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February 2014 Round Up

General Pics

We started the month with a quick belly shot – interesting to compare the Katja bump on the left with the new bump on the right. Especially since I feel a lot bigger. My hair is a lot longer too, and has been looking good since Tegan straightened it for me back in April last year – only problem is now that my roots have started to grow I look like I have a frizz mullet!

Katja has finally started to expand her eating and every now and then will even have a sandwich for lunch. One evening she managed to eat all of her own dinner and polish off mine as well – granted it was fish fingers with mashed potato, but I was delighted.

We had an exciting afternoon when two firetrucks turned up, sirens going full blast and about 20 guys jumped out. There was that anxious moment of “OMG what do I need to pack to evacuate” but then I noticed that they were all heading for the block next door.

Towards the end of the month an errand filled morning saw me attempting to use the ergobaby to bring Katja home from nursery. This is no mean feat with the belly but we managed it and the girl thought it was great fun. I paid for it later on!

Also this month Mark visited us, but I was too slack to take any pictures. I’m so useless at that!

Crafty Pics

On the crafty front I ended up with some extra stitches in my cable here but twitter knitters soon put me right 🙂

I also blocked Damask – and found out that my cast on is far too tight to get a good scalloped edge. Must work on loosening up. Still, I’m delighted with it 🙂

I also started a hat for me, but it turned out far too big so I’m scrapped that. I then found an old crochet project to scrap and I’ll use that yarn to make a little hat for WeeBump.

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WIPS Whipped

I’ve had a particularly productive few of weeks here. I’ve managed to finished 4 projects!

There’s not one but two hats for my brand new niece. A Yoda hat and a viking hat.

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As well as a cowl, which is yet to be photographed and my first ever pair of socks.

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So what do you do when you’ve finished a project? Cast on another of course! I’ve cast on another cowl – both cowls will get sent to their intended victims recipients at the same time. I’ve also wound the yarn for a carnaby skirt but so far have resisted casting it on. And I’ve decided on a pattern for my next pair of socks, again resisting the urge to cast on just yet (have to choose the yarn anyway).

This leaves me with 4 and a half current fibre WIPs (the half has been on hold for over 2 years and I’m debating whether or not to frog or to try to salvage by combining what I’ve done so far with another pattern…) I mentioned this fact on twitter today and was promptly labelled a lightweight. I didn’t mention the two sewing WIPs, I don’t think that would have improved my standing! Apparently the grown up knitters have oodles of WIPs, which I find stressful just thinking about although it must be said that one of the grown up knitters I know is craft-monogamous.

I started out being craft-monogamous myself, only allowing one WIP per craft. I found that it helped me to get things finished as I was hitting the boredom slump and the other patterns started to call my name. Eventually I relented, I think it was when I realised that the can’t start until I’ve finished was sapping some of the fun as I doggedly avoided the project-from hell yet couldn’t start the next one. Boy was that a slippery slope! Still I try to stem the tide by searching for the next pattern, that tends to kill an hour or so of cast-on itch.

So how about you? Are you craft-monogamous or WIP happy? How many WIPs do you have on the go? Any chance you’ll ever finish them?

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WIP Wednesday #11

In my last post I talked about the fact that I’ve got 5 projects on the go at the moment. Today I’m going to give a little round-up of where I’m at with the 3 that are actively being worked on.

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Cardigan
The cardigan has progressed rather nicely. I’m deep into the lace section, however it’s not been without its frustrations. This is largely due to not paying attention. I’ve found myself having to rip back a number of rows of lace and pick up to correct a rather hideous miscount. Was quite chuffed that not only did I pick up the right number of stitches but I’d also managed to pick up the last row of a repeat. Neat! One and a bit repeats later and I discovered a missed psso from three rows down – this time I’ve managed to drop back down and shimmy the yarn back into place. Was hoping to get this one finished for Saturday, will most likely be a few days late. The pick above was taken when the lace section was half the length it is now. Another 3 inches of lace and we’ll be ready to move onto the arms.

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Pond Stacker
The pond stacker is a base that looks like a pond, with a stem that looks like a frog and then three rings to fit over the stem. I’ve finished the bee and ladybird, am almost done with the stem and base which I’ve put on hold until I can make sure they’ll be te right size for all three rings. Next up is the dragonfly. These have turned out rather larger than I expected, but Katja is showing interest in them. I’ve also put bells and rattles into the rings. These must be finished by Friday night!

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First socks
My socks have slowed right down. Somehow the prospect of knitting until the end is not as enticing as the challenge of getting the heel done. They’re currently my bus knitting.

 

260756_900_1So that’s what’s on the needles and hook at the moment.

 

But there’s another project that needs doing and for that I’d love some ideas from you. I picked up a lovely new lightweight/spring jacket the last time I was in Germany and, well, it’s a tad boring for me! I’d love any ideas you have for how to brighten it up a bit. It’s made of microfibre so has a matt finish. There’s some stitching on it on the back that is the bright red Maier logo and the buttons are a gunmetal grey. There’s no hood and the zipper releases at both ends.

Ideas in the comments please!

 

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My Week in Pictures 2012 Week 41

Week 41 is from Monday October 8, 2012 until (and including) Sunday October 14, 2012

This week I received a new knitting related gadget, taught Katy how to needle tat, finished the second row of my current WIP and started to cover my dining chairs.


20121008 – New toy!


20121008 – It spins! #newtoy #yarnpal


20121009 – Been saving this one #golddust #aero #tatting


20121009 – Katy’s first needle tatting \o/ #starpupil


20121014 – Row 2 sorted #freyja


20121014 – First attempt was close but not quite right so now unpicking original seat covers #ikeahack #upholstery #sewing


20121014 – Has anyone ever had their sewing machine do this to thread? Any ideas why?


20121014 – Cheerful