Friday, June 27, 2008

Not a lot of progress

At least on the yarn front this week.

I've not picked up the pins much since arriving back from Dublin. I'm kind of stuck on Megs vintage cardi with all the decreases and increases and feel I might need to frog it back a bit. That's never fun. Not feeling all that well at the moment, so I'm not up to dealing with the vagaries of increases and such with the cardi.

I might well just stick with swatching up my three new yarns.

I've started with the lighter colour of the Roxy yarn.

For a slubby yarn it's knitting up quite easily.

The needles are 5.5mm that I got free with one of my knitting magazines. I'm at a loss at to which one. They are quite 'plasticy' but okay to work with.

Bamboo needles are still my favourites. Although, alas, due to not realising my own strength I managed to snap one of my 4mm bamboo needles in half :(

Roxy knits up with a slight curl and is quite varigated. Methinks it would be best suited to children's knits, scarves and hats.

Friday, June 20, 2008

On the subject of clothing

It would appear that I'm a skittle.

I got Trinny & Sussanah's book today and after perusing it's pages decided to put their words of wisdom into action and came home with wide fit jeans that not only feel utterly comfy but also look well nifty. I got them in Evan's sale for €22 down from €40 which I think is cool even if I do say so myself. Also got myself a shirt which follows their rules for my shape in Debenhams. It's a Jasper Conran which cost me the princely sum of €11.50 :)

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Progress so far

Progress by the 15th. A respectable 6 & a bit cms.

Progress as of today - the piece on the left is 15 and a half cms. The piece on the right is the front brought up to the shaping stage. It was a noodle numbing part to do. I didn't quite trust that the pattern was right at points when it was asking me to cast of soooooooo many stitches.

It came together in the end though when I realised that I needed to then pick up stitches up to the place where stitch holders are (I couldn't find all my stitch holders with the move so I'm using one straight needle as a needle holder). These picked up stitches are knit up to form one side of the cardi to sleeve level and beyond. Then the stitches from the other side will need to be picked up and the same routine followed to sleeve level and beyond.

Um....still not quite sure how the held stitches will figure into things. Twill be interesting to see. I'm pretty sure they form a place for the ribbon to be laced through.

As you can see from the pic above my blond bombshell is well happy with her new pressie. It's the bikini bag from Debbie Stoller's Happy Hooker courtesy of Cheers Marian. :) I foresee countless hours of happy posing for my bombshell with her new accessory.

Thanks in no small part to my bombshell's morning antics I felt in need of some retail therapy this afternoon.

Look what I got. Purdy aren't they? :)

They were only €2.00 per ball in Lena's of William Street. You can check them out via I don't usually shop there due to not relishing having a gaggle of sales assistants trying to help me with my purchases. The last couple of times I've been in there though, there were only one or two assistants and they didn't leap at me, so I felt relatively comfortable having a browse.

At the moment, they have bargain baskets of yarn on sale for €2.00 as above. There is quite a range of yarn types and brands available. Enough for garments in some cases. If there's a yarn that's generally pricey and I've wanted to 'play' with it to see if I like how it knits up and drapes it's extra nice to find it in the bargain bin. Generally, these bargain bin offerings would be quality yarns that are end of season stock.

In some cases there will be quite a few balls of yarn from the same dye lot on offer which have just been slow to sell due to colour not being to local tastes. They are still perfectly good for swatching and experimenting with. At a couple of quid a ball, if it turns out ya hate the yarn it's not such a loss financially.

Talking about loss, I'm losing valuable snoozing hours online. It seems to be my new vice. Oh well, could be worse. Although methinks I shall feel worse for wear on less than my full quota of sandman hours while commuting to Clonmel in the afternoon with my bombshell.

From Clonmel I'll be boarding another bus for Dublin which will get me to the big smoke for 9p.m. Most likely, by that stage, I'll be sleepwalking. Meh, I could care less, cos it means I'll get to spend the weekend celebrating Pride in Dublin. Woohoo!! Happy me.

Happy Pride Folks :)

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Vintage Cardi

Since bemoaning my lack of progress on Ravelry I've since managed to cast on both the front and back of this piece. The yarn is lovely to work with despite my distaste for working with pink. It's my daughter's choice of colour. This cardi was meant to be worked up with RYC Classic Cashcotton. While Lena's turned out to have it in stock, whereas Hickey's didn't and I knew Singer don't support it, Megs plumped instead for Debbie Bliss Prima. It's a blend of 80% Bamboo and 20% cotton which explained its slighter higher price. Still, seeing that she has sensitive skin I think she made the best choice.

Below is a pic of the magazine carrying the pattern. It's the same magazine title that I got the Joma Sweater pattern in. I like their clear instructions and the way that they have the numbers for the different sizes coloured. No need for mucking up the mag by circling the size I currently require.

Yesterday, alas, I didn't have the opportunity to knit in public for International Knit in Public Day, but I figure I do my part for public knitting by knitting on the go so often the rest of the year. I shall definitely be attending a get together for it next year either in Dublin or Cork. Although, I really would prefer to attend a knit in public get together in Limerick so I could meet up with other Limerick based crafters. That would be ideal.