Sunday, 2 March 2014

My biggest ever Work In Progress!!!

As you may have noticed I haven't been around for a while. About 8 months of a while. There is a good reason for this. I am currently working on my biggest ever WIP. And it's taking about 9 months to complete! Yes I am expecting a baby!!!! It's a boy and he is due in March. Three weeks from last Friday is the due date!!!
I'm kind of sad and mad at myself for not blogging while pregnant, but it has been quite an intense time for both me and my other half, and I have just not felt like it. Not really sure why. Perhaps because I had not been blogging for very long anyway and still feel somewhat awkward in putting myself out there.
Also the first three months were taken up with constant nausea and being sick! I even stopped knitting!!! No one warns you that normal everyday household smells will suddenly overpower you and induce vomiting. And "morning" sickness is badly named! Oddly though I was also grateful to it. When you first see the blue lines on the pregnancy test you don't really believe it. It doesn't feel real. Not until the midwife confirmed it. I was totally reassured for about a week or so, then started to doubt again when nothing happened. Wasn't I supposed to "feel pregnant"? A couple of days later the sickness kicked in as if to punish me for doubting. But I was so glad because it made it real for me.
Also wish I had blogged before as I am very tired and in lots pain from the Fibromyalgia at the moment, so finding it difficult to do anything. I wanted to write about being pregnant with severe Fibro, but it may not be done before the birth now. Hopefully it won't be so long before my next post!

Friday, 19 July 2013

Handspun

I finished the handspun merino yarn for my partner's mother. I forgot to measure it so I don't actually know how many yards/metres it is. It's about a sport weight. Though I'm not overly pleased with the plying, it is my first time plying handspun so in that respect I am really pleased with it.


Friday, 5 July 2013

F.O. Friday

I have three FO's this week. The Monkey Socks:


The Vincent Van Gogh Sunflowers socks:



And finally a Mini Sock from a pattern by Stacey Trock from Fresh Stitches:


The sock phase continues, I still have one pair on the needles. But I have started a top! I know! Shocking!

Thursday, 27 June 2013

New balls please!

I am rubbish at sport. No, really I am. I know I now have Fibromyalgia and can barely stand let alone run, but I have always been really bad at sports. The highlight of my sporting career was coming second in the long jump at our secondary school's sports day. "Second" you say, that's pretty damned good. What are you talking about? I came second because there were only two of us competing!
My partner gives me a pained look every time he has to throw something to me because he knows I will not catch it 9 times out of 10. He likes sports, especially football, and the idea that I may pass on my non-sporty genes to prospective offspring is something he dreads.
It's probably because of this non-sportiness that I have never been that much interested in any kind of sport much, except for tennis. I don't know why I like watching tennis. I can't hold a racket to save my life. But Wimbledon is just about the only sporting event I watch on TV. So I am happily engrossed in all the action at the moment.
So as a knitter I wondered if there was a Knit-a-long for Wimbledon, like the Tour de Fleece or Ravelenic Games. It appears not. There are Wimbledon knitting groups on Ravelry, but for people who live there. I could start a KAL of my own, something where you have to change ends regularly or use new balls. Hmm... not sure about this, and I do have six projects on the go as it is. I think I will just sit down with my knitting and watch the tennis for a bit...

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Just because...

I just wanted to share the beautiful red rose in my garden with you today.


Hope your summer is full of roses too. x

Monday, 24 June 2013

The Joy of Socks

I on a bit of a sock binge at the moment. I have finished the Monkey socks which are a fantastic pattern to make. Have yet to block them and take pictures. I have blocked the Snicket socks:


I really like the cuff on these where you knit through the back of the stitch to make a raised column. The lattice pattern can be a bit fiddly to do but looks really good so is worth it. I used King Cole Zig Zag which felt a bit rough but then really softened up after washing and blocking.
And yes I have cast on more socks. Two pairs in fact. I was only intending to start one, but then I watched The Knit Girllls podcast and they happened to say that the Opal Vincent Van Gogh sock yarn is being discontinued. I have been meaning to make a pair of sock out of this yarn for ages, so of course I quickly went and brought some in the Sunflowers colourway. I am just doing a plain vanilla sock toe-up and with an afterthought heel.
While waiting for the Opal yarn to arrive I cast on for a pair of  Business Casual socks by Tanis Lavallee. I am using Woolcraft Superwash Sock Yarn in a mottled brown and black colourway.
I also had to buy a new 2.25mm circular needle as the plastic tubing broke just where it connects to the bamboo needle on my old ones. I prefer using bamboo needles as I get quite a bit of pain in my hands and metal needles seem to make it worse. So I looked for something a bit stronger than bamboo but not metal and came up with Knit Pro Karbonz. So I ordered one and so far seem to be getting on ok with it. They are bit more expensive than other similar products but are well made and I am happy with them. The join between the cable and the needle does catch a bit, but the cable is very flexible with no memory and the metal points make it easy to see dark coloured stitches. This is why I didn't go for the wooden Symfonie needles. I brought a set of Symfonie dpns and found it really hard to see the stitches against the coloured wood. And it's difficult to find the small sizes in plain wooden circulars. I may have to get some metal needles for doing lace though as the points need to be sharper and I haven't seen any pointy needles that aren't metal. I shall stick to socks for now.