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S.E.X. in Sydney & Cyber S.E.X.

So, I made an impromptu visit to Sydney for 5 days and managed to find myself in Morris & Sons (aka Tapestry Craft) a couple of hours after landing on a Stash Enhancing eXpedition (S.E.X. to us knitters). I had a non-knitting friend with me – which was probs a wise move as I am on a very limited budget, but they were having an awesome sale so I actually saved money by spending money (shut up – it does too work that way). 4 skeins of Noro Silk Garden & and some Knit Picks knickknacks later, I left. It was a similar feeling to eating a small amount of a delicious dessert – happy that you ate some but wanting more at the same time.

 

Noro Silk Garden colours 268 & 8

Noro Silk Garden colours 268 & 8

Yesterday afternoon I got home from trip and found these goodies awaiting my stroking and fondling:

 

Handmaiden Lady Godiva in Paris colourway

Handmaiden Lady Godiva in Paris colourway

 

Malabrigo Silky Merino - Azul Azul

Malabrigo Silky Merino - Azul Azul

 

Malabrigo Silky Merino Plum Blossom

Malabrigo Silky Merino Plum Blossom

I got the Malabrigo Silky Merino from Yarnandkisses and the Handmaiden Lady Godiva was purchased at Purl Yarns

I’ll never be rich.

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Posted by on October 29, 2008 in Knitting, Stash

 

Everything In Moderation

A few days back Katie, owner of Live 2 Knit bestowed upon me the honour of co-moderating the Live 2 Kint-ers group on Ravelry. Katie makes some of the most beautiful coloured yarn in Australia. And she has an online lay-by feature which is both incredibly cool and a little bit evil – for as long as she offers lay-by, I think I shall always have a skein or five or gorgeous yarn in my shopping cart.

These are my Live 2 Knit purchases to date and (of course) I have a few more on lay-by:

Claudette 100% cashmere in Blush colourway

Claudette 100% cashmere in Blush colourway

Claudette 100% cashmere in Brindle colourway

Claudette 100% cashmere in Brindle colourway

Claudette 100% cashmere in Sea Glass colourway

Claudette 100% cashmere in Sea Glass colourway

Claudette 100% cashmere in Maple colourway

Claudette 100% cashmere in Maple colourway

Claudette 100% cashmere in Sublime colourway

Claudette 100% cashmere in Sublime colourway

Ava 100% DK silk in Phoenix colourway

Ava 100% DK silk in Phoenix colourway

 
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Posted by on October 21, 2008 in Stash

 

MMMMMalabrigo Delivery!

 

Cadmium

Cadmium

 

Pearl Ten

Pearl Ten

So, as the more astute members of my audience have already guessed, I got a MMMMMMalabrigo Merino Worsted delivery today from Yarn and Kisses. Four soft, squishy, lofty and luxurious skeins – two of the golden Cadmium and two of the very hard to photograph deep grey/purple Pearl Ten.

Of course, I couldn’t wait too wind at least some of my new arrivals into cakes so enter the wooden swift and Royal winder:

 

Royal Winder & eBay purchased wooden swift

Royal Winder & eBay purchased wooden swift

SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!111!!11111!ONE!!!!!

 

Disclaimer: It is not my house and therefore I am not in any way responsible for the “decorations” you may see in the background of my photos. It is very important to me that you understand this.

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2008 in Stash

 

Under The Hoodie Progress Report 4

Yarn: Cleackheaton “Country Silk” Colurways 9 (grey), 7 (deep red/pink) & 2 (soft pink)
Pattern: Under The Hoodie – Stitch n Bitch
Yardage: 95M
Needles: 5mm & 4.5mm 

On Ravelry

it is 2.30 am – I’ll write about this FO at a more decent hour…

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2008 in FOs, Knitting

 

CPH

May I present to you my favourite cardigan in-the-making – Central Park Hoodie! Made form Bendigo Woollen Mills Rustic 12ply in the Red Tweed colour – not the softest yarn but there is absolutely no pilling and this cardigan is going to last forever. So far, the vast majority of knitting my CPH has been completed while watching Battlestar Galactica  – I knit faster during the action scenes. It is very pretty and an addictive pattern but I haven’t worked on it for a few months. It was also the very first thing I knit with my Knit Picks Options Nickel Plated Deluxe set. These needles have been the best knitting accessory I have EVER bought. I highly recommend them.

Isn’t the yarn pretty? I am very happy with my CPH so far.

Update: I made a mistake with the cables on the left-hand side and have to frog back a significant amount. My CPH has been sitting in my time-out bag for 2 & 1/2 years…

 
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Posted by on October 16, 2008 in Knitting, WIPs

 

Well, well, well. Look what the cat(s) dragged in…

So, after an 15 month leave of absence, I’m back. Let’s just pretend that I never left.

Noro Striped Scarf

Yarn: Noro Silk Garden 84 & 211
Purchased: Wool Baa during a 36 hour visit to Melbourne
Pattern: Noro Striped Scarf by Jared Flood
Yardage: 100M
Needles: 4.5mm 

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Discussion:

I started this scarf on 18/02/2008 and finished on 08/03/2008. I bought the yarn in a great little LYS in Melbourne, Wool Baa, during a quick 36 hour holiday that I took down there to see the Nick Cave Exhibition (but that’s a whole ‘nother post).

I knit about 5cm of the scarf and I kept on thinking “the sides really don’t look right” but like the apathetic idiot I am, I kept right on knitting anyway. I got to 30cm and decided that I just couldn’t live with how wrong the edges looked. And that is really saying something coz I’m very much from The Meh-Near-Enough-Is-Good-Enough School of Knitted Perfection. So I looked on to Ravelry to see exactly how and where I was fucking it up. I figured out that I was holding the yarn incorrectly whilst performing the slips purlwise so I frogged what I had done and started again.

I doubt I would have been driven to such extremes like ripping out a simple ribbed scarf if it wasn’t for the fact that after an incredibly short time, I was completely smitten by my creation.

The colours! My god, the colours! Look at the colours and note how they accent and compliment, accentuate and enhance every colour change before and after each stripe.  Scroll back up – I’ll wait for you. There, do you see what I mean?

I spent a fair while sitting on the floor at the Wool Baa choosing which two colourways would most suit me and each other and my decision was flawless (in my most humble and unbiased opinion). 

It is the most beautiful object I have made to date.

 
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Posted by on October 14, 2008 in Knitting

 

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Play For Today

I haven’t been knitting much lately – the odd Band Cuffs here, working my Calista’s McQueen Knock-Off there.

What I have been spending most of my time doing is thinking about and reading Harry Potter and playing my PS2. I finally finished Kingdom Hearts II and started playing GTA: Vice City and God of War. Gotta go to top up with caffiene and kill some more denizens of Hades.

 
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Posted by on July 26, 2007 in Gaming, Stuff