in anticipation

just a quick hello after the Art’s Preview this week on Tuesday night

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I was so excited to see how all the entries had gone this year

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My Ursula won a blue ribbon – read first and the Mobius cowl a red ribbon – read second – the poor cormo cardigan languished on display with no recognition at all.

 

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I am in body land on my jumper

border land on one shawl

and just at the difficult stage of another shawl

 

and I cast on another pair of socks this week

also thinking about the sock scrap blanket to use up all the left over sock yarn I have……

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ends and beginnings

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what is wrong with this image…..

 

Ends sewn in, blocking done and all my planned entries dropped off in plenty of time for the Easter show this year hurrah

 

post knitting deadline blues have not quite hit as yet but I am sure they will

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I also finished 2 other items in the last week a shawl I have been working on for a while now here is Po helping block it today – ends to sew in as yet

Another pair of socks done -somehow these are too big for Mr S.V. so I need to find a worthy recipient of these tweedy brown lovlies

 

So what to knit next – after a long discussion yesterday with the knitting board comprising of a bunch of talented and wonderful knitters, I am going to stick to cardigans for the time being.

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This swatch is going to fenangle itself into a all over colour work cardigan – with a lower neck.

 

I am tempted by Lila though….

 

Or this in 4 ply tonne of wool corm…

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I am going to finish this jumper – this is the year of FTF( finish the f#cker – no one reads this at the moment anyway so I can swear bear as much as I like – even if I turn into an angry werewolf just like my friend over here…)

So in the spirit of FTF and make shit that fits I joined Custom fit – and will be doing an honest measure up and possibly a featherweight cardigan to celebrate.

I have some lovely lopi yarn and can’t decide between the Kate Davies Jumper from Yokes – modified to cardigan of course OR the pattern I bought it for…..

 

 

hope you have a great week…..

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puppycat welcoming committee each night

 

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sleeveland or how I am nearly done

The additional yarn for the sleeves arrived on Monday and although it is a different dye lot it matches so closely it is hard to tell the difference – and I am only using for the sleeves so it will be hard to pick.

It took 4 attempts to pick up the stitches around the arm to get the right number and then to use the right size needle.  The instructions call for a 2mm needle to pick up the stitches – I used a 2.25mm as that is all I had.  Then to knit the sleeve cap on the smaller size needles  in my case that would be the 3mm – which on the 1st go to knit the sleeve cap and the 2nd attempt to pick up the stitches I knit with the 2.25mm needle – duh – and I didn’t get the wraps at all sorted – as you can see by the picture below – that was the 3rd attempt with the right needles but the incorrect wrap technique.

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Finally got that short row caper sorted and by then it was Saturday before I could start the long and narrow sleeve journey. Now being Sunday let morning I am but 10cm off finishing the sleeves and if not for a previous date to a craft show I would be casting these off today – may still get there if I get a solid run later today.

 

 

 

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how to read a ball band or lesson in how to knit part #2

Along with a swatch another import part of the knitting process is to learn to read a ball band – or collectively before starting a large project check you have enough yarn

 

Don’t read the band, as I did, and then think you had double the amount of yarn

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In my defence the band is a bit confusing – it states 100grams is 575m – and above with the colour it says 50grams – so a sensible person would go – oh right I only have 575 divided by 2 for each ball(287.5m).  The not so sensible person, read me, would blithely go hurrah heaps of yarn no fret and knit on. Cue the fail quiz sound……

I had when starting this knit 3 balls of the silver grey – and from that have managed the body and all of the bands with about 10 grams left – about 57.5m not enough for 2 sleeves or one.  Dear reader I did realise this in a panic about Monday last week – so did all that a knitter could and in 2 days sourced some yarn in Australia and came up with a plan B & C (if required).  Fingers crossed the yarn arrives by at least Tuesday this week, otherwise the alternate plans will be executed.  Dear reader can you guess on my two alternate plans are?  Rosered suggested one last weekend as the clock is also running out with 12 days to handover.

In less despairing news I did survive the whole steeking caper – actually really liked the crochet as per Kate Davies and Eunny

 

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to make the crochet reinforcing – 2.25mm crochet hook

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take the hook through 1/2 of 2 stitched either side of the middle of the steek

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make a double crochet

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et voila – continue for quite a while… I spent about 4 hours on the crochet of the steaks

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then cut the exposed bar between the two lines of crochet – after a big deep breath that is

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I sewing in all of the ends before crocheting the steek – really I did not afterwards really I did……

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this is the neck steek which was my leap of faith and experiment to see if the whole steeking caper would work or not

The bands are finished and I am sitting waiting patiently for the yarn to turn up…….

 

 

Now to decide what to knit next – as I should start swatching and reading ball bands me thinks……

 

I am a bit addicted the this colour knitting and feel like launching into another similar project but what?

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let them eat cake

P1010785There was a party last weekend to make a significant date for the gorgeous Zena  – a great time to see a whole lot of knitters whom I have not seen in ages.

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So Beth and I conspired to give the birthday girl the cake of her dreams a Dolly Varden cake.  I did a bit of reading about these cakes as I posted on Facebook my collection which I will share with you here as well.  I made one a year for my friend Grace from the age of 2 until about 8 or 10.  Then for her Mums 50th and also for a few other older friends as well. In there was a teddy bear cake for Rosered’s  baby shower, a 200th episode of Play School Cake and a Humpty for one of the Play School birthday’s in there somewhere.

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I knitted up the bodice on Saturday in 1 hour and 26 minutes – I can tell by the texts from Beth asking about the top, and then my panic as I had not started AT ALL and then the text back of the finished item – I went from a top and a cardigan to the top only – which I think worked heaps better in the end.Screenshot_23_02_2015_1_58_pm

 

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What miss fee did next

So as I finished that last post I had made up my mind

 

As I put on instagram I was going to finish that f*cker

Cast on at the end last March I had done one stripe of purple started on the 2nd blue and then made a mistake and ripped it back to the 1st blue – disheartened it was a time in the film I was working on when my brain was in overdrive during the day and I needed soothing knitting at night.  I can do this sort of knitting as soothing knitting but it needs to be established in my brain for this to happen when work is demanding.

So in one weekend I knitted up to 2 pattern repeats.  There are 3 repeats of the 3 colour pattern till you set up the steeks for the arms.  I got there last night – so 2 repeats to go, with neck & arm shaping.

 

That all sounds like gobbidgook if you don’t knit or especially if you are not knitting this pattern. Photos to illustrate

Last weekend I was here

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Mid week I was here – parramatta goal – 2 repeats and a bit done

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This is the inside of the knitting – the floats on the back go for up to 5 stitches

float is how far the other colour of yarn is carried on the back until the next stitch.

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Currently I am here

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Setup for front steek

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Set up for armhole steek – backwards loop cast on stitches for the steek

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what to do next….the ongoing knitting cunundrum

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what a great city to live in

 

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cardigan all done – ends to sew in and buttons to find

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one of the many shawls I am going to knit this year – casting on this week should of done yesterday as it was a joint 14 Feb cast on

 

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do I finish this

 

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or this next?

 

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or even start this……

 

 

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happy valentines day

 

off to cut out a dress and make a pie  whilst deciding which to knit next

 

oh go catch this great documentary on the transition of film from cellulose to digital called ‘Side by Side’over here – or the recording and format of songs over the past 150 years here call the “Sound of song”

 

and for a laugh check out this ad – I made the hat and wings….

 

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one sleeve forward on sleeve back

well not really a sleeve but a yoke, sleeves were hurt in the making of the post so read at your own peril……

Great progress this week on Amanda as the sleeves finished up on Monday and the body was joined with said sleeves.  The perils of doing the complicated knitting move during the week is that I don’t necessarily think as well as I do on the weekend.  I did read the pattern a few times to get the cast off number on the body and sleeves but as I am knitting in the round and reading 3 sections of the pattern at the same time it did not quite work out.

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Not until Friday night upon closely looking at the castoff of the sleeve and body and thinking about sewing it up I realised that I had only cast off 5 stitches at each end of the sleeve – cue lots of swearing and grumpiness.  I had over the course of the previous few nights managed 7 rows and this gain was upsetting to loose.  A cup of tea later and I frogged back, picked up the stitches with 2.25mm sock needles and re knit – I did try to put the two sleeve right next to each other – Brain dead on a Friday night after a HUGE week at work remember.  But by yesterday afternoon I was back on track.

The silver lining of all of this is that I have had more time to think about the neck – I really don’t like the high neck so I read around and now I am going to follow Kate’s advice.

Current plan is to have the yoke finished this week and finish next weekend – all going to plan that is……

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I did manage to get another two sections of the Textured shawl knit last week during the 3 days of driving around looking for various locations.  Great car knitting.

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Alice top is a winner – but after a meet up with Zena realised I might of made up a size too big.  I have cut out a smaller size ready to sew up today

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And my loft arrived ready for the next foolhardy project – but might finish this and this before I launch into a major colour work project

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Highlight of the week was a honey tasting night at Cornersmith Picklery with the Urban bee keepers – we had their book but so good to see taste and experience honey with the makers

 

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honey comb stitch

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Is one of the first ones I knitted and one of my favourites

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There is lots of this in the current knitting project finished the body to the sleeves and now 1/4 up the sleeves – on track to join next weekend

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I finished my Alice top this morning – after somehow losing a lot of last weekend to the hottest 100 impromptu party at our house

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We had a belated cheers for a few years at our favourite pub

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Finally went for a swim at Coogee and saw this cracker of a car

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I did cook last weekend danish pastries – they were a hit

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Found this wonderful old sign in my travels last week exploring Sydney in search of locations for the new project – next week off to the country

 

 

 

 

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happy knitting and weekend – fingers crossed for some yarn in the post this week……

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planning and making

 

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Who doesn’t love a long weekend – time to do the chores and have just that bit extra to make, do, plan or work on a bigger project

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This weekend I am making great progress with my Amanda cardigan – finally after swatching way back in October I cast on last weekend – 1/4 of a pattern repeat to go before I can cast on the sleeves – I might just wind those balls and cast on today in preparation for the no think knit of the week night.  Do you do that too – I can’t start a new project during the working week only on the weekends with a bit more thinking time.

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I had the email notification on Friday of the yarn for my next colour work project – ahem don’t remind me that I am part way through one but I have lost interest

Then I remembered that I have the yarn for this as well – those cardigans I need to catch up on from last year – well I’m already making a cracking start for the year.

Along with the knitting I am cutting out an Alice top this weekend just might get it together today ready for work this week – thanks to Zena for the inspiration

Then there are danishes and a very successful batch of granola from over here.  Bircher muesli mix is also on the list along with Kitcheri for work lunches this week.  We usually plan and cook as much as possible on a Sunday ready for the week ahead.

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and a bit of fun during the week having a beverage and a coconut drink at the great Summer house pop up bar down at the Opera House with the designer a dear friend and got to meet the music curator as well

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