Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Pretty as a Peacock (well nearly)

That is, it's kind of finished. Here is the completed shawl having a bit of a block on the bed.

Only a bit of a block, mind you. I'm considering this a practice block. Not enough pins to sort out the cast-off edge, and scallopy side edges.

Currently my blocking equipment is limited to:
1 pkt flower headed pins
1 pilates mat
1 set of interlocking foam squares (that are getting more use as baby kick mats)
Beach towels
A bucket, and
Our bed (if the project won't take long to dry).

If I drop enough hints, maybe some blocking wires will come my way this Christmas, and I can stop worrying about the scalloped edges.

So until I have figured out how to give the shawl a firmer tug in all the right directions, it will have to stay partly blocked.

Pattern: Pretty as a Peacock

Needles: 3.5mm Knitpicks

Yarn: Not too sure - From Ailsa's stash, held double.

The colour is more accurate in the last two photos.

Monday, 17 November 2008

Steep Learning Curve

Life's been busy with a new baby to care for.* Just when I think I know what to expect, he does something different.

Amidst the never ending loads of washing, nappy changes and time spent watching him sleep (very easy to loose track of time that way), I have been able to carry on with some knitting ... Joe's jumper is progressing. One sleeve is around 2/3 done. I'm worried about the amount of yarn I have, so sleeves are being done before the rest of the body.

It's been ripped out once, to redo the shoulder/sleeve cap. And may need to be ripped again to change the shaping along the under arm. I've decided that this is not a project where I will carry on knitting in denial ... if it looks like it's wrong, or not going to work, then I'm going to fix it instead of carrying on (with my head in the sand), hoping that it will sort itself out.

And now for a photo of the singlet that I knitted. The armholes are way too big. But I reckon he looks pretty retro.

I've also managed to make a pair of Fleeglised Saartje's Booties for my cousin's baby due in early December. How exciting that I now have a model for baby knits.

*It hit home in the early hours of one morning, that we can't give him back or hand him over when we get sick of being parents ... we're the ones responsible! Not rocket science, but it took a while to totally sink in (quite scary).

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Lesson Learnt

About a year ago, I finished knitting my husband a jumper (see here). It started as a labour of love, and finished with me swearing off Zhivago forever, and vowing never EVER to knit a men's jumper on 3.5mm needles.

As the memories of knitting that jumper are pushed quietly into the dim and dusty corners of my mind, I decided it was time to have another go at declaring my love ... in the sweaterly form.

The Big Thaw Pullover (Rav Link) is promising to be the antidote to Leo.

I'm knitting it in Cleckheaton Country 12 ply (on special at Tapestry Craft/Morris & Sons), on 6mm needles. It's progressing at speed. And because of the construction, I can try it on the recipient as it grows, to make sure that this time, the jumper fits! (I took a photo to demonstrate this, but the model indicated that the jumper looked funny, and insisted that it never be shown publicly).
So here's a photo of it all scrunched up, on our (very dirty) outside table.

Don't let the photo deceive you ... it's really a very black, black.