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Archive for August 2007

Oh my goodness, I have been spoilt rotten by my Sockapalooza pal! Here is a picture of my socks:

Here is a picture of all the other things she sent me:

I received:

Socks – gorgeous, squishy and warm on a cold Saturday. Knitted in Mountain Colours Weaver’s Wool – Lupine colourway, using ‘Diana’s Trail Socks’ pattern. They are absolutely gorgeous with blue and purple and green and even black.

A SIGNED COPY OF STEPHANIE PEARL-McPHEE CASTS OFF! Addressed to me! Eeeee! I can’t wait to read all of this book. I have started and Stephanie said something that rang so true with me – the appeal of knitting is that IT IS A MAGIC TRICK! The Spunk is forever saying it is amazing how I can turn nothing into something (even if that something is not always what I expected!). I predict this book will only make me love knitting even more, which is a real worry.

Trekking Pro Natura sock yarn in a gorgeous shiny green that the Spunk seems to think will be a pair of socks for him!

Some fibre to spin in the most glorious shades! A huge honking soft and fluffy bag full!

A needle sleeve from Lantern Moon!

Some pretty pretty stationery!

A postcard from Memphis (I’m with you this week Cindy!)!

A lovely card!

A million thank yous Lynn, I am so happy with my parcel, you have spoiled me rotten, and I was rotten enough to begin with!

Quite frankly, I seriously needed a treat at the end of this week. It has been a weekus horribulus like never before. I thought I had bad weeks in the past. This one $h!tS all over the rest of them (pardon my language). No need for details! It’s over now and I am hibernating this weekend and I don’t want to talk to anyone mean, nasty, crazy, stubborn, unreasonable or delusional or think about work because I might just never go back at this point! And I am determinedly sitting here in my pyjamas even though it is midday.

Hm. Anyway, I have been doing some knitting, making this cardigan for Tiny Madam. I am loving the all-in-one of this cardigan. It is so easy and I can’t believe it has taken me so long to try it. I won’t show you yet because it looks like a big ole mess, but it should be finished by tomorrow night if I get my knit together. I just love that I can try it on her as I go and make adjustments. I realise most of you knew about the benefits of top down raglan construction, but I am converted! 

I finished the Montego Bay scarf, which I really like very much. The Naturally Bamboo yarn is very soft and I have a whole ball left. I didn’t fringe it like in the magazine, because I am not necessarily a fringe kind of girl. I have attempted to photograph myself in a mirror.

Other knitting has stalled. I have not done any shawl knitting at all this week; Cindy’s first sock is almost done (although according to her blog she is doing fine making socks for herself!).

I have also been spending an inordinate amount of time on Ravelry, mostly finding more things I want to knit and more yarn I want to buy. Don’t forget if you are on Ravelry to add me to your friends! I am on there as amandaj (of course!).

Catch you on the flip flop.


Um, I made a pinwheel blanket.

I used some yarn Cindy gave me last year. It is a small blanket. If I did it again I would definitely use some thick squishy yarn. This is a lovely little blankie which the Tiny Madam has claimed and can be used for her dolls if she likes.

This has obviously put a dent in the shawl knitting, but I am planning on finishing a few things off here at the computer and then get on with my knitting.

Also, on Saturday I went out for the first time in a week or so to Spotlight and bought a little bit of yarn. Only a tiny bit though and it was only $2.00 per ball. I got four pink and two mauve.

I should mention that while I was there I saw Cindy and MrsDrWho! And my fabulous Grade 3 teacher who I am adult enough to call by her first name! And Toni who goes to our local Knitting Coven that I have never been to but really should! And I was so paranoid because I have had INFLUENZA A I didn’t want to breathe on anyone and I was looking awful in my trackies! One should know better than to go out unprepared.

Today I went back to work. It was both good and bad I guess. Good that I am well enough to be there but bad that there was so much work to do to catch up! Never mind, I will manage!

seem to blowing around here at the moment. I have become somewhat obsessed with shawls. I have no idea why this has happened to me, although some of the blame must lie with Ravelry. I keep looking at other people’s work. There is some beautiful stuff out there! At the moment I have two shawls on the go. I have also been wondering how I can make a whole shawl out of only 100g of Koigu that is at the moment languishing as half a sock. Perhaps I will make a small Clapotis? Any ideas? I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHERE I WOULD WEAR A SHAWL!! HELP!!

This week I have been off work due to influenza and being quarantined. Influenza is a communicable disease, and as such I have not been allowed to enter the workplace. Thank you to everyone who sent kind thoughts and messages to me! It’s nice to receive well wishers from one’s kindred spirits!! I actually realise that if I had not been bullied into going to the doctor I would have been in hospital. I was that sick! What an idiot. Work is not that important! School can function without me!

Here is the progress on Kevat:

Here is another very easy shawl that I cast on based on this pattern:

Here is the Montego Bay scarf:

I dare not show you my progress (or lack thereof) on Cindy’s sock. Likewise I have knit the back and one side of a tiny cardigan and have stalled.

Another thing. Julie finished a Pinwheel Blanket. I want to knit a Pinwheel Blanket! Somebody stop me!!

Finally, I must post my Sockapalooza gift. My pal emailed to let me know the socks are in the mail! How exciting! I still have no idea who she is but she is in Memphis!!

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