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Since about last Sunday I’ve been feeling increasingly dizzy. Last week it all came to a head, so to speak. I had to walk across town to a meeting and I crossed a bridge over the river. It felt like the whole bridge was moving under my feet. I must have looked drunk, I was clinging to the rails for dear life! Driving home that day was frankly dangerous. Every time I turned a corner the whole world swung round.

I decided a visit to the Dr. was in order. I thought I was having a reaction to my increased anxiety meds. Nope. Turns out I have vertigo, most likely caused by an inner ear infection. I have no ear pain though, but my god, the feeling is so unnerving. I can hardly walk. I’ve been off work since, but I’m still very bad, so I think I’ll have to go back tomorrow to get another cert for next week.

In happier news, this has meant that knitting productivity has increased somewhat, as I’m under orders to stay indoors & am effectively stuck in a chair.

First up, we have hubby’s belated Christmas present that became his birthday present. It was his sort of birthday yesterday (leap year baby) and I got these done at about half 11 yesterday morning! Phew, talk about cutting it close!

Pattern: Decorative Ribbing Socks by Charlene Schurch from More Sensational Knitted Socks

Needles: 2.5mm dpns

Yarn: Cascade Sateen, about 1.2 skeins.

These socks were boring as all hell to knit, which probably explains why they took so long. Effectively k1p1 rib that goes on for EVER in mens sock sizes. Still, hubby loves them so that’s the main thing.

So that’s another pair of socks to add to my Sensational Sock Project and an item to cross off my earlier list.

I then turned my attention to Alice’s birthday present. My little baby will be 13 this month. Jesus. A teenager! Help us all.

I had already decided to crochet her an owl, and here it is! Just finished this morning:

Pattern: Bright Owls from Woman’s Weekly Knitting and Crochet Special, March 2014

Yarn: Various scraps of acrylic DK

Hook: 3.5mm

Now I know I’m not the best at crochet, but I’m really pleased with it and I hope she likes it too. I think it’s really cute. Item No. 2 crossed off the list!

Next is the vest for my Dad’s birthday on March 10. This one will be a very close call, if I make it at all. Here’s my progress so far:


Yeah, not a whole heap going on there. This is the back, which is knit plain, thank goodness, as it should increase the speed. I wish I’d converted this to be knit in the round, but time is against me. The pattern I’m using is from another edition of Woman’s Weekly (I swear I don’t buy this magazine all the time, these have accumulated from buying them to read to Mam in hospital). It was originally published in the Bergere De France magazine Tricot Irlandais. It’s called Debardeur which for some reason in my head becomes Gerard Depardieu, so that’s what I’m going to call this one. I’m using some chocolate brown acrylic as that’s what my Dad chose. Who am I to argue, although I’ll have had my fill of acrylic by the time this is done. That’s 3 projects in a row out of the stuff! Ouch!

 

In other news, Mam was moved to a nursing home last Friday. While I’m happy that she is in a place that’s better able to look after her, I’m still sad that it’s come to this. Poor Mam. Even worse, as I’m confined to the house I haven’t seen her for ages now and I’d love to get her settled in properly. Hopefully in the next few days I’ll be able to go.

So, I’m not hanging around here chatting, I’ve got a vest to knit!

Good knitting!

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At last! The socks of doom  Bluebell Rib socks are finished! According to Ravelry I cast on these socks on  April 4. Sheesh. I hang my head in shame. Call myself a sock knitter??? In any event, I think they turned out well and are nice and comfy:

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Pattern: Bluebell Rib Socks by Charlene Schurch from Sensational Knitted Socks.

Yarn: Cascade Heritage Silk

Needles: 2.5mm dpn

This is my leftovers. How I could have looked at the ball previously and thought I had made two I have no idea. I did enjoy making them though, the 6 round repeat was nice and easy to remember.

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Remember I said I was 40 last Saturday? Well. Let me tell you I was thoroughly spoiled. Look at the lovely card my hubby made for me. Sheep!

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And then I opened my present. Ooh. A limited edition Princess Grace Mont Blanc fountain pen.

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Ooh. It’s just the most loveliest fantastic gorgeous pen ever. And I got a ton of inks in purple, oyster grey and blue. I ADORE it. I shall write with it everywhere.

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But that wasn’t all. Oh no. I was packed off to the Four Seasons Hotel and Spa (a super posh hotel) for an afternoon of Jacuzzi, facial and hairdo. Sigh. It was wonderful. I had my lunch served to me poolside on a silver tray with a chocolate mousse cake made for me by the chef with Happy Birthday in white chocolate. The facial was just divine and I felt like a movie star after my hairdo.

Then it was off to the cocktail bar for a mojito (or two) before a super posh dinner. Afterwards I was so tired I could only manage one more mojito before I declared the best birthday in the world ever to be done and we headed home. I loved every second of my day thanks to my darling hubby. He really pulled out all the stops. If this is what being 40 is all about, bring it on!!

 

Good knitting!

Alice got her report card from school the other day. Her last ever report card from primary school (sob). It made me think of what would my report card say about my blogging? An F is a fairly generous score, I think. I’ve been abysmally bad this year, dear reader, and I do apologise for it.

I have a fair bit of stuff to get through this post though, so maybe the absence will be made up for (a little bit) with proof that I have still been doing something.

First up, an FO!:

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Pattern: PeaPod Baby Jacket by Kate Gilbert

Yarn: Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece, Tea Rose. I’m unsure of the number of skeins as I was using leftovers. Probably about 2 1/2. I made the 12 month size.

Needles: 3.75mm

This pattern is so annoying. The finished result is fantastic, I really like it, but the pattern is confusing and unnecessarily difficult. If I were to do it again, I’d rewrite it so much that I could probably release it as a pattern in its own right. Far too much seaming for me.

The Bluebell Rib sock of doom continues. I’ve turned the heel:

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It’s going fine, but it’s feeling like a never ending project. I really have lost my mojo at the moment.

BUT. this arrived and I thought all my mojo had come back like a tidal wave:

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It’s the Circular Stranded BSJ!!! The minute I heard about this I *had* to order it. Which I did, back in April. Alas, it never arrived. But the lovely people in Schoolhouse Press (especially Tami) were super helpful. They were really lovely and sent me out a second copy. I can’t rate them highly enough.

So, I cast on with some leftover Jamieson & Smith Jumper weight I had in my stash. Holy cow, the pattern is confusing. I enlarged the charts & printed them out, but I just got tied up in knots. I think this is a pattern that requires full attention, so I’m going to attempt it again next week when I’m off work.

 

Yes! I’m off work next week! WOO! Lie ins! Uninterrupted knitting time! WOO!

 

I’ve been feeling my age a bit recently too. I’m 40 on Saturday and I’m feeling very down about it. Sad, I know, but I can’t help it. So, I decided today to buy myself a treat to cheer me up. Off to This Is Knit I went today and this is what I got:

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Knit Real Shetland. Knitting. Shetland. Colourwork. What’s not to love?

The A-B-C-SJ:

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While I was there I had to get this. I know I have made a ton of them before and I already have the pattern in EZ’s books, but this gives line by line instructions and includes mods like a collar and hood. I had to get it.

Jamieson & Smith Cobweb yarn:

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Cobweb! I must be having a mid life crisis. I also got some beads to go with it:

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God knows what I’ll make with the yarn & beads, but sure it’ll be fun trying.

 

In other, fantastic news, Dad got the all clear today from the hosp. the cancer is not back. PHEW! He will, however, need another hernia surgery, but that’s a small bridge to cross. Thank heavens!

 

So, raise a glass to me this Saturday if you can, and here’s to hoping that there’ll be another 40 years and that they’ll be s action packed at the previous 40!

 

Ooh! I almost forgot. I got the Early Fall edition of Vogue Knitting the other day. I feel a review coming on!

Sometimes knitting surprises me. In a good way, of course. When I started knitting the Double Spiral socks I thought these were going to be challenging. Not so. These were super easy socks. Not something I’ll be telling anyone else except you, of course! When asked were they hard I shall sigh dramatically and say “sometimes you have to put in a lot of effort to get good results” or something to that effect so that everyone will think my knitting skillz are off the charts.

But between you and me, these were ridiculously easy. Honest. You knit two rounds at a time with one colour and slip the required stitches of the other colour. Switch to the other colour and repeat. Another good thing is that it’s a great way of using up odds of yarn. Y’know, when you have one skein of something left that’s not enough to make anything on it’s own. This is perfect for those skeins. These socks used 1 skein of the main cocoa brown and about 3/4 of the pumpkin colour. Not bad I think!

Pattern: Double Spiral Socks from Sensational Knitted Socks

Yarn: Knit Picks Gloss in Cocoa and Pumpkin, 1 skein of cocoa and about 3/4 of a skein of pumpkin.

Needles: 2.5mm dpns

I *love* them. Mosaic knitting is definitely something I’ll be doing again!

Last blog post I got lots of votes for the socks above, and also for the teal yarn. So, I cast on for a pair of Bluebell Rib socks as soon as I’d finished the mosaic ones. Why not, when I’m on a sock roll! This yarn is just scrummy. The silk blend makes it so soft, and the colour so vibrant. Every so often you see a bit of sparkle from the silk too. I absolutely adore this yarn. Good job I have several other skeins in my woolrobe!

They’re flying along, as you can see. I’m on the gusset decreases of the first sock already. I love speedy knitting.

In other news,  I might have fallen off the stashdown wagon a little bit. I blame fatigue. I was tired and cranky and it was Friday. The little devil on my left shoulder drowned out the angel on my right shoulder and made me go to the Wollmeise site. Made me. 5 minutes later and my wallet €45 lighter, and I’ve ordered some yarn. I don’t even know what yarn it is, it’s a mystery grab bag of various complementary colours. Sheesh. That’s the sign of a true addict!

My two weeks off work have positively flown by in a haze of doing things for other people. Parents (honestly it’s something different EVERY freaking day) and Alice. Alice was good fun though. We went shopping – OMG she has become such a teenager trying infinite amounts of clothes on in infinite amounts of shops. We got our hair cut and she got her ears pierced. Total girly girl. Aww. She had fun, so that’s the main thing. I think I’m trying to make up for the fact that I won’t have my 7 weeks off this summer. She’s really putting the guilts on me over that. I guess I can’t blame her, I’d have done the same at her age. Anyway, Mammy daughter bonding was in full force.

Oh! One last thing – operation transformation has commenced here. We bought a treadmill last night. If it didn’t kill us to assemble then I reckon we’re safe to exercise. Those things are HEAVY y’all. Pushing it up the stairs and then trying to screw Part A into Receptacle Y with Screw X was no fun, let me tell you. BUT. It’s an amazeballs treadmill, you can connect it to Google maps and set your walking route anywhere in the world! It knows the terrain and sets the inclines etc. accordingly. Woot! I know where my first walk is going to be – all around the house in Florida. Now THAT’S motivation to lose weight!

 

Good knitting!

I’m on fire. Oh yes. My Sensational Sock Project is gathering pace. I started these socks on March 13, and have just grafted the toe closed. That’s 8 days, right? Booyah! I make this 8 pairs out of the 72 patterns in the books.
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Pattern: Openwork Rib socks from Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch

Yarn: Patons Kroy sock yarn, 2 skeins. I got nervous, I had only a scrap left from each ball when I finished!

Needles: 2.5mm dpns

I loved this pattern. Really easy and looks great. Because of the ribbing, they’re super snug. I think I’ll give these to my Dad to keep his feet warm.

Now, what to knit next? I have two choices that I want you, dear reader, to vote on.

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mmm. Cascade Heritage Silk (so squishy) in a delicious shade of teal. Pattern choices: Oblique Openwork, Ribbed Lace, Oriel or Bluebell Rib
Or option 2:
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Sonething a bit more adventurous. Knitpicks Gloss in pumpkin and cocoa for a splash of colourwork. I’m thinking Double Spiral, Maze, Pahraoh’s Check or Caesar’s Check.

Vote now!

Good knitting!

Yipee! It’s a long weekend here as it’s St. Patricks Day on Sunday. So far the plan is to do lots of precisely nothing. I think I can manage that.

It’s been crazy busy in work for the last 5 weeks, I’m just exhausted. I’ve been averaging 60 hours weeks and I’m frazzled. In FANTASTIC news though, I got promoted! WOOT! It’s only temporary until at least October, but I’m just over the moon. This was my 8th attempt at promotion to this level, so I’m just relieved I finally got it! Sadly, it’ll mean no term time this year, so I’ll be working through the summer. Apart from my holidays of course. August 1-21 I shall be generally melting in the Floridian sun and humidity. Can’t wait!

So, down to knitting news. I have a couple of FOs to show and a couple of Wips too. First up, I knocked up a Wingspan:
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Pattern: Wingspan by Tri’Coterie Designs

Yarn: Lang Jawoll Magic, 1 skein in yummy autumn brown/gold shades

Needles: 3.5mm

This pattern was a bitch to knit. It’s mindless knitting to be sure, but I just had a dose of the brainfarts when I was making it. I continually forgot to cast on the additional stitches when I began a new triangle, which I often only discovered when I’d knit the whole triangle. Much ripping and swearing went on.

These socks were a long time coming:

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Pattern: Elongated Corded Rib by Charlene Schurch from Sensational Knitted Socks

Yarn: Lang Jawoll Sock, 1 and a quarter-or-so skeins

Needles: 2.5mm dpns

These socks took m 3 months. THREE MONTHS. I just kept putting them down and starting other things, such as the Wingspan above. I think I lost my sock mojo for a bit after Christmas. I’m slowly but surely trying to knit every sock pattern in the fantabuloso Sensational Knitted Socks and it’s wunder sister, More Sensational Knitted Socks. I just adore these books, and there’s a humungous number of patterns in them. I have a little spreadsheet done up and I’m marking each one off as I go. I wonder how long it’ll take me to knit them all??

I’m sure I’ve mentioned that it’s Alice’s confirmation next month. In fact, I know I did as I posted her Seascape Wrap, right? Well, I thought, she can’t be the only one wearing a super exclusive Knit, Inc pattern on the day. Oh no, I’m going to knit myself something equally show stopping. I was gifted the pattern for Jared Flood’s gorgeous Rock Island shawl by the most lovely R, and I thought this is the perfect occasion for it. So I cast on. And stagnated:

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Not very impressive, I think you’ll agree. It’s only a couple of weeks away, and there’s no hope that I’ll get it done on time. Sigh. Bad Knitter!

I have cast on for another pair of socks for the Sensational Sock Project:

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These are Openwork Rib socks. FLYING along, flying I tells ya. Dead easy and nice looking too. Although, as you can see from the picture, they seem to be twisting on the needles. I wonder why?

In EZ news, look what arrived this week:

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Yep, Wool Gathering! Woot! And just look at the fair isle pillows! Sigh. I want to make them all, NOW. Especially the one in the top left. Mmm. A perfect stashdown project too, I think. I have tons of scraps that could be used. Sigh. Just gorgeous. Meg the marvel strikes again.

 

Good knitting!


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