Sunday, August 19, 2012

Eight

G'day all!

Today/tomorrow is my eighth blogiversary!  (My first post was technically on the 20th of August, 2004 but that is the 19th in the USA so I am calling today the blogiversary.  And this opus has taken so long to write and get photos edited for that it is nearly the 20th here anyway!)

Yep, eight years ago I decided to start writing a blog.  I had been reading the Yarn Harlot's blog for a few months and thought yeah, I will do this too.  I have to say I don't have the readership that Steph does but that isn't too bad because she has copped buckets (of abuse) over the years.  I don't have the book contracts either and I would respectfully suggest I am not the writer she is.

So how should I celebrate my blogiversary?

I went to the market and bought flowers, along with vegetables (including some of the biggest carrots I've ever seen), eggs, milk (for DH) and meat.

I knitted more of the baby layette for Nathan's cousin, who must be about to pop any moment.

I went for a brisk walk up and down the hills near by.  OK, it was only a 35 minute walk but it was brisk and I did a bit of running too.  I also met a lovely girl cat who came running up to me and flung herself at me (she has an oddly bobbed tail.  I'm not sure if she was born like it or acquired it - it had a lump at the end and was not tender).

I discovered there are some allotments only a couple of blocks away from me.  Now I want an allotment, and I'm wishing I had explored that little park months ago when I first saw it.

I wove in the ends of a new pair of socks.

I felt grumpy because nearly three weeks after stuff for a swap was meant to be in the mail, some people have not even started making the stuff for the swap yet!  OK, they've had family dramas or something else's gone craptastic, but dudes, why didn't you start it somewhat earlier?  I know I am one to pick but if I make a commitment with a firm due date, I pull one out of somewhere and get it done - not for me but for the other sixty-odd people awaiting their part of the swap!  (Now of course I'll completely screw something up and have egg on my face....)

DH did a photo shoot of various of my new or recent FOs.  I've been racking them up recently.  I had a whole bunch of things I was knitting in Sydney and Melbourne that I never finished because why bother?  It was cold in Seattle but recently it's been fryingly hot.  I never knew how hot 30C was before - in Melbourne it is lovely but here it was Too Hot.  I also knitted a cute little top about a month ago, and it has never had its photo shoot either.

Really, though, this started as a knitting blog and I've never stopped knitting, not through chemo or other craptastic times, and I do have a heap of previously unsighted finished objects so with no further ado, I give you a feast of FOs!

Socks - brights are made out of Crystal Palace Panda Soy, wishy-washy mermaid camo colours are of Crystal Palace Maizy.  Patterns?  My adaptation of Cat Bordhi's toe up sock adventures - basically the same socks that I've been knitting for the last two or three  (hmm, make that four) years now.  How time flies!  It is 4.5 years since we moved to California, and that is when I was experimenting with various of Cat's interesting heel variants.  Photos care of my craptastic phone camera's efforts - I have had to post process them cos apparently the light was not good enough outside.

Side detail, Panda Soy sock.

The tops really do match.  Mostly.  Except maybe the pattern part.

Maizy mermaid sock detail.

These ones match almost exactly.  Honest.  My feet are different sizes.
Do you like how my Morton's toe on the right side shows so well in socks?  The left side one is nowhere near as obvious, mostly because my left big toe has a normal length phalange - my right big toe is pretty stumpy.

Now on to the really arty farty shots.  DH decided he had to do them on the 50mm lens with a wide aperture to blur out the background.  Alas, in most of the shots, the camera blurred out me and the garment as well.  One top photographed particularly badly - the camera focussed on my sleeve to the exclusion of all else.  Stupid camera.

Broken rib tank

Back - I call this my Cleopatra top
Broken Rib Tank, by Kristen TenDyke.  You've seen this before but my phone shots were somewhat terrible.  I made this top somewhat more formfitting than the designer did, and I've gotten compliments from lots of people.  Ask me what the yarn is.  Ahem, I didn't put this project on Ravelry at all, which means I have to use my google-fu to work out what the yarns are.  Umm, something like Grass (the light mottled blue, colour 9072, made by Plymouth, a cotton/hemp blend - hooray for Ravelry!) and the navy is an organic wool/cotton blend (Chesapeake by Classic Elite), both bought at Green Planet Yarn in California in September 2011.


Drops cardigan - me smiling sweetly but not for long

More of the Drops cardigan

Blurry back of Drops cardie
Drops Cardigan 119-25  knitted in Moda vera Sombre, organic cotton, blue 06.  This cardigan was an epic adventure.  The cable is knitted separately, then you pick up stitches and knit down from it.  Then you have to put matching button bands on the cable bit - they are knitted into the front but since the cable is sideways, it is lacking button bands.  It took me nearly 18 months to do those last bits of button bands.  I bit the bullet at last and it took an hour (including cussing time when I did it wrong twice in a row and then ran out of yarn on the third go....).  Rav link.


Rockefeller

Well most of Rockefeller
Before Rockefeller (rav link), the 2012 mystery shawl knitalong from Stephen West, I had never made one of his shawls before.  I decided to give it a spin.  I found out one thing - don't make one of his designs in recycled cotton - he has a liking for cutting yarn and weaving in ends, and I just doubled the pain by doubling the number of ends to weave in....  The construction was interesting and I really like the neck - I am thinking of adapting that for a cardigan.  However, I am not sure about the rest of it.  I did not actually finish it as instructed - it is supposed to have garter stitch vertical striped rows knitted on to the front of the edges.  At that point, I screamed ENOUGH!  It is busy ENOUGH! Mine is also knitted at about twice the gauge and size expected.


My Fair Cardie

Back of My Fair Cardie
 I started My Fair Cardie in Sydney of Plymouth Yarn "Vita" I bought at Green Planet in Campbell California almost a year ago.  It feels good to have used some yarn in something I will actually wear.  The contrast is a little of Paton's Patonyle in navy.  I'm not totally sure of the sparkly buttons but I love the penguin button at the top :-)

Picot detail - note I used a contrast colour yarn!

Vesper, almost focussed

Vesper neck detail
I knitted Vesper (rav link) in a gauge that means it should not be able to fit me.  OK, the designer meant it to be a loose fitting top and mine is clearly not.  I made it out of Hempathy, the recommended yarn.  A miracle!  The contrast is a leafy green.  I also used the mod by ?Koko? where you do a provisional cast on at the neck then at the end undo the cast on, put the stitches onto the needles and then knit the pleats in, then do the contrast edge.  Plus I made the pocket the contrast colour rather than the body colour.  And it is buttonless, so far...

Well that's yer bloomin' lot - if that little festival of FOs has not slaked your thirst what will?  Also, is there a unifying thing through all of the tops?  Something a little samey about them?

anon!


8 comments:

  1. Happy Blogiversary! Wozers look at all those knits! Love the drops cardi and my fair cardie and vesper! Blue is most definitely your colour!

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  2. Happy Blogiversary! 8 years, wow! I love all your fo's! My favorite are the panda soy socks and the drops cardigan; lovely!!

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  3. Happy Blogiversary. It's been great sharing the adventure with you.

    ... and if your WIPs have been making you feel a little blue lately, I think I know why! ;-)

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  4. happy Bloggiversary!! You are a very dedicated blogger. I love all your newly modelled things. I love the Fair cardi and the cute contrasts you made on it and Vesper. You are right, the shawl is a little busy but the neck part is very cute. Thanks for the years of posts, I love reading your blog.
    MrsDrWho has a cat with a bobbed tail who born that way. She waggles it when she's happy!!

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  5. 8 years!!! Wow!! Happy Blogiversary!! You are such a knitter extraodinaire, all of your tops are wonderful. I particularly love the shawl, it looks super tricky. I hope you get an allotment, then you could grow super size carrots, and purple slugs.

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  6. Congrats on the 8 years, here's a toast to the next 8: May they be full of life, health, knitting and good fun :-)

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