A cool way to start 2006

A cool way to start 2006

I’ve joined an “along” that basically is like a photojournal. It’s called the ABC-along (found thanks to Norma), and the idea is that starting in January, you post one photo every two weeks, starting with the letter “A”, and finishing in December with the letter “Z” (that’s a zed, not a zee, BTW!).

So, here’s my “A”:

Gosh, that’s original, isn’t it! It’s me. A is for Amy.

I chose this photo because I think I look not-ugly and I love the shawl!

Jaywalker:

Here’s the link for the toe-up pattern (you’ll still need the original one here). Progress can be seen below.

WIP wall of shame:

These are the unfinished projects I’m taking with me into the new year.

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  1. Sirdar Lace Cardigan (only the back completed)
  2. Jaywalker socks
  3. I Do lace shrug (1 half done)
  4. Arien – the cardigan for my mum
  5. Martha lace cardigan (about 40% of the back completed)
  6. A baby waistcoat for charity
  7. Mystery Lace shawl

And that’s not even counting the stuff I have the pattern and the yarn for (Rogue, Bella, Follow the Leader…)

Tag, I’m it!

I’ve been tagged for my first ever Meme. Now, I had a personal resolution that if tagged I wouldn’t play ball. However, since this is all about the knitting, I’m relenting!

NEW YEAR MEME:

What new knitting techniques did you learn this year?

Short row shaping (not really new, but I used it a lot and I did learn Japanese short rowing – thanks Nona!)

Which completed project from the last 12 months are you most proud of?

Nothin’ but a T-shirt. I love it. The yarn and the pattern came together in a beautiful way, and the modifications I made worked out great. That, or my Lotus Blossom shawl.

What was your biggest knitting disaster of the last year?

Turning my Clapotis into a poncho – unflattering and unwearable. It’s now back as a wrap.

Who or what has been the biggest influence on your knitting in 2005?

Without a doubt, the Ample Knitters list.

What knit craze grabbed you this year?

Lace, lace and more lace! Not that I finished many lace items, but I did start quite a few!

Finally, some New Years resolutions.

Knitting ones only:

  • Learn intarsia
  • Learn entrelac
  • Have a pattern published in Magknits (cheating, because it’s already been accepted!)
  • Finally finish that flippin’ Sirdar lace cardigan that I’ve had on the go for about 2 years.

Name the folks to pass this meme on to:

I wouldn’t dare inflict this on anyone who doesn’t want it (I’m a wimp), so if you want to be tagged, consider yourself tagged!

And finally…

I love my little nodding dog! I got him last Christmas and I just flick his head every now and then and it really cheers me up. In the background are Sherbet Fountains – man I love them!

Right, I’m off to listen to some podcasts and wish my next-door neighbours could have their party elsewhere.

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Snow from a clear sky

Snow from a clear sky

That’s what it was doing yesterday. It was wierd to look up into a blue sky and see snow falling down!

Anyway, I have a finished object!

helmet earwarmers

Item name: Bike helmet ear warmers
Recipient: My brother (for his birthday, today)
Pattern: Bike Helmet Ear Warmers By Amy O’Neill Houck from Fall ’05 Menknit
Yarn: Stylecraft Fashion Aran (about 20% wool, 80% acrylic)
Needles: 4.5 mm bamboo straights
Size: one sized
Modifications: yarn substitution
Notes and comments: Overall, this was a really simple pattern. I’m slightly disappointed with the ribbing at the top (it flips down). If I were to make these again, I’d do the ribbing on a smaller needle (possibly even as small as 3.5 mm)

New Socks:

For meeeee!


Toe-up Jaywalkers.

As you can see, I’ve gone for a really muted, dull colourway. I dyed the yarn myself using Kool-aid, and I love it! It’s doing exactly what I wanted it to do! The pattern isn’t really showing through yet, but I’ve only done four pattern rows, so I’m giving it a chance.

Arien update:

Slow and steady, because the yarn has zero elasticity and it quite hard on my hands, but I’m down to belly-button level now.

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I’ve done them as thumbnails, to cut down on loading time. To see larger views, just click on the little pictures.

The fit won’t be the same on my mum (she’s slimmer than me), although we do have the same torso length. I’ve also only seamed up one sleeve, and the little coloured blobs are the pins I used to hold the fronts together.

She’s requested “somewhere to put a tissue”, so I’m going to try and reverse-engineer patch pockets! Wish me luck!

I’ll see you the other side of the new year, which I will spend with headphones on, being depressed and trying to ignore the fireworks (it’s my annual tradition).

TFFT: Amble socks

TFFT: Amble socks

Thank Friday For That!

Amble sock finished

Yarn: Regia Silk in “Sand” 012. About 60 g (approx. 240m) used.
Yarn Source: Opitec
Needles: 2 x 2.25mm circulars
Pattern: Six Sox KAL group
Modifications: Apart from mis-reading the directions for the number of repeats on the leg, none.
Notes/Comments: I loved the pattern, although due to circumstances it took me from August until now (the end of December) to finish them. I worked them one-at-a-time on two circular needles, instead of my usual two-at-a-time. BIG MISTAKE! Lesson now learnt.

At least my mum will be getting one of the knitted gifts I’d intended to give her. Sigh!


I’ve now moved on to my brother’s birthday present. I can’t show anything here yet, just in case he reads this, so I’ll see you on the 29th of this month!I hope you will have/did have a happy Christmas/Chanukah/Hannukhak/Hanuka/I give up – how do you spell it?/Solstice/naked bonfire dancing/general festive shin-dig. (Delete as appropriate).

A (knitting) revelation

A (knitting) revelation

The first pair of Cigar Gloves are done:

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But that’s not the great news! I had an apiphany! I think the reason my wrist “went” was due to working with metal needles. During knitting the fingers I switched to a set of Brittany Birch dpn’s I’d bought earlier this year. OMG! Seriously – it was like knitting with air. They were amazing! I’ve a feeling that 2006 will be “The Year of Selling Metal Needles” followed by “The Year of Buying Wooden Needles”.

For all the nauseating yarn, needles and pattern details, scoot over to the Dyed in the Wool FO blog.

I’m now debating whether I should plough on with Amble socks, or make a start on Cigar Gloves number 2. I think we all know that the socks should be done first, since they are the oldest (and I haven’t even cast on for the gloves yet).

Arien:

Zero progress since Sunday, and I’ve resigned myself to it being late. My poor mum! It’s always her stuff that gets done last, because she’s so reasonable about the whole thing. I’ll still wrap it and give her a present, but I’ll include an IOU!

The Poll is still open (see this post) and at the time of going to press we have YES 70%, NO 0% and I’LL WAIT 30%.

Thanks for all the “Congratulations” on my exam results. Hopefully, 2006 should be a heck of a lot easier, although pretty much all of the year will be self-directed. I have to come up with my own project topic (Science in Society) and create a massive essay. Help!

I PASSED!!!

I PASSED!!!

I passed both my courses!

The results were supposed to be up tomorrow, but I thought I’d chance my arm tonight and they were in!

Oceanography:

  • Exam – 53%
  • Continuous assessment – 67%

Infectious Diseases:

  • Exam – 56%
  • Continuous Assessment – 61%

Phew! Considering that my mantra for the exams was “I only need 40%”, I’m overjoyed with the results!

Only one more year to go before I can add BSc (Hons) Natural Science (Open) to the end of my name!

Obligatory knitting content:

My wrist is healing well and I’m three full fingers, two half thumbs and two half fingers away from finishing the first pair of cigar gloves.