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October 28, 2011

It’s Friday at last, and I love Fridays! It’s so much fun to go around and see what’s turned from Wednesday’s WIP to an FO ready to be worn, cuddled or displayed. As bonus, it’s the last Friday of the month, so I can wear jeans to work, and the sun is shining. Since the clocks go back this weekend, the sun will not be making much of an appearance in my life from Sunday evening till Saturday morning for the next few months. It’s dark about 6pm just now, and barely light at 8am, so next week it’ll be dark at 5pm, around the time I leave work, and light at 7am – although I think I’d rather the clocks stayed where they are, now I’ve got used to getting up in the dark. In a few more weeks, daylight will be between about 9-9.30am to 3.30-4pm. Definitely an excuse to make myself more warm accessories I think!
As you can see from the picture above, I finished my knit bunny!. I love him. I think he worked out pretty well. I made him from a 5” square of stockinette. The square in bulky yarn was really fast to make, I could probably have done it in one evening if I’d focused on it. The bunny works up really quickly after the square is done. I think it probably took me about an hour last night. This time, I made the running stitches for the neck and ears much smaller and I think it made it much neater. This time though I couldn’t get it to come to a neat close at the top of his head, so I added a couple of stitches to secure it. We didn’t have any beans or lentils in the house, and my husband forgot to buy me some, so I stitched up the bunnies back and put running around the edge to close it up, then added a smallish, flat river stone and more stuffing and closed it up. Since the bunnies aren’t going to children, I figure having a stone to balance them and make them sit nicely is ok. I finished of by stitching on a face with black yarn and stitched on the tail. The tail is a really soft silky pompom which I got from John Lewis. I love the tail! The ears are pretty poseable which I think is cute, and it’s easy and quick enough that making another 6 shouldn’t be a problem. I plan to do one a week, so you can guess what the next month and a half of FO Fridays will be!
Check out Tami’s for more FO Fridays!

October 27, 2011

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I was thinking about buying myself some hooks especially for knooking, as a reward to myself for my promotion. They arrived on Tuesday with my gorgeous fyberspates yarn. I ordered them from the Knitting Shop, which wasn’t the cheapest place I had found them, but they sold fyberspates yarn too, so I saved on the shipping costs by getting them from the same place. I put my order in on Sunday and it arrived very quickly on Tuesday. When I opened the parcel, everything inside was don up in tissue paper! I love pretty packing, lol, it’s just one of those little things that make you feel special. The hooks are KnitPro Symfonie Interchangeable Afghan/Tunisian Crochet Hooks and the set comes with 3.5mm, 4mm, 4.5mm, 5mm, 5.5mm, 6mm, 7mm, and 8mm hooks. KnitPro also make 3mm and 6.5mm hooks that aren’t in the set, and I might get those later, if I find myself using them a lot. I’m a bit sad that they don’t make a 3.75mm hook, since that’s what I’m using for my Happy Lavender Scarf, but for that I can keep on using my homemade knook.
The hooks are fantastic! I’ve been using the 7mm one to make my bunny squares and I love it. The hooks themselves are gorgeous – I love the fantastic colours, and they are so smooth they feel silky. It’s also much easier to knook without the thumbrest always getting in the way. The cables are great. It took me a little while to get the hang of turning the hook without twisting the cable, but the join between the cable and the hook are fantastic. They screw together nicely and comes with a “key” to help you tighten it up securely – very important, as the first time I didn’t use the key and the cable almost came off! The stopper on the end is very handy and saved me losing my work a few times. And the cable itself is much better for knooking with as it slides through the stitches much easier than the yarn I’ve been using. I love these so much, I may even get myself a full set of Symphonie Crochet Hooks, or ask for them for Christmas!

October 26, 2011

Hurray for another WIP Wednesday! I love to see what everyone else is working on around the world, and I think it’s awesome that something so simple as yarn can bring so many people together! So this week I’ve made more progress with my Happy Lavender Scarf (if you’ve seen my YoP post you’ve already seen this photo, sorry!). I love this scarf and the yarn so much. It’s about to be put on the back burners for a little while though, as I have something very exciting to work on. I have no ambition to finish this scarf before next easter at the earliest, since it’s way to thin to be a winter scarf, and I’m glad to think it’ll be waiting for me whenever I want it.
I’ve started on my first gift knit bunny! The test one was a four inch square, but I wanted them a little bigger, so this is going to be a five inch square. The yarn I’m using is Rowan Colourscape Chunky and it’s something I’ve never worked with before – pure lambswool. It’s really soft and it’s knitting up so fast, I’m loving working with it. The yarn itself is lovely – it has several shades of brown, with pretty long colour runs, and little flecks of white and darker brown through it. I’m hoping I’ll be able to make all seven rabbits out of one skien, and that they’ll all look different to each other.
I got a very exciting parcel in the post yesterday. It had some new hooks for knooking that I’ll talk more about tomorrow, and it had yarn! The colours in the photo are a little off – it’s really a gorgeous teal colour and a bit more green than the photo. It’s Fyberspates 4 ply Scruptious, which is a 55% superwash merino, 45% silk blend, and it’s amazing. It feels so soft! I’ve already turned the first skien into a ball – which took about an hour, so after the next is done, I can start crocheting with it. This is what my Happy Lavender Scarf is being put aside for, and I’m going to turn it into the Recuerdos de Infancia shawl on my Year of Projects list. I’m really excited to get started on it!
Don’t forget to heck out everyone else on Tami’s and see what other awesome things are currently in progress!

October 25, 2011

I got some new yarn yesterday. This is Rowan Colourscape Chunky in Braken. It’s 100% lambswool and the shades in it are gorgeous! My husband picked it out for me, to use to make my rabbits for Christmas gifts (he’s awesome about yarn shopping!) and I’m loving it. It isn’t cheap (£12 for 100g) but hopefully I’ll be able to get the seven rabbits I need from one skein. While I was winding it into a ball, it didn’t feel particularly soft, but now I’ve started knooking with it, it feels amazing. I might get more of this in a different colour way later, I think it would make an awesome, warm and soft cowl! One of the things that I’m quite excited about with this yarn, is that because it’s varigated, but the colour runs are pretty long, my seven rabbits won’t all be the same colour, although I have no idea how they’ll actually turn out! If I work hard, I might have one finished for you to see on Friday. Check back tomorrow to see how I’m getting on!

Today I have a squee! My dad brought me a present from my aunt and uncle when we had coffee today. My wedding bouquet was dried and I have it back framed nicely. There’s less flowers than my original bouquet of course, otherwise it would be huge! It’s more the essence of my bouquet. It has trailing ivy, some steel grass loops, white roses, carnations, freesias and more that I can’t remember the name of! I’m really happy to have it back and it’s up on the wall in the spare room now. I had to find somewhere I could hang it out of direct daylight.

October 24, 2011

This has been a busy week for me. I spent three days in Rotterdam seeing one of the FPSO’s I work with in drydock. I spent a couple of days climbing over, under and through the vessel, doing 12 hour days and starting at 6.30 am, so I didn’t take any knitting or crochet with me! Since I got back, I’ve only been working on things that are fun! I haven’t been having fun working on the make up bags, so I might just skip doing them. At the moment the bags feel like a chore, so I haven’t been working on them.
So this week, I’ve finished my purple test bunny, and I think he’s come out pretty well. The photo was taken on his better side. For the gift ones, I’m probably going to make them in more rabbitish colours. If I can find some mohair or angora yarn at the shops I might make a few fluffy long haired bunnies. I’m going to get some craft pompoms for tails and I’ll sew some eyes for them. My Happy Lavender Scarf has grown quite a lot since I last posted it. I’m really enjoying working on it, and I’m finding knooking really relaxing.
I’m slightly alarmed by the number of WIPs I have on the go! Last night I picked up my polo neck bag to start working on it again. This is an old photo, but really it hasn’t changed much. I’ve just finished the first skein of yarn so I’m over halfway through the fabric for the bag. I seemed to tighten my stitches a lot. I don’t know it this was before I put it down last time, but I definitely did a few tight rows last night. I’ve slackened off though and I think I’ve got it back to where I was before, so hopefully it’ll all block out evenly once I’m done. If not, I’ll have a bit of a kink in my bag, but I can live with that.
The Revised List
Scarves and Shawls


Other Things

October 21, 2011

Today is Friday and I’m home! Getting up at 7.30 today felt like a lie in after getting up at 5.30 the last three days. I got home just after lunch time yesterday and went straight to bed for a nap until my husband came home. I’ve never done so much walking, climbing and wriggling through small spaces before, and I’ve never seen such a big ship. We managed to get over most of the boat in the three days we were away, and I’ll see if I can get hold of some pictures to show you the scale next week.
After my nap, I finished off my purple test rabbit! He’s not the best, but he’s very cute and I’m happy with him. I fudged the instructions a bit. I couldn’t pull the material round to his neck, so I just sewed it up at the back. I need to get some little craft pompoms to make tails for the new ones. This one was made from a 4” square. I think I’ll make the next ones a little bit bigger – probably 5” square. I also made the division for the head about halfway through the square. Next time I think I’ll make the head a little bit smaller, and stuff the body with some lentils or small beans, so that he sits a bit better! I’m also going to make my running stitches smaller next time, so I can get a neater neck line. I’m tempted to get some mohair yarn for fluffy bunnies, but I don’t think I can get any from my LYS.
For more FO’s check out Tami’s Amis!

October 19, 2011

This week I’ve just been working on one thing, since I couldn’t take anything to Rotterdam with me. I’ve been working on my first practice Knit Bunny. I’m doing a test one, to try out the pattern and check out the yarn/needle size I need for the rest, and then I’m going to get some proper brown and white coloured yarn. The square I need is almost finished, so hopefully I’ll have an FO for you on Friday, even if it’s a strangely purple rabbit!
Not very exciting from me this week, so check out everyone else at Tami’s.

October 18, 2011

These are a very busy couple of days for me. Today I’ve spent most of the evening packing ear protectors, workbooks and overalls. In the morning I’m off to Rotterdam to see one of my FPSO’s that’s in drydock there. FPSO stands for Floating Production Storage Offloading. It’s basically a boat that’s an oil rig. This one in particular is an oil tanker that’s been converted into an FPSO and it’s older than me! It had some problems earlier this year, so they’re taking advantage of it being in drydock to do life extension. I’m not really going out to do anything, I’m just along to see what one really looks like, since I’ve been working on it for two years and all I’ve seen are photos and drawings.
So tomorrow morning I have a 6.15 am check in at the airport, then straight to the dockyard and work until 6.30 pm. On Wednesday, we’re going to the dockyard at 6.15 Rotterdam time (which is 5.15 UK time) and then I’m spending the whole day looking around the FPSO till 6.30 again and Thursday is another 6.15 am morning, then the plane home at lunchtime and thankfully I can go home! I’m not a morning person so this is going to be tough! No post for Tuesday, but I’ll get my WIP post queued for Wednesday! I’m not taking any crochet or knitting with me, because I only have my offshore bag to take with me and I don’t want to worry  about things getting dirty, and I’m never sure what can go in hand luggage these days. See you on Thursday everyone.

October 17, 2011

Today has been a very lazy Sunday. I think I stayed up too late last night, then I was still tired this morning when I got, and I haven’t had any energy for doing anything since. However, yesterday we were good and tidied, and we have some apple drying out downstairs, for healthy snacks, since I’ve banned myself from crisps! And what has this meant for Year of Projects? Well the last couple of days I haven’t done much of anything! Today I keep picking things up and putting them down again and I have no focus, but judging from the number of “in progress” things on my list, it’s pretty much normal for me! I really need to start clearing some of my in progress things and start finishing them!
I’ve just started the second make up bag (the first is still in time out!). I’m using basket weave stitch this time and I really like how it’s going so far. This time I think I’ll do the whole thing in blue and just seam it up and go round all the edges in the black.
I’m really enjoying my scarf. I finally got to the lime stripe and I love it. The pattern says to make the scarf in two halves, then seam them together so that the chevrons are going the same way at each side. I’ve decided though, that I don’t really care if the chevrons are going different ways, so I’m just going to keep going until the end.
I’ve also made another change to my list! I know this isn’t a surprise to anyone at this point! I had the amigurumi penguin on my list for the Christmas presents and I need to make seven of them, but browsing Ravelry for quick and easy patterns for an emergency FO Friday, I found these adorable knit bunnies! Seven squares that need a small amount of sewing to shape them is much easier and quicker than making 7 heads, bodies and beaks, and 14 wings and feet, then sewing them all together. Since I’m slightly worried about time, and these are so cute that this swap seems like the best option. Here’s the list again!
The Revised List
Scarves and Shawls


Other Things

Hopefully soon I’ll get myself down to 1 knitting project, 1 crochet project and the blanket (which I’m not in a hurry to finish). Have a great week everyone!