Attention Perth Knitters

I am thinking of Starting a Stitch and Bitch in Subiaco or Claremont. If anyone is interested can they please email me and if we get numbers we can then arrange time and place.



Saturday, September 30, 2006

Sock-Ret Pal Questionnaire

Ok its a bit late! But here it is:

The basics:
How long have you been knitting?
I have been knitting for about 3 years now.

Do you consider yourself a beginning sock knitter, an intermediate, or have you been doing this so long you could probably knit a pair in your sleep?
Intermediate- still learning different heels/toes/patterns- but have 'my perfect fit' plain pattern down pat.

The measurements:
Well I am a size 6 Australian, standing on a ruler gives 23cm and i normally cast on 56stitches on a 2.75mm needle in normal sock yarn, (going down to 52 after the gusset decreases) 60 rows before toes (see perfect fit comment above)

(fiber related) Favorites:
What colors do you love?
I love blues, greens and browns. However with socks i like to go abit crazy so use all colours.

Do you prefer solids or variegated? variegrated

What fibers do you most love to knit with? socks- anything that can go in the washing machine!!!

Who do you consider your favorite yarn vendors? regia is better than opal, normally use patons and online (thats all i can get over here), ADORE lornas laces, would love to try STR, CTH

What projects (other than socks, of course*S*) do you most enjoy knitting? im on a lace kick at the moment. also have the pattern but no yarn for the simple knitted bodice, and sizzle.
I have a great lace pattern called the heree be dragon shawl. only trouble is it calls for 1750yds of lace. I was thinking brown/gold or silver/ice colourways but have no idea how to find or get good but not too expensive lace. If you can help me withthat i shall be ever in your debt.

(fiber related) Dislikes:
What fibers can you not stand to knit with? To wear?What colors would you never wear?
I am not a fan of novelty yarns or anything too starchy or acrylic. dont mind a bit of lycra or model in the yarn as it makes it lighter. i like cotton. to wear- black, greens, blues, neutrals- i would never wear purple, red, orange, or pink

The Tools:
Plastic or Metal? Bamboo or wood?
I normally use metal straights and plastic dpns but have recently discovered bamboo dpns and they are my new favourite.

Circs or Straights? straights- i love the susan bates crystailites but mine have broken so am always on the lookout for them as they are not readily available here.

DPNs or Magic Loop?Are there any knitting accessories you don't have in your collection but would like? I am a dpn girl. I tried the magic loop but just couldn't understand it! Accessories- hmmm I would love some coil-less safety pins- i cannot find them anywhere here in perth.

The Extras:
Do you have a wish list?

Do you like sweet, sour or salty?
sweet of course, major chocolate, coffee and gummy lollie addict here

Do you have any allergies your pal should know about? nope

Favorite scents? Scents you can't stand? love musk, vanilla, citrus sents

Do you collect anything (other than yarn and knitting toys of course)? i cross-stitch and am experimenting with beaded knitting (does that count)

When is your birthday? (month and day is fine!) 24th november (and counting down the days)

Do you spin? Dye your own yarn? nope and never tried but have been thinking about it.

Your favorite author/band/vacation spot, anything you think will help your pal know you better... well I am a student who lives at home and does part time work for my father so hence never has any money for yarn, would love to learn to crochet (even bought the happy hooker but couldn't figure it out) and wishes knitpicks would ship internationally.

Hope this helps

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Back to Normal

Wow it has been a long time between posts- and all because of uni (university) assignments !
I missed the blogstalking tools, library and am not posting my movies as i don't keep the covers and they are all in cd carry cases. (all 300+).

Anyway thankyou for all your patience. Now i have a week free from uni and i can do all the things I need to catch up on, like knit, and catch up on study for the other subjects and organise my pattern files, ufos, wips and to-knit lists. PHEW! It will take a while.

In present news I received my first set of stitch markers today from jessica! thanks so much they are a fantastic first time effort.

Her ones she sent me are here:

These are the ones i sent off about the 14th so hopefully everyone has got them by now.

Also I have been doing some knitting:

A ball band dish-cloth for a present:

Half a teddy bear (no pic)

AND THE SOCK OF DOOM!!!!!!!!!!!!! (ruler to show i can actually knit large socks) 2nd one to be cast on tomorrow....

So thanks for being patient with the non-postings.

Next up : a WIP list

PS: forgot to add also joined Socktoberfest, sock-ret pal and CASP 3
yes i am a joiner- buttons to be added later

Monday, September 11, 2006

We Remember

ok so i have been a bad blogger but have been receiving patterns galore last week. from bezzie- the book Big Girls Knits- thanks bezzie, also got the SKB pattern, the heere be dragons lace stole pattern, and the falling leaves fibretrend pattern. All this on top of getting the knitting nature book from the library.

wow pattern overload.

but today i am not posting (much) knitting progress (none to speak of) or the reason why (uni assignments)

todays post is to remind (like you needed it) to spend some time today remembering all the victims of 9/11- australian and american (and all others from around the world) though the attack was on american soil it affected every country in the world, through its total disregard fo human life. I am not a religious person but god bless all those who lost loved ones- whatever their colour, nationality or creed. PEACE

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Hi Bananas

Hi Bananas

With the tencel yarn, I want to use it to make the Rockstar Cardigan. For that I need 15 balls. I have 4. If you can get your LYS to hold 11 more balls (colour 2066, lot 724924) I will talk to you about the $$ element through email.


Socked Feet

Feet- ok I'm a week late, but i'm not fond of my feet (except being small makes socks quicker to knit!) so you get socked feet.

On left- hand knit mystery sock KAL sock. (Finally cast on for the other one) On right- sheep footlet sock gifted from knitty SP7. Note the spots on the bottom for non-slip sole action. WHoo hoo- my new favourite house socks (I have wooden floors).

Ands its Father's Day here in Australia, so I'm off to be nice to dad.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

One Finished Object

To join my single socks, I give you the single sock arm-warmer. This was going to be the meg swansan VK sock but i got confused, then a bit bored with it so decided to end it off and create the arm-warmer. Its great, now I just have to muster up the energy to start the second one.

Friday, September 01, 2006

I Got Mail

I got mail today

lots and lots of mail- well ok only 3 packages but let me tell you what they were.

Letter 1) my felted toy patterns from fibretrends. (the hedgehogs and felted fido)

Package 2) the stitch-and-bitch 2007 page-a-day calender. Not the best for patterns (had a quick flick) but could be fun

Package 3) my sp7 package from bananas. Still no idea who she is but wow, this girl has done her homework. It all arrived in paper of my favourite flower,

included gorgous blue yarn (i have to get more of this- am going to use it to make sizzle), a frangipani needle case and amongst other goodness- a HAND MADE BAG- it is sooooo cute- with dog fabric lining and a felted dog on the corner. I LOVE IT (also in the big stash were some stamps and stickers of the australian post kid's marketing tool- postie kate (no joke), some point protectors, a jeweled pen, and some non-slip sheep socks (so cool)

SP you have been the greatest.

now if i can only find out who you are.....................