Thursday, May 10, 2007

Busy old week ...

It's been a busy week, what with Scottish election going on. It was busy for me as I work in an official publications library, so there was displays to put up and continuous updating required as the results trickled in. I was really pleased to see crowds of interested students around the displays reading the latest news on spoiled ballots, results etc. It made it all worthwhile.

On the other hand some of the students have been getting up to high jinks relieving exam stresses in the library - I came in this morning to find books wrapped in pairs of boys underpants [!] stuffed into the roof of the lift ...



And the Uni has put on a Pedometer Challenge - all staff signing up get a pedometer and those that show the most improvement could win a prize - it's all very compulsive, this step counting. There's all kinds of fancy technologies attached to this gizmo - for example, I've burned 1933 calories walking and walked 2.46 km - the life of a library assistant is quite active it would seem. The challenge begins next week.


Onto knitty content - does anyone know how many calories knitting burns *thinking of Excel spreadsheets and how much chocolate I could have if I exercise-knit*

Icarus is coming on well -although it's kinda 'saggy'-looking when photographed. The safety pin is where I have an extra yarn-over and absolutely no inclination to drop down and try to fix this. A darning needle and some yarn at the end will sort this out.

I read this blog and her happy accident helped me to see how 2 colours would work with Icarus. I have decided to do the same with mine- with this 'just burst into flames' scorching hot yellow colour.







Whaddya think? I may even add some amber-coloured Swarovski bicones to the ends as the designer Miriam demonstrates so clearly how to add them, and I think it might add a bit of weight [and sparkle] to Icarus.

6 comments:

Kathleen said...

I'm in love with the "tiger's eye" look of that colourway so if it were me, I'd do it all the way in that, but if you like a bold contrast...
Thanks to the link for the tutorial about adding beads to an edging. I've tried a variation on that theme using a fine crochet hook on my Leaf Lace shawl but that looks a great way too.

Midsummer night's knitter said...

http://esurientes.blogspot.com/2006/02/kit-kat-canteloupe.html

so, you going to check out all the weird Kit Kats available in Japan?
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Phaedra said...

I just finished blocking an Icarus on Friday-- for someone to give as a Mother's Day gift. I also used yarn from handpaintedyarn.com --purple/gold (it's looks alot like your pictures, LOL) I used 1 whole skein and less than 1/4 of the second. And though I used one "color", the binding off gave it a "flame-licked" look. I must make one for myself.

Amanda said...

Wow, that would be stunning. I love the colour of your Icarus, it is gorgeous!

Misstea said...

Adding a solid yellow will make the yellow in your main yarn "pop." I say, go for it!

And, thanks for your comments on my Icarus. I'm feeling rather alone with it. No one else I know knits lace, and I'm supposed to be the "experienced" knitter in my circle.

Midsummer night's knitter said...

Thanks for your thoughts, Elaine.
Outlook is a real pain for me - sometimes it sends, sometimes it doesn't. Trouble is, it seems to save the ones it hasn't sent and then sends them at some random later time - as result I can emails from very confused people...
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