Saturday, April 26, 2008

More FO and prgress

Finally finished the Wave Jacket for Aidan. I think I started this in July last year. Here 's Keira modelling it because I forgot to load the flash card into the camera when I had the original photoshoot with Aidan. Doh!

Pattern : Wave Jacket from Miss Bea's Seaside
Yarn : Rowan Denim in Memphis and Tennesse
Needle size : 4mm
Notes and modifications:
The largest size was for a 4 year old so I made a few calculations and added a few stitches and rows. The problem is that my finsihed garment didn't shrink as much as the 20% as stated or as much as my swatch. So the jacket is a bit BIG! It still needs a zip but I'm calling this done.

I also picked up another WIP which I started (some time in winter?) . This is Viv from RYC Am to Pm. I'm knitting this in Rowan DK Soft rather than the RYC Baby Alpaca, although it looks just like the book.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Awww, you guys!

Firstly, thank you for all your lovely comments.
Polly - Juliet was finished a month ago, I only found buttons for it recently. I wore it buttonless a few times though.
Kathy - Here is the chubby arm look!!!

I think women are funny creatures. I don't think I've met one who's completely 100% happy with how she looks. For myself - I could lose a few more pounds (post baby) especially around the tummy area. I could be a bit more toned in the arms and butt and tummy. I'll have to wear padded bras and "chicken fillets" to have womanly curves. Having said that, I'm generally happy with what I've got - so long as it's not falling apart!!! So thank you again, for ALL your lovely comments.

Apart from knitting, I've also been doing a few other things. I went on a beading workshop and made this bracelet and pair of earrings. The workshop was about the exploration of colour and basic techniques. I had a great time and I'm going to be digging out all my old beads for more projects.

Finally, I made banana fritters (Malaysian style). They were super yummy. And enjoyed by all including Aidan, who doesn't normally eat bananas and Zoe, who is so picky about food.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Stick a fork in me...

I've finally finished Bella Paquita. Apologies for a very crap picture. You will note that it's missing some sleeves. I took the executive decision to leave it as a sleeveless top. Not because I couldn't be bothered to knit them, but they made my arms look very chubby. It was the dreaded bingo wings effect. Sooo not sexy!

Here it is:
Pattern: Bella Paquita by Marnie
Yarn : Rowan Calmer in Coral 4.5 balls
Needles : 4.5 mm
Size : Small
Modifications : As mentioned, I've made this into a sleeveless tank. To stop the edges rolling too much, I added a single crochet edging. It fits really well and I think it will get a lot of wear.

I also thought I'd show my Juliet top with buttons. Really love this top! Goes with a lot of my wardrobe.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

More knitting progress

I am nearly finished with Bella Paquita. Ribbing - finished. 1 sleeve started and hopefully , not long to go before I'm finished......

I haven't had time to take progress shots, but I thought I'd show how much I've progressed on the Ruffley dress (which might end up being a Ruffley top). 4ply knitting is not fast going!!!

Monday, April 07, 2008

More snow in April

I really do worry a lot about changes in the climate. I do try to make an effort in being green and reducing my carbon footprint, but, I fear, this might not be enough. This was taken from my garden at 8 in the morning. There were huge snowflakes falling from the sky.

And just for Kathy, I am knitting and making sloooow progress. Dammit - I'm stuck on 2x2 ribbing hell!!!! It is a slog. I should be finished soon. (Famous last words!) (Did you see that flying pig go by!)

Saturday, April 05, 2008

We're back

Apologies for not posting for such a long time. I had planned on posting about my small knitting progress before going on holiday, but just didn't get round to it. Oops.

We took a family trip to the Lake District. It's about a 5 hour car trip from London , but it's worth it because it is just gorgeous there. The weather was very changeable with driving rain one day and beautiful sunshine the next day. The kids loved being out and about. Once they are bigger, we'll certainly be doing more hiking with with them.

This is Lake Windermere , on a gorgeous day.
This is Ullswater, another lake in the area.
The kids also loved meeting the animals (as you do in the countryside!) We even found some alpacas! Aidan was convinced he saw a llama on one of our drives. I haven't got the heart to tell him it was only a sheep.
We had such a lovely time. The only thing I missed was the internet connection. No wifi anywhere. No internet cafes. No hot spots. Just the local library and that was a 15 minute drive away. Well, we're back in London now and it's supposed to snow later today and tomorrow. Joy!