Saturday, September 30, 2006

Central Park Hoodie

Thanks to everyone who wished me a happy 40th birthday, I really appreciated your kind words and yes I am still very young. In my mind I am still a very young girl, I just don't linger too long over mirrors these days because they tell me different he he!!


Cental Park Hoodie is finished and I loved every minute of knitting it, a great pattern and yarn. I did have one drama with the finishing which was due to my wanting toggles instead of buttons or as the pattern was left open. I made toggle closures but was not at all happy with the finished result, I still wanted the rustic look of the toggles so opted for them to be decorational only.

When you have a birthday obviously a lot of friends and family don't know what to give as a present so they opt for money, cool I say because as every knitter knows that means money to spend on YARN!! So I bought some Noro Kureyon so that I could start the Lizard Ridge Afghan. and be a part of the Leapin' Lizards KAL

Here are my first two squares for the afghan, I love this pattern even if at first I stuffed up big time and was reading the pattern all wrong and was wondering why I wasn't getting the lovely wavy colour patterns that everybody else was getting. A strong cup of coffee and a trip to the frog pond and I was back on track. I have been knitting what seems like all my life and yet I still can get so enthused about a pattern sometimes that I dive in and cast on without really reading the pattern properly and I cock up big time. When will I ever learn? Probably never but hey I have fun just the same. I chose colours that had the shades of pink, green or green/blue in them which with Kureyon can include many colours in the one ball, even my favourite of all favourites, purple. Oh I do love this colour blah!!

Today was the AFL Grand Final and the West Coast Eagles won a thriller against the Sydney Swans by just one point, boy am I glad that I don't follow these teams or else my nerves would have been a goner. A fun day was had in front of the tv just the same with red wine and cheer a plenty, thankfully this day only happens once a year. Next year I hope my team do a little better than this year.

38 comments:

metal and knit said...

Yes it was a hard day to have that happen I would have love a draw and rematch next week though

Sometimes Unwilling Guru said...

I love the hoodie, I am very much behind with mine but loving it anyway!

trek said...

1. The Hoodie looks great.

2. "Cock up" - how Australian!

3. 40 is not old.

kristi and otis said...

Gorgeous hoodie!!!! Beautiful color = looks great on you! I love Noro - one of my fav wool yarns, can't wait to see your afghan.

Liz said...

That hoodie looks awseome!! I am all over that color.

It's on my list...But I can't settle on a yarn, and can't find my copy of the mag anywhere. Hmph.

twig said...

Great job on the Hoodie. I think the toggles were a good choice.

tiennie said...

Happy Belated Birthday! You look lovely and so does your hoodie! Congratulations!

AR said...

Very nice knitting!!

Jennifer said...

The hoodie looks fabulous! Wonderful color and fit.

I love the afghan.

Kate_knits_a_bit said...

V V nice hoodie you have there m'dear! Many many Happy Returns to you also! (should the bday wishes come first? hmmm - knitblog etiquette all of a tangle:))
I am v v jealous of you doing a Lizard Ridge afghan - I have commented to hubby on price of glorious Noro, so can not now get away with buying any :P
Happy Daylight Savings too!

Jessica said...

Happy Happy Birthday!!!!

Hoodie is fantastic!!!

Enjoy that Noro :)

fitknit said...

CPH looks a treat! Well done.

kazzajoyce said...

Lucky for you that you don't follow the footy, over here the office emptied for the day. Love the hoody. I hope you had a good birthday.

Nora (Black Dog Knits) said...

Love the hoodie - blue is definitely your colour. Good luck with the afghan - 2 squares down...

Becky said...

I love love love that there Central Park Hoodie and I want to knit it now - shame it's still 39degrees C most days here - I don't suppose it will be that useful.

Happy Birthday to you - hope you had a great time.

Larjmarj said...

YOU Don't read the pattern first?...
Me neither! Pattern Schmattern. ;-)

The hoodie looks great as does the model, age is just a number. My mom at 80 tells me that she still feels like she's 19 cuz she's still waiting to get out of the house! Happy BD!!

Knit and Tink said...

I love your hoodie! You look adorable in it!

Love the beginning of the afghan, too!

Kylie said...

Hoodie looks amazing you did a fantastic job.

MrsDrWho said...

Frog pond???
To lick poisonous frogs???

Or is this a knitting thing????

Ann said...

You look great in your hoodie - well done! When I first came to Australia & learn about footy, the 1st team I supported was the Kangaroos & I still have the scarf. But now that I am living in WA, I have to support the Dockers & for the Grand Finals - the Eagles of course - a great match!

Fifi said...

Happy Birthday!! The hoodie looks great and I'm very jealous of your Kureyon. Noro has such beautiful colours.

craftybernie said...

The CPH looks great! Well done. You're obviously very pleased. The Lizard Ridge squares came out nice. I love the way the waves bring out the best of the Kureyon colours.

Corrie said...

lurve the hoodie!!!! very jealous! can't believe your car done too - it must be a saturday night thing! We used to think we lived in a nice street but we take that back now!

Michelle said...

Dear Sharon,

Happy Belated Birthday!!! Your hoodie is gorgeous!! I love it!!!

Janice said...

The hoodie is incredible! I love cables and that looks like a pattern I may have to tackle someday!
Happy 40th by the way! It truly is when life begins!!

BlackCrow said...

I love your hoodie! And it looks great on you!
One day I will have to bus it over to your neck of the woods and you can fill me in on your trade secrets, ie, weaving ends in and sewing up the garment.

Oh and happy belated birthday...you are a youngster!! 40 certainly is not old...hmmm I should know as I've been there all ready.

thanks again for all your nice posts to my blog!

Whimsical Knitting said...

I would like to wish you a belated happy bday! You have a great outlook on life, young at heart = young no matter the # of years that come with the birthdays!
I am LOVING the hoody! I've got to get the yarn and make one, it's gorgeous and looks great on you, I love the toggles!
The afghan is going to be smashing, too.

Knittinreed said...

Yes - 40 is still very young... Glad your Bday ws grand.

Hoodie looks fantastic! Perfect fit, beautiful color and very nice toggle idea.

Lizard Ridge is fabulous! I am glad you decideed to knit it.

To respond to your message on my blog - Beethoven's 9th symphony has a very famous melody called "Ode to Joy." If you were to search it and listen to it, I bet you would recognize it. So many classical melodies are used in many venues... you probably know more than you think.

Have a great week~

sillyewe said...

Ooooh, I love the hoodie! And happy belated Birthday!!!! My next one is the big one, too. Do you think we will ever get out of our 20's in our minds? heh heh I am not so sure I want to........and hell. You look very young...so why not? :0)

Debby said...

Your hoodie came out so well and the toggles are a great addition! You really don't look a day over 25 modeling it, you know!!!

I am going to enjoy watching your Lizard Ridge blanket. The colors are gorgeous.

Christy said...

GORGEOUS CPH! Are you the first finisher?

pinky-yin said...

Happy Belated Birthday Sharon...
Your hoodie looks fantastic! Hopefully one day i will be able to pull something like this off as well. Oh... and thanks for your comments on my blog :))

Whimsical Knitting said...

I just noticed your pattern blog, what a great idea! I may have to "borrow" it from you! I love everything, too!

Janette said...

Sharon, the Hoodie looks great and I love the Leaping Lizards squares. A belated Happy Birthday too!

msfortuknit said...

you are such a honey shar
Im thinkin of you while i drink my red wine and dream of knitting! grrr why cant i FOLLOW A PATTERN TIPSY? HAHA
Cheers for this

Suzi said...

Loved the hoodie! It was aboslutley gorgeous!

Poor Mrs MacGyver perhaps we should take her out for a little drive, so she can slep with the frogs in the pond!

Anti-Knitters!!

Katt said...

oh i so love the CPH! And I love the colours!! I so have to make one for me...lol...

Katt

Wool Winder said...

Looking good at 40 in your new hoodie! Great fit. Love the cables.