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

Finished my felted boots January 29, 2008

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Here are my toasty new slippers! They are the ‘Felted House Boots’ from Cat Bordhi’s ‘Socks soar on two circulars’. Knitted in 100% wool tweed from a great ebay seller. They felted very well, it took two 50 degree machine washes and I’m pleased with the finish. I’m right back into felting again now, I’ve ordered some lovely aran for a felted bag project and now I’m searching for a good pattern.

School is keeping me very busy at the moment, next week is going to be crazy busy so I doubt there will be time for much knitting 😦

I’ve got as far as the heel turn on my ‘columbine peak’ socks; which I have somehow messed up! so I will be frogging that and tring again this evening I think. I really should be getting on with starting the second lace-edged cardi for my boyfriend’s mum (she is dropping hints!) but for now I’m going so snuggle up wearing ‘wonder’, drink my apple crumble tea from Whittards and read the March issue of ‘Simply Knitting’ that has just landed on my doorstep!

 

I’ve finished ‘Wonder’!! January 26, 2008

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The finishing seemed to take forever, I had to stitch the front bad to the front edges and that took the longest. I’m really pleased with this, its turned out exactly as I had hoped. Its a very simple pattern and would be great for a beginner, especially as it knits up quick. The yarn Rowan ‘Romance’ is just lovely, its soft and a bit fuzzy and very warm and cosy without being very heavy to wear. I’ve been fastening it with a broch, but it looks nice worn open too. Anyway, its the perfect thing for wearing around our cold flat!

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I’m going to try to teach myself how to knit two socks at the same time on circular needles, I’ve bought these two books to help me. One uses one needle (magic loop) and the other uses two circulars and two balls of yarn. I’m not sure which way i’m going to try, I’m leaning towards the two circular method, but we will see how I feel when I get around to it!

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While we are on the subject of socks, here are some giant socks I’ve been making! They are going to be felted into slippers (well, that is the plan anyway!) I’ve been using the pattern for felted indoor boots from Cat Bordhi’s ‘Socks soar on two circulars’. The yarn is 100% wool tweed from an ebay seller, its a nice grey with flecks of other colours. The seller actually sent me small samples of her other yarns so I have used some of these to add the stripes around the cuffs. I’m not actually convinced I like the colours now, its a bit masculine for me; but I will finish them off and felt them then decide. If the felting goes well I think I will make some more in some girly colours as I’ve enjoyed knitting these.

I went to the knitting group in Birmingham today, I took my ‘columbine peak’ socks which have been neglected lately, they are coming along slowly but I’m happy with the finish so far. I’m already thinking of ideas of presents to buy my secret pal, and I don’t even know who it is yet! i really enjoy taking part in swaps, it adds another dimension to knitting/blogging and its alway lovely to get a parcel too!… right, I’m off to Ravelry to upload my pictures of ‘Wonder’.

 

Knitting magazines January 25, 2008

Filed under: knitting magazines,uk swap blog — sleepknitting @ 8:57 pm

I’m taking part in the uk blog swap at the moment. http://ukswap.blogspot.com/   – there are a few weekly competitions so I will be posting my entry each week!

Q – This week the question is: Do you subscribe to knitting magazines?

A – Yes, I have a subscription to ‘Simply Knitting’ which I quite like. There is usually at least one pattern in each issue that I’m interested in. I have to admit I do skim parts of it though; I’m not really interested in the letters, crosswords etc. I was quite impressed with the new magazine ‘Lets Knit’, there are a nice mix of patterns from beginner to more advanced …. but its very pricey!

And in other news…. ‘Wonder’ is finally finished, columbine peaks have been ignored a bit as I’ve been making some giant socks that I’m going to be felting into slipper boots. Pictures will be up this weekend!

 

Knitting resolutions – better late than never! January 24, 2008

Filed under: celiac,knitting,knitting resolutions — sleepknitting @ 7:51 pm

Ok, so its nearly the end of the month, but its taken me some time to commit myself to some knitting resolutions!

1. I’m going to do my best to stash-bust. I have some lovely yarn just waiting to be turned into something… I will also sell/trade the yarn that I’m never going to use (I’ve already started this!)

2. I would like to try some more felted projects, I’m just beginning some felted slippers and I really want to make some bags.

3. I will try and overcome my fear of colour knitting and give intarsia a go, I think that is the starting point (fairisle seems a bit out of my capability!)

4. I will try and get out to a knitting group (or two)  – I’ve already started working on this as I went to the Birmingham Stitch and Bitch last week.

5. I’m going to learn how to knit two socks at once on circular needles, I’ve bought a book on magic loop and another about two socks on two circulars so one of those methods will hopefully work for me!

 

Uk Swap questionnaire January 21, 2008

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I’m taking part in the Uk Swap : http://ukswap.blogspot.com/

so here is the questionnaire for my spoiler!

Part One: Crafting

Do you knit, crochet, or both?

Just Knitting

What do you like to make? Do you have a favourite project?

I love cardigans, jackets and jumpers. I’m getting back into socks again, I want to get more into felting, especially felted bags.

Do you have a favourite type of fiber or brand of yarn?

I’m a big Rowan fan, I also love the natural dye studio. I love natural fibers, wool, alpaca, anything soft and warm and snug! generally DK is about as thin as I can cope with for yarns, but obviously I do sock yarn for socks! I generally prefer DK, Aran and Chunky weight.

Do you have a least favourite type of yarn?

I hate eyelash and really obviously synthetic yarns. I’m not a fan of mohair, ribbon or boucle yarns either. Oh, and I do NOT like thin laceweight yarn!
Do you do any other crafts?

A bit of sewing here and there, I also collect buttons.

What knitting do you bring ‘on the go’?

Usually socks and  small bags, baby garments are also very portable!

What do you carry your ‘on the go’ knitting in? Do you want something new?

I’ve got a few small project bags, they are just old handbags though. One day I will get a ‘proper’ knitting bag.
Are there any knitting gifts (book, toy, yarn, item, tool) that you have been lusting over?

Art viva, surina and lantern moon wooden needles. A nice needle holding wrap.

Part Two: Your Favourites

What is your favourite colour? What is your least favourite colour?

Favourite colour: green/purple/grey….. I have three!

least favourite: Orange / Yellow / pillar box red

What scents/smells do you like? What don’t you like?

Love violet, lavender, sandlewood, I don’t like sickly fake chocolate smells or pongy rose!

How do you like to pamper yourself? (bubble bath, hand creams, massage, manicure)

Manicure, massage, candles, etc.- I can’t use bubble baths as I have very sensitive skin.

What goodies to you like to treat your tummy with? (chocolate, biscuits, truffles, etc.)

I like milk chocolate, hate white chocolate. I am a Coeliac (can’t eat gluten/wheat) which a lot of chocolate contains! Also regular biscuits etc plus a most pick and mix are out of bounds. My biggest treat is wine! I do like ginger, and gluten free toffee. (Good old Thorntons!!)

Do you prefer tea or coffee while you knit? Any particular kind? Favourite mug/cup?

tea only, any flavour except camomile.  I’m not fussy about mugs or cups but I do love to use a teapot!

Do you listen to/watch anything while you knit? (TVshow-Along, movies, music, podcasts)

Whatever is on tv, preferably a period drama!

Part Three: Living & Past-times

Where do you live in the UK? (General idea not address)

West Midlands

Have you always lived here, or did you grow up somewhere else?

Only lived here a few years, I was born and grew up in Surrey

If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Iceland

If you couldn’t go to a knitting group, what other kind of gathering would you go to? (book club, tea party, yoga class, jewelery class, etc.)

Yoga class

What’s your style? (elegant, traditional, glamourous, girly, natural, sporty, outgoing, etc.)

A bit of a pampered hippy, I like to be ‘green’ but glam!

Final Part:

Any allergies/preferences (fiber-wise or treat-wise)?

Coeliac – intolerant to gluten / wheat. Alleric to nickel.
Anything we missed that you’d like your partner to know?

I don’t do DPN’s!! and I have a big book ‘wish list’ on amazon!

 

A bone scan and half a sock January 18, 2008

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Here is the progress so far on my latest socks. Its ‘Columbine Peak’ from ‘Socks Soar on Two Circulars’. I’ve not had much time to knit this week so its slow progress, but I am finding the lace pattern very easy and satisying. I was a bit annoyed that it seems to be coming out quite large (dispite knitting a tension swatch) I looked into this on Ravelry and other knitters have said the same. I think they should fit ok though, if not then they will have to be bed socks!

I’ve got right back into socks again after starting these, I’m planning on making the ‘Indoor Boots’ felted socks pattern from this book, I bought the addi’s pictured below (love these!) and I’ve ordered some tweed wool that should felt nicely. I have only ever felted a booga bag so looking forward to experimenting again.

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I had a big knitting needle sort out the other night, I had loads of random odd needles that have now been neatly banded into pairs, I’m intending to buy or make some needle wraps and get them grouped into sizes. The majority are metal but I do have a few plastic needles, I’m not a fan of plastic so I’m hoping to faze these out! I can’t afford to buy a whole new set of needles so I’ve decided to make a list of the sizes I need to replace and then buy a nice quality pair a month. I do like bamboo needles but I’ve got my eye on the lovely Lantern Moon wooden needles and Surina needles. I have also seen some curious needles on Loop made from milk protein (interesting!). My most wanted items are a set of ‘Art Viva’ wooden needles with the lovely polka-dot ends….totally excessive and expensive, but gorgeous never the less, they might be on my birthday wish list in April!

I had a bit of a nightmare with ‘Wonder’. I ran out of wool the other night, I searched the internet for ages trying to get some Rowan Romance in the right shade, in the end I found some and ordered 3 balls for £13. The next day I walked through the knitting department at John Lewis, and there in the bargain bin was a pack of 10 balls of the stuff, the right shade reduced to £1 a ball!!!! I bought the first lot from there originally and they said that was everything they had in stock, clearly not. Anyway, I bought 5 balls for a fiver, but it was too late to cancel the internet order. I guess I could return it but that is a pain; I think I will ebay the left over balls. Wonder is now sitting beside me waiting for me to finish the collar (which is taking ages), I will have photos up as soon as its finished.

I think I might try to go to the Birmingham Stitch and Bitch tomorrow, I will have to catch the train but I do want to meet some local knitters of my own age. I’m planning on taking the socks, nice a portable! I had a bone density scan this week, it was very quick really, you have to lie very still while a xray arm thing moves over you. Its a standard test for recently diagnosed Coeliacs to check that you have ok bone density. As a coeliac you are at a higher risk of developing Osteoporosis, so I’ve got my fingers crossed it will all be normal ok.

 

Bread and booties January 13, 2008

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I’ve got a friend who now lives in Holland and is due to become a mum in the next couple of months so I’ve been at the baby hats again! This is the same baby hat pattern that I have previously knitted, its from an old copy of ‘Simply Knitting’ and the yarn is Debbie Bliss ‘cotton cashmere’. I started the booties, Saartje booties (google it) and I’ve made one, unfortunately I made the straps too short so I think this will become a keyring and I may start again! (it didn’t take too long anyway) I love this wool, so soft and perfect for babies.

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I have also been naughty, I didn’t fancy knitting ‘Wonder’ the other night, so I cast on some socks! The pattern will be ‘Columbine Peak’ from Cat Bordhi’s ‘Socks soar on two circulars’. The yarn is by ‘angels and elephants’ hand dyed 100% wool which I bought off ebay a while ago. I got in a right tangle with my wool winder and I decided I totally need to buy a nice umberella swift! These will probably take me months to do as they are only my third ever pair of socks and my second attempt at using two circulars. This is my preferred method as the needles don’t fall out all the time, I love using addi turbos. I will try to get Wonder finished off this month, I just got bitten by the sock bug again and this wool was just screaming at me to cast on.

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Other than knitting one of my new years resoloutions was to experiment more with my gluten free cooking. I get some bland stuff on prescription but I have made it my mission to discover an edible gluten free bread! This was from my breadmaker yesterday, just using a basic Glutafin high fibre mix. I’ve not used this flour mix before and i was impressed, its has a nice light texture (which you don’t often get with gluten free bread!) I added some linseeds in an effort to make it more healthy. I quite like this bread toasted but I find it hard to slice it thinly enough to get it in the toaster! I had to buy my own toaster as I can’t use the old one as the bread may get contaminated with gluten. Unfortunately we don’t have a grill so I’m just giong to have to get better at slicing bread thinly.