Monday, 19 February 2018

Flippin' Feb

... and today the computer has crashed. I have a draft master plan of all delegates printed out, and their dinner choices, but the last time I backed up my files onto memory stick appears to be 3rd December. I blame the flu. Computer now in the shop, I am sitting here with fingers crossed and twiddling my thumbs (you try it). If all my files are lost after 3rd December, it is going to be a long hard slog trying to work out all the updates. I have resurrected the never ending entrelac shawl Am attacking it by knitting at least one square a day before I allow myself to do other knitting. When I am at the end of this row, It will be slotting in triangles to straighten off the top edge and finish the darn thing. Have had to abandon the idea of a cable cardi - the beige yarn I ordered looks mid-brown. Yuk.

Friday, 9 February 2018

February Fever

I don't know why I thought organising a second Sock Machine Event would be easier than the first. The bare bones might have been, but oh! the details. And all the silly little queries and chasing up of people who says "they'll get back to me" and don't. List now full at 60 people, and, a full four weeks before the event, no doubt there will be more nit-picking stuff to deal with. In hand knitting, had a bit of fun with sample log cabin mitts (why had non-one thought of these before?), and Jukkasjarvi mittens from handpsun Shetland humbug.

Monday, 29 January 2018

Brimming over

At last, the flu has gone. Finished cable brim hat.

Friday, 19 January 2018

Justifying January

Woke up on New Year's Day with flu. Taking me a long time to get over it. Have finished Windflower Mitts Mk II, a better match for the jumper. Also thought about Rutavotten and punched card for it. Will take some concentrating as yarn changes are after odd number rows. Will have to wait.

Sunday, 31 December 2017

End of the year

Boredom leads to creativity. Since Christmas have made two pairs of gloves and one pair of mittens largely on the machine. Looking back on the year, I see I upheld my resolve not to do so many events - wasn't invited to so mamy anyway! It will be the year of the machine visits though - Leicester, Shima Seika and Swifts. What a contrast. And resolutions for 2018? Just to chug along, I suppose.

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

The 19th of December

Yesterday will go down as one of the highlights of 2017. I visited J Alex Swift's sock factory in Hathern. Too much to write here, but the best thing was being able to bring away three different types of Argyle socks. Handcranked on a Griswold, machine made on English Charnwood machine and Italian Sangicomo. Pix show inside and outside. Heaven.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Dear me, it's December

As I write this, I am waiting for the Big Snow. I am knitting yet another pair of top down mittens, this time with a smaller 1 over 1 twist cable. It should have been a wide cable sideways knitted cuff, but I decided there was no way I could join that on neatly. Finished up with an applied I-cord bind-off. Hmm, if I can do I-cord sideways, why can't I knit sideways? Christmas Event at Rudd last weekend was their most successful ever. Nice to be a part of it. Only knitted seven Christmas scarves with visitors, but toasted many more crumpets over the fire. On 1st December released details about Going Round in Circles in Kegworth Sock Machine Extravaganza Encounter Eighteen. Bookings already up to 22 - my break-even point is 21.37, so hurrah! Later - had about three inches of snow on the Sunday. Lasted through Monday. So made footstool cover on the machine. The bag of sock yarn leftovers is at last going down.