Monday, October 31, 2005


Went to Waterstone's last night [had an hour to kill until Broken Flowers started at the GFT since I mis-judged the clocks going back...] and bought FRUiTS - Japanese teenagers fashions - it's so so cool!!

Bit disappointed to find I have a copy with duplicated pages so I'm going to have to exchange it - but still got lots of ideas from it ***** <-- 5 stars!

I'll have to get the next one "Fresh Fruits"

Absent me

So I missed last tuesday's Stitch n Bitch at Mono - thanks to girls troubles - humpf!
Called boy to rescue me so I could go home and moan - knitting rows between spasms :(

All plans to go to Sunday's Tramway were scuppered by my desperate need to finish my project for Craftster's Craft Challenge - I was sewing until 1am on saturday night and all day sunday too. It's nearly done - pictures will follow.

Have also finished the back of Bella - started the left front today while waiting for HSBC's automated phone system to put me through to a live human being [who cut me off....] don't get me started!

I couldn't take the camera today since the boy needed it to email everyone his Joker halloween outfit from his weekend party (I stayed in sewing - rock on!)

That's it for now...xx happy knitting everyone!

Needle case in progress close up

I'm having picture uploading problems again and this is all that would upload - this is the inside of the needle case - the outside is brown cord material that I got from a sofa shop's closing down sale - it was the samples. I got tonnes of cord in various colours for £4 - bargain!

Hobbycraft purchases

Sequin yarn from TAJ Yarns

Funky stitch holders that don't required tranferring of stitches (I always twist them!) again from TAJ Yarns. Also free tape measure from Janome with my purchase of sewing machine needles [I also got a yo-yo but gave it to the boy]

Giant buttons - phone for scale - these will look fantabulous on my iPod covers that I plan to sell I think!

Square sequins and sari thread

I had such a good time at the SECC Hobbycraft and Creative Stitches last weekend! My mum and granny were down from up North, and I must add giant thanks to the boy - who stayed through what must have been a personal hell for him as I cooed over sequins, yarn and giant buttons! xx

Noro Aurora

Here's my Noro Aurora hat - I love the sparkles - very festive!!
Shall I make you one too Fi?

Lightning Bolt iPod cover

It works again!
Lightning bolt iPod cover for the boy - bolt made of felt and bonda-webbed on.

It's an experiment to see if it stays without sewing...

Friday, October 28, 2005


It's not letting me post pictures - ah!
Have I reached my limit?
How do I find out?

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Thursday 20th Oct

So I've started knitting this in olive green Rowan Cotton Tape - about 25 cm of left front panel done - can't wait to do the sleeves!

Nothing much else - searching for Noro Silk Garden in purple shades to make a hat for a friend - but the only one I could find that seemed entirely purples is discontinued i think. John Lewis has a shade that is purples and greens.

It feels like a friday, but is a thursday - that's always bad.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005


Does anyone know the opening hours of the Hobbycrafts thing starting on thursday? I can't seem to find any info.

added: never mind - I phoned the SECC. 10am-5pm thurs-sun

Tuesday 18th Oct

Finally getting a chance to update my blog! Busy busy yesterday, followed by office night out meant I haven't been here until today.

Well on Saturday was Katherine's sneek preview opening. I loved LOVED her shop! Spent a bit, but saved especially for the occasion and definately wasn't disappointed with the selection! Bought some Noro Silk to make a hat [see below] - a joy to knit with.

And some Colinette, that I knitted up cos I just HAD to see what it looked like. Will rip it out and wait for project inspiration to hit me.

Artesano Alpaca

Artesano Alpaca bought from Kath's shop for a scarf - design undecided as yet.

Noro Hat

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Rowan Cotton Tape projects I want to do

Wednesday 12th Oct

Had a lovely time at last nights Stitch n Bitch at Mono - garlic bread and pint of cranberry juice was just what I needed after arriving with jeans wet to the knee for the downpour that Glasgow is currently under siege from!

Showed off my cosy shrug, which was lovely and warm and got much complimenting *blush*

I worked on an iPod cover for the boy [too tired to take photos... as below but black] - I just have to get some yellow felt for it. I'm going to cut it into a lightening bolt shape and sew it on zig-zag stylee using the sewing machine.

It's been so busy at work today with all the students needing help finding their feet with law that I'll probably fall asleep in the car on the way home. Such a transition from the summer when I get to sit on my ass pretty much all day!! I'm sure I'll find the strength to do a bit of knitting later though!

Almost hyperventilating cos I won 8 balls of Rowan Cotton Tape from eBay the day before yesterday (there are a few projects I'm thinking of, but the ones I really wanted to do needed about 10-12 balls.)

So today I saw some more being sold by someone else. I emailed her to check the dye-lot - and it's the same!! yay! So i can do the projects I want to do - if I 'win' - hooray!!

See above for the projects I'm wanting to do from It's a Tape thing (Rowan)

Monday, October 10, 2005


And I was feeling festive ... so I did some more spinning of my "Christmas" yarn, and knitted up what I have so far.

Humpf! All that spinning = about 5 inches (I knitted more after I took this picture!). I may need a wheel after all!

So I didn't get a chance to dye my yarn this weekend - cos I don't have enough Kool-Aid. So I'm going to work out tonight how much I need and order it off tomorrow.

I did think of the home page for my website though - without pictures it won't make sense, so i'll not try to explain it - but I'm pleased.

Och well - and off to try and finish the black fuzzi-felt scarf in a bid to make room in the stash box for the impending 8 balls of Rowan Cotton Tape that I just 'won' off eBay 10 minutes ago!


My weekend

So I finished my shrug - yay!
Will be wearing to tomorrow's SnB meet proudly - my first not-a-scarf item!!


and as a scarf!!

Friday, October 07, 2005

New Yarn Shop!!

So Kath's yarn shop "K1 Yarns" has it's grand opening on the 22nd October - yay!
See links for her site.

I'm so excited at the prospect of a new yarn shop in Glasgow.

Congratulations Kath!! My credit card and I will be visiting shortly :)

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Ma bag...

As promised - ma scary first bag - bit messed up on the handles cos I sewed one of the handles from front to bag, before realising that they should have been sewn on the same side of the bag from left to right [like an 'n'] - rookie mistake...

Made a pocket though...

The first of many bags n stuff to come :)

Magknits mittens

Oh God... I'm so excited!

Have been going through various substitute options for the Cascade 220 that mittens need, and have just realised that Jaegar Merino Matchmaker Aran will be perfect - and I have 4 balls ready for Kool-Aid dyeing and 1 ball already dyed = enough yarn to make the gloves!

I can dye them an exciting colours and they feel soo good! And the yarn is a dream to knit with!

And it's from my existing stash so I don't have to wait or anything - I can just dig it out and start!

I am practically shaking I'm so excited - my weekend is planned -
finishing my shrug
dyeing the merino and starting my new project - yay!


These knitted vegetables are a bit nonsensical, however I have noticed them going for a mint on eBay for some reason. And also knitted cakes were featured in October's Marie Claire... curiouser and curiouser...

Ooh no... I like this ...
and these mittens...

And I just bought It's a tape thing by Rowan and was about to splurge on Cotton Tape for about 8 projects in it...

Too many projects - work totally gets in the way!!

Nearly finished my shrug - about 14 cms left on the neck and I can bind off and try it - still not sure if it's gonna work, but...

Speaking of work... grr... better get on I suppose!

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Handspun yarns with sequins

Handspun yarns

Handspun yarns

Handspun yarns

Handspun yarns

Chainmail Scarf

Ok - So here's the olde worlde chainmail scarf that the boy has been nagging me for, for ages! Knitted last night [in 1 night!] with R2 rag in grey on size 15mm needles. Plain knit stich.

Wednesday 5th October

So I am still using this blog - Just too busy trying to finish my shrug. I fear it will be a disaster, cos I'm not quite sure I'm attached the pieces right, but will post pics anyway soon.

In the meantime ... thank you Anika is looking like a very good option for me. I'm looking into it, as I can upload my own designed pages [knowledge curtesy of evening class] rather than using templates. Watch this space for possible business start-up sooner than i thought!