I've had the great pleasure of meeting a Raveler from the US! She arrived in Wellington on the 17th, and yesterday we met, exchanged yarn (of course! What else are fellow knitters going to do when first meeting up?!?) and spent the day talking and shopping and eating yummy lunch at Scopa... it was a fabulous day. We even had good weather, which was unexpected because ever since she'd arrived it had been wet and cold. Typical Wellington. Today I have the even greater pleasure of introducing her to a bunch of Kiwi Ravelers, with whom I knit on a weekly basis. Oh, we're going to have so much fun! I predict a 150% increase in the amount of laughs to be had.
So anyway, you may recall in a previous post I was intending to start up running again? Well, that hasn't happened. Please, don't act so shocked!! I have a (reasonably) good excuse - I've been sick for about two weeks. Once I feel a little closer to 100%, I shall be donning the 'running gear' again, which will hopefully be soon. I'm getting kinda sick of being sick, ya know?
Knitting has been coming along nicely though. Those Monkey socks got finished, and I had great fun giving them to my friend Tracee, who was very sweet to have bought me the yarn they were made with.
I also made a pair of Hermione's Everyday Socks (also used for Defense Against the Dark Arts in the HPKCHC, plus was a KAL on Ravelry):
Other non-sock-knitting projects have included my Ninja Bunny Nugget of the Hufflepuff Persuasion (for Charms in the HPKCHC):
The boys love him, but unfortunately they've already pulled his tail mostly off - it's literally hanging by a thread. This took all of about five minutes after they'd met him. I might get around to reattaching it at some point...
Here are my 'Chunky Bug Smooshers', made with my Chunky Bug handspun yarn. They're a little quirky (Made for History of Magic in the HPKCHC) ;-)
I have to say though, the original pattern looks much better. Must be my crappy handspun that makes them look odd :-)
And some freakishly ugly slippers for T, made with three strands of sock yarn knit together (various bits depending on when I ran out of one particular colour) (these were made for Potions in the HPKCHC) :
He likes them anyway. Good boy! ;-)
I'm currently knitting a men's hat for Quidditch (aka charity knitting), and plan on making at least three - I think I'll give them to one of the night shelters. Haven't got very far though, so will post pics a little later on. I've also started a chunky knit scarf with some of my delicious KnitPicks, kindly bought over by my 'US yarn mule' Jill (aka VAmom from Ravelry). Again, haven't got far, but here's a pic of the progress made yesterday, along with the rest of my haul:
OK, must explain everything (just because). Four skeins of 'Wool of the Andes Bulky' in Wine (red scarf), and four in Coal (also will be a scarf, for Deane), four balls of 'Gloss HW' in Oregano, which will be a Cherie Amour top, seven balls of 'Wool of the Andes' in Mist (grey), which will be a February Lady Sweater, and 12 balls of 'Telemark' in Aubergine, which will be a Jaden sweater. These are all theoretical of course - they require me to actually knit them. Whether or not I can do that remains to be seen...
Also in the pic is two skeins of Lorna's Laces sock yarn in the Starry Night colourway - a gift from Jill (she's so sweet!), an Interweave Knits magazine and Knitting 2010 calendar with over 100 patterns (also gifts), some splitrings, T-pins and a yarn stranding guide for colour work (something I need practice in). So much yarny goodness, all in one big pile!!
I made a few extra purchases (slap hand):
'Grape' sock yarn from Knitsch (mmmm, so soft)
Some Vintage Purls sock yarn in the 'Lepanto' colourway:
And some more yummy Maude and Me fibre:
On the left is 'waking up the wolves' and on the right is 'wake up april' (yes, it really is that bright!)
So much knitting, so little time...