Yes, it is sunny and I have been sitting in the chair all yesterday and today knitting away at my Tour de France project: Haute Tricot!! I have just about knitted a 200g ball, so at this rate I could finish in 8 days!! (NB I am living in a little dream world) I have ventured into the world of Top Downedness and I am going reasonably well I think. I am using stitch markers and I have managed not to make them knitted in embellishments!!! I even did a tension square, where upon I had far too many stitches and rows, but I was not deterred, I washed and dried it and then I only had 1 extra stitch but still 3 extra rows, so I used the needles recommended (5.5mm, so big...) and I did maths to convert my row gauge to fit the pattern. Such mathematical fun!!! So, we will see how I go with my Green Jumper, sprinting to the finish line: Sacre Verte!!! I am going to try to post more regularly as I cycle to Victory!!!
I was much comforted by comments that my non-matching Sinatra socks' stripes, from my last post, will be OK. I am reassured but still, I wonder how I will wear them. I practised on Saturday by wearing odd socks!!! OK, my next to last post because I tried to make a 'page' that would just be in the ether somewhere that I could save as a file and then upload to my Eating Typelist, but as you can see, I failed. I have made a new Typelist on the left hand side that has made me very amused for the last few days : Apples of My Isle!!! Yes, these are Bloggers who live on our very own little island: Hi everyone!!!! If I have missed you, LMK. Back to socks now. I have made a pair called 'Down the Front'. Did you watch House of Eliott?? One of the clients, whom I imagine as Carole from The Brittas Empire, swept her hand down her magnificent frontage and declared it required some "Buttons, down the front..."
Down The Front: The wool used is Buttons from New Zealand, it has excellent meterage and knits up nicely with a spiral pattern happening. It is 8ply and these fit a size 8 man's foot. The pattern is just a K2 P2 rib and I made one whole sock whilst attached to the drip&pump for hours!! Everyone was amazed that I could knit a sock in a day. These were for Uncle Dutch's birthday.
Carrying On: my second version of Fetching from Knitty. I lengthened it by 10 rows again and cast on 48 stitches. Every 10 rows I did a K2together, Knit the first stitch again, to make a twist. I used more of the Bendigo 8ply in Ming. These were for Mrs GardyGardener.
Thank you for my lovely Get Well soon gifts. Here is a photo so you can drool. I know I have. How lucky I am: 10Q 10Q 10Q!!! Here are some more presents from MrsDrWho upon her return from China: my own Terracotta warrior made from the actual clay they used, a jade pendant, a teeny tiny puppy with a rug and a heater, an embroidered stole, biscuit cutters, 4 kinds of green mascara, a silk tissue box cover, a bracelet and earrings too. I have another pair of earrings too I must remember to photograph. Thank you MrsDrWho, her father The TimeLord and her brother, whom I shall dub Harry Sullivan!!!!
Harki and Peri are both well and have been, respectively, running about a lot and rolling in the unmentionable again!! The weather has been sunny and crisp and they have been able to dip in the creek every time we go for a walk. They are asleep on the couch at the moment, not snoring yet, but soon I think.
I have made another little bag from a snack packet: The Put a Sparkle in your Day bag. I vaguely remember this was their ad campaign at one stage. I only like Cheese Twisties, so that's what the birthday girl received!! She loved it.
Penultimately: Torchwood?? Loved it. Dark, grown up and gritty. And Welsh. I loved all the sideways references to Doctor Who, and the new characters and premise? Lots of potential. The Shakespeare Code, Doctor Who proper this week, was wonderful!!!
Finally, how happy was I? I sang in my mind:
'Not go round' went the wheel,
Woolworths has all green trolleys
Oh I smiled , Oh how happy I feel!!!!