Archive for June, 2011

Birthday time

Things have been on the busy side around here the last week or so. Miss 2 is no longer Miss 2… Welcome to Miss 3!

 

We had planned to celebrate her birthday a little early last weekend, but she came down with a random fever the day before and has to postphone.  The day dawned rainy and cloudy today so I was delighted that we had booked an indoor venue with plenty of space for the kids to run around. We hired out the local YMCA’s Kindygym, which was great fun for everyone.  The birthday girl particularly enjoyed the rings…

 

It was lovely going to a venue that wasn’t ‘home’ – we get a lot of rain at this time of year and the odds were that it would rain. A small house filled to the brim with kiddies and their parents didn’t much appeal, so it was awesome to see them all with room to spread out and have fun.

Miss 3 didn’t have many ideas as to what she wanted for her cake. The only request was ‘green’.  Given green is her favourite colour, it’s not surprising… but she didn’t give me any clues. So I decided to go for this fairy theme.

It seemed to meet with her approval too, which is good!

A good time was had by all. And of course we have to do it all again next month for DS, and then again the next month for Miss 4… Busy times in these parts!

One thing I have been wondering is what you all do for your birthday cakes? I ended up buying an Edmonds Buttercake mix as I wanted something lighter than I seem able to produce. What are your favourite/most successful cake recipes for a reasonable size cake?

Shopaholic

I’ve been a bit of a spendthrift over the last few weeks. My mailbox has been a rather busy, rather yarn-y place this week. My kind of week really!

First up was a WEBS order – I decided to get a couple of garment lots of yarn. And I even chanced my arm at some Madelinetosh Tosh DK. The last time I got a garment lot it was so poorly matched I would not have been able to use it… and have had fun using it up on other knits instead of course!  I’m pretty happy with my five skeins of Baltic though.

Unfortunately with the overcast day the lighting wasn’t good on this for the colour, but you hopefully get the general idea.  I’ve had this colour before and I love it. I think this will be my next project. I deserve some DK or worsted knitting right now!

Another garment lot I could not resist was some Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool. It is 45% wool, 35% silk, 20% nylon and at 192 yards/50g skein it is a lot thinner than  your typical DK but it says to knit it up on 4mm needles. I’ve seen some lovely garments in this yarn on Ravelry, so to get mine at half price ($4.99 US) because it was a discontinued colour was brilliant. I ordered Sage, and it is a very light colour, but something I haven’t much of in my wardrobe (or woolies drawer) so worth a go I thought.

And I wasn’t planning any more yarn purchases after than, until I heard whisper of a sale at Hidden Purls with flat rate international postage. Far too good not to check out. Far too good not to by at!

Gorgeous Madelinetosh Merino Light 4ply, in Amber Trinket

 

Noro Silk Garden colour 258

And a lone skein of Malabrigo Rios in Sunset. I’ve been wanting to try this for ages, and I thought the colour was irresistable!

And it’s not just yarn either – I had a button buy-up too, although in my defence this was bought a couple of weeks ago and I had to wait for delivery…

 

Lovely buttons handmade in Christchurch thanks to Nicci at Buttons by Benji. I admit to being rather addicted to these!  So are my girls, so it works out really well for everyone.

In the meantime I’ve been knitting away with some lovely yarn and will have something to show you early next week all going well.  And I got brave and popped my Dew Point shrug into the washer and dryer and it’s *much* better. Sooo glad I did. I think that the lace was just too stretched out in the blocking process, so this has solved its issues.  I’ll try to snap a picture sometime soon. If and when the rain stops!  Thanks for the encouragement.

FO Catch Up

Last weekend I got Mr13 to take some pictures of some projects that were finished by hadn’t been posted on here.  They are all knit in Vintage Purls yarn now I think about it!  So, here goes!

First up is the socks I showed you in a post a couple of weeks ago.  They are gorgeous, a pattern called Azure Socks,  which is a free pattern from Knitty’s Winter 2008 edition.

This is a toe-up pattern and starts with a patterned toe. It took me all of four rows to start screwing it up. After the third attempt or so, I decided the a plain toe was the way to go.  And the patterned heel flap went the same way (except I only screwed that up once before abandoning it….).  So, slightly less patterned than the original, but lovely nonetheless.

The yarn was gifted to me in a hand-dyed yarn swap, and it’s a dead-ringer for the colourway in the pattern pictures. It’s lovely, light and subtle semi-solid.  Delicious!

The pattern took a while for me to enjoy knitting. I acutally cast these on early last year. I took them to work with me and knit through several meetings and lunchtimes. I think that was half my problem – because every row is a pattern row, I never had any down rows, which you really need when you’re meant to be concentrating on something else!  Once I picked these up again, it took no time for me to memorise the pattern and away I went.

The pattern uses mock cables – lots of k2tog and ssks, making stitches, and so forth in order to make these lovely sensuous lines.

The next up in the next cast on…

I think I cast on this Dew Point Shrug back in February. I had a good go at knitting it and then set it aside for some time. I picked it up again in the holidays and took it away with me to Foxton Beach. In fact I knit a good portion of the lace rib whilst watching the Royal Wedding. As you do… I then took it home and blocked it, and that’s when things started to go wrong. It’s waaay too big now 😦

Now I’m stuck between two choices – to either rip it back and start again/use the yarn for something else, or throwing it in the machine and dryer in the hopes it shrinks a little.

I’ve been doing neither for a month now. Procrastination wins the day again! 

What do you think?  Vintage Purls sock yarn is machine washable, so it won’t felt, but it might change the fabric considerably? 

Finally, a cute pair of hand warmers. 

 

These are the lovely Veyla mitts I’ve been meaning to try for a couple of years now. Not in the yarn I had aside for them either! The squish purple skein of alpaca my sister bought back from the States for me two birthdays ago is still waiting… 

I actually cast these on for a swap. I didn’t allow myself terribly long to knit them before the swap was due to be sent. I decided to be clever.  And shortly after that, everything – rather predicatably – went wrong.

Yes, Sheryl, you do have to knit one left mitt ane one right mitt. They will be different as your hands face different ways.

Needless to say, I didn’t get done in time, I can’t read patterns well when I’m not trying, and it’s really not the pattern’s fault I’m slapdash sometimes.

So, once I read the instructions all was good. The wee lace panels for the cuffs were logical and I was able to follow the pattern line by line no worries.

And I have to say I utterly adore the thumb increases. Genius!

Just as well I love the pattern since I know I’m going to do it in the yarn I had set aside!  I think these are a lovely project, and a quick one too. If you’re not in a hurry!

That’s the round up for today.  It’s so cool to note all these projects down, as see what my stash is becoming.  I do still have a few more projects to catch up on here, but there’s always another day to post them!

 


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