Thursday, August 13, 2009

10 rows to go!

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will I stay awake long enough to complete it tonight?

Knit a poem

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The Poetry Society is celebrating its centenary with a knitted poem and I was one of many knitters who responded to a call for participants. My letter is a W and is well underway. We've got an active group over on Ravelry and the whole thing is proving to be very enjoyable...

... apart, that is, from my letter. I don't do intarsia. I don't like having all the dangling bits of yarn behind the work; I seem to spend more time detangling the yarn than actually knitting. Plus I managed to decide I'd misread the chart, frog several rows and redo it backwards, realise I was right the first time and have to do it all over again. Then just in case enough things hadn't already happened to this project, my new Knitpicks needle snapped. The lovely customer service person at Getknitted is going to send me a new needle when they have 3.5mm tips back in stock. Meanwhile, I've been carrying on with the letter using the remaining half of the Knitpicks needle with one 3.25mm straight needle and one 4 mm circular. Hopefully this means that the gauge will work out.

But goodness me, this W has been a saga! considering the number of years I've been knitting, I'd have imagined that I could have managed a 12 inch square without this much drama.

For more information about the project, including photos of completed letters from knitters with less numpty-ish tendencies than me, visit the poetry society website.

Friday, June 26, 2009


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It's so nearly finished.... but there seem to be about a zillion yarn ends to weave in and I HATE weaving in yarn ends.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Baby hoodie

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I haven't posted for months. But I have been knitting. A friend had a baby at the beginning of May so I made him a baby Yoda cardigan and am now on the hood part of the striped hooded top from Debbie Bliss's Baby Cashmerino book. I'm using ordinary DK baby yarns (i.e. ones I can afford rather than the cashmerino) and it seems to be working out really nicely.

Fingers crossed xx

Friday, January 23, 2009

Another doggy jumper

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The arrival of Benji B. Barack has curtailed my knitting activities, as has the new university term and all sorts of other things.
But I'm persevering with a stripy jumper for Ben; I'm on the very last stage now but the instructions on how to finish off are incredibly confusing: picking up 91 stitches from around the sides of the back piece and knitting several rows of rib; doing something similar with the front piece; then knitting across the two sets of stitches left on stitch holders (front and back pieces) to make a little polo collar.

Hmmmmm. If I ever work out how to do it, I'll post a pic.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Off topic but a crucial blogging plea

I'm publicizing one of the candidates for Best UK Blog in the Weblog Awards, partly because the blog is doing an excellent service for creative types in Birmingham, partly because it's run by a friend of a friend, and partly because the main competitor in this category is a woman whose views (as aired on Radio 4's Moral Maze and in her journalism for papers including the Daily Mail and the Spectator) are anathema to me. All support would be welcome before voting closes on Tuesday.

Your help is needed! Created in Birmingham has been nominated for Best UK Blog 2008 in the 2008 Weblog Awards ( Your support would mean that a truly worthy blog gets the recognition it deserves for its work to promote the fantastic creative talent and related activities in Birmingham.

Voting takes just a couple of seconds – visit vote for Created in Birmingham. You can vote once every 24 hours per computer. Voting closes at 10pm GMT on Tuesday 13th January.

Please forward this email to any friends, colleagues or contacts! Thank you - your support is very much appreciated.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

dog sweater

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With the help of Ravelry, I've found an easy dog sweater pattern and cast on, but using very large needles, double strands of aran and adapting the pattern accordingly. Ben is coming to live with me soon and he's a little thing, so will need to be kept warm.