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


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



to make the crochet reinforcing – 2.25mm crochet hook


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


make a double crochet


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


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


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


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.


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.


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


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.


Currently I am here


Setup for front steek


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



what a great city to live in




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



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




do I finish this




or this next?



or even start this……





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.


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……


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.


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


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



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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it did rain a bit this week and snapped this on the way to work – an inner west icon   2015-01-28 07.37.39

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



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.


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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What missfee did in 2014



For a minute I was worried that I hadn’t really knit much in the last year

But after properly updating Ravelry and my photo album – after a computer migration gone awry, I found a few more projects lurking around.

Only 1 jumper this year – 1 garment – I did start about 4 but only finished 1 – the to do list for this year is to start with the WIPs – but I did get a blue ribbon for this one

Shawls- well 2014 was the year of the shawl I was in a shawl club – and as of this week finished 3 of the 4 – the last I think will be a hat – shawl count is sitting at 8 – 9 if you include the cowl

Booties – a few babies whilst away in Melbourne  – 2

Hats – not quite year of the hat but an impressive 4 – snap dragon didn’t make it to the mosaic

Mittens – 1 pair again colour work – Kate Davies again

Wreath – crochet as well – finished – 1

Snowmen – 4

Santa – 1

Socks – well the mojo came back with a rush – 4  realise that 1 pair is not included in the photos above


Group present – 2 strips for Lyn’s special blanket

Items in total 29 – compared to the previous few years not too bad

2013 – 33

2012 – 26

2011 – 50 – highest count to date must of been a quieter work year…..


What will 2015 bring – a knitting adventure, more socks, far more shawls and more colour work and maybe some cables…….

oh and no cardigans whoops what happened there……must fix asap

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knitting in the new year

Be careful what you wish for


As a recent colleague also mentioned this happens to her as well – if you think about it – it just might happen


Just a bit beyond a year ago I wished for a certain type of job – and then now as I look back on the year that was I have done two of these and the new year is to bring an exciting new challenge for me work wise.


Although this work experience had concequences for the amount of knitting I was able to output in 2014 – currently I am counting 24 projects and I have to update and double check, block and sew in ends, as I am want, but I think since I started the blogging this number is on the lower end of out put – but considering the hours of work and the challenges involved not too bad.


As far as the knitting for the coming year I have 2 cardigans to finish and 1 maybe 2 scarf clubs to keep me going when I just can’t think of what to knit next….



I have kept coming back to the neglected blog and realised that I have taken on instagram with a passion as I love the visual – duh.


Looking back on the year I got to work with one of my favourite people and met another new person who I admire and would love to work for again.  I met an amazing knitter from the other side of the world


Sadly we lost a very dear friend at the end of the year which was so sad – then an amazing work colleague passed away suddenly which was beyond sad – why do the good people die young a very sad end to the year


The last few weeks of 2014 were filled with travel, hugging friends, baking and good food


and some knitting

a quiet few days at home before 2015 really starts as of tomorrow


happy knitting for 2015


a photo of one of the two converts to knitting I know of this year that I helped tip over the edge with yarn fumes and encouragement….

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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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