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Friday, 19 April 2013

I`m such a winner!

Look what postie`s brought yesterday!

I entered the competitions a few weeks ago and I quite forgot about the whole thing. What a lovely surprise!
Yesterday was a stitchy day through and through: after receiving this kit, I got an email from Twilleys of Stamford (new commission in the post) and with just the odd tea-and-pee break, I stitched for 10 hours non-stop. My deadline for the Cross Stitch Gold cushion is next Wednesday and I`m beginning to have this panicky feeling in my stomach - there`s still quite a lot to do! Sorry, I can`t show you any pictures of it... it`s a shame because it looks gorgeous! And, weirdly, bigger from the computer desk... hmm, maybe I can do this...? OK, back to work! 

Sunday, 14 April 2013

balaclava fiasco

Hehe, just read the title and it sounds like I`m writing about the fiancee of Donnie Brasco or something...
Anyway, the balaclava: if I`m honest, my jaw was practically dislodged for two whole days after the Wee Man had asked me to make him one. I know how fussy he is about `things touching skin, especially on face`, but obviously, I didn`t want to give him any ideas, so I didn`t say a word, just gave him The Big Yarn Box and let him choose a colour. Then refused to knit a postbox red balaclava, and told him to choose another one.
So, this is how we ended up with this pine air freshener green one (for stitchers: DMC 699), which I finished this morning - but only so that I could tick this box too; by then Gregory`d told me that there was no way he`d put this itchy thing over his face. I managed to persuade him to at least try it on and, again, I have to apologise for the quality of the photos but I really had to be quick this time if I wanted to take a couple of shots before he tore it off his head.

It is such a shame because otherwise it`s a perfect fit, and now he doesn`t want it... ach, well, summer`s coming anyway (allegedly). Oh, and for those who want to repeat my success story (?), I found the pattern here but it was only a starting point: I didn`t have the right sized DPNs, so I knitted it flat and then sewed up the back, and because of the different yarn/gauge issue, I started it with 120 sts instead of 92... oh, and I didn`t switch to stockinette stitch at the top but continued with the rib... so, basically, I changed almost everything about it! :)
I`m off to watch Miss Marple now while I`m stitching (super-secret magazine work so I can`t show you pictures). I`m sure I forgot something but I`ll write about it next time. School starts again tomorrow so that should improve my mental strength a little bit... I hope...? 

Saturday, 6 April 2013

sleeping puppy

Hope nobody`s huffing about my tweet-like posts lately - my Mum`s still here and I spend next to no time on the computer these days. Plus, the sun is out (!) so it`s time to take the Wee Man for a walk.
I just wanted to share a quick photo with you of this little pup I started knitting yesterday when my copy of Knit Today (85) arrived, and I finished it just now, in less than 24 hours (my personal best so far). Any suggestions for a name?

Thursday, 4 April 2013

my version of a Fashion Cape

The other day, I got fed up - I mean really fed up - with this Arctic spring we`ve been having so far and decided to do something about it. Not the weather in general, but more specifically with the problem that`s been bothering me for a while - namely, that when I sit in my stitchy chair, my shoulders and upper arms are cold. When the knees get a bit chilly, I just put a blanket over my legs but the temperature is getting too warm (in the house, at least) for a thick jumper, and in a thin one my upper arms are still cold. Anyway, long story short, I figured I could do with a cape and I found a pattern in Issue 83 of Knit Today. The original "Fashion Cape" is a lovely, white and navy checked number in pure wool, but I used my recycled pale green cotton yarn because 1. I had loads of it, 2. I didn`t want to concentrate on patterns, and 3. I didn`t bother too much what it looked like (after all, nobody`ll see me in it, except maybe postie if I have to sign for something). I finished it a couple of night ago and I`m happy to report that it`s nice and cosy, albeit resembling a straight jacket but I don`t care. And here`s a photo of it, taken by my Mum, who`s famous for chopping heads off when photographing, but I have to say, this is one of my favourite pictures of myself lately:
No more worries about bad hair days :)