Saturday, July 19, 2008
What to do in a power cut?
Knit with these. Let's not allow a little thing like darkness put pay to a bit of creativity. Now when darkness strikes because of a power cut I can carry on with my knitting or my crocheting. These little beauties were some of the other purchases from our trip to Spotlight, I also bought a crochet hook.
I don't do a lot of crocheting but I have started a ripple blanket in Neapolitan Ice cream colours, pink, vanilla and chocolate. I am not doing even rows, just two or three as the mood takes me, and I'm trying to opt for a random sequence of the three colours. I need to do a bit more before I share progress, but I only work on it for about an hour on Sunday evenings so it will be a while before it's finished. Youngest daughter has already claimed it for her bed. She's seven now and I've told her to realistically expect it in time for her tenth birthday. I am being cautious and giving myself a big time frame.
I was reserved and only bought one crochet hook (the pink one which is a G or a 4.5mm) even though I was very tempted by the purple one as well but we'd already blow the budget. I bought a pair of needles as well (again the pink ones) but I am not entirely sure about the barrel on the end. It looks quite awkward adn chunky. My thinking is that in a power cut they would at least allow me to continue with my knitting and here in Auckland they can be quite regular. Has anyone else used these? I haven't seen them before but we usually limit our trips to Spotlight to the holidays so perhaps we just missed them before.
Another FO. I love getting things off the needles so I can hastily cast on for the next project. Even though I queue my projects generally when it's time to cast on something else has grabbed my imagination and off I go with that. I am supposed to start another one of these Tees for the middle daughter but I saw a pattern for a knitted book cover and that's jumped in instead. It should only take an evening or so to do and then I'll knit the other Tee.
I am quite happy with this adn eldest daughter is chuffed, it's a bamboo and cotton blend from Spotlight (their own brand) and it has a lovely silky feel to it. The colour wasn't our first choice but at $2.99 a ball, we were happy enough to compromise. It was a bit of a pain to knit in that it like to split if I sped up and at one point the tension went iffy. I also had to frog the back first time round and knit it half a size bigger as eldest daughter decided to grow. I could ahve waited a month I reckon and knitted a whole size more.
I wonder whether it would be more prudent to knit the next Tee at the larger size, then when Eldest grows again *an absolute cert, she can give hers to middle and have the bigger version. Would that work? Or will it cause more agro than it's worth?
We had a great day, rollerblading in the morning and playing stitch-opoly in the afternoon. It's a great game,exactly like Monoploy but with a bit more interest if you like stitchy things. I am blessed to have three crafty girls who enjoyed every moment.
Have a great weekend, I'm off to lose myself for a few days in Ravelry.