Tuesday, January 15, 2008

New year, same old story

Rant time....

Ok, I guess you get my point. I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels this way. Hopefully this year wouldn't be gone as fast as last year. The last 5 days of my life was spent on the couch in front of the TV, doing absolutely nothing.
I'm not sure if it's because I'm overwhelmed by the first three weeks of the holiday going out and about every day, or maybe I'm just plain lazy.

Anyway, tv time to me equals knitting time, so I have been quite productive

Irish Hiking Scarf
Pattern source: Hello Yarn
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino, Petrol blue 3 skeins
Needle: 4mm Addis
Comments: This scarf was supposed to be my holiday project, but I only managed to get a few inches done during the trip. The rest got finished quickly in about 2 days. The pattern was nice and easy to memorise. All I did before leaving town was look at the pattern hard and didn't even take any notes.
The yarn was dk weight instead of worsted weight called for in the pattern, so my scarf is thinner and barely long enough. I'm not too sure how I feel about the yarn though. Lots of people rave about it, but it just doesn't work for me. It is nice and soft and I can see it working beautifully for baby stuffs. Verdict, like it but I don't love it.

Well after the scarf was done I was still watching TV, but I need something to work on otherwise I get very restless. So I cast on for this

Henley Perfected from the latest IK. It was my favourite pattern in the book, and I just happen to find a yarn in my stash that will hopefully work out well. The back was just finished about an hour ago after about 4 days of knitting, so this should be a quick project. However I think it'll take me another month to get this done with the mountain of coursework which will soon fall upon me.

Anyway, I've been spending more than I should online, no surprise there.
Like many of you, I love Kim Hargreaves' designs, and I've been extremely tempted to get one(or all) of her kits. I finally broke down and bought my favourite, and it came this morning.

Yep, it's FLO!! This is purely impulse buy, even if I've been thinking about getting it ever since it came out. You see, the cardigan IS pretty, but all those ruffles.... they look pretty on the model, but I really do not need enhancement on that particular spot.... if you know what I mean.
And anyway, take a look at the yarn colour. I ordered the same colourway as shown on the model, but the colours of the yarn that came are significantly darker and duller. Now, I know that it's the downside of internet shopping, but I'm a bit disappointed, that's all.

About holiday pictures...ehmm....that'll have to wait since yours truly is being her lazy ass self. Who knows, it might be summer before I get around to doing it, but let's hope that's not going to happen. As an excuse, we took over 1500 pictures during the trip, so I have lots of sorting out to do....lame, I know.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

New year, new yarns.


I'll save my vacation story for next post, let's talk about the new year for now, shall we?
My year started off with an idiot splashing wine at me, then drunk guy at a bar. It wasn't too bad, but not exactly a great start I'd hoped for either. However when I got back to London on the first day of the year, I found a parcel waiting for me at home.

These amazing yarns are from a dear friend, Van. I can't imagine a better way to start the year, can you?

Then on the second day of the year, I stopped by at Liberty at found this at almost half price off.

I've been wanting to try all these yarns FOR EVER.
I have a feeling it'll be a good knitting year, don't you think?

I have(had) a habit of writing a new year resolution. Last year I had about 50 in my list, with about 1 or 2 that I kept up the whole year but couldn't remember. This year I haven't had the chance to write one yet, but I thought I'd share my knitting resolution here with everyone with the hope that it'll give me the push to keep them up.
So here goes:

1. Do at least one colourwork project.
2. Get rid of stash yarn that I don't even like.
3. Stop buying yarn I'll never use just because it's on sale.
4. Blog about ALL my projects.
5. Deal with UFOs.
6. Actually wear my FOs.
7. Attend a knitting meetup.
8. Do more designing/thinking in my knitting.

Phew! That's all I could think of, for now at least. I'm quite sure I've said those same things before, but let's hope it's actually happening this time! You all are welcome to laugh at me when I crash and burn.
Well, at least if I do I'll still have all my beautiful yarns.