Friday, 30 May 2008

Still Alive

Though the general lack of posts may have you believe otherwise. Why have I been so quiet???

Short answer ... I've been busy.

Long answer ... With most of the 1st trimester tiredness a thing of the past, I've been making up for 'lost' time. Things just kept happening, and I kept saying, yeah, I'll go along.

Amidst Girl Guide camps, youth group meetings, trips to Sydney, baby shower, making of appointments and many other things I have packed into the last week or two, there has been some time for knitting.

I finished off the knitting effort for my friend's baby shower ....

Hat pattern adapted from one I found in an old bootie pattern book. Knitted in Patons Dreamtime and Cleckheaton Merino Bambino (using up left over balls of baby yarn). I changed the pattern from a flat piece to circular, adapted the stich number and height to suit the yarn used, and used a three needle bind off to finish (no seams!).

Jumper knitted in Panda Woolbale, originally purchased to felt wine bottle coolers for Christmas last year (a great project idea, that was never fully realised). I had to unpick and reknit the basque at the bottom of the back to finish the second sleeve. I love baby's knits in 8 ply ... so speedy. Nevertheless, the ends of the jumper were woven in at the shower - nothing like leaving something to the last minute.

And finally a cardigan that was knitted last October, but was waiting ever so patiently for buttons.

"Dashing Root' as she has been christened, is languishing in a bag, waiting for ends to be woven in and blocked (still).

I'm working on a cardigan that will be suitable for maternity wear. Unfortunately I didn't notice the 'patience required' written at the top of the pattern.

There's one more project on my needles, but all about that next post.

Sunday, 11 May 2008

Baby Knitting

And the answer to the number one baby question .......

"No I haven't started knitting for the baby yet."

These gorgeous items are for my friend's baby, due in June (not too far away now).

She's really, really lucky. If it wasn't for the speediness of these patterns I may not have been able to part with them so readily.

Catching up on other projects finished a while ago, but only just having photos for:

The completed Aran Scarf .... yummy.

A cable beannie (rather belated Christmas present), knitted in double strand of handspun alpaca that I picked up on eBay a while ago.

The pattern is from one of my Japanese books. I learnt quite a bit in the process of knitting it (twice). How to tell what is the needle size required (the main reason I had to knit it twice), what the Japanese characters for provisional cast on look like, how to read the charts (not too bad), and how to tell the instructions for the hat from those for the matching mittens.

My current project is a new cardigan - for me! Chosen especially to keep me warm when a large tummy will get in the way of most other warm clothes (I reckon it won't look too bad when I'm normal-sized too).

Sunday, 4 May 2008

I blame it all on hormones

The exhibition last week was lots of fun.

I spent Saturday afternoon sitting in the sun/shade chatting, knitting and eating all manner of goodies.

I forgot the camera.

Not to worry I was heading back in Sunday morning - for as long as Joe could amuse himself in Warrawong (about an hour), I'd take some photos then.

I forgot the camera.

Back up plan .... take a few photos on my phone, they can sometimes be passable.

I totally forgot to take photos.

So I returned home kicking myself (not literally) for having no photographic record of the event. Not a single snap to post on the blog.

I blame it all on the pregnancy hormones.

I'm now 13 weeks pregnant. Due in November - winter maternity knitting for me, cotton singlet knitting for bubs.

I wonder what else I can blame on those pesky hormones ....

PS. If you still want to see photos of the exhibition, head over to Knitabulous. She took some wonderful shots.