Sunday, January 06, 2008

Reverting to type

If I'm dishcloth cotton I suppose I'd better.....................

This was inspired by the January Challenge on Downsizer.  I cast on during the Worlds Strongest Man and a large glass of wine and cast off during the Darts and another large glass of wine.  It's amazing the spelling was right!!!

As a quick easy knit it was fun.  I got it from Knits by Rachel  There are plenty of sites that have free dishcloth patterns a google search will reveal all.

I think I'm going to have a go at a cabled one or an entrelac one next - it's a great way to try out new stitches and you get a quick finish and useful product.  

Friday, January 04, 2008

Not much happening here

The joys of the season have left very little time for stitching, knitting or blogging.

I do have a pair of MIL socks on the needles.

They are called MIL socks because my Mother in Law has been staying with us for the past two weeks. During this time stitching hasn't really been an option - I like to work on my projects mindfully - my MIL likes to talk. That's OK but in order to listen my hands need to do something so knitting an easy sock pattern is the answer the needles fly and we are all happy.

The yarn is a Kaffe Fassett one and although I like the colourway I don't like the yarn - it doesn't feel nice as it travels through my fingers - a bit hard and synthetic feeling. I'm hoping that once they are washed the socks soften up.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to you and yours

It's early yet and everybody else in the house is asleep. As an early riser I relish these quiet hours of the day. Nobody wants anything, the chores can wait and I can savour my cup of tea.

In keeping with the day I've been thinking about resolutions and whether to make any.

For the past 10 or so years I've made a craft resolution. Often it's to learn a new skill - in 2005 it was to learn to make Bobbin Lace. By the start of 2006 I'd made some progress but still felt I had much to learn so carried it over to 2006.

2007 I was to learn how to spin - I'm going to carry this over. I've made some progress, got a wheel and had some fun getting to know her - but I wouldn't say I've learnt to spin.

I've also dug out Alpine Seasons from the UFO pile so I'm going to work steadily on this (one day it might look like this)

I've also got a cardigan that I would like to finish knitting before our camping trip in August

..........and knit a jumper for DH

On a none craft front there are some self imposed deadlines I'd like to meet on a course of study I'm doing. Not to mention some major changes in how I earn my living.

In summary 2008 is a year for progression.

Good Luck and Enjoy!!!!