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Saturday, 21 February 2009

1 of 12 done

Valentines Day this year I wanted to surprise Adam with something special, something different, something I had never given him before and would would have meaning.

So I knitted him a jumper. Last time I knitted an adult size jumper I was about 14 years old. So I started 1st January (with fear of secret knitting and not knowing how long it would take me that I might not get it done in time). I chose the Hackey Sack Hoodie from Son of Stitch'n'Bitch. I did it in Patons Soft Haze in really nice blue. The yarn alone drove me freaken insane!!! 1 ball out of 13 1/2 didnt have knots..the rest had at least 1..some had up to 3!! I wrote to Patons and complained. They sent me 20 balls of Zhivago in a lovely variegated blues as well as a Zhivago book for nothing to say sorry.

It took me exactly a month. I finished 1st Feb. And it fits Adam..And he loves it..He also told me off for knitting something for him instead of for myself. (am yet to get piccies of it on him to sho you all..SOLLY!!)

I have finished 1 of the 12 in 12 childrens jumpers. I am very proud of it and so plan on making more.

I decided to try my hand at a childs version of the Hackey Sack Hoodie (I am that smitten with the pattern). So where the pattern calls for 10ply wool on 5mm needles I downsized it to 8ply wool using 4.5mm needles.. I made the smallest size (using exact stitch counts and increasing exactly as the pattern calls for) thinking I might get something that would fit either my 6 1/2 or 9 yo daughers. I was shocked when the finished producted fit my best friends just turned 3yo son!!!! looking at it its a size 3-4yo jumper. I had to choose the length of body and sleeves when knitting it. And its perfect for him! And he looks gorgeous! I so plan on making many many more of these jumpers for kids trying different sizes, and weights of yarn.

Below are some piccies of Cridda in his Hackey hoodie.

I made the sleeves a little longer to have the cuffs turned up this year and hoping next year it will fit him still too with the cuffs turned down.

Will try and get Adam into his Valentines jumper real soon to show you all. It was hard to keep it all from you but he reads my blog and I didnt want him finding out before hand!! Have to admit the damn heatwave that hit Australia for a few weeks was a killer and I wasnt sure I would get it done (12ply big male jumper knitting in 38C heat???). Which is why we ended up at Adams work for 2 days in aircon for me to get some serious knitting on it done (he was working downstairs and was none the wiser). He claims he had no idea about me knitting this jumper. lol sly bugger I am!!

Okies folkies! Thats all for me today. Will try and get more knitting done and more posting. I have done stuff all knitting since I finished 1 out of 12 of my kids jumpers.

Happy knitting!!


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Friday, 13 February 2009

Valentines Day


I hope everyone has a lovely Valentines Day.

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Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Great Sadness

The shocking sadness that comes with all these horrid bushfires that are hitting Victoria is enormous at the moment. Feeling helpless is something I hate.

There are a few things coming forward for those of us that are too short of cash that want to help out.

COLES supermarket is having it so all money spent there Friday 13th will go to the bushfires, so PLEASE hold off getting groceries and shop at coles this Friday!!!

There is a Ravelry group that are collecting 12inch (30cm) squares to make blankets for those in need. Please go HERE and join up. Every square helps..and lets face it..If you were in need YOU would want someones help, dont be selfish, give just a few hours to make a square or two.

It can pretty much be said that if you live in Australia you must know of at least one person who this has affected, even if its only a friend of a friends friend..its still so close to home. This could happen to any one of us.

Digital camera has been found..Piccies have been taken..Normal posting (with pics) will resume soon.

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Wednesday, 4 February 2009

A Break

I have decided in mostly to give shop knitting a break for awhile. Sales are low with the lack of money around the world anyway.

I have decided instead to try and aim for 12 childrens jumpers in 12mths (Jan gone so have to work double time at some point). These jumpers will be gifted to people for their kids (my own children included of course have to knit for them). Be it for their kids birthdays or just to say "you're a great friend". I am hoping this also will be a great stash busting event and bring out some great tv watching knitting in me.

I am still yet to get piccies of the lil devil hat I made for the ex co-worker of Adams as well as my grandmothers feather and fan scarf..The camera is still missing in action.

I have finished knitting myself a beret in my mmmmmmmmmalabrigo (will have to get a pic of it) and started a scarf for myself too...I think I just heard several long time regular readers of my blog fall over..because (1) i knitted for ME and (2) i am knitting a SCARF...lol

The evil heatwave that hit Australia and attacked Tassie in a very mean way seems to have past and I hope it never comes back. Hitting almost 40 degrees Celcius is just not on for here! And having late 30C temps for a weeks is shocking and uncalled for..TASSIE IS A COOLER STATE!! There were running jokes on radios on how to survive with Tassie heatwave include "buy ticket and go to Qld/WA" two states that are usually hotter then Tasmania but at points were cooler.

Jan and Feb are shocking birthday months for my, there is 5 Birthdays to deal with among 3 families (two of which are my parents and 2 are my bestfriends sons). Evil expensive time of year with school going back on 10th Feb too.

Apart from working on my Malabrio Scarf I am also working on the first of my 12 jumpers for 12months jumpers. Its for one of my bestfriends sons and will be a late birthday present for him (I am giving him something small when I see him next to deal with the delay).

Tomorrow (Thursday) I am catching up with an old friend who I havent seen in about 2 years. Hoping it will be good and that my girls enjoy playing with her youngest.

And to answer Amanda's question on my middle name..it's Rachelle ;)

Okies folkies that is all for the moment..Happy knitting and enjoy your upcoming weekend!!


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