Sunday, August 26, 2007

Latest Wips

*emerging blinking into the sunlight from Ravelry* yep I'm still here. It's taken a while and I'm only 3/4 through uploading my stash, 3/4 through uploading the WIPs, and barely 1/1000 through uploading the queue works.

I've been having fun with swaps, and chatting on the forums.

Anyways, back to knitting [and crocheting this week] - I've been motoring on with Pinwheel Sweater; I'm loving the colour choices. I had hoped to have this as part of comfy, cosy plane outfit but I'm pretty sure that's not going to happen now.

Luna Moth has stalled for the moment.

Miller's has given up on trying to sell yarn, and everything is bargain bin. Picked up six balls of Sirdar Click [it has some wool in it...] for 50p a ball - thought it would be perfect for a wrap for work as it is machine-washable. This is one of the stitches from Ripple Stitch Patterns called Delicate Lace.

I love crochet for the fast return - I started this on Friday evening, and have been working on both it and Pinwheel. I'm on ball 2 already!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007


I'm in!!!
And it is as good they say...
I'm going to be busy cataloguing my stash/needles and projects
See you soon!
Elaine x

Saturday, August 11, 2007


My invite to Ravelry

You signed up on June 13, 2007
You are #8643 on the list.
190 people are ahead of you in line.
15838 people are behind you in line.
34% of the list has been invited so far

So close!!

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

and the next WIP ...

... is Pinwheel Sweater. Which had made it as far as the sleeves before I realised that I had an extra yarn over about mid-way through the 2nd yellow. I put it down very gently in the yarn room and closed the door on it for a day or so until my emotions had moved past wanting to set fire to it.

There is really no way around an extra yarn over with this kind of pattern - an extra yarn over in Icarus was resolved by a darning needle and some matching yarn. With Pinwheel however, this makes the segments have unequal stitch numbers, and the cool funky twisty-turness of the segments means that any plan of dropping down to fix such errors are impossible.

I took back out of the room and glared at it for a couple of days over my Summertime Tunic [simply round and round stockinette] but the yarn over remained defiant and glared back.

And so, I took a darning needle and threaded contrasting yarn a row below to make an after-thought lifeline [since this worked so well with Icarus]. It was mighty hard around the yarn over bits. Then I frogged back. Quickly.

Now I'm at the start of colour 3 again.

There also would have been shots of Rogue [up to row 9 of the 1st chart] however I made a big mistake in the cables which a bit of patient tinking probably would have resolved. Coming so soon after the Great Pinwheel Yarn Over Fiasco however ... Well, Rogue didn't stand a chance. It was frogged and rewound into balls smartly, like removing a plaster - before the realisation of another frogging sank in.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

one wip of many ...

I've had so many wips, birthday pressies and knitty news of late that I didn't even know where to begin with blogging, and consequently there have been few posts lately.

After a period of avoidance I realised that I was being a bit silly ... knitting is supposed to be fun, not stressful. And I'm only 938 invites away from the supreme organisational powers of Ravelry that will help me to feel more in control of my obsession.

And so, one at a time I decided ... starting with the utterly stunning Handmaiden Sea Silk that I bought from K1 Yarns with birthday vouchers from my work colleagues. As you can see it has sat in my stash for a minimal amount of time [the time taken to free the needles from Icarus] before becoming a wip.

Handmaiden Sea Silk is a Canadian yarn made of 70% silk and 30% SeaCell [made from Seaweed that has magic properties for your skin]

It's colourway Moss, is the most sumptious knit and is becoming the Luna Moth Shawl [free pattern from]. I'll shut up now and let the pictures do the talking ...