Sunday, 21 September 2008

The Show

Not the Easter Show, but Bulli Show. An institution in the northern suburbs of Wollongong.
I remember my mum telling me as a young girl that it always rains on the show weekend. Well not this weekend. Two warm sunny days in a row! Lucky I'd made a dash to Kmart on Friday afternoon to stock up on summery clothes that would fit my ever-expanding belly.
But back to the show. I entered three items. Pomotamus socks in 'Any other knitted work', Dashing Root in 'any knitted garment made from thick wool' and the Icarus shawl in 'Hand knitted shawl'.

End result, first place for the socks, second for DR, and HC for the shawl.

Did you notice anything strange with the shawl???

That's right the certificate is pinned on the wrong side. It was hung back to front! I wonder if it was judged on the basis of its wrong side?

And in non-show related news. Here's a peek at the llama cardigan (ie for the baby)

Yarn: Shepherd Colour 4 Me
Needles: 4mm
Pattern: from an old Patons book
Mods: Didn't feel like sewing on a button band, so picked up stitches along the edges and neckline, and worked increases at the corners. (Pretty pleased with myself for thinking of that!)

And the Kimono Socks

Yarn: Colinette Jitterbug (Monet colourway)
Needles: 2.5mm (2 circulars)
Pattern: Kimono Socks from Knitscene Magazine.
Mods: Haven't actually checked gauge, but think it was smaller than specified, so added extra rows to the heel flap (and hence sts to the gusset), and a bit more length to the foot.

They're not blocked yet, so the ties are a little twisty still. This yarn was sooooo yummy to knit with. Lucky I've got another skein in the cupboard, waiting for the perfect pattern.

Sunday, 7 September 2008

Knitting for Others

A good proportion of what I knit ends up living somewhere else (I think Joe's pleased about this ... or the cupboards would be filled with FOs as well as stash).

This crocheted bag was a birthday present for a good friend.

Can you see the cables?? That's right, crocheted cables - amazing!

I had so much fun making it. The pattern is from a Japanese book of crochet patterns. I really love the way they work. Just thinking about how the pattern would look if written out long hand makes my head spin.

These hats were a request. The project brief was a hat that isn't too tight fitting, to avoid hat hair. The pattern is by Kim Hamlin, from the book, "Last-Minute Knitted Gifts". It's a great pattern that's really versatile. Just cast on the stitches, figure out what kind of brim you want, and stripe the yarn however you like until it's time to decrease. Brilliant.

After making one, I still had some yarn loitering, so I cast on for the baby size. How cute.