Knitting progress report

Look out for some new photos soon, but…

FMB is coming on a pace, up to 194st in the round. I’m three rows away from starting up the body of the bag. 🙂

Secret pressie is 75% done YAY!

Sock… Sadly lacking in impetus on that project I’m afraid. It is about 10% the way there now. I suspect it will be a UFO for quite a while! Oh, and I sold all my sock yarns on ebay very sucessfully! Thanks to all that made a purchase!

Lauren, see previous post.

I have a hankering to cast on a few other things, but I have to make some solid progress on secret pressie, as that has to be finished by next week… I hate deadlines! LOL

Secret Pal 6 Questions

Secret Pal Six Questionaire

1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer higher quality and/or natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand? Or is it all the same to you?
Yes, I’m a snob.I much prefer natural fibres, and only have synthetic yarns in things like “funky eyelash”… and I haven’t knitted any of it yet! LOL

2. Do you spin? Crochet?
I can spin, I learned ages ago at a re-enactment event, but I don’t spin as a hobby or anything…Crochet is a closed book to me right now. Never say never, but it sure isn’t a priority!

3. Do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibers, perfume, etc.)
Nope 🙂

4. How long have you been knitting?
About a year

5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
Yes.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/registry/1XQDKUXFHTK0B/ref=wl_em_to

6. What’s your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)
Candles is Vanilla, Bath stuff (although, I have a shower and no bath!) is always from Lush (http://www.lush.co.uk) Calvin Klein “Obsession” and “Sheer Obsession” for Perfume.

7. Do you have a sweet tooth?
Yes… BUT! I’m a reactive hypoglycemic, and I cannot eat sugar. Buying me sweets is a *very* bad thing. I do eat the occasional bar of 70% and above Cocoa solids Chocolate, when I’m feeling weak fo the chocolate, but that is it.

8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do?
I sew, I finger braid, and I can use a drill! 😉 I also love cooking, but hate washing up!

9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
I’m a “Rock chick”! I have a lot of Rock compliation albums, as well as quite a few “Chill-out Selection” ones. I listen to Virgin Radio, so pretty much anything that would be on their play list is fine by me!
I hate House/Techno/DnB/NuSkool etc with a passion. I do like “Ambient” and some of the softer “Trance” though.
Yes, my PC can play all sound, video and other media files.

10. What’s your favorite color? Or–do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can’t stand?
Red is my Favorite colour. I don’t dislike any colour at all, but tend to prefer the “warm” colours for “things”, Yellow, Orange and Red. For clothing, work wise, I own more of the “cool” colours, blues, greens and browns, with a lot of white shirts and black trousers! Going out clothes are blacks, reds, blues and purples, and my two favourite dresses are red.

11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
Single, no kids, sharing a rented house. No pets, none allowed.

12. What are your life dreams? (really stretching it here, I know)
To be happy. Everything else follows from that simple premis.

13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with?
Chunky 100% Wools like Jaeger Natural Fleece. Or anything that knits on needles over 6mm really. I also love the Recycled Sari Silk yarn.

14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
Haven’t found one yet.

15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s?
Just the physical act itself. 🙂

16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
Haven’t got a favourite. I do detest Socks though, cos 2.5mm needles drive me up the pole!

17. What are you knitting right now?
http://www.purplekitchen.org.uk/wip.htm

18. What do you think about ponchos?
Blurgh! I prefer Serapes and BIG scarves. I like my arms! 😉

19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles?
I like both for different reasons. Circs are cool for big things, but if the points are not long enough they give me cramp.. which is why I like straights when I do the small stuff. 🙂

20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
Not plastic! I am loving Bamboo, and Wood needles. Aluminimum is great for teh grippy stuff that needs slip. Each yarn you use requires a suitable needle for it. The Yarn dictates the choice, not the other way around really!

21. Are you a sock knitter?
Gods NO!!!!! Or at least, I could be if the yarn was “huge” and I could use 4mm or above needles! LOL.
I want to knit these
http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter04/PATTverytallsocks.html
at some point, but the ittle bitty-ness of the thing puts me off. I would have to do them in “Opal Uni” with a resize to a 26″ thigh… but I reckon I would *never* finish them. 🙁

22. How did you learn to knit?
initially, my Nanny taught me when I as little, but I re-learned last year. See under Finger braids:
http://www.purplekitchen.org.uk/wip.htm

23. How old is your oldest UFO?
Currently about 3 months.

24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird?
Tom and Jerry.

25. What is your favorite holiday?
I presume you mean “Religious excuse for a day off work?” here… I don’t have one. The UK celebrates the Christian Holidays pretty much exclusivly, but they are all far too commercial now. As I cynicaly said above they are really now just an excuse for a day off work! 🙂 Reason to like them all realy!

26. Is there anything that you collect?
Not anymore. I used to collect Glasses and Bottles then I was young, but now, I just have generally “too much stuff”! LOL I don’t have the room to collect anything! Except yarn&needles, books and BDSM toys!

27. What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
Knitting.

I buy Simply Knitting irregularly.

28. Any books out there you are dying to get your hands on?
See Amazon list.

29. Any patterns you have been coveting, but haven’t bought for one reason or another??
Nope. Not a pattern person really…

30. What are your foot measurements, and what kind of socks do you like?
I’m a UK 9. Natural Fibre ones. 🙂

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Bank Holiday adventures…

Bank Holiday weekend I was away (as you might have guessed from the *long* silence*) at Powderham Castle, Nr Exeter.

It was 30C heat, brilliant sun, in a field with a tent. Bliss really. I went away for a Major Muster (my Re-enactment hobby), but as I’m not a “bloke” anymore at these event, I just went for the social aspect really, and got to laze about rather a lot… Just what my batteries needed!

I had a really good time, and I even got rather a large amount of my secret pressie knitting done in between the socialising!

I threw my first ever cable on it. Cables are *so easy*! I’m really proud of the way it turned out, and would advise anyone that hasn’t tried cabling to give it a go… it is nowhere near as terrifying as it looks you know. 😉

OK OK OK! I know, I’m a bad blogger!

I hear you… I’ve “bad” in the updating thing! Hey, I did warn you that I’m not too good at documenting life! Far too busy living inside it instead!

One promised Knitting disaster story. My poor girl Lauren. 🙁

This isn’t a story of woe, but it is a story of indecicion. Like any good story, it has a Hero, and a Careless Instigator.

I was at NWktog before the BH and I decided I would do a round on the girl, so, off I start… and get about 6 p4togs accross the 1st row when OOPSS!!!! I drop a stitch off the left needle as I’m gathering up the next p4tog!

Unraveling ensues!!! And not just Lauren either! 🙁 Apparently I went rather white. After all, Lauren is effectivly “Lace Knitting”, (even if she is on 15mm needles!) so she is not easy to just pick back up again, and she instantly fell out 3 rows when I dropped the stitch. I had visions of having to frog her all out and start again, because silly me hasn’t been using lifelines.

However, after a couple of false starts, Natalie, the Knitting Goddess of the Golders Green Group put the girl all back together.

I’m now in a quandry though. I’m suposed to be up to the round which leaves 124 st on the needles, but due to my dropping, and having to knit 6 together at one point in the ladder to rescue her, I’m still on 120, which means the last two 2 sets are the same length.

The pattern creates a flattened hexagon, and although you cannot see where Natalie rescued her in the lace, I’m afraid that if I leave it like that and carry on, I’m going to end up all wonky.

Being a perfectionist when it comes to knitting, it feels really really wrong to just leave it like that and carry on, so I really have two choices 1) Frog it all and start again. (losing 4.6hrs of work in the process) or 2) tink back until I get to the 116st set and then start again from there. (Which will take me around 2 hours I suspect)

I haven’t decided yet. Not sure I will for a while either… I do know that when I do deal with her, I’m using lifelines from now on!