Last week I finally got my act together and finished off the little shawlette I was knitting for my friend at work. This is the second time I’ve used the pattern, and just quietly, I think I like this second one better than the one I made for myself. I used Cascade 220 Heather, and the colour is a gorgeous Autumn gold/brown. It’s great to see someone other than myself wearing my work too 🙂
I also had a fairly productive weekend in the yarn dyeing department, since I was running out of the yellows/oranges/chocolates I’ve been using for a shaped garter shawl for myself. The pattern (Celadon by Ambah O’Brien) is another simple relaxing knit, so it’s coming along rather quickly.
Here is my Rainbow Wrap, officially blocked and looking lovely on my table! As much as this pattern sometimes irritated me (it was a well-written pattern, but it made me go a bit brain dead after a while), it’s turned out to be a stunner and I’m really happy with the end result. As you can see the colours look great together when folded, or tied around your neck 🙂 I can’t wait to wear this to work tomorrow!
It’s been a while since I posted last, because I’m slack. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been doing anything though! Last week I finally finished my Cedar Leaf Shawlette. I am SO happy with it. After blocking it ended up over two metres in length, and I’m sure will be a regular accessory in the cold weather in a couple of months time. That pattern was extremely easy and very well written, and I already have the yarn to make another for a friend.
My current WIP is another pair of socks. This pair is in stockingette stitch, no fancy pattern, which is easier to frog when I inevitably make a mistake or three. It’s been knitting up extremely fast, but it’s not that surprising as I’ve recently made the switch to flick knitting and I’m now FLYING through the rows 🙂
I’m on fire! The beach shawl is finally finished, after a big push over the last couple of days to get it done (so I can move on to a NEW PROJECT! shhh). I’m really happy with it; I love how the colour has worked out. I’ll block it over the weekend and hopefully will stretch it to a larger size – at the moment it’s large enough to drape over my shoulders but I’d need a pin to keep it around me. I’ve now started the Cedar Leaf Shawlette, which looks absolutely gorgeous and seems to be a rather quick knit. I got a call from my local yarn store yesterday to tell me that my second skein of Lorna’s Laces Shepard Worsted Multi in the Baltic Sea colourway has arrived and is awaiting my purchase, so that is what I’m using for this shawlette. It’s an amazing forest colour – greens and browns reminiscent of a forest floor. Perfect for this leafy shawl! It’s beautiful to knit with too, silky and smooth and it glides across the needles like a dream.
This was supposed to be another Christmas holidays project, but I ended up spending too much time sleeping and fishing and obviously not enough time knitting! I’m using the Marin Pattern by Ysolda, and knitting it in Magic Light from Ice Yarns with 4.5mm needles. I originally started this project in lovely Lorna’s Laces Shepard Worsted Multi, but I found the pattern a little confusing to start with and I had to frog a few times. I then decided that I would learn the pattern using acrylic so I could then make another in the better yarn. In saying that though, I’m really enjoying knitting in the magic light, and the colours are striping nicely.
If I push hard over the next week I should get this finished – I’m already planning my next project in Madeleine Tosh Merino Light that I may or may not have purchased yesterday….
Christmas is getting so close now I can almost taste it in the air! To be honest, I’m not particularly excited about the actual day (I’m not religious so the day doesn’t mean much to me) but I AM excited about the three full weeks of holidays I will have over the Christmas/New Year break when our office closes. I haven’t had holidays since Christmas last year, so I’m really hanging out for some down time. Since we don’t have my partner’s daughter here until January, I decided that I wasn’t going to go to all the effort of putting our large Christmas tree up. So last night, I gathered some enthusiasm and decorated my ’emo’ tree, which of course is black with silver decorations. It’s only a two foot tree, so it’s sitting on my dining table. Very simple, but very us this year.
My fallout wrap is coming along very nicely! I’m so pleased with it, and it is still a joy to work on. I’ve discovered that while I have trouble crocheting on the bus, I can in fact knit to my heart’s content and not feel the urge to vomit into the hair of the poor person sitting in front of me. Now that the rows are getting quite long I can only manage two rows on the way into work (express bus) and three on the way home. I’ve got some lovely yarn on its way to me from the states, so I’m trying to get this wrap finished as soon as possible so I can start something new and exciting. I also can’t wait to wear it as it’s so soft and light.
As promised, here are some photos of the shawl and its progress….as you can see, I’ve done quite a bit over the last two weeks. I think another foot or so on each side will see it finished.
While I was on the mainland for a week reveling in the glorious shorts-and-t-shirt weather, I wasn’t exactly on holidays. I had a university residential (I’m an external student, so these lovely things are mandatory) which was so full on that I’m pretty sure my brain hasn’t fully recovered from over-stimulation yet. I had these massive days, and then got to go back to the college and watch Netflix on my laptop and crochet.
I had a huge suitcase to lug around, which I’m unashamed to say was filled with more yarn than clothing. After the residential was finally over my sister picked me up and I spent a few days at her place by the beach, where I got to spend time with my nieces and – surprise surprise – do some more crochet! My mum also drove down from Queensland to spent a day or so with us, and so we had a bit of a crochet group going on in Mum’s motel rooms. I think it was the first time the three of us had been in the same room crocheting together (other than on Skype) since we all started crocheting, and it was very nice 🙂
I ended up getting a hell of a lot of my Summer CAL blocks completed, and quite a bit on my virus shawl done too. The latter was able to easily fit into my handbag, so I was able to take it with me on the plane and confused/intrigue the rest of the passengers when I whipped it out and started hooking. I’ll take some nice photos of the shawl today and post them soon, but I’ll leave you with some images of the Summer CAL blocks 🙂
I’m very glad to be home, despite being back in coats and scarves. I missed my puppies and my plants. Oh, and my partner too I suppose 😛
Wow, I can’t believe it has been over a month since I last posted on Savage Ted! Uni has been a bit full on, and if I don’t force myself to take half an hour every now and then to crochet and have some me time, I get too wrapped up in the ‘OH MY GOD THAT $*@#$! ASSIGNMENT IS DUE TOMORROW PANIC PANIC PANIC’ vibe and I end up doing nothing else but work, study and sleep.
Doesn’t help that my sister and I almost halfway through a 21 day no sugar challenge. To say that it has been a frustrating month is a complete and utter understatement. If you wanted some light entertainment, my sister and I post (almost) daily on our little 21 day challenge blog to keep us motivated. You can laugh at me as I describe how much I want to murder people because of crazy sugar cravings. My partner is now keeping an up-to-date ‘fear of death’ statistic table on our fridge, and those numbers are climbing! (Doesn’t help that he can eat sugar and I can’t, and will quite happily eat a chocolate muffin AND NOT EVEN LET ME SMELL IT). Anyway, our blog can be found at here.
As I said, unfortunately not much in the way of crochet over the last couple of weeks. And when I actually do get the hooks out, I’m just continuing to work on a few older WIPs, like my virus shawl (my project that stays at work so I can crochet during any lunches I have free), and a few little odds and ends to get ready for Christmas etc.
I’ve also decided that I’m going to enter my Sophie’s Universe into the Royal Hobart Show in October. I’m actually pretty excited about it, and looking forward to it doing more than just lying on my study chair at home.