Friday, May 25, 2007

And now for something completely different....

I've been tagged by The Knitting Librarian! I am supposed to give seven random facts about myself and then tag seven other people by leaving a comment on their blog. here it goes:

  1. I have been suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for just over two years. Hence the name, The Sleepy Knitter. Things are starting to look a bit brighter health wise, but It will take some time still for me to recover.
  2. I am fourteen years old! My birthday is on the Queen's birthday!
  3. I have a cat, Miss Millie, a rabbit, Shelby, and two guinea pigs, Tiny and Fatso.
  4. Both my parents are music teachers.
  5. I hate spiders. One time, in primary school (year 4) I was in the gym with my class and we were getting ready for a race. I had my leg out in a lunge getting ready to go. Ready...set....go! Then suddenly i felt something on my leg and I looked down to see a HUGE huntsman there. I screamed and started jumping in a circle. Jacob, a boy in my class, got it off my leg. Thank you Jacob, I owe you big time. Apparently, the huntsman fell off the 20 meter roof and onto my leg. Whats the odds of that?

Well there you are. not quite seven but that last one counts for at least two

Now for an update on Thermal; which is taking it's sweet, sweet time:

Saturday, May 19, 2007

In which the author is a hypocrite

It has been perfect knitting weather here in Mount Gambier, it's been raining, cold and stormy. This promted me to get going on my thermal which I think I am going to need pretty soon. On the craftster forums there has been alot of dicussion about how much the finished piece grows in length. Since I am using merino yarn instead of a silk/merino yarn I was pretty sure my finished sweater wasn't going to grow 2 inches. To work out just how much (ala Grumperina), I decided to investigate because I needed to know so I could sleep at night. Ahem.
I threaded through 2 yarn markers 2 inches apart
I blocked it and then I measured it again.

Dada! This means that my sweater will grow about an inch. So, If I knit 13 inches total my after blocking, It should be 14 inches long. Perfect!

This proves that you do have power over how your finished sweater looks and just proves even more that you should wash your swatches, something that I probably should do.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Completed at last!

Yarn: Twinkle Soft Chunky, Peach
Needles: Denise 15mm and 12mm
Mods: Made the cardigan seamless and I also used shortrow shaping on the neckline instead of binding-off and picking up the stitches for the collar.

Well, Here it is at last! My Best Friend Cardigan! Overall I am very happy with the end result. Surprisingly, it isn't really puffy when you put it on. It's kind of slinky and very very soft. I am not sure how practical it will be, but i guess I have other cardigans for that job. It looks great over a my dark blue winter knit dress, tights and grey ballet flat shoes!

Progress of Thermal; Getting there slowly.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Opposites Do Attract

The extra skein of Twinkle Soft Chunky was received today so my Best Friend Cardigan should be finished very soon. The Thermal Sweater I just started is coming along slowly but surely and I am enjoying knitting the waffle stitch. This picture got me thinking; how cool would Thermal look with a peach-coloured Twinkle-inspired beret from my leftover Soft Chunky?