Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Extended hiatus

Today I had my third chiropractic session. I had my first session last Wednesday, and she banned me from knitting :( She said if I knit she'll put me in a splint so that I can't knit :-/ So no more Tempting, no more Blackberry, and no more illusion scarves :( Hopefully I will be able to knit again soon, but not for the foreseeable future, and not before Christmas. So no scarves for people for Christmas.


But today on my way home I popped into a craft shop and they had frogs! Not silver or blue ones, but they did have white ones, and I bought 5 (3 of one style and 2 of another). So it looks like I'll finally be able to finish - and wear! - Sonnet, the cardie that finished me off ;)

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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Knitting hiatus

Well, my RSI was getting pretty bad last week. Not as bad as it was when it first flared up, but it was constant burning pain, and every joint clicked.

So now I have not knitted since Friday (18th November). I picked up my prescription for my anti-inflammatory gel and have been using that, and I've made contact with a chiropractor/physiotherapist. I'm not going to knit for at least a week, or maybe even until I've seen the specialist.

It's very hard not to knit, especially as I really want to make the scarves for my siblings, and I'm dying to finish Blackberry. But my long-term knitting ability is more important.

The other day I looked in a shop window and saw a Blackberry rip-off! It didn't have the cables and the bobbles on the sleeves, but other than that it was exactly the same silhouette, and fastened with a brooch. Blackberry is much nicer though, but I want to finish mine so I can go in that shop wearing it ;)

My parents brought more of my belongings down at the weekend, including the Knitty patterns I had printed out while I was at work (shhhhhhh). I've put them all in 2 lever-arch files (that's a lot of patterns! And I didn't print out the ones I didn't like!), and seperated them into 'general patterns', 'wanna make', 'wanna make soon' and 'wanna make now'!!! It's a shame I may never be able to make them though :( I shall think positive...

But what with Knitty and my Stitch'n'Bitch books, I don't think I'll ever need another knitting pattern again, LOL!

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Saturday, November 12, 2005

Oops, I accidentally started Blackberry

Gosh, how did that happen? ;)

This is half of the back, and no, I didn't spill my stationery box, those are stitch markers :P

I swatched with the required 13US needles, and got the gauge pretty much dead on. I decided to see what it would look like with 11US (sadly there's no 12), but went with the 13s. I cast on the required stitches, knitted (well, purled) the first row, and suddenly it was about 7 inches too long! Yikes!

So I started again, with the 11s, and also decided to start with an extra knit row, to keep the stitches together. This time it measured the correct distance, so I carried on. However, by the time I was up to shaping the armholes, my work was both too short and too narrow. I decided to repeat the increasing section again, thereby adding another 8 rows, but I had to add an extra 4 stitches, rather than 2.

So at the moment I have made the lower half of the back, but had to add an extra 9 rows and 4 stitches in total. Hopefully this won't cause too much of a problem later :-/

And in case I need them here are some links:



Friday, November 11, 2005

Some progress pictures

Well, I've finished the body of Tempting! I finished it a week ago, but can't start the sleeves yet. But here is a progress picture!

Apologies for the rather bright flash. It's quite hard to accurately capture the colour of the wool - not as turquoise as it is in this pic with the flash, but without a flash is far too dark. And in some lights it really looks sea-green!

Talking of green, I bought a few balls of green yarn today:

On Wednesday I saw an advert in the paper, that House of Fraser were opening a haberdashery department in Birmingham on Thursday 10th, and there would be 25% off for the first 100 customers with a copy of the advert. And guess where I was going to be on the morning of the 10th? That's right! So when I arrived in Brum I went to HoF, wandered round trying to find the haberdashery for ages. When I finally discovered it it wasn't really that impressive, so I just left. Then later I was talking to a friend and discovered that there are two House of Frasers on the very same road! Doh! So today I was able to go to the other one (even though the discount was no longer valid), because I wanted to look for frogs for poor old Sonnet... I still can't find any, not even black ones. I've now bought some giant press-studs so that I can do it up and maybe start wearing it, but ideally I want the frogs as well.

Anyway, this haberdashery department took me even longer to find than the last. I went up and down the lifts and escalators about 4 times, asked 3 different people... When I finally found it it wasn't that special. But I decided to have a good look anyway. I had taken a couple of notes from patterns I'd like to make up, one is Blackberry from this month's Knitty. It uses 6-7 balls of Rowan Chunky Print, and while they did have this wool in the shop, they didn't have any nice colours, and it was over £7 a ball! So I looked for substitutions... there was some Jaegar Fleece, but that was even more expensive, and less yardage per ball! Yikes. There was some nice, soft yarn which was cheaper, but it was a patterning yarn, and what with Sonnet I don't want another multi-coloured cardigan. I was beginning to feel I'd have to leave empty-handed, when I noticed this beautiful moss green double knitting yarn. I realised that if I hold 2 strands together I should get the right gauge, and it's only £1.29 per ball - hoorah! Of course, it's cheapy acrylic, but there's no way I can afford £30-£50 for the wool to make a cardigan with. I got 9 balls (all they had), and spent £11.61. I think this should be enough. Irritatingly the ball doesn't state the yardage, but a similar sized ball from a different company said it had over 200yds/m, so I should be OK.

This green should look awesome with my hair, I've been wanting to make a green top for a while:

I have to say I don't think I'll be visiting that department store again though, if I'm going to buy full-price yarn I may as well go to a local independent shop. Plus, while the women working there were very helpful and nice to me, they were bitching really loudly about a customer! The customer had left, and does sound like an awkward case, but they were completely unprofessional to talk like that with me in the shop.

Anyway, I probably won't start Blackberry for a while, but it's there if I get bored. I need to learn how to do cables though!

Before I start Blackberry I thought I could knit scarves for my siblings for Yule, and have decided to try the Alien Illusion Scarf in Stitch'n'Bitch. I just grabbed whatever wool (yeah yeah yarn) I had, and started following the chart. I like it, so I think I'll continue with this, and maybe get some other illusion designs for the other scarves.

Now you don't see it...
Now you do!

Cool, huh?!

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