Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Next another pair of socks that I am making for my Support Worker who has been an absolute treasure whilst we have been going through the adoption process for little Miss 4 years. Her belief in us as the right parents for this child and her empathy with our feelings of powerlessness has been one of the few good points of the last year and 10 months since we initially said we wanted to be considered as little one's 'forever family'. So, the least I can do is knit er some socks! The yarn is PY Lucia from the sock club, please don't ask me what colour :o) and the pattern is from the summer interweave knits and is my first go at a toe up sock. I prefer toe up as I have no anxiety about running out of yarn. Just weigh the ball and cast off when I've used half. Simple. This is another great yarn to work with from Dee, soft and squoshy and beautiful colours, just my palette and SW's too I hope.
Finally I have found a pattern for the bootees in Debbie Bliss' Simply Baby book which I picked up for £4 in a remainder store. I also got a couple of other pattern books, well, they were a bargain so I couldn't leave them behind, could I? So although I haven't actually cast on for these yet (I need the Project Club sock's dpns) I am including it in WIPs as I have already done the hat they will go with (see? Wriggle, wriggle). Whilst talking DB I usually like the way she calls her yarns what they are, e.g. Silk DK, cashmerino Aran, etc. But this pattern calls for Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino so I am hoping (from the tension 27 sts & 36 rows to 10cm) that it's 4 ply because that's what I am using :P
As I type this the postman arrives with the kit for Tulip from Socktopus - am I doomed to failure in NOvember? VBG
I unpacked the Tulip Kit and I need more of this yarn, it is superb! Hmmmm! Yummmmmm! I originally saw the cardi on Yarn Harlot's blog and then Kerrie mentioned getting the pattern and it's so nice to see something on an overseas blog available here too. I wouldn't buy all those yarns individually but as they came in a kit, well I couldn't resist. I doubt that baby will be here long enough to grow into size 6 - 9 months (but you never know the ways of Social Services grind exceedingly slow) so I wonder if I can do it smaller? Or should I play safe and stick to the kit size? Hmmm! *ponders ability to resize project* I haven't taken the yarn out of the bag yet and I am already in love, it looks gorgeous and soft. I'll give it a cheek test and let you know.
A nice little surprise with my first Socktopus order was the addition of some sachets of fabric conditioner and a little luxury chocolate. Way to a girl's heart, or what! They know me so well, already VBG. So if I can't resist casting this one on I need to do it before NOvember so that only leaves me 2 days to get cracking :o)
Saturday, October 27, 2007
I used the Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns and two strands of the 4 ply so that it knitted to a tension of 4 st to the inch (approx.). Of course I had a false start as I didn't actually do a tension square but knitting at 5 st per inch it was going to be way too big, so I ripped that back and started again.
I did a picot edge and a little icord top knot and I'm pleased with it. It took an evening to make and I will add a set of mitts and booties to match.
I haven't knit anything so small for a very long time and it was fun to get such a quick result. sadly the book doesn't go down small enough for the mitts and booties but i am sure I have several patterns elsewhere, if only I knew where to find them. this morning a PY sock jumped in the way so i have to give that a little attention before casting on for the mitts. Anyone know the circumference of a newborn wrist?
I've googled Hambley Hand Painted Yarn and all variations thereof but can't find any info on the maker so I'll pop back to the LYS and see if they know any more. If anyone knows anything about these yarns please let me know as I haven't seen them anywhere else and I'd like to use them again.
Friday, October 26, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
My second Shoalwater is well under way, and speeding along.
Middle Earth Yarns BFL DK Foamy Seas, 6.5mm circs :o)
Obviously what I need to do with a growing pile of UFOs is cast on a new project, the Shoalwater seemed like a rest although I am beginning to think the only pattern I ever knit is Old Shale.
Monday, October 08, 2007
This prompted me into thinking about my local area and made me go and do something I have been meaning to do for weeks now. Go and photograph something whilst I still can.
The cranes at Swan Hunters on the north bank of the Tyne are coming down, they are being sold to somewhere in India. In the past when hard times came and the yards lay idel the cranes stood sentry until new orders came in and work resumed, but no more. This is the end of an era for Wallsend, no more ship building on the Tyne.
When I see these images I am filled with sadness; those large red cranes are the first to go, one is already missing several parts as you can see.
These giants are what I see when I come back into Wallsend, they greet me on my way home and when I see them I feel that warm feeling you get when you are nearly back to your nest. MY skyline will eventually be completely different as they currently dominate their surroundings. You can see how much smaller the other coloured cranes are.
I am told that the green one is staying as it is a listed structure, there are apparently plans to redevelope the area as a marina with posh houseing and eateries. *sigh* Somehow I don't see the 'riverside appartments' new residents being comfortable with that as a reminder of our industrial heritage.
Walking along by the shipyard today I was struck by how quiet it was down there> It must have been so busy and noisy in it's heyday. The warehouses are already cleared. Just 3 men were fishing where once thousands worked.
When I look at this red monster I wonder how many ships she has helped to build? What were their names and to where have they sailed?
Then as I was feeling all melancholy the men working to take the cranes down started to cut the bearings free - they are working on a very precarious scaffolding and they are very high in the air. My 300mm lens couldn't get any closer than this. Suddenly there was noise and life and action again.
I will miss my view, although I could never call it picturesque it is still home, well, my adopted home. I wonder how the people who grew up here and worked at Swan's feel to see it coming down? How will they feel about a swanky new Marina? And all the new houses going up in the place of industry, will their occupants know or care what came before them? Where will they work?
I hope they do keep the green crane, we shouldn't lose it all.
Monday, October 01, 2007
Many mixed emotions about this, I do think it is the best thing for all concerned (I hope it is).
Got the phone call this afternoon that I should drop him off at his house tomorrow morning. Warned all my kids to say goodbye and get their 'baby cuddle quota' filled tonight because when they come home tomorrow he'll be gone. Me? I've been kissing those baby cheeks and hugging and cuddlin' :o) He is the happiest baby I have ever had the pleasure of looking after and it's amazing how quickly they develop at that age, every day brings a new ability, another step in hand eye co-ordination, more gurgling and a wider smile.
No wonder his mum & dad have missed him and no wonder they are delighted that they get to have him back so soon. It's been a very long 3 weeks for them.
On the positive side I am planning lots of knitting in the next few days and weeks, time to get Della done, 2 long term projects that are nearing completion (one really only days away from the final stitch) Hemlock to finish, 2 Goddess Knits shawls to start, lots of socks to knit for Christmas. See? Lots to keep me busy and like Anne I should also sort out lots of junk and reorganise myself, paint the rest of the little room for our next visitor and generally get my life in order now that my 4 yr old is in full time school.
But on the negative side I will be doing it all with empty arms and he is the happiest baby I have ever met.
It can be a wonderful world, a world made beautiful by new eyes gazing on it for the first time, today was a rare beauty of a late summer/autumn day; and it can be a cruel and savage world because of the people in it, a world where babies are not safe.
Bonne chance, little one, bonne chance.