Sunday, September 28, 2008

And there's more...

to make the total up to a dozen.

Using odd yarns just to see how they come out.

Not sure if I will be making any more, they were fun but I feel like moving on now. I have gone back to my Pi shawl, only 8 more rounds and the border to go, but it's a long way round. I'm also trying to get a piece of bobbin lace finished for 'Show and tell' next week at my Lace group not to mention plenty of walking practice - yes I do know how to walk, but for some inexplicable reason when asked if I would take part in a 22 mile walk at the end of November, the word 'Yes' came out of my mouth! I know I can do it, but with training it is going to be a lot less painful.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Everybody's at it

I know all the world and his uncle are making little hats for Innocents big knit but I just wanted to show mine.

DD made the pompoms and I added the hats using odments of acrylic, far too small for anything else. Having made a few stripey ones I decided to try a stitch pattern or two, wasn't quite so keen on the Mini bobble stitch - (purple one on the bottle) as it didn't stand out very well, but I am rather pleased with the Knotted Openwork (from The Harmony Guide to Knitting Stitches)

I have plans for a few more using weird and wonderful yarns - funky fur, unidentified fluffy stuff etc. These little devils are addictive.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Ready for winter

I've been a knitter for nearly as long as I can remember, but over the last 30 odd years there have been a some breaks and a few years ago, after a one such hiatus I spotted a stripy Hot Water Bottle cover in a sunday supplement for some ridiculous amount of money and thought ' I could make one like that' and I did - and hey presto I have been knitting again ever since. Well that cover is now well and truly worn and I've been meaning to make a new Hottie bottle cover for ages, had the pattern printed off for months, but it took the knitalong over at CT'n'Y to get me going, and once I had it didn't take long. Made in unknown inherited aran weight yarn, I'm all ready for the cold weather now.

I adapted the original pattern to make the opening at the bottom rather than the top since I fill my bottle from the tap and regularly get it wet in the sink, I needed a cover I could slip on and off easily, (wet covers are not nice - believe me). So I only knitted half the rib at the top and sewed it closed, and added a flap and buttons to the bottom.

Any Sherlock Holmes out there?

Yesterday at the Lacemakers group we had a collection of 'no longer needed' items available to take in exchange for a charity donation, and this caught my eye....

Sadly the label is partly missing but what is there says....
Full Set. Size 1

So I am guessing along the lines of The Universal (?) Knitting pins, Full Set Size 14 (since inside the wooden case are 9 steel 2mm dpns)
Unfortunately nothing is known of it's history and I'd love to know a little more about this set, especially how old it is, and what it's original use was (surely not 9 dpns for socks) so if anyone has any ideas or knows how I can find out I would love to hear.