August 2007


Whoa, almost two weeks since my last post! Sorry dudes! I, uh…I got my Ravelry invite awhile ago and I have to say, the rumours are true; Ravelry can tempt you into more drooling than knitting. But I did get a few pieces finished:

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A Tomten for my pseudoniece, Sofi!

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Pattern: Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Tomten Jacket

Materials: One and some skeins of STR Puck’s Mischief; maybe half a skein of STR Scottish Highlands, both Heavyweight (I knitted two ridges of PM to one ridge of SH, because I’m not such a fan of yellow)

Needles: 3.75 mm Addi Turbos (I think…I can’t read the wire anymore, and I don’t have a gague thingy yet!) I was pretty meh about these needles (too clickety clackity for me)

Sadly, I don’t have any action shots to share…the Tomten might actually be a tiny bit too incredibly huge for her yet, plus it’s been really hot here lately. Maybe later.

The heat has also stopped me getting an action shot of the second, much smaller (I fear maybe too small!) sweater I made for her (I’m a proud auntie!):

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(skein of Noro for scale; a future hat for the mister!)

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Pattern: heavily adapted from EZ’s February Baby Sweater, with the stitch pattern used in minty’s Leyburn socks

Materials: Maybe 2/3 of a skein of Fleece Artist Sea Wool in Hercules

Needles: 2.75mm Crystal Palace Bamboo Needles (which I ADORE!) and some 2.75mm bamboo DPNs

It took a lot of trial and error to work out the numbers, and even then I’m not sure if it worked out in the end. Her mama assures me it will, but it remains to be seen! Ah well.

Next up: a little something for me…

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Some Fleece Artist Merino sock yarn, perfect for a pair of Pomatomus! A little ambitious for my Second-Ever socks, maybe, but when has that ever stopped me?

I finished the sweater!

Here’s a blurry pic of me wearing it in my sister-in-law’s garden, a few days after the wedding:

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*sigh* My husband, I adore him, but he is not an awesome photographer. Anyway. As you can see, the wrap sweater became a regular ol’ cardigan, but it’s still my first “proper” cardi, so I’m very excited about it! (my REAL first one, which still needs to be photographed, is closed with a tie, not buttons)

Here it is “in action”, on the bridge overlooking the monastery beyond the Royal Mile in Edinburgh (about ten seconds from our fantastic flat; cheaper than a weeks’ hostel accommodation for four people, and eleven hundred times more comfy):

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me: Was that a good picture?

him: It sort of looks like you’re being mugged.

me: Well, how bout we —

him: No more time for blog pictures! We gotta go!

So that’s pretty much all I got of the sweater, except for some random holiday snaps that never seemed to turn out all that well. Most of them are kind of blurry, actually:

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Ah well. The good news is, I found some Real Irish Wool during our “honeymoon” in the southwest of Ireland!

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Lovely tweedy green, but it’s a bit scratchy for next-to-the-skin wear. I’m dreaming of a felted bag, maybe with a celtic-y knot-y thing intarsia’d on the flap. But that will have to wait a wee while, I’ve got another obsession or two on the go just now that need completing. But I’ll save them for another post, when (hopefully) I’ll have all the elements together at long (long!) last! Oh, surprises…