Thursday, July 20, 2006

Swatching is king

It's official! I am about to start my first proper project. A peppermint twist jumper from the Stitch n Bitch handbook. I have swatched...

...i have multiplied, divided, drawn and counted and I think I am ready to cast on.

I am very excited and will use this as a diary of progress! I will also add pics of the few unfinished objects i have lying around and any advice on actually finishing them would be grrrreat! In fact, I think the only finished knitted object i have done are scarves...i'll probably add those too.

Here I go...wish me luck!

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

My first real project

I have finally decided on a proper project. The one New Years Resolution I have managed (so far) to keep. I promised myself that I would knit a jumper for myself by the end of this year. One that looks good, one that I will actually wear! So...i finally found a pattern I like, I have bought the yarn and the tools I need and I am in the middle of knitting a tension swatch! Hurrah!!

I am very excited, but i think i have to make some adjustments to to the pattern to make it fit, soooo i have been on the knitty discussion board for advice and plan on posting my progress here.

Wish me luck!!

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

The Happy Hooker

I have recently bought 'Stitch n Bitch - The Happy Hooker' in an attempt to learn crochet. I must say I have become a mssive fan of Debbie Stroller (the creator of Bust and Stitch n Bitch). I think i now have all of the Stitch n Bitch books. Anyway - after the quick plug - i am hoping to start crochet tonight, mainly so that I will have something to do ont he ridiculously long flight when i go to Antigua in October (I am very excited) There are only so many books I can carry and I do tend to fly through them when on holiday.

Anyway - any tips on crochet learning much appreciated! Or tips on things to do while flying...

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Bring back the good old hobbies - down with the playstation!!

It's been a while since i last posted...but better late than never, right?

I have recently taken up knitting and gardening. I am 24 years old and thoroughly enjoying them both! The knitting is a fun, cheap way of getting new clothes and accessories, and is very relaxing in the evenings in front of the telly. It's also a great escape from anything thats bothering me. It is very dificult to concentrate on what you're knitting and worry about money, work or anything else that may crop up. I know knitting is in the middle of a massive revival and is becomming cool again, but there still seems to be a lot of people who think it should be left to the grans. Pick up your sticks, boys and girls! There's a whole world of stuff to knit!!

My boyfriend and I have moved into our first house in November and the garden is being sorted as a summer project. I never thought I'd get involved and would leave it all to Matthew to sort out. But 3 herb tubs, 14 tomato plants, 12 lettuces, 2 chilli plants, 2 trays of cactus and 1 tray of coleus leaf later - I LOVE IT! It's a great way to stay out in the garden and get a tan (don't forget the suncream), it's a great way of saving (and maybe making) a little bit of money, and it is very satisfying seeing fruit on my tomato plants - i can't wait to pick them!!

I will put pictures online of my knitting and garden progress. So please, if anyone has any tips, suggestions, comments etc please, please post - there has to be other people of a simialr age out there doing similar things! It's lonely talking to myself!! :)