I was just frontin’

Brigitte now has a back, two matching sleeves and a front left pocket! Ooh, it can’t get much more exciting than that, can it?

Take a look at this:

And this:

I know: thrilling, isn’t it! All I have to say is thank ITV1 for the James Bond season. Two hours of solid knitting time. I have seen all of the Bond films at least once, and would watch all of them again (with the exception of “Moonraker” – yuck!). I always wanted to be Bond when I was a little girl (of course, an intelligent, non-philandering, sensible, female version).

I’ve done the tension “square” for Martha and all is OK; right gauge on the right needles. I don’t actually appear to own a pair of 2.25 mm bamboo needles, so a pair of 2.5 mm will have to do! Being the miser that I am, I ripped the tension square back as soon as I’d finished it, so no pictures I’m afraid.

My plan for the fastening of Martha is to use press studs (a.k.a snaps), as wonderfully illustrated by Bonne Marie here. However, I’m a little reticent because I don’t like the idea of punching holes in my knitwear (I always have one eye on ripping back and reusing the yarn at some point in the future). I might still do the press stud thing, but use the sew-on ones, therefore negating the holes (I hope!). Or, I could do a more traditional knitted-on buttonband and therefore I’d only be punching holes in a small amount of yarn. Just thinking out loud again!

In sock news: I’m just about to change from the green stocking stitch to the purple in rib and then I’ll be done!

On a little additional note: I was doing some website house keeping and I launch I.E., just to check that it rendered correctly. Well, it didn’t :o( – none of the pictures were displayed. So, this is now fixed and I apologise to anyone who didn’t get to see project pictures of the links I posted. If there are any problems, just leave a comment or email me. But be gentle – the internet has changed so much since I first started using HTML about 10 years ago!

Oh, Martha: why did they name you thus?

No, not that Martha …

… This Martha.

I’ve joined the “Martha-along” hosted over at Jessica’s place.

It’s all Bonne Marie’s fault : See the 10th of March entry. I already had the magazine (courtesy of my Rowan International subscription) and I nipped over to Jannette’s Rare Yarns on eBay, spied some discontinued 4-ply cotton in Olive, and away I’ve gone.

Whilst waiting for the yarn to arrive I did this:

A quick test in some baby acrylic to get a “feel” for the pattern. I think I’m going to like this. I’ve had to upsize (like I normally have to) but I don’t see this being too much of a problem.

I have to confess that until she was “banged up in chokey” I’d never heard of Martha Stewart (apart from a passing reference in “3rd Rock from the Sun”). I think the closest we come to her in Britain is Delia Smith (but on acid).

In sock news, I now have these:

Well, actually a bit more now, but you get the idea! Funnily enough, considering all of the problems I’ve had with the stashbuster socks, the numbers work quite well for doing the gusset increase/decrease as the child’s small size. I’m hoping that these will fit my mum perfectly. It’s a certain birthday and, quite frankly, these socks are going to be the best thing she’ll get (apart from the triple chocolate cake that I am now the master of). I’ll be making her a cotton long-line cabled cardigan, but since the yarn is currently somewhere over the Atlantic, that ain’t going to happen any time soon!

The back of my gargantuan cardigan (a.k.a. Brigitte) is now done, and I’ve cast on for the left front. Lovely pictures soon.

Ta-ra for now!