Saturday, December 16, 2017

Prime

Today is my birthday, and this year I have turned a prime number. I'm in my prime. That won't happen again until the year after next!
I've been very lucky. I have friends and family who love me, I have a delightful husband and people gave me the BEST presents. Jen gave me some stitch markers - she knows I'm obsessed with metal stitch markers, and look how pretty she made them:

Then, on  Friday I got two packages in the mail. Kate Davies West Highland Way club yarn, and This Thing of Paper, by Karie Wesserman. I didn't open them until today. Happy birthday to me, from me.

My parents gave me a Fringe Supply Co Porter Bin  - they asked what I wanted, because I'm very difficult to buy for. I really, really wanted this bag, and also I thought they would enjoy the trip to Sunspun.

As well as a subscription to the Malthouse theatre, Leon gave me a guide to the West Highland Way. This isn't to help me follow along with the yarn club, we're walking it next March.

So, a good haul. Mainly though, I'm so grateful for the people in my life, and that I want for nothing. these luxuries are the icing on a very lovely (birthday) cake. 

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Words for Nerds - It's that time of year

I've only recently gotten really into the book blogs - before this I was all about the knitting and lifestyle blogs. I have been vaguely aware or reading challenges for a while, but I haven't ever considered doing one. And now they are everywhere, and I was thinking about playing along - I love playing along with anything. And then I decided no - I don't want to be driven or focused in my reading. I certainly don't want to track my volume - unlike many people I have the time and luxury to read a lot. And while challenges like The Book Date's Full House Challenge do sound like a lot of fun, I've decided not to put any structure around my reading. i will continue to read widely, but it's better for me if I take it easy, and try to make reading something that is not goal focused - unlike knitting, which my aching hands attest that I  could consider being less goal focused about too.


So: This week I am continuing my reread of Robin Hobb's Farseer Trilogy with book two - Royal Assassin. I am, of course loving it, because it is a good book. I am also having to talk  keep reminding myself that rereading a book is not a waste of time. The goal orientated part of my brain keeps on trying to convince me that going over old territory is not as useful as reading new books. I don't really know where I got that idea from, but it's definitely there is my head. How do you feel about re-reading books?

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Every single time

On Sunday I pulled the body of my Thoughts cardigan out of its protective ziplock bag, and tried it on for length. While I had a chance I looked at it and thought "Oh it looks terrible. I've missed a yarnover. All my increases are very obvious. Why are my stitches so uneven? This looks terrible. I'm a terrible knitter. Why do I bother? This is going to be unwearable."
And then I started laughing. At this point in every major project I'm convinced it is going to be a total failure, look like crap and that I'm never going to wear it. I thought the Village Sweater Wrap was the weirdest thing I've every made (it is, but I love it) I thought the collar of my Manzita Tee was unquestionably bad - actually it's really cute. I thought  Twist Pullover was going to be something I wore all the time, but it seemed to get shorter everytime I wore it, and I sent it to the opp shop last week.

So, I can't tell. I've cast off now, and just need to block it and sew the ends, which should help with all of the issues above. Or maybe it is the worst thing I've ever knit, and will be unbearably bad. I'm withholding judgement until it comes out of the sink.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Sunday Rambles

Hello there. This week in endless cardigan news:

I've been working on the body, and now it's nearly 100 rows longer than it was last time I blogged about it. It's all scrunched up in a plastic bag to keep it clean while I work on in, so it doesn't feel like it's growing fast, but it really is.

I have a weird obsession with knitting this body FAST. I don't know why at all, after all, when i finish this I'll just cast on something else, but I absolutely want to get this finished by Wednesday. Why? Nobody knows.

On Saturday I went to the button shop to try to find a closure. I found this

which I am so, so happy with. Look, it's a little horned sheep! Right, I've got to go, I've only got 30 rows (of 300 odd stitches) left to go. If I don't sleep or go to work, I can have it finished by tomorrow.



Thursday, December 7, 2017

Words for Nerds (Grace and the Fever)

Grace and the Fever

I don't read a lot of YA, but this was recommended on the Call Your Girlfriend podcast, so I thought I would take a punt on it, and I'm glad I did. It's a book that plays with the question "what if you got to meet your idols?". In this case it's a member of a boy band, but really the activity doesn't matter. It's an exploration of celebrity and fan culture. While the band members could perhaps have been more fleshed out as characters, Grace was believable, likable and real.I couldn't stop reading it, which is my gauge of a good book. It made me think of another YA book I read when I was actually young. Do you remember the Lion's Teen Tracks series? There was a book in that series about a similar topic, but it was much more tortured than this one. I can't remember what it was called, and a google search did me no good at all.

Linking up with It's Monday, What are you reading? over at the Book Date.


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

What is that smell?

Fight Club reference. 
Last Monday I pulled my current project - Thoughts by Joji Locatelli out of my Field Bag (which I am still completely in love with) and sniffed. Now, I have a sensitive nose, but the waft of smell was like those old opp shops. Or like a granny on a hot day. Not dirty, but not quite right either. I was reminded of my Twist Pullover but I thought that was about taking the laceweight jumper I was knitting camping with me. This time I haven’t been anywhere, and I had only been knitting on this for a week. Also, I’ve been pretty careful to ensure my hands are clean, because I really don’t want to finish this and discover that I’ve stained or marked it. So I don't know why it smells weird.
That said, I’m really happy with how this is knitting up. I decided to knit the sleeves when I had the body down to the waist – it just seemed that doing the sleeves now would be easier somehow. Sometimes sleeves feel like a drag, but I am loving knitting in the round.
I’ve put the body of the cardigan into a zip lock bag while I knit the sleeves, to keep it clean and out of the way, and it’s working quite well. Once I pull it out I might give it a rinse before continuing. I can always call it blocking to see how it looks, but we know it’s so that it will smell pretty while I knit on. After all, I’m going to be with this knee length, laceweight cardigan for a while. I might as well enjoy the process.  

  

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Richmond Knitters Christmas party 2017

Last night was the Richmond Knitters Christmas party. As always a good time was had. There were some differences this year - Katherine and Louisa took over the organising from Sonia. As a thank you to Sonia for founding the group and keeping it organised, we all made her a tree ornament. Her face when she was given the box was classic:

I made little socks, one for our ornament exchange, and one fore Sonia. Here they are wrapped:

And here is the only photo I have of them. So blurry:


Dani from HalfBaked Hand Dyed dyed a signature yarn for the group:

It's so perfect. Self stripping in colours that I think really represent us. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it, but I know it's going to be fun. 
I received this lovely ornament in the exchange, knit by the talented Becs, and Susanne gave everyone little baubles and the pattern and yarn to make a cover for them, but I think it looks really lovely just the way it is: