Archive for March, 2010

Amsterdam!

March 20, 2010

I’m going on holiday! I haven’t been away for about 5 years and I’ve booked myself 4 days in Amsterdam in June.  I can’t wait, I’m so excited.  I’ve even found a knitting group that meets on Monday nights in Cafe De Jaren so I’m hoping to go and see them on my first day. 

And today I’ve finished a WIP that I’ve had on the needles for almost 2 years.  It’s a pair of blue tofutsies socks that I started in May 2008.  I’m never going to knit a long pair of socks without a pattern again.  The main reason they’ve taken so long is because I didn’t quite know what I wanted to do and kept pausing while I made decisions.  I’m also not really that happy with them as they are too tight around my calf muscles.  I should have frogged them really but I was stubborn/lazy.  But it IS good to have finished them.  It means I have only got one WIP at the moment – the Lacy Tea Top from The Knitter Issue 1 that I cast on last January in some mohair that I have.  So hopefully I will get on and finish that soon too!

In other knitting news, I finished my orange gloves last Sunday with the knotty cable on the back of the hand and wore them a lot this week.  I’m really proud of my cabling and will hopefully be able to use the pattern to teach myself how to design some other patterns.

Keep Off The Grass

March 6, 2010

This is the second Om Yoga Mat bag I’ve made, this time for Sarah.  I didn’t have as much of the cotton dk left so the colour bands aren’t as even as they were for Laura’s but I think it looks ok.  I’ve also made the strap with lilac/pink as they were the colours I had a lot of.  Hopefully Sarah will like it as much as Laura likes hers. 

This is the necklace I made today, I got a new dress called Keep Off The Grass by The White Stuff yesterday and the fabric has the same blue, yellow and pink in the pattern so this is to match.  It’s designed to be worn as a long necklace or short by putting a bead/loop as a fastener halfway up the sides.  Seems to work well so far, just need to trim the ends of the cord.  It was a complete pain to thread the pink beads though as the holes were tiny!!

Knitting group was fun last week, although a few people were unable to make it.  I spent the time knitting orange i-cord fingers as I need some orange gloves to go with the scarf and hat I knit last year.  I’ve joined 4 fingers together so far but have paused while I figure out if I want to put a cable pattern on the back of the hand like these (scroll to bottom of post) ones that Jane has knitted.  I love the cable and will take it into a rib that is the same as the one I knitted on the scarf and hat.