Tuesday, May 1

Weaving and a replacement for the ribber comb

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Had a lovely day's Saori weaving at the Beautiful Cloth studio in Napton - great fun!

The crochet corner-to-corner scarf continues. Can't seem to find my mojo for much machine knitting at the moment. The weather isn't helping (it's chucking it down again today).

I've recently been teaching a student that has had a stroke, she has no use of her right arm. So I came up with a ribber "rag" that will replace her ribber comb. Alas, I did not think to get a photo of it, I will take one when I next see her.

Instructions:

Cast on e-wrap every other needle across the whole of the bed. Knit 20 rows main tension, 1 row T10, 20 rows main tension.
Hang hem.
Knit 6 rows. Make a lace hole on needle 1L, then at L15 and R15, L30 and R30, L45 and R45, L60 and R60, L75 and R75, L90 and R90.

Knit a further 10 rows. Knit two rows at T10, then cast off behind the gatepegs. Remove sample from machine and steam flat. Mark the middle hole with a permanent marker.

To use:

Hang on main bed needles, every other needle, as required. Bring ribber into work and put empty needles on ribber up into "hold" (but do not set ribber to hold). Hang weights evenly using lace holes.
At ribber tension, knit 1 row with ravel cord.
Change to main yarn, T0/0 and knit 1 row on all needles
Knit 1-5 circular rows at T1/1
Rearrange stitches at this point, if 1x1 ribbing is not the aim.
Set RC000 and knit ribbing as required.

Current mood: lethargic

Thursday, April 26

Tuesday, April 24

Shawl thing...

Despite almost never wearing shawls, I seem to be on a one-skein shawl kick at the moment. Two down (triangular, crochet) and one to go - third one is to be a straight one. Pictures to follow...

The insomnia seems to have suddenly cured itself. So after all that, the fix is, do nothing. Ha. I'm enjoying dreaming again, that's fun!

Monday, April 16

...and we're done!

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Not a great picture, courtesy of my mobile first thing this morning. Looking forward to doing some MK for me when I next get long enough. Ha!

Current mood: working

Friday, April 6

FO: hot pink jacket and pen holder

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I rather like this, though the fabric was a complete PITA to work with. Frays like nobody's business. Wouldn't mind making this jacket again, but maybe with longer sleeves. Pattern is New Look 6390. Might make the dress next (but not in this fabric!).

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A simple pen holder, for my bullet journal.

Current mood: tired

Monday, March 26

Bits and bobs before the "storm of socks"

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I took delivery of a lovely new overlocker last week, but work/life being what it is, only got to play with it in anger this weekend. Oh my, what fun! It just works, straight out of the box. I'm still trying to sell my old Singer Ultralock but as there are no takers so far it might end up going to TWAM if I can't find it a new home. What a shame - nice machine in working order but it just doesn't work for me. It might just need a service, of course...

You may recall I picked up some lovely deckchair cotton at the NEC last week - well, I made a rather oddly proportioned shopping bag with it. Yeah, I probably should have measured something, huh? And a safety note here - I should have swapped whatever needle was in the machine (probably a standard) for a denim one, because this happened, and it narrowly missed going into my eye:

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I put my reading specs on after this, too!

We've been trying to interact with our overgrown kitten-cat more, so I made a 100% catnip kicker stick from some leftovers and...

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...he's still not very interested in catnip. Bah.

I also finished up a pair of stripey tube socks, I knat the first one at Kegworth and I've a big sock commission on at the moment so I wanted to get this pair done:

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I'm currently running a sale on my current etsy stock, two pairs of socks which will go in the charity bag in a few days if they do not sell. Please check it out! Or maybe they'll go into my sock drawer, haha! More stock will be coming soon, but by soon I mean in a month or so.

Yesterday I taught a new student in mk, she has had a stroke so no use of her right arm. It's amazing how tricky certain things are with only one hand, but she is determined! I am going to try and knit her a replacement for the ribber comb as it will be too hard for her to use the metal kind with the removable wire. Some yarn rewinding, and putting up of the chunky machine, required in the next four weeks then.

"Storm of socks" - yes, I've 8 pairs of custom socks to knit. 1 pair are on the CSM so that's 11% done I guess! :)

Current mood: annoyed with Flickr and Mondays in general...

Tuesday, March 20

Nec show and Wroclaw trip

Well, I had a delightful weekend. Friday I was helping out on the Guild of Machine Knitter's stand - we were well-staffed, though, so it afforded ample opportunity to browse the lovely stands. There seemed (to my mind) to be more fabric stalls than last year, and only 3-4 yarn stands (Toft, Black Sheep Wools, Neil the Knit and Stash Fine Yarns). I succumbed to two lengths of some gorgeous fabric from Lintons, and three Kwiksew patterns, and a pack of Noro yarn (it's not Kureyon for once, this one has silk). And then, my main purpose - to buy a new overlocker. I settled on a reasonably priced Juki and am excitedly waiting its delivery. Only disappointment - no exhibitor's lounge area this year despite there apparently being a bar space available in the "crapbooking" hall...

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Friday night I joined some work colleagues on a short break to Wroclaw (Poland) - we were delayed getting out due to snow at the Polish end so it was 2am before we dropped into bed - very swanky executive apartment with three double rooms. I had my own (snow-covered) balcony - not sure if all that snow fell at once, but it didn't thaw all weekend as it was the wrong side of the building to get much sun. We spent a cold morning dwarf-hunting and trying out pirogie, cocktails and cake, then made a trip to a supermarket to stock up on nibbles for tea. Two of us went to a nightclub, I decided to stay in and natter with A and we went to bed around half 11 - K and L didn't roll in 'til 4am apparently! Which wasn't a problem, except that I awoke around 5am - yeah, my bodyclock doesn't care WHERE I am or WHAT day it is! By 11 I'd gotten itchy feet, so struck out to find more dwarves alone. Of course, didn't clock that no data/wifi meant no GPS and I got a bit lost - we'd taken the tram back the day before (it was only one stop) so I wasn't entirely sure of the way back on foot. Sunday night we visited K's relatives - three families on three floors in one house (sounds snug but it was a good size house) and then went straight to bed by the time we got home. All the food and chatter (most in Polish) was a bit much for my poor ears which gave up around 9pm.

Monday we managed to book ourselves manicures / beauty treatments and wandered over to find the cat cafe - not bad except for when two of the cats got a bit agressive with each other. A quick climb up to the Penitent's Bridge - one of the churches has two towers with a bridge between them and back for shellac - got a cut cuticle which is still a bit sore - then a late lunch, Polish donuts, and back to the airport. Liking the purple sparkly nails but the sore finger, not so much! Well, I think I have ugly hands anyway... :)

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Current mood: enthralled