Sunday, 3 July 2011

On your marks, get set, go!!!

The Tour de Fleece is on!! Oh, happy day :-) I was spinning like a crazy lady yesterday, and managed about half a blob of fibre (excellent measuring skills and technical terms there):



There will of course be more of this today, but interrupted by the usual Sunday knitting group. I've started the Simplicity cardigan in Vintage Purls laceweight. It took me four starts to get the increases looking right, but I'm on track now:



I took a brief interlude while knitting this to knit another cardigan. In three days. Could've done it in two if I wasn't sick. Now, before you go all 'yeah right' on me, the cardigan is knit in bulky yarn, and it has no sleeves. So it wasn't really such a great feat after all ;-) Still cool though. How many people can say they knit a cardigan in three days? Hmmmmm??? I'm hoping to get some 'on my person' pics of it today at knitting group (or possibly by Deane this morning), which I will post, but for now here's a 2D pic:



Shalom, knit in Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky, 'Coal'. Super easy to knit, absolutely no seaming at all, completely knit in one piece. Awesome.

Moving on from crafting... Deane arrived home earlier than expected - he buzzed the apartment just before midnight on Wednesday. Me, in my bleary-eyed half-asleep state said, "are you downstairs?". "No, I'm buzzing the apartment from China". So I went down and let him in...

He brought back lots of interesting stories, and plenty of goodies. The boys were spoiled with two new Nintendo games each, and a digital video camera that works underwater. I got an iPod nano, complete with accessories, all sorts of little bits and pieces (like a genuine silk cushion/quilt), and the coolest hand made clay tea pot and matching cups:



Here's a close-up of the tea pot, with its bamboo feature:



I got all sorts of different Chinese teas to go with, so I should be covered for the next few years...

Much to do today I have, so leave now I must. May the Force be with you.

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