Monday, January 15, 2007

"My name is Tutleymutley and I am a knitaholic".

Lots to report: I've had a week off visiting relatives in Ireland and Horsham - exchanging belated chrimble pressies... BUT, before I went, we had the best ever Bovey 'Stitch 'n Bitch' Ktog. in the Terrace Cafe, Devon Guild of Craftsmen - EIGHT people came along - AND I had an apology sent. I've never had to sit on my own, but there's usually only 3 or 4 of us. What a great start to 2007! Makes me wonder what would happen if I actually ADVERTISED it seriously.

Mary (one of the most loyal members - we've been going since last March, and I think she's only missed one!) is also an Honiton Lace Maker - very crafty.

I took several knitting projects away with me and managed to finish all of them.

I have become a knitting bore. I am in danger of becoming a knitting obsessive - I knitted the majority of the Cashmerino Scarf whilst watching Casino Royale at the movies. I was aghast when my sister, Jane, refused to let me take my knitting to the restaurant last Wednesday evening :-( I even took my knitting on a stroll through the woods in Horsham - only stopping to negotiate a particularly treachorous stretch of mud, much to the amusement of the out-laws.

Then, horror of horrors, I managed to finish all the projects I had with me in Horsham and had none left do on the drive home to Devon! Withdrawal symptoms. Still, contemplating 'At Knit's End' helped me over the worst - One for Seth (DS) "A fool and his money are soon partying".

No doubt about it - Stephanie Pearl-Mcphee aka The Yarn Harlot is a genius.

Have finished the first socks of Terri's (the OTHER terri) sockamonth challenge - and I'm pretty impressed at how the stripes MATCHED - that's just so cool. I'll be posting them off to Jane (sis in Ireland) - she has big feet so she shouldn't expect any more for a while... Apparently, according to jacquie over at the Crafty Threads 'n Yarns Forum, St Sebastian of Spain watches over the woollen stocking makers and may well be watching over our challenge. Kind of spooky.

Here's what the french market bag looked like AFTER it was stuck in the washing machine. It is a bit smaller than I would have liked, but it's OK.

Here's the second Debbie Bliss Cashmerino astrakhan loopy scarf finished - and it's vastly improved by the half a ball extra yarn: slightly longer length. This one is for my friend Bev.

I've found a pattern in a Rowan book to use the Louisa Harding Kimono Angora yarn my secret Pal (8) Yvonne sent me - fingerless gloves a la Scrooge. The pattern has an error in it - so I'm hoping it won't get worse because I can't be bothered to frog it. I'd rather bodge than frog.


I never would have thought I'd get into dishcloths - google 'knitted dishcloths' and just see how many patterns you come up with. Hundreds! nay, thousands!

"Lots of knitters knit washcloths, and lots of other knitters make fun of
them for it. Simple or fancy, these humble little squares of cotton appear by
the million in some knitters' homes, along with patterns for them by the
hundreds. Knitters who love them say they are the softest cloths you can get,
they can be made to match the bathroom perfectly and they are a gently
exfoliator... making you a younger looking knitter. These knitters claim they
love trying out different stitches on something small, and they get a kick out
of a cheap easy project."

Before I mock the simple art of washcloth knitting, I will consider
how good it would feel to finish 4 projects in a day. The Yarn Harlot.

That last point is spot on. I got into designer dishcloths mostly to participate in the dishcloth swop - and it was a good excuse to go down to Waterford while I was in Ireland, and visit a yarn store to feed my addiction. I bought a ball of cotton in icecream colours and Jane got my first attempt at designer dishcloths. The next one I knit was for my swop partner, and the last one was a round one which I gave my sisterinlaw in Horsham. Posh dishcloths! who'd have thunk. Quick, easy and everyone pleased with their hand knitted gift.

Finally - my first instalment from the Fyberspates sock club arrived - the softest, scrumdiddllyumptious loveliest sock yarn, and one of those dinky sock keyrings to knit for.

Back to work tomorrow - what a shame.

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