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.



Wednesday, May 30, 2007

To Frog Or Not To Frog

To Frog or Not to Frog....
That is the question.

Well, I have just finished the 1st ball of the gringisco bambi I am using to make the Millicent sock (see post below). However I am not 100% happy with it. It seems too big. Not fitted enough, and I am just not sure if I like the lace. So- do I frog or not.

All advice gladly taken.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

A Weekend Project

Pattern: Fetching from Knitty

Yarn: Filatura Di Crosa Zara Plus (1 and 1/2 balls) Charcoal

Mods: Added more rows to the thumb.

For fingers: K1, K2Tog, K1, P1 Pattern to reduce stitches, K3, P1 Pattern for 4 Rows, Cable pattern with one stitch onto cable needle row, 8 more rows in rib pattern and then picot BO.

Perfect for walking the dog in the cold!

Friday, May 25, 2007

It Arrived!!!!

Whoo hooo
Aust post FINALLY delivered the cashmere merino sock yarn (colour is sea life) from the knittery today. FINALLY!! And its sooo pretty, and sooo soft. Its also quite thin for a 4-ply so i am thinking i might finally get around to making some Jaywalkers. After I finish the 2 pairs that are using up my 2.5mm dpns at the moment. I am hoping this is machine washable as it says handwash only on the label. oh you want pictures, well it is yarn porn friday so...

Also following (cause I am a following) the trend- here is the latest fun meme- stolen from Trillian42.

westozcaat --


A hermit living in the big city

'How will you be defined in the dictionary?' at

hmmm well I do spend alot of time on the computer....

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Craft Fair Haul

Today I went to Perth's sorry excuse for a craft fair. If you are a quilter, scrapbooker or beader its great- Knitting, not great. There were only a few yarn stalls and the only hand dyed yarn I saw was la fiesta silk- way outside my price range.

However, I still managed to spend $80 on these...

L-R, charcoal sock yarn for a pair of socks for dad, blue/tweed for something, bright colours cause I could and 3 balls of Stella, a 100% bamboo yarn from Naturally NZ. It is not quite DK so I don't think I could do Sahara (i know I will need more than 3 balls for that) with it so if that doesn't happen the 3 balls are enough for the Ogee skirt in the latest IK.
PS: No offence CookieA, I still love the millicent pattern, But I hate ribbing on dpns, and i am only 1/2" into it. Wish me luck

Sunday, May 20, 2007

UFOs, Study and HELP

Well its that time of year again, yep the last minute rush to get assignments finished and exam study done. So what does that mean- well less knitting time for one!
So - what have I been up to. Well I have had startitis.

The sock pictured in the last post has been done and a pair of baby socks made from the leftovers. However sock number 2 has been put on hold for the start of these- the Nancy Bush Chalet Socks from Folk Socks in (gifted) STR Scottish Highlands. I don't mind that the pattern looks slightly invisible, I know its there, though they are a bit on the tight side as all the k tbl travelling stitches and ribbing really draw the sock in. I shall have to see how it goes but I think the 2nd sock may be done on 2.75mm needles not 2.5mm. Then its to the frog pond and a reknit.

I hate doing that. After all the effort I am a well suck it up and wear it anyway type of knitter. Which is why I normally stick to basic projects- Like the next shot. This is the back (or front) of the cover pattern on the Summer IK. Again not sure of how this is turning out. I seem to have a lot less cables on my jumper than theres does. I am using Jo Sharp Desert Garden Aran Cotton, but have the same gauge. Hmmm another mystery. I have 3 to the armhole- they seem to have 5.

The last thing on the needles I need some advise with. After listening to Lime and Violet ramble on about the Cookie sock patterns I headed over to the site and fell in love with the Millicent pattern.
I cast on with some very thin 4 ply yarn after measuring my calf (14") and all that. Now I know it is meant to go over another layer but is it just me or does it look too big. HELP- do I frog and cast on for the 13" sock or press on and see how it develops. Any help gladly appreciated.

I also headed over to the knittery after listening to the same L&V episode. I had forgotton about this store. It is good- very nice and fast service. And it is great to have some nice sock yarn here in OZ that is affordable. (A store bought over CTH but It was A$45 a bit too much for me!) I ordered only one skein of the cashmere merino as I am going to wait for the june update to get more. Does anyone know if their plain merino sock yarn is machine washable. I don't hand wash my socks so need yarn that is superwash. It does say not reccommended for felting so hmmm- may email them and ask. I shall let you know what the yarn is like when it arrives.

So Have I actually finished anything you ask? Well only the Knitting Daily Vine Lace Hat. I made it out of leftover Lang Merino 150 and it took only a small amount of yarn. However even in the blue it is a bit girly so this may be given to charity.

I also have bad news- after spending soo much time on the baby jumper pictured in the last post it was too small for the intended recipient. I felt bad as I really put alot of work into it. They are planning on another kid though so it will go away for a year until number two is ready for it.

Well thats it for now- must stop procrastinating and head back to the study- The assignment is already late and unfortuently won't write itself!!!

Friday, May 04, 2007

I have been knitting- pic heavy.

I know- bad blogger

but between life and uni I have been able to knit some stuff.
Lots of calometries- including 2 headbands and another calometry not pictured.
I Finally seamed up the debbie bliss jumper- still not 100% satisfied with it.
The pink thing is the start of the lace edged cardigan also from debbie bliss
and the zarina sock- nice and bright to cheer me up.

so on the needles are the pink thing sleeves, the sock, a crochet arigumi toy (which is on hold due to running out of yarn, a broken hook and no stuffing) and I started the new knitting daily pattern. however not sure going to continue it as lace takes me forever and I need a quick knit baby boy hat.


thats it for now.

boring but heh- its still yarn!!