happenings..

Here is a little collection of photos from this month…

couch time

Couch time, tea and Game of Thrones book 3

Finished my Frenchy Bag (Amy Butler)

Experimented with recreating a fav eclair from a local bakery…was so good but a little big 🙂

Made the most amazing chocolate ice-cream to take to a friends for dessert!

(Recipe from sweet creams and sugar cones book)

Went strawberry picking for the first time this season! and yes they all got eaten!

Hanging out in the strawberry patch! + new hair cut 😉

Knitting up a storm on my first jumper!

Year of the finished project continues….Dasiy Chain quilt

Chain piecing while watching Thor 🙂

2 Swoon blocks have been joined by 3 more…only 4 to go!

bitten by the knitting bug…

I have officially been bitten by the knitting bug…

It’s almost as bad as fabric the way the stash starts to grow and expand…

Now a little something that you should know before I go on…I can be a bit of a perfectionist….(I can just see my mum rolling her eyes as she reads that line)

Usually if something doesn’t look right or I have made a mistake I will unpick or pull it to pieces and fix it.

When I was home visiting a while ago both Mum and Nan thought it was funny that I had never learnt to knit! So I go a few lessons and headed back to Adelaide with a new fascination. It was the basic skills of knit and purl and if I dropped a stitch I had no idea how to pick it up. I would just undo the whole thing and start again…after a lot of practice I managed to get the basics under control.

This year I decided that I wanted to learn to knit socks from the toe up…the first pattern that I chose was the first time I had ever come across a lace chart and from what I had read online I was intrigued by double-pointed needles, how hard could it be…..

It was a big thing for me to figure out how to do it and an even bigger thing for me to just keep knitting even when I noticed I had made a mistake in the pattern two rows back.

It was tough but I have learnt to embrace the imperfections that come along with learning a new skill. The side effect is I am now hooked on knitting socks!!

Work has been massively busy for me lately so I have found it more soothing to sit on the couch with a cuppa and knit in the evenings instead of being upstairs with my sewing machine.

Overall I am really happy with how they turned out and enjoyed making the second sock more as I had gotten used to the needles and the pattern.

Diagonal Lace Socks

Pattern: Diagonal Lace Socks (From Wendy Johnston’s book ‘Socks from the toe up’)

Yarn : Madelinetosh Sock in Black Velvet

On Ravelry here

EDIT  17 October 2012 : Okay so this post has been sitting as a draft for a little while…. I have now cast on and finished my second pair of socks and a few other things…

Charade socks

Pattern: Charade

Yarn: Skein Sock – Kaffir Lime

On Ravelry here

charade

These I didn’t enjoy as much as the first pair and they are a little tight around the ankle but I am hoping they will stretch.

I have also finished a shawl which I have sent my best friend Alissa for her birthday!

Marin Shawl

Pattern: Marin by Ysolda Teague

Yarn: Madeline Tosh Sock – Tern

On Ravelry here

Marin Shawl close up

I loved knitting this pattern! It was interesting and I learnt how to do cables!!! Who would have thought they were that easy!! I have been scared of them for EVER!  This is a pattern that I will knit again and it only took me about 2 weeks from start to finish.

And last but not least here are my broken seed socks that I am taking my time knitting. I love the colours and how they are turning out. The aim is to make them as long as possible!

Broken seed socks

Pattern: Broken seed socks

Yarn: Skein Top draw sock in Barley & Noro Silk Garden Sock

On Ravelry here

broken seed 1

Happy Friday!

xC