Saturday, 5 April 2008

Ribs and cables


I've been on a bit of a blog hiatus lately. Mostly cos my spare time has been taken over knitting up a rib and cable sweater for Twilleys in their lovely new Freedom wool which looks like this :


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WARNING: Repeated brain usage may be harmful to others.
--rdude
Andrea James

Andrea is a compulsive crafter, bibliophile, and knitwear designer from small town UK. She loves ridiculous sweaters and vintage knitting patterns. She currently lives with her teenage daughter, three cats and an elderly guinea pig, and is usually found squashed into a corner of the sofa surrounded by yarn and books.

Friday, 14 March 2008

pretty flowers


 

Just thought I would share a pic of the beautiful amaryllis I grew. I've never grown one before so I'm really pleased. It is now starting to flower for the second time.

And here is a narcissus that DD2 planted at Brownies.

 

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Andrea James

Andrea is a compulsive crafter, bibliophile, and knitwear designer from small town UK. She loves ridiculous sweaters and vintage knitting patterns. She currently lives with her teenage daughter, three cats and an elderly guinea pig, and is usually found squashed into a corner of the sofa surrounded by yarn and books.

Monday, 10 March 2008

More book devouring


The Bookseller of Kabul
by Asne Seierstad

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The Farmer Wants a Wife
by Maeve Haran

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What Was She Thinking?: Notes on a Scandal: A Novel
by Zoe Heller

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Druidcraft: The Magic of Wicca and Druidry
by Philip Carr-Gomm

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Andrea James

Andrea is a compulsive crafter, bibliophile, and knitwear designer from small town UK. She loves ridiculous sweaters and vintage knitting patterns. She currently lives with her teenage daughter, three cats and an elderly guinea pig, and is usually found squashed into a corner of the sofa surrounded by yarn and books.

The knitting goes on...


I gave up on Pixie Hat. Nothing I did to the hat made it look right. It just hated me. DD2 has said she wants it, but still it languishes at the bottom of the knitting bag waiting for tassels. On a more positive note, stripy sweater is almost finished. I need to block it and sew it and then it is done. Yay me!

 

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I detest the man who hides on thing in the depths of his heart and speaks forth another.
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Andrea is a compulsive crafter, bibliophile, and knitwear designer from small town UK. She loves ridiculous sweaters and vintage knitting patterns. She currently lives with her teenage daughter, three cats and an elderly guinea pig, and is usually found squashed into a corner of the sofa surrounded by yarn and books.

Thursday, 31 January 2008

And finally


 

Pixie hat is almost finished. All but the ear flaps. This has to have been the most frustrating thing I've knitted. I just kept making the most stupid mistakes, probably cos I had fuzzy head cold. Pic coming soon!


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ARH!! I found it!
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Andrea James

Andrea is a compulsive crafter, bibliophile, and knitwear designer from small town UK. She loves ridiculous sweaters and vintage knitting patterns. She currently lives with her teenage daughter, three cats and an elderly guinea pig, and is usually found squashed into a corner of the sofa surrounded by yarn and books.

Monday, 21 January 2008

Bookshelf


I've devoured two books recently, both very enjoyable. Both from the library as my pocket and my bookshelf are groaning under the weight of my literature consumption.

Little Face
by Sophie Hannah

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How to Kill Your Husband (and Other Handy Household Hints)
by Kathy Lette

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Currently I'm about halfway through this one, hopefully should finish it tonight. So far I'm really enjoying it, it is very well written and has some wonderful quirky humour, although I expect the end to be predicatable - girl meets boy, girl falls in love with boy, boy doesn't notice, an unusual event occurs, girl finds out boy fancied her the whole time, live happily ever after. I'll let you know if it turns out differently.

Okay, my Amazon book lookup can't find it so here's a homemade linky    Heaven Sent by Christina Jones

Andrea James

Andrea is a compulsive crafter, bibliophile, and knitwear designer from small town UK. She loves ridiculous sweaters and vintage knitting patterns. She currently lives with her teenage daughter, three cats and an elderly guinea pig, and is usually found squashed into a corner of the sofa surrounded by yarn and books.

Pixie Hat update


I'm beginning to wish I never started knitting the darn thing. First I knitted a tension square. Then I started to knit the hat, which after about 10 rows was obviously going to be too big. At least twice as big as I wanted. Goddess knows why I didn't notice after I cast on but I was watching Casnova at the time so my mind was elsewhere. So I recalculated, couldn't find any mistakes anywhere. I knitted another tension square which led me to discover I had made a huge cock-up originally as the tension I had wrote down was way different to what the tension actually was. Problem solved. I started again. After about 30 rows I realised that the decrease edge was going to be too sharp. I want a pointy hat, not a cap. I undone it again, reworked the decrease and voila! Here is progress so far. Its going slow as it is a double thickness stocking stitch for extra warmth and cosiness.

The stitch is basically K1, sl1. If anyone knows the name of this stitch please tell me. My Mum and my Gran always called it Fishermans Rib, but it plainly isn't smile_sarcastic

Andrea James

Andrea is a compulsive crafter, bibliophile, and knitwear designer from small town UK. She loves ridiculous sweaters and vintage knitting patterns. She currently lives with her teenage daughter, three cats and an elderly guinea pig, and is usually found squashed into a corner of the sofa surrounded by yarn and books.