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I have to admit, I like interior design p0rn. I watch Grand Designs religiously, listen to By Design and read (and reread or just revisit my favourite pictures!) interior design magazines.
One magazine I subscribe to is Inside Out. Much to my surprise, I recently received their Christmas issue and they have jumped on the crafty bandwagon and included some knitting ideas for Christmas!
Some has kindly knit up this woollen chain pattern from Simply Knitting and it is very cute without being over the top Christmassy (see picture of Colin Firth from the last post). This would be a great stash buster and would look pretty good in any colour.
The article goes on to talk about free patterns from Patons. These patterns are a bit more traditional, including a cute crochet angel, pretty crochet stars (sheesh I need to learn to crochet), candy canes, lots of different stockings and a dog jumper! A good mixture of tacky and tasteful.
IK Holiday Gifts also has a range of decoration patterns including stars for a tree and egg like “German ornaments”. I dunno why someone would knit a skirt for their Christmas tree but I have now seen two patterns (Sunburst Throw and Paton’s Jester Tree Skirt – you have to log in to see the pattern and I couldn’t be arsed). Are we embarrassed to see the tree’s trunk?
There are a million Christmas patterns across the net, check out this stashbuster from craft.dow.com. But I think you would need to be polycraftual for that one…
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I don’t think I am going to knit anything as a Christmas decoration. I don’t Christmas at home, so my attempt at Christmas decorating will be to pull the Aldi tinsel out of the crap drawer and wrap it around the telly.
Maybe I am a Christmas decoration voyeur to go with my problem with interior design p0rn!

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I have been a slack blogger of late. No excuse.

I have finished the shawl! Woo hoo! I blocked it once. But I don’t think I was mean enough, so I blocked it again. I am tickled pink with the results. The first picture is from the first blocking but I think gives the best colour representation. The colours are very hard to photograph! I present to you the Cascading Leaves Shawl in Goth Mermaid (custom dye) Live2Knit 4ply Elizabeth.

After the second blocking, looking forward to giving it to my friend!

I hav just sent off for a lace blocking kit and am totally lace bug bitten. I am finding it very difficult to stop myself from casting on another lace project straight away.

Wot’s on the Needs

  • still plugging away on the Tiger’s Eye Lace Scarf. This is helping to keep the lace bug in check at the moment.
  • Cast on Hexacomb Cardigan in Paton’s Serenity in Pink with Black contrasting colour. I like the bamboo/cotton Serenity but I am not quite sure about the yarn with the pattern. In one moment, I dislike it because I don’t think it shows the hexacomb pattern properly and the material is quite drapey, then I catch sight of my work in progress in another light and I think it looks lovely. Ah well, let’s see how it turns out.

Yarn Purchases
Took a little trip to Wool Baa last week and bought the pink Serenity and;

  • More Serenity in black for Acton
  • Centolavaggi – 1400m of lace weight extra fine merino in black. Mmm, so soft, need to find the right pattern for that one!

Selfishness
I have decided not to knit any Christmas presents this year. Looking back over the year so far, I think I have only knitted myself a jumper, a scarf and one pair of socks in 2008. Compared to the cardigans, socks, jumpers, hats, headband, pair of slippers and a shawl I have knitted for others. Generally I am a pretty self-centred person, I come first but knitting has turned into an altruistic hobby. Perhaps as my knitting skills increase, I want to knit more impressive and complex gifts for friends and family, but I only have the same knitting time. My new ethos will be to knit something big and fancy for each family member’s birthday rather that squeeze in many small gifts at the end of the year.

So I have decided for the next few months, it is all knitting for me (except for the Tigers Eye Scarf – last present for the year). Phew! Feels like a weight of guilt being lifted from me. I DON’T WANT TO KNIT FOR CHRISTMAS!
I am thinking about what I want to knit and wear, the two cardigans and then another shawl for me. But there are some many pretty ones, I don’t know which one to choose. I pour over my knitting books while eating my muesli in the morning, trying to decide what next!

News – Mega SnB Melbourne Meet-up
Raveller Kebeni has organised an event for Melbourne SnBs.

TIME 11am onwards
WHERE Melbourne Botanical Gardens Meeting at entrance opposite the Shrine of Remembrance just past GATE F and the Childrens’ Garden. There is a visitor centre, toilets and cafe there.
WHEN Sunday 16th November
WHAT TO BRING knitting, hat, sunscreen, smile and picnic if required

So, announcing the “We give a KNIT about others!” Please don’t feel you have to do this but there will be a basket/box/bag at the event where those who choose to can deposit a toy they have knitted. These will then be donated to the MELBOURNE TOY RUN to be distributed to disadvantaged children.

This map
also has instructions on how to get there via public transport