Monday, January 30, 2012

Sunday Shetland 2

Yeah, the second instalment in the series! I got a lot of knitting done this weekend. And a lot of housework. Because, however much I love knitting, whenever there's jobs to be done around the house, it always feels like I'm playing hookie if I just sit on the sofa all day. So I cleaned the fridge and defrosted the freezer. Did 5 loads of laundry. Cleared out and rearranged three drawers in the kitchen. Removed the last beetroots from the garden. And looked at the garden helplessly, as there was nothing to do (especially with a week of severe frost coming up).

And then I got back to knitting. It started out quite innocently, my knitting efforts, with only a few rows done on Monday, then finishing off the ribbing. Which I had to knit twice, as apparently me and reading don't go together. I had read (I thought) 3 rows each of each colour, where it said 5. And if you find that out after you've finished? ... Not nice. So rip rip rip I went, and back to the start...
And have I mentioned yet that it's boring? This ribbing? A lovely effect, but quite boring. So I was happy when I got to the next bit, which actually is extra, if you look at the pattern (in my size) properly...
 If there's one thing I can't stand it's sweaters that are too short. That is why I added 3 extra cms. Should do the trick. I hope. And yes, those are my sweatpants (lazying about...) and yes, that is an annoying band-aid (I had a slight run-in with a cheese slicer and cut off half a thumb, well, sort of, nothing that major...). Knitting with two strands of yarn and a band-aid on a finger (any one) is hopeless, I noticed.
So as soon as I was brave enough to do whatever needed to be done about the silly thumbnail, I was on a roll again...
This is where I was last Sunday night (excuses for the bad lighting...). It's so addictive! And fun! I had a bit of moment of hesitation about the darker rows in the cirkel pattern, but now I'm all done with the circle pattern, I quite like it. Onwards and upwards!!!

And while the sewing machine was out, I adjusted the ninja pattern for Batman's outfit slightly and made another one with this fabric.
After another broken needle (yes, on that silly gold edging again...), I had a happy ninja girl...
The two of them together really form a pair...
For sewing classes, I'm about to start on brown pin-stripe trousers for Batman and pleated skirt for Mermaid. Should be fun!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Our Ninja Boy (or Hef in training, or Iron Man in pj's) and a girl in a coat

The sewing machine has been whirring like mad in the Moss house over the last few weeks. Little Mister Man decided that he wanted a Ninja outfit, and when we arrived in the store, he immediately ran to the most flashy red and gold fabric they had. The girls at sewing class had a laugh last Monday when I showed the fabric to them, but I persisted, cut the pattern and then yesterday evening put the serger and sewing machines to work and three hours of work, two broken needles and a few 'comments' at silly stitch dropping later: voila, our own little Ninja - Hugh Hefner - Iron Man in pj's. He was deliriously happy with it when he saw it this morning!
Unfortunately, he was NOT allowed to wear it to school (he will on Friday, I'll better warn the teacher in advance... ), but he has been running around in it all afternoon.
Strike a pose, Mister Ninjaaaaaa!

Little Mermaid has also finally got her coat:
Happiness all-round :) Also a quick peak inside, as the lining is almost as nice as the outside fabric...

Sunday Shetland...

I know it's not Sunday today, but I've been planning to write and upload this post sinds Sunday, so it sort of counts... Look!
We booked our trip! Next October, for the Shetland Wool Week, me and my friend Monique will be off on a plane to the beautiful Shetland Islands. We have been jumping around like little girls ever since. Just the two of us, no kids, no husbands, just us and an entire archipelago filled with yarn... The cottage has been booked, the car has been reserved and we also decided that for our trip we just had to bring something Shetland-knit. And my eye fell on the Autumn Rose sweater by Eunny Yang. I am adjusting the colours slightly, with blue and green as main colours, and after some fiddling with numbers and colours, placing my order for Shetland yarn with Tissien, this arrived in the post...

Lots, and lots and lots of yarn!

I immediately cast on a swatch (despite my over-full diary...), and got gauge (sort of). This meant I could sort out my colours in preparation for knitting...

All the colours that are knit together in a row (always two or just the one) are now tucked away in a ziplock bag, clearly labelled and ready to go.

This snake of Atlantic Spray (blue) and Pecan (brown) is the start of something beautiful... Updates will follow every Sunday! I've already finished the ribbing started the patterning...

Monday, January 16, 2012

Wild things...

Yes, there is knitting being done. But also a lot of work, which means there's not that much time for extensive blogging at the moment. Soon!
But, this I just HAD to blog about...
This afternoon, I got the pictures of a cape we 'yarnbombed' last week. It was great fun helping out Janny, and we hope become a very successful designer! The cape was her idea, the knits and crocheted decorations are made by some of Janny's friends and a few fellow SnB-girls...
Enjoy the pics!