• 2016,  crafts,  creative,  knitting,  Uncategorized

    Two rarely seen finished objects

    A couple of weeks ago I blogged about how I have the curse of the unfinished object. Well, since then I finished two of the unfinished projects I mentioned (and attempted a new project but it didn’t work) Here is the hat I made with my knitting loom.  This picture shows the colours best I think – it’s a chunky colour changing yarn in shades of pinks and purples with a little black.  Because the loom knitting is done working in the round it’s done solely in knit stitch but comes out in stockinette. I finished this a few days after I wrote the above linked blog post. This is…

  • 2015,  books and reading,  crafts,  Crochet,  fiction,  knitting,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    You Know You’re a Knitter When…

    …you spend a long time being ranty about the difference between knitting and crochet. I was sent a review copy of The A to Z of You and Me by James Hannah.  It’s being released today (12th March) and it was a good read with an interesting style that felt different and refreshing.  I don’t want to say I enjoyed it because it was a tricky subject matter and whilst not upsetting it wasn’t particularly comfortable.  It did make me think and was skillfully done which avoided it being an upsetting book.  Plus it managed to surprise me unexpectedly at the end.  I have seen other reviews saying it made…

  • 2014,  knitting,  Uncategorized,  you know...

    You Know You’re A Knitter When…

    … you end up sat next to a couple of people (a family) at an event. And you can tell straight away that one of them is wearing a (pretty fun) hand knit jumper.  Not only that but I was pretty sure I could tell from the look of it what yarn had been used. Because it was done in one of those varying self striping yarns in a very distinct colour way (It’s been discontinued although a quick google tells me some places still have some colours of it). I had two balls of that exact colourway and knitted myself a scarf with it years ago.  I can see…

  • 2014,  crafts,  Crochet,  knitting,  Uncategorized,  you know...

    You know you’re a knitter (and a crocheter) when…

    …you declutter your house and gathering (almost*) all your yarn into one place looks like this Image description: Two clear 80 litre (aka absolutely fucking huge) storage boxes side by side on my bed which has a white frame and dark purple duvet. They are full to the brim of yarn of all different colours and textures – mostly DK but some is different weights. My collection of knitting needles of various sizes is sticking out of one of the boxes. The lids aren’t on in this picture and they are so full my mum had real difficulty getting them on when she put the boxes away. *I thought that…

  • 2013,  crafts,  knitting,  Uncategorized,  wheelchair,  you know you've got CP

    You know you’ve got CP when…

    …knitting in your powerchair looks like this: A ball of black and silver sparkly yarn (Sirdar Firefly) with a hole in the middle balanced on the control of my powerchair. The joystick is through the middle sort of like a spindle. And knitting your manual chair looks like this: The same yarn balanced on my manual chair. The brake is acting as a spindle. The ball is slightly smaller here (it comes wrapped on a ring of card) and the central hole is larger.

  • good/bad,  knitting,  sailing,  scale junkie,  Uncategorized,  weight loss,  writing

    >Good/Bad

    >Good: Writing a To Do List of writing tasksBad: Realising I have more writing tasks to do then I thought I did Good: Getting three things done off the to do listBad: Showing the list to Mum and having her point out I missed something off of it Good: having a clean houseBad: cleaner (male) calling me love and “my love” so many times I lost track Good: No one has cancelled sailing for tonightBad: High probability of getting there to discover it’s off Good: Starting a lovely new knitting pieceBad: Not being quite sure if you’ve gone wrong with said knitting and if you have, where you did. Good:…

  • knitting,  script frenzy,  Uncategorized

    >Bits of news

    >A few quick bits of news. A project I’ve been taking part in for the past several weeks and not really enjoying as much as I hoped ended (for me at least) today. I’d thought about dropping out so the fact I finished it is great. I am on page 31 of Script Frenzy but I need to put the last few pages in celtx so they are properly formatted.  It’s slowly moving away from a script to more of a NaNo novel (but without the word count) so hopefully going back to actually writing in celtx will help that. I woke up this morning completely full of cold which…

  • books and reading,  Family,  knitting,  Uncategorized

    >Chilled Celebrations

    >Today is my Dad’s 60th Birthday. We had a lovely chilled day – first my dad picked me up and we went to check out access for something then he dropped me home and I raced round like a mad thing for half an hour trying to wrap his present and get everything I needed to spend a whole day out the house. Then I transferred to my powerchair and walked up to my parents – what with my knitting and present and a box of sweets and an extra layer for walking home and a knitted gift I took to show my mum as well as all the little…

  • 101 in 1001,  knitting,  Uncategorized

    >101 in 1001 – Item 30…

    > Join a Stitch and Bitch type group …has been completed! Yay. That’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. In fact since before I learned to knit (because I sometimes cross stitch too and was going to go and do that) but things kept getting in the way of my going to the Oxford one. But a couple of weeks ago I heard that two acquaintances were going to go to a Stitch and Bitch the next afternoon at the Arts Centre and I invited myself along. It’s a very small group as each of the three times I’ve been there’s been me one of my…

  • knitting,  Uncategorized

    >Tension Headache

    >I’ve been planning for a while to attempt my first proper “wearable” knitting project – a cardi (actually a lace pattern so that’s another first in there too).  I bought yarn I think will do on Saturday and it was actually much less than I thought I would need to spend. An easy first step should have been the swatching – to check what size a set number of stitches and rows comes out so I can adjust as necessary.  Because if you knit tighter or looser than average that will effect the fit.  I’ve never swatched before.  But I got the principle. Only I then looked at the pattern…