Saturday, January 05, 2008

A happily creative 2008 to all!

I hope you have all had a creative start to this new year.

The orchid shown above was given to me as a Christmas present by one of my pupils. A truly delightful, and much appreciated thought. I love flowers.

This holiday from school has been a very creative one for me. I've been very busy with the Band-Robin. The stitching is now getting close to completion. I started the Ice Queen cowl, but have now ripped that back since I really wasn't happy with the way I had knit the pattern. It really wasn't quite right. So I shall start that again once I have got the stitching completed for the Band-Robin. (Photos for this will have to wait until after the sampler has found its way on to the next participant.)
I have also ripped back the Naive socks which I had also started knitting. The wool I was using, although wonderful to knit with, was really too dark to show off the subtle cabling of the design. The yarn will be great for a plainer pair of socks.

The other day I bought myself three huge balls of aran weight yarn (400g x 3!). Its not such an expensive purchase since the yarn is a mix of acrylic and wool. I needed some bright colours to lift my mood. The red is destined for a cardigan and the blue for a warm cowl to go with my blue jacket on windy days. Yes, I do have a scarf. But this is such a nuisance when it is windy, since I really can't keep it warmly and comfortably round my neck.
Amongst all this activity, I completed Hazel. Yes, it is too cold here in the Northern Hemisphere, to wear it just now. I really enjoyed making it though. The cables are such fun to do. I have plans for a cardigan/jacket to go with it.

I also decided this week, to sort out my fabric stash. I'd had to live with such a lot of it blocking access to a cupboard for rather too many months. The cupboard housed my collection of books and a number of other textile bits and pieces. So I spent a useful day sorting it all out. The books now reside in a bookcase in my workroom, just where I can use them. Wonderful! The pile of fabric has also gone, it is now sitting inside a large box in my cupboard and the fancier fabrics also sorted into the relevant drawers and shelves in my workroom. All my stash of fleecy fabric is together at last, sitting on the shelf under my sewing table. I have plans for a couple of new jackets.............
Amongst it all I found this
An unfinished aran jumper that I had completely forgotten all about. I must have left it partly because I was using metal needles at the time. I find I can no longer use these - they make my wrist and fingers ache far too much. Nowadays I use the reinforced plastic needles or bamboo. So much nicer. Now, I am not certain whether to rip this back and use the yarn for something else, or to finish it. I shall wait for a few days. I don't wear jumpers very often, so I could turn the design into a cardigan...................... but a jumper is so cosy when going out on a walk...........
Have fun!


Barbara said...

so much think you have much work in 2008 and so on...

Barbara Cheeseman said...

Mandy, I'm so pleased to be in touch with you again! Won't bore you with a detailed saga, but our contacts and favourite blogs lists got lost during upgrading to XP, then we moved, then got a new pc, and I couldn't find Crazy Daisy anywhere since despite googling!
What great knitting you've done, nice colours and some very interesting yarns. You must be very quick. Best wishes for a good new year!

Margaret said...

Happy New Year Mandy,
I think it is such a coincidence that as you've been posting more about knitting, I've been doing more knitting as well. There is something about the cold weather hitting that makes me want to knit. I've been pouring through Barbara Walker knitting books to find the perfect lace pattern for the silk I got for myself. In the meantime, I've just been doing scarves, but I'm just about ready to start on another cable sweater for my husband. The first one had many problems, not the least of which was size, but the patterns for the cables were great. Have you seen Knitting on Impulse yet?
It makes me want to knit even more!

Mandy said...

Thanks so much for your comments. I really enjoy reading all your Blogs too. Thanks also Margaret for the link to Knitting on Impulse. What a fascinating Blog. I have added it to my favourites.

Toni said...

Have you tried rosewood needles? They are even better than bamboo--just a joy to the touch!

I splurged on some ebony needles & didn't like them nearly as well.

Mandy said...

Thanks for the advice, Toni. I have not seen any rosewood needles. I shall look out for some.