Sunday, October 23, 2005

I'm sorry

But I might not be around as much as I intended to. My boyfriend just informed me he no longer wants to go with me. He no longer sees a future in our relationship. I'm devasted. I thought we would be together for the rest of our life. We had our problems, but I never thought he was thinking about this this way.

I don't care for material stuff. But the thought of no longer having my cats, my dog and my horse around kills me. I don't know, if this really happens, how things are going to go 'cause I can hardly afford to live on my own.

I'll try to update about knitting and all, but I can't promiss. Sorry all.

Another update!

Ok, I know, I promissed to update more often (or didn't I?). Well, I still plan on doing so. I have taken the weekend "off" from anything possible happening in order to get some quiet time, mostly for napping and relaxing. I have so little energy these days. I still am not able to keep going when it's getting really busy, so I guess my body still needs a few more weeks (hopefully not months) to recover from this cronique fatigue (not the big thing, just some kind of long term fatique).

Anyway, a few pictures and a few words, then it's back to relaxing for me (well, I actually did do some cleaning this morning so I'm not totally worthless! *grin*)

First of all, finished 2 weeks ago, I present to you, my Clapotis!!

Stretched to full lenght on my bed (stripped from the sheets, those are in the washer right now). No, it's not blocked, and right now I'm not planning on as it's fine as it is.

Yarn : Lorna's Laces Lions & Lambs, colourway Black purl, almost 4 skeins
Needles : 5 mm addi turbo circs (in the end, I started out with straights, then regular circs, then addi's :D)
Time : a few months, started in May or so but it was to hot over the Summer to knit much on this.

Conclusion: the yarn is super and the pattern is nice, planning another scarf but smaller.

Then, I couldn't go to sleep last night before finishing these :

Yarn : Regia Silk in cream

Needles : 2.5mm addi turbos

Pattern : Feather and Fan from Socks, Socks, Socks

The feel of the yarn is so soft! Can't wait to start using more! I already added some to my stash! The pattern is nice to and I will be using it again in the future, probably with self striping yarn as I saw on other blogs that works really well too!

Then next thing to start (as for socks) are the Conwy socks for the KOTR-KAL. I died the yarn myself, wanted somekind of variegated blue/purple. Take a look :

Ok, the colours are way off, it's much darker and there's quite some purple in it. I'm looking forward to knitting with it.

Oh, speaking about dyeing yarn, anyone ever had a bad experience with KnitPicks colour your own? Well, the skein above is one and turned out ok, but this is how another skein turned out :

Nope, I'm not kidding. I knew there was something wrong when I could see a cut thread in the skein, so I decided to rewind it. I was hoping to just end up with 2 skeins. I could wind off about 1/3 of the skein just fine. Then I could one off the 2 smaller balls you see at the top corner (right), but then it started tangling and this is what I ended up with! :( It's still on the floor of my yarn room in the hopes I find some energy to untangle it further. I can use the small skeins for test dyeing and then for fair isle socks, if I ever get through the pile of tangle there. Well, what do you think, should I contact KnitPicks about this? As far as I could see all the other skeins are ok so I guess this one just got cut or something. I unfortunately did not check the plastic bag the skeins were in and threw it out before this happened.

Ok, this is enough for now, I'm off to grab some food and watch some tele or something like that!

Friday, October 07, 2005

Big update!

Did anyone miss me? I don't think so, but it might just be that someone out there is regularly checking my blog (except for my SP6 *waving* who has no choice but to check here every now and then!). I'm doing ok, I've been knitting, I just had no good pictures to show as I didn't see much daylight the last couple of days/weeks. Yeah, I'm up during the day, but hardly at home. Today wasn't a super day to take pics either as it has been misty up till noon (well, visability less then 100m, what you call misty) and it's still grey. Moisty grey. I don't mind.

I have an unexpected day off from work (not payed though) as half of this country decided to go on strike. The whole train network is down so as that's my main transportation to work I couldn't go. I could have taken my car but as half of the people working in Brussels would do that and I didn't want to be in a trafic jam for half the day I decided not to go in at all. No use either as none of the students were coming in and I hardly have anything to do when they are around, let alone when they aren't there. I called this morning and apparently my boss was the only one who made it in today.

Anyway, let's just get started, right?

First of all, an FO!!

These are the "Hooray for me gloves" knitted in Regia color on 2.5mm needles. The colours in the first pic are the most accurate, these are really "army-colours". I love Fingerless gloves and I already have the next pair in mind! These were knitted in about 2 weeks, only on the train. Like them!


* Clapotis : almost finished, would really like to finish it by tonight to wear to go to the play my mom is in, but I'm not sure. This will look great!

* Feather and Fan socks : I'm knitting these in Regia Silk (white) and 2 at the same time on one circular. I turned the heel on both, hope to finish them soon. This yarn is just heavenly to knit with!

* Socks for Mog : for the SET, not knitted much on these, almost done with the first pattern repeat, really need to work on them!

* Arisaig : only just started, really need to get going on it!

* Branching out scarf : the first of my Christmas gifts, for my grandmother, on hold for a little

Oh, and there's the start of one more pair of socks, will become my train project.

Soon to knit

Next to socks (those from the KAL's I'm in) there are also a lot of sweaters in my knitting future, and some lace scarfs. I got some wonderful yarn through shopping and all, and I can't wait to start! You will hear more of this soon!


I did get quite a few packages the last couple of days, so here they are :

From Amanda , because I helped her out with some iTunes stuff. Thank you sooo much dear! I love it all! Amazing this showed up, after 2 months of traveling! :D

From the lovely Sandra because I sent her some acrylic! Dear, you shouldn't have done this! I certainly need to send you some more stuff 'cause this is way to great! Thank you! (on the right are I think some herbs. Sandra? I really can't read the packages! They do smell strong!)

From my lovely SP6! I love everything so much! The book is great, can't wait to read it, and the sock yarn will be used! Oh, and there was a printed pattern as well which I didn't include. Thank you dear!

Lots of lovely silk I ordered online! Scarfs and spinning in my future! :D

Stitch markers for the Stitch marker swap! Love them all, thank you!!

As for me, I need to send out packages to my SP6 and my last Stitch marker pall. I wanted to do that today but with a lot of other services the PO is on strike today (over here), so there's no use in mailing this out before Monday. Things will travel then!

I did go shopping for my SP6 yesterday and couldn't resist buying some stuff for myself! More about that later. Now one more thing.

For Quiddity's sock contest :

From top left : Boyfriends socks, Amble socks, Stashbuster stripes, Friday Harbor

Second row from left : first pair ever knit, Crusoe, Dublin Bay, anklets

Bottom : one sock which should become a pair, children socks for no special baby just yet

Not in the picture : Chutes 'n Ladders (gifted to my mom as they were to small for me), anklets for my sister, baby socks for a friend, kids socks for a online pal

I'm currently working on 3 more pairs, though one is to be gifted away! :D

Not nearly as impressive as some others (check out the Sockbugs socks!) but still, I'm proud!

Off to knit some!