Saturday, January 26, 2008

A Hat, some snow and a deer

woo for the overly literal post title!

First more knitting (i kno 3 FO's in a week! hello procrastination!)

Somewhat more sucessful than the last...

Now i asked my mum to take pictures of me in the hat in the snow (which we will get to) and this was her effort:

Which is all very good, shows the snow, but not so much the hat! Thus we tried again:
better! Now it is a smidge on the big side, shoulda knitted the medium but oh well its done, from the front it makes me look a little like toadette! but it does mean i can stuff my hair under it!

Patterm: Chromosome hat

Yarn: Hipknits alpaca silk (ooh its scrummy)

Incidently this is the first in my series of how many genetics related things can i knit before the end of my degree...

Next snow, as you see it was snowy... This was on the way up to inveress, drving in a blizzard isnt fun (dad was driving not me) This was the drumochter pass:

kinda white!! Was very pretty right enough

Now i cant remember if i mentioned the deer before? But there was a wee deer in the garden last week which i only managed to get blurry pics of, but then today it appeared again, in more photogenic conditions and i managed to get a photo there ofJust a wee female roe deer. eating the plants!!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

It had to happen eventually

So actually i finished this on Sunday, thats right 2 FO's in one day! Which dear readers tends to lead to:

Yes a picture of my finger, with a hole in it! (not the most heinous injury every suffered by mankind but still) I blame the addis, them buggers is sharp!

But i hear you cry what is this second FO of which you speak, well i like to think of it more as an FU . All the time i was knitting it my dad was declaring it hideous and akin to a brillo pad.
Alas i fear he was correct. but anyway may i present the Plastic not so Fantastic in all its glory:

See i didnt even model it its that bad. You may think that it looks ok laying on the floor innocently but all is not as it seems, tis badly shaped, the hood is weird and the head hole tiny! over all bad bad bad (not to mention the small acrlic aspect)

But there is light at the end of the tunnel all is not lost! The yarn came from dearest Yorkie and thus to there it shall return Mr Maxman can hopefully get some use for it (tho it may take some growing into)

Either way there we have it my first real (well kinda) knitting disaster!!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

I gave up!

Originally i had big plans, i have 2 balls of this yarn thus knee high socks woohoo!! I started them in September i knitted whee all went well i had feet, then i stopped, bored of all the stoking stitch, they languished in my bag for months untouched.

Yesterday i decided sod it , i dont need knee high socks, i might as well make them normal length and get the damn things finished and thus i did:not the most flattering angle at which to photo oneself from but meh

I pretty much knit the entirety of the legs in the past 24 hours

pattern i essentially made up, yarn is Opal crazy

I must say tho 2 at once magic loop toe up is the way to go, really!

Friday, January 18, 2008

Cherries and sweeps

Remember the fat quarters i got back in October? well thanks once again to the sewing wizardry of Mme Sue they have become bags!because one can never have too man bags, especially if they have the sweeps on! this is now just and excuse for more WIPs of course...

I have also been spinning:
Cherry Truffle Tussah silk, quite lully.
217yds, 41g of roughly lace-fingering weight yarnages

Monday, January 14, 2008

Too tired...insert witty title

Boy go home, this makes me sad. Having to be up at 4.30 to take him to airport makes me sleepy thus a meme i stoled from Sade

  1. Elaborate on your default icon:
    I'm not sure i have one usually a ball of pink handspun hot boys or Tiffany, cos she rocks! (the singer not you dear tho you rock too)
  2. What’s your current relationship status?
    I have a lovely man that buys me root beer :)
  3. Ever have a near-death experience?
    Not that i recall
  4. Name an obvious quality you have:
    big brown eyes
  5. What’s the name of the song that’s stuck in your head right now?

    um listening to Teenagers by My Chemical Romance that count?
  6. Any celeb you would marry?
    Zach Braff!! (sorry sweetie)
  7. Who will cut and paste this first?
  8. Has anyone ever said you look like a celebrity?
    Um assortedly Angelina Jolie, Drew Barrymore, i think its crap tho
  9. Do you wear a watch?
    nope i have my bandana I have a Swatch watch that has the loudest tick in the world tho
  10. Do you have anything pierced?
    Ears multiply and nose
  11. Do you have any tattoos?
    Purple/blue celtic knot on my right ankle
  12. Do you like pain?
    Not particularly
  13. Do you like to shop?
    not usually, I will if i am bored but generally i go to buy something rather than just wander, I hate shopping with people
  14. What was the last thing you paid for with cash?
    Roll and sausage and coffee from Ikea
  15. What was the last thing you paid for with your credit card?
    Fibre for Adam (edited cos i missed this un...)
  16. Who was the last person you spoke to on the phone?
    Either my mum or Anthony, cant remember
  17. What is on your desktop background?
  18. Anthony and a Tardis
  19. What is the background on your cell phone?
    Anthony making faces (spotting a theme?)
  20. Do you like redheads?
    I’d like to be one
  21. Do you know any twins?
    Used to date one
  22. Do you have any weird relatives?
    Most o f them,
  23. What was the last movie you watched?
  24. Half of Legend, in its entirety um.. Sense and Sensibility maybe
  25. What was the last book you read?
    On the Edge Richard Hammond
  26. Is there such a thing as love at first sight, or it is more likely to be lust at first sight?
    I'm not ruling it out
  27. What’s your favorite book?
    Vampire Lestat
  28. When was the last time you visited the street where you first lived?
    i passed it on the train last week?
  29. When was the last time you googled your own name?
    its been a while actually
  30. What was / is your favorite subject at school?
    German prolly
  31. What was / is your least favorite subject at school?
    PE, i dont do sports
  32. Do you like having your photograph taken?
    Fairly indifferent really, depends if i am feeling photogenic
  33. What time were you born?
  34. Ever seriously questioned your sanity?
  35. How many phone numbers do you have remembered and can say off the top of your head?
    prolly a few, i used to kno more
  36. Can you Limbo?
    I shouldnt imagin e so
  37. Have you ever killed your own dinner?
    I do not believe so
  38. How long have you been living at your current residence?
    23 years minus the 5 and a blob i was in edinburgh
  39. What phobias do you have?
    i dont like butterflies...
  40. What’s your ideal breakfast?
    tea and crumpets
  41. Where are you right now?
    in my room
  42. Why do you blog?
    cos my fans love me (hahaha)
  43. What would you call your autobiography?
    I Feesius! (or maybe not)
  44. What’s the longest time you’ve stayed out of the country / where?
    i think about a week and a bit in Italy/Switzerland, soon there will be more time in foreign lands!
  45. Do you use ICQ, AIM, etc..?
    MSN, AIM, YIM, G-Talk probablt others
  46. Do you have nightmares frequently?
    not really
  47. If you were another person, would you be friends with you?
    maybe, do i have coffee?
  48. Which TV character could you be friends with?
    hmm Lorelai Gilmore
  49. What’s on your mouse pad?
    A black leather one atop a hello kitty one
  50. What is your ring tone?
  51. What did you watch on TV last night?
    last night i think the only thing i watched was Brian and Tiffany (no in that way perv!)
  52. Scary movies or happy endings?
    Happy, I;m a sentimental sap

Friday, January 11, 2008

Friday: FO and Fibre!!

I finished something!! Shocker!! In a bout of knitting ADD i decided to cast on something that would hopefuly be fairly quick just to have something finished. I think knitting time this took about 3 days but they were spread over about as many weeks so!

I give you Saturday morning market bag:
(see as well as being useful for bringing me snack foods he is a dahhhaaalink knitwear model hehehe). Its a bit of an odd shape almost triangular.

When filled with goodies it stretchs out quite a lot:
Still not the regularist of shapes tho.
The reason for the odd shape?

slight yarn shortage, this was all i had left...

Pattern is thus, I modified it quite a bit, first i knit the main bit of the bag in the round and did a 3 needle bind off for the bottom seam, I have no idea how many pattern repeats i did just til i felt the need to stop, then cos i was running out of yarn i only did 2 ounds of garter round the top and made the handle quite short.

Yarn be Ella Rae Kasbah in teal.

And since i was getting stuff from Scottish Fibres anyway i got a few wee bittys for myself (well mother (we) just got a double treadle kit so there will be much spnning to do)
Linen tops stuff
Ronaldsay, sheepies from some Islands up north that eat nothing but seaweed so makes the wool different, we shall see what its like when we spin!

Sunday, January 06, 2008

In which one extoles the virtues of having a chap from foreign lands

Really i just want him for the foodstuffs he can provide (also i suspect he may be insane bringing all the following...) Hamburger Helper which i was instructed to try, as yet i have not i will report back
Cheese, to refute my claim that my cheese is better than his cheese
A veritable assortment of snackcakes, because i watch too much TV and wanted to know what twinkies are like
Root beer cause its awesome and hard to come by (there was more but i drank it...)
Nerds and fruit stuff for Ellie and Red Vines for Adam (which i havent broken into yet cos i am good)

There mighta been more, some chocolate i believe.

But anyway, i shall be thoroughly fattened up, and generally he be quite fabberlous.hurrah

Thursday, January 03, 2008

I broke my rule...

I had said a while ago that i was all for the selfish knitting and that this year i wasnt knitting any gifts,but by the time it got to the 18th of December and i had no idea what to get my dad for Christmas I decided i would knit him a sweater, yes thats right a week before xmas... There was much exclaimations questioning my sanity but well, then i had to find a pattern that i could knit from stash (see knitting from stash good...) I decided upon the Cobblestone sweater from IK and thanks to some kind knittys (big hugs to April and Sobe) i got the pattern. I think i cast on at about 10pm on the tuesday night and the progress was as thus:
19/12/07 11.52am20/12/07 17.1922/12/07 12.0723/12/07 23.26

I'm not entirely sure how accurate the time stamps onthe photos are but its close enough. So yes a sweater in a smidge over 5 days... Properly modelled at the Falkirk wheel in the mistPattern cobblestone from Fall 07 IK

Yarn Robin Aran with wool in a creamy flecky whatever

(yes I know its taken forever to post this but we'll there have been distractions....)