Thursday, December 31, 2009

The End of the Decade


FiniPinkGeek
Originally uploaded by gidgetknits
That sounds a little ominous, but slightly less so when you have new pink socks!

I love my Pink Geek socks! Perfect for curling up with Hellboy and working on my next sock project. Seriously, the older I get, the geekier I get. I told a friend the other week that I was going to be a little old lady, wrapped in hand knitted shawls and socks, wearing my bright pink Converse sneakers, rockin' up to the comic book shop: "Is the new Hellboy in yet?" I'm looking forward to it! I have absolutely no trouble with getting older. Perhaps because I've always been surrounded by brilliant little old ladies who showed me how it should be done!

The socks were a dream to make though - easy to read pattern, lots of fun in the bobbles and lace. I did order some yellow yarn that I'm hoping will make a follow up pair with. Is it just me, or is good yellow sock yarn a little trickier to find?

VCM has started on her first socks, too. A brown pair for Papa. When quizzed on the recipient, she smiled, "well, of course. He gets the practice pair and when I get good, I make myself some!" Can't argue with that.

Anyway, bring on the pigs of Sylvester! (Those in Austria will know what I mean!)

Monday, December 28, 2009

Today's post brought to you by the Victorians

VCM is a whiz at crochet. She whipped up this gorgeous concoction of Perle cotton from a shawl pattern well over a century old. Don't you just love the frothy edges? I do!


The pattern comes from a Weldon's Needlecraft magazine, seen here below. I was impressed.


I think I'll name it the 'Mrs Westlock Shawl'. I've always liked John Westlock from Martin Chuzzlewit, his beefsteak pudding scene being one of my all-time favourites. And this shawl reminds me of something a character could wear in a Dickens novel. Actually, I bet the women who first crocheted it had also been amongst Dickens' first readers! I wonder...

There was a little stash enhancement yesterday at the sales. I found some Kid Seta (silk/mohair) in a perfect sunset shade. I'm thinking of something lovely and simple for it - like the Shoulder Shawl from Victorian Lace Today.


Maybe something Kaylee could wear to her next Shindig! "Don't you just love this party? Everything's so fancy, and there's some kind of hot cheese over there." I've actually got my parents watching Firefly now. They were impressed by Jayne's Hat. Well, who wouldn't be?

The hens today managed to trap a greedy pigeon in their grain bin. They looked smug about it as I struggled to get the dazed bird out.

And I'm just turning the heel of the second Pink Geek sock.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Merry Christmas!


'Tis the day after Christmas and everyone was knitting or crocheting! And why not? In knitterly terms, we have the most beautiful needles from Celtic Swan Forge (ordered ages and ages ago and saved up!), a little ball of delightful Bouton d'Or and a perfect box for precious dpns.

We also have the penultimate box of yarn from SpaceFrog, because we thought a box of yarn to share would just be marvelous. It is. Marvelous. There's something about a whole box of fresh new yarn! Look at that neon lovely in the middle there - that will go into the best ever pair of 80s inspired socks!


We were a little lazy in terms of decoration this year and went for Kevin, the singing Christmas Tree. Inspired by a Nathan Fillion tweet, I popped The Doctor on top of the tree... just in case we were attacked by Daleks or Cybermen or the Master this Christmas (yes, we're still waiting to see the Christmas episode...).


And I'm now charging through the second of the Pink Geek socks, while the other quietly blocks.

Hope you all had a fantastic Christmas. Now... what should I be knitting to bring in 2010???

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

That's what the holidays are for...


PinkGeek
Originally uploaded by gidgetknits
I was flicking through Linda Kopp's The Joy of Sox and had one of those moments. Turning to Kate Blackburn's Movie Socks, I thought of that Shelridge Farm 'Bubblegum' I'd bought at Socktopus in April and... I had to cast them on. This is my fun Christmas knitting. My 'I'm ignoring all my WIPs to do one really fun bit of knitting to celebrate the holiday' knitting. My 'I'm going to watch lots of geeky television and movies' knitting. So I've dubbed them 'Pink Geek'. Although I'm now having an urge to knit a yellow pair too. So maybe there'll be 'Yellow Geek' at some point.

The bobbles (popcorn) are just plain fun and it's an easy pattern, really. A bit fiddly, but simple to read and the effect is just so gosh darn pleasing. You could even knit them while watching this (geeking out to Doctor Who in other words).

Incidentally, speaking of Doctor Who, the power behind Henrietta: Life in the Dome sent me the best Christmas card ever. I'll share that next time!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Feeling vintage


It's nearly the end of the first decade of the twenty-first century! Sheesh... how did that happen? I remember way back at the end of the twentieth century, I was in Vienna, eating garlic-infused potato cakes at the Silvester markets (to ward off vampires - Tanz der Vampire was on at the theatre) and thinking life was pretty good! Then at the beginning of the twenty-first, I was just starting my PhD. It was all bright and shiny.

Mind, there is a secret project that is currently making life very shiny indeed, but I irritatingly can't share that just yet.

So, instead I'll share my latest amazing vintage find on Etsy. A Couroc bakelite bowl with owl from Monterey. I love this bowl! Plus my favourite bit of a rather large parcel from Knit It Up - the 'Old Copper' roving. The sheen on the yarn is unbelievable and that copper-tone... to die for. I do need a spinning wheel, don't I?

I'm currently knitting odd rows on all the WIPs. Which means there's not much to show for anything. I don't really mind. I'm so close to casting on Movie Socks with some 'Bubblegum' yarn I have... just for fun and because I feel like making bobbles.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Holiday Theme - Red


I'm on holiday. So this morning I went comic book shopping with a friend. I absolutely loaded up on great comics. As I was lugging the haul into the house, I noticed that the postman had also arrived with some goodies and that the colours all coordinated...

There's my Chai fiber from Enchanted Knoll Farm. (I still keep losing my drop spindle as I try to tease out the fibers - however, I am nothing if not persistent!) There's also my vintage, cherry red Bakelite handled ice-cream scoop! I love this scoop. It reminds me of the one we had when I was growing up (still a work in progress, of course). I love and randomly collect Bakelite. Then there's the point that tomorrow could be nearly 40 degrees, so an ice cream scoop will be handy!

Little parcels of knitted thingamajigs are on their way overseas, too, now. I can return to catching up on WIPs!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Christmas jumbles

Fifi, the little brown hen, is broody again. She sits fluffed up in her box, screeching at anyone who checks in on her. She is busy with chicken business... even if the egg she's sitting on is a fake.

Lola today was having none of that. Lola, the little white hen, wanted to lay her egg in THAT same box and Lola wasn't taking no for an answer.

Thus...


One of the things I love about Christmas is weekend postal deliveries, especially when they bring with them the Ewe Beaut Sampler!! Isn't it a colourful mix-mash of colour and fiber? My favourite for the moment is the Ms. Gusset 100% Australian merino wool in shades of green. You can sign up for her mailing list. It's great that more dyers and spinners are coming out! I can't wait to start trying the fibres out. I'm still struggling a little with the spindle, but has that stopped me from contemplating an all out wheel? No, it has not. What do you think? I'm leaning towards the Majacraft Rose.


And just for a little fun, this has me in stitches every time I watch it. It's from the BBC Doctor Who Advent Calendar. I now can't get the song out of my head!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

'Tis the Season and all

I thought I'd share with you one of my favourite seasonal treats, "Happy Life Day." Yes, Princess Leia singing something uplifting (I kind of miss what, because I'm always giggling too much) to a bunch of Wookies while Han and Luke look on with somewhat dazed, goofy expressions. What were they thinking? And doesn't it just make you want to whip out some needles and knit yourself Princess Leia hair buns?

Personally, I think Princess Leia is one of the great fairy tale heroines. Right from the moment she addresses Luke: "Aren't you a little short for a stormtrooper?" Which is brilliantly realised with Scottish accent at Star Wars Uncut. I have a weakness for Scottish accents! Seriously, though, she is a wise-cracking, snarky, can-do princess who spends a great deal of her time helping to rescue her rescuers. What's not to love?

And "why you low-down, stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf-herder" was one of the first quotes I ever memorised. Not for me rattling off Shakespeare, Milton or Keats. No, I could rattle of Princess Leia! Still can and find it incredibly useful.

Then, I'm also a Carrie Fisher fan. Postcards from the Edge was re-read infinite times during my late teens. No, I never developed drug or alcohol problems, though I did go through a stage of drinking Diet Cokes and salads because of it...

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Food!


Okay, slightly less than imaginative post title there! Would you look at the yellow a quiche can achieve thanks to one's busy little free range hens? Admittedly, it did get a bit crumbly... but look at that yellow!

And today in the garden I noticed a perfect mushroom. Big, round, glorious. As I was taking a photo of it, Mimi decided to do a walk-through and I just love the shot! I've dubbed it the 'Baba Yaga' shot! Giant chicken legs.


I did finally get those revisions done and a little more Christmas-knitting-that-I-wasn't-going-to-do. Back to work!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Just convincing myself I can string two words together...

I'm having one of 'those' mornings. I did finish up some paperwork, but I have a couple of very minor, not hard to complete revisions to make on something else and all I can currently think is 'I can't write... seriously... I should be ashamed of myself.' This has resulted in multiple cups of coffee, decisions on what laundry I can do, a visit to the postbox that included pulling up several dozen weeds (not necessarily a bad thing), and now a blog post. The latter stems from the reasoning 'if I can write the blog post, I can write these revisions up.'

Touch wood, I rarely suffer from writer's block. I can write. My problem is that I often look at my writing and think 'I really can't write.' The words are all there, but they never look good. I can see all the ways in which they could be better. Then people mention pet peeves about books and articles and I think back over the times I *might* have committed those same atrocities and I'm a goner. This is why I have an awful time being critical of another's work. I'm all too aware that I've probably made the same errors, the same lazy assumptions. So this morning, I'm just a bit stalled over revisions.

So I'll take the opportunity to show you my little splurge at Enchanted Knoll Farm from when they were having their sale. It's called Merbabe.


She currently has some little spinning batts up that I'm trying not to look at.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Feathered fiends


Would you just look at this creature? This creature has been leaving a fantastic mess under my plum tree of half-eaten, half-ripe plums!!! I hope he's getting a tummy ache. (Mind, you have to love the pose he struck for the photo!)

And last night? I was watching "The Waters of Mars" and Lola began to shriek. I dashed outside and Lola was standing at the rose bush, pointing her beak towards the gate that I hadn't quite closed after weeding the front garden. Mimi and Coco were already out and onto the front lawn having a wonderful time! So there I was, in a dressing gown, running around the front lawn trying to herd chickens before they got into all the ditches created by the road works occurring outside my house, while I should have been curled up inside watching Doctor Who!

In between various feathery chaos, I did some spur of the moment Christmas knitting. I had promised myself to do no Christmas knitting, but I got stuck on what to give a couple of friends and knitting kind of solves the problem.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Wardrobe rehauls


If you're going to have a cocktail lounge of shawls (Artifically Mythic and I had been joking about the number of 'yarn margaritas' turning into shawls...), you need something to wear with them. No, I'm not really very good at sewing - my seams tend to have a mind of their own - but happily I'm the daughter of someone who can sew very well, so I took advantage of an online sale for some new patterns!

I'm also toying with a shawl/doily mash-up for my next project. Well, aside from the pile of WIPs I currently have.

But I have banned any thought of Christmas knitting this year! It's been a stressful few weeks and I've quite enjoyed treating myself to knitting for fun.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

It's easy being green

With literally a teaspoon full of yarn to spare...


I finished the Fairy Godfather Shawl!


The sheen of the silk in the blend is impossible to describe in happy enough terms, so very pleased with the latest Damson. So much so that I took advantage of Knit It Up's Black Friday sale to purchase a little more Silky, this time in bright shades of blue. I also had that voucher from a few months ago burning a hole in my pocket!

Which means I should probably likewise confess to a yarn purchase at Enchanted Knoll Farm. The colours are deep and earthy, which is unusual for me (you might have noticed the parade of unabashed brightness), but a yarn called 'Wood Elves'? Seriously, how could I resist? And 'Fiesta', with its golden and plum highlights... lovely. It's a lace weight, so will have to give serious consideration to use.


I just have to decide upon an appropriate project to take to work on Monday... there's a long planning meeting for most of the day and the only way I think I'll retain a shred of sanity is to have my needles with me and a pretty yarn.

Okay, off to write about pumpkins!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

That last little bit of yarn...


I'm at that moment on the Fairy Godfather shawl. Will I have enough yarn for the last five rows?

I've been knitting away at it for the last couple of hours, a book propped on my knees. It is work. I'm reviewing the book. But I seem to lack the capacity now to do one thing at a time. I've found myself enjoying and absorbing the book much more while knitting. And I don't think I'm kidding myself. I've written far more notes since I picked up the needles... well... I haven't been writing notes and knitting at the same time, because I would need more hands for that, but I have been happily dropping the knitting (carefully, but on a circular, not so dangerous) to scribble a few words on a regular basis.

And tonight I'm cooking venison! I've had venison in Oxford and in a little town in Quebec, but never here at home... slightly nervous about it. I'm eating it with tasty baked organic potato and broad beans and peas from the garden.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

What's red and green?


Late today, I noticed a theme. I'm working on my Fairy Godfather Shawl (another Damson in Knit It Up's Mermaid silk/merino blend - there's a little streak of turquoise that glistens when it hits the light) and Bigby...

And then I went out to pick some broad beans to have with my dinner and it hit me.


Green and red! Thankfully I am getting a chance to enjoy some of the broad beans. A fortnight ago, the vegetable patch was looking so sumptuous, I had visions of a fantastic harvest. Then we had three very hot days and everything has drooped and browned. It's sort of disheartening.

It couldn't be helped

The moment I saw Ysolda's Peak Island Hood, I knew I'd found my reason to order Needle Food's Cranberry Worsted. Just look at that saturated colour!!

Yes, I know red for a hood is a little corny, but I don't care. It's going to be glorious. I adore the yarn, I love the project, and I have dubbed it Bigby, after my favourite character from Bill Willingham's Fables. He is the Big Bad Wolf, you know.


You can see my little wolf pendant there too... I bought that in Quebec. For some reason, it never gets old that when people admire it and ask where I got it, I get to say 'Quebec'. Incidentally, I had one of my all-time favourite holidays in Quebec. The food is utterly amazing - better than in France! - the people are the friendliest I've ever encountered in my travels, even when I was totally baffled by the dialect, and Quebec city is unlike any place I've ever been before. Most cities now tend to morph a bit into each other. Not Quebec. The river was frozen over!!! There were mad Canadians skating around ramps in the city. They were building an ice castle in the streets. My jeans froze one evening while I was wearing them. Okay, I love extreme cold, but seriously, a gorgeous city that is an odd mix of the best of Europe and the New World, so to speak.

Oh, and the breakfasts I ate... I was so stuffed! The B&B was being taken care of by some friends of the owner and they were having the time of their lives experimenting with recipes. I've never eaten that well... although, The Bear Inn in Hay-on-Wye comes the closest.

Speaking of food, the other night, with all the heat and the fact I had some avocados lying about not knowing what to do with themselves, I looked up some pasta recipes and cobbled together my own version. Ta da.

Admittedly, it looks a bit washed out in the photo, but it was delicious. If you need to be gluten free, Spiral Foods Fettuccine is glorious. You just cook up the pasta while you mix together avocado, a little lemon, balsamic vinegar, garlic, chopped cherry tomatoes and red onion (next time I'm going for spring onion, but I didn't have any then), salt and pepper. Yum.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Last night, I watched The Day After Tomorrow (the remote control was too far away, I was tired, and, besides, once I used the film in a lecture about first world/third world divisions, so I did get some intellectual currency from it). Is it bad that in my head, I was considering where I'd hibernate during a freezing storm and I figured the dining room with the fireplace was the obvious place, plus, there was the added bonus that that's where my stash is kept, so, of course, I'd never be frozen... I could knit mittens?

Speaking of stashes, the other week when our knitting group met up, we all brought along our Needle Food projects. Hopefully the rest of the group won't mind my sharing this shot, but it's so pretty!


That's my Lollipop in the foreground there (plus my sample from the Ewe Beaut Sampler, which I bought along for show and tell). It has since turned into... ta da...


The Perky Goth Shawl! It kept making me think of Abby from NCIS for some reason. I cast off a little tight again (I was fearful over what would happen to the little dog in The Day After Tomorrow - there's always a little dog in peril and I know the dog always survives... of course, it did also start me wondering if I'd be able to get my chickens inside in such a storm and whether they would stay in a box... probably not...). Nonetheless, it's another cute little addition to the cocktail lounge... and yes, it's another Traveling Woman. But small this time, so not identical to The Pretty Boy Shawl.

I also received my Knit It Up! Coraline cinema sock club package and it's glorious! The yarn is saturated colour and the extras are perfect, including the little key charm for a stitch marker. And there may just be enough for another Damson, because, can you have enough Damson shawls? Says the person who has just cast on another one...

I have a problem.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Nearly dinner time

I just picked some artichokes for dinner... now I just have to decide how to cook and eat them... I'm tempted to go quite plain. Maybe with a poached egg and toast?


My purple peas are on the vines too, now. I get a childish delight out of the purple pods! The peas inside will still be green, but the dark pods are glorious.


I'm reading a book on children's literature for review and still wading through the final papers that require grading, but there is some knitting that is oh so close to being finished...

No, not the orange juice Coraline. Although, that is proving to be excellent telephone knitting and is growing ever so slowly. I still love the colour.

But we'll see... I'm aiming to spend tonight coach potato'ing with Stargate Atlantis and the nearly finished WIP.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Don't look! It's Valerie's Miracle Scarf!

At least, don't look if you're still catching up on ingredients! I finished a few nights ago and you'll see the finished product at the bottom of this post, prettily hung among the red roses! I had to wrangle thorns for that shot, you know!

But I really enjoyed the project. The ingredients were always fun to receive and a square took about one episode of Bones or NCIS. Perfect.

This morning, having glanced at the pile of drafts and papers I have to get through today, I hopped off to make cinnamon French toast with maple syrup and, very aptly, then squeezed in a row of my Orange Juice Coraline. I've just finished the hem, which seemed to take forever. And am now perfectly on schedule, so I've snuck in this lunch time blog post!


Oh, and did you see that The Yarn Cafe has a new blend? Organic cotton and tencel. I needed a little for summer knitting? Also, I'm apparently obsessed with green... Greens and Pistachio in this case. Greens has already all gone!


And now... Valerie's Miracle Scarf! Okay, well, the shot's so small, it probably isn't really spoiling anything anyway!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

No pictures!

There will be soon, though! We had the last Kniterature meet up with Artificially Mythic on Friday. We met at a cafe, all with our Needle Food projects. It's sad to wave Artificially Mythic off for the next few months - she's been fun to have about!

And isn't this a great way to show off sock yarn?

I'm just catching up on Valerie's Miracle Scarf. The eel shark net is done now! And I've cast on another shawl... I know, it's seriously a sickness. I joked the other day that you can tell when I'm stressed. I tend to be very productive in the knitting stakes. I am, however, looking forward to another night with Bones and Castle and various knitting projects. It sets me up nicely to face Monday!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Who doesn't love samples?


I've been reading lots of words by other people, so I feel the need for a quick break to use my own words. And I do have something fantastic to blog! Look at the Ewe Beaut Sample Box! If you join the Ravelry group, they give you information about when the boxes (well, actually they're padded envelopes!) go up on Etsy. I missed the 10am drop, since I was running to a 10am lecture and had managed to forget to log on first... by the time I got to "commit to buy," my box had gone! Fortunately, there was a 9pm drop. So, while watching NCIS, I refreshed, I refreshed, I refreshed and... got a box!

And it's fantastic value. Lots and lots of great samples from Australian and New Zealand fibre and yarn indies... and good sized samples at that! 20-25g generally speaking. And Needle Food, bless her, sent her sample with chocolate... which didn't quite survive for the photo shoot... Such gorgeous samples too! I've already bookmarked a few new sites!

So would definitely recommend seeking the samples... although, truth to tell, should I be telling everyone? More competition? Maybe I'll just delete this post...

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Give me my quill!


Pretty Boy
Originally uploaded by gidgetknits
Writing... writing... writing...

But much more fun to write draped in my newly finished and blocked Pretty Boy Shawl (named for a certain Doctor Who episode). It's the Travelling Woman shawl and is in Fleece Artist's 'Twilight'. Very pleased with the end result. The edging has a spiderweb-ish look about it that works well with the blacks and dark blues and purples to give it a bit of a Gothic tone. The pattern is nice and easy to follow and to read, too.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Brought to you by the colour orange

I had to wait a while for the postal service to carry a little package from Australia to the US before I could share this with you. Isn't she the most adorable pumpkin??

When I first saw the Pumpkin Hat, I knew I had to knit it for my good friends' little girl! And it's the first hat I ever made. Too easy. It's a great pattern. Very pumpkin-ish. And she looks a perfect Cinderella with those long, blonde curls.

And so, after having stocked up on more orange, I've now cast on my Orange Juice Coraline.


I coerced a crocheting friend into making a chain for me the other day so I could begin the provisional cast on. Yes, I know the crochet chain is the easiest thing in the world to do and the odd thing is... I can even crochet a little. I've crocheted chains before (well, of course, since that's how you start learning crochet!). And I've crocheted tiny owlets, which I can't recommend enough. But for the last month, I've been unable to get my fingers to behave. I get a knotty, rope-y mess for my effort.

Now I just have to refrain from casting on anything else even remotely orange, because, seriously, it's beginning to look like I have a problem!

Anyway, time to start grating. I made potato, zucchini and mushroom cakes last night with generous amounts of garlic and spring onions and they were so scrumptious, I'm doing it all over again tonight.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Bloomin' colour!

I wish...

I wish...

I wish yarn would grow on trees!!!

In the meantime, I propped some little margaritas up in the boughs of my blossoming apple tree.

First, three from Spacefrog. I've only just discovered Spacefrog. Look at that colour! Spacefrog knows me. I could gobble it all up. I might. Once I stop hiding my credit card from myself (it sound ineffective, but if you saw my desk, you'd understand).


Then two beauties from Knit It Up, one of my long term favourites who recently had a little sale. There is silk in that there green 'Mermaid.' And I had to have 'Ophelia' so I have something to knit when my Hamlet DVD arrives in January (pre-ordered from the RSC - you get extra postcards).


And doesn't this little bag of merino/tencel just deserve to be photographed against a bright blue sky? Because, of course, it's called 'Cumulus'. I can spin cloud and sky! Just like Frigg.

Friday, October 9, 2009

A writing day

Is there anything better than a writing day when you can sit at your keyboard, tapping away, while still in your pajamas?

I didn't think so.


Lola and Fifi are looking out from their bunker. I think there's a food war going on. I'm training them to use a new feeder. They aren't happy about it.


I have a plan! I have big balls of orange (BWM Luxury) that I plan to turn into a Coraline. That's a lot of brightness, right? But can you imagine wearing it casually with jeans? I can. I love the orange, too. It's so gosh darn-it-all happy. I can't wait for long rows of stocking stitch. My brain is fried. Although Valerie's Miracle Scarf is almost caught up. Maybe tonight during Torchwood I'll be up to date.


And I managed to snaffle a Phat Fiber Box! The theme was fairy tales, folklore, myth, so, seriously, one had to be mine! I don't have favourites, really, but these are the little samples currently on my desk, that I've been patting. "The Princess Bride" from eXtreme Spinning (yes, if any were my favourite...). Clover from Serendipitous Ewe. Unicorn Planet from Knitty and Color. Midnight Elf along with marker from Serendipity Fiber Arts. Fairy Godmother from Blue Mountain Handcrafts. I never used to be into the novelty end of handspun, but the more I look at Fairy Godmother, the more I want to knit a throw for my bed from it.

Okay, back to the real writing!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Feeling a little Pompadour

It's become a little chilly again... perfect excuse to snuggle back into my Arwen Cardigan and write today!


Yesterday - shock horror! - I rediscovered some shoes I'd completely forgotten about! I was digging about in the boxes for my patent red shoes and found these! How could I have forgotten? They're adorable! I love these shoes! But, being suede, I keep waiting for perfect, clear evenings to wear them. And now I feel a bit like RoseRed...

I've paired these adorable shoes with my new Pompadour yarn from Juno. Dash it, now that I've gone back to look at the link, I want more of her stuff...

Speaking of Pompadour (think "Girl in the Fireplace" - run with me), had a fantastic Doctor Who/Casanova knitting marathon, including the indubitable Artificially Mythic. Artificially Mythic got me started on my drop spindle and I have now made about 10cm of very bad yarn! Still delighted with it!

Oh, and below, spoiler of sorts! I'm doing Valerie's Miracle Scarf and am way behind already, but the sun came out, the apple tree is coming into blossom, so it seemed a good time to take my scarf out and about to find the Three Leaf Clovers!

Friday, October 2, 2009

A Little Hat Making

It's not quite the kind of hat Sophie would make in Howl's Moving Castle, which I was re-reading lately, but Ysolda's Ripley is a very cute hat. I made it out of some left over Cashmerino from Snow White's Mittens (aka Bella's Mittens) after my BKFF whipped one up the other day and told me it couldn't be missed. Being on leave, I sat down to finally finish watching The West Wing (hurray Santos!) and knitted it up! It's a brilliant pattern (you'll note that the finishing isn't quite perfect there at the back of the lace... but I'm not fussy!). I've named it 'New Cheese' after Basile's fairy tale, "The Three Citrons." The Prince makes me laugh!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Pumpkin muffins and green tea


PPshawl
Originally uploaded by gidgetknits
Short break. Happily casting on the Traveling Woman shawl, which I've dubbed the "Pretty Boy Shawl."

And did you see that there's a Princess Bride mystery scarf? Valerie's Mystery Scarf? Inconceivable! But marvelous.

Currently buried under fairy tales. Life couldn't be better.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Just what you need to go into the woods...


Jam&Wolves
Originally uploaded by gidgetknits
I love the Damson pattern! Here's Jam & Wolves in numma numma 'Black Cherry Jam.' It's delicious!

Artificially Mythic also has the prettiest Damson - Mithril. So, so soft and drape-y. Today, Artificially Mythic also rescued my Bingley sock. I love that sock, but for some reason, I've had a mental block over the short row heel. I've done short row heels before, but never toe-up, and my mind just wasn't getting around the concept. Back on track now.

At Kniterature group last night, I also cast on Travelling Woman in Fleece Artist 'Twilight.' Yes, I'm slightly obsessed over shawls.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Rainy days


It's been a rainy day, so imagine my delight to find yarn margaritas on the porch! Tabby cat and Rose Garden from Knit It Up. I just know these little bundles of joy want to be shawls. Look at that colour! They'll be gorgeous.

I arrived home quite soggy, sore throat, sniffles... this does not bode well...

Neither does the state of the hens...

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Sometimes, you just need the Doctor around...


I love handmade, crafty pop culture merchandise! And VCM, using the pattern here, whipped a Doctor up for me! Isn't he brilliant? Complete with his own little sonic screwdriver. And it's fun to play with his hair!

I have the best Mum.

My Jam & Wolves shawl, however, is being unknit a little. 8 extra stitches came for a visit and overstayed their welcome.

In better news, today I won a voucher from Knit It Up, one of my all time favourite Etsy stores! Seriously, I love her yarn and fibre. I'm knitting the Netherfield socks in her Bingley yarn from the Pride and Prejudice sock club. Those socks are taking me a long time, but I'm enjoying them like no other socks, so I'm in no rush to finish. She also has a cinema sock club month for Coraline coming up. So, thank you to Knit It Up!