Monday, August 31, 2009

Bunting for Fyberspates

So, I'm quite a fan of one or two indie dyers out there in the yarn world.
You might remember me posting about my Forest Canopy Shawl which I knit in a yarn called Scrumptious, from Fyberspates. Well, Jeni (the dyer behind Fyberspates) has moved premises, and one of the other girls in the Ravelry group suggested that we make some bunting to decorate her new unit.
You can read Quesselchen's blog post about it here - I think that the pink flag in the second picture might be one of the ones I did. I also did a green-with-pink-letter "Y" flag, so that we could spell Fyberspates!
How cool is that though? Anyway, Fyberspates is one of my top three yarnies, which also includes Violet Green and Wensleydale Longwool Sheepshop.

The kitchen is coming along, I'll have a kitchen-photo-heavy post for you shortly. I've finished the Roman blind, framed my cute animals pictures and painted a canvas, among other crafty things for the room. It still needs doors and handles, and tiling, but the main bits will be there.

Oh, but the plumber? Sheesh. Leon was sure he'd booked him for last Thursday (27th Aug) but it turns out it's actually next Thursday (3rd Sept) instead. So, I left work early to be in for the plumber, who didn't turn up. So I called him to be informed that he wasn't even meant to be here. Boo.

Oh, I've also been making some jewellery to go with the shawl I still haven't finished. I'll photograph that shortly too.
And I finished these Jaywalkers in Wendy Happy "Leo", I think they look cool. I have three other colours of Wendy Happy (Gone a bit mad on it? Me? Never!) one of which is destined to be pretty plain socks for Boyf. Probably. I might knit him some of the Schoppel Wolle ones first (Brown) Happy Jaywalkers Last thing, before I go, I set a new PB on the squat the other day. I've managed a 60kg squat for 2 sets of 8 reps. Smashing! Now I'm aiming for 70kg.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Kitchen Update! Travelling Scarf! Yarn!

Kitchen Update
Yes, things have moved on in the kitchen somewhat. The last I showed you is the new floor. Since then we have... Kitchen with lights and action! by Hayzee C, on Flickr Lights!
Aren't they great?
And yes, that is cabinets you can see there. Also Kitchen with Worktop by Hayzee C, on Flickr Cooker hood! Worktop! Wall units! Freezer! All in place!
Ok, so we need to cut a hole in the worktop for the hob to go in, but otherwise woo!
Tonight we plan to put up the other wall cabinet, add the extra supports for the oven space in the oven unit and put drawer runners in for the oven unit.
(I say we, I mean the boyf)

Travelling Scarf
I've been part of the "UKarma Travelling Scarf" group on Ravelry
My scarf came home just recently.
I wasn't expecting it to be wearable, but I was hoping for something I could display in my craft room. What I got blew me away! UKarma Travelling Scarf by Hayzee C, on Flickr (more pics are in this set on my Flickr)
How funky is that though? I'm really impressed! Big thanks to all the knitters who took the time to knit a section on my scarf!

Stash Flash! STASH! by Hayzee C, on Flickr Yes, that's a double bed.
On the pillows: Laceweight.
On the left hand side: Chunky, Aran and DK.
On the right hand side and bottom: Sock/4ply.

Too much yarn?

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Just For Fun!

I found this on facebook, but can't work it on there, so it's here instead...

Using only song names from ONE ARTIST, cleverly answer these questions.
You can't use the band I used.
Try not to repeat a song title. It's harder than you think...

Pick your Artist:
Girls Aloud

Are you a male or female:
Girls Allowed

Describe yourself:
Something Kinda Oooh

How do you feel:
Sexy, No no no

Describe where you currently live:
Real Life

If you could go anywhere, where would you go:
Live in the Country

Your favourite form of transportation:
Love Machine

Your best friend is:
Racey Lacey

You and your best friends are:
We Wanna Party

What's the weather like:
Long Hot Summer

Favourite time of day:
Forever & A Night

If your life was a TV show, what would it be called:
You Freak Me Out

What is life to you:
All I Need

Your fear:
Deadlines and Diets

What is the best advice you have to give:
No Good Advice

Thought for the Day:
I'll Stand By You

How I would like to die:

My soul's present condition:

My motto:
No Regrets

If you decide to have a go, drop me a comment and I'll come look. It's actually good fun. I'm off to try it again with some other artists!

Ground Floor – Kitchenware and waste disposal.

The new floor is down, we had a man in to do it, not least because even though it’s a square room, we wanted it to be a proper job, nice and all.  Floor In These pictures are a little misleading; the floor isn’t as red as it seems in them – the flash made everything a bit orangey. It’s more grey and green than it looks.

There’s a lot of green about at the moment on my blog, isn’t there?

Well, anyway, I received my last Interweave Knits subscription issue today. I can’t decide at the moment whether I would prefer to subscribe again, buy it in Borders when I fancy it, subscribe to something else, or what.
The fall issue is quite inspiring to me, there’s lots of beautiful garments – hardly any are spot on what I’d like, but I’m game for a challenge!
In the meantime, I’m continuing with the fichu. I’ve done some complicated maths on it. I’ll update my project notes with the details, if you’re on Ravelry you can find them here.

I guess I’d better do some work now.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Kitchens, Gardens, Dyepots and Knitting

Since I have only blogged infrequently of late, there are many things to update about (again).
Sorry about that.
Yes, I did some more dying. Orange Kool-Aid on lace and pink and green food colour on aran. Both were done using variations of dip dye. I did the pink and green in two plastic pint glasses. I did the Orange by putting one sachet of Orange Kool-Aid in some water, adding all the lace, then lifting some lace out and adding some more Kool-Aid, and so on. I think that the Orange is very good, but I’m less sure about the pink/green. I guess I’ll defer judgement until I’ve knitted it up!
 Yarn Mosaic 1. Orange Kool Aid Lace, 2. Food Colour Pink & Green… Created with fd's Flickr Toys

In the Garden I’ve been growing things! Ok, so I’ve been growing things for a while, but now I’m starting to see fruits (and veg) of my labour! I’ve harvested the sugar-snap peas, and also (as pictured) I’ve harvested some of the beans. There is a marrow growing (woo!) I know it looks like a courgette at the moment. I’m still trying to find out whether they’re actually different plants or whether it’s just when you harvest them. And, the monster is my Pumpkin plant. All those flowers will eventually be pumpkins. I don’t know how big they’ll be – I think I’m meant to wait until late September or October to harvest them.  Garden Mosaic 1. marrow, 2. beans, 3. pumpkin Created with fd's Flickr Toys

In the Kitchen We’ve been making progress in the kitchen too. We’ve selected from 9 different shades of green (amazingly they’re all different and also not all what we expected!) – ended up with the Homebase “Lime”. And then cracked on painting the wall. The ceiling finally dried out enough for me to put some coats of white on there too! It needs another coat, but that has to wait…  Kitchen Mosaic 1. green testers, 2. green wall phase 1, 3. wires for lighting, 4. green wall phase 2 Created with fd's Flickr Toys

…because today the “floor man” came to put the self levelling stuff down for the floor. All being well tomorrow it will be ready for laying the lino on. Even though it is a straight forward room, no jutting out bits, we’re getting the lino fitted.

Knitting  Red Shawl There isn’t masses going on, on the knitting front. I’ve started a new shawl from knitters’ magazine. There’s information about it here - you need to scroll down a bit for the pictures, it’s the red one (not that they’re very different). I’m concerned that it’s not going to be as long as in the picture (or indeed long enough) so I’m working out how many extra rows to knit. I think as long as it has multiples of 6 then I should be fine (that would be the number of edge stitches I need to pick up for the ruffle!)