Monday, May 30

SP5 Questionaire

I dont know who my sp5 pal is yet but since i know other people do and lots of people have posted their questionaires already i thought i better get mine up!

1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer higher quality and/or natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand? Or is it all the same to you?
Oh how i wish i could be a yarn snob but sadly i cant afford to splash out on the best yarn all the time! I generally prefer to get a mix rather than 100% acrylic though.

2. Do you spin? Crochet?
Im trying to get into spinning! im too poor to afford a wheel but im considering investing in a drop spindle and giving it a whirl... so to speak! I tried teaching myself to crochet once but got intensly frustrated with it as i was so slow and clumsy, i felt like it woud be so much faster to just knit. Perhaps i'll persevere with it.. one day!

3. Do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibers, perfume, etc.)
I have sensitive skin so i have had allergic reacions to some skin products in the past. When i was little i got my face painted and i found i was allergic to them, my entire face swelled up! It was not a pretty sight! Plus i dont like smoke.

4. How long have you been knitting?
Not very long really, about a year maybe.

5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
I do now! Wish List

6. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)
I like natural scents and aromatherapy and so i love lavender and rose but also citrus too.

7. Do you have a sweet tooth?
Do knitters love yarn? Hell yeah!

8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do?
Nothing really

9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
i like the kaiser cheifs, scissor sisters, Greenday, Feeder, Franz Ferdinand and the levellers to name a few.. im fairly versatile in my tastes. Yes i can play MP3's!

10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can't stand?
Generally anything blue except pastels i hate pastel shades. I love vibrant blues greens and purples. Especially a blue green mix.

11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
I live with my boyfriend, i have no kids but one adorable little kitty!

12. What are your life dreams? (really stretching it here, I know)
yikes! is it bad that i dont have any? Well i love my archaeology and there are some excavations i'd love to be part of! I guess it would be my dream to be part of a major dig in a nice hot country! But not too hot cos from experience that just kills you when your digging!

13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with?
I like chunkier yarns, perhaps thats my impatient side showing through!I love colinette point five. Im also starting to appreciate cotton in a completely new way.

14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
Im really not sure about eyelash yarns and funky fur yarns... they scare me.. no-one should wear items made from these!

15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s?
I dont really have a specific knitting obsession really. Knitting is my obsession!

16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
I dont think i've knitted enough variety of items to decide! I do like small projects like scarves because i like doing them for other people as pressies.

17. What are you knitting right now?
Right now i have a jumper in progress for my boyfriend, a scarf i think im going to gift to my sister and the lucky clover wrap from stitch and bitch nation which seems to have had its progress halted temporarily.

18. What do you think about ponchos?
i do have one which my mum gave me, it is a hand knit one which was bought in the 70's though i rarely wear it.

19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles?
I think i prefer circulars.

20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
Anything but plastic! though i do have a whole box of plastics which were my grans i generally prefer metal or bamboo needles.

21. Are you a sock knitter?
im trying! i knit fy first sock a while back and it was too small for my foot so i tried again and knit a sock which was way too big. Since then ive been too afraid to try again. Ive bought some proper sock yarn now though so when i find out how to make a sock which will fit round my huge ankles i shall try again!

22. How did you learn to knit?
my mum taught me when i was younger then i re-taught myself a year ago.

23. How old is your oldest UFO?
A couple of months.

24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird?
I love cats, animated or not.

25. What is your favorite holiday?
One of the best holidays i had was my study tour as part of my degree during which i travelled around Greece and Crete looking at archaeological sites. It was amazing and i'd absolutely love to do the same thing again in Egypt.

26. Is there anything that you collect?
Except wool? no.

27. What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
'Simply Knitting' and i sometimes buy 'Knitting'

28. Any books out there you are dying to get your hands on?
They ones i'd like are in my wish list. Basically i'd love a good book about lace knitting and a good book about aran knitting!Both techniques i am yet to explore and would really love to!

And there you go!
Next exam on Wednesday which will be my last ever exam and will mark the end of my degree! Woo!

Saturday, May 28

Ooohh cashmere...

Well with the completion of my bag i was faced with a decision, to return to the clover wrap or find another small project to fill time with. Of course i went with the latter. So yesterday i trekked into town to browse wool. The project i had in mind was the simple scarf from Simply knitting issue one, the article was all about how one scarf can look completely different using three completely different types of wool. I intially decided to use rowan kid silk classic but when i got there i found they had a very limited range of colours so i browsed for something else. In the end i picked up a few balls of Rowan's Cashcotton in the lovely colour you see below!

Ive never used this yarn before but fell in love with it as soon as i picked it up, its soo soft!! I'd originally planned to put this scarf to one side and gift it to my sister as its her birthday in july. However the more this scarf progresses the more i get the feeling i may have to make two. Hey it's my birthday in july too!

In other news, my sister drove up from london to pick up loads of my stuff to take it to newcastle for me yesterday. Which is really exciting because it means im finally going home soon!!
Anyway, im going back to knitting my scarf, i love knitting it because i love this yarn so much!

Thursday, May 26

Post-Felting!

Well here is my Booga Bag in all its felted glory. It looks really huge in the picture, i guess i probably should have put something next to it for scale. I am really chuffed with it! I took it for it's first public appearance when i went to my exam today.


My exam went well, luckily my favourite topics came up in the questions so im fairly pleased and confident about this one.
I shall leave you with the two essay questions i answered in my exam...

Assess the significance of the human decay process in locating clandestine burials..
and
Assess the potential value of environmental evidence (eg pollen, entomology, soils etc) in searching for and recovering buried murder victims..
Answers on a postcard please!

Wednesday, May 25

Pre-felted Bag

Ok here is my Booga bag pre-felting!


Ive actually felted it since taking this picture and it looks really good but i'll post a picture of the finished article once it has finished blocking and ive fixed the i-cord in place! I thought i was going to have to wash it a few times but i threw it in this afternoon with some towels on a 60 degree wash and it came out pretty much done! I dont think i'll have to wash it again as i think if i did it would come out tiny! the amount it shrank already! I cant wait to show you!

Next exam is tomorrow... so any positive vibes you have going spare i would be grateful if you could send them my way!!

Tuesday, May 24

Can you tell what it is yet?

Well, can you?


Since the tanktop only used four skeins of Noro i still had six left to play with! I fancied playing around with a small project and then i remembered this pattern from Black Sheep Bags. The last time i felted something was when i made the cat bed for Oscar and it was quite good fun. Plus the way Noro colurs all smoosh together when felted looks really funky. I started this yesterday and whilst it doesnt look like much in this picture im hoping it'll look great once felted. Cant wait to show you the finished result!

Sunday, May 22

A Finished Object! Thats new!

I havent updated in ages but i have been taking random photos of the tanktop so you can see the finishing touches all in one go!

This is how it was looking after i'd finished the front and back pieces. Matching the colours either side of the V was a bitch i can tell you! I really do not know what i was thinking using Noro for this project!


And after i'd finished the neck and one armhole..


Et Voila! Here it is in all its finished glory! well.. as long as you dont look inside its finished. I have the worlds supply of ends inside to try and sort out. Plus it does need blocking to flatten the ribbed neck edging.


As this tanktop has been progressing ive gone from loving the wool and loving the tanktop design to being not very sure about it at all.. So we'll see have to wait and see how much light of day it see's. Im just not sure about the frequency of the stripes i feel it makes me look frumpy! Hence the lack of a picture of me modelling it!

In other news my exam on monday was awful and i may not have even passed... Roll on the next one.. which is thursday by the way, so if i disappear into a black hole again for a week you know it didnt go well!

Monday, May 16

More Leftovers

Thought i'd give you a peak at how the leftover tank is coming along! Speeding along with it quite nicely!

On the whole knitting this has been quite mindless as the main part of the body is worked in the round. I seperated the front and the back today to shape the armholes and i think its looking quite good. Plus keeping the stripes the correct width past the armholes isnt as fiddly as i thought it might be. I have to tie in different colours here and there but its not a big problem, im collecting little piles of various different shades to mix in..

I had a lovely weekend with Chris and wish he didnt have to go back so soon but i know its only a few weeks now till im back at home with him. Who knows by then i may even have a job! but lets not get too carried away...
My first exam is tomorrow and i dont feel like ive done anywhere near enough work but well im just going to have to wait and see what sort of questions come up. Send me good luck vibes from 2pm onwards!!! Its a 3hr exam :( i guess thats what i get for doing an arts degree.

Friday, May 13

Leftovers anyone?

Finally ive got some knitting to show you! This is my leftover tanktop which im knitting with noro kureyon.

It seemed to take forever to finish the ribbing as the pattern says to use two strands of yarn for the rib and it was destroying my hands trying to knit it! It was just so stiff! There were times throughout that i started thinking... do i like it, is the ribbing too thick? but i have persevered and im hoping that its going to look right once its finished. Perhaps the black yarn i used was a little too heavy, in retrospect i think i may have liked it better if it wasn't as thick, I know my hands would have preferred it! Oh the sigh of relief when the pattern said next round reduce to one strand of yarn! Then came the excitement of tying on my first skein of Noro oh how I love this wool! However I fear I may start to get a bit anal about the thickness of stripes when joining on a new skein.. We'll see, I haven't got that far yet. It is progressing a lot quicker now that im onto the main body of the work. That sad excuse for a stitch marker is a piece of chopped up straw as I don't own any proper stitch markers :( When I have more time perhaps I'll learn how to make them.

Chris is arriving in a couple of hours to visit for the weekend and I cant wait! So probably very little knitting will get done ;)

Tuesday, May 10

How WOOL saved my degree!

I set my alarm for 7.00 AM this morning to do some last minute preparation for the presentation unfortunately i neglected to specify between am and pm! and it didnt go off. I only got to sleep at about 2.30 so i definately wouldnt have woken up in time on my own. But at 7.30 the doorbell rang! the postie came delivering my latest parcel of wool! and if he hadnt done so i dont want to even think about what would have happened!
The strangest thing is that the postie normally comes at around 10.00am these days and all of a sudden when i really needed to be woken up at 7.30 am he arrives really early! bizarre! perhaps wool is bringing good karma into my life or something...
And here are the contents of that wonderful parcel!

Anyway as for the presentation, it seemed to go without a hitch and they were some people who's were clearly better than me but there were also people who were worse so i feel confident in my averageness! Having said that one of my mates sneaked a peek at one of the markers score sheets after mine and saw that he had given me 67% which is wicked cos its a high 2:1 and im very chuffed with that.

Monday, May 9

Ok now im panicking!

I have an assessed presentation at 9.00AM and im scared!!! My lovely physics studying housemate kindly sat and worked out how much of my entire degree this one presentation counted towards.... One sixth!! That may not seem a lot to you but right now it seems like a scarily large amount to me! Especially when its almost midnight and I haven't prepared my prompt yet or even read it through once! My powerpoint is finished as is my handout so maybe I'll get some sleep tonight. If I can! I get myself so worked up about these things! So I thought I'd come on here and have a bit of a vent about it all. I apologise to anyone out there who reads my blog.
No doubt if i cant sleep a little stocking stitch will soothe my nerves, so ive left it by my bed just in case.


Wish me luck!!

Sunday, May 8

Did someone let a frog in?

Lucky and i have had a falling out... Ive started the lace pattern about four times now and each time it has resulted in me ripping her off the needles! The first couple of times i was just getting used to the pattern and making stupid mistakes. But then when i thought i'd finally cracked it i realised the top hole of my clovers were off to one side and in completely the wrong place! So ive ripped it yet again and slung it to one side for now. Maybe once this presentation is over with i'll have the patience to sit down with lucky and start over. I shall not be beaten! Not by lucky anyway..

I also blame lucky for the order i placed with dragon yarns yesterday... she drove me to it!!
I bought some black wool so i can start the leftover tanktop and something else accidently fell into my shopping basket.. but i'll show you that when it arrives.

P.s. Sign up for secret pal 5!

Friday, May 6

My Noro Kureyon arrived!!!

My Noro Kureyon arrived!!!

And i just love it! It's the most money i have ever spent on wool before so please excuse the over-excitment.
I still think i want to knit a tank with it but im not so sure about using some of the grey for the trim anymore. I think the colours are just too vibrant. Perhaps just black edging...
Well i have plenty of time to sit and stare at it lovingly before i commit to anything because i have two projects on the go already, an assessed presentation on tuesday then three exams after that! yikes!

Thursday, May 5

Progress Report

Heeeeeeeeere's Lucky!

Well my book finally arrived so i decided to cast on and do a couple of rows of the lucky clover wrap in between revision. The reason behind the extreme close up was i was trying to get a picture which showed the true colour of the yarn a bit better as the last one i took made it luck a dull navy and it is a lot nicer blue than that. Honest.

And some progress with the monster too!

Yes Chris's monster jumper is coming along slowly. It's going to be nice to have some mindless stocking stitch to do when im not concentrating hard on the lucky wrap!

Apologies for the absence of any ring pics today the server which hosts them is down.

Monday, May 2

Jealousy

The USA seem to have the most amazing yarn shops! I havent seen anything in the UK that could even attempt to rival these stores. For example when my boyfriend and i moved we spotted a shop called 'bits and bobbins' on the high street. I got all excited and we went to investigate. I walked in to find a scary lady sat knitting behind the counter, and overall a very bland and uninviting shop. So i headed to the dusty corner containing the wool. Rather unsurprisingly the only choice available was the colour and amount you wanted your 100% acrylic wool in. Even worse when i snuck a glance at what the lady was knitting i saw that she was using Rowan wool! and she didnt even stock it. Here in Birmingham the only place i know to buy wool is a small section in Beaties which only stretches to Rowan and Sirdar. When i see pictures of American stores im so jealous there are masses of different brands of yarn and i hear stories of their friendly atmosphere where people sit and knit. Why cant i find a knitting haven! Perhaps im merely not looking hard enough.. but for now i guess im doomed to buy yarn over the web if i want something other than Rowan.