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another tank top Thursday

angostura wip

but insufficient tank top progress to report. Have only just reached the armholes on the back of my Angostura, so no chance of getting it done in time for Ysolda’s visit to Purl City this Saturday (for which there are a few spaces still available – it’s free but you need to email the shop to reserve one).

The cables are extremely beautiful and making me happy.

angostura detail



the knitting goddesses have decided to start being kinder to me, and I have been able to make some progress.  As Suse suggested I did some charity knitting, pressing on with a project for a fundraising raffle.  I love how lace looks all ‘meh’ when you’re knitting it but is transformed by blocking into a thing of beauty.  Here is project so far, still very much in the ‘meh’ phase
One more pattern repeat and it will be finished and ready to block.

I’ve finally joined the round on DrM’s fair isle jumper and made some progress. Corrugated rib looks lovely but I hates knitting it. Happily I am now on to the fair isle pattern proper. I loves knitting fair isle.
More blues, I know, but it’s DrM’s favourite. The colours are a little muted for my taste, but perfect for DrM.

As for my other WiPs, I need to cast on for new sleeves for the bamboo lacy thing if I am to have any hope of it being ready for my holidays. I have given up on the idea of wearing a new cotton cardigan this summer.

does anyone know how to placate the knitting goddesses?

I got over confident and they decided to teach me some humility

  • I finished my bamboo jumper and had a whole long post written about it, just awaiting the photos once it dried. Only, I then realised the sleeves were Way Too Long and, after attempting a shortcut to fix them and making things worse, I am going to have to knit them again
  • on a camping trip I needed a simple knit, so I cast on for a stocking stitch cardigan.  When we got home, with about a third of it knitted, I realised my tension square had lied to me and I had to frog it all
  • it took me so many attempts to join a round of 264 stitches for a fair isle jumper, I was on the verge of deciding to knit the damn thing flat (and yes you can knit fair isle flat, I did it many times before discovering these new fangled circular needles)

I have acknowledged the error of my ways. The bamboo jumper is set to one side for now, until I can face re-knitting the sleeves.  The cardigan has been started over, and this time should bear some relation to the size I want it to be.  The fair isle jumper is now cast on in an non-Mobius stylee and a few rounds knit.

finished at last

The Never Ending Crochet Blanket of DOOM, it has ended
pattern: Wavy Blanky by Stephanie Gage; yarn: Creative Yarns Style DK; hook: 4 mm

I do love this pattern, it was just a bad decision to make a single bed sized blanket in dk yarn.sock yarn squares If I ever decided to make another blanket, remind me not to use anything thinner than aran weight. Oh except for the sock yarn squares blanket but that is a loooong term project.

Anyway I had much of the blue yarns left over so I made son a matching Manchester City cushion cover. The pattern for a patchwork cushion is from a book, and I used Rhonda White‘s charts for the letters.
pattern: Patchwork Cushion by Jane Crowfoot; letters charted by Rhonda White; yarn: Creative Yarns Style DK; needles: 4 mm

Looking at the flickr bar on the right, I see that all my recent projects have been blue. And so is my main WiP, a lacy(ish) jumper in bamboo tape which I am making up as a I go along based on a jumper I already have.
It’s been a bit stop-start because I don’t always feel up to calculating shapings, so I put it aside and knit something with a pattern instead. It’s not the actual calculations that put me off but the decision making process. With a pattern, someone else has decided where to place the sleeves and what size the neck should be and so on, so I can blame them if I don’t like the end result. But with this jumper I will only have myself to blame. Eep.

vote early, vote often

It’s UK election day, which means I’ll be staying up long into the night as the results come in.  It won’t be fun but it should be interesting.  I have made up my mind on the most important decision of the day, what to knit as the results roll in.  It needs to be something simple and mindless; my current wip is a lacy jumper, and although the lace is simple and I have the pattern memorised, I don’t think it will cope with the tiredness and gloom and shouting at the telly and tweeting and endless cups of tea.  I going to get on with the Never Ending Crochet Blanket of DOOM, it is mind numbingly simple and will keep me warm too.

More posting soon, hopefully.  I have been knitting, as you can see from the flickr stream over there —->, and will get round to writing a bit about it sometime.  In the mean time, if you have a vote in the UK election, use it and use it wisely.

early to bed, early to rise

Now that my Open University course is in full swing1, I need to try and balance my desire to knit with my need to study.  One possible solution is to get up earlier so I can study in the mornings, leaving evenings free(er) to continue indulging myself in bad tv and knitting.  So I’ve signed up for this lifehack challenge.  If nothing else it’ll break me in for when the clocks change next weekend.

My two seekrit projects from the ravelympics can now be revealed …

Curling Mitts, for mum for Mother’s Day
curling mitts, for mum
so-named not because she’s going to curl in them but because they were mainly knit at silly a.m. watching curling matches
pattern: improvised, to match her Christmas beret (
yarn: Sublime Yarns Cashmere Merino Silk Aran shade0133 cardamom & Noro Kureyon shade 183

Lennard-Jones socks, for Karl
Lennard-Jones socks, for Karl
Lennard-Jones socks detailso-named because the stitch pattern reminds me of a Lennard-Jones plot

pattern: improvised, because I couldn’t find a man-friendly pattern than worked with the yarn
yarn: Violet Green Solemate shade B5

I’m pretty happy with how both of these improvised patterns turned out, and will maybe get around to writing up the patterns one day.

Now I am twiddling my thumbs, yarn-wise, waiting for the colours I need for my fair isle jumper project to be re-stocked.  In the mean time I am grinding out a few rows of the never ending crochet blanket of doom.  Why I ever decided it was a good idea to make it full single-duvet size I have no idea.  Still having thoughts of stopping now and calling it a lapghan ….

1. and if you happen to be a chitosan chemist, do say hai; that’s what I’ve opted to spend the next 6 months studying. Yes it is just a co-incidence that one of its many applications is to make yarns

<a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/audreyrobowen/4450565616/&#8221; title=”curling mitts, for mum by audreym, on Flickr”><img src=”http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4035/4450565616_24ca4051e0_m.jpg&#8221; width=”240″ height=”205″ alt=”curling mitts, for mum” /></a>

competetive knitting

The Winter Olympics are here and so with them, another Ravelympics.  contrast-failYay. I’m hoping to complete two projects during the games to get my medals.  I’ve entered my bohus cardigan (aka the never ending cardigan of doooom) in the WiP Dancing event in the hopes of getting it finished, but it’s looking touch and go.  I was making OK progress and got as far as the colour work on the yoke.  And then realised that one of my contrasting colours is insufficiently contrasting.  I’ve ordered a differnt colour, fingers crossed it arrives from Shetland soon.  In the mean time I have been fretting about the inevitable steeking that lies ahead, fretting about it on the J&S ravelry group and getting some expert guidance.  Still terrified.

My other ravelypics project is a pair of socks, entered in multiple events – Sock Hockey (obv), Stash Compulsory Dance (using long-neglected stash) and now also the Designer Original Dance (having tried and failed to find an existing pattern that doesn’t fight with my chosen yarn).  I’m pretty hopeful of getting these done, at least (but photos will have to wait as they are a gift).

beginnings and endings (and carrying-on-ings)


On Sunday I started another pair of glittens, this time for a homeless or vulnerably housed person, as part of the Big Issue Knit .  Which was a great fun afternoon out, too, and amazing to see so many knitters in one place.
big issue knit

100119And it being January, another Open University course is about to begin. This is (fingers crossed) my final course for my degree and is a literature-based research project. Which is scary,100126 being left to myself to turn out 5000 words by September. I’m probably going to concentrate on physical organic chemistry, but the past year of studying physical chemistry has pushed all the organic I knew out of my brain.

most importantly: buy more knitting patterns!

I’ll be starting lots of new beginnings soon with all my new knitting patterns.   Lots of lovely designers are contributing money from their January pattern sales to the Haiti relief effort. So if there’s a pattern you were thinking of buying anyway one day, have a look if the designer is taking part in the Help for Haiti efforts and buy it sooner rather than later.


potions class socks, for mefinally, at long last, I have finished my potions class socks.I really don’t know why it’s taken me so long, except that they got pushed to the back of te work in progress queue. I love both the yarn and the pattern and am very happy with the finished socks.

pattern: Hallows and Horcruxes by Kate Heppell
yarn: Old Maiden Aunt Merino Superwash 4ply shade K1

I’ve also finished some glittens I promised my favourite small girl, an experimental short row slouchy hat, and (with a lot of help and advice from my mum, ravelry friends and the nice lady in Leon’s) sewed myself a bag organiser and a top.
mosaic for blog


I’m still pushing on with my Bohus cardigan. I finally got the waist decreases to work out for me, and am just about to start the short row shaping for the bust. After that I can join in the sleeves and start on the colour work, which will be a relief from all this stocking stitch.

And the never ending crochet blanket of DOOOM is continuing in occasional fits and starts. It seemed a good idea when I started, to make son’s blanket full sized so he can use it for a long time, but I am regretting it now.


Sorry it’s been so quiet hereabout lately, a combination of viruses (several minor ones in quick succession) and the Christmas Knitting have left me without much to post about.

The Christmas knitting is nearly finished (only 1.5 hats to go), I’ll be sharing photos & details after the 25th. I don’t think anyone who is likely to receive a knitted gift from me actually reads this blog, and I know none of them are on ravelry, but it still feels wrong to post pictures of gifts before giving them. When I was a kid my mum always told me it was wrong to read a book you’d bought to someone else, or try out a toy or listen to a cd, or whatever, before you’d given the gift. Posting pcitures woudl feel like playing with the gift before giving it.

One thing I can post is this hat from the Woolly Wormhead knit-a-long. It was meant to be a gift for an adult, who is petite and unlikely to appreciate a very slouchy hat, so I chose the smallest size. Sizing fail, no way will it fit an adult woman but fortunately it looks adorable on on a 6 year old.

Mayrose, for Laura
pattern: Mayrose by Woolly Wormhead
yarn: King Cole Mirage, shade 866 Georgetown

Work on my bohus cardigan and son’s blue blanket has been on hold for the Christmas knitting, but I’m looking forward to have a Big Push on the cardigan over Christmas. In other news, I got my Open University results and have passed all my courses this year (2 summer schools + chemistry with hard sums), which leaves me with one more course to do, to complete my molecular science degree.

life long learning

I took my chemistry-with-hard-sums exam last week.  Now I have no studying for a couple of months, until my next course starts in February (although I may do a little light reading in preparation for it).   Even though my chemistry studies are over for this year, I still have plenty of new things to learn.  I’ve cast on for my bountiful bohus cardigan.  This features a couple of techniques I’ve not done before – short row shaping and steeks.

I have done short rows before, but not for shaping a garment.  The pattern does give some shapings but I’m going to recalculate my own, as well as tweaking other parts of the shaping, using my hard-won mad algebra skillz. If  I can apply the steady state approximation and understand the Langmuir adsorption isotherm then I can damn well work out where to put a couple of bust darts.

Steeks, though! Steeks are a different story.  You want me to cut my knitting?  I think I’d rather derive some more kinetic equations, thanks.  Cut. My.  Knitting! ?  This is terrifying.  But I know lots of knitters who have done it and survived, and they assure me it’s not that difficult but even so, I’m scared.  But ’tis a long way off yet.  I have started with the sleeves, by way of checking my tension calculations (my yarn is knitting up looser than the pattern so I am following the instructions for a smaller size).   I’ve made the sleeves narrower than the pattern has them – I already have one cardigan with big sleeves, don’t really need another.
cardigan sleeve

I did finally finish my summer school shawl, and wore it during my exam – it gets quite cool in the exam hall after 2 or 3 hours sitting still.
bidentate shawl, for mebidentate shawl
pattern: Litla Dimun by Cheryl Oberle (from ‘Folk Shawls‘)
yarn: Jamieson & Smith 2 Ply Jumper Yarn, shade 1403 (the red is slightly deeper/darker than it shows in these photos)
needles: 4 mm

I love the finished shawl, the Faroese shape really does stay on well. And I love the yarn, in all its crispness and slight roughness. This feels like the kind of shawl my great grandmothers would have worn. Airy lace and softy delicate yarns are good for dressing up, but this is an honest, everyday working shawl.  Although I wear it for working in  the library, rather than the fields or mills.  Ah, which reminds me …
Poetry Society U
I kniktted this ‘U’ for the Poetry Society’s Knitted Poem.  They asked you to tell them your favourite poem.  One of mine is Digging by Seamus Heaney

But I’ve no spade to follow men like them.

Between my finger and my thumb
The squat pen rests.
I’ll dig with it.