Wednesday, December 13, 2006

More ripping back

No pictures, I am feeling down. The socks are too big and I am going to have to start again. I may leave them and try again in the new year. I need to knit something to cheer me up, however, I am banned from starting anything new until I have finished all my unfinished projects:

Dot Pebbles doll for Lily
Brown mohair jacket needs sewing up
Remembering Honey sweater - I have to finish it!

Then I have to do some stash busting.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Ripping back

I have just ripped back my Remembering Honey sweater, Interweave Knits Spring 2003, yet again. I have been battling with the lace panels on the front and finally decided to knit each side separately, instead of both of them at the same time. I have done the first side and had almost finished the second side, when I messed up again. It is impossible to unpick mistakes because of the amount of yarn overs and such like. I keep having to rip back to the start and begin again. Well here I go!

I have finished the first Fathers and Sons sock from Interweave Knits Winter 2006. I am please with it, it is really soft and the pattern has come out well. It looks large on me but it is for my Dad. I haven't worked out how to take pictures of socks yet, so you will have to bear with me. I managed to cast on and knit two rows of the second sock whilst waiting for Lily to finish her Nutcracker Ballet workshop at the Royal Ballet School this morning. It was very cute watching a class full of four year olds prancing around the studio. I think that I am going to need a third skein of cashmere from Colourmart. It doesn't say on the label if it is lace weight, but I presume it so. I can't find a skein of navy blue on the website, only cones. I don't need that much. I have emailed them and I hope that they reply. I now have to go and mark a stack of writing that my Year Six class have done, so until next time...

Friday, December 1, 2006

Long suede boots

I have the best trick for zipping up knee length boots. Every year I go into countless shoe shops in the hope that there will be one pair of boots that I can zip up, all the way to the top. Every year there is only one type of boot that fits, the stretchy type of boot. It is always a bit embarassing to be seen as having mamoth sized calves. Yesterday I went into a great shop in Temple Fortune, Rojo, and found a gorgeous pair of boots. However, they would not zip up. The lady in there told me to zip them up as far as I could, then push them back down around the ankle and keep zipping up. When they were done up I pulled them up to the correct height. I think you can only do this with boots that have a stetchy vent at the top, but quite a lot of styles do. She even gave me a 10% discount when I bought them. Here they are:

Here is the photo of Blackberry, as promised. She has settled in really well and Gad is looking after her brilliantly. Lily and Benjamin are taking an interest, but Gad is the one that sorts her bedding and food out everyday.

I better fill you in on my knitting progress this week. Very little! I am a little stuck with the socks I am knitting, Father and Son socks from Interweave Knits Fall 2006. I am finding the instructions a little confusing. It is not clear whether to finish the chevron pattern off when separating stitches for the heel flap, or to do another pattern repeat before going to the finishing chevron pattern. I am going to think on it for a couple of days. I am making progress with my Remebering Honey sweater. I frogged the front lace pattern and started it again, after making numerous mistakes. It is now going well and I am hoping to get in finished and make a start on the sleeves.