Saturday, 11 July 2009

Knitting, knitting, and more knitting

As the title may suggest, I've been doing a lot of knitting lately. Well, since February when my dear friend Margaret got me started on a pair of socks. It's snowballed from there really...

You may have noticed the recent addition to my blog, the 'Current Projects' on the top left, yep, just over there <- If you want to know all the projects I'm working on, you'll have to keep an eye on that puppy. When you weren't looking, I added a baby hat, finished it, added a pair of socks for the same baby, finished those, started and finished a headband for myself yesterday, and I'm now quarter of the way through a matching cowl :-) In case you hadn't figured it out yet, I like making things! So the current projects will be forever changing!

My yarn stash is small, but what I do have is allocated to specific projects - I just don't have enough time to make them all. There are many more things I'd like to make, and I will eventually. Unfortunately though I think my list of things to make will grow faster than my list of finished items. Oh well, one must keep oneself busy somehow...

Anyway, just so you can get a 'visual' of all the FO's (if you aren't on Ravelry and can't check my projects page) - behold...

Lily's 'Lil Socks (okay - sock - I forgot to take a picture of both!)
Lily's 'Lil Socks
(A picture of the hat to match is in the previous post)

Headband - please excuse the awful photo of yours truly, it's really hard to take a picture of yourself!!
Headband#1

And the cowl in progress...
My Good Luck Cowl

Both the headband and cowl are made with this lovely Rowan 4 Ply Soft yarn I nicked off my friend Jeanette - if you're reading this hon, thanks (^_^)

The giant Gryffindor scarf is still in the making for Xavier and as you can see by the progress bar, I'm nearly halfway. It's going to be twice the size of him by the time I'm finished!! The bonus of that is it's going to last him years. Theoretically anyway...

Next week there shall only be progress on my Lupin scarf, as I'm limiting projects carted on the plane to Auckland to one. However, this should keep me going for the entire stay. The kids will keep me busy while we're there, so I'm guessing there'll only be minimal knitting time. Alas, I cannot take my new love, spinning.

Ooh, must share my first ever yarn!!

First Yarn

and a close-up:
First Yarn

You can clearly see it's the classic thick-and-thin novelty yarn that is customary for new spinners. However, right towards the end of that free sample scored from Ashford when I purchased my student spindle, I finally figured out how to draft properly, so now I'm doing this:

Handspun #2

Which is much more uniform, if I do say so myself. It's being spun from 240g of romney fleece I bought from the alpaca show in Porirua a while ago for $6.

School holidays have been the usual horror-fest - day one lulled me in to a false sense of security. Actually, in all fairness, it's been more like a roller coaster ride, with ups and downs (obviously, hence the reference to a roller coaster - duh Jody!) I'm really hoping the Auckland trip isn't awful, but at least I have Harry Potter Weekend at the end of it - roll on Friday!!

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