Wednesday, July 27, 2011

How come I only just discovered this?

After a lame few days at work, I decided to cheer myself up by spending this evening reading through a bunch of the blogs I follow, and I made an amazing discovery - Quince & Co.

I want the yarn. I want the patterns. Specifically these ones.

                          The Caribou Scarf                               The Fiona Sweater

                         The Danforth Sweater                          The Marian Cowl

I'm in love with all of it. Quince & Co is a yarn and pattern company founded by Pam Allen - former editor of Interweave Knits, knitwear designer Carrie Bostick Hoge, and mill owner Bob Rice. their range of yarn, mainly American wools, are all sustainably gathered and come in fantastic colours - and reasonably priced -starting at US$6 a skein. Now I just have to pick which project I want to try first - all of their yarns can be purchased on their website and as far as I can tell, they ship internationally - Yay!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Thanks for the picture!

My boyfriend is an amazing animator and illustrator - and here's his take on me and my knitting, that he has kindly turned into a title banner for my blog. Doesn't Sir Dougal the cat look cute?

Monday, July 18, 2011

My new laptop needs a nice case

So I was thinking of making one of these - a Woven Laptop Envelope by Rebekah Olson.

I called into Geoff's Emporium today and found some super cool teal yarn for $2.95 a skein. I bought six. It is Countrywide New Zealand Windsor 8ply DK, and I love the colour. I'd have to double strand it and figure out all the measurements for adjusting the pattern, once I've finished the jumper. And then I'm banning myself from anything blue for a while.
Pic credit: Rebekah Olson

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

This will make my morning coffee so much better

My editor and a colleague went to a launch for a new brand of tea today. In the goodie bag was a cup with this super cool cabled cup cozy. Knowing my love of knitting, the boss gave it to me - and now no one will steal my favourite cup - totally made my day!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

False Starts and Finished Hoods

My wool and the Gang Sexy Back Sweater is on the needles. It only took me about five tries to get it going.
I had a lot of trouble with the cable cast-on. I'd never done one before, and I found it extremely fiddly at first. But I did it, and started knitting in 1x1 rib for seven rows, like the pattern called for. I was just about to start the stocking stitch when I noticed a big error. I'd cast on one too many stitches.

Off it all came. I tried the cable cast on again, still struggling, but managed it after about half an hour. 56 stitches on the needles - the right amount. After several rows though, a stitch had dropped and I couldn't fix it. Off it all came again. By this point I was getting pretty frustrated with the cable cast on method, so I just did my usual long-tail cast on, but then I felt like a cheat so I ripped it all off and started again. The next try I'd made another hole in it. The try after that for some reason one of my stitches disappeared - 55 instead of 56, and no evidence of me dropping one appeared anywhere. By then I'd given up feeling guilty about using a cast on method different to the one recommended, and carried on with the long-tail. So far we are going okay. The ribbing is finished and I'm 10 rows into the stockinette stitch. And 56 stitches are still on the needles!

As I mentioned last week, the hood is finally finished. I'm really pleased with the way it turned out, even if it all got a bit tedious towards the end. My friend is really happy with it too, hopefully I can get a photo of her wearing it at some stage.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

1000 pageviews!

It's a small milestone in the life of my blog, but I think that's pretty good for my first year! Thanks so much for visiting and having a look around, it's nice to think my rambles might be worth a read!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

What could be the start of a beautiful friendship

Or a problematic, and somewhat expensive addiction. My parcel from Wool and the Gang arrived today. And it has to be the most exciting parcel I've opened in ages.

This is a very amazing Sexy Back Sweater Kit from WATG. Included are knitting needles, four skeins of super-soft 100 per cent Peruvian Pima Cotton in True Blue, a pattern in both French and English, a wooden crochet hook, a pack of Pony yarn sewing needles, a funky iron-on transfer and washing instructions. Not to mention a poster of all these cool looking people wearing their WATG accessories - so trendy looking in their chunky scarves and loose-knit summer sweaters.

It's a good thing I've finished the hood - it's just being blocked - because now I can start this!