Sunday, 3 July 2011
NOT MORE SOCKS!!
Good evening! What a lovely one it is too! I've spent most of the weekend either in the grden or in front of the television, watching the tennis. I really enjoy it and think I have watched at least some action from every Wimbledon since I was about ten years old. I was once not too bad a player myself!!! I snapped the above photo this afternoon, as I noticed the wisteria making a second appearance. It's one of my my favourite flowers, but alas it's never in bloom for very long. It's always a bonus when it reappears for a second showing.
It's only two weeks now until Knit Nation. I'm so excited and really looking forward to the weekend in London, with my dear pal Josiekitten. We'll have such fun! I've managed to complete the 'Lilac Pool Socks' that were yet another of my 'must complete before Knit Nation' projects.
The pattern gets a little lost in the busy yarn, but I'm still more than happy with them. There are so many pretty lilac and pupley shades in the yarn; it's very pretty.
It's not often that I don't complete projects, but this morning I decided to have a tidy up and make the dreaded 'frog it now!!!!!' decision on a couple of projects that have lain around for a little too long. First to go was the 'Swallowtail Shawl' that I began five or six times last August. I had completed no more than an inch or two, so the decision was an easy one. It had to go....... FROGGED!
Next to go was the pretty little 'Margot' jumper for Sophie. I had almost completed the back, but realised that I had made two errors; one a pattern error and one a sizing error. It has been left for a couple of months at least now and I fear it will not fit her by the time I correct and complete it. I'm sure I will have another go at this one in a larger time, when I feel inspired to do so. So.................. FROGGED!
Ahhh, that feels so much better. I hate having a build-up of unfinished items. On the other hand I hate not having two or three different projects to pick up as and when I feel the urge. So, guess what happened this afternoon? You guessed..................... I cast on!!! Mind you, there was a sensible need. We are travelling to Knit Nation by train and so I will need a small, portable project for the weekend. What better than a pair of socks. NOT MORE SOCKS! I hear you cry. These will be gorgeous when thery are finished. I'm using Anne Hanson's 'Fishbone Gansey' pattern. I love it! I decided I ought to show willing and use one of the yarns purchased at Knit Nation last year, hmmm! It's 'Fil de Chausette' by the French dyers 'Renaissance Dyeing', in the colourway iris. All of their dyes are naturally produced from plants. I'm hoping they will be in London again this year, as their colour range is beautiful.
I decided to get going on the pattterned part of the sock, leaving the main ribbed section to complete on the journey. It's okay to rib and chat, but NOT to pattern and chat! Here's how they are looking so far.
I'll leave you with this cheekie chappie. I watched him for quite a long time yesterday afternoon, as he planned and executed his attack on the peanut bird feeder. Such an agile little fellow!