Monday, February 04, 2008


Finished! Anemois are go...
Subtle, woodsmokey kinda colours. I don't think I have ever worn mittens before, but they are toasty warm. And will be perfect for our ski trip in a few weeks. They haven't been blocked, so still a bit lumpy, but I don't mind and they will wear in.

I cast on for some socks for me - three times now! First time wrong pattern, then wrong size, so fingers crossed. But the yarn is beautiful, so doesn't really matter. S asked me the other night why I took yarns that were works of art, and turned them into things that weren't works of art (ie socks). I protested, but in some way he is right - sometimes the yarn looks so beautiful on the skein it seems a shame to knit it into some prosaic item like a sock. But only sometimes. So anyway, currently knitting Hedera with Natural Dye Studio Mirage yarn. Stay tuned.

It has been a bit more chilly here over the past few days, but the plants are still responding to the very mild weather through January, and all sorts of things are going on in the garden! We are planning allotment business again - bought three types of seed potatoes yesterday! Can't wait for new potatoes. We are planning to use much more of our allotment this year - only got around to planting about half of the ground last year. Anyway, I am resigned to a winter without snow here.

Its cold enough to want to have the oven on so we have a hectic schedule of brewing, baking and roasting this afternoon, which should heat things up a bit (and feed and refresh us!). The ginger beer is ready to go - if you are interested in making some yourself (is super easy and you don't need to know how to brew or have much equipment) check out this BBC site.

In the back of my mind, I have decided to rip back the top of the Jo Sharp jacket I have knitted and turn it into a cardigan. It is lovely, but the length is not pleasant on someone of my curves. But am yet to muster the energy. Work has become manic (all my own fault - months of putting my hand up for things has finally caught up with me!), and I am more interested in making things than unmaking them by the time I get some time on the couch. Maybe after the socks. And the baby blanket (said baby is here and happy and gorgeous! Time to get knitting!). And making plans for my nephews birthday present (which should already be in the post! Oops).

Despite how long this post already is, I had started with the intention of answering this weeks UK Swap weekly question, so here 'tis: Q: What is your process when planning a project? Do you shop for yarn and then find a suitable pattern? Do you find your pattern and then go out to buy the yarn? Or are you stash-busting? If your stash is out of control, how did it get that way?

As my stash is pretty modest, and most things that I have that I bought for myself have a probable designated purpose, I often don't have suitable yarn if I see a pattern I like. So if I come across a pattern I love, then I often have to purchase the yarn for it. More often of late, I have found patterns that have suited yarn that I have acquired. I am gradually learning when a yarn is going to suit a certain pattern. Really, my stash is only big enough to keep me going with small projects between bigger, more planned ones. I only really have a stash at all thanks to swaps!


Anne said...

I can relate to work woes!! Your mittens look beautiful - congratulations on finishing such a daunting pattern and doing it well. I'm sorry about the jo sharp, but it's better to decide so now than finish something you won't/cant wear!

Secret Swap Pal said...

Those mittens are gorgeous! Wow... colorwork looks so difficult.

Hopefully I can add to your stash in a good way. :) What patterns do you find the most useful? Do you find you use a lot of free patterns or do you like to buy leaflets? Or books?

You can reply to me any way you like - the email I sent the postcard from, or on your blog here. :)

Anonymous said...

Mittens are a work of art. Art is in the eye of the beholder tell S.


Anonymous said...

Love your mittens! Nice colors!
And I can also relate to your work woes! I've been working for several months now and there is so much to do all the time! Before and after the work day I have a wee man, who is discovering his ego ;) Well, he is actually just growing up :D

Carol / tikrimari
your lost un-secret pal

Claudia said...

Yay - Anemwahs! Love 'em - you were quite right about the colours, subtle, smokey, dare I say sexy, even!

Tell S to bog off - all knitting is a work of art, and I won't be told any different. I really owe you an email re London/meeting up, but Yahoo is being a bore. I will try from my new google addy, so please check your spam box! XX C

ali said...

Yay for beautifully done mittens!

I've been terribly swamped so I am just getting around to letting you know that you were the first name picked of those who not only entered the finish a UFO contest, but who actually finished!

If you'd be so kind as to e-mail me your address, I'll try to get your prize out the door and into the mail on Monday.

ali @ skeinsherway . com

ali said...

PS- is it okay if I use your image on my blog (of your finished prizewinning mittens!)?
If not, I'll just link to it, but it would be neat to have it right in the winner post!

Happy knitting-