Oh, and in other news!

Sock is going well! I’m up to row 7 🙂 I was out at NW1k2tog last night, and I blazed out 4 rows, as well as sorting out one ladies yarn tangle, and trying to write my first pattern… and boy, trust me that I picked something really really really awkward to chart out for it! *sigh* 🙂

I’m rather disapointed in the Addi Bamboo DPNs though. One of the points has split! I bought an Inox set from Texere, same time as my 9mm DPNs, and although they look the same, they feel totally different, and feel so much stronger! So, I’m going to transfer over, and take the Addi’s back to Loop.

Talking of 9mm DPNs, A French Market Bag got cast on when I got home from NW1k2tog and found the 9mm DPNs on the doormat, very odd knitting that first 8 stitches! So crowded on the needles!

The DPNs are far shorter than I envistaged though, they are only 20cm. Not sure what I’m going to do when I get up to “too many st for the DPNs, not enough for a circ” stage…

And just to show I’m not fibre obsessed, I went to John Lewis today and bought fun-fun fabric, so that I can make Karl his fancy dress costume for the party we are going to at the weekend! The party has a “Fairies of Midsummer Night’s dream” theme.. So, I’m going to wear this:
Venetian Mask

and go as Titania, Queen of the Fairies, and we decided that as my friend has a rather hairy chest, going as Robin Goodfellow aka Puck, would suit him well… hence the fun-fur. One set of Goat-legs coming up! Cover him in gold/green glitter, and see if I can get a set of pointy ears, and maybe a small set of horns for him, and we are away! 🙂

I’ve given in to peer pressure…

…and I’ve balled up a skein of pretty 100% space-dyed merino from my stash (Thank you flat mate for being my swift! Far too much yarn in the skein for my little swift!) and swatched up onto 4mm needles (I know, I know, I don’t do swatches!) for a

I don’t think it looks too bad… Half-finished swatch Pic is here: Clapotis Swatch I’ve done it St st as that is what the pattern called for under gauge.

I’m about 1/2 finished on the square. It is very pretty colours isn’t it!! The fabric feels quite a bit rougher than I was expecting from merino though… Let me guess, that means that my needles are too small?

Pretty please??? 😉 Yes, I’m hating all “the swatching time”… started the swatch at 23:15, and stopped knitting at 00:45! An hour and a half for 5cm! Means it will take me *forever* to knit this! *sigh*

I also joined the clapotisknitallong yahoo group, will see how I get along there!

Life is as life does… :-)

And life does very nicely right now. Social life is good, knitting is good, even work is cool.

I cast on for the socks again last night at Angel Knits, I *think* it is going to be ok this time, but we shall see. I also knitted a bit of mystery pressie, and have worked out pattern block and stuff. Now, I just have to work out the pattern that fits the block! LOL

New flat-mate seems good, and we had a very cathartic clearing out of boxes on Monday in prepartation I said goodbye to some stuff I had hoarded for 18 months or so, but was never going to be able to use again. So, in the bin it went. Sad, but hey, never mind eh?