knitting and the life I almost have around it

Saturday, January 03, 2009

it's 2009 already?

whoops! It seems being on holidays has not improved my time-keeping any. I've been playing with flickr mosaics (havent we all) but before I show you that, I'll quickly squeeze in the last few knits for 2008.

My Nightsong Shawl, knit from my own 2-ply lace-weight hand-spun, from EGMTK's merino/silk in Octopus' Garden.
The last couple of repeats really felt like they were dragging but when I actually checked on ravelry.. it took me 8 days. I think that's my new record! and it's full-sized too!
I havent got around to snapping it after being rescued from blocking - that's our queen-sized bed it's blocking on to give a size indication. I love it! :) You can't really see but each point has a clear silver-core glass bead threaded onto it.

Also, on New Year's Eve I finished off my Naive socks in Trekking. These were almost instantly gifted to the lovely Heather, my future SIL. (and no, I can't be bothered fixing the photo. They're socks, whatever way up.)

As for wedding stuff - blech! We're planning, tentatively, for October 2009. And it is doing my head in! Finding a balance between 'dodgy' and 'affordable', 'inviting who I like' and 'not pissing off the rellies' and 'doing it all myself' and 'forgetting about it til the last minute' is... well... I'm glad I'm on holidays.
In some respects I am very lucky. My parents are total hippies with no ties to tradition and my Mum really doesnt care. This has the wonderful silver-lining of meaning she doesnt think I should have to invite rellies who openly hate me or havent seen me since I was 1. This also has a down side: my Mum really doesnt care. So I can't mention it to her or she just says "oh how horrible, why don't you just elope?". Which, while I see her point, is rather like knitting someone a very elaborate and mind-numbing lace shawl and being told "why dont you just buy them a scarf?".
It's early days and I am still in enough of my senses to be vaguely on top of things. Our net being down for three or four days REALLY didnt help, so I'm fairly confident I'll get it together... if i can only work out what sort of dress I want (no, not knitted. am not quite that mad yet.).

Oh ok, mosaic.
I was going to do 2008 in knitting and spinning but got bored so here is the last 6 months or so.

1. Handspun Nightsong Shawl 2. Indigo Ripples Skirt 3. Starburst Sweater 4. Starburst Sweater detail 5. Sea Surf Scarf (handspun) 6. Flora cap 7. Loop-through scarf 8. Naive socks 9. Casablanca 10. Slubby handspun, Hippie Heaven 11. navajo plied BFL/soy, Boutique Skies 12. Scalloped Edge Hat (handspun) 13. Jaywalkers 14. Flutter Sleeve Cardigan 15. Catch-me-if-you-can-socks in HappySpider Kelp Forest 16. Process of spinning for Nightsong shawl 17. BFL/soy fibre from EGMTK 18. Sock-it-to-me scarf (handspun) 19. Laceweight handspun with 5c for scale 20. Sayuri Sweater 21. Viking Battle Bonnet 22. Catch-me-if-you-can-socks 23. Scallop-edge beaded necklace 24. Devil hat 25. Owl 6-ply socks 26. Mohawk beanie 27. short-circuit scarf 28. BSJ in HappySpider Pansies 29. Felted clogs 30. Hanspun merino 2ply 31. Felted clogs 32. Spider Socks in Swamp Beast 33. Square for Jet blanket 34. handspun tinsel 35. Merino and Angora, navajo plied in Big Top from EGMTK

Ok, and now I'm being told it's bed time.

Happy New Year, I hope everyone has the best 2009 possible.

Peace out,
Ms Spider xoxo

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  • At January 04, 2009 12:15 am, Blogger Michelle said…

    You can always do the next best thing to eloping, which is what we did - faced with a humungous immediate family on Scott's side, we decided to have the guests as only parents, siblings and their spouses, and a dozen close friends so the reception was made up of only 30 people including us.

    We had a no kids policy and had the reception at our favourite restaurant (we just booked a table for 30 - easy). There were no bridesmaids, no dancing, no wedding cake and no planned speeches. And I didn't wear white.

    Afterwards, all the guests said it was a lovely wedding and totally unpretentious, which was our aim.

    So my advice (which you didn't ask for, but anyway!) is to really do what you both want to do. Great Aunt Mabel isn't getting that wedding ring on her finger - you are! Good luck with the planning! If you take a deep breath in now and then, it can actually be a lot of fun.

  • At January 04, 2009 8:23 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    LOVE the Nightsong....just stunning :)
    I second what Michelle said....bottom line, less stress = more fun!

  • At January 04, 2009 11:35 am, Blogger TinkingBell said…

    Beeaaautiful nightsong

    we sorta eloped - we told only Kim's ister who came down from Canberra, invited both sets of parents over to have lunch with her, after the main course told them that we had decided to get married, and while everyone oohed and aahed we said ` in 10 minutes, so we just have to get changed'

    We got married in the garden, Kim's sister was best person, the dog was there, the horse looked over the fence and we drank some sparkling red.

    It was a very easy and affordable wedding!

    But as above, go with what you want. Some rellies were pissed off, but I don't really care.

    Congratulations, don't stress, it's YOUR day, noone elses - well , maybe Monkeys!

  • At January 04, 2009 3:16 pm, Blogger Jejune said…

    Happy New Year Spidey!!

    Yeah - what they said about weddings. Do what YOU want.

    One thing that worked for us was to have a small morning wedding in my parent's garden, for family and a few close friends (self-catered, probably wouldn't do that again), and a huge party for all our friends at another house in the evening!

    As ever I'm stunned by your knitting and spinning skill and productivity! Gorgeous all round!

  • At January 05, 2009 3:01 pm, Blogger Caffeine Faerie said…

    Your Nightsong is absolutely gorgeous. I mean, really, really, stunning.

    And what they all said. The only people who matter in your wedding are you and your Monkey. Do something that'll make both of you happy and remember. (And not be paying off for the next x-number of years...).

  • At January 05, 2009 4:00 pm, Blogger LynS said…

    The Nightsong is so very beautiful...and to make it in 8 days is phenomenal. I hope you find wonderful occasions on which to wear it, or that you are able to give it to someone who appreciates it.

    Whatever you do, enjoy both the wedding and the planning for it.


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