawls – 2

cowel – 2

hats – 9

jumpers – 5

other – 8 – mainly crocheted necklaces

So hats are the winner in the year of 2013

 

i really didnt feel like socks much this year – but have 2 ready to go and 1/2 a pair done from 2013

I will write out my goals for this year this week – and finishing items is high on the list

cant leave you without some cat photos can I….and perhaps a few puppies snuck in there too…

 

kittens 2013

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what happened to 2013?

I cant believe I am Xmas shopping well into 2014  what happened to 2013

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Well for starters I was over here doing this

Then in Parramatta doing this

Then back in Camden doing this

 

I am taking a  route south next year so stay tuned – mind you I have signed a confidentiality agreement so no news via me for year or so……

 

Outside of all of this I have been quilting – can you believe it and knitting as per usual.  I realised with the slight change in my work life knitting hasn’t so much taken a backseat but I don’t get the blog as often – or quite finish things to photograph.  There are still a few weeks til 2014 and you know I can knit fast and well there are about 7 days of holiday there and alot can get done in that so I am not call how much for this year as yet.

 

I have been thinking about next year and what to knit.  I still suffer badly from believing I knit faster than I do and more wool creeps into the house each month with scary consistency.

 

As a Xmas present I received a subscription to this club – I am super excited

So there are 4 projects I am going to knit

And I have been slack on the socks this year – so I am going to knit those classic socks I have always wanted to knit

Cookie A 

Nancy Bush

 

I have the usual list of cardigans to knit as well.  So I am going to pack up projects into bags and just knit.

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Anyway on our super fantastic wonderful holiday – first proper overseas one in 13 years!!!! – I knitted heaps and made great progress on my mobius and this jumper.  I will try and write up about my trip this week.IMG_2887

 

I will try to update on the blog – but as I discovered last year the work stuff does tend to take over leaving little time for the blog and sadly I don’t get to see the knitting peeps as much as I would like either.

 

I have been a bit active on instagram – so go check me out there….

 

 

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making stuff

 

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I am still here

 

I have just been busy making stuff and wanting to make more stuff

Work is fun and busy and our last show’s promo aired before the finalist of a reality show was announced this week – and it looks as good as we all hoped – if you do get to see it pause and look at that amazing shot of Darlinghurst road in 1969 WOW

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I finished another quilt and again Jeanette from platypus quilting again did a fantastic job with quilting that looks like topography lines – Wil got it today and he was stoked

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I knitted for the first time with linen with great results – this is a Veronica avery pattern in kalinka yarn from Suzy hausfrau – I might of bought some of the sparrow to knit with next as well as some linen from Dairing too…..

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I have also been  knitting the following – a shawl out of baby alpaca – now finished, a walnuss cardigan cast off this morning, a colourwork cardigan just started – ribbing done colourwork here I come (update as I wrote this a week ago and only just now posting this – I have finished both the shawl and the cardigan and going through the what to knit next knitters dilema….)

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I have started another quilt – more triangles and bought lots more fabric with plans for another 3 quilts.

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I am perfecting the apple cake recipe from here – hacked of course.  And onto my second nigella nutella cheesecake for various birthdays.

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and in between filling the quiet moments with knitting and TV

 

I have been watching the killing 3, scandel, the bridge, luther and much more on iview

 

And finally keeping sane by listening to new harry hole book, the outlander series and rivers of london series  - and baroque operas and recorder music whilst     IMGP8105 driving back and forth to Camden

phew now I see why I have not blogged in ages.

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60 degrees of seperation

I did it again and made another one and it was all inspired by the elephants and 60 degree triangles, and these three quilt over here

 

 

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This one was for my niece’s birthday and I posted it to her last week – I got the phone call to say thanks and my sister also said the ‘awesome’ word was mentioned when the parcel was opened.

 

Once again I sent it off to Platypus quilts where Jeanette made a great suggestion and did a wonderful job.

 

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I am still on triangle angle and another one is on the ironing board in pieces which I hope to send off this weekend for quilting……

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lace addict

I love knitting

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No really I love to knit, I love the feel of yarn running through my fingers and thinking about what to knit and what it will look like.  The process of picking a pattern, matching some yarn and making.  I am not so sure about the inbetween bit sometimes only sometimes.  The making, the doing – mostly I love this time when I just do.  The not thinking just doing, the slow progress towards the end.  Actually this is the comforting part, the knitting, getting lost in the stitches, feeling comfortable with the pattern the progress and making.  Then near the end I get a bit jumpy – will it turn out ok, will I like it, will it be worn – and worse still what to knit next…

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Sometimes I have thought ahead, or not thought about it at all just had to cast on something else, and then I have have something next to do, sometimes I spend the weekend in a panic wondering what to spend the next few weeks knitting.

This project was not like that at all.  This Rowan magazine turned up, I loved this pattern, I bought the correct yarn, I checked out other made up ones on Ravelry, I swatched and then I cast on.  I loved it – there was enough plain and enough pattern to keep me on my toes.  It took some time but I think it was worth each moment.

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Samos

PatternSamos by Vibe Ulrik Sondergaard Rowan Magazine 53

Yarn:  Rowan Fine Lace – held double – blue

Needles: 4 mm

Time on needles: 3 months – wow I loved it but lost interest in the middle with winter and other knits that got in the way – but I thought I just knit it – perhaps it was waiting for the other ball of yarn – but I didn’t run short after all…..

I do love lace and this pattern has been a favourite of mine – I last encountered it on the percy shawl loved the effect it created then.

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wing shot for Rosered

I wore this on friday, got heaps of compliments but IMGP8054

bum shot for Kris – who loves my models behind with a passion (not)

 

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sadly it is felting a bit under the arms…..IMG_1528

so just as I finished I had a photo taken to prove I wear my knitting then it caused this to happen

 

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which after blocking washing and drying – the top that is turned into tada – my glamourous office in the background….

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went to Canberra and visited some really small trees…..

 

 

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