Sunday, 29 May 2011

Lucky Me!

I will post something about Gartmore soon but wanted to give a quick update. My good friend Helen has recently taken up quilting. If you follow my knitting group blog you'll already know this. The quilted book bag cover is a particular favourite and has been much admired by the rest of us. In fact one or two people have been giving her commissions for them. Over the last month or so I have been loaning her books and as a thank you she made me one of my very own. You have no idea how excited I was about this. She even decorated it with some of the sewing machines fancier stitches.

My particular favourite though is the 'Read Me' stitched on the back. Can't wait to use it!

Saturday, 28 May 2011

The Weekend Is Here!

This is where I am going today with my knitting group. I am extremely excited and can't believe the day is here already. Yesterday I went out and bought the sock yarn I needed for my class. Of course I forgot yarn for the crochet class my friend Donna is giving (learning to crochet Hexagons this year). This meant a trip up to Hobbycraft (what a shame). No doubt I will have lots of photo's for you next week.

If I get bored of knitting and chatting I can always visit with some friends we made last year.

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Still Alive

I knew it had been a few weeks since my last update but I didn't actually realise it had been almost a month. I have been crafting away but mainly on a baby shower project. It's all finished but I can't show it as yet. It will be another two weeks before I can do that.

In the last month I have also given up on a pair of socks for the first time ever. I had decided that this months socks was going to be my first every toe-up in adult size. I wasn't really loving the pattern but that's not why I gave up. If it was just that I would have persevered with it. The yarn broke on me for the fifth and last time which resulted in a small hissy fit (tossing of knitting across the room). I was using the Regia Hand Dye effect. I've used it before and it's a little annoying to knit with. First off you have to rewind the yarn to prevent it from tangling. It also splits very easily. This didn't put me off as the colours made up for it. This one though split about five times. I have two other colours there and I am now reluctant to use it. Anyone else have this problem or do you think it's just a one off?

Anyway, as I said this will be the first time I haven't finished a pair of socks. A little disappointing. It also means that there will be no socks this month! As a friend pointed out though, I am a pair ahead in my challenge so I haven't given up on that.

This weekend I am away with my knitting group. Very excited about that and also nervous. I'm nervous because I am taking one of the classes. I am taking over the sock knitting class from my friend who can't make it. I've taught baby socks before but this time it's adult socks. Fingers crossed it all goes well.

I have had other projects on the go too. I finished the boy baby socks which are now posted on my folksy shop. I am now working on another set. After taking the huff with my socks I decided to start something different and so I'm knitting a blanket for myself.
Lastly, I have to show this off. My mum did this for my Christmas two years ago. I love the Lavender Lace designs plus I love my fairy tales which is why she did this one. I am ashamed to admit that this was me just hanging it up today.