Happy holidays

knit noro, available on amazonOnce again, I’ve been indulging my book habit. This time, ‘Knit Noro’ leapt into my amazon basket and demanded to come stay with me. The ‘ridge ripples scarf‘  and  the ‘modular afghan‘ both look fun to make. Before I start them I really should finish the bag I’m working on…

It’s been a long time since I’ve been around. Life intervened and not in a pleasant way. While coping over the last twelve months or so, I rediscovered the knitting bug and started going to a local knitting group, who meet on Wednesdays. They enjoy a good laugh and are always interested in what everyone else is working on.

In case I don’t visit here again before the festivities, ‘happy holidays’ to everyone and a successful 2012 :)



‘Aran Knitting’ by Alice Starmore

It’s being re-releasedAran Knitting: New and Expanded Edition, apparently with a new garment pattern.

Link to book on amazon.com

Same book on amazon.co.uk

The highest price for a 2nd hand hardcover of the original edition on abebooks is $80 to $399  (50gbp – 260GBP).  I’m more than happy to pay $20 or 15GBP for the newer paperback!

(pic is from amazon)

Poised for cast-off


The first project that will be finished in 2010.

I started these socks back in summer/fall 2009. They look like jaywalkers, but they’re aren’t quite. Can you guess why?

The Knitting Shop

Just found a new (to me) uk  online knitting shop and they have multibuy deals on noro Taiyo:


Ok, they have deals on other yarns too, but Taiyo’s the one I’ve been eyeing recently :)

Happy Spring!

Well it’s a little late for ‘happy new year’  :)
It’s been a while. Ok, a long while!

During 2009, I completed several pairs of socks, some of which I’ve mentioned here. Towards the end of the year, admittedly partly due to the minor sock obsesssion, I developed RSI in my left arm and the discomfort even now is to the point where I cannot grip sock needles properly or grasp/lift even light objects with that hand. Frustrating!

Only time and rest will heal the problem, leaving me to dream up more of my own patterns and write them out before trying them.

I also discoverered that as long as I’m careful, I can still do other crafts. So, I braved my first big DIY project. First? Well, I don’t count flat-pack furniture or putting beading round laminate flooring :) I brandished jigsaws and drills inexpertly, mangled the pile of wood on the left below and produced the floor to ceiling shelves on the right. They may be uneven, but they’re sturdy!

DSC02116  DSC02160

Over the next months, when life doesn’t intervene, I’m hoping to talk more about knitting again. We’ll see. Right now, I’m off to correct several hundred broken links on a website then go home and clear up the sawdust storm…


Toe-up Sam and spiral stripes

Have returned to working on my version of Sam by Cookie A  after many distractions, the intervention of life and the completion of at least 4 other pairs of socks. (Erm, more on those later.) Given that the colinette jitterbug yarn definitely does _not_ have enough in the skein to complete two socks, I’ve added in a second color for the leg section, which almost tones in. Decided to experiment with spiral stripes at the same time…


I’ve been trying to install interwritePRS onto a usb stick for a mac. The first attempt’s still going half an hour later… And I’ve to do the same for use on a pc, and  get both variations to use the same data directory, and test on classroom pcs and train people  and write procedures and and and.

Ok, stress bunny moment over. Breathing deeply and thinking of the barbecue this weekend :)  Last time I was at my friend’s we were going to have a photo session and get pictures taken of all the socks I’ve made so far this year. The weather went and drowned that idea. So second attempt this Saturday.

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