Monday, 31 December 2007

Hot, hot, hot.

So much for finishing and wearing my Shawl Collared Coat by the end of winter as previously expected, I was stuck wearing old, big and not so stylish jackets last winter, but this year will be different! 'Why?' you say. Well, I have been furiously knitting the collar, which was the last part of the coat left to knit, I am half-way there... I have run out of yarn again... oops (Jo Sharp - Alpaca Kid Lustre) but am setting out shortly to get some more. (Shortly means a couple of days in mum-who-has-3-kids speak)

So moving right along, these are the Jaywalker socks with the picot edge that I started as a prospective Christmas now birthday present, I do love the colours and how vibrant they are but I thought there would be a little more yellow in the G-Rocks, I know they change slightly with each batch which makes them beautifully unique. These are being knit with a smaller sized needle and I hope they fit over my niece's heel...

Knitting in hot weather is not easy, especially when the evaporative air conditioner is tackling humid weather. It also acts like it is tackling humid weather when temps are high for more than a few days, it's 41 degrees now so the lack of yarn is probably a godsend but I am itching to knit something, I just might try to find that knitted horse that I started for my son (meant to be "just like Bullseye from Toy Story 2"). I had knit one for my middle child and the eldest thought the horse was great so this afternoon there may be a search for a half knitted horse.

The recent warm weather meant we have been out in the garden much more...

Friday, 21 December 2007

Holidays (for want of a better word)

The start of the Christmas school holidays has been a bit stressful, the fighting, arguing, battles about toys... Thank goodness there is extra sleep in the 'holidays'. My two eldest, Quinn and Eli went into overdrive in the first few days, I think it was some form of "holiday shell-shock" and a bit of "spending too much time together", they have calmed down a bit since and we are now looking forward to Christmas, four days to go!!!

I had planned on getting a couple of pairs of socks done for my nieces (previous post) but as that is not to be I've bought presents instead and the socks will be finished for birthdays in March.

This is what has been taking up my sock knitting time, Quinn wanted to give his Reception teacher a doll, so I made a doll that hopefully looks like her, I wanted to do something special as she is his first teacher and this was her first year with her own class. I love how it turned out.

I couldn't resist adding this pic. It is the Christmas tree in Victoria Square in the middle of Adelaide, South Australia. I was driving Quinn and his friend home after the end of year Chapel service and we decided to drive past and have a look at the tree with all the lights on (normally the kids go to bed while it is still light and miss out on the Christmas lights). I took this picture while we stopped at a red light (tree slightly in the way).

In the bottom left of the picture is the fountain in Victoria Square, no idea what it is called but it looked good lit up in red.

Saturday, 15 December 2007

So it has been a while since I've posted, it sort of got to the point where you want to post but it has been a while and there is so much to say and will anyone be interested it that but who's reading this anyway so it doesn't matter. No, I'm not paranoid...

Anyway here are a few of the things I have been working on in the last few months, I didn't continue the socks from my last post but launched straight into the knitty pattern I wanted to try. I love the way these socks turned out and I'm planning on giving them to my sister-in-law for christmas. My first knitted christmas pressie!!!

Once those were finished I started on a second pair for my neice, may not make it to christmas though...

but of course I got a bit of Vog On burn out, I don't usually knit the same thing twice, so I found the Jaywalker pattern and am starting those in G Rocks for my other neice. I love these colours, need to get a ball winder though, it took ages to wind this by hand...