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January, 2005:

Rowan Mag

I seem to have even less time for blogging these days 🙁

The good news is that the first edition of Knitcast is almost ready! I’m hoping to have it ready for download and the Knitcast Blog live later this week.

In the meantime, you may have heard that the new Rowan Magazine is going to be late. It’s not too bad for us in the UK but for subscribers around the world it’ll mean an even longer wait than usual. However you can get a sneak preview here.

Klaralund – one front/back and one sleeve finished! However it’s a really boring knit. The sleeve, in particular, was excruciating. So, to take the edge off I’m also working on a sock and a pair of fingerless gloves. The gloves are pretty essential since I seem to be wearing my other pair out. I wonder if I can get them finished this week?…

Knit Cast Update!

I’ve been looking at some audio chat software for Knit Cast interviews. I’ve tested AOL Instant Messenger with Mariko and with Wendy tonight. Thanks for helping me out guys! Shame that neither conversation recorded! Well, my voice recorded but theirs didn’t. 🙁 Ah well, it’s only the first stage of testing…! I’m going to join the podcasters email group, I should be able to find out what works from there.

Next Wednesday I’ll be recording my first feature. This will be out on location with a mini disc recorder so it will be of better quality than what I’m currently able to produce at home on my computer with my crappy mic! 🙂

Depending on how the recording goes I hope that the podcast will be ready to download sometime next weekend. We’ll see!

Knitting wise I’m working on the first sleeve of Klaralund. I’ve already knit one of the back/fronts.  No pix because the battery in my digital camera needs recharging. That also means no pix of the amazing load of goodies, inc. two different types of my favourite beverage  – Mexican hot chocolate, sent to me from Elizabeth in New Mexico. Thanks Elizabeth!

No pix of my completed Agnes either. This is actually a cardigan from from one of Jane Ellison’s  Noro books. I didn’t make that clear when I first posted images of it, that it wasn’t  a waistcoat. I finished seaming it on Sunday and then washed it. It took a  couple of days to dry  but is considerably softer. It’s also my favourite knited garment so far aside from my Mango Moon poncho.

I’ve also finished my black Lamb’s Pride poncho. I used Yarn Harlot’s pattern for it and while black items are very useful, they are incredibly boring to knit.

Lastly a big apology  – I owe emails to many good friends. I’ve had a lot of work stuff recently and it’s eaten into personal time. So, sorry for the delay but I will write back over the weekend.

Oh and before I go…I got some Blue Moon Fibres sock yarn in the mail the other day! It’s amazing! I want to knit socks now! But I also want to finish Klaralund first because one day I want to be a knitter of few unfinished projects rather than a knitter of many unfinished objects! 🙂

Knit Cast

I’ve just come back from Stitch & Bitch. It was a bit of a last minute meeting so I didn’t post the meeting on the website. We had a good time though and met three new members – Claire, Maureen and Eluned. They’d found out about us via the S&B books which is great. I think that the majority of our members have found the group via the books.

We also met the new manager of A Shot in the Dark, the cafe where we meet. We usually find it quite difficult to get a table in the cafe because it’s so busy, but he’s said that if we ring and tell him the meeting date he’ll reserve seating for us in the comfy chairs! Excellent! While he was talking with us I showed him the article in Stitch and Bitch Nation which, unintentionally, features a huge plug for the cafe. He was very pleased. He’d said that one of the staff had mentioned it to him but he’d thought they were joking!

Just after Xmas I heard about Podcasting. Podcasts are basically diy radio shows in mp3 that anyone can make and distribute via the internet. People can then download them free of charge onto mp3 players or computers and listen to them whenever they like. So, I’ve decided to make a knitting podcast. It’ll be called Knit Cast and will consist of interviews and "out and about" reports about knitting – yarn companies, knitting groups, bloggers, whatever I can drum up! I’m very excited about this because I rarely get to use my radio skills when it comes to knitting. I’ve organised a few knitting related interviews for my radio station, but having your own programme with your own editorial control is very different.

I don’t know if the show will be a weekly thing or monthly, it depends how much free time I have. I hope to interview people via netmeeting – ie phone interviews via the internet – and record them into my PC. And, depending on how mobile I can be, I’ll be able to record interviews on mini disc and then edit them on my pc into a programme.

If you’re interested in being interviewed or if you have an idea for a feature drop me a line at
  knitcastATscifiville.com
– remember to replace the "AT" with the @ symbol. I can’t gurantee that I’ll be able to follow up every idea but I’ll do my best. I will be creating a special page for the show on Scifiville and will post the address when it’s ready.

Handspun

A couple of shots of Jeni‘s lovely handspun!

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It was such a wonderful surprise to get this! It’s a thick and thin loopy mix of hand painted wool and silk with a gold silken binder thread running through it.  Jeni thinks it should be enough to make a hat but I’m not sure what pattern to use. I want to make something that I’ll wear and I don’t want to make any mistakes with this beatiful yarn. Any suggestions?

I’ve also finally cast for Klaralund. I’m knitting it in Silk Garden 124 which is a mix of reds and have only knit three rows so no pix as yet.  I hope Jeni posts a photo of her Klaralund which is knit from shade 87. It’s gorgeous and certainly encouraged me to get my act together and cast on!

In The Pink!

I treated myself to a new coat just before Xmas. It’s from Boden and is bright pink. So, as a result I’m slightly obsessed with pink at the moment!

I’m currently working on a poncho from some Black Lamb’s Pride Worsted, boring to knit but necessary for the wardrobe!, but one of my next projects will be a Clapotis! I’ve chosen this pink mix Noro Silk Garden from my stash

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It’s shade 08 I think. I only have five skeins so will make a scarf version. This yarn was destined for a Stained Glass jacket from a back issue of Interweave Knits but I started it more than two years ago and doubt that I’ll go back to it for a long time.

Thanks for the lovely comments about my new Silk Garden top down raglan. I wore it to Stitch & Bitch tonight although I had to take it off halfway through because it was too hot. Jeni wore her new Klaralund which is wonderful! It’s made from SG shade 87 and it was great to see that shade knitted up.

Jeni also gave a lovely present which I shall photograph tomorrow!

Started So I'll Finish…

I began knitting this topdown raglan on February 28th last year. It’s in Noro Silk Garden shade 87. I had to take another sick day today due to the stomach trouble, so finishing off the last few rows of the sweater wasn’t taxing. It did make me angry that I hadn’t finished it earlier but at least it’s done now. Well, actually there are still a few ends to be woven in but I’ve been wearing it tonight anyway. 🙂

Here are a couple of shots –

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Without light – the colours show up too dark

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With light – the colours look washed out. You’ll just have to trust me when I tell you that the colours are great and I love this sweater!

While we’re on the subject of finishing…

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This is Agnes from "Simply Noro" by Ellison. It’s in Kureyon shade 124. The knitting of this was one of my Xmas presents to myself. I started it in mid-December and cast off the last stitch on Sunday January 1st.

Again, the colours don’t show up too well so here it is again, but in light.

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I’m going to try and see if I can get the finishing done before tomorrow’s Stitch & Bitch.

I love Noro and spent some of my Xmas money on Blossom shade 5 for Jane Ellison’s Eloise. I also have some more Kureyon on the way in shade 130. I’m going to try and abstain from buying yarn for at least the rest of the month. I’ll try knitting up some more of my stash instead! 🙂

New Year, More Yarn!

The New year hasn’t got off to a great start. Weatherwise it’s been very wet and me-wise I’ve got a stomach bug. Took today off work because it was so bad. I’m hoping I’ll feel better in the morning but it hasn’t eased up yet.

Xmas knitting – I made several scarves, two pendants, a pair of socks and a pair of mittens – kept me away from blogging but here is the contents of Wendy’s parcel!

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From left to right – Karabella Puffy in Blue/Purple mix, Manos del Uruguay in colour 38 – an incredible purple, two skeins of Lorna’s laces in Fresh stripe a gorgeous mix of turquoise and purple and Katia Ingenua mohair mix in Purple (sensing a theme here yet?!). Wendy certainly knows what my favourite colour is! The yarns are wonderful and I haven’t quite decided what I’m going to knit up from them. I think the Manos would make a great Bucket hat while the Lornas will become either gloves or socks or both if I can squeeze them out. For the moment I’m just happy to look at these yarny treasures!

Wendy also sent me another Denise cable and these fab Wonder Woman coasters!

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I was so happy to get these because I’d been planning on buying a set.

I also got some yarny Xmas gifts!

From Becky two skeins of Crystal Palace Musique in shade 9132!

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It’s a lovely squishy yarn that will make a lovely squishy scarf.

and from my friend Mel, who’s currently living in Tokyo, some Japanese yarn!

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From left to right – a purple mix thick and thin wool, pale green and pale blue mohair (I think) and a multi coloured mohair mix yarn. I’m assuming that the chunky yarn is wool but the label info is all in Japanese except for a "100% " near what I imagine to be the symbol for the yarn content. The other labels are also all in Japanese.  When I think of Japanese yarn I tend to think of Noro and Diakeito so it was interesting to see other brands. Thanks Mel!