Problems with this blog in IE - FIXED
Monday, August 22, 2005
Turns out there was one image in one post that was pushing everthing out of kilter. It's all good now.
I've just notice that my blog isn't displaying properly in Internet Explorer (v. 6) - the sidebar content in pushed to the bottom of the page instead of being displayed inline.
I've emailed Blogger, but in the meantime if anyone who knows HTML wants to look over my code and see if there is anything obviously wrong, feel free. Alternatively, use Firefox - it's free and my blog displays fine in it!
Introducing Ms. Mariposa
Sunday, August 21, 2005
Finally, she is complete.
I'm not overly thrilled with it (to do with me, not the pattern) and her future looks uncertain! It can't be good that I'm thumbing through some past issues of Rowan magazines I bought for inspiration!
All the information (and more) is detailed over on it's own little project page
Apparently, in Portuguese "Dyed in the Wool" translates as Tingido nas las. Thanks to the Brazilian looking for a progress picture of mohair mittens. It gets cold there, then?New plans:
I'm really looking forward to doing some "Knitting from the Top" - primarily Cathode
and Tivoli T
, but ultimately I'd like to have enough confidence to design something myself. I own this book:
and I've used it to knit my Dad a jumper
, but never anything for myself.
Firstly, I have some socks and masses of lace to knit before I think of starting anything else. I'd love to have nothing in my projects progress thing in the sidebar, so that I can focus everything on the saddle-shoulder cardigan I'm planning for my mum.I do.
I've finished the first half of it and really does benefit from a good blocking. I went with a thorough misting of water and pinned it out on a towel, on top of a folded duvet.
The petal pattern isn't as pronounced in my DK yarn as it is in the pattern, but I still like it.Sockapal2za/Lava Flow socks.
I've done the short row garter stitch heel (reasons forthcoming after I've sent them, just in case therecipientt reads this blog) and you can see it beingablyymodeledd here by a tennis ball:
I tried really hard to get the stripes to match, but I pulled out what seemed to be half the ball and still
couldn't find a matching piece. I gave up and started anyway. I am so weak.
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
You are kidding
, right? How long does it take to knit a couple of straight straps for a tank top?
Apparently, the answer is "Longer than you'd think". I seem to have lost my motivation (if you find it can you post it back to me) and I can't seem to finish this stinking thing. I'm trying. I really am.Sockapal2za:
And because all knitters love to see the inside of stuff:
A couple more rounds of the pattern and I'll be ready for the heels. These may become my "Lost
" socks (thank you Channel 4
!)Cotton Angora vs. Tempting:
And showing the mock in-the-round how-to:
The yarn won and the garment lost. Absolutely no stretch what-so-ever. Rethink ahoy! My thought's go along the following lines: Tivoli
(from Grumperina), Laverne
(Berroco) or Shapely Tank
(Whiteliesdesigns). The theme? Simple, stocking stitch tops with shaping, that I can wear a proper bra under.Toys:
I took delivery of a Jean Greenhowe book this morning. I am truly a girl now. I plan to knit the Tospy-Turvy doll to show happy & well/unhappy & ill, just to give everyone a fair duck-and-cover warning!Random:
White Stripes - best thing since the Beatles or a case of the Emporer's New Clothes: discuss.I do/I don't:
Ahh, Ha! Thought I'd forgotten about this, didn't ya! I'm now just a few repeats off finishing the first sleeve. It needs a serious
blocking. Any advice for blocking a cotton/acrylic mix?
And finally:Amble (Six Sox KAL):
This pattern is definately not
TV knitting. I have to actually concentrate on these. I'm finding the Left Twist difficult, but since they are for my mum, I'm carrying on bravely!
By the way, this yarn is like knitting with cream. It is so incredibly soft. Mmmmmm......EDIT: Doh! It helps if you actually mention the yarn that knits like cream: Regia Silk that I got from Opitec UK.
The one without the finished Mariposa
Monday, August 08, 2005
Can you tell that I've been watching re-runs of Friends recently?
I've been really ill lately, so Mariposa isn't quite finished. And I'm not too sure about it either.... Well, I'll do the straps and see what I feel about it then.I'm a pattern tester:
I signed up to Stefanie Japel's test lab
, not expecting anything really. She sent out an appeal to test one of her "Pennywise" projects
, which I duly signed up for and was accepted. Yay! I worked up a scarf in Gedifra's "Dandy"
and OzYarn sock wool (both discontinued).
I see it more like jewellery than anything to keep me warm!Six Soxs KAL:
So, what did I say in my last post about my wishes for the next sock?I'm now just waiting for the next 6 Sox pattern to come on the 1st of August and see if I like that any better (I'm hoping for a simple k/p pattern or lace).
And what did I get? A really nice knit/purl patterned sock.
WooHoo! (Amy dances around room. She looks up and realises that the neighbours are looking at her funny. She sits down and pretends that nothing happened.)
I'm doing these for my mum in Regia Silk in what is endearingly called "Sand" - much better than beige
. I promised her that I'd randomly present her with socks throughout the year because getting seventeen pairs of socks for Christmas ain't fun!Criticism:
I've been reading with interest Annie Modesitt's
comments about criticism and critique. I do reviews of the magazines I get (when I can be bothered) from a personal stand point. For example, I don't like fun fur ponchos or teeny-tiny cropped tops or knitted trousers or crocheted bikinis. And I'll say so. However, where there is a design that it not quite me, I try to explain what I don't like and how I would change it to suit me. I hope I have never/will never descend into personal attacks on the designers themselves. After all, these designs did make it into the magazine, so someone must like them! I've decided that, unless paid vast amounts of money or subjected to flattery, I'll only say what I do like. I don't really "do" negativity in my real life, so it wont start in my virtual life either.New stuff:
I've added a search tool to my side bar. I've also included one on my homepage
, to make it easier to find the projects I've finished. Please bear in mind that if you choose to search "the web" I'm not responsible for what comes up, so be careful
How cool is this?
Brought to you be the same people who give you knitty.com. I submitted a design to this book (which wasn't accepted) but I've still been looking forward to it for a while now. It's out in April, but you can pre-order it now.
Oh, yes and I :cough, cough: accidentally
bought some of this
. Well, it was in the sale, I had a voucher and there was free P&P. And it will become Tempting
. Approprate, really!Next time:
Hopefully my health will have picked up enough to be able to finish Mariposa and have some real progress to show on my Sockapal2za socks.