Saturday, November 14, 2009

While waiting for yarn

Ran out of dark brown Knitpicks Palette yarn for the border and was tempted to knit a different combination for other 2 sides (yes, I anticipated there won't be enough and knitted 2 facing borders first).
Chickened out,didn't want to risk it looking a little 'out' and so ordered more yarn!

And while waiting, have been furiously knitting these:

A Bendigo Alpaca jumper for DH

The Mason-Dixon Knitting Outside the Lines top-down Daily Sweater with Jaeger pure wool DK for me!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Still knitting

I'm still knitting, just not blogging that much about it. My Ravelry pages are up to date with FOs and WIPs, I just can't get back into blogging mode!

Spinning is taking a back seat at the moment with DH's black Alpaca jumper and YL's Afghan to be completed by October. I'm leaving Nov and Dec for a new 'ME' jumper (not decided on pattern yet) and a pair of fingerless mittens for YL. Yes, we're travelling soon, Christmas and New Year in cold, cold UK and Ireland.
I don't have a camera at the moment, it's gone on a little trip with DH and pictures from my mobile ain't that great!
Here's some recent Fos which were posted into Ravelry ages ago.

Central Park Hoodie knitted in Rowanspun Chunky. Kidsilk Haze garter stitch scarf with 5.5mm needles. The 32" basic jumper took very little time although it's in almost sock yarn weight. All three for YL's new Uni year.
Oh! dear, I need to add more interesting colours to the stash!!!!

Monday, July 20, 2009

There and back

I love knitting cowls, but these many in the months of May and June have been a tad boring! Six of these are, as we Chinese put it, 'greeting gifts' for friends and family during our recent visit to Australia and from the feedback more are in the pipeline. :) It's so easy to keep our loved ones warm ya?
Details of patterns are in my spinning progress since Roberta's acquisition in April.....

There's not a stitch knitted with my handspun yet so I've no clue how they'd turn out. As with all precious handspun, there's never a 'perfect' pattern for it I guess!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Meet Roberta

Friday, 10th April - meet Roberta which DH took about 30mins to figure out and assemble. Right after Good Friday service, the spinning madness began.....
I had pre-ordered and drafted one of several rovings from ewegivemetheknits and watched letsknit2gether's video podcast before taking the plunge. Still, the initial couple of hours were very very frustrating but I was determined to plod on...ta da!!!!
Here it is! my very first handspun!!!! It's uneven and probably won't ever be knitted into anything but it is my first masterpiece.. 36 yards in 2 ply.

Roving: Mulled wine merino top (100 gms)
Just hot off the bobbin, much much improved and planning to ply with black later.

Roving: Double mocha merino top (100 gm)

Monday, March 09, 2009

and so...some ME time...

It's been a while since I felt like blogging or found the energy to catch up with knitting chatter over the forums. I've missed you all!
Work has been physically and mentally draining and things will get worst from this week till end March. However, I will count my blessings in these trying economic times.
I have cheekily mentioned on several occasions I'd bring my knitting to the day-long project presentations where I sit patiently through, at the back. Now, imagine the amount of knitting that gets done while I try to keep pace after lunch??????
Easy WIPs like JS' blankie is a welcome de-stressing knit in the evenings and there's good progress on that front at least!

Finally, some ME knits ... The Bramble stitch collar cardi is planned for completion in June and I've cast on Sivia Harding's Gothic Leaf Stole with a stashed navy Colourmart cashmere.

Now to kick away the 2nd sock syndrome, there's just the leg of Wendy Johnson's Double eyelet rib sock to finish! Maybe I'll join you girls at the KL Sock KAL then ya?

The last batch of FOs for JS and Jessica.

Monday, February 09, 2009

I have been busy

Dottie is 'sleep guarding' the handpainted Beech wood cowls for YL , her friends Sarah and Charlie leaving for Melbourne and a niece in the UK.

Handpainted Knitpicks wool- Bare sock yarn with Wiltons cake dyes

Thank you Mona for this contribution!

Columbia Berets (without Ties) for YL and CChoo. (hats modeled on lampshade if you're wondering if they're looking a wee bit odd !)

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Lily and Flu therapy

Lily (Twist Collective Fall 08) is knitted with Jaeger Roma which didn't turn out as expected - amplifying spares around my middle. Luckily, blocking and stretching gave another 4" ease which was exactly what I needed!!!

I arrived back from my trip feeling miserable, aching all over and spent the next 2 days pumped with flu medication. DH said it must be bad when not a stitch is knitted while the entire yarn loot sits in the bedroom untouched!!! Here's what I've been up to all of yesterday for recovery therapy.

Four skeins of Knitpicks Bare sock yarn became these lovely babies waiting to grow up into 4 Beech Wood Cowls for YL and her friends. She wants more handbag friendly Cowls.
My backyard workshop equipped with an old microwave oven dedicated for cooking yarn ;)
Guess who sits patiently in her 1st flr Condo, under the work top, keeping me company? Dottie, our 7 yr old Basset and Golden Retriever mix.
This turned out 'too green' and was later repainted with red tones.

Got this one right first time.

Hanging out to dry...

Friday, January 02, 2009

Stash enhancements

The pictures tell all.....

Finally after 2 evenings of relentless search and asking around in Shenzhen...

Basement wholesaler of mongolian cashmere, merino and cottons in Dongmen.

I found another wholesaler (forgot to snap a pic) nearby next day, the manager insists he's the supplier of the above. I got cheaper yarns from him too!

Before the boxes are thrown away.

Taking stock - 11 lots ; 7.2 kg in total.

Another picture I had meant to show - the roadside yarn stall in Ho Chi Minh where I bought the cheapie 4 ply cottons.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Winter wear

Latest FOs for YL in cold, cold Wales. Details of each project is in Ravelry (username - sallytsb).

Beech Wood Cowl free pattern by Ilga

Yarn: Knittery Cashmere Merino sock yarn

Wicked by Sarah & Rachel of ZephyrStyle

Yarn: Jaeger Extra Fine Merino Aran in Jet

Cable jumper inspired by Ann Budd's 'The knitter's handy book of sweater patterns"

Yarn: Jaeger Extra Fine Merino Chunky in Mink