Sleep Knitting

Knitting, sleeping (whenever I Can), Living with Coeliac Disease, Teaching and planning a wedding!

Busy, stressed, tired and ill November 27, 2007

Filed under: crafts,knitting,Uncategorized — sleepknitting @ 6:29 pm

20mm-needles.jpgbut I don’t like to grumble! ………………. hardly time to blog lately but I just have some time to post a pic of the big, huge, fat 20mm needles I got free with ‘lets knit’ magazine – I’ve made two slouchy berets.. pictures to follow!

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1985 flashback…… bring on the snood! November 11, 2007

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I’m so busy at work at the moment that knitting and blogging are fairly low priority. We are about to start practising for the school christmas play so I’m really getting into the christmas mood! The weather seems to be turning colder now, I love bright winter days but I cannot stand being cold at all! So I managed to get around to finishing a couple of projects that have been at the bottom of the ‘to do’ pile for a while. The first is a scarf in Patons ‘softy’ which is very accurately named as this is just so soft and fluffy! Its a wispy and fluffy yarn and a right hassle to knit with so a simple scarf seemed like the best thing to make with it! I think this one will get a lot of use this winter.

I also finished a snood in debbie bliss ‘soho’. I’ve been wanting a snood for ages, I think the last time I wore one was about 1985! Here you can see it modelled by my very old teddy, this was also the first time I used my denise circular needles and I was really impressed with them. I love the soho yarn, yummy colours and a nice fabric knitted up so I may be making something else in this. I’ve been very busy with other things so my Shaftesbury has not been worked on much this week, although I did bring it to my school knitting club – they are getting on very well now quite independently so I could actually sit and do my own knitting with them.

I’m waiting for an appointment at the moment for a DEXA bone density scan, my Coeliac disease puts me at a greater risk of osteoporosis and I’m supposed to be having twice the recommended daily amount of calcium. I have these horrid massive calcium tablets and I have to have a lot more dairy in my diet, as a consequence I’ve put on weight which I don’t like! I also found out today that there may be gluten in certain sweets that I like, so no more pick’n mix at the cinema!

 

A bit of unpacking and a bit of knitting November 3, 2007

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Its been a while since I’ve blogged, mostly because I’ve moved house and am still trying to unpack. The move went well as I had half term to sort myself out, but now I’m back at school and its a really busy term now up to Christmas. We had a Halloween disco yesterday which was a lot of fun but very tiring, the kids were all in fancy dress! I might be going out to a bonfire night tonight which I’m excited about because it gives me the excuse to go out and buy wellies and also wear my new scarf (pictured above). Its in Wendy Fusion and the colours are amazing! I got the yarn at the Knitting show and knitted it up last night on 10mm needles, quick and easy!

Talking of quick and easy I’ve also mad a poncho from the Rowan Ribbon Twist book, I think the design is called ‘eva’ but I can’t find the pattern book to check! I’ve had the wool knocking about in my stash for ages but I didn’t know what to do with it. I fell out of love with Ribbon Twist as a year ago I made ‘willow’ from the book, but I found the wool knits up too chunky and makes me look really fat! so it got frogged I’m afraid. I actually have the same dilema with a Colinette Point 5 cardi I made last year, I love the colour and the wool but I look like a big hairy monster from Sesame Street when I wear it! I’m only 5ft 1in and big chunky knits seem to swamp me…… so I might just have to be brave and frog that too (the wool was expensive and I do want to use it somehow)

Anyway, also pictured is Noro ‘Shaftesbury’ from Noro Unlimited book, but I’m using Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran instead of the Noro yarn. So far so good, I’ve finished the back and I love the stitch pattern. The wool is lovely and soft, I think that although it is the same guage as the Noro cash Iroha the Debbie Bliss yarn is more soft and drapey so it looks like the finished top will be longer in the body. I don’t think this will be a problem though, it will just cover up more of my bum which is never a bad thing!

My school knitting club is going from strength to strength. I had my two ‘star pupils’ increasing and decreasing and also trying out k2 p2 rib. They are now working on a scarf, I have given them a simple pattern to read and they are doing the whole thing independently! (I’m so proud!)