Being Frank…

Accepting my failings


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A mission of a sort of…

For one reason or another I seem to have spent most of this year with unselfish knitting…pretty much everything seems to have been for someone else…especially hats.

Considering that I am a knitter it is surprising how few hats I actually own…and I complain about the short comings of the ones I do own…possibly because if I’ve been making it for someone else I’ve ripped back mistakes whereas with my own I’ve just left it…which is stupid really as with my own hat I will constantly be reminded of my mistake…

So I’ve decided on a mission…admittedly partly motivated by an ever growing mountain of left overs that I am going to make a hat a week from now until the end of the year…

owl

This is “who ?” based on the Kate Davis Owl pattern…bit scared…I’m making something for me that’s not red… the yarn has done quite well so far, it’s left overs from an Adelle Cowl I made at Christmas, then it made a Butterflies hat (last week in fact as this is week 2) and now hopefully I’ll have enough to finish Who…making the child’s version on the grounds that I actually have a small head… nothing to do with the fact I may or may not be playing chicken with the end of the yarn…I think I may be losing…

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An accidental participant in Me Made May

Seeing as I only have 4 sewn garments to my name, (one of them being a clothkit skirt and another being on its last legs) I didn’t sign up for Me Made May… but I do tend to wear at least something I’ve made every day… more so since I tried the 12 in 12 challenge as there has hardly been a day in the last 9 months where I haven’t needed a jumper or a cardigan.

It came as a surprise to realise as I was standing on the train platform this morning that I was wearing no less than 5 me made items…ok so by the time I was catching the train home I had discarded 2 of them and my coat (Yay ! It’s spring at last!!!)

So the 2 discards first…a bright pink hat (wurm…not yet blogged or photographed) and a great scrunchable scarf in a shade of teal  (hmmm maybe I should pay more attention to co ordinating my outfits…but then that would involve more co ordination of my wardrobe palette…maybe sometime…but not yet).

Knitted socks…because I don’t have any decent  shoes at the moment and I’m still wearing winter boots  (note to self: Buy some spring appropriate shoes…or shall I wait to see if the nice weather lasts)

A fitted tunic style jumper in lilac…well I guess that goes with the pink hat…and possibly the scarf  (incidentally has anyone checked out Catkin yet ? Isn’t it stunning yet simple…)…I can’t post a picture of it unfortunately as I am a long way behind with photographing things…

and finally a skirt… yes I have made a skirt that I am happy to wear to work…unfortunately I haven’t made any others…

So today I made my debut in Me Made May…and it is also my finale…. hey it was fun whilst it lasted…


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Lack of knitting

It is now about 15 days since I last did any knitting…on the first day of flu I managed to finish this028

which is now performing an essential function in my daily wardrobe…it hides the cotton wool sticking out of my left ear…

I still have half the ball of yarn left so I am undecided as to keep the hat or to knit something else with the yarn, which may involve unravelling the hat to finish the other thing off…I haven’t sewn my ends in just in case… this hat will be quick enough to make again…and to be honest I’d rather have something that doesn’t remind me of these last few weeks.

In other news the skirt is slowly heading towards the cutting table…this evening before collapsing on the sofa I managed to measure me, measure the traced skirt and make the amendments that appeared necessary…mainly cutting 3 inches out of the length, I’m a short a*se being only 5ft 6 inches…my body is long but my legs are in the petite category (length wise you understand, width wise I’m larger than average !).

Tomorrow I’m on a training day in Birmingham, so who knows, maybe if the course finishes at a reasonable time I might commit “cutting out”…  Don’t watch this space….and please, please, don’t hold your breath !

A sensible person would sort out some yarn, needles and a pattern for the train wouldn’t they ?


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Sometimes other people’s happiness is more important

Through a swap some some time ago I scored some Louisa Harding angora…it was pink. A strong sort of pink but not a hot pink… pink crosses the threshold occasionally but has only once ended up as something for me. Usually it becomes something for someone else…

I think we should rewind for a second. Angora…yes Angora, sort as butter and as fluffy as the rabbits it came from… was I going to let the fact that pink is not my colour stand in my way ? (which reminds me  I really should talk about having my colours done at some point)…

No of course not… this was pink…and soft and gorgeous…and…only 2 balls…

Fortunately I have a small head…these balls were destined to be a hat. I need to be pink and soft and gorgeous, whats more, I deserve it (yes, really I do, I was a good girl all of 2011) and then…

Well, and then a friend was having a tough time, things were going wrong, her husband lost his job amongst other things…it was November (this is last year I should point out)…it was grey it was wet… and my friend S was stressing about Christmas…and mentioned that she wasn’t bothered about her birthday, it had always been swept up in christmas and it just sort of happened and really no one…well, reading between the lines, no one made a fuss about my friend S, a wonderful wife and mother to 3 children, a lawyer…

Well lawyers are used to the fact no one ever says thank you for us for doing the day job after all “that’s what we pay you for”…except of course our client’s don’t pay us…but I couldn’t have her getting away with letting her birthday be subsumed by christmas could I…and well, she does wear pink and looks good in it…

Pattern Rosebud by Ysolda Teague

Needles: 3.25 i think

Yarn:  Louisa harding kimono ? Not sure but it has a high % of angora

New: Nothing really, knit in the round and blocked…


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FO:This years hat

Every year when the leaves start to fall I start guilt tripping like mad that I don’t do enough for my boy…I drop everything and knit like a thing possessed so that I can ensure that for the duration of the winter, if I do nothing else, Spider will at least have a warm head.It’s the same basic pattern as last year, but this time knit a bit bigger with room to grow This year it’s “We call him spidey” pattern is on Ravelry (I’m too lazy this evening to do the links…been knocked for 6 by the change of the clocks)

Yarn is Patons Diploma Gold – my “go to” yarn for knitting for children (it lasts longer than they do – had a jumper that was still doing good service some 20 years later made from a forerunner of PDG).

This years hat comes with added Mo’

and even mo’ Mo’…


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FO: World cup hats

The rugby world cup started on friday night…it can be easy sometimes to forget when you have just stumbled through an english summer (such as it is) that other parts of the world may be just coming out of winter.

It was a casual conversation with a colleague M about the fact  the earthquake had meant that some of the England games had been relocated from Christchurch to Dunedin which was “so much further south then ?” , “er yes…and much colder” “That’s a point, they were reporting snow in Wellington the other day”.

Not wishing my colleague to catch her death (despite her being an England supporter) I knitted her a hat
(Spider looking far too cute in Robins Egg)

Then was afraid she might not like it so made her another(Husband in Ysolda Teague’s Cairn)

Still a bit concerned she might not like the hats I made a third…all in the space of 2 weeks(Spider in Lina)

I needn’t have worried, she was delighted and ended up taking both Lina and Robin’s Egg and only left Cairn as it had increased in size after being washed…Husband liked it.

(However I may go back to only making things for people who drop strong hints…less chance of having ones feelings hurt)

Oh, and Wales lost to South Africa earlier today…