Friday, June 27, 2008

away...

i've been away - did you miss me? here's what i've been doing....

flora's shieling
i went here (a shieling in north uist)

flora, dyeing
& worked with this natural dyer

bog myrtle for dyeing
& used this (bog myrtle leaves)

results of natural dyeing
to make these


there was knitting everywhere...

knitting on a north uist beach
here (on the beach, north uist)

the knitted fish display
& here (a knitted fish display in the museum at taigh chearsabhah)

knitted graffiti!knitted graffiti detail
& here too ("graffiti knitting" - a railing cozy at the bank in lochmaddy!)


& i even worked on my first summer of socks project...

socks on holiday - SOS08
the solstice socks, on the summer solstice, at pobol fhinn stone circle on north uist


how have you been?

Friday, June 13, 2008

in training

yes, the run is over - but i'm still in training! & here's what i'm doing at the moment:


turtle socks - two at a time!


one sock... two socks...?? yes, that's right - i'm getting my knitting skillz ready for the summer of socks by teaching myself how to knit two socks at the same time. one of the SoS contests is who can knit the most socks over the course of the summer - i'm a fairly speedy sock knitter, so i thought i might be in with a chance. then i found out that last year's winner knitted 42 pairs of socks (boggle).
ok, so last year's SoS ran from 21st june to 21st september, while this year's SoS only runs until 1st september. but still, that's an average of roughly one pair of socks every two days - & i'm just not that fast. & since single socks aren't counted (only completed pairs can be entered!) the only solution i could come up with was to work on knitting both socks at once - at least that way, i'll have finished a complete pair each time i cast off, & i won't have to worry about the dreaded SSS (second sock syndrome)!
i'm pretty sure that i won't be the "most socks" winner, especially as i'm still working on my sweater-a-month challenge over the summer as well (june is progressing nicely, thank you!) - but at least i've learned something new!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

hello june

although i haven't blogged about it yet, i've been working quietly away on my june project for my sweater-a-month challenge.

june raglan detail


it's not very exciting to look at yet, what with being gray stockinette. but what you can't really see from the picture is how lovely the yarn is. looks-wise, it's extremely.... well, i think "rustic" would be a good word for it. it's gray & tweedy, and looks as though it's just come straight off the back of a sheep onto a spinning wheel, & from there onto my needles. but it's actually 100% silk, & is incredibly soft & drapey. & it's not just silk - it's silk from paris (ooooooh....). & it's been sitting in my stash since i bought it over two years ago.
it was my first ever holiday in paris, my first trip to a super-swanky knitting shop, and i'd only been knitting for a few months (at that stage i was just a knitter, not a Knitter). i was completely overwhelmed by the shop - it was huge, yarn was hanging all over the walls in great big hanks, & although you were allowed to touch anything you wanted (this isn't as odd as it sounds - just ask lynette about her unsuccessful trip to a yarn shop in italy!), you weren't allowed to take things down from the walls - anything you wanted, you had to ask the staff, & they whisked away & brought it back from some secret yarn room somewhere. not only that, but the yarn was sold by weight, with little cards on the wall that told you how many metres were in 50 grams, so you had to figure out how much you would need for whatever you wanted to knit, and make sure you kept notes on whatever you were buying.
i was a little confused by it all, what with the math, the french, the secret yarn room, and the walls & walls of gorgeous colours.... & i ended up coming away with 400 grams of this lovely gray silk, with absolutely no plan for it at all. then, to top it all off, i lost the little note i'd made of how many metres per whatever were in this yarn! so the lovely yarn languished in my stash for ages, while i tried to figure out what on earth i was going to do with it.
after measuring out one skein & doing the math to figure out how much yardage i have in total, it looks as though i have about 1000 yards of this silk, which may or may not be enough for an entire me-sized sweater. & the yarn is so beautiful, i thought something simple would be best - so i've gone for a basic top-down, v-neck, raglan stockinette cardigan, with a slightly drapey shape. i'm working the body first, to make sure i get it as long as i want it, then i'm going to go back & work both sleeves at the same time, & just knit until i run out of yarn - if i end up with three-quarter-length sleeves, that's fine. i'm not really working from any pattern, so we'll see what happens...

Monday, June 09, 2008

everyday may

the may sweater for my sweater-a-month challenge is done!

may detail 1


project specs:
pattern: everyday tweed by marie grace
yarn: colinette cadenza, 11 skeins, an unknown mill-end colourway purchased last summer at the colinette mill shop in wales
needles: 4mm addi turbos
modifications: wider ribbing at neckline, ribbed cuff & hem instead of picot hem as written

overall, i'm ok with this sweater - but it's a tad large.


may
hello. i am the sweater that ate the world.


ok, so i had some gauge issues when i swatched - both my stitch & row gauges were a teeny bit big. not a huge deal, i thought - i wanted the sweater to be a loose, comfy fit. but (in the words of blogless mags from my local knitting group) i made a rookie mistake, & didn't wash my swatch. & when i washed the finished sweater - it grew, & it grew, & it grew... until the sleeves were a good four inches too long (can you even see my hands in that picture?), and the body was down to mid-thigh. sigh.
it's still super-comfy, and it will be really nice & snuggly to wear about the house over pjs all next winter. but this may be the only look you get at the sweater, since i probably won't be wearing it in public!!
the pattern is very simple, easy to follow, & nice to knit. i may well make it again, but i'll check my gauge more closely next time - & i will always, always, always wash my swatches!!!

Sunday, June 08, 2008

the race is run



race for life


4 months of training, £1400, 40 minutes of running = 5k
(hi dad)