Saturday, January 15, 2005
Well, I got my copy of Interweave Knits Fall 2004 a few days ago! It's good. I like IK, it makes for interesting reads..And the techniques thing is cool. And I'm sure some of the patterns really appeal to women older than me, but I never find anything in there that I really like for myself.
From this issue though, I'll be knitting the Flower Basket Shawl for my Nanna. She's quite crafty, but I don't think she's really into knitting. I started it on the yarn from Honeymoon...But it's all nasty and acrylicy and scratchy, and I don't think it would ever really block well. I mean, you're sposed to soak the shawl for 20 mins and then pin it out to block. But That would do nothing, it's like trying to soak plastic. But it's such a pretty colour! So then I thought "Hey, what about the Arabella cotton?" And I've got more than enough, so I thought I could make some fingerless gloves for her when she's crafting or something? I dunno. But she'll like the Arabella cotton's colour, she's always liked that colour.
I mean, I haven't started yet. I've re-started it using the Honeymooon yarn at least five times, I keep messing up at the same point in the pattern. It's so damn annoying. I'll check the eratta, but I'm not sure that it's a fault in the magazine, the chart looks pretty OK to me. It's human error, which is the worst!!
So you all know I joined the Sockapalooza, no? Well, yesterday, I finaly got the details about my pal. She doesn't have a blog or anything, but her name is Angela. Just for future reference, if you hear me talking about "Angela's Socks" or something.I ordered the yarn last night. That'll take about five days to get here, too. Two balls of Heirloom's Breeze.
Aages ago, when I ordered the yarn for the Shapely tank (which turned into Arabella, which in turn will become the Flower Basket Shawl), I liked the look of that Breeze stuff, and ordered a green ball. So I swatched that for Wendy's Generic Toe Up Sock Pattern on 3mm needles, and the gauge was spot on. It's a lovely yarn, I can see why they reccomend it for socks. It's 30/70 cotton/wool blend, with a tinsy bit of lycra in it. It's so nice to knit with, and feels gorgeous. This is definetly what I will be knitting socks out of from now on. But anyways.
She said she liked variegated yarn. I'm sorry, but I really don't like the stuff, and you can't really get much sock yarn here, anyways. So I thought I'd do stripes, make it colourful at least. So green toes, heels and cuffs, with light pink, dark pink and green one-row stripes in between. I've already done the toe for on sock..But that's as far as I can go, until I get the pinks. PLEASE HURRY, Mr Postman!
Sorry, no pics, J has camera with him at the Block. Ahh well.
(I've re-started JAck in Apricot. Had to do a bit of maths because my row gauge is waaay off, but it should be fine now.)
(The fucking sewing machine didn't get fixed properly. The fault is now officially intermitent, because the guy had it working perfectly, all stitches and all tensions!!..But it won't work for moi.)
(We may take it back in the next few days. We may not...I may have killed it completely by then.)
(B suggested I "Bash it up", wich really sounds funny from a serious 40-something year old, who is as straight and normal as men get.)
Edit: Check this out. I think this person needs to pull their head out of their ass when they say :
Usually self-obsessed Angelenos will find it hard to ignore Australia between January 13 and 21.
Ashik0 @ 1/15/2005 04:07:00 pm