UFO Thursday

UFO Thursday

Or I Have Nothing Else to Show You But My Dad’s Cardigan and That’s Getting a Bit Dull.

Note: this post originally started out as “UFO Monday”. Yeah. Life got in the way. It nearly ended up as UFO Monday again! Enjoy!

P.S., Yes I know it’s Friday and my title says Thursday.  It’s been a long week!

I am a perpetual starter.

I love the rush of a new project, new discovery, new yarn and a new pattern. I knit like woman possessed for about a week and then … it … all … just ……..

As a consequence, I have some abandoned safely stored projects.

I did a review of them a while back but for my own mind, I wanted a more comprehensive survey of what I have and what there is to do on them.

The frustrating thing about my lack of attention to these projects is that the majority could be done in a fortnight (or even faster) if only I concentrated on them, one-at-a-time.

So, here’s the run-down!

Swan Lake Stole

swan lake stole 25-04-08

Completed: Charts A to H

To Do: Charts I and J. Wash seventeen times to remove the rancid oil smell and block this mo’fo’ to hades.

Really looking forward to finishing this. Even if I never wear it, it’s a frickin’ work of art!

Mystery Shawl 3/Moss Shawl

mystery shawl progress 25-04-08

Completed: Main body of shawl, and over half of edging.

To Do: remainder of edging, blocking.

Started this in 2005. That’s not a typo. See that crescent shape on the left-hand side of the photo? That’s all the border that I have to finish. Apparently I don’t want to wear this shawl.

My mum’s Little Child’s Socks

lcs 01-11-07

Completed: 1st sock

To Do: Rip out toe of first sock, extend the foot length by a couple of centimetres, knit second sock.

Made the foot too small, so I put it away to think about what it had done. Then I nicked the needles I was using for something else. I’ll be giving these to my mum in summer. Yeah.

My On Your Toes socks

onyourtoes 12-03-08

Completed: 1st sock

To Do: 2nd sock – easy, right?!

1st sock took me practically no time at all but I just haven’t got around to casting on for the second one. I suspect this will be the first project back on the needles after I’m done with my dad’s cardigan.

Strawberry Joe hat

strawberry joe 26-03-08

Completed: 7 repeats

To Do: 2 more repeats, graft ends together. Wear. Style.

I need to concentrate on this project because of the patterning and the short rows. Should be pretty easy to finish in a day or two.

Camo Convertible Mittens (were for my mum, are now for me).

camo mittens 25-04-08

Completed: 1st mitten and some ribbing on the second

To Do: remainder of second mitten

Too big for my mum, so I made her a pair of Fetching mittens instead. Really like the pattern and they’ll be perfect for me when I venture out into the real world!

Boudica Socks

boudica 1 finished

Completed: The first sock

To Do: the second sock (duh!)

Love this pattern and the sock fits amazingly well. I need to pay attention with these socks, so the first one took me forever. Concerted effort needs to be applied for the second!

Modular Lace-up Tank Top from Elann.com

modular top progress 25-04-08

Completed: 6 tiers on smaller sized needles

To Do: 7th and final tier on smaller needles and 3 more tiers with larger needles, upper bodice modules, garter stitch edging, and fastening treatment.

I stopped liking this for a while and was considering ripping it out, but I think I’ve fallen back in love with it. The squares take very little time to knit so I think setting a target of a few squares a day and it would be done in no time!

So, all-in-all, not a bad number of unfinished items, but more that I would like. As soon as I’ve finished my dad’s cardigan (the fronts of which are nearly complete, by the way), I’m going to work on a design or two, so it will be the ideal opportunity to knock a couple of these on the head.

Wow. Chatty, aren’t I? I’ll keep it brief next time. (Yeah, right!)

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Socktoberfest was a bust!

Socktoberfest was a bust!

Between planning for my holiday, being on holiday and then being ill (properly ill) I’ve done practically nothing to further the cause of “Socktoberfest”.

I did manage to finish the first of my mum’s “Little Child’s Socks” sock, but I’ve not cast on for the second, yet.
lcs 01-11-07

A better photo of the sock, modelled by my pyjama case as usual.

I’m not entirely sure that it’s long enough to fit my mum. Under intense interrogation, she said it was fine, but I’m still not sure. I think I’ll knit the other one with a few more rows in the foot and get her to do a “blind fitting”.


I also made some painfully slow progress on the Boudica sock (pattern now available from Miriam herself).
boudica 01-11-07
I changed the heel from a stocking stitch to a slipped stitch because the yarn is very soft and I want to give it a fighting chance in my shoes!


I have made some decent (if slow) progress on my dad’s Christmas/New Year/Mid-May Birthday present (delete as appropriate, depending on how long it actually takes me).
riker 01-11-07
It’s a saddle-shoulder do-hicky, knit from the top-down using instructions from Barbara Walker’s invaluable tome “Knitting From The Top”.

Photo shows 1 and a bit repeats of the back pattern.

Health (or lack of it)

I developed a new symptom (or possibly a new infection) a few days ago, so not only have I had a very sore throat, aching limbs, vomiting, tummy pain and dehydration, I now appear to have a cold.

(Wistfully) What’s it like having an immune system that works?

I know hearing about how someone else is really ill is as dull as ditch water, but it’s either this or going through the details of my disability benefits tribunal. You can have a vote, if you want!

The one reader remaining says … snoozingaminated

Oh, and Halloween this year? No kids came to the door. RESULT!!!! (fist pump). Word’s got around that I don’t answer or that I give out boxes of raisins (both true).

Rains. Pours. Etc…

Rains. Pours. Etc…

A short whinge and then some knitting.

I had a cool post sketched out in my head with photos from my Devon trip and a finished sock and things, and then I got another (much nastier) bug at the tail end of the scratchy sore-throat one.

I know.

My immune system both sucks and blows.

So, instead of that lovely post, here’s some rubbish photos of what I’ve been working on since the last time I managed to blog about actual knitting:

lcs 28-10-07.JPG

riker 28-10-07.JPG

Mind that you don’t get too excited now!

Oh, and not being able to have anything other than half a glass of water in 24 hours is fun! It makes you realise that every other TV advert is for food.

And I have an appointment in Manchester on Tuesday, so that should be interesting! Going into Britain’s second city (don’t even try and argue with me on that one), by myself for, the first time ever, feeling like I do?


Smile? Not flamin’ likely!

Smile? Not flamin’ likely!

So apparently I should smile more?

I was really not well when I managed to get the photos done. If you look at them, you’ll see that most of them are me leaning against a rather solid wall!

Besides which, I laugh. A lot. I just don’t smile (see the end of the previous post to see why). My “neutral” facial expression is what’s in the pictures. Unfortunately, it makes me look like a moody cow!

Anyway, mini-relapse aside, I’m off on holiday on Monday. I’m going to the south coast of England (to the county of Devon, to be precise) for 5 days. It’s called “The English Riviera”. It looks like it might rain. Seems about right!

October holiday journey map
The probable route from home to holiday. I’m back this Friday.

I toyed with the idea of casting on a new “holiday” project, but then realised I have more than enough to be going on with and I never get any knitting done anyway!

So, my mum’s socks (Little Child’s Socks from Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush) will be accompanying me.

Assuming I can remember how long her foot is.

Oh, this could be interesting! 😀

I will bring you clotted cream, scones and hopefully sunburn!

P.S. I had my ‘flu jab today as well. Ouch.

No, I trust you

No, I trust you

Those were the words uttered by my dad upon being asked if he wanted me to check the design of his Aran jacket with him.


I like to name the stuff I design, because calling something “My Dad’s Aran Jacket” takes up too many words and too much energy! Hence forth, it shall be known as Riker. As in William T. Riker. From Star Trek.

I like to think that in his time off from Captaining a starship, Riker would scoot on over to a log cabin and throw on a replicated aran jacket.

What do you mean it’s weird to imagine sci-fi characters doing that sort of thing? It is not!

riker aran swatch
L to R: Box st., Lobster Claw, Noughts and Crosses, Barley Twist, Rev. st. st. (my names for them!)

These are the patterns I’ve picked out, and it’s now a matter of getting the maths right.

One slightly good thing about all the stuff recently was that I got my dad’s measurements for the garment.

Little Mum’s Socks:

lcs 24-08-07 1 lcs 24-08-07 2
Thanks to my Bagpuss pyjama case (what?!) for the modelling

I’ve been going along quite nicely on these now. I checked with my mum whether or not she wanted the sock smooth in her shoe and she said “Yes”, thereby making my life a little easier! For my own tastes, I would have continued the pattern onto the instep, but I’m making these for her, not me.

Modular Tank:

For want of a better name for it, the tank is coming along nicely.

modular tank 24-08-07

I’m on tier 6 of 7 in the smaller needles. You change up sizes to knit the lower three tiers on the bodice.

It’s fairly repetitive, but that’s what I need right now, especially since the universe decided it would be quite funny to give someone (my mum) with TMJ (temporomandibular joint syndrome), laryngitis and to have the infection go into their jaw. Universe? I’m not laughing!