Amble-ing along

Amble-ing along


You are kidding, right? How long does it take to knit a couple of straight straps for a tank top?

Apparently, the answer is “Longer than you’d think”. I seem to have lost my motivation (if you find it can you post it back to me) and I can’t seem to finish this stinking thing. I’m trying. I really am.


And because all knitters love to see the inside of stuff:

A couple more rounds of the pattern and I’ll be ready for the heels. These may become my “Lost” socks (thank you Channel 4!)

Cotton Angora vs. Tempting:

And showing the mock in-the-round how-to:

The yarn won and the garment lost. Absolutely no stretch what-so-ever. Rethink ahoy! My thought’s go along the following lines: Tivoli (from Grumperina), Laverne (Berroco) or Shapely Tank (Whiteliesdesigns). The theme? Simple, stocking stitch tops with shaping, that I can wear a proper bra under.


I took delivery of a Jean Greenhowe book this morning. I am truly a girl now. I plan to knit the Tospy-Turvy doll to show happy & well/unhappy & ill, just to give everyone a fair duck-and-cover warning!


White Stripes – best thing since the Beatles or a case of the Emporer’s New Clothes: discuss.

I do/I don’t:

Ahh, Ha! Thought I’d forgotten about this, didn’t ya! I’m now just a few repeats off finishing the first sleeve. It needs a serious blocking. Any advice for blocking a cotton/acrylic mix?

And finally:

Amble (Six Sox KAL):

This pattern is definately not TV knitting. I have to actually concentrate on these. I’m finding the Left Twist difficult, but since they are for my mum, I’m carrying on bravely!

By the way, this yarn is like knitting with cream. It is so incredibly soft. Mmmmmm……

EDIT: Doh! It helps if you actually mention the yarn that knits like cream: Regia Silk that I got from Opitec UK.

We’re all going on a summer holiday …

We’re all going on a summer holiday …

No more working for a week or two.

Except, of course, with doing the Open University you only get time off from the middle of October to the end of January.

I’ve made my decision regarding the Sockapal-2-za sock pattern:

We like?

They are called the Lava Flow socks from here (biiigggg PDF file awaits – 99 pages), or the pattern on it’s own from the author.

I made a start on “I Don’t” – 46 rows to be exact – and realised I had frelled-up big time!

I read this part of the pattern:

work in Circular Pattern, decreasing 1 st in last repeat every round until 3 full repeats have been decreased.

I understood it as:

work two full repeats (all 18 rows) of Circular Pattern and then decrease one stitch every round in the last repeat.


Out it all came (no pictures because I was too heartbroken) and re-started it like this:

In the flat, on straight needles, and I still haven’t got it right. I’ve worked 6 rows, decreasing one stitch every row and I’ve only managed to decrease two stitches. How???? Because I kept doing the yarn overs on the other rows that’s how! Bloody idiot that I am! I can’t bear to rip out again, so I’ll do a couple of double decreases to get me back on track and then I’ll pay attention! I think it’s safe to say that this won’t be making it with me in completed form on holiday.

Mariposa has stalled while I work on “I Don’t”, as have the Chutes & Ladders socks. The Sockapal-2-za socks were always intended as “Holiday Knitting”, so they are packed in their little bag.

So, this is my holiday knitting (bear in mind I’m going to be in a place with no electricity and where the TV is run off a battery):

From top left, working clockwise, Lotus Blossom Shawl, Chutes & Ladders, I Don’t shrug and Sockapal-2-za socks. Enough? Too much?

Well, that’s me off to rust for 12 days (I looks like I got tanned, but it’s really just the rain!). Glorious photos of knitting in rain-sodden hills will be forth-coming!


Oops, I bought more yarn!

Oops, I bought more yarn!

This is for the I Do shrug from knitty. However, since me and the “M-word” aren’t likely to be acquainted anytime soon (despite an offer from someone called Asif who saw my pictures in the Ample Knitter’s list gallery!) I’ll be calling it the “I Don’t” shrug. The yarn came from a bricks-and-mortar yarn shop (yes, dear reader, I actually left the house and bought some yarn).

EDIT: Has anyone charted the lace patterns for this? I asked on the knittyboard and got a “I know I haven’t, maybe somebody else has” answer. I need a chart! (I can do it myself, but it will take ages and probably be rubbish)

Chutes and Ladders socks with flash (left) and no flash (right). The former is closer to the true colour, the latter gives slightly better details on the texture. These are going quite slowly because I keep changing my mind about how to knit them (English, Continental, Combined) and those cables are quite fiddly. I’ll probably do another repeat and a half before doing the heel flap. I’m umm-ing and ahh-ing about whether to carry the patterning down the foot. I’m thinking about what I’d wear them in (footwear-wise) and so they’ll probably end up being plain.

I finished the front of Mariposa:

[Lifted shamelessly from my Mariposa KAL blog entry]

I’m using Rowan Calmer (purple) and Jaeger Cadiz (cream/ecru). I worked twenty short rows for the bust and made the “skirt” part of the top about 1/2″ shorter than directed. I knit using the Princess sizing and the bottom edge worked out at 22″ exactly; I’m really pleased with that!

To make absolutely sure that the backs overlap, I’m knitting the first couple of inches of the backs on US8s (as opposed to US7s) to decrease my stitches per inch.

I’ll probably post once more before I go on holiday to the ever-exotic Wales. If anyone wants a sheep or two, let me know!