Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Spring is Kitten Season

Another Tuesday- I guess I think of Tuesdays as a good day to post here. As good a day as any.

I had coffee this morning with a friend that lived in one of the neighborhoods where I grew up. I say one of them, because we moved sometimes once a year, as my father was a contractor and liked to flip houses. Unfortunately, we lived in those place while he renovated. So I went to a few schools.

Anyway, it was fun to catch up with someone who I always liked, and it really doesn't seem like 30 years has passed. It was a good morning.

I have been faffing around quite a bit, because I ordered some needles to finish the sleeves on my Southwell Cardigan, and it seems I can't tell the difference between 40cm and 40". So I went to Romni and got what I needed. I swear I have never had so many setbacks with a project, at least, not that I can remember.

To keep myself amused, I have decided to master some knitted glovemaking skills. Well, I have made gloves before, but there are some ways of obviating the holes between the fingers and things like that. I really love the Shetland and Fair Isle ones, and you see, I have a bit of a (cough) stash.

There are alot of partial balls, as well as skeins (from the wonderful times where you could buy the yarn in a hank instead of those silly balls). There is also a few SQ's in there. But think of the possibilities.
These are called Benon Gloves by Hazel Tindall. She is a master knitter from Shetland, and probably can do these in her sleep. I did notice that in many of the patterns, the recommended needle size as well as the gauge varied enormously.
These OXO pattern gloves are from a book called "Knitted Fair Isle Mittens & Gloves"- some of these patterns call for a 2.25mm needle, which kind of baffles me. I am going to faff around more and see what works. (alot of faffing goes on around here....)

Let's get onto the "cute" section- it may not be what you expect. (If you are on Instagram you may have already seen this.)
I was out on Friday with my Buddy and I saw this car parked at the curb. Check out the mouse tail and the ears. A couple of guys got out, and I was laughing and saying how much I loved their car. They were so nice and even gave me a small replica of the car. Apparently, the ears are aerodynamic too.
I would so totally drive that. I case you're wondering, it's a pest control company.

Over at Miss Mew's, kitten season is in full gear. Chloe gave birth to 4 healthy kittens, and we're pretty sure they are all girls (it's rare to get a female ginger- they're usually toms). The one on the end is a calico, like mommy.

One of the babies had a twisted foot, and the vet is taping it as it grows. Can you stand the cuteness of the bandages? It's all I can do to control myself, and not place them in my purse and run away with them.

Okay, I'm fleecing out, or faffing, as the case may be.






Tuesday, 14 March 2017

A Plan So Cunning You Could Brush Your Teeth With It

I've just noticed it's been a month since I've posted. This has been the most idle winter of all time. I have had no energy, and no inclination to do anything. The weather has been up and down- and outside, it looks like this:


I did manage to venture out before the storm on Sunday, to visit my buddy at Say Tea. Look what I got. It's amazing how much better your morning tea tastes in a great cup. I had the favorite niece along, so it was truly a banner day.

In knitting news, I am still working on my Southwell cardigan. I have finished the collar and button bands, but am at a standstill until I can get some circulars in 3.25mm. Yes, I have a ton of needles, but not in that size. I thought that I would be the one person who would be prepared for all knitting contingencies, but it appears not.

Fear not, for I have a cunning plan.

I have been thinking about making a tunic/dress in a Merchant & Mills pattern. For some reason, I envision it in a plum linen. I'll also get to use my serger. What could be better?

This is, of course, taking into consideration that I may not remember how to read a sewing pattern. Or, if I can read it, can I parse it? Hmmm. We'll see.

Today's guest kitty (one of my grandkitties) is Cindy Lou. She is wonderfully silly and floofy. We call her Cindy Roo, and Moulin Roo. Isn't she the best?


More Roo lovliness......

Fleecin' out for now.