Today I’m making an Elijah elephant in a bit of a rush. My best friend had her baby boy yesterday and I want to be able to give him something special.
I did knit some really cute baby stuff that I gave to my bff at her baby shower but it didn’t even occur to me to have a little something to bring to the hospital until this morning!
So hopefully I can get this finished today and see her tomorrow/Sunday :)
What should you bring to a brand new mum though? I don’t know if she’ll want any food/fruit/chocs… Flowers? Balloons? Something that won’t be a bother to take back home… any and all ideas gratefully received!
But I need to take a moment to freak out. I just went to start a new project (cute little baby hat!) and pulled out a few bags of yarn. I did a whole swatch with two different colours and ONLY ONCE I PUT THE NEEDLES DOWN did I realise there was a wriggling grub thing ON MY FECKING NEEDLE!!!! Ewwwwwwwughguuuguuuughhhh*shudder shudder boke wretch*
It’s so gross and after I’d noticed that bug I checked the bag (I keep all my yarns/projects in ziplock baggies) and there were tonnes of little red dots all at the bottom of it. I reckon it must be moths as that’s the only type of bug I’ve ever seen in my flat, other than the occasional fly but those grubs would be a lot bigger than this one was I think… I hope!
It seems that they were contained to one old bag of odds and ends so it wasn’t a big deal to chuck it out but I did knit a few stripes with the clean/unclean yarn…
I’m all itchy and worried about the rest of my yarn that’s up in a high cupboard :(
This is the back section of the Presto Chango baby jumper that I’m knitting at the moment. :)
I’m loving it so far! I couldn’t find the correct sized circular needle so I’m using a 4.00mm instead and knitting the biggest size, it’s coming out about right though.
Oh! and that penguin thing is a really cool bookmark/ruler that I use to measure my knittings, it’s one of those funny moving image things and they waddle about the place.
KAL 2.1: Paraphernalia Socks
Casting on tonight, just swatching at the moment. This is a yarn my husband chose a while ago but I hadn’t found the “right” pattern for it until I saw the choices for the knit-a-long. It didn’t get chosen last month so I decided I’d wait to see if it won this month’s vote and then I’d knit them up either way :)
Don’t have a cable needle with me (at a fancy hotel for a night! My chrismas gift from my lovely mum) so I’ll be attempting the cabling-without-a-needle method. *fingers crossed*
Yay, tumblr is back!
I got so much knitting done it was pretty awesome, I think I’ll actually schedule some no-laptop days whenever the w.i.p’s are piling up :)
Also, I really find it funny that so many of the people I follow are back on tumblr so quickly!! It must be like some sort of tumblr-fu sense we all have :3
Day 9: What fiber or yarn do you love working with?
I love most yarns: wools, tweedy aran mixes, cashmerino is a big fave. I really loved Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Chunky, that was my favourite yarn until I found out it had next to none cashmere in it. Well I guess I still do really like it, because if they can make it that soft without cashmere then that’s still a really good achievement. But it does go quite fuzzy on large stockinette stretches.
I’m not too picky about yarn content/fibre or brand if it’s soft and fit-for-purpose. I’ve worked with lots of nice acrylic mixes and even 100% acrylics that are awesome!
I was approached by one of my knitting heros to make a few really tiny berets for dolls. She was producing a book about dolls clothing and had gathered many knitters together. We were all staying in Edinburgh and coming to this cool Wool/Coffee shop shop each day to “work”.
She was in the middle of renovating an old bank, one half was completed and open, it was really pretty and christmassy. But as tends to happen, even in the most exciting place, we all got a bit stir-crazy. A few of the blokes started talking about dares and it sounded like the perfect boredom relief. So ideas got tossed around and at first it was just silly things like “sneak into the other half of the bank, ring the bell then come back!”. There was a rather creepy feeling in there, it was all marble coldness, with various desks at different heights, almost what I’d imagine an exagerated courtroom to look like. But it was perfect for sending people to do dares as there was the old cctv system still fully functioning. We all gathered around it to watch the scene unfold.
This game kept getting bigger and bigger until we forgot our knitting and our responsibilities. We had been paid and put up in hotels to come in and work, not muck around! Obviously she had to start noticing at somepoint, that we were turning into idiots. One day we’d decided to all sneak through to the bank and see how high up the benches we could climb, the last one to touch the back wall and come back to the cctv monitor had to shave their head! We were all fair game and unfortunately I lost. I was devasted but putting on a brave front. She had decided to show us all who was boss though.
Everyone split up looking for something to scalp me with when the guy who’d suggested that dare found a katana in a back room of the bank. He picked it up and was about to come back through when a second figue appeared on the monitor. She walked slowly towards him, speaking so quietly I couldnt hear. Then there was a tussle, hands were flailing and grabbing, and when she backed away he was sitting in a pool of blood screaming at her. Calmly she turned and walked out the room saying “Shut up and wait for your coma quietly”, before locking him in.
Day 8: What’s your most challenging project?
This beast I guess. It’s not got anything complicated, anything exciting, anything even remotely interesting going for it. But if you take a non-knitter to a wool shop and let them pick ANY yarn and then ANY pattern for that yarn…. well then you’ve just shot yourself in the foot. I’ve got no one to blame but myself. It’s the most boring, most torturous, coma inducing knitting I’ve ever done in my LIFE.
I was looking through my past projects on Ravelry trying to decide which was trickiest but the truth of the matter is that EVERYTHING was really challenging, until I learnt how to do it. Even purls seemed daunting in that first month. So even though cables were a mystery I thought only Stephen-Hawking-level clever people could knit at one point, I can now do them without taxing myself too much.
So the project that has been most challenging is this jumper, purely for the way it manages to suck all the happiness I usually get from knitting and turn it into tar-black loathing. It’s gotten so bad that after I’ve put the needles down I have to hug the bit I’ve just finished to put the ‘love’ back in. I really don’t want the bad funk to stick to it permanently.
Day 7: Your least favorite?
This honor goes to a very pretty hat that caused me such an incredible amount of annoyance. It is my Indian Summer hat. The yarn was awful and it couldn’t keep my interest because of that. I made a whole bag full of mistakes and wouldn’t be in the least bit surprised if I wear it one day and the whole thing unravels. It is pretty though.http://www.ravelry.com/projects/pineapplelime/indian-summer
Day 6: What is your favorite piece that you’ve knit?
Definitely my Bear-head, well, I should say my blokes bear-head! It was a last minute solution to him not having a costume for a party, it’s a balaclava with bear ears and it’s awesome!!