This is just a quick post to explain why there have been no posts recently.
In September I started training to become a secondary school* science teacher. The course is as time-consuming as it is rewarding, leaving me with little ‘spare’ time to knit, blog, read books not on reading list, see friends, talk to family or do housework (ok no change there for the last one).
But knitting time can be justified if it’s spent making teaching aids …
Top Row: Microbes 1. bacterium (e. coli), 2. fungus (penicillin), 3. virus (common cold), 4. bacterium (TB),
Bottom row: Invertebrates, extinct & extant 5. belemnite, 6. cuttlefish, 7. trilobite, 8. ammonite and belemnite
… or school-teacher-appropriate knitwear – my angostura is finally finished!
ravelry project page
And yes my classes did love the knitted fossils and mirco-organisms. I see the time spent making them an investment – hopefully I’m going to be teaching for lots of years so they will get a lot of use. Now I’m off to look for a mole pattern ….
* secondary school = high school, ages 11 – 16 (or 18)
Can’t remember whether I’ve mentioned it here before, but for the past couple of years I’ve been involved with Girl Guiding. Or rather re-involved – I was a Brownie & a Guide myself, and now its fun to help give girls the chance to take part in the fun experiences & opportunities Guiding can provide.
So far I have failed to get any of our girls interested in learning to knit, although I am hoping to run a spinning session at camp next year (I did have to explain to someone that it’s this kind of spinning not that kind of spinning – I prefer to do my cycling out in the fresh air). But of coure I take my knitting along to do in rare quiet moments in meetings, and have made some “Guidey knits” this year.
Guides & Scouts go to church parade for Remembrance Sunday. I know that we had at least two poppies in the house but on the night before church parade I could only find one. Son needed that to pin on his Scout shirt, luckily I managed to find this pattern and crochet one for myself.
ravlery project page
A cast sock for one of my Guides who broke her leg & so couldn’t come to camp.
raverly project page
TREFOIL ILLUSION SCARF
I love illusion knitting, so this was was a perfect knit for our Unit Leader & my leadership mentor. The pattern was written by a Brownie leader to raise funds for her unit, so do get one if you have Guides to knit for.
ravelry project page
I have been assimilated. My smart phone is now my life support system, which I can’t operate without. It runs all aspects of my life, including my knitting.
Behold, my first android-powered fo – p attern pdf on phone, row counting with rubbish knitter‘s very marvelous county app, notes in everynote. And blog post via wordpress app of course.
I have a tricorder app, where is my jet pack?
Oh, actual knitting info? Pattern is Berry Pie Baby Dress from July 2011 edition of Knit magazine. The magazine featured it in Wild Fire Fibres yarn, so I’ve knit this up as a sample for Vikki, in Tempo & BFL Sock. If you’re going to Woolfest say hi to her.
ravelry project page
knitted a Valkyrie Vest
I made a few mods to get the fit I wanted, details on ravelry project page.
thanks to Vikki for taking such great photos , I am appointing her my offishul garment photographer from now on
It’s knitted from Drops Alaska & so was perfect for the Purl City Yarns’ Scandivian Night (celebrating the arrival of yet more Drops yarns yay).
Oh & I did occassionally do stuff other than knitting over Easter …
1. help my father-out-law celebrate his 80th birthday, 2. finally finished my pink socks, 3. ate icecreams at Benone beach, 4. walked in the Ness Woods, 5. saw bluebells in the Ness Woods, 6. oohed & aahed over the new bebbeh sheeps, 7. visited Ballycastle (& shopped for dulse for RubbishKnitter & Barry’s Tea for spinninggeer), 8. saw the sun set on the hills of Donegal, 9. skimmed stones at Marsden Bay, 10. knit on the beach, 11. got hot in the Durham Botanic Gardens hot houses, 12. sat in the spring sunshine with bff & bff’s mam
Bauhaus Fair Isle finally finished
pattern: Bauhaus Fair Isle by Mary Jane Mucklestone ; yarn: Dalegarn Falk; ravelry project page
Also known at the Never Ending Fair Isle Jumper of DOOM as it took soooo long to finish. I love knitting fair isle, that wasn’t the problem. Part of the problem was running out of yarn & having to order more. The main problem was how unwieldy I found it to knit in top-down sleeves. The work was so big and heavy, too big and heavy to just do the odd row from time to time. I didn’t even want to get it out unless I had a good chunk of time free to work on it. I think that I would generally rather knit in pieces & seam (now I have finally cracked mattress stitch, seaming holds little fear).
Now to try & knit a Valkyrie Vest before Easter ….