Saturday, March 29, 2008

Mystic Light KAL, clue 1

And here it is!

Spring starts... finally!

It's Spring! Finally! Today, I managed to wash and dry three loads of laundry, while the fourth is drying inside and the fifth is in the machine. I think I've finally caught up with the backlog, pfff. I really enjoyed the sunshine and the breeze, as did the rabbits, who were allowed out their hutches, finally! I did almost have to wear my wellies, because sun does not equal a dry garden. Our lawn is soaking wet, and it will take a few more dry days to make it playable for the kids...
We also managed to hang up loads of pictures (finally), hung up the Roman blinds (finally) and cleared out the pantry (again, finally). Before we went shopping this morning, we delivered a load of stuff to the Recycle Center, and some stuff has also gone onto the Internet to be sold. It's so nice to have the Saturday to do stuff like this.

Anyway, I digress. I've made a start with Mystic Light, the KAL. I decided to knit this triangular scarf in cotton, even though I had planned to go for Alpaca. But Katia Mississippi 3 Print it is. I'm nearly done with the first clue, and I love the effect. A little teaser:
Yes, sorry, pink again... ;)

And I've also started Isabella:

Don't be afraid I've totally abandoned Jeanie. She still gets plenty of attention. Here she is at the pool:

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Wet monkeys

What happens when you put your Araucania monkeys in the washing machine? Hmm, you guessed it, you need to chop off half your feet to fit in them...

:( Not happy. Please remind me only to knit socks from superwash from now on... :(

On a happier note: Happy Easter! We went to church this morning and then went to my mother for a big family meal. It was great. Wee S was asleep in the car within 2 minutes, despite the huge snow storm. After only a few miles all the snow was gone, just a drizzle left. So no snow men to be made here, I'm afraid... But you never know, maybe we'll get a snow shower later on.

I started Isabella and made some baby thingies, but have told myself that I really, really, really have to get Jeanie finished... We're going to do some reorganising in the attic tonight (after 4.5 hours big S finally got a set of IKEA Gorm shelves together, LOL, you will understand why I stayed out of his way and just laughed when I show you how big they are... Men and DIY...), and after back to Jeanie. With this weather, brrr, I can really use her (and some decent boots and loads of chocolate...)!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Wee Angels

I adjusted the pattern for Charli's Angels to fit a 5-year-old, and they were done within 3 days. Just as well, cause I've got a few little knits to do for 3 pregnant friends of mine. I searched for a cool project for a while, but found it now. Pictures will be up whenever they're done and sent off...

But here are my wee angel's Angels:

Pattern: Charli's Angels, Yahoo group Sokken Breien, designed by YvonneP
Needles: 2.5 mm Circs
Yarn: Pink multicoloured Fabel, Drops


When the woman sitting next to you at the pool looks at the socks you're knitting, then at you and says that she's knit a sweater from dog hair, what do you do? You run into the hair dresser's at the first opportunity and make an appointment... Pfff, another crisis averted... Now, not that I looked like a poodle, but boy, it did need some attention. Even the hairdresser noticed it was extremely dry, not to speak of my scalp, which needs some expert shampoo (mmmm... gulp), because I was showing signs of strangulation. Well, not me, but my scalp. As you can see, I have a HUGE head of hair, thanks to two very hairy parents, and it does get a bit heavy after a while...

Charli's Angels are finished! Such a quick and fun knit for a 5-year-old. Pictures later...

Monday, March 10, 2008

Monkeys done

Yeah, I finished my Monkeys! They are soooo cool! I just love the Araucania yarn, nice and soft and really suitable for nasty March weather. I can just hug these all day! I had nearly finished them, so brought them along when I went to see my sister yesterday, which got me some frowns as a result, but hey, I can knit and talk at the same time. And pull my son out of the bin, where he went digging for an old, discarded cookie (get it? ;), well actually it was a wee cake...)

Pattern: Monkey, Cookie A.
Yarn: Araucania Ranco Solid, greenish blue
Needles: 2.5 mm, metal circs

And because having just 2 projects on the needles is not enough, I started Charli's Angels, designed for the Yahoo Sock Knitting Group. In pink of course, cheap Fabel, for wee H. After some adjustments (64 down to 48 stitches, pattern over 12 instead of 16) and finishing the short-row heel, it now looks like this:

And how's my 10 going? Quite well to be honest!
1. A pink bra. CHECK! Fixed and wearing it right now. With matching pants!
2. The Knitter's Bible: Knitted Accessoires. Leaved through it, will probably knit a nice scarf, but no action as of yet.
3. Mud Pack. CHECK! Used while taking a bath last Saturday. Heaven. My skin is as soft as a baby's bottom.
4. Photo frame. CHECK! On my desk at te moment. Don't believe me? Lookie here:

5. Bar of soap. My bath was full of other fizzies I hadn't used, so this bar is getting a reign check.
6. Bakbijbel. No action yet.
7. Hair dye. No action yet. Would like to have a haircut first.
8. Book. CHECK! I just put it on (Dutch auction site), with a few other books and some other items. Hopefully this will even generate some cash!
9. Fabric for wee H. Nope. I have some ideas though... Will sketch out something this week.
10. Fabric for wee S. Nope. Idea still firmly lost in my head. He needs a new set of pj's, but that means I also need to get some stretchy fabric for collars and cuffs.

Isabella has entered my queue again. This Knitty pattern just wont leave my mind. I'll dig up my cotton and see if I can still knit something non-socky...

Friday, March 7, 2008

On the air

I thought we had to wait until Sunday, but we're on the Internet already! Omrop Fryslan: Buro de Vries Select the item 'Sokken breidzje' and listen away. Isn't our Frisian language beautiful? You can here me around 2:05 and 3:51.


Inspired by Robyn, I am going to slow down this month. The fact that we saved 140 Euros on fixing the dish washer thanks to a nice mechanic (we were 2 weeks over the 2 year guarantee, but who knows what it was, my red eye or my short skirt? no need to pay!) made me think about how much money goes out here every month. It is quite shocking. And I don't mean just on knitting, no on everything (yarn is actually one of the things I do not spend that much money on, to be honest, really... personally, I think it is disgraceful how much money we spend a month just on insurance - house, income, healthcare, car, travel, 3rd party, bla bla).
So, I also went round the house hunting for 10 things I bought/received last year (yes, that's 2007) and never got around using. Some stand for multiple items, and this is only a small selection. I was actually quite shocked!

1. A pink bra. Yes. I bought two (the other one was grey) and have not yet worn this one. The reason is that the strap was not sewn on properly and I was meant to bring it back, but you guessed it. Forgot, lost the receipt (they're really strict here when it comes to receipts), bla bla. So, it's going on my mend list and will be worn soon! I promise! It is a nice bra!
2. The Knitter's Bible: Knitted Accessoires. *blush* Had it for X-mas. Loved it. But how come it was stowed away in a box? Hmmm... Will select a project this month and knit it (after finishing what I have on the needles now).
3. Mud Pack. I have several of these. Since becoming a mommy, I seem to have forgotten what 'pampering' means. Have to do it more often. Will use next time I take a bath. Same applies to bath bombs and fizzies.
4. Photo frame. Another X-mas gift. I already found a cool photograph and now I have a proper desk slash office, I have a place to put it!
5. Bar of soap. See 3.
6. Bakbijbel. Book on baking. I LOVE baking. See 3, change pampering to cooking. Proper cooking. Not chucking stuff in a pan and adding a ready-mix.
7. Hair dye. I have two more, blond and black. But I think this is the one that has the biggest chance of being used soon. Why on earth I ever bought black hair dye is anyone's guess.
8. Book. This is one of the EIGHT copies I got of a book I translated. Suffice to say I don't need eight. Will be Ebayed or given away, together with several other items. (Anyone interested in a Dutch Warcraft novel? Let me know!)
9. Fabric for wee H. I've had these since the Summer. I'm already on the look-out for a fitting pattern and will sow her a dress soon.
10. Fabric for wee S. Even worse: I've had these since - before - S - was - born. Enough to make several tops, diapers and whatevers. Shocking. Need I say more.

I know 9 and 10 are sort of the same, but as they will be for different projects, I think I was allowed to split them up. No yarn photographed. No cans of food photographed. Or ready-mixes. That would have been too easy. Inspired? Go give it a go and let me know! I'm so curious to see what other people have hidden away in boxes/drawers/under the bed.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

My left eye

Ouch, that hurts. Since two days, I've had a wee eye infection. Nothing to worry about, but it does mean wearing lenses is a bit of a no-go and because my glasses are gazillions of years old and are not the right strength, everything around me looks a bit blurry. And yes, my dad is the milkman. Haha, that's what they say here if your eyes have a bit of a different colour in it. Both my parents have/had blue/green eyes, so who knows where that bit of brown came from...
Despite this, I did manage to get stuck into my Jacobeans for the SKP 2008 and finished them last night. Hooray! I also finished my sideways socks. Hooray! They did end up being a tad too big, but I got a great tip from Simone to just wash them in the machine and felt them a bit. It is BFL, so I guess it will work (I can hear Yvon gasp on the other side of the country. Breathe, girl... I won't do it again, I'll measure PROPERLY next time, promise!).

Pattern: Jacobean, Sock Knitting Pentathlon 2008, sock nr. 1
Yarn: Sockina, brown
Needles: 2.5 mm metal circs
Specs: toe-up and with short-row heel

Pattern: Sideways sock, Yvon, Storm op Zolder
Yarn: BFL Berkenblad, Storm op Zolder
Needles: 2.5 mm bamboo circs
Specs: knit sideways with the use of mathematical wizardry and a lot of seaming

My other socks are also progressing well. My monkeys are past the heel, so only the feet to do:

And my first Pomatomus is done:

Last night we had an exiting SnB night. A few weeks ago our regional newspaper, the Leeuwarder Courant, featured an interview with an old lady who was complaining that today's young gals didn't knit anymore. Oops. Right. Wrooooong! So we ganged up and invited both the old lady and the newspaper to come along to one of our nights and see what we're up to. We were all packing our socks, mittens, scarves, hats and sweaters in our ginormous suitcases when the bomb was dropped. The newspaper wasn't coming. A few flame mails later we got a sincere apology (still a bit vague, something about an earlier article on SnB two years ago, so it was a bit too soon in their eyes, right...), but we had already called and mailed the local radio station, Omrop Fryslan, who immediately dispatched a really nice reporter, who came along and listened and watched and shoved her microphone in everyone's faces. Fun! I had the honour to present the old lady with loads of nice yarn from Angelique's shop and from Giftig, and will probably be stuttering on the radio next Sunday. I'll tape it and post it here. Pictures can be found on Lida's site: I'm here and there and from picture 44 onward.

Now I'm here, in my new office. I'm so happy:

See you later!