Attention Perth Knitters
Monday, October 31, 2005
knitted a scarf or two but haven't really had much time to sit and knit- when in a big city!
just thought i would fill you in on a long term project or two, that should keep me busy for a few months.
this is what i am going to start:
meet Biscuit- he is a knitted stuffed dog! yeh, i am really just a big kid. So far i am at half an ear (just started!)
My other project is going to be a vogue holiday project:
I have the wool, beads and buttons from an indulgent trip to paris so wish me luck.....
Monday, August 29, 2005
its been way to long a time between blogs. But this is what happens when you travel.!
In knitting news I had a great day out with the London knitty gang the other day. See below of us at loop for proof. We all bought way to much yarn that we shouldn't of and had a great time. Big Cheers to Caroline for organising it.
At the moment I am knitting a short row scarf, but my amazing Susan bates crystallite needles (5mm) broke so I am temporarily abandoning it till I buy some more needles. I am very upset cause these are my favorite needles. :( :(
So when I get a flat, and get settled I will be able to restart blogging at a respectable rate.
Thursday, August 04, 2005
Oh yeh and before you all ask- no knitting content, I know its shocking but i'm travelling so for me its a good excuse.
Till next time.
Sunday, July 17, 2005
Amazingly I was able to get my wooden clover sock needles through the xray machine at Perth airport- so I was then able to get them onto the Emerates plane. I knitted a little of my sock but slept most of the way. I also made a soft wollen scarf whilst here in Budapest, whilst attempting to teach my friend to knit. I shall post pictures later.
In the meantime here is a copy of the email I sent to all just a moment ago:
Well it is my last day here in Budapest so I thought I would update you on my trip so far. It has been fascinating yet exasperating at the same time.First the annoying stuff. It can be summed up in 2 words: Yucky Weather! A huge storm front has passed over eastern Europe this past week resulting in torrential downpours, hailstones the size of footballs (in Croatia), entire villages flooding (Austria, Hungary and Slovakia) and even deaths by lightning (Slovakia and Austria). My first encounter with the weather was when I stepped off the plane in Vienna. It was raining, windy and freezing cold. Not good when all you have packed for is 35 degree heat summer weather. After finding the hotel and donning 3 layers, Alex and I did a little exploring around St. Stephan's square. The hotel was right on the square, about 50m from the metro station, and 100m from St. Stephan's cathedral. It was a perfect location. The weather for the other 2 days in Vienna was not as bad as the first day, but still overcast and chilly. The sites whilst incredible, was a little disappointing for my first view of Europe, a fact that in retrospect I put down to the depressing weather.Photos from Vienna can be found here: http://au.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/katefreedman/album?.dir=/d429&.src=ph&.tok=ph4lPUDBNGBFJmUY
When we got to Budapest I was welcomed with open arms by Alex's family. Her mum is an amazing cook and I think I have put on a few kilos this last 10 days. However, I am sure I will walk it off the next few weeks. The site seeing was interrupted by the afore mentioned thunderstorms, and yesterday the road by the Danube in downtown Budapest was closed as the river had flooded over the road. Budapest, however is beautiful. Very green, hilly and pretty. I think my opinion has been influenced by the fact that I am staying out of the city and am not surrounded by it 24 hours a day. We went to some amazing buildings in Budapest, one of which was the Great Synagogue. It has only been reopen to tourists since 2002 as it was being restored. It is amazing, and has a beautiful memorial to those who died in WW2. The other beautiful building in Budapest that has been restored is also a church- well cathedral - St. Stephan's standing on top of the Hills on the Buda side of the Danube. With an amazing view (even given the weather) the area of the church and palace is definatly a 'to do'. The church was covered in frescos inside- all restored to their original glory. By the way- the Danube is not blue!!!
On a different note we also went to the Terror House. This museum was the home of the nazi SS and the communist KGB during the years of their associated occupation. The basment has been reconstructed to showing how the cells were during the buildings use for holding and executing polital prisoners. It was an interesting yet disturbing building and whilst open to tourists seemed mainly orientated to the new generation of Hungarian's so they did not forget what happened under soviet occupation.
Happily though, the weather has improved the last few days to actually resemble summer- complete with the digging out of the sarong! I am attempting to wring every minute out of this weather, as the forcast for Krakow and Warsaw over the next week is Thunderstorms (again!!!).
Photos for Budapest can be found here: http://au.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/katefreedman/album?.dir=/2a4d&.src=ph&.tok=phdlPUDBTsy0_Xmv
Hope everyone is well and it is not too wet in Perth. Don't forget to email me and keep me up to date on what is happening.
Love to all
Saturday, July 02, 2005
5 July- Vienna
8 July- Budapest (with a few days on the island of Kirk in Croatia)
18 July- Krakow
22 July- Warsaw
25 July- Berlin
29 July- Prague
2 Aug- Venice
6 Aug- Rome
10 Aug- Florence
13 Aug- Paris
16 Aug - Land in LONDON
So I have been busy getting ready to go, hence not much knitting at all. I did finish my shrug (and have worn it) but as I have no digital camera till Monday - no pics of it. (sorry).
Anyway will post from far away places............................
Saturday, June 25, 2005
I finished my first ever pair of socks!!!!!!
OK so they are a little big- and my grafting on sock one is terrible but I have gotton the hang of double pointed needles!
I am really proud of myself- SP I love the yarn. I wonder if i can get an ankle pair out of the left-over yarn!
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
I have also been getting ready to jet set off to europe. Not sure of my whole itinery yet but have the first few weeks ready. The first stop is Vienna, Austria for a few days then off to Budapest, Hungary to stay with friends. After that it is either Florence for a month (taking an italian course) or a Contiki trip- then off to London.
Anyone know of any yarn shops in Vienna or Budapest??
I do have pics to share. Below is the first half of the socks from my lesson last week. I am slowly getting the hang of double pointed needles- using 5 - it's alot easier with 4 in the work than 3.
The other pic is my half of the secret pal pinku swap. This is what i received from Rose- she made them herself- very clever!!!!
Anyway- must keep working on the shrug- I want to be able to wear it at least once before I leave!!!
Friday, June 10, 2005
When I got home this afternoon I had a fantastic surprise waiting for me. A parcel from my secret pal- who is the most fantastic person. This package she said is 'all about the socks' and included 4 balls of Knitpicks sock yarn, some great stitch markers- handmade (all the better), Cat Bordhi's book on knitting socks on circular needles and the summer IK magazine- which still isn't out here in Australia yet. I am soo lucky- thankyou so much my SP! Your kindness and generosity is loved and appreciated.
and a close up of the stitch markers on my new love- Susan Bates crystallites.
Wednesday, June 08, 2005
I am using my new needle love 'susan bates crystallite' needles. Small, colourful and nice on the yarn. However like everything here in Australia- expensive (AUS$12 Each!!!) Oh well.
I have finished the Branching Out scarf but as it is currently awaiting blocking there is no pictures for now. But to tide you over......
In her usual position- note in front of heater
In her usual nitetime position- and i'm supposed to get into bed how...
I love my dog! Can you tell?
Thursday, June 02, 2005
Wednesday, June 01, 2005
This was picked up at the craft fair over the weekend, along with various beads and a knitted wire/bead bracelet kit and some washi paper DIY boxes. Lots of fun to do and see.
Also I started a sock. Having tried many unsuccessful times to try sock knitting from the ankle down on 4 needles, I went out and bought another packet of needles, started on a 2-needle toe from the knitty article on toes and tried with 5 needles. It is so much easier with 5 needles. I am still getting the hang of it, but at least I won't look like a complete idiot at sock class in 2 weeks time!
See- a toe!
ps: Ali- yes postage is a bitch, but at least now I will know how to knit socks and be able to use the LL for a good pair, rather than a learning pair. (though it would of made the others jealous!). See here for what I pay!
Tuesday, May 24, 2005
Thursday, May 19, 2005
But here is a photo of the lace scarf as promised.
Go Here for a close-up.
However today and Tuesday I returned home from the hospital to find the following:
The one on the right is a close up of some possum and merino yarn I received in a swap with Kozmic from the Knittyboard. It is an amazing forest green.
And on the left..... Today saw the arrival of the package from Ali. (Yeh it arrived!!!!) Ali was getting worried. The wool is a second ball of the original RAK yarn so I can make a second two-needle sock so my single can have a partner. And she included some cute colourful emeryboards in a matchbook-like form- purfect for the purse! The green lid is some yummy smelling lip gloss, Kiwi and Strawberry flavour. Talk about spoilt.
They have given me some smiles and relief in an otherwise bad and stressful week. Thanks guys!!
Saturday, May 14, 2005
The scarf is now blocking even though it seemed to resist all efforts. My gauge must have been off (ok so I didn't swatch but its a scarf!) as my FO was resisting all efforts to stretch to 15cm wide. It seems to have sort of worked (the ends are 15, the middle about 10/12) but we shall see what it looks like when removed from the makeshift blocking board. (The ironing board with a beach towel on top!) It is also a lot longer than the given 92cm- maybe because I kept tugging at it- It now measures about 125cm. Still it feels nice and looks good.
Sorry no pictures- the camera is residing at my sisters and will not be back for at least 2 weeks so no pic of this FO.
Now back to work me!!
Wednesday, May 11, 2005
It came with a great card (no photo sorry!) from my SP with a quote I must share:
A truer word was never spoken.
Friendship is not a big thing... It is a million little things.
I also went to my LYS today and bought some of this (Rowan Kidsilk Haze in Pearl) in order to make this:
the airy scarf from Last Minute Knitted Gifts.
Also whilst browsing around the internet reading blogs, posts and gazing at yarn I could never afford (Lorna's Laces sock yarn just arrived at my LYS- AUS$19.95 for a small skein (the helen's lace is $85!!!))
I found a few interesting things. For filing under the: Would love to get a copy if the postage wasn't 3 times the cost of the item comes many a knitting notion (ie yarn gauges at US$2.50) and this:
The Magic Loop book. US 7.95 (patternworks) Shipping US 19.00
Also in the 2-cute category the Marvin doll from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Yes someone with too much time on their hands has created the knitted marvin from the scene in the movie.
And Yes I am thinking of knitting one!
Saturday, May 07, 2005
Finished.........Seemed.............(couldn't be bothered to block! hehe)and.................................................................
..........................It's too small.
The arms are a fraction too tight to be comfortable- I had to fight to get it on and off hence the coathanger shot.So it will be gifted to either my sister or cousin - whoever can wear it.
I still like it though, am contemplating a second one in a larger size for me, so who knows.
For now it is the branching out scarf
This is being made in the knitpicks wool my SP4 gave me and will either be a) kept or b) given to my granmother depending on how long it takes to finish- I have 6 repeats done, only 30 to go.....thats 305 rows!!! So should only take me about a year. I am joining the Branching-Out-Knit-Along so hopefully that will keep me motivated.
I also have to do some more knitting on the lil devil pants or the kid will have grown out of them before they are finished! I also have half seemed the 2-needle sock.
So thats my progress report for today. More to come next week......
Thursday, May 05, 2005
This is a sock.
Honestly.... really and truely.
It is a two-needle sock. Pattern by Bev with only a slight modification.
Close up of the pretty colours.
Its made of the pretty yarn given to me by Ali (see here)
now all I have to do is seem this baby up and I have one sock.
I have written to Ali to ask for another ball of yarn to make the second sock- or else I will have one cold foot!
see I told you its a sock!
Wednesday, May 04, 2005
No pictures as it is currently curled up into a little ball awaiting blocking- which hopefully will get done friday, seaming- sunday and then wearing!!
It has been quite a non-knitting week this week as work has had me occupied.... sorry can't say much about work here so not much of a post this time. Will make up for it next week with pictures of the shrug.
Friday, April 29, 2005
Its a bunch of goodness from my Knitty SP!
Thankyou soo much SP! In this envelope was an issue of Rebecca magazine- my very first, and 4, yes count them 4 balls of beautiful blue 100% peruvian wool from knit picks.
And yes- you are right I have never tried their wool but have often looked at the site and gone- i wish they posted overseas.
So I now have clue one about my SP- she is from America. hmmm that doesn't cancel too many people out.
Also today I can show you a picture of what arrived on my doorstep the other day. My phildar yarn froom Breiweb. This colour is called marine. Here is what I thought it was going to look like. Not too big a difference though I was expecting it to be 'blue-er". Still, I am happy with it.
PS: Remind me to start taking photos during the day.
PPS: SP- I do not have the book scarf style- i shall go look at it on amazon now!
Thursday, April 28, 2005
Since I am making a shrug- I decided to join the shrug knit-a-long. See the sidebar for the link.
In other news my phildar yarn arrived yesterday. It was a bit of a suprise as the colour didn't resemble the on screen image much- will edit this post later this evening when I am not at work and include pictures. But I still like it and it will make a good cardigan- even though I have 3 WIP's to finish before I can even start this. Hopefully, I will now stop procrastinating and get a knit-on!! (groan at bad pun!)
Monday, April 25, 2005
You Know You're From Australia When...
Saturday, April 23, 2005
I've been RAK'd. My first time ever. I sent off some earrings to April and in return she sent me a ball of great tahki wool called shannon and some joy lipgloss. Photos will come when my sister returns from holiday with her camera (that I continually pinch to take pictures of knitting.)
Progress Reports: Zara Shrug- have reknit the frogged rows and am one sleeve down. The Lil devil pants have been put on hold to knit the shrug- I know she will be too big by the time I finish them but heh..... we can live in hope.
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
As I have no money it just got me even more depressed. Here in Perth we have a distinct lack of choice when it comes to yarn that our american friends take for granted. No cascade, no lamb's pride, no lorna's lace or Koigu or anything fancy, no phildar, no ggh and no lion's brand. In fact- 99.9% of the patterns in any magazine (vogue or interweave) call for yarns not available here.
So what can I get- here's an example of the overseas yarns available at my LYS (remember prices in AUS$) per skein.
- Blue Sky Alpaca Bulky $26.95 ($34.95 hand-dyed)
- Fiesta Yarns La Luz $60.00
- Noro Cash Iroha $32.75
- Noro Silk Garden $17.25
- Rowan Calmer $21.50
- Rowan Big Wool $30.50
- Rowan Cotton Braid $16.50
- Mango Moon Recycled Sari Silk $45.00
And for comparison- the locally made Jo Sharp Classic- $5.95, Silkroad- $8.95
As I said, Knitting a jumper here can be very expensive.
Sunday, April 17, 2005
One is an amazon one, one a bust.com one and the other is from Fred Flare. They are by no means 'must haves'- more this is the type of thing I like. I'm off to look for a knitting one now.
PS: the magazine is called readymade
Thursday, April 14, 2005
My lil devil pants from s&bNation are coming along- they are very time consuming as are knit on 3.5mm needles. But to date I have 1 leg and a tail (with 1 point- forgot to make the 2nd point!)
My sophie bag is also felting at the moment, Along with a feltable rose from the rose bag in the vogue winter edition. Hopefully I will be able to get a pic before it goes on its way. It's off to my one of my best friends.
Its also been great to receive feedback from everyone I sent postcards to as a RAOK on Knitty. I sent off 24 postcards and 2 packages and have received some really nice thankyou's. I feel all warm and fuzzy.
Well must depart and get to work. There are shoes to be sold and knitting to be done.
Thursday, March 31, 2005
Even though I am still relatively new, it hasn't stopped total strangers offering comments, advice and compliments.
Then we get to the knittyboard community. This is a place where all good traits seem multiplied. Everyone is fantastic, and total strangers hold up old fashioned values of helpfulness and kindness without blinking an eye.
The winner of the 'most fantastic person ever' award, however, must go to margot, or saintjay as she is known on the knittyboard. Having done a swap with her for her secret pal (hehe- in other words how to confuse people (a tip which I then stole and used with my SP)) she was already on top of my list of fantastic people.
Then today, after a stressful day at work I receive this:
Knowing my SP let me down (nice for abandoned me and didn't send any packages)
she sent me this package of incredible goodness just because she is an amazingly kind person. I can't stress how much receiving this package has meant to me. It has blown me away, the knowledge that out on the other side of the world, someone was thinking of me out of the generosity of her spirit.
Margot- thankyou- you made a crappy day fantastic, and have single-handedly restored my faith in the generosity of the human race.
Now to the goodies- some great yarn, a moose cookie cutter (I feel biscuits a-coming)(it's soooo cute), some local candy, and some beautiful postcards of where she lives.
Again thanks Margot - and now I have finished taking the photo, I can eat the candy!!!
Friday, March 25, 2005
Thursday, March 24, 2005
Monday, March 21, 2005
In other news my sophie bag for Tia has been cast on and bottomed, its looking small already- hopefully the cascade 220 won't shrink too much. My looooooooong winded WIP (skully from S&B) which has been sitting in the pile since last august has now got half a front to go with the back.
And look what arrived: my phildar magazines from knit'n'tyme and vogue knitting from saintjay! Yeh.
This has been the real reason for my lack of knitting. I am attempting to translate from the winter issue (top magazine) as it didn't come with english translations. Big Problem: I don't speak French. So if any one out there can help me by checking my translation efforts it would be most appreciated.
Problem 2: Discontinued Yarn. Also want to do this pattern. Problem: whilst not being able to read french, the yarn is also no-where to be found. I have tried the 3 stores I know of that sell phildar yarn- knit'n'tyme , briweb and some other one in europe I cannot remember the name. So shops that still sell brumes in chaume are urgently in need of. HELP.
PS: nothing on ebay either- I checked- 3 times.
pps:Michelle- i learn't to knit at a very young age from my grandmother, but re-learnt last year at a workshop at ivy and maude (now Calico and Ivy) in cottesloe. They have moved to mosman park now but are just on glyde street.
Wednesday, March 09, 2005
Also finished a chicknits chikcami. This was made in Jo Sharp Soho- a fantastic cotton yarn. Loved knitting with it!
Also getting made is a baby pasha the penguin. Seen here with percy he is a present for a friend- who is a linux geek, but wether or not he or his girlfriend's one-year old will end up with it remains to be seen.
2 more UFO's to go- and i'm going to start the next project - a pair of devil pants from stitch and bitch nation- for the above mentioned little girl.
Friday, February 25, 2005
The cami is coming along nicely and sort of slowly- a big week of work and hot days do not fast knitting make!!
Friday, February 18, 2005
It will probably be there still next week!
I have however been knitting. I have finally relented and bought the patterns to Chicknits chickami and ribby cardigan. The cami is on the needles using some beautiful jo sharp soho in a midnight blue colour I picked up a while ago (will post pic's later). This cotton is a dream to knit with and the whole cami is going along very nicely.
I did however need to change needle size to get gauge, and therefore cast on with 4mm needles and then changed to 5mm for body rather than the 3.25/4mm combo given with the pattern. Still, the stitches look nice so I am not too worried.
In non-knitting news, my sister loved her bag. Phew.
Also we had the hottest day on record for February on Tuesday- a massive 42.6 degrees Celsius. No wonder I got nothing done that day.
Tuesday, February 08, 2005
The pattern is a tweak on sugercube's (see links) bag, with the picture from stitch and bitch nation. To make the handles I plaited 3 strands of the yarn together and then loosly plaited them together. These I tied together and attached to a dog clip so they can be detached if wanted.
There is a dodgy close up shot of the detachable handles on the Finished Objects page- my photography skills are not that great!- sorry.
So Anna finally gets her bag- and I can cross that one off my list. 2 satisfied people all round.
Wednesday, February 02, 2005
Thanks to the amazing Ashiko I now have a button. Feel free to pinch but remember to host it on your own server.
I finally finished my sister's bag- will post pic's when she lets me borrow her camera- and now just have to attach the detachable straps and press.
I also am halfway through the main section of the 2nd piece of Sage- it will be done and worn before the end of summer. I believe that if I say that enough it may just happen.
Did I mention I now have a button?
Tuesday, January 18, 2005
After an amazing shopping and eating trip to Singapore and KL (Kuala Lumpa) I arrived home to find that the Secret Pals had been handed out. Yeh. Although being a first timer i have no idea what to send my SP. Any suggestions greatly appreciated. I have no photos from my trip as yet as they were taken with an increasingly old fashioned film camera!!! and arn't that exciting anyway. I did buy a great handbag by a group called projectbloodbrothers- wierd name great stuff!
Also in catching up with my blog reading i noticed that yarnharlots fundraiser for doctors without borders is up to a whopping $50 000. And thats not even in Australian dollars (canadian actually). If you want to check it out click on the knitters without borders link on the side! And yes i donated. actually it was before her 'run' started so i haven't put my name up there but i thought it was a great thing as doctors without borders is my prefered charity also.
Knitting wise- i have a list of things to do.
1) Sort out incomplete projects
2) Sort out what i want to start next that i have the wool for!
3) Figure out a future projects list
4) look for new vogue and rebecca 28, home and 29 as cannot get rebecca here in perth and the new vogue doesn't come out here for at least 2 months after the american release. Ohhh and interweave as well.
5) Get Summer Tweed-along happening. This is not only my first knit-along but i am hosting it- i have no idea how or what to do so again, any offers of help (or taking it off my hands!!) is greatly appreciated.
Time to feed the dog!
Wednesday, January 05, 2005
Not knitting and not in Perth. I have been just off the coast in a boat sitting doing nothing except reading and swimming. This is an old picture but a good one- this is where i have been.
I am off again on Friday to Singapore and KL on a shopping adventure so will not be online till then. Hopefully i will not experience withdrawal symptoms from my machine !!!