Friday, June 8, 2012
Project updates: knitting
Hi y'all, I thought I would do a quick "project update" post while 10 yo daughter watches HP and the Goblet of Fire (again, sigh). Hopefully we have synchronised things nicely and HP will be all over red rover by the time it is Sherlock.
Anyway, here in the lower south island of NZ we are shivering.... Alas, there are no photos of me dolled up in my Astakhan (spelling????) coat which I have never previously worn. It reminds me of a poodle - an aged one at that. After wearing it to and from work I came home to find that a large amount of the curls were coming off and I spent the best part of an evening re-sewing curls back on. After a frustrating hour myopically stabbing here and there I resorted to craft glue. I promise, I will post photos of the coat because it is truly awesome.
In the meanwhile, I have become rather obsessed with knitting hats. The red and grey beret is now completed and my 10yo has worn it several times. It is not as special as the $1 skater cap she bought from "$2 and more" store. I then embarked on a voyage of discovery and decided to use a skein of recycled sari silk which I bought at least two years ago, and have knitted into a scarf shape and then pulled undone as the effect was totally unsatisfactory. To my surprise, it knitted up rather nicely. I used to spare grey 4 ply for the base and then the sari silk and then the top in grey again. As you can see from the photo below, the colours are stunning.
Hats are a pleasant and easy diversion from my major project which is proving to be rather tiresome. The purple cardigan with lace pattern. I have finished one front and have started the second. My lace motifs are not all the same, in fact, some of them meander quite drunkenly towards the centre - I hope when it is sewn up and I have done the bands that it will be barely noticeable.
I also started a third project - for my dear darling H. He suffers from allergies and cannot wear wool, so I took advantage of the 30% off all yarn sale at Spotlight and bought enough to make him something from this vintage pattern:
I am making him a round neck sweater with raglan sleeves - and I am using Marvel 8 ply. It is knitting up really quickly which is very satisfying.
Regular readers of my blog will know about the Ravensbourne Foot bridge which crosses the railway line. It was recently repaired and reopened. Imagine my delight when I noticed that a local bus shelter has been repainted....depicting the iconic bridge: