Thursday, February 26, 2009


I was planning on knitting the sleeves for corsica in a magic-loop-two-at-a-time fashion. It's not to be. The circumference is just too small.
And I don't have any 5mm dpns.
Or at least, I can't find any. I have some Brittany ones, but I think they're 5.5mm anyway.
So, I am either going to buy some 5mm needles tomorrow or on Saturday. Depending on whether I end up with ten-bazillion meetings tomorrow.

At least I still have other things to knit, it would be a disaster if this were all I had for February is for finishing and I couldn't knit on it!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Presto Chango Finished!

Pattern:Presto Chango
Yarn: Patons UK Washed Haze Aran
Needles: 5mm
Modifications: I made the second panel just plain stockinette.
If I were to make it again, I would probably arrange it so that I could graft the sleeve joins, and possibly knit the rest in the round. But that's just to avoid seaming!
Presto Chango (more updates soon!)

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Loads to Blog about

I do indeed have loads to blog about, from my latest Discworld swap to weddings to progress on Corsica.
But, not tonight. It's late and I'm officially on holiday.
Which probably means no blogging until next week, when I'll be back at work and grouchy.
Oh well.

February is still for finishing, so I've not cast on anything new despite all the scrummy new yarn. I hope to finish the socks before Feb is out.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Goal Completed

Yes, that's right, I've completed one of my 5 New Year Goals!
Double My Squat Weight: Done!
Today at they gym I did four sets of squats. One set of 8 and one of 10 at 37.5kg, one set of 10 at 45kg, then I was feeling strong! So, I did a fourth set, 10 reps at 50kg! Woo! That's over two thirds of my body weight! Brilliant!
I also did one full push up. Though that seems poor, I haven't been able to do even one before, I currently do "ladies" push ups, on the fronts of my knees.
So, I'm setting myself some more fitness goals, outside of this initial double squat lift. Basically I want to up my Squat again, I'm aiming for about 70 in the end I think (which is what OH currently squats) and also to be able to do one set of 5 full push ups.

In knitting news, the first waterfall sock is finished. I'm calling the project falling down, a bit like the film (I often feel like that) and also because the stitches look like they're falling down.

Last day at work before my holiday tomorrow. It will probably be hectic, it usually is just before a holiday. Then I have a week and a half off! Woo! Into that time we are packing: OH birthday (same day as Darwin's, only OH is not that old), visiting OH's family, visiting a relative we didn't know about before, a wedding, sightseeing in London (hopefully including some ethical fashion, ethical eating, yarn and Darwin), visiting my parents, a trip to the Yorvik centre, at least one other day-trip somewhere, and finally a trip to Edinburgh to see friends. We had intended to shoehorn a trip to Amsterdam in there too, but I don't think we can manage it, so we might have to re-plan that one. Phew!

Friday, February 06, 2009


Other than the baby jacket, which I have photographed but not uploaded, there is not much knitting news.
In fact, there’s not much news at all. I am very close to meeting my target of doubling my squat weight, as I said in this post my previous best was 25kg. I am currently on 45kg. I think that’s pretty good!
I’m doing less well on the “lose girth” objective, as I’ve not lost any girth, and in fact may have increased of late. This makes me sad. I guess I need to change something else; eat less or go to the gym more, for example. Ho hum.

I’ve not knit much on the sweater (goal 4) since I last mentioned it because last night I knit on a travelling scarf! I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out, it looks funky. So, that one will be going in the post around the 23rd I think. (I’m a bit ahead of schedule!)
And, I took Mum’s cardi to knit-night, which was a good idea! I got quite a bit done, and it was simple enough to knit and talk at the same time. That’s good news for the cardi!

Also, I did collect my specs, I didn’t organise a photo of me in them yet. I’ll talk nicely to OH sometime.

PS. This is my 589th post, so in 11 posts time I will have made 600 posts on this blog. Since I have no idea how far my readership spans (there may only be one of you out there – hello Sis – or several, or many) I probably will not have a contest, as much fun as that might be. If you have an idea how I could commemorate the milestone (or if you think I should wait for 1000, or a blogoversary) then stick in a comment.

Monday, February 02, 2009

27 days and counting...

Yikes! You wouldn’t believe how much I want to cast on something new! It’s madness! It’s not like I don’t have enough to knit, and yet I find myself surfing my queue on Ravelry trying to find a sweater pattern (or cardi, shrug etc) for my Noro Kureyon (8 balls, 880 yards) and wondering whether it’s cheating to cast on a new pair of socks. The odd thing is that I actually like all of the things I’m currently knitting!

My Yarn Harlot “Never Not Knitting” Calendar today talks about Groundhog Day, and how progress on a sweater can be likened to Groundhog Day. By this reckoning, and based on the progress of the sweater, I can predict that there will be six more weeks of winter (during which time I will not have finished the sweater and will therefore be cold)

I am thoroughly enjoying the waterfall socks pattern. Sadly, it’s not really easy enough to knit on the bus (which leads me to want to pick a new sock pattern for bus knitting… sigh) but it’s spot on for lunchtime. I get somewhere between six and ten rounds done at lunch, depending on how fast I eat (which leaves me differing lengths of time to knit) and on how much I’m concentrating. Also if someone talks to me I tend to slow down or stop.

And the snow is mostly melted, on the paths at least. All that fuss… I guess it must be much worse everywhere else, right?

Sunday, February 01, 2009

February is for Finishing (again)

Last February I took part in February is for Finishing. I'm doing the same again this year. I've got a few projects on the needles at the moment, so here's what I'll be working on.

For Mum Mitten in Progress
Mum's cardigan in James C Brett Kool Kotton in turquoise. The Mittens, alpaca yarn in charcoal and pink
Falling Down Sock 1 Corsica - 16 rows of cable
The "Falling Down" socks in Violet Green merino using the Waterfalls sock pattern. Corsica sweater in Noro Cash Iroha in green.

In the unlikely event that I finish all of those items, there's always the blanket which I will one day finish.
So, wish me luck!