knitting and the life I almost have around it

Monday, December 19, 2005

what good are fat geese when you cant knit them?

Well, woke up today to a little present waiting on the kitchen table (is there anything nicer than packages?) Of course, i cast on straight away (bad spider). the needles on the dpn protectors are my normal 2.25mm dpns, the bamboo addi's are in the top left hand corner. they feel beautiful, but i wanted to try a pattern i've been mulling out for a while, and i felt i needed the smaller ones. Pleased to say that the protectors fit nearly all of my dpns with no chance of coming off (just in case any of you were considering buying a pair but concerned they wouldnt be useful for your other dpns).
They are very cleverly tapered inside, so they push the needles outwards, so the pressure is maintained on either side. Just to prove the point, it came with 5 3mm dpns, but fits 4 2.25mm just as well.
The socks are ankle socks, with seemingly random stripes of three colours (the tight ball of blue is the left over VBDBBD sock yarn which was dyed merino bambino, and the other two are patons dreamtime for those of you playing at home). I promise most faithfully to post my free pattern as soon as i am sure it will work :p. i am fairly confident (arent stripes fun?) but want to make sure... murphy's law being what it is :)

This is the c*****t scarf in all its dark glory. It's a simple sideways on a 10mm hook. just a chain of about 150 and then back and forth in double crochet (breaking off at the end of each row to create a fringe). at the end i threaded some black yarn through the gaps to create a slightly more stable fabric. It's quite nice i think, and i used up the Zhivago leftover from Gypsy's Shrug. And the black Zhivago was left over from some fingerless gloves for a friend of my mothers, so it cost me absolutely nothing (BFG debates this point, but as i spent no money on it in the last week, its free. and i was payed for the gloves).
I dont know my cousin well enough to know if she'll like it, but it's to supplement a gift voucher (i have always hated receiving vouchers, particularly for cd shops. its as though your relatives are saying "i have NO idea who you are, here's some money". i do like book vouchers, but its always a bit sad to sit there holding a piece of paper that you cant use for ages because the shops will be crazy. While all the younger kids are squealing over their train sets and things.) so to cut a long story short, this is to make the inevitable gift voucher less depressing.

the colour in the close up is pretty much spot on.

Oh and just to rub it all in:

that's me done but for a box of chocolates for my boss and one measly gift voucher (and the stupid scarf.. i will finish the ball, I WILL). the bootees i mentioned (which will take one evening) arent due til the 5th or so, so they dont count.

And yes, Narnia was not possible being that it hasnt opened yet! i forgot that my boss went to the premiere that was held by SC Ten because we advertise with them. silly spider. But my facial was lovely and i feel somewhat more prepared to be surrounded by raving beauties on saturday night.



  • At December 20, 2005 3:28 am, Blogger mumblingmonkey said…

    Good for you, being all ready for Christmas and everything! If you want a good laugh about not being ready, just think of me. :)

    yessss....come over to the dark side, c*****t isn't that bad. ;) i like the way your scarf turned out.

  • At December 20, 2005 10:36 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Damn woman... You've been productive :o)


  • At December 20, 2005 4:14 pm, Blogger yuvee said…

    Gee, I never realise that X'mas is just 5 days away! Good for you to be prepared, spidey!
    Good luck with the socks too, I LOVE stripes.

  • At December 21, 2005 12:27 am, Anonymous Becky said…

    I envy your Christmas readiness! Care to send over some of that organization?

  • At December 21, 2005 8:58 am, Blogger Jejune said…

    Those teddy bears look good enough to eat :)
    Congratulations on being so prepared - and with so many hand-made gifts - amazing!

    Even the c******ted scarf turned out well ;)

  • At December 21, 2005 9:52 am, Blogger Stephanie said…

    I'm loving those socks you did! And isn't it great to be ready for Christmas? I saw some of those project protector needle things at my LYS today and wondered, but didn't get any. Have a very Merry Christmas!


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