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everlasting bagstopper

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From the Knitty pattern, I used a 55% cotton, 45% acrylic and seed stitched the handles. I am surprised at the strength of it!


monkey sock

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In a Cherry Tree Hill yarn (I can’t remember which one!). I liked the subtle reds, pinks and purples variations throughout the pattern.


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Jaywalker in Socks that Rock – Gingerbread Dude.

I love the way the colours work on the leg but no so happy about the pooling in the foot.
This is a gift and the recepient chose the yarn colour. Not my usual taste, but I think it is quite cute

Check Rib in Knittery Orchid

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Photos, photos, photos.
Finally joined the 21st century and bought a camera.

Here is the first of a few photos…from More Sensational Knitted Socks – Check Rib in the beautiful The Knittery Orchid.

Firstly a mention of the wonderful change in government yesterday! Yay, I have waited 11 years for this. Nursing a bit of a hangover today.

Back to knitting.

Moving well through the Xmas gifts, socks and bags… but very keen to start something new. I have been eyeing off the lists of patterns in Ravelry, but next in the queue after the Xmas gifts is the Dr Who Peter Davison Cricket jumper. I bought some Bendigo Woollen Mills 8ply in Parchment for the jumper. This was my first purchase of Bendigo yarns. It arrived quickly and with a shade card to fantasise over. I also grabbed a couple of cones of 2ply (Venetian Blue and Cranberry) to inspire another attempt of lace knitting.

My usual podcasts seem to be taking rests, so I have been exploring Stash and Burn, and enjoying it. I find it more technical than other podcasts, without having a commercial bent to it, which makes a nice change. A whole episode discussing sweaters (jumpers!) just talking patterns! Does anyone know the difference between a sweater and a pullover? Is a pullover a vest? Anyway…

Yarn Magazine – there was a cloud hanging over this issue of Yarn mag, with the news that this could be the last. However, since the writing of the editorial, there has been a purchaser step forward. So now it is just fingers crossed to see what happens with Yarn. This issue contains an article about Ravelry, an interview with Nicky Epstein (I got to meet both article writers at a SnB recently). An article about Bendigo Sheep and Wool show by Damo. There are some spinning articles – I tend to just look at the pictures, I am not a spinner (yet) and I am leaving these to re-read when I know more. Patterns! Felted bags, camisole, crocheted shawl, wedding bags, a vest with amazing tutorial on how to develop a vest that actually fits (kudos to Jennie Pakula for this article!), socks with beading, a ballet wrap, a lace stole in Tofutsies and a lingerie set.

Hi. I have justed finished NaNoWriMo in 17 days! Yay me. Bettering my last year result by 3 days. Why I am writing on my blog so soon afterwards. Well I am waiting for a friend to arrive for celebratory drinkies!

This has little to do with knitting. I did however rock up to my first SnB in a while. A few of us Ravelrers in Melbourne have started catching up in Magnation. It was great to talk knitting with people who don’t just listen politely and nod.  I will make every effor to go along regularly now.

News – disappointment abounds around the end of Yarn Magazine. I will do my review of the mag in a later post. It is a great magazine and I loved the local ads, I prefer to buy Australian if I can. Second bad news is the discontinuation of Patonyle, one of the only local Australian sock yarns. Ok, the colours definitely left something to be desired, but it was an option!

More later

Bad blogger. I am now distracted by the November madness of NaNoWriMo. Last year I got to my 50K. Yay! And am currently on track to do it again, I say optimistically with a word count of 8,049 at the end of Day 3. I also believe that there is a NaNoBloMo or something for bloggers to blog every day.

But I have been knitting too. But what has been distracted my mind at the moment is dyeing. I want to have a crack at DIY. I think that will be in the New Year but I have been excited about possibilities but scared about the mess. I am so excited by the prospect of doing it myself that I am not really distracted by other sock yarns at the moment. Although, have you seen the Wollmeise shop? Omiwordylordyyes, Janelle

I have been making great leaps with the Xmas gift knitting. Did I blog about receiving my first ever Blue Moon Fiber Arts yarn? Well I got it, it smelt a bit funny, but I really like the tight wrap of the yarn. I bought one skein for gift purposes and two for me…he he.

On the needles

  • Jaywalker in Gingerbread Dude BMFA – one sock done
  • Monkey Sock in Cherry Tree Hill Yarn (reds and purples lost the ball band) up to 4th leg repeat
  • Top Down Seeded Rib Check from More Sensational Knitted Socks in The Knittery Orchid – one sock done
  • Everlasting Bagstopper from Knitty – in hot pink 45%acrylic/55% cotton. I am knitting the handle with seed stitch – up to handle 1 of 4
  • Kittyville Hat in Mondial Bizarre – hat done, one earflap done. Need to learn to iCord.

Quite a lot going on there but given it is only Nov 4, I think my Xmas knitting is in hand. Also I tend to be a shut-in during NaNo, the only other thing to do is knit. I bought season 1 of the Sopranos yesterday, so it was be a knitalongaTony time in November too.