Tuesday, January 23

More FOs: No pain, no gain

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I had somewhat of a marathon mk session this Sunday, seeing as it was a snow day and I had the house to myself. Regretting it now though - when I got up, after about 4.5 hours of machine knitting, I could hardly stand (I had been sitting on my kneeling stool). My back is still delicate two days later, and I am walking around like a little old lady. I think I need to either invest in a standing desk, or pack machine knitting in. I'm not happy about that prospect!

Current mood: very, very sore

Friday, January 19

Better late than never...

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I finally got around to getting a picture of this skirt, it wasn't even entered into Ravelry for some reason. It's two Tony Bennett half-hour shawls, sewn together with some elastic added. Pretty much one whole cone of Grigna was used (and most of the needle bed). The fringe is knitted at the same time by leaving a bunch of needles out of work at one end and then having one in work - that stitch is then dropped. I seem to have cut the loops and I've also done a line of sewing (zigzag stitch) along the fringed edge to prevent it ever coming undone. Yeoman's Grigna is a kind of boucle yarn though so it's not as prone as it could be.

I picked up a few more cones of this lovely yarn, they do single colours too (this is grey with white slubs) and I see more skirts in my future.

Himself is away snowboarding, and it's perishing outside, and my shoulder/neck/back are playing up again - I'm still not sleeping well and am fighting the urge to feel somewhat sorry for myself. I foresee a treat of some nice chocolate and wine after the gym later!

Current mood: sore

Wednesday, January 17

FO: Custom orders and some tube socks

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I'm hoping to knit up some more tube socks for the shop, but I've got to get some custom orders into the post first. Excuse the rotten pictures, daylight only happens at the weekends for me at the moment! And weekends are too busy to remember to photograph things...

Current mood: busy (and pleased about it)

Saturday, January 13

Needles of Steel MKC - cut and sew

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We had a quick demo of a cut and sew neck, where a folded band (in mock rib) is used to enclose the cut edge. It was mostly successful! Apologies for the rotten picture but it's hard to find decent lighting in wintertime!

Thursday, January 11

Works in progress

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Current works in progress - more socks to make but I need to graft these first! :)

Current mood: working

Thursday, January 4

Happy New Year!

Bit belated this one, but there you go... I didn't punish myself with lots of xmas knitting projects this year. December got so busy that all I was capable of was small handknit projects anyway. I made two twirly scarves from that mesh yarn, which I totally failed to photograph, and the silver scarf I made a few weeks ago went to Mum. The only other thing (and I meant to get a decent photo, and didn't) were some shopping bags (from the Morsbag pattern) for various friends and family. The bags were made from two fat quarter packs I picked up in September.

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I was also very pleased that the second attempt at kilt hose on the CSM resulted in these:

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Oh, I had a new smartphone for xmas, and it's on the large side, so I had to make it a new case - and luckily, I had a swatch hanging around from the aforementioned kilt hose experiments:

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Xmas passed by fairly quietly, with far too much good food and drink consumed, and rather a lot of TV watched. The grand (but vague) plans to knit up a storm on the knitting machines never transpired. Sometimes you have to just do as your brain wants and slob out! I slept loads, which was nice - back to work and the sleep is wrecked again, clearly I need to take (very early!) retirement. Bah!

I have some plans for new projects this year, but as I've got a few custom sock orders for the etsy shop on the go, they will have to wait.

Current mood: awake (just!)

Thursday, December 7

FO: more socks

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Experimenting with knee high socks - think I could have done with a few more rows in the leg on these, but we shall see!