L is for

L is for

Lotus Blossom shawl in Lorna’s Laces (Shepherd Sport, but let’s not spoil the “L’s”!):

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L is also for “Long story, but worth it“. The link to this was posted on the online conference for my university. It’s the best description I’ve ever read of what it’s like to have a chronic illness, and how you can explain it to “normal” people.


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Lotus Blossom is done

Lotus Blossom is done

Imaganitive and original post title, I think you’ll agree!

Image-heavy post ahead, but I think it’s worth it.

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Pattern: Fiddlesticks Lotus Blossom Shawl
Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sport in Iris Garden. I used 2 skeins plus 5/7th of one (yes, I am a scientist and I did weigh it!).
Needle: 4.5 mm bamboo circular
Time taken to knit: 4 months on and off
Finished size: 32″/80cm by 66″/170cm (and probably could have got more if I hadn’t run out of room on my “blocking area” a.k.a. my bed!)

More details on it’s webpage here.

I. Love. This. Shawl.

One lotus blossom flower, two lotus blossom flower …

One lotus blossom flower, two lotus blossom flower …

I’ve been knitty.com RAKed:

Look what I got!

Edit: I completely frelled up. Someone else had said that they would send me some Kool-aid and I assumed that this was it. NEVER assume anything. So, thank a thousand fold zknitter, from the knittyboard, and I am soooooooo sorry for the mix up.

On Mariposa:

I’m still undecided on whether I like her enough to keep her – useful, aren’t I? Constructive criticism will be welcomed (as long as it’s not of the “God, you’re so fat, that’s why it doesn’t suit you” variety – as a certain relative of mine might say). I wore her today and I’m warming to keeping her.

All things bloggy:

I’ve fixed the problem with the display in Internet Explorer and re-jigged a few things like the Google search box in the sidebar (you can use it to search the blog or the internet). If you want to search for a project I did sometime in the past, use the search box on the blog, or the one on my home page. I’m working on installing a search box on all the pages on my web site, to make things a bit easier to find. All of this is not too bad for someone who learnt her HTML in the dark days of the internet before there were images (yes, all those stories you were told are true!).

Oh, and how’s this font? Better or worse?

Amble:

I’ve done one repeat on the first sock and, despite a few fluff-ups due to not concentrating hard enough, it’s going well.

Commenting on comments:

I got a comment from Margene about my Mariposa. As in the Margene. As in Utah, Zeneedle, Margene. It’s not right that I should be this excited, is it?

Lava Flow socks:

I’ve really got into the rhythm of these socks now, and they are going fast because I’m only working the patterning on the top side of the sock. The reason for this is twofold; firstly, I think it would be a bit uncomfortable to walk on a slip stitch pattern and secondly, the diameter of my pal’s feet is fractionally larger than their ankle diameter, so that should help it fit better.

My ring:

No, nothing with diamonds! It’s for all us “Knitting Amys”, since there are quite a few of us around.
I’ve set up a blog and to join click here.

Lotus Blossom Shawl.

Ahh, yes. I was sitting shivering the other day wrapped in my super-cheap viscose “pashmina” and I suddenly remembered my merino wool shawl was lying there all unloved.

I’m increasing four stitches every other row so, obviously, each row gets longer and longer. I’ve just got one more repeat of the “blossom” part of the shawl and then I’ve got the bobble bind-off to do. Wish me luck!

Yarn acquisition:

This lurvly yarn arrived the other day:

Without flash:

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With flash (to show the sheen from the rayon):

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It’s Cotton Rayon Sport from Mystical Creation Yarns in the States. I got it via the Yarn Co-op on Yahoo Groups. The colourway is called “Copper Desert”.

I’m thinking of a 3-to-2 Any Gauge Sweater, working the diagonal bit to my shoulder-to-shoulder measurements and adding side panels so it fits more like a set-in sleeve than a drop shoulder top. I already have the pattern, so a quick tension square will tell me what the yarn wants to be!

A little apology and a lot more knitting

A little apology and a lot more knitting

The apology: the post I made after I came back off holiday did not turn out like I had envisioned it. Whilst sitting in a caravan looking at the Irish Sea I composed several eloquent posts, in my head. I sat down on Friday evening and, instead of a piece of writing Churchillian in style about how we will never surrender to the threat of terrorism, what came out was a lot of anger and a bit of swearing. I know that I’ve lost at least one reader (via Bloglines) and so this apology will, obviously, never reach them. I wanted to say “Sorry” for the way in which I expressed myself, and I give myself a D- for it. I’ll keep the post up, because although it was clumsily expressed, it does indicate my feelings on the matter.

A better expression for all peoples opposed to terrorism is found here:

We’re Not Afraid

Now, back to the knitting (this is a knitting blog, after all). Click on any the photos to view them in all their large, blurry, 3.2 megapixel glory!

Sockapal2-za socks:

I’ve done a garter stitch cuff on this because I plan on doing a garter short row heel and toe (for reasons that will be revealed after the 15th of September!). The cuff rolls when it is not on the leg, but does an admirable job on the leg. (S)he said that they tend to wear “calf-length” socks, more than “ankle-length” socks, but I’ve no ideal how those two vague measurements look. I’ll have to guess, I suppose!

Lotus Blossom Shawl:

I’ve now finished the first repeat of the “blossom” part of the Lotus Blossom. You may be able to see a red lifeline that I had to put in after I’d started knitting from chart 6 instead of chart 5. DOH!

I Don’t Shrug:

Not enough progress to warrant a photo, to be honest! I’ve started on the back portion of it now.

Mariposa:

This is the right back of the top. I managed to do two fewer rows in the garter stitch welt than on the front, and this is the back piece that is “public”. I’ll either leave it or pick up and knit two more rows when I’ve finished it. After hearing that the straps were working out a little too big for most peoples taste, I’ll probably alter those as well.

I fully anticipate having finished the right back of Mariposa the next time I post, but that’s probably the only photo-worthy thing I’ll have done. I could also photograph the progress on my oceanography assignment, but it’s not really all that exciting. Or indeed knit-related!

TTFN.

The Joy of Sox

The Joy of Sox

or “How the west was won”. Or is that something else?

Anyway, I’ve discovered that I’m not entirely rubbish at knitting socks! Yay for me! More on that later; a magazine review, a toy and finally some Martha progress.

First of all, you may have noticed that my knit project tracker images have changed a little (see the sidebar to the right). Thanks to Celia Ng’s significant other, Chris, I can now choose my own colours! Props due to Chris! (did I just say that?). If you’d like the code for your own blog, please, please, please, save the images to your own server. I suspect that someone(s) have been hotlinking some of my images and it pushed me over my bandwidth limit for two days. Five more days like that in June and I get kicked for a week 😦 – so please, please, please don’t be a bandwidth thief! Public service broadcast now finished.

UK Knitting magazine: a review. Having taken a leaf from Queer Joe’s ample book, here comes a personalised and opinionated review of the July 2005 issue. Remember, feel free to disagree with me at any/all point(s).

Fuchsia – a cropped l/s bolero made slightly worse by the addition of bobbles all over the place.
Point Edge Wrap (book extract) – garter stitch shawl – nice and simple but with some lace interest – quite good.
Poncho power – a crocheted poncho for kids – would you like to try and get jam and mud out of those tassels?
Heat Wave – cross-back halter top with lace bodice – really nice and simple, elegant knitwear
Accessories – to be fair, some of them look like hairballs. I think they are supposed to be flowers!
Hippy – a fair isle cropped tank top with a frill – – I’m just stunned into silence really.
Papaya – cropped peplum cardigan with a curved hem and ruffle – would probably look great on a 12 year old for Ballet class.
Blue Haze – a cotton aran-weight fair isle s/s top – I really like this and could actually consider making it.
Vanilla Pod – Irish moss stitch and cable baby jumper – really nice, good, baby wear.
Anarchy – I think it’s supposed to be a scarf but it looks like several dead caterpillars sewn together.
Sky – v-neck tank top with lace bottom edging – again, I could see myself making this, but they spoilt the look with a knitted bow – why?
Ultraviolet – crocheted evening bag – simple, I would make it.
Ballet Class (book extract) – really lovely girl’s ballet wrap cardigan. Now why can’t they do that for use grown up girls?

Overall – could do better. I’m glad I cancelled my subscription now. It’s a shame, because I was one of the first to subscribe right from Issue 1. There seems to have been some kind of editorial change ever since they went monthly. I just don’t seem to like the styles anymore.

Now, on to the knitting.

The Lotus shawl is going slowly (but that’s because I’m increasing four stitches every 2 rows)

I’ve done the decreases on the back of Martha

And I made this in three days!

As for the socks, imagine two rounds of 2/2 ribbing in dark blue sock wool. Imagine two socks on two circular needles, knitted from the top down. Now imagine me taking a photo of it!