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tension headaches

Posted on: August 22, 2008

Where does time go? I have been a very slack blogger! About time for a quick catch up I think! And, only 90 comments to go until someone gets something!! How very exciting.

I finished Juliet. Here is some detail:

I am really happy with it – it was a very quick and easy pattern to memorise and it knitted up so quickly in Bendigo Rustic 12 ply (Green Tweed). I highly recommend both the pattern and the yarn. I found some buttons for it and made the loops and WA LA, done.

I mentioned the Ravelympics in my last post. I made Liesl with Jet. Here is some detail:

I am yet to wear this one. I really like it but it has been really really cold and I will need to wait for the weather to be a bit warmer for another outing of the short sleeved pop-over knitting.

The Sassymetrical top is coming along quite nicely, although it has been put on the backburner for the time being. Here it is with the pin that will hold it closed:

I ventured into the LYS last Saturday, as I am wont to do every now and again. I have been looking for the perfect yarn for the perfect cardigan for the perfect man (The Spunk) and I finally found it! Yay! I paid for about half of the yarn and put the rest away. Then I came home and cast on for a swatch. I can barely ever never get gauge with 8 ply (DK) yarn. I don’t know what it is with me. It’s not like I am the most relaxed person ever or anything – but my knitting on 4mm needles is always too big. I average about 17sts per 10cm, when I am supposed to have 22sts! I seem to be able to manage to get perfect gauge with worsted/aran weight yarn. Strange. Anyway, I thought I could fudge it but no. I knitted about 15cm up the back with 3.75mm needles and realised it was too huge. So, I ripped back and started with 3.5mm needles and I am between a half and one stitch off over 10cm still. This will not be enough to matter (I decided). But, I only had straights in 3.5mm so I had to find a circular needle, because apparently my stupid hands and wrists can’t deal with the straights any more. I headed off to the BSODL(tm) and OF COURSE they did not have 3.5mm circular needles. I ended up ordering an Addi from The Knittery and paying express postage to get the needle to me quick sticks! It arrived, and off I went. Zoom zoom zoom. I am almost up to the shaping of the raglan sleeve. Yay! Here it is at the inception.

Last post I mentioned an important interview that Little Purl had attended. Well, even though it has not been announced by the Premier yet, and is all very secret squirrel, I feel that I can share it here . . . SHE FLIPPING WON! She will be going the dawn service at Gallipoli next ANZAC day, and also visiting Belgium and France, all expenses paid! We are very excited and incredibly proud. But don’t tell anyone, because the Premier hasn’t announced it yet!

And to finish, here is a picture of my cat, who has a learning disability. After three years she is still trying to get through the kitchen window with her head.

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10 Responses to "tension headaches"

Yay for new sweaters and FANTASTIC news about Little Purl!! That’s excellent!

You have been busy!
Congratulations to dear Little Purl! How could anyone be expected to keep that news secret?
Such a pretty cat.

first of all, congrats to Little Purl!! and wow!! so many gorgeous FOs!!!!!!!!

Well that’s your job at ASIO shot completely out of the water!!! Congratulationss to Little Purl and family!!! I have trouble with the right tension too, I have to use larger needles and I hate that: I usually go up a size and use smaller needles!!
Very nuce knitting, oh Juliet is lovely!! Not long till the holidays now, I am sure you will make it!!

such pretty knits (as always!!)..yeah its almost impossible to find 3.5mm needles in Aussieland. i have some straights from spotty..and some dpns from my bamboo set..

totally love that pin you are going to close the Sassymetrical with..

what a gorgeous cat you have..i own a daft white cat…the original daft white cat…mother of Suzi’s daft white cat..

Congratulations Little Purl.

Like you, I have ‘loose tension’ [sounds terrible, I admit]. I generally have to knit 8ply on 3.25 so imagine what getting guage for baby yarn is like [I guess you know!!] LOL

Wow, you really are zooming through the knitting!

And yay for Purl – how very exciting!! And what a wonderful experience that will be – just watching it on tv makes me cry, it would be so amazing to be there.

Congrats to Purl! Great news.
I’m over using straights as well. Thank goodness for Addis!

Great pattern + lovely yarn = raging success!

And as for Little Purl, that is a tremendous thing to win. What a wonderful adventure to look forward to! I promise not to tell.

You are a cardigan machine woman!

I frogged my juliet – weighed a ton and was absolutely HUGE – never mind – love my wicked and Francis is absolutely gorgeous! Last night cast on Flair – still feeling the cardi love!

How fabuloous about little purl! Well done all around I think!

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