I don't know where the time goes these days! There I was thinking that with the children down I would be able to get so much more done.
Well the gym has come to a grinding halt, Hubby has contraced some nasty bug, that makes his balance a bit dodgy and has completely wiped him out. He has done nothing but sleep for the past week and doesn't seem much better even now :-(
However all this tending to the sick time has allowed me to get some knitting done :-)
For the last 10 days or so I have beem working monogamously on my Pi shawl design for The Unique Sheep. Once I got to the outer section I had nearly 800st so each round took an age!
This morning I finished the crochet bind off and plonked it in a warm bath ready for blocking.
It took me an hour and a half to pin it out- 266 points! It measures 60" across and I AM IN LOVE!
I know it is my own design, but I keep looking at it blocking on my lounge floor and marveling that "I made that" - not only that , but I saw the lace patterns in my head, put them together and IT WORKS! ( Well I think it does)
The yarn is fabulous, Kelly at the Unique Sheep has this fantastic dyeing technique she calles gradience and the colours slowly graduate from one part of the spectrum to another.
Thsi one goes from a turquoise/teal, through to blues through to lilacs - it suites the design perfectly.
I can't show it to you yet because it needs to be test knitted before we can release the pattern :-( Sorry!
My eepc has arrived and I love it - I have nicknamed it "the baby" because it is just that - my baby laptop :-)
It has a full version of XP on it, comes with open office AND Microsoft works. I have stripped out a few programs I won't use, plus I think I am going to get rid of both of the Word Processing packages and install my copy of Office 2007 ( which actually takes up less room). I have also put in an 8GB SD card with all my documents and a large selection of music on it and installed itunes so I can listen while I work :-)
I do have some knitting I can show you
I finished the Apres Windsurf Hoodie
Just a couple of modifications
I had intended to make turned edges on the cuffs, bottom and hood edge, but I like the way the turned edge curls ( the purl ridge stops it from curling too far) so I have left it as it is.
Knitted in Rowan (RYC) Cashsoft 4 ply an oatmeal/beige sort of colour on 3.25mm hiya circular needles and an Aero 2.75mm circular for the hood.
It is really comfortable, fits well and is machine washable - whats not to like!
Next up on the needles, A plain coloured version of Tempest in a soft raspberry pink and aubergine, A cowl ( Abby from Knitty) in some German handpainted sock yarn called Goldener Oktober, and I think I might actually get to cast on for my Mystery Stole 4 - only a little late :-)
Onthe design front, I'm working on a lace trimmed cardigan submission to Interweave, A lace Cowl for Kelly and Laura, and a pair of socks for the Games Sock KAL on Ravelry
Oh and of course there was the Black Widow Socks that were released to the Ravlery Scary Sock KAL on Haloween
Intarsia in the round with appliqued knitted spiders - shudder! Available on Ravelry as a free download
Phew! I think that's it!
See you next week sometime when I can finally reveal my new design for Knotions :-)