Archive for October, 2006

A wrapped up washcloth

October 26, 2006

Yesterday evening, I finally made the washcloth ready for departure. I rolled it up with a white soap bar, wrote a care label (and a few words to the receiver on the back side) and then tied it all together:
Black face-washcloth
I hope she’ll like the colour I selected, and the simple pattern (Nina’s seed stich surprise). The thing with the black is -I have absolutely no idea which colour my secret pal’s bathroom is; white would have been quite safe but… I just hate it when I wash in the evening and my mascara stains a newly washed facecloth, no matter how thoroughly I’ve tried to wash it off using only water and my hands first (or some fancy make-up-remover-stuff). Aren’t you familiar with this problem?¬† ūüėČ Hence, I’ve often thought it would be a brilliant idea to use dark facecloths. And I’m also just quite fond of plain black and white. There you have it.
And here I present a blurred and foggy photo of the wristwarmers Sæunn got on her graduation day
Rowan pink wristwarmers
This is a Rowan pattern from Magazine nr. 38 (2005). I used double Rowan Kid Classic and 7mm needles. And I’m actually very pleased with the result:-) At the moment, I’m working on the second sleeve of the cream and green baby jacket (see two posts down). Moving slowly…

I made a little trip to the √Ālafoss factory last Friday to buy some wool (Kambgarn) for a striped blanket. I stood a while wondering which colours to chose, but ended up with these

Kambgarn

I wanted several colours, and a colour scale or a gradient of similar colours. I haven’t quite made up my mind wether I’ll use all the colours. Better make some samples before I start. Whenever that will be:-o Actually, I should finish some of the other things I’ve already started first. First things first.

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It’s about time…

October 24, 2006

Finally, the reading course is over. And the exam too. And what a relief! I just checked my grade and I did OK too. Or quite well in fact. And that’s a big boost for my poor, low ego;-)

I have to decide myself, when the next deadline is. I wan’t to finish as much writing as possible before February. So, I have to make a new writing-plan(easy), and stick to it (not as easy)! But somehow, I think it will be kind of difficult. Most of the time I find myself quite tired after a normal working day. And the writing has to be done after work- when I always find it much, much more tempting to go home, relax and knit. Ohh, poor, poor me…

And the progress of long term projects? I am already in my 23rd week, and more than half-way there! Only four months left. How time flies.  Little Spacey is expected the 23rd of February:

Little Spacey

Seeing this little creature moving around on the screen during the ultrasound check two weeks ago was so strange; I almost shed a tear, but of course managed to stay cool;-)

And¬†knitting?¬†Well, I can tell you that¬†I spent quite a productive day at the airport in the beginning of October.¬†My group of friends had decided on taking a trip to Copenhagen to celebrate our 30th birthdays. This was decided last spring.¬†I therefore woke¬†up at four o’clock am the 5th of October. Took the first Flybus from Reykjav√≠k at 04:45 and managed to¬†work on¬†a¬†Mason-Dixon bib on the way to¬†Keflav√≠k-airport,¬†despite the dark and lack of sleep. On our arrival, we had to wait a bit in the check in line. So I continued my knitting there.¬† And again I¬†sat down while waiting for¬†departure, which was sceduled at 07:15. When we got to the gate, in time, no one was there! To cut a long story short, we had all in all a 9 hour delay! What fun! Fortunately, I had planned more than one knitting project. First I finished, the bib. Then I knitted a washcloth, for one in my email-knitting group in Iceland (we’re exchanging washcloths). Then I started a second washcloth,¬†using the rest yarn, just to try a knew pattern. There they are

two bibs and washcloths

In the trip, I also did some crochet- I made the pieces for the teddy bear-baby garland you see on the photo below

Teddy Garland

I still haven‚Äôt put the pieces together, but I intend to make another one for my little niece (or nephew), who is due in the beginning of December. On the plane, I also began working on a pair of wristwarmers, matching a black Odessa hat which I had finished the night befor the flight. The hat and the warmers were intended as a birthday gift to one of my (travelling) friends. I gave it to her yesterday and think she was very pleased. She hadn‚Äôt noticed though, that I was knitting her gift on the plane. And she sat beside me! I‚Äôve asked her to send me a photo wearing the gift, and when I get it, I‚Äôll post it here. But instead, I have a photo of my mother’s warmers (which I intended to give her at Christmas, but just couldn’t wait and gave her last Sunday)

wristwarmers-mamma

But do you know what? I haven’t finished a single thing initially intended for my Little Spacey. And still I always find the time to make spontaneous gifts for someone. The last gift I finished was yet another pair of wristwarmers, knitted using a Rowan pattern and yarn (kid soft, double) and 7 mm pins. A very quick project and the receiver was very pleased too when I gave her the present on her graduation day, last Saturday. Since then, I’ve decided to dedicate my spare time making something for ME. And very wice it was, for yesterday I was asked to knit another pair for a colleague. I said no, but found it very, very hard to do¬†so. I’ll post a photo of the pink warmers next time.¬†But actually a very¬†“foggy” one, since my 3-year-old¬†snapshot camera¬†has been declared out of order and “nonrepairable”.