Monday, June 30, 2008

I have to have this

I know this has nothing to do with knitting...but everything to do with the post 2 below. I really really really need one of these shirts. And my dear family, do not get one for Michael because I am going to get him one...but you can get me one. *BG*

All sorts of wonderful styles and colours can be found here. Giggle to your hearts content. I did.

OK, so I felt a bit bad that this post didn't relate in anyway to knitting, but then I found the Holy Grail of prank birthday gifts. The instructions can be found here. Chicken Viking Hat

He really will kill me for this, and more then likely won't find it any where near as funny, not in the least....but since when has that stopped me? ROFLOL

Daughter #1

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Back Panel on Meg's Gansey

Ta dah.......Now the front...... work tomorrow morning! cough cough (still)

Corinne, this ones for you!

Thank you, Franklin.
~MuM (it's a family joke)

Friday, June 27, 2008

Total Stash Clean Up

When I got up this morning I though just maybe I would go to work, then I went into paroxyms of coughing and that plan came to an end. So although I am still coughing and I sound like "Gravel Gertie" I do feel a little better. Yesterday I started puttering around in my computer slash yarn room. Yesterday I got my library and my stash listed on Ravelry. Today I cleaned out the quilting /sewing projects and packed up some old family pictures. All in all I am very pleased. Back when...I won these ribbons at the Milton Fall Fair, seems like a lifetime ago. It was nice to come across the pictures. I found Corinne's as well. I am up to row 36 of 52 on the pattern portion of Meg's gansey, I will post a picture when I finish the back portion.
In the meantime enjoy a little walk down memory lane with me..........

My own design, pure wool Scottish Fair Isle West My adaptation of Kaffe Fassett's "Foolish Virgins"
At one point there were 42 colour changes across the back
My first grandaughter's Christening Gown.
hand dyed mohair and wool jacket for my cousin Sharon.
Wool, cotton and silk blend yarns..Henley for my Son In Law Chris.


Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The Five Gansey Project

Being the brute for punishment that I am I had this brilliant idea. Wouldn't it be nice if I knit sweaters for the 4 granddaughters and Moi and we had out pictures taken wearing our matching sweaters?.... "Grami and the Goils".... I wanted bright colours and so I have chosen Royal Blue, Red, Royal Purple, Deep Apple Green and Dark Turquoise. We will be brilliant! I have started the royal blue and purchased the yarn for the green one. As soon as I start the green one I will buy the yarn for the purple one and so on. The pattern is a basic gansey and then I went to Knitting Fool dot com to get the basic gansey template. I love those people. Knit your swatch, enter your details and voila...there is the whole pattern. There are no seams as the sleeve stitches are picked up at the arm hole and knit in the round to the wrist. I have just inserted the gansey design.

Each sweater will be a little different but the basic motifs will be the same I will just adjust the design motifs to accommodate the number of stitches. As I am knitting 5 of these I am deliberately making them a little on the large size in the hope they all fit when I am done. I am leaving mine to the last in the hopes that I am smaller and won't need the largest of all.......I am sooo deluded!I am knitting the ganseys out of Super 10 cotton, made in Greece, gorgeous stuff sold as another name in the States....(Stacey Charles I think) It is really nice to knit with and is not stiff and heavy as some pure cotton can be.
I am home sick from work and don't even seem to have the strength to knit. I thought perhaps if I blogged a little it might get me going......cough cough cooouuuggghhhh..oops

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

New Project!

One day I will finish my Pashmina sweater. All that is left to be done is sew it up but I just haven't been in the mood.

So I started something new. My oldest hasn't gotten a new sweater in a while. She is a bit tricky because she is very tall for her age (11) and most clothes that fit her are just NOT age appropriate. I wanted to make her something a bit less 'kiddish' but not so grownup that I cringe.

Teaghan has about as much patience looking at patterns, as my husband. No matter what I show her, she agrees so I’ll leave her alone. So I’ve picked out this pattern and this is what she is getting. I might make the body a bit longer since she seems to like her tops to come down over her hips. It should knit up quickly. We’ll see. I’m doing the body in the round so that helps to move things along. It’s been a while since I worked on needles this thin. The inches don’t come as quick but the finished fabric looks great.

~Daughter #1

One sock on.......

I am sitting at work freezing. It is hard to concentrate when your feet are cold.
I have put my heater away and daren't get it out again It is June for pity sakes. So here I am think'n how cold my feet are and wishing I had worn something warmer to work today when the light comes on. I have my knitting with me. So I dug in the bag an pulled out the finished sock and put it on. It is a good thing my feet are under the desk. When that foot warms up I will switch the sock to the other foot. Maybe if I knit quickly on my lunch break I can get the heel turned and put the other sock on needles and all. Nothing like necessity to "hurry up" a project.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Another one bites the dust

There is something to be said for the satisfaction of knowing that you finished a project. It is also one of the things I like most about Ravelry. You can keep track of your projects. It makes it easy to see how many you have on the go. And for me it's easier to resist starting a new one when I already have so many on the page *G*

This is my Sea Silk Shawl. so yummy and pretty. The colours look like a medieval tapestry to me. This is the skein that my mum got for me for the holidays (thanks mum!) She bought it in Sept when we were at the yarn show and then said I was going to have wait to get it (so cruel).
I love the way it feels, so...silky LOL. It only took one skein to make on 4mm. I had to block it out when I was finished. It's perfect for this time of year when it is warm during the day but still the air gets a bit of a chill when the sun goes down. I absolulty love it.

~Daughter #1

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Working on Meg's Quilt

This is the extent of my knitting lately.......other than plugging away on the other bamboo sock.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Shetland wool, that's for me.

I am Shetland Wool, how about that?

You are a traditional sort who can sometimes be a little on the harsh side. Though you look delicate you are tough as nails and prone to intricacies. Despite your acerbic ways you are widely respected and even revered.
I take umbrage at the "acerbic ways." Am I harsh? These things are silly anyway.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Something to do between rows

Baby Alpaca
You are beautiful and soft, if sometimes a little difficult. Nothing but the best for you, etc. Quality, but out of the league for the rabble.

~Daughter #1

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Global Art Project update

...or maybe that should be "down"date. I am disappointed. I waited a month and still no response from my "partner" in California. I sent an e mail off to Katherine asking her to look into it. Perhaps I have the wrong address, email or otherwise. Anyway I am very disappointed that I have not had a response from 2 e mails or from my mailing. I am beginning to wonder if someone stole my project "en route." You would think that Paula in California would have at least responded to my emails.... Unless I have the wrong address. In any case I have not received anything from her. Why do people get involved if they don't intent to participate. The whole idea of this, as I understand it, is that we reach out to one another, in peace and friendship, during one week every two years. I am so quick to make excuses for people instead of just saying I am really annoyed and I think this inaction shows a lack of taste.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

The Loch Ness Sweater from Mary Maxim is knitting up beautifully. The pattern is simple and easy to read with a magnet board and ruler. It should not be long before I have the sleeves done and assembled.

Beware we have our own little monster wading around these parts.

(my dog maple)
~Daughter #2