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Saturday, May 01, 2010

Messages for raceforlife

Noo's Knits & Other Bits..: Race for Life - I need your help!

A few people have mentioned that they hate the sound of their own voice, so I was wondering, if you wanted to join in (click on the link to the post above for details) and send me a message for my race day - would you prefer it if I found a way of recording answerphone messages. So you phoned a number and left me a message and I found a way of taking that as an MP3? I think there are ways but it might cost me a couple of quid. Not huge sums and I'm happy to do it if more people would leave messages.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

My firepit has been restored........ bring on summer


My firepit has been restored ready for the summer!  it was looking pretty rusty so it's been red-oxided inside and out, then covered with heat resistant black paint inside and around the rim, and copper hammerite around the outside.  I'm disappointed with the copper colour (seriously none of the central heating pipes in my house are that colour, this definitely looks more brassy) I'd have liked a more pink/red tone to it, but it's fine and it'll hold a good few sausages! - next year I might re-do it red!! ;)

Monday, April 26, 2010

Knitting News...

It's been a long time since I talked about my knitting, I tend to forget that not all of you lovely blog readers are also on the CTnY Forum so here is my knitting news! ;)

Firstly, I started, and finished a Drops pattern in Debbie Bliss Cotton Angora. I'm not totally sure I love it, but I like it well enough if that makes sense. No photos yet as I need to block it properly (which may account for the so-so attitude towards it)

Since then I have started (twice) Inamorata.... a pattern I am totally in love with, and am determined to make "just -so" So far I have started it in Drops Cotton Viscose, which is a gorgeous yarn, but maybe not really right for this design.  It is made of what appear to be a million strands and has absolutely no give whatsoever (I thought the viscose might give it just a tad, but I was wrong) it's also very shiny which doesn't come across on the photo.  Don't get me wrong it's a lovely yarn, but I think this top would be better in something a little more forgiving. Having said that I'm still going to try to make it work.... just because I'm stubborn!  I started the pattern as written, but it starts at the top and is knit down, so the first bit you do is those little cables at the top.  My knitting was really spectacularly crap, so i frogged that last night and cast on with a provisional cast on where the pattern changes at the empire waist line (for want of a better description) I'm going to knit that bit first, and then try the little cables again hoping that the weight of the bottom will help even out the stitches.  If not I'll just change the top to another stitch pattern! 

All this knitting and frogging has led me to realise that I'm not the best at matching patterns to yarns.  I chose good yarns and I chose good patterns, but I don't always pair them up in the best way!  Sometimes this is down to budget limitations, and sometimes it's because when you buy on the internet things don't always come the way they looked like they would (!) , but other times I just don't realise (until I start knitting when it becomes glaringly obvious) what kind of yarn is called for in a pattern.  It's a skill i definitely need to work on!

Anyway, hopefully some photos soon!

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