Sorry for not blogging for ages and ages but I've been so tired lately. I've gone to bed much earlier than usual and haven't had any time left for blogging. I'll try to do better!
This last week I have been commuting by train, about an hour and half every day, so I've been knitting up a storm! I finally finished my Sockret Pal socks. On Monday they where just the cuff and two eight-row repeats on the leg of the second sock. On Thursday they where done! I'm very happy with them, and I do hope they will fit my pal and that she'll like them. I will show them when she has got them and I have revealed myself to her.
After that I started a pair of Baudelaire for me, in Fleece Artist. Yum! They are very quick compared to the Sockret socks, as they had 80 stitches to the round and these have only 60. So I'm already past the heel of the first sock. Of course the patterns would be more visible in a solid yarn, but it's nice this way too I think. And I just love the yarn!
Sorry about the crappy picture, I have a new camera and I apparently haven't learned how to use it yet.
I've also made a pair of little Tiger socks. They where intended for the baby of a friend, but when I tried them on a baby of another friend I realized that they are too small for him so I've started a larger pair. The first one is done. Almost anyway, the grafting of the toe went bad so I have to fix that. Of course the yarn is black just there so it's hard to see... Here are the small socks:
Yarn: Opal Rainforest Tiger, 36 stitches on 2.25 mm needles. Top down with short-row heel.
Here's some pictures of the great stuff my own Sockret Pal sent me:
A pattern booklet from her guild, a handmade journal, sock yarn and a mysterious box. The box contained this:
More sock yarn and a 12" Addi! She dyed the green-white-pink yarn herself, it'll be fun to see how it knits up!
Mom and I are going on a quilting class next month. I've been in quite a slump with quilting lately so classes are a great way of actually getting something done. The upcoming class is a sort of stack and whack that makes a kind of stars. You need a fabric with a really large repeat. Six repeats are put on top of each other and then you cut triangles. The identical triangles are sewn into hexagons. Then you fill in the blanks with contrasting triangles. The effect is great and one of the fun parts is that you just can't know how your hexagons will turn out :-) I have two fabrics to choose from. One has black background with blue dragons and orange flames, the other one also has black background with butterflies, flowers and leaves all over. Decisions, decisions.
I recently found out that there's going to be a textile fair (quilting and knitting and more) in a town an hour away from here in a couple of months. Fun, because my town is hopeless when it comes to both quilt and yarn stores. So I usually shop the internet, but once in a while it's nice to actually see and feel the stuff before you buy it. And of course it's much easier to match colours and such. So I'm looking forward to that.
I'm also looking forward to the post! I got some book money for Christmas so I ordered three books from Amazon. Good prices but bad shipping time :-/ I also made a test order of lace weight from Sarah's Yarns, I'm very excited about that, Jaggerspun Zephyr. I'm thinking of making the Mountain Peaks shawl and the Casino shawl. I miss having a large lace project on the needles.
I also ordered some Cascade 220 for this cardigan and matching felted slippers. It was ages ago that I made a grown up sized sweater of any sort, so that'll be fun too. I've had the slipper pattern for some time but haven't tried it yet. I simply haven't found any suitable yarn (see above rant about the lack of yarn shops here...) So I'm watching the mailbox...
Now I'm off to watch the Mythbusters Pirate special :-)