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Cutting it close ... and furry

The whole time I was knitting Chuck I hoped to have at least 70 grams of yarn left over. My plan was to buy some mohair and make a hat. I've started obsessing about carrying mohair along, to play with colour and texture. Rachey's Latu used 70 grams, and was also 10 ply, so that's where I got that number from.

I had bought more yarn than the Chuck pattern called for, because I knew I wanted long sleeves, and also, dying it myself means that the colour is not replicable. Not even close!

At the end of the jumper (which is currently blocking, photos and wrap up late in the week) I do have exactly 70 grams -which includes both my swatches!

I went to Morris and Sons today and bought some dark grey Kid Slik haze. I'm very excited about knitting with this yarn. 12 years ago, when I started knitting seriously, loads of people where using this yarn - it was nick-named KidSilk crack for it's addictive properties. Then it went out of fashion. Now mohair is back, and I'm here …

Safety socks

I finished my latest pair of sneaker liners (Roxy by Trudy Hertaas , and wore them today. Knitting these in Socks Yeah, which is a fairly thin sock yarn reminded me of a solid fact: there are three things that affect the final size:

1) Needle size 2) number of stitches AND 3) yarn thickness. 

Which is to say these, knit on my usual 62 stitches and 2mm needle size came out quite small. But I wore them today and they are rather perfect. I reversed the pattern for the second one. I was thinking about just eyeballing it as I knit, or rewritting it in excel, and then I wondered if my (work) photocopy machine could mirror the image. It could, and it worked, so that made life fun and simple.
I also changed the side cables: the pattern had one extra long cable, which I didn't realise, so when I saw my sock had one longer cable I "fixed" it. After I realised what had happened, I left the cables equal, because to me it looks better that way.

And now I'm back to only having one p…

Unravelled Wednesday - the one with socks AND a jumper

Knitting two things at a time does my head in! It made sense when I cast on, and then I figured 'socks for out of the house, jumper for knitting on when I'm home". And it has been nice being able to carry the sock with me even when I don't think I'm going to have a lot of knitting time, but knowing that I only have a couple of hours left to finish the pair of socks is very distracting for me. Anyway, I'll knit and finish them on Friday. until then I'm focusing on my Chuck Sweater, which only needs two sleeves and it's done too. Cropped jumpers are very speedy! 
In reading, I finished As Dust Dances and it was a disappointment, I really didn't enjoy the second half. Now I'm reading The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal.

I'm really not enjoying it. The premise is that the earth gets hit by a meteorite, and so now we should colonise space, before the earth boils. I think they should try to fix the earth, because it seems more logical and…

Blanket update

I'm suddenly obsessed with knitting on my blanket. I don't know if it's because all my friends gave me their left-over sock yarn, and now I have about a kilogram of scraps - special shout outs to Katie, Kris, Susanne and Louisa. Or because it looks funny, and will until the sides are evened up.

Or because I have a knitting plan that takes me through to next year, but unless I spend a day or two a week (or throw in a bunch of of charity hats with the left over LOSY) I won't actually have enough projects to get me through to next year.

I don't know why, but I do know that I am obsessed and can't stop knitting on this blanket! Which is good, because it took me 10 years to knit the first half of this project, and I'm thinking I'll knit the second half in one year. I know that if I only knit this, I could get it caught up in no time, but I still have to remind myself that, or all the things I knit, this one is not about finishing it. I'll remind myself of …

FO Friday

I finished the two Baby Surprise Jackets I was knitting and sewed the buttons on, washed and blocked them, bought a card and a mailing envelope. 

Now Leon just needs to get an address, and these can go off the there recipients. I really like how the button choice came out on both of these. I'm very happy with both of them. Like I always say, it's pretty hard to mess up a Baby Surprise Jacket.

Interestingly, despite both being knit on the exact same needle (3.25mm Chiagoo), one came out noticeably larger than the other. 

Really, one of my most favourite knitting things in the whole world is pairing a solid with a self striping, whether it is for baby jumpers or socks. One of my other favourite tings is taking photos of baby jumpers on my teddy bears:

 As a bonus to this post, here's a pictures of the a previous baby jumper (not a BSJ) that I knit, with the actual baby in it.

Unravelled Wednesday and Yarnalong too

I finished these two baby surprise jackets this week, but between them they have 10 buttons to sew on, and sewing on buttons is not my favourite thing. 

Blocked photos when they have had their bath, which is right after I sew the buttons on, which is right after I press "publish" on this, since the babies they are for are already born.

I threw together a sock knitting kit on Monday night, since I was short on time and didn't have any knitting on the go. I used this neon Socks Yeah that I bought in Edinburgh (from Rachel Coopey herself, thank for asking) and if that won't brighten these grey winter days nothing will! I'm knitting a pair of shorty socks my Trudy Hertaas, one of my favourite short sock designers. This photo doesn't actually capture the true brightness of the neon pink yarn.

My intention was to finish these during the week and then start Chuck on the weekend, but I'm home sick today, so I cast on for it. It's only 4pm and I've already do…

Planning (and no pictures!)

I've been planning my knitting for the second half of the year, both in my head and in my Ravelry queue.

I bought yarn for 4 major projects at Bendigo, and I only had one major projects worth in my stash, so this plan should take me through the end of the year.

August's major project is the Chuck sweater. I've started swatching for it, but I'm out tomorrow and I'm not sure if I can deal with getting everything organised and casting on out of the house, so I will probably knit a pair of socks first.

September's major project in a jumper for Leon. We are (hopefully) going on a short holiday somewhere warm, and I think the body of it will make a great holiday project. Stocking stitch in the round. before that I'm going to make a cowl. We were originally going hiking in September, but I don't think that is going to happen now, but it is a piece missing from my kit, and I think there will be some hiking done in October, when it is still sometimes chilly.

Then it…

Suburban Wrap - What was I thinking?

I don't want to sound like a snob, but I hate the suburbs. I live in what is now an "inner city" suburb (6 kms from the CBD) and I don't like going outside Melbourne's trams zone, unless it' all the way outside. (Trams or trees, Skip calls it). So when the wrap I've been knitting is called Suburban Wrap, and I've felt ambivalent about it the whole time, it's not so surprising. I guess I started knitting it in the lull before Bendigo, when I was in a bit of a directionless slump about what to knit next.

The actual knitting of it was ok, it was sort of fun, but I was having increasing doubts about how it looks. I decided to lengthen it, and then second guessed myself, so ended up mainly changing around the final patterns, which I'm glad I did, since it avoids the (in my opinion) excessive final stripe pattern. 

Last Saturday afternoon Leon was out and I marathon knit it, sewing in the last end as my lift arrived to take me to a beer event (Ramjet …

Once upon a sock - July 2019

I didn't knit any socks at all in July, but I'm still joining in with Once Upon a Sock. I didn't dye any yarn for socks either, or buy any sock yarn (at least, not for socks). I think it's a winter thing, I'm knitting big, warm, wrap up and wear them right now things. So here's a picture of my washing line from my wool wash earlier this week. Socks, socks sock, we are not short on socks.
Also, it turns out taking pictures of an indoor washing line is harder than I thought! See you next month for more socks, socks, socks.

Unravelled Wednesday - the one with twins!

And here we are again, the last Wednesday (and the last day) of another month. A couple of weeks ago I was at a work conference, where I bumped in to an acquaintance, someone who used to be close friends with Leon, but went back to Ballarat when he had his first child. Somewhere in the conversation he mentioned that his wife had convinced him to have another child…and that it turned out to be twins! They were born last week, and I’m pumping out a couple of Baby Surprise Jackets.

The first one is made from part balls of socks yarn – the self striping was given to me by Kris, and the plain blue by Katherine. I love these little jumpers, they are so fun to knit, and look amazing no matter what arrangement of stripes I choose.

I’m reading the 4th Jackson Brodie novel, by Kate Atkinson Started Early Took My Dog. I just love the way she ties everything from all the books together. This one was given to me in exchange for a review from NetGalley (for reasons I will never be able to fathom, t…

Dyeing to get it right

At the Bendigo show I was eating from a bag of mini-doughnuts and walking past someone selling mattresses. I exclaimed loudly " I might dye it myself. I'm good at dyeing." The mattress guy said "dieing? That's quite a skill". I gave him a doughnut and went on my way.
The very next stall I went in to was Bellevue Park Wool. Single source Australian wool? Ten ply hanks for Chuck? Yes please.
The only thing is I didn't love the hand-dye job, and the undyed hanks were 10 dollars cheaper. So I bought the undyded, and scuttled over to the Handweavers stall, where they sell the dyes I use.

I dyed up all four hanks yesterday. I don't think I've ever dyed a jumper's worth in my little dye pot. I normally wrap my skeins or put them in a zip lock, because I'm pretty sure my op-shop bought dye pot in aluminium. I started this wrapped in glad-wrap, but it escaped.

I'm really happy with how they came out. the one below is the most variegated, and in s…

A hat for Rachey

There is not a lot to say about this project. Rachey asked fort a pink hat, because she had lost the hat she wears to walk the dogs. Rachey is very knitworthy, the shawl around her neck is the Endless Rainbow I knit for her two years ago, and she's been wearing it constantly.

 I went in to Morris and Sons (an actual real life yarn shop 10 minutes walk from where I work) I chose this stunning pink yarn, cast on and two days later - viola a hat. This is the second Lutu hat I've made, and I'm really happy with it. It's suits, it fits, it's done and the recipient seems very happy with it.

I just love this photo. The smiles on Rachey and Kris' faces, the shawls, the knitting, the pub's wallpaper, my knitting and knitworthy friends.

Unravelled Wednesday - the one with the post bendigo yarn hangover

I'm really enjoying joining in with Kat on these posts, it feels like a chance to just chat about what is going on in my week. I've put away all the yarn I bought, and am now playing with it in my head. I think I messed up my yarn amounts for Waiting for Rain, and I want to get the dying done for Chuck sweater

I bought inners for the cushion covers I bought at the show, and now I have sheep pillows on my couch. This delights me. 

I finished Dottir and ended up loving it. If you are a Crossfitter, or know anything about Crossfit this memoir is worth checking out. Now I'm reading Amor Towles' Rules of Civility.

It is nothing like A Gentleman in Moscow. If I have to compare it to something it would be Elizabeth Gilbert's City of Girls although I am enjoying my current read more. I'm knitting away on my Suburban Scarf, the knitting itself is going fine, but if I was following the pattern, this would be the final set of stripes, and then a few rows until the cast o…

A weekend at the sheep show

And what a weekend it was. I caught the train up on the Friday night, and Suzanne hosted the Richmond Knitters for cheese, knitting and pizza. 

The house that Kris organised for us was adorable, and it had a deck. After we were exhausted from sopping and seeing sheep we actually got to sit on the deck in the sun and knit and relax before dinner.

I am very pleased with my purchases. Pretty close to my list, with a heavy emphasis on Australian yarn (a lot of which is milled in New Zealand, but that's a blog post for another time).

I bought a  jumpers worth of 'Field of Dreams" for Leon, which is a Polworth, Suri and linen mix, milled in Australia.

A  jumpers worth of teal Millpost Merino, I love this colour so much, and will (probably)  make a Kildarton:

A jumpers worth of Bellevue Park merino 10ply for Chuck  (undyed, and I bought the dye to make it the colour I want) 

As planned, some Dyed by Hand  in smooth and mohair for Waiting for Rain,

And one random Ixchel in sparkle teal …

Pre-Bendigo 2019

I like to check in with my stash before Bendigo, just to be sure I', aware of, and greatful for what I already have.

Pointless photo, because everything is in bags, but the Stash Box is half empty.

More meaningful is my Rav stash page:

Yep, 29 entries, I'm pretty pleased with it.

And meterage count, is 9397 meters which is the least I've had since I started counting! This excludes Left Over Sock Yarn, since I have no idea how much of it I currently have.

I don't have much of a shopping list for Bendigo, which doesn't mean I won't do a lot of shopping! I want some yarn for Waiting for Rain, probably including some Fluff from Purl Box, a jumpers worth for Leon and maybe a dress worth for me. I'd rather not buy sock yarn, I have plenty and I'd love to dye more.

Mainly I'm looking forward to hanging out with the Richmond Knitters and seeing some sheep.

I'll be back on Sunday with an update from my favourite weekend of the year.

Unravelled Wednesday - half way through July

Last week I misnamed my post "untangled Wednesday" and I do rather like the idea of untangling my week, rather than my week unravelling. Unravelled Wednesday is hosted by Kat, over at As Kat Knits

This has been a good week. I'm finally knitting a substantial project: Joji's Suburban wrap. it's a fun knit, with a bit of lace, and some stripes, then eyelets and a "texture" section, so it's always fun immediately and then it changes to something else equally fun.

I also finally got the buttons on to my Gidday Baby cardigan, and washed it. I also took new photos of it and the booties, although it's a bit big on this teddy. I was racing what light there is to get these photos. 

I got everything updated on my Ravelry project page. I was a few weeks behind, and I find it tricky when I'm knitting lots of little things, trying to keep track of dates and yarn amounts. I'm pedantic when it comes to tracking my projects and stash, so its nice to be a…