I’m sitting here writing my regular Sunday morning post… I’ve been to the vege market as usual, put the veges away, and here I am, doing my Sunday morning post, drinking my coffee, waiting for my toast to pop… I quite like the regular-ness of Sunday… I like wandering around the market picking lovely fresh veges to cook for our dinners, by the end the bags are so heavy I can hardly carry them and its always a relief to leave! Two Sundays of the month I have KB here with me and the other two I have for myself… today is a self-Sunday and let’s face it, I’m probably going to do what I always do on a day off… write essays, cook lentils and make! As you can see from the above photo, it’s a cozy grey day here, so I’m not expecting much from myself in terms of activity! Do you love my new butterfly? It was one of the purchases I made on my trip to Turangi… made in NZ, it’s a magnet but I blu-tacked it to the window just above my gerbera plants and below the rainbow my youngest blister bought KB and I when she visited us years ago in the Far North. It has travelled extensively and moved plenty, so is a bit cracked, but I love it’s rainbow goodness, so until the rainbow pops out completely, it is here to stay!
So I’ve been charting this week! Working away at my Fisherman’s jersey, mightily enjoying the challenge!
I must say, I’m quite confused about the charting in an important way…. do you read the chart from left to right then right to left then left to right? Or always from right to left? Or always from left to right? I remembered that on crochet graph patterns I discovered it went anti-clockwise instead of clockwise like how we leftys hook!!! Luckily this pattern seems to be a mirror image so it doesn’t matter which way I read it… maybe they’re all like that! Like I say… it’s a new and exciting challenge.
I was getting thrilled with how there were little circles appearing on my knitting… “Little circles babe! Look!!!” And despite getting a bit of a sore arm, I was quite thrilled with this… KB not so much because for the first five or six rows I was loudly chanting “knit, purlpurl, knitknitknit, purl” as I went.
“When you get good at that you’re going to be able to say it in your mind aren’t you babe?!” She asked while trying to read her book….
“Possibly! Possibly not” I replied “Purl, knitknit, purlpurlpurl…”
Oh she is a gorgeously patient woman that’s for sure!
So I got to row 28 and all was fine and dandy… then late one night (I’m trying to accustom myself to less sleep so that I can get more done in the evenings and not be nodding off 9 every night) I decided to finish rows 28-32.
Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad idea to knit a chart when your eyes are closing…. I ended up repeating a row and DESTROYING A LINE OF LITTLE CIRCLES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It was horrifying.
At first I decided that I would just leave it like that, I was knitting the back so who cares? Then, the next morning I found myself frogging the last four rows.
Here’s how the jersey looked right before I put it in a bag and into my wardrobe. We’re having some “space.”
I thought I dealt with this jersey in quite a mature way… KB told me to frog the whole thing and pretend the incident never happened, my friend Sandra e-mailed me and told me (in capitals) to “throw the bloody thing into the Wellington wind!” Which made me feel better…
Tomorrow I’m going to my Mum’s Garden Party for the fibrecraft guild and friends… It’s going to be fantastic fun, spinners, knitters, a lone hooker (me) and lots of cake! So I’m going to take my jersey out there and get one of the many expert knitters who are there to show me how to shape the neckline while doing a chart! Watch this space…..
Do you know what? I really love blogging… I think you have to love it to bother, because it is a commitment for sure! And I love finding new blogs that I enjoy… do you love that? Clicking into a blog you’ve never visited and all of these gorgeous colours pop up onto the screen… I have many favourite blogs which I love to visit… what “makes” a blog in your opinion? I like blogs which are updated regularly, where the blogger is passionate about their craft, and beautiful, colourful pictures are a must too! I thought I’d link you to a couple of blogs I’m loving right now… one I’ve been following for a while and one I’ve just discovered…
Kiwiyarns Knits is one of my favourite blogs, I may be a bit biased because I know the blogger as she is a Wellingtonian too, but I love her passion for knitting, her sense of humour, her gorgeous photography and her patterns! She is a lovely and generous lady who creates gorgeous and sometimes easy patterns and posts them all for free, so is well worth a look. Her latest pattern (coming soon) is for loooooooooooooong mitts and I cannot wait to make some, they’re stunning!
The other blog, I just discovered yesterday, called Nimble Fingers and Steady Eyebrows is a very fun blog, written by two friends as letters to each other, have you been to visit them? They are both lovely ladies and indulge in all sorts of crafty goodness including dressmaking and crochet (!), and I’m having fun getting to know these two friends… what an awesome and original way to write a blog don’t you think!!!???
What are some of your favourite blogs? Leave us all a link in a comment so we can go and visit these cool sites!
OK then… I’ve spent enough time on here for now… essays are calling… Poor Raymond, he has been sitting in my armchair waiting for me to come and sit down, but he has given up and is now asleep in a teeny tiny ball,
Have yourselves a wonderful, lovely day wherever you are!!!
Lots of love from Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Oh and P.S…. I’ve been seeing a few of my photos popping up on other people’s blogs… It really bugs me when people use other people’s pictures for whatever purpose, including showing us what they’re making next…. I hope that by putting it out there that it annoys me when people put photos of my crochet on their blogs, or take my patterns and publish them in a different form without my permission that it will deter people form doing this in the future! Is that mean or reasonable?