Thursday, December 27, 2007

Christmas knitting

Hope you all had a great Xmas. It was all nice and cosy here, and I got lots of knitting done in between coffee, cake, dinner and wine. Here some pictures of my progress over the holidays.
First, I decided to finally use up those balls of wool which Lucie sent me for the last magic ball exchange and which had been calling to me from my yarn drawer. A lovely handspun (and hand-dyed?) yarn with charcoal, green and blue, which within a few hours became this (tea light for size reference):
Our littlest one now has 'grown-up' socks as well! I think they look ever so cute. Whenever he is wearing them, he walks very carefully, because mama-knit does feel a bit different on your footsies than socks from the shop. Here they are in action, took me quite a few attempts to get a few good shots of socks on feet in shoes (and don't worry, no kids were harmed in the making of this photo, I had him on my lap, with his feet on the table, took a picture and upside-downed it...):

I also finished knitting my socks for the NB Vintage Sock Swap. They are knit from a lovely Jitterbug, which I at first thought was a bit too thick, but it knit up so nice and quick and I ended up with lovely stretchy socks, warm despite the pattern with quite a few holes. I hope Ruth (yeah, it was me, but I guess you already knew that after receiving emails from a 'mystery' address which daftly puts your real name in it too, GRRRR) will like them. They will be posted with some gifts tomorrow. I have no sock blockers, so this picture will have to make do...
But just look at how yummy this yarn looks and feels:

And then, my Jeanie! I'm at 2.5 repeats now, about 20 cms, and I have to alternate between socks and this to keep my brain active. It's a lovely knit, the yarn is great (Malabrigo lace weight, Azul Profundo, from Wolhemel), but it is so - bo - ring. Once you get how it works, you don't need the pattern anymore and you can just knit and knit and knit. I do half a repeat, knit a sock, another half repeat etc. Just to keep myself on my toes ;) Next week I'll be in the TV studio, trying to win a lot of money, which means lots of waiting and hanging about, so I'll have this with me to keep me occupied.
But, anyway, I'll not moan anymore (despite it being a repetitive knit, I did manage to make some booboos), but just show you where I'm at:
And a bit more up close to see how nice and shiny this yarn is. I'm already a big fan of Malabrigo and can't wait until the sock yarn will be making the journey from South America to the Netherlands. O, by the way, Wolhemel will be officially opening its doors on January 18 in Groningen. Check their site for more details!

Santa also brought me my mittens from America! Yeah!!! Thank you Meg for knitting these Fetchings for me! I've decided these are my car mittens, cause their ideal for driving in these parts of the world at the moment! I also love the little mitts you made for wee S. Wee H was very jealous, so I'm now making her some socks and then will cast on some mittens as well, haha... The soap looks so nice, I hardly dare touch it... It's still on show now, out of reach of dirty little baby hands... Thanks again!

And to finish off a picture of our dessert yesterday. Chocolate fondue. Yum. Heaven. A great ending to a great day...

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Weigh-off

What does a knitter say when she puts the first sock on the scales = 59 grams. And then puts the remainder of the yarn on the scales = 52 grams?

Well, let's say it doesn't rhyme with Christmas. Although a few words from the Pogues' song might apply.

:S

Frogged back up past the heel, minus 1 repeat on the leg and onwards we go with the Vintage Sock... I've got the pattern in my head now, so the socks should be finished this weekend...

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Snow makes the post go faster

Wow, that was fast! Just when we were finishing up dinner, a nice lady rang the doorbell. No, no collection box for this or that charity, but a package! For me! With socks! Wow, thanks Becky!

This is what I got from my Nancy Bush Sock Exchange pal:



Don't they look great? And they fit nice too, look: Apart from my socks, in the Shell pattern, a nice warm pink, I also got lovely Dove chocolates with caramel (hmmm, bag is nearly empty), some Lubriderm skin cream with shea and cocoa butter (yum, but not for eating) and three Brittany cable needles. Now I have to find an outfit to go with my new socks tomorrow...

Thanks again, Becky!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Pink Wars

What do you do when you've knit your daughter a bolero from the leftovers of your sweater, so that you have matching outfits, she totally thinks it's cool, and then when she tries it on, she doesn't like it, because:

A - It's not pink
B - It doesn't have any frilly bits
C - It's not pink

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr...

You make her wear it for 2 minutes and take a picture for posterity, then promise her to go to the Zeeman (to get the cheap-ass pink frilly yarn she likes) and knit her a bolero that does comply with her standards. Girls...

On the other knitting front(s): swatched 3 types of yarn for Jeannie, totally confused, will try one more and then block and compare. Have to get on with the socks for the Nancy Bush exchange, or I'm in danger of a whipping. My socks are already in the post (snow forbidding), so I'd better 'get my socks on'...


The Austermann (left) and the Malabrigo lace weigth (right)

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Lost sweater done!

Well, I didn't lose it, but I did finish it! Last night at SnB I started weaving in the ends and I was finished at about 1-ish. Result: we overslept this morning and had to rush the kids to school and kindergarten ;)
I'm very pleased with the result. I did have to jiggy the pattern a bit, I started with L and needles 7, ended up knitting it as an M with needles 6. See, I ain't fat! I also made the body a bit shorting, just coming over my hips now, as I'm only a tiny midget compared to the lovely model on the Garnstudio site. ;0
Excuse the flash-o effect on my tits, they have that effect on men (one of whom took the photograph).

Onwards and upwards! The rest of the yarn will be used for titbits, haha, no really, for a bolero, but not for me, for Dear Daughter. Also from Garnstudio, and I think I've figured out how to knit it. If I have some left after that, I might knit wee S some socks...

And the scarf, here it is, being used and loved, as intended. It's nice and cuddly, according to wee H, and nice and long, so I can either wrap it round a few times, over her head to cover the ears and round her neck, or just have a very long lead to keep her closeby in the stores (just kidding):

And just because they're cute. How come kids never sit still when you want to take a picture, apart from when you go to a very expensive photographer? One of life's big questions...

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

MBM

And then she was discovered, the sender of the lovely yarn I got in the Magic Ball Exchange. It was her! I really wanted to find out my MBM this time round, so went to work like a proper Sherlock, making a list, ticking off all the people it couldn't be, reading all the 'clues' on the group and then today: I saw it! Yes! Last time I had no idea and only found out months after the event ;)
Petrouchka, thanks again! Good luck with the moving and painting!

On the knitting front: green sweater is nearly done. I'm knitting the collar at the moment, will finish that tonight at SnB I guess. Then it's seaming time! I know, bad, I block AFTER the whole thing is done, as this is a drapy fabric, I don't think it's a problem... And then, find yarn for Jeanie! I'm still hopelessly searching, haven't even got a colour in mind, although a nice dark purple might be nice...

O, o, o, and my mittens are on their way! Can't wait. Sorry postman, I'll try not to jump you every time you come round to deliver our mail...

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Booties

Now my Vrienzinnen-friend has received her package, I can show you the booties I made for her soon to be born baby. They're based on Saartjes pattern, guaranteed success. So cute!

Monday, December 3, 2007

Mittens are FO!

Yes, my mittens are done! I only needed to adjust the flap, but here they are! I have to say, my MBM has surpassed herself and really worked hard for me. Thank you! I loved the pressies and the mittens I made out of they yarn ended up great! They have already been 'christened' on their first bike ride and apart from a button, they are totally finished. Success!
A picture of my 'loot'. I got some gorgeous stuff, and I'm going to try out the teas tomorrow! Yum!
Dear MBM, can you divulge what yarn it was? I'm guessing Trekking, but I can't seem to place the colour scheme... Please let me know!!!

Peyton Manning rulez

Wow! My mitten pal received her package, a lot quicker than I expected. Enjoy, Delana!

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Nearly...

And when I had seamed it all up and cut all the loose threads, I noticed the flap was too long. And I used the inside stitches for the flap i.o. the outide stitches...
;)
Note to self: when going out to CHAT, bring SWATCHING ONLY....

Error 1 will be corrected tonight, error 2 I'll have to live with. Ach well... They're very comfy!
Oh, I also unraveled the rest of the ball, and found soap, tea, more choccies and lovely beads. Thank you!!! Still no idea who it was, I'll do a bit of deducing later this week... Piccies of the finished mittens will follow soon!