Thursday, February 26, 2009

Kreativ Bloggers

Astonishingly, your lazy Beelzebub has been nominated for an award. Thank you so much, Lara, of little sheep, big sheep for your kindness.

Here's what KB nominees need to do, myself included:

1. copy the award to your site.
2. link to the person from whom you received the award.
3. nominate 8 other bloggers.
4. link to those on your blog.
5. leave a message on the blogs you nominated.

So now I just need to complete steps 3, 4 and 5, which I look forward to doing when I'm not at work!

PS ... I bought the Rowan Milk Cotton yarn for that sweater I showed you. I couldn't help it. Also, I started a new pair of socks, so I am happy to report that I'm knitting again (maybe that's why I felt okay about suddenly buying yarn). I am knitting a lovely pair of wool socks using yarn that was dyed by my dear friend Ray, aka Knitivity.

Ray has a beautiful eye for colour and hand-dyes the most scrumptious yarn. I'm using his You Nork Mets colourway, look:

That orange and blue combo sets my soul on fire. Go here to see more of Ray's gorgeous sock yarn and get some of your own. I'll post a picture of the socks I'm making when I've knit a little more of them.

Matter of fact, I think I now know who needs to be the first of my Kreativ Blogger nominees. Ray, I'm officially nominating your creative self. Lots of love as always, B.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Taking stock

The weather is cold, dark and snowy. My central heating system has broken and we have no hot water. Work is - work. Together, these things slow down my knitting mojo. All I want to do is put on an extra jumper, drink gallons of hot tea and play World of Warcraft, where it is never cold and you don't even have to concentrate.

I'd like to start knitting again now, so maybe taking stock of my projects will do the trick.

Regia Kaffe Fassett socks

They're done. I'm wearing them. Remember I was saying they needed blocking because they were a wee bit tight? I stretched them over a pair of small sock blockers and then I just hung them on a nail on the wall near my desk, and forgot them. I didn't get them wet. They just sat there, waiting to be blocked and looking decorative. Then, the other day, I was sat at my desk with cold feet, wishing for a clean, warm pair of socks, and there they were. I put them on and they fit perfectly and were warm as toast. Job done. No blocking required.

Sven's Noro Scarf II

As you'll remember, this was looking way too short, and I was relying on blocking to help me out. So, I blocked it nearly to death and it did grow a considerable amount. Enough to look like a normal scarf. Sven reassured me that it was ample - until he put it on. It's more of a neckwarmer than a scarf, really. I let him wear it like that for a few days, and then I went to John Lewis to get another ball of Noro. It needs a few inches on each end. Needless to say, I haven't started this amendment and it will probably be summer by the time I get round to it.

Joe's Edan Sweater

I haven't touched it. I haven't even weaved in any ends. I think I am afraid to pick it up because it is the Eternal Sweater, and handling it will just make the project expand until it once again outstrips my ability.

Fading Friendship Travelling Socks

I am ashamed to say I'm not even sure where these are. Lately, I've been reading instead of knitting on public transport. I need to get going on these again.

Bleh. This blog ought to be titled 'Beelzebub is too lazy to knit'. I think I need to pick up something easy, like a sock, and knit on that until I am back in the habit again, then tackle the sweater. Also, it wouldn't kill me to weave in some ends.

I know my knitting energy will come back, because I am still lusting after hand knit items. I want them, and I want to make them. Have you seen the Rowan book that supports their new Milk Cotton yarn? I have next to no interest in the technical aspects of the yarn itself, but I very much like these colours and I can't resist a bit of complicated Fair Isle or intarsia. Because I love weaving in ends so much. Oh yeah, that's me.

Nice. That blue is scrumptious, and the big, abstract rose shapes are great. I might have to set a rule for myself that Joe must be wearing his finished Edan sweater before buying any more yarn.