Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Winter cheer

I've been kind of off the grid for about two weeks. We've moved house, both worked some crazy hours with our real world jobs, and generally not had much time for our extra curricular activities - the knitting has not progressed much over the last little while. But all is good, now the move is all done and we're all unpacked, I'm looking forward to having a bit more time for the most important things!

Over the last two days the temperature around Auckland has seriously plummeted - this morning it was a crisp 5degC during my walk to the bus stop. I'm loving it though - the winter coats and boots are out, and I'm dreaming up ideas for the perfect winter scarf. For me, this colour will really warm away the season's chill. 

This is a baby alpaca, silk and merino DK yarn in Citrine by the Sunrise Fiber Co.
Oh my goodness, I need some. 
I'm thinking cables. Or something reversible. 
Oh I can't decide - I just need some of this sunshine!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

My first wedding cake

So if you've been reading my blog recently, you know I've been freaking out a bit about baking a wedding cake for one of my best friends. The wedding was today. 

Considering I am terrible at icing cakes, I thought it came out pretty well

I used this vanilla lemon layer cake recipe from Completely Delicious, with this icing recipe from Fine Cooking.

The final high-tea spread and the other cakes looked amazing.

And by the end of the day, most of mine was eaten! Good result.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

On not knitting and filling time with other stuff like art!

No productive knitting accomplished this week. There has been lots of work, lots of house appointment/open home stuff, physio appointments and reminders to not stay in front of a computer all the time so my shoulder doesn't get all annoying. 

Because of the shoulder thing, I haven't done any long spells of knitting. It's a bit frustrating but I'd rather get my shoulder better first. I've basically got one over-active muscle which is getting very tense and sore, and the muscles in my lower back aren't working properly to balance everything out. I'm being really conscious of using the correct muscles and doing my exercises to fix everything, and this means not knitting sitting still for too long. I can be spotted waving my arms around and stretching like a crazy person. It's going to take a little while for me to break the bad habits that my shoulder is used to, but it will get better and it's not too serious, phew!

The highlight of the weekend though was going to Chromacon today. It is New Zealand's first illustration and comic art convention, and some of Husband's friends had stalls there. I wasn't really sure what to expect because I can find some of the arty scenes a little big judgmental towards people who aren't arty (ie me!) but I had a great time and spent way too much money on prints to frame for our house. Above are two that aren't all rolled up.

The first is called Waiting by Sophie Oiseau. Print number one of 30! I want to live in this little red cabin. It's just adorable. My second choice of residence is this Tree House by Nicola Brady. Except there's a sign above the door that says No Girls. But there is a cup of tea and a cat in the window - two things I love. 

Both of these artist have amazing work - check out more of their work here:

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Knitting with bamboo - a first time for everything

It's raining. The boys are all away for a bachelor party weekend and it's just me and Dougal (cat, the best male in the house) chilling at home for the day. 

I'm taking a little break from my sweater and I've started knitting a plain pair of socks. The sweater was getting too difficult to carry around on the bus, so I needed to start something smaller and portable to keep me sane while commuting. 
I cast on the lovely Unicorn Sock Yarn I got from Soft Like Kittens. It's an 80 per cent BFL / 20 per cent bamboo blend, and oh my goodness it is incredibly soft. I haven't knitted with anything like it before. I've never knitted with bamboo before, so that must be a part of it. It has a great lustre and these socks look like the sea!

Things I'm learning about the awesomeness of bamboo yarn:

It's antibacterial. Holy moly, That's cool!
It's biodegradable.
It's a renewable resource.
It has lustre! Shimmery yarn! Yay!
It can be softer than silk when spun into yarn.
It's very light - spring clothing!
It can lose a bit of strength when wet. Careful hand washing recommended.
The yarn can split a bit if it's not blended with anything else, so a bit of care when knitting is needed.

And some Happy-go-Knitty BFL sock yarn arrived in the post too! Thank you!
Hope you all have a great weekend!