Commence Operation Feeling Sorry For Myself

Commence Operation Feeling Sorry For Myself

(Mini-whine first, knitting follows) 🙂

Nothing in particular.

The incessant rain.

The persistent pain (ooh, that rhymes!)

The idiot neighbours who think it’s a good thing to lock a child in a room and ignore them while they are having a toddler tantrum. When they’re 11 years old.

I’ve finished the right front of the Wren cardigan and I’m just about to do a three-needle cast off on the shoulders.

There is some inconsistency in the fabric and I don’t know whether to block the pieces now or wait until I’ll finished everything. Any advice?

I’ve made a pretty decent start of my design for the Summer of Socks 2007 competition, but I’d still like to keep a little something back, so here’s a sneak preview:

SOS design peek 1

sos 2007 peek 2

The yarn is a bamboo/superwash wool mix from Anne in the MacIntosh colour. I am reliably informed that it does accurately resemble said apple, but I can honestly say that I’ve never seen one!

The third clue for the mystery stole has been released, but I’m still slogging away on clue 2. I’m a proud member of the Slow-Bee group, as imagined by Bonne Marie. There is a button and everything! If you want one, save it to your own computer and then upload it to your own image server, please. Thank you, darlinks.


Slow-bee shield badge!

Erm … I think that’s it. Yup. Sorry, pretty boring that, wasn’t it? I’ll try and have a more interesting life between now and the next post.

Shall I train to be a fighter pilot or run hobble away and join the circus?

Ritalin in the drinking water

Ritalin in the drinking water

I’m not an advocate of mass medication (far from it) but in my next-door neighbour’s case I could make a great big exception. I’ll leave it at that since I’m googleable (is that a word? Well, it is now!) but to say that I’m a knat’s whisker from going medieval on their posteriors wouldn’t be far from the truth.

Knitting? You want knitting?

Well, I can’t give you much in the way of knitting or crafting because at the moment my default (or 0) position is taking care of my mum. She’s having a very rough time of it at the moment (actually the past couple of years have been rough, so this is like a storm force 10 out at sea with only a pair of arm bands for support) so all my spare energy is going into looking after her. However, that doesn’t stop me using PayPal!

Fabric from Cheap Fabrics.:
fabric haul

The shiny stuff at the top will be put to use as a long-sleeved jacket (view A from Simplicity Threads design 4238) and the other stuff is for stuff I can’t tell you about!
I also got a copy of Yarn Forward magazine. I’d give you a link, but Kerrie’s server went kappootski Everything seems fine, so here’s the link (my pattern should be up there soon, I hope). The patterns are good – certainly much more my kind of thing than the other UK magazines are offering – but some of the pictures are very strangely formated. If it’s a style thing, I don’t like it, but if its not, they need to sort that out for the next issue!

Mystery Shawl

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Progress on the applied border – something I’ve never done before! The red circle marks the center point – gulp!

mystery shawl border 26-10-06 1
mystery shawl border 26-10-06 2

Stitch Markers

I also made some more stitch markers (this time with glass leaves):

leaf stitch markers 1

I don’t need any more stitch markers, so I’ll probably pull my finger out, make some more and put them up on etsy soon-ish.
Hopefully, the next post won’t take me over a week and a half, but no promises!
Hugs and whatnot!

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So, my pattern is likely to be in the next issue of Magknits. That’s fine – it was alway likey that it would be the March edition. However, after reading Kerrie’s recent blog entry about people just complaining and making personal attacks, I’m not sure I’m ready for this. Hopefully, nobody will notice my pattern, no-one will make it and I’ll be able to live peacefully and quietly. Except, I’ve got another pattern that will be in the June issue (swatch below) that I’m assuming will get more interest. :sigh: What have I let myself in for?


Look – heal-age!

I love the way the colours pool on in the heel flap. I’m only doing a short sock, so I should be finished in the next week (!).

Magknits June pattern:

I’ll leave little clues from now until then. First up:

The next clue will be what the yarn is!


Does anyone know of a clean, easy, cheap and legal way of getting rid of noisy neighbours? I’ve just about had enough. Blegh.

I’m doing a little better, healthwise, and I’m actually managing a bit more than the past few weeks efforts; “Get up. Have breakfast. Go back to bed. Rest. Knit a row. Listen to the radio. Rest. Watch Friends. Go to sleep.” I actually went outside today and walked (for about 1/4 of a mile with the aid of my funky purple crutches, but it’s still progress!)

Word Cloud:

Found via somewhere I can’t even remember – probably Wendy

Right – I’m off to email my tutor with my idea for my project report on the prevention of HIV transmission from mothers to babies.

Edited to Add: Oh – I completely forgot – I’m going to be a cousin! My uncle got married at the end of last month and in six months time, he’ll be a dad (you can do the maths, I think!) The little girl will be half scientist, half accountant. I think we’ll get on just fine! And it means I’ll finally get a real baby I know to knit for! Yay!

Bendable promises

Bendable promises

I love lists, and so here’s one of what I consider bendable promises:

  • I promise not to buy any more sock yarn until I’ve used (almost) all of my stash up. I reckon that’s about 20 pairs of women’s socks assuming I use all the left overs.
  • I promised that I’d put the Airen pattern up. Oops! I can’t understand my own notes and I can’t even find out how many stitches I cast on. I can always scan the bits of paper and put them up so everyone can interpret them?
  • I promise to keep up with my university work and I will not get behind this year (!)
  • I promise not to buy any yarn of any kind until I’ve made all the stuff that I already have yarn and a pattern for (that’s another list for another time!). Unless it’s for a present, of course!


I’m into the gusset increases now:

I’m not too sold on the toe. It’s a bit pointy for my toes. Guess who’d they be perfect for – my mum! She ain’t havin’ them!


I had a bit of a cruddy birthday. I was woken up at a quarter to three when my drunk, diabetic, 16 year old next-door neighbour came home and started shouting “I WANT MY PHONE!” over, and over again. And then, in the evening, I was told that my grandpa has had cancer for three and a half years. You know how people say they were knocked side-ways with bad news – well, if there hadn’t been a wall in the way, I’d have fallen over.


I’m still working on deciphering my notes (really, really should have paid attention to what I was doing) and I should have something semi-concrete by Saturday.

Well, I think I can call that random Thursday! See y’all on Saturday then!

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!


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!


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.