Saturday, 27 March 2010
Thursday, 25 March 2010
I've been finalising my knitting projects to take to Toulouse with me. I can't believe that I leave on Sunday. I'm excited, and also a little nervous. It's going to be quite daunting having to teach in a French school, in French! I'm just hoping that the first week of intensive French tuition is going to work wonders! I'm taking my newly re-started Ripple scarf. It's working out pretty well being narrower, so I'm almost glad that I made the mistake I did! I've nearly finished the first repeat of colours.
Sunday, 21 March 2010
I finished my Half Century socks this week. They're a 50th birthday present for Mr JK's cousin Monika. She's always appreciative of hand-knitted socks. I used the Circle pattern, and am really pleased how the pattern and yarn worked together.
Sunday, 14 March 2010
I've been clearing out our little bedroom this weekend as I'm turning it into a craft room. I need to get some more plastic boxes with lids to organise my stash a little better, but it's starting to take shape. It's been fun going round the house, finding all the craft books from the numerous book shelves and putting them in one place. I didn't realise that I had quite so many!! Some were long lost friends that first inspired me to start knitting as a teenager - Kaffe Fassett, Susan Duckworth, Sasha Kagan, alongside new discoveries - the Yarn Harlot, Wendy Johnson, Debbie Abrahams. I'll show you how it looks when I have the official grand opening! Whilst sorting yarn, I came across a postal bag from Kemps. I ordered some Anchor Magicline at the start of the year, and then forgot all about it! I bought it for about 50p ball, and am hoping to crochet a couple of bags with it. I think it'll make a nice bag for the summer. One for me and maybe one as a present.
My 'half century' socks are progressing, and I will definitely have a finished pair to show you next time! I'm going to try and get a couple of other projects moving once they're done, and try to avoid the temptation of starting anything new. We shall see!!! In the meantime, with nothing else woolly to show you, I shall love you and leave you with this photo, taken in the garden today. I ooh-ed and aah-ed (a lot) and stroked and fondled! Spring is on its way!! Have a good week.
Sunday, 7 March 2010
Whilst in the garden, I spotted these tulips just peeping up through the soil. They were planted so long ago, I can't remember what colour they are! Oh well, it'll be a nice surprise. The garden is looking a bit of a mess at the moment. We need a couple more nice weekends to get out there and sort it. Mr JK has got his spuds chitting, and is sowing sweet peas this afternoon. We had loads last year, and always had a jug of them on the kitchen table. They're one of my favourite flowers.
I did a bit of spinning this week with my friend Sally. I managed a bobbin's worth, so need to get another one spun so that I can ply them together. Once I get back from France, I'm hoping that I might have a little more time. I think it's definitely a case of 'little and often' with spinning, to really see improvements.
As you can see, I'm getting lots of underspun bits, as well as overspun and ok-ish bits! It is good fun though, and I shall carry on trying to improve. My aim is to be able to spin yarn that is actually worth knitting into something! I've been pretty sensible about stashing fibre so far, and haven't bought anything special. I am doing a fibre swap with my knitting friend Cathy, in Canada, as she has just started spinning too. It's been fun searching out something that I think she will like. Once we've swapped parcels, I'll show you what I chose! In the meantime, I'm sticking to good old fleece! Have a good week.