Sunday, September 23, 2007

It feels like Christmas!

Just look what arrived in the post!!!!

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I thought this must be the late birthday present my brother has been promising me, but no, it is from my Secret Pal!!! Isn't it wonderful. It has really brightened up a dreary day, full of fabulous ideas. I don't know where Nicky Epstein finds the time do all that knitting, have all those ideas and write so many wonderful books. I love it, love it, love it. Thank you Secret Pal.

In knitting news I finished the first sleeve of Rogue and blocked it to see if the guage was going to work.

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Well is it? Well actually I don't know yet because after it dried I unpinned it to let it relax before measuring and Jenkins hasn't got off it since. He likes the ironing board - it gives him a good lookout at where all the other cats are.

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I also had a sudden urge to knit some sock, since my SP9, Lorena, convinced me of the delight of hand knitted socks I have been acquiring a modest sock yarn stash. I used a hank of Colinette Jitterbug in colourway Jewel and decided to use the pattern printed on the inside of the label. Bad idea. Everything went well until I turned the heel and ended up with this...

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A rather narrow heel and only 8 stitches on the needle when there should have been 16. For the veteran sock knitters amongst you here are the offending instructions.

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However I am a mathematician (do you like the air of confidence I wrote that with?) so I set about a few calculations based on the fact that I wanted to end up with 16 stitches and replaced with this;

k21, ssk, k1
sl1, p13, p2tog, p1
sl1, k13, ssk, k1
repeat last 2 rows until all heel stitches are picked up.

That seemed to work, I am ready to graft the toe now, then on to the second sock.

Here's a cute photo to end with. Our cats generally give each other a wide berth but recently Marge and Fish have taken to cuddling up together, it's so sweet.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

cutest cats ever,took my littlemonkey to the vets this morning because she keeps being sick, but shes fine, jsut wish she wouldn't always do it on my shagpile rug :-(
anyway don;t suppos you ever fancy doing some test knitting for me?

6:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thats me by the way, duh! jeni fyberspates

6:23 PM  

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