Friday, August 22, 2014

How bad can it be?

What's your oldest WIP? What deep dark woolly secrets lie within your cupboards and drawers? Mine is probably a cardigan I started over the summer of 2005, and never restarted. I'll get around to it one day.

Yesterday afternoon I received a bag containing the ultimate Work In Progress.

This jumper was started over 48 years ago. My mum wants me to finish it for her. The neck needs to be picked up and a band knitted. Oh, and the sleeves after that, but she thinks there might be a problem in the neck shaping, so fix that bit first.

"I don't like sewing in ends."

Now I know why it's taken so long to finish.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Always look on the bright side

The advantages of being ill are minimal, unless you happen to be a knitter. Then it's all about how long you can knit for while watching TV, skolling bottles of cough medicine and taking pills for blocked sinuses. Oh, and honey-centered Butter Menthols. I love them.

Monday I finished up Dot's vest. It is adorable, isn't it? Less than two weeks and really easy. Best kind of knit. I don't have a photo of her in it, because that would require her to sit still. This rarely happens, unless flour is involved....

 As I'd finished her vest by 10:30am I started another of my Sherlock Holmes blanket squares. This one was called Goodge Corner, from "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle" and was great fun. Lots of twisted knit stitches, and it was a constantly complex pattern.

That was finished last night, however I did notice a mistake that made me drop a stitch down 43 rows, correct it, and come back up again. So what's on today's agenda?

Casting on 286 stitches. Good thing I'm still sick.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

And Then There Were None

Dot spent last week being sick.

I joined her on the weekend and we were both sick.

Marcus looked peaky yesterday and this morning he's sick.

Felix is staying home to take care of us all.

Abandon all hope, ye who enter... Unless you're bring me yarn. Then you're allowed in. I myself will be on the couch drinking tea all day, and very slowly knitting.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Make it at least 70%


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Winter musings

The Finishing Touch took off again, as it inevitably does each year. At one point I had seven projects to sew up, and one to knit!

Now I can sit back and work on a little vest for Dot. It's much less stressful and still cold enough for it to be necessary.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Quidditch, Round 2

One of the reasons I joined up with the Harry Potter group was to try and use up a lot of my stash. I have lots of bits, one ball here, some scraps there, and I was hoping to kill them all off and go on a massive bender when Bendigo rolls around again this year (July 18, for those of us marking off our calenders).

I had two balls of Morris & Sons Pure, a single-ply Aran weight wool that I picked up for something else, and never used.

Now they're a Stone Circle beanie, the two colours representing the two most famous stone circles in England: Stonehenge and Avebury.  The pattern is called Christian's Hat and it was ridiculously fast. 

Plus Felix gets another beanie. That is never a bad thing.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014


One of the really fun things you can do as a member of the Harry Potter Knitting and Crochet House Cup is play Quidditch. Usually, it's between the four houses, but this is a World Cup year, so it's time for the 18th Quidditch World Cup! GOOOOOAAAAALLLLL!!!

Round One we had to make something representing one of the teams playing. I misread the instructions and though I had to make three items. So first we have an Irish Rose jar cover...

...then we have a Brazilian samba skirt (for the record I did NOT buy the Bratz doll. Ew.)...

...and finally a mini jumper for Romania.

I tend to try to be an overachiever.