The knitting above is not for KB, I’m terribly sorry to tantalise you in my previous post with knitting and not tell you what it was! (Oh my goodness, can you imagine what a non-knitter who just stumbled into Crochet with Raymond might think if they read that?) I’ve finished the above knitting, that is the remainder of the hank of wool I bought from The Wool Company on the trip up here, however the finished object needs a darn good soak and spin in the machine and a very rigorous blocking session which I can’t do until my washing machine arrives at our new house on Tuesday. I’m dying to see it all blocked and nice, so you won’t have long to wait!
I am dying for my stuff to get here. For the first few days it was kind of fun camping on the airbed but I’m missing my fridge like crazy. I believe that of all the things I’m looking forward to arriving on Tuesday, my fridge is the thing I am most excited about, even more than my malabrigo and that’s saying something.
So, today I have some pictures to show you of things I’ve been making for KB. During the blogging break (or should I say “the month I was so busy I had no time to blog or read blogs”) I had last month I came to Whangarei for a week for some job interviews and to make sure KB and I wanted to live here. I stayed with my wonderful friends and their two toddlers, one of whom is KB and my God Daughter and took the yarn, pattern and needles to knit some ace socks for KB. I was only planning to stay for three nights but ended up having to stay for seven and had mild anxiety that I had only bought one project with me because I had not anticipated staying for so long. I managed to ration my knitting over the time I was there and finished the socks on the last night which was great in terms of getting the project finished but not so great because I had nothing to knit on the plane ride home and had to read trashy gossip mangazines. It was not good for my self-identity and I actually found myself wanting to say to the man on the plane sitting next to me “I’m a knitter you know, I’ve just run out of knitting. I don’t normally sit here reading about Kim Kardashians arse….” I managed to restrain myself.
So enough about the knitting of the socks, would you like to see them?
You may recognise the pattern, the Red Wine and Port socks from Jane Brockett’s “The Gentle Art of Knitting,” the same pattern I’m using for my Croc Socks which are in hibernation right now, I’ve already knit three of this pattern and need a break from it.
Being that burgundy is not one of my very favourite colours, these socks were a wee bit zing-less, however because it was this or nothing else, I loved knitting these and didn’t even get bored on the second sock! The yarn I used for these was Naturally Waikiwi a lovely blend of Merino, Alpaca, Nylon and “other”- I’m sure the label said what the “other” was but I’ve thrown it away already so can’t check.
These socks have had a lot of frogging… more than I have ever frogged a project! Some eagle eyed people may notice one tiny mistake on the foot where I did one extra row between the cables, however when I was grumbling about it, our friends teenage daughter pointed out that KB would probably prefer some socks with a mistake in them to a perfect pair of socks….
She is spot on.
KB and I are so different. But being that the socks were a six year anniversary present it seems that different is good.
I’ve been making some progress on her Higgledy-Piggledy Blanket…
And we think it is looking quite awesome! I’ve never made a granny square thingumy with different coloured edges on the squares and I’m quite enjoying it. I still haven’t decided what kind of blanket to make with my wool which I will show you soon! I have to roll it into balls first but I’m scared if I do that I’ll want to start right away. Maybe if I show you the colours you can give me some inspiration!
And on the Raymond front, he was allowed out yesterday because of the heat, my god it was hot here! Our house was like a sauna and it would have been cruel to keep him locked in with the windows shut, so out her went and of course he came back just as we knew he would! He loves his new home, we have some hilarious photos of him exploring his very own big garden which I’ll show you next time.
Wishing you a beautiful day,
love Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX