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Saturday, 17 May 2008

A quiet month blogwise.

It has been a quiet month blogwise for me this month. Not much has been happening here. Not much blogworthy anyway. (I'm figuring no-one is really interested in the washing I have done. Clothes, dishes or floors.) One of those times when just existing seems to take all of my time. I read the blogs of those who have recently had babies and marvel at all they do.

I did finish the rug for Mrs 23's as yet unborn child. I am really pleased with it. It's a great pattern and I just loved all the knitting and the complete absence of purling. (You see, no matter how many things I knit, deep down I'm not a knitter! I hate to purl! It just doesn't come naturally to me.) I crotcheted an edging which I was really pleased with too. I used Cleckheaton Country 8 ply, a 5.5mm circular needle, and a 5.5mm crotchet hook. I enjoyed knitting it, but did get sick of it. I think that's why I like to have lots of things on the go at once, but I was determined to finish it so resisted the urge to start another project. It doesn't take much to distract me!

As soon as it was finished I rushed to my local yarn shop to buy this Cleckheaton pattern book. Miss 16 fell in love with a cabled beret at the shops. She loved the cables, but not the colours they had, and asked if I could knit her one like it. I had a look around on the wool company websites at their patterns and discovered a pattern close to the one she liked in this book.

This is a brilliant book! Heaps of hats, berets, socks, mittens, scarves and even the odd pair of slippers and hottie covers! Most of the sized items come in four sizes. 6 months, 2-4 years, 6-8 years and woman. This week I knitted the cabled beret and I'm sure I will be using this book a lot more!

Here is the cabled beret. Sideways. I don't know how this happened, because when I put this photo into blogger it definitely wasn't sideways, but there you go! I think you can still see what it's like, so it stays sideways. Fortunately Miss 16 loves the beret. She is off on a school camp next week and wanted to take it with her and was anxiously awaiting it's completion, so I'm not sure if she REALLY loves it or is just relieved that I finished it.

It has been raining here again in Adelaide. So far this month we have had 45mm. We are still excited! I don't think that rain's novelty has worn off yet. Maybe it never will.


LittleBrownDog said...

Go on, Kris - tell us about your washing! (only joking!) Seriously, though - I do love that blanket. Mrs 23 is truly a lucky person to have someone knit something like that for her baby - a genuine labour of love. And that book looks great - love the idea of knitted slippers - they look so snug. Off now to google Cleckheaton to see if you can get it over here.

LBD xx

Katherine said...

Wow! Looks to me as if you're a fabulous knitter. I'm really in love with that cabled beret. I made a cabled scarf for myself last winter and would love to knit a beret like yours to match.

Leanne said...

Yeh for the rain... great beret I think you are quite a knitted.

Lorraine said...

Love the rug and beret....I am a wannabe knitter....I have made a couple of things among them a cable scarf that has long since disappeared! the book looks as though it will give you enough projects to keep you busy....berets look much nicer on the girls than the beanies (well I think anyway! LOL

Lorraine said...

..and may the rain continue!

Bird Bath said...

That beret looks fantastic! I love the cabling and colour...lucky girl. The blanket turned out marvellous with that crochet edging. Blogworthy indeed. I'm still enjoying the rain too - suddenly our garden is bright green, such a nice change from the dustbowl of a couple of months ago.

nicolette said...

Love your blanket and cabled beret! You are a very skilled knitter Kris! And hurray for laundry and rain!

Levin (and Emily) said...

the blanket is great.
i'm with you on the knitting front. i have really tried to like it, but for some reason i find it boring. i don't know why, i really, really don't. but i quite like crochet. weird really.
i love the hat - i love cables too.
and the rain was magnificent - here's hoping there is more on the way.

soz said...

The rug looks great. The edging finishes it off beautifully. I wish I couldn't knit as well as you!