Thursday, December 21, 2006

My Pi is finally finished

Here are a couple of pictures of my PI shawl, as taken from the book 'The Best of Knitters magazine shawls and scarves'. I did one less diamond round than in the pattern, because I was running out of wool. The wool I used is a 4-ply Perendale - it's 4-ply for here in New Zealand. I picked up the wool from a local second-hand shop. It was on a cone, and I fell inlove with the colour right away. I am really happy with the way this has turned out. The pictures have been taken with the shawl on my bed.

Monday, November 27, 2006

The shawl - again

Here is a picture of me holding the shawl. I think this gives a better idea of just how big it actually is. I was really warm while working on this, and looking at the picture, you may understand why. lol

Sunday, November 26, 2006

An FO to report

I'm actually pleased with myself. This shawl only took me about three/four months from start to finish - and that was with other projects being worked on as well. I have made this for a friend's daughter, and it will be winging it's way to Ireland shortly.

This picture makes it look a little longer than it really is, but it is the best I could do. I used a 100% Acrylic yarn called Patons Tasman. I used 5 100g balls. The pattern was a Peter Gregory one - and English pattern. Really easy to do, and it allowed for either 4ply, or DK, and had the figures for both. The Tasman is a DK yarn, and I did it on 4.5mm needles - to get a slightly softer look, and feel to the pattern.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

I forgot something yesterday

I forgot to add the links to the patterns. I can't add a link for the snowflake, because that is from a book that I was lucky enough to acquire on a local auction site. BUT, I can put the links for the butterfly, and the bookmark. This is the butterfly. This is the bookmark.

Friday, November 17, 2006

A late update

This is an angel bookmark that I did. I tweaked the pattern a little, to get the body centered on the head.

I thought I'd try and see if I can upload some pictures of work I've been doing recently. I did try a few days ago, but had no luck, so am hoping things work out this time. I can't fully remember the pictures I have, I think they are of a butterfly, a bookmark, and maybe a snowflake. These are only small things, but fun to make. All three have been crocheted.
Below is the pineapple butterfly. I LOVED making this, and have plans on how to add some more colour.
Here is the snowflake I did. It took me a couple of attempts, I had trouble with interpreting the pattern; but, once I got wht the instructions meant, I found it quite easy.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

This time?!?!?

I actually posted this on the wrong blog!!! lol How crazy is that?!?!? Teach me not to look at everything before going ahead and publishing!!!
Anyway, I really need to add things to this blog. I'm STILL learning all this, and NOT using it for ages DOES NOT HELP. lol Can't learn anything, if I don't try, aye. Good thing no one really reads this, anyway. Ahhh well, off to do something else.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Finally an update

I've finally got at least one picture of a cloth I recently knitted. This is an Entrelac cloth. It took me a couple of go's to get the hang of the instructions, but once I did, it was surprisingly easy to do. I'm really pleased with the way it has turned out. Below is the link to the pattern, and below that is a picture of my cloth.

Monday, July 17, 2006


Ok, I have NOT been keeping this up. A bit like my knitting, actually. I start off full of good intentions, but soon forget all about those intentions. While I may not have been posting here, I HAVE been busy knitting, and other things.
My daughter has moved back home, and it's actually nice to have her back in the fold - so to speak. My son has a job, which is wonderful. It's full-time, and NOT dependent on the weather, which is even gooder - I know, not a proper word; but it fits.
I havae several photos that I need to get loaded on to here, and will do that over the next few days. When I get time, and when I remember. I have a computer course starting tomorrow. It's Computing Level 3, which covers, among other things, web design. I REALLY want to learn about web design.
So, this is rather short and sweet, I should be getting dressed, and doing a few things around the house. So will try to post again this week - no promises, though.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006


Winter is obviously on the way over here. Both my children have come down with bad throats. Natasha went to the doctor a couple of weeks ago, and Gareth is off to the doctor this afternoon. At least I can still get some knitting/crocheting done. I really need to concentrate on some of the things I wanted to get finished BEFORE winter arrived!!!! Not a lot of chance of THAT happening. Ahhhhhhhh well . . . there is always next winter. I really want my mohair coat for THIS winter, though. Guess that will be my next project to get off the needles - especially now that I have more of the wool wound up.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Admission is good

They say admission is good for you - or is that confession?!?!? Both I should think - although some would say it depends on what you are admitting to!!! My admission/confession is'nt bad - really.Well...I don't thinks it's a bad admission.
I have come to the conclusion that I am a really bad knitter. Sure all my work looks fine and dandy, the jerseys I make always fit the intended recipient, the patterns don't usually have mistakes. So...what makes me a bad knitter? Easy. I NEVER do a swatch!!!! Honest!!!! Never!!!! Well...hardly ever!!!! Almost never!!! Added to that, I DON'T keep the swatch on the rare - VERY rare - occassions that I DO do a swatch. I frog it, and use the wool for the intended project. So, why don't I do a swatch? Easy - again. My reason for NOT doing one, I know how I knit - I should, I've been doing it for a number of years now. I'm also in too much of a hurry to get the pattern started, so I can see what it looks like, and get something else started. Yes, I have MULTIPLE works on the needles at any one time. In fact, I'll go and buy needles if I haven't got any spare, rather than take something off the needles. I DO finish my works, ... eventually. Good thing they aren't usually for someone who is still growing, aye.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Some old works I've done

I promised I'd display a Kaffe Fassett coat that I knitted a few years ago. This was my introduction to Intarsia work, I never thought that it should be difficult, just a lot of work. This was also my introduction to Kaffe Fassett, I'd never heard of him before. I just knew that I loved the look of his patterns. I only wear this coat when it is really cold. I still need to get the right fabric and line the coat, I am just not sure what colour I will use, yet. I'm also not sure of what fabric to use. Maybe I'll just take the coat into the sewing shop, and ask them.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

I won gold!!!

I have here my Gold Medal for the Knitting Olympics. It was interesting sticking to the one project for 16 whole days. I've not done that very often. Now to see if I can keep it up, and get a few of my UFO's out of the land of languishing knit-land.
Now isn't that a good image? I'm so very pleased with myself for having achieved this.

Adding a button

I have no idea ofhow to do this, but will try to add a button to a sock group I'm part of. There are some really great patterns in the group - and all are free.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

It is finished!!!

My Olympic project is finished. I'm really pleased that I stayed with it for this long, and actually got it complete BEFORE the due date. I really do like this pattern. The pics are before I've blocked it, I've just left it, to enjoy the sight of a Finished Object.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

My progress

I'm quite pleased with my progress so far. I'm just about finished the third ball, and will get some more wool tomorrow. I"ll probably only need the one ball, which means I should get this finished before the Olympics are finished. Won't that be great?!?!?

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

My Knitting Olympics project

You know, at the rate things are going for me tonight, I'll get this scarf finished before I ever get this posted correctly!!!!! Golly better work this time!!! lol
I have made good progress on my scarf for the Knitting Olympics. The fact that I have stuck to it, and NOT started something else is great progress!!! Let's hope I can keep it up for the entire 16 days!!! Although it is less than 16, now. Did I say 16 days on only one project?!?!? I must be sick, or challanged, or something!!!!! Anyway, here are a couple of pictures of the scarf in progress - at least, I HOPE here are a couple of pictures. Facing the right way this time!!!

Thursday, February 09, 2006

My sock scarf

I finally got my sock scarf finished tonight. I'm really pleased with the way it has turned out. I used Cleakheaton Tapestry Wool, and 5mm needles - two circs. I've finished it in time to start another scarf for the Knitting Olympics - this scarf is a pattern I have tweaked to turn into a scarf. It was a baby blanket pattern. So, of course, I have no idea of how much wool I will need for it. I don't even know how it will look as a scarf!!! Oh the fun!!! lol

Friday, January 27, 2006

Some more things complete

I got some more things off the needles. I'm doing quite well this month. I need to get some pictures taken, though. The Tipsy Knitters socks are finally complete, and I've worn them. It's a really good pattern, but I think I'll make them longer next time.

I've also finished a seaman's scarf, from the Pattern a Day Calendar. IfI ever did this pattern again, I think I'd use bigger needles. I like the pattern, though. Will post pictures of both of these later - once I actually TAKE the picture!! lol

Monday, January 09, 2006

A finished article

Here is a picture of the jersey that only took me two winters to complete. I made it for my DD, who is seen wearing the jersey. She picked out the wool, paid for it, too. It is an easy pattern, but I had other things on the needles - 'Im like that. This year I'm going to try and get some of my UFO'S completed.

My current WIP

This is what I am currently working on. It is from the Vivian Hoxbro book of Domino Knitting. It will be a throw/blanket thingy once I've finished it. It is working up fairly quickly, because the squares are only 29sts. I am using Ashford Tekapo, Double Knitting yarn for this, and 4.5mm needles. I like the way the colours are working together.

Friday, January 06, 2006

A Finished object - at last!!!

I have finally finished the jersey that I promised my DD two winters ago. At least I have finished it in time for her to wear when winter comes around this year. I am quite pleased with the way it has turned out. Next, I must try knitting one of these in the round, but not this particular pattern. I am even try something for DH, I HAVE promised him a jersey - designed my me!!!! Why did I ever volunteer to do that?!?!? I've NEVER designed ANYTHING in my life!!!!
Anyway, here are a couple of pictures of the jersey. It was a very simple Aran pattern, done with 'Wanaka Station 10-ply'. Which is a New Zealand yarn, of course. My DD picked out the wool herself, as well as the pattern.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

First post of the New Year

I thought it was time I posted here, haven't been in for a while. I've been busy trying to get some old UFO'S finished. I am concentrating on my daughter's jersey, that I promised her two winters ago. All I have left now is the neckband, which is actually on the needles, and then the sewing up. I find if I don't start the sewing up straight away, it will sit around again. I will get up a picture of the jersey once I actually have it totally finished.