Sunday, January 30, 2005

Patons Classic Merino Wool?

I have got the latest vogue knitting magazine and just love the poncho pattern, it is knitted in Patons classic merino wool. I am wondering what equivalent is available here in Australia. I looked it up on the net and the tension given was 20sts = 10cm on 4.25mm needles. The pattern is knitted on 4.5mm with a tension of 28 sts = 10cm in cable pattern. If anybody knows anything about PCMW leave a message. Also if anyone has a US wool store they can recommend I would love to know of any. I have bought wool from overseas before but they charge $35 US postage which is way to expensive if you haven't got anyone to share the postage with. I have wondered if Bendigo Aran knits up similar, the tension for that is 19sts = 10cm on 4.5mm needles.

I have spent today on opal#7, and I am up to the foot. I will be watching the tennis tonight (go Lleyton) so hope to get it pretty well finished.

Friday, January 28, 2005

Opal Sock # 7

Here is opal # 7 coming along nicely, really like the colours in this one. The kids had their hair cut this morning and I took along my knitting, you can get a lot done in 1/2 an hour and I am doing my bit to rid the world of this myth that you have to be a grey haired, granny to knit.  Posted by Hello

Finished At Last

Posted by Hello

Janelles throw rug is finished at last, she has her own style with colours, clothes and decorating, we call it Janellish and this is definately Janellish. It has been so hot the last few days, I could only sew a small bit of the edge at a time because having a rug on your lap is not much fun. The picture doesn't show up the pink fleck in the purple which is the exact same colour as the trim. I used a babies blanket pattern out of a Debbie Bliss book. My sister is having a baby so I will knit one for her because it is an easy peasy pattern. Posted by Hello

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Is It Too Hot To Knit???

It has to be pretty hot before I say yes. BUT I'm thinking that maybe it is just about too hot for me to do any. I did manage to do a bit of the sock last night. The kids have still managed to run around outside and play cricket, it amazes me how they can manage to do that. I know it is a lot hotter in other parts of Australia, but I think you can handle it better if you have consistent weather. In Tassie it can be cold one day and hot the next and it is hard to climatise. I'm off to watch the tennis now, great that we have two Aussies playing on Australia Day, even though I would like to see Hewitt tone down his antics on the court, it is a bit over the top I think.

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Another Pair of Socks

I am sewing the edge onto the throw rug at the moment and am dying to start what I call my TV knitting (easy no thinking patterns) this will be it. Another pair of socks I love knitting socks but after all the ones I knitted for Christmas presents I didn't want to look at another one. Posted by Hello


I am calling this snowflake, I started it the other day for Janelle. It is one of those patterns that you will only do when you have no distractions around. I found the pattern in a Sandra magazine that I picked up at the op shop. It is knitted all in one crossways starting at the sleeve. It was supposed to be knitted in a 10 ply so I have doubled 5ply. Tension is the same so it should work. The white layers in between the fair isle and cable sections looks like snow and are knitted in powder puff. It will probably take ages to do but the end result will be worth it I hope. Posted by Hello

Sunday, January 23, 2005

The Best Chilli

Finished the main part of the rug yesterday, hooray, today I hope to try and finish the trim. Then the worst part, sewing it on. I am a bit tired today went out to dinner last night at The Prickly Cactus, now I have to say it is not very often that I can't eat all my food when I go out but last night I only managed to eat about half of my chilli con carne. Which was the best chilli I have tasted, the size of it was huge. DH had pork ribs they were massive. We then went on to a night club, didn't last long, the average age was probably 18 or 19, went home feeling rather old but anyway had a good time.

Friday, January 21, 2005

Pink Mohair Trim

Well here it is I have started the mohair trim, very easy pattern so it should knit up quite quickly, I hope. Posted by Hello

I Can Knit All Day

I love the tennis when it is on because I don't feel so guilty when I sit down and knit all day. Just have to keep an eye on all the games you know. I hope to get the main part of the rug finished today and then I will concentrate on the trim. It is going to be quite warm today so it is a good excuse to stay inside. Yes it does get warm in Tasmania, sometimes, if you happened to watch the cricket the other day you might think that it is always like that here. The kids are watching one of their favourite shows on tv at the moment so it is quiet so I can actually get this done in peace.

Thursday, January 20, 2005

I'm still learning

I managed to post a photo don't know how I did it but it worked, I managed to put something else on trying but oh well I will improve at this I hope. The photo doesn't do the wool justice though it is a much brighter purple with a pink fleck in it. I have started the border and I think it will look ok. Attempting one photo is more than enough for now though.

I Did It

. Posted by Hello Here is the throw with the cat, Tabby (original name for a cat)

I,ve Taken The Plunge

After spending hours reading other peoples blogs I decided I would have one too. I am new to computers so I am learning as i go along.

As you can probably guess from the title I love knitting and anything related to knitting. I am married with 3 children, Janelle 12, Hayden 9, and Ashley 7. I live in Launceston, Tasmania and also enjoy cooking. At the moment I am knitting a throw rug for Janelle out of Filatura Di Crosa Oxford and as it has a pink fleck in it I have decided to add a pink mohair border to it. I won the wool on ebay and the pink mohair is from Bendigo Woollen Mills. I will post a photo when I work out how to do it.

'oh if housework was as much fun as knitting'