Thursday, 27 March 2008

Cabled Beanie in Action

The cable beanie has triumphed after a minor setback when presented to its new owner. I made the mistake of trying to get away with my usual eco-friendly recycled wrapping technique. I wrapped it in discarded newspaper; the Cambrian News to be precise. Which meant that it was of absolutely no interest to a birthday 3-year old.

Problem solved by a sneaky delve into the already discarded sparkly wrapping from the morning's session, and a hurried re-wrap. When the newspaper was transformed into an inner layer, my gift magically became worthy of attention. And happily was then worn for the afternoon kite-flying at the beach. And it was a perfect fit over pigtails:


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Project 365: Week 12

In which the tea cosy grows, I get my new specs and find I can see everything clearly but concave, a friend arrives from Austria with a bagfull of lovely wool (sadly unpictured here, I will try and resolve this in future), and the sun shines.

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Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Project 365: Week 11

In which there was food, and drink, and even some knitting:

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Sunday, 16 March 2008

Cabled Beanie, with extra stripes!

This week I actually managed to knit something, prompted by the imminent approach of the birthday of the intended recipient; and helped along by the fact that because she is only three, the project wasn't too large. And so, at the request of her mother, a hat - a cabled beanie no less; this one by Carolyn.

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I'd not knitted any cables before but, as with most things, I found that when I sat down and followed the instructions the pattern appeared before my eyes. I am still astonished whenever this hapens, because somewhere in my brain still lurks the need to really understand something before I am happy with it. But with new knitting I find the only way is just to start doing it. And even with no real understanding, the cable starts to appear, and I am delighted.

The pattern suggested I used whatever cast-on I like, and as I very much like the simplicity and speed of the long-tail cast-on, this was my choice. However, I usually make a mess of the join when beginning in the round, so I found this tutorial for a 3-in-1 jog-less join by Techknitting. I have to say, for me, it didn't quite do it. It was a great deal neater than my normal attempts, but jog-less it was not. Sigh. Maybe next time.

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I used Twilleys of Stamford Freedom Spirit which is absoutely lovely, but I found I had to go up a needle size and CO 126 rather than 108 stitches in order to get the right gauge. Of course I thought, having weighed several existing woolly hats at the 20-30g mark, that one 50g ball would be quite enough for one toddler hat. But no. How naive of me. It was only a little short, and so rather than go for another ball, I switched in a couple of bright pink stripes at the crown. I am still not sure if this was a good idea. My queries about whether or not I have made an ugly hat have met with telling silences and face-pulling. But I quite like it. I will have to wait and see how it goes down with the birthday girl.

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Oh, and it's also big enough to fit me so, er, maybe I could have just cast on 108 stitches, and just used the one ball after all. Ho hum.

Wednesday, 12 March 2008

Project 365: Week 10

My first week of redundancy, and thus much easier to take pretty photos; I've been able to spend many more daylight hours at home and out and about rather than in the office. I avoided taking a photo of the job centre, even though that seems to have been the main location of the week.

This week has also included my first day in my new part-time job: in the knitting shop, which is much fluffier that the office ever was, and also my 30th birthday which involved much eating and merriment and oddly, a conker competition. Sadly I didn't manage any conker action shots, but anyway, here is my week:

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Wednesday, 5 March 2008