Friday, 26 September 2008

Sun at last

Hi, thought I had better get back to this. It's been a long wet miserable winter here but we are finally coming out of it and today the sun is shining mostly and there is only a mild breeze. The bluebells are out.

I have been knitting (of course). Current favourites are:

The Myrtle leaf shawl with willow border from Victorian Lace Today in Dream in Color Baby, colour Strange Harvest. I bought the yarn from The Loopy Ewe and the shawl is for a KAL for a project using this yarn. I started knitting Madli's Shawl which is in Interweave Knits Summer 2004 but I was defeated by the nupps and the wavering pattern which couldn't be tamed by markers. Perhaps I'll try it again when I am more experienced with lace knitting. The Mytle leaf shawl is a delight to knit and although I haven't memorised the pattern it is easy to follow.
This is a funny photo but this sock is based on the scroll socks from More Sensational Knitted Socks with a different toe and heel. I love this yarn it is soft and stripes beautifully. It's Zen String Lotus Toes. She hasn't got any at the moment but other shops might have some. I think this also came from The Loopy Ewe.

Libby has tagged me to reveal 6 random facts about myself. Here they are:

  1. I got married on New Year's Day in Perth Western Australia with only family attending and had a great time. Great to have such a low key day and so relaxing. Our friends were a little peeved that they weren't invited.

  2. I am also a quilter as well as a knitter. I started knitting much earlier though but I love my quilting just about as much. I once won a price for one of my quilts - much to my surprise.

  3. I decided that looking after my children was much more important than having a career and spent about 8 years out of the workforce and now only work part-time. I was lucky to be able to do this.

  4. I have two children who are now teenagers. They seem to have turned out okay although some of the teen responses are a bit hard to deal with.

  5. I once knitted a Kaffe Fassett cardigan - it was a dotty pattern. I used his tie lots of different yarns together trick, mixed up lots of different weights of yarns. It turned out okay except that it made me look like a sausage - my son called it my balloon jersey but it was very warm. I have since felted it (despite the acrylics in the yarns) and I think I will cut it up an make a bag (if I can be bothered).

  6. I come from a small town in the South Island called Motueka. When I was a child the main products of Motueka were hops (for beer) and tobacco. Now Motueka is booming on the back of tourism. I was happy to escape from there when I went to Uni.
Now I am supposed to tag some more people which is a challenge. I am tagging Brooklyne, Nikki, Beverley, ennavic, Michelle and Hazel.

Here are the rules:
1. Link to the person who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Write six random things about yourself.
4. Tag six people at the end of your post.
5. Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
6. Let the tagger know your entry is up.