Anyway, as I have a ton of new photos just released on my computer, I'd better get started. Let me introduce to you my first ever baby item - the cabled sweater:
This started off as a present for someone, but crossed wires aplenty meant it is no longer headed their way. Someone mentioned giving it to charity but I have a strange connection with it that makes me unwilling to give it away. This is probably due to the whole evening I spent with it, attempting to do the neckband.
First time about to cast off - that doesn't look right, I'd better rip it out.
Second time halfway through cast off - no, wait, it was right the first time.
Getting ready to knit it for the third time - is that shoulder seam sewn up wrong? better unpick it ....
Halfway through unpicking - nope, it's supposed to be like that, I'm just holding it funny %$^&^%&*!!!.
Then finally (a minute or few later), it was done. Thankfully. So I feel it needs to stay with me so that I can see it looking gorgeous on a little one and know it was worth all of that.
Speaking of frogging, meet the Donegal sock as she looks now:
Yes, she is no more. A number of unfortunate circumstances conspired against her and so she had to be ripped.
There was a distinct tension issue going on when I returned to the sock with a new zeal for removing DPN ladders. Incidentally the ladders are gone, but so is a good fraction of the width.
There was also a bit of an unsightly hole where the ribbing had changed to stocking stitch, I had a sneaking suspicion they were going to be too wide, were knit top down when I prefer toe up and were really meant to be jaywalkers but I was watching a film so went for the no-brainer instead, but these were not the most pressing reasons for frogging.
No indeed, the broken needle was the curse of the project. The straw that broke the camel's
But anyway, ripped she is and Jaywalkers will be the pattern of choice, once I have enough working needles to knit the thing without giving myself a splinter.
But I feel the need to balance that lot of moaning with some happy, happy thoughts. So here's a quick run through of some nice things to be happening arond these parts recently.
New member for our Belfast SnB. We love her, she is great, she is never allowed to leave us or we will hunt her down and steal all her stash (I hear there's lots).
My first ever knitted dishcloth. Repeat after me: instant gratification.
Bead shopping! oh how I love it!
Also you see the itsy bitsy crochet hook i finally got for beading the MS3 (membership closed now so I hope you're all signed up). Here it is so far (I'm up to row 80 of clue 1 so far and loving it!).
Now that was a mammoth of a post, and yet I still have more to say! It will have to wait :)