Monday, December 05, 2005

My mum picked me up a present in an antique fair last week. Isn't it sweet? Heh.

Christmas presents are going very slowly at the moment, I havn't had much time to knit. I've started knitting Tychus for my dad but I'm gonna have to start again. For some reason, my gauge for yarn A was right, my gauge for yarn B was right, but when I put them together in stripes it all went tits up and if I carry on going I could probably fit 3 heads in it. Well, I could keep going for the novelty value

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Christmas presents started...

Oh God I've been a bad blogger. Well I didn't have the time to get on the internet, and then my Dad borrowed my digital camera and then I...ran out of excuses. Bad Hannah *slaps*

Well, last week (adding to my guilt at not displaying my loot to the world), I got another package from my Secret Pal:

I got:
A couple of cinnamon scented candles, being saved for when we put the Christmas decs up,
A pile of Sanctuary skin care products, looking forward to having an ounce of spare time so I can actually try them out,
A book token, which turned very quickly into the first of the Sacvenger trilogy by K J Parker,
and some lovely lovely Lindt chocolate which I can't seem to find anymore...

Thankyou again Secret pal!

Rapunzel is on the way, I've nearly finished the back and I'm loving every stitch, but it's had to be put on hold to start the Christmas presents.

So, first Christmas present started, and half finished is a moss stitch scarf for my brother, I reckon I should have this finished by the end of November. I hope.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005


So, now that I can actually get some photos online, here is the finished Tempting (hoorah!)

I can't believe how big the pattern is, I did a size smaller than I usually wear and went down several needle sizes for the top and it still slips about like crazy. It looks navy but it's really a teal blue.

And then this is all my lovely yarn from the knitting and stitching show :D Very sorry if you don't have broadband, far too many photos for one post.

Mystery cheapo £1 a ball stuff, no idea what I'm gonna do with this, the white stuff is really odd, feels almost like raffia.

Lovely neutral coloured yarn for a scarf for my brother.

Bargain grey Jaeger merino wool, probably for a jacket of some kind.

'Black Watch' lambswool from Touchyarns New Zealand, which doesn't photograph very well but has bits of dark green and blue throughout it. Ooh, gorgeous.

More lambswool from Touchyarns, this one's for Rapunzel and did look a lot prettier before I balled it up, but is knitting up perfect all the same. I started knitting on the train up to Norwich to see my boyfriend at the weekend and managed to make a grand total of 5 false starts. I think I may have underestimated how long it would take me to get used to knitting from a chart. Thankfully it clicked into place on the way back and I'm now a few inches in and totally in love.

And finally, my second package from my secret pal, all with an underwater theme. Except for maybe the sweets.

So, there is: 2 pages of fishy cartoon stickers, for sticking on windows I think...please correct me if I'm wrong before I go and wreck my glass, 2 pages of metallic fish stickers - I'm vaguely thinking about holding a underwater themed party to raise money for the conservation project in Mexico so they'd be good for the invites, if I don't do that (knowing me, I won't), I'll save them for a photo album when I get back, - a candy necklace which I'm eating as I type (in the proper fashion of course, whilst wearing it), and a tropical fish inpired ball of sock yarn, which is most likely to turn into a pair of gloves, so I can show it off without removing my shoes!

Right, I'm now off to knit some more of Rapunzel in front of the telly.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Yesterday was a gooood day. Firstly I went to the Knitting and Stitching show at Alexandra Palace and spent, um, £82 on yarn. Oops. Budget out the window a bit. Secondly Tempting got her first outing and received many a compliment from total strangers, and thirdly, I got back home at 7 laden with bags, to find a second package from my secret pal! This lot should keep me going for at least 6 months.

O...K... I don't seem to be able to put any photos up at the moment so I'll have to show off all my goodies next time. Nuts.

Just enough time for a great meme I found on Stacey's blog. Paste "(your name) needs" into Google and list the best 10 results.

Hannah needs... much expensive care

...a home and a good daily walk go into the tunnel and face the prisoner apply lots of make-up so she can perform in her latest dramatic role sleep now, she cannot feel her feet

...more than Taggert can offer intermediate to advance confident rider who is gentle on the reins

...a little sister from China be naked at all times, eats kebabs


Friday, October 07, 2005

Hmm, I should really be less lazy about updating this blog, particularly when SP6 is going on.

Tempting is finally finished (Yay!) and it actually fits this time (Yay!), but I can't find my camera, so no pictures yet (Not so yay!). I've also made a start on sock number 2, mainly so I can get another project over with before I go to the Knitting and Stitching show. Less than a week! Eeee!

My wonderful secret pal sent me Rowan 34, which I've been trying to get hold of on ebay for ages (thankyou again!), so I'll have to look for some yarn for this when I'm there:

Mmmm...fairytaley. Not sure what colour to do, I don't really wear light colours that much and the pattern would probably be lost in dark colours.

I'm also very fond of these, so if I get my way I'll end up with far too many cardigans and no money.

And last but not least, I started learning to crochet last night. My sample is laughable as I didn't realise I was missing out a stitch at the beginning of every row, but it's sorted now, and I reckon its not half bad for a first attempt.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

The hideous fashionable and funky Sirdar Frenzy bag I made? It sold after being on display for a mere day and a half. Go me. I'm kinda upset I didn't take a photo of it now.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

It is complete!

Tempting is finished! Well, ish. It's so lovely and soft and I want to take it to bed with me and other things I should be locked up for, but it's a little loose so I'm going to attempt to work backwards on the last 5 rows and re-do them with smaller needles. That should be fun. Photos when I can actually wear it without fear of it falling down and showing my bra.

I finished the knitting part of the Sirdar Frenzy bag at work today and brought it home to sew in the lining, which I havn't bothered to start yet. I still think it's horrible, but my mum, work collegues and random customers keep coming up to me and saying 'isn't that cool', so I shall hold my tongue and call it 'not my taste' rather than 'hideous'. Each to their own I suppose, there are probably many knitters out there who think the yarns I knit with are boring.

And Secret Pal's underway! Yay! I've already emailed my pal, and got a musical e-card (which made me jump out of my skin, I wasn't expecting it to suddenly start singing at me!) from the person spoiling me, and I'm off to buy my first gift tomorrow, if I can actually find what I want. All very exciting :D

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Secret Pal Questionnaire

New boss has changed her mind and now says I can't knit at work unless it's for display pieces (fair enough really, since I was effectively advertising yarn they don't sell), so my lovely yummy debbie bliss knitting has been replaced by horrific Sirdar Frenzy. Ok, horrific is a bit much, I can't look down on anyone for liking it, but it's really not my taste. And it's so bloody annoying going through the whole piece afterwards pulling all the strips out! I spend longer doing that than the knitting!

I did manage to finish one sock before my work-knitting was stopped, but I'm not taking a photo yet in case it tricks me into thinking I'm finished and don't need to do a second one. Not entirely convinced I'll do socks again, it seems way too much time and effort for something that no one's going to notice.

So, despite the fact the Secret Pals haven't been announced yet:

1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer higher quality and/or natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand? Or is it all the same to you?
I used to go for the acrylic stuff when I first started because it was cheap and pretty much all I could get, but I've since decided that I may as well have nice yarn if I'm going to put a lot of time and effort into something. Provided I don't start knitting fast enough to bankrupt myself.

2. Do you spin? Crochet?
No, neither. Can't really see me spinning, I'd possibly learn to crochet for edgings/lace etc.

3. Do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibers, perfume, etc.)
Nope. Unless you're planning to send me Elastoplast. None too fond of smoke though.

4. How long have you been knitting?
Since just before last Christmas

5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
Yes....I think....I will update with that later. ETA: Found it! Here it is.

6. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)
Um, not much of a fan of bath products, I just go for whatever gets me clean really. As for nice candles, they look very pretty, but because of that I can never bring myself to burn them so they just sit around for years gathering dust.

7. Do you have a sweet tooth?
Oh yes. I eat far too many sweets. Anything fruity/gummy/fizzy/generally yum is gooood, as is copious amounts of milk chocolate (as long as there's no nuts).

8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do?
Can't think of anything really. I get a sense of satisfaction from sewing things, but it takes a great leap of motivation to actually get started. Same with drawing/painting, which I could really do with some practice on.

9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
Film soundtracks mostly, I like music that reminds me of something. I also like classical music, mainly the melodramatic kind (O Fortuna, Night on Bare Mountain, Hall of the Mountain King), and as for popular music, I'm not really sure how to classify my tastes...there's a list in that profile up there. I don't think my computer's really up to much more these days, the noises it makes tend to drown out whatever music I'm playing anyway. Just waiting for it to explode really. I have got a Hi-MD Minidisc player though.

10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can't stand?
Mainly blues, greens (dark) and purples. Black, white, grey, brown and red are good too. Maybe what I don't like would be easier. I look horrible in yellow, and orange and pink are a bit iffy if I can't try it on first.

11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
Still living with my parents at the moment. My little brother Jack's just gone to uni (my LITTLE brother's gone to uni before me, how humiliating) and there's also a useless spaniel who sits and snores at us all day.

12. What are your life dreams? (really stretching it here, I know)
Short term: earn enough in my gap year to go do conservation project in Mexico and holiday in America next summer.
Medium term: get a decent grade at uni (costume design) and get into a job I enjoy.
Long term: get married and have kids. Inflict genes on world in general. Raise army.

13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with?
Not really been knitting long enough to say I have a favourite. Probably DK weight though.

14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
Fun fur. Bleh. And the James C. Brett stuff I'm using at the moment, I keep finding knots in it.

15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s?
Learning new techniques! Since learning the basics I've taught myself lace, cables, circulars and DPNs. Next up, fairisle and designing.

16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
Jumpers/cardigans. For me, because I'm greedy :P

17. What are you knitting right now?
A lace shawl, a big roll-neck jumper, a pair of socks and Tempting

18. What do you think about ponchos?
Most of them I'm fairly indifferent about. A couple are ok but I'd rather spend my time knitting something I know I'm going to like.

19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles?
I'm loving my circulars on Tempting, but I have yet to discover how easy they are on a average jumper with normal sleeves. I may get scared and go back to straights (I can pinch them off my Mum that way)

20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
Aluminium or plastic, I tend to be too tight on wood.

21. Are you a sock knitter?
Probably not, see above.

22. How did you learn to knit?
My Mum taught me the basics, then I expanded on that from books and the internet.

23. How old is your oldest UFO?
About 4 months I think.

24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird?
Anything underwater, especially turtles, penguins and huge shoals of fish.

25. What is your favorite holiday?
Vacation holiday or special occasion holiday? Um vacation wise, the dive holiday in Tenerife I went on in June, special occasion wise definitely Christmas. I instantly turn into a little kid when the sparkles go up. And the food! Oh my god the food.......

26. Is there anything that you collect?
No, unless too many books count.

27. What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
None, I can only get Knitting and Simply Knitting where I live and I wasn't overly keen on them.

28. Any books out there you are dying to get your hands on?
See the Amazon list, once I get it working...

29. Any patterns you have been coveting, but haven't bought for one reason or another?
Most of the patterns I want are free, but I have been lusting after this one. I don't intend to spend £10 on it since it's in Rowan magazine 34, but so far people keep outbidding me on ebay and I don't want to pay full price when there's so many free patterns I want to knit.

ETA: 30. What are your foot measurements, and what kind of socks do you like?
Ankle: 8"
Foot circumference: 8.5"
Foot length: L9.5" R9"
Is that all you need? I've no idea. I like thick socks I can wear with my walking boots, since I don't have enough of those.

Monday, September 05, 2005


My mother has come back from holiday bearing gifts! Oh yes, life is good :D

Same yarn as for Broadstreet Mittens (put on hold till I get some practice), so I already had the right needles to go with it. How convenient...

Since taking the photo I'm about halfway through the heel band about to start the complicated bit. Eep. Also, is it normal to knit inside out in circles? I've only ever done Tempting knitting before, which is in 2x2 rib so I can't tell the difference.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Mmm...Fair Isle

My second book came in the post :D

To be honest I hadn't expected it to be quite so...uh...seventies, some of the garments are really laughable, but it's the charts I'm after and there's loads of them. I just have to promise not to make the boyfriend one of these.

And for those of you having trouble with people not fully appreciating gifts:

Now the ungrateful brats know just how much went into this. If you like, you can add 'It's really hard' in the next band.

On the knitting front, I've mostly been doing Tempting, both sleeves now done and attached, looks like a proper jumper now. One for dolls, mind.

And more excitingly, I've got a job at my local fabric shop! Yay! Only three days a week so I won't get much money, but I get to knit at work! (ooh, too many exclamation marks) Now I just need to spend my first few weeks gaining their trust, then persuade them they want to expand the yarns to more than acrylic and fun fur.

Friday, August 26, 2005

I want a club! (not the biscuit kind...although that would be nice too)

I met one of the elusive fellow-knitters in High Wycombe today (well sort of, she was looking for a book on learning to knit, so possibly more of a fellow-knitter-to-be), and I'm aching to join a club now. Miraculously almost as soon as I started searching I found another person on a forum wanting to start a club in the High Wycombe area, so I'll cross my fingers and hope she comes back to me.

Bought a pattern magazine from Burda the other day (I spent over a tenner on magazines this week. That's so bad.), since I feel I should probably get some more sewing practice done before I forget how to entirely. Besides, I need some trousers that fit properly and I don't think it's entirely practical to knit them. This is what I'm planning on doing (but probably won't), minus some boring yet functional trousers and jackets I couldn't be bothered to scan.

Reeeally don't like that colour, but yes, I need more skirts suitable for work.

'Why does this suit look both elegant and saucy? Because the short jacket was inspired by typical waiters' waistcoat designs!'

Because we all know how stylish those waiters are. London fashion week will indeed be overrun with them. Mind you, will probably look better if it isn't in shiny pinstripe.

I LOVE this skirt. Need to get some shoes to go with it though...

This will be item I am bound to make, then change my mind about and never use.

And I got one of the knitting books I ordered today :D Doesn't have the neckline I need for the top design in my head, but I'm sure it won't be hard to find it elsewhere. I can tell it's going to be used to death anyway.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Sleeves and Secret Pals

Finished one of the sleeves for my huge jumper, I think my guage (or possibly the instructions, as I did actually check this time) is off since I magically reached the required length without doing the block of work even I was supposed to do. Oh well, at least it wasn't something important I missed out.

Also been having great fun stabbing myself with DPNs for the first Tempting sleeve. Gah! Why are they so long! What on Earth are you going to knit on DPNs that needs to be that big? Socks for yetis? I think I've more or less got it figured out with minimal puncture wounds now, and worked out that you can work into the back of the first stitch to avoid big ladders. Cunning eh?

And since I've been having trouble with DPNs, it makes a great deal of sense that I just did my guage for Broadstreet Mittens. Of course. Not supposed to be starting this till one of the others is finished, but the yarn is calling to me. It looks like cookies and cream!

And finally, I've just signed up for Secret Pal 6. Eee, v. excited about this, though I imagine I'll waste lots of money buying stuff for myself while shopping for my pal. Not good.

Friday, August 12, 2005

On the Needles

This now the third time I've attempted to update this blog. I'm gonna go and cry if it crashes again. On a lighter note, I found my camera, so I can upload my multiple WIPs

Lace shawl based on Leaves &Waves, but without the strange block of stocking stitch. Made from a recycled charity shop jumper, which was great fun, especially with my new wool winder, despite the fact that it left mohair everywhere.

Huge polo neck jumper which I'm worried is going to turn out somewhere between small enough to fit and big enough to look like it isn't meant to. Oh well, maybe it'll shrink in the wash.

Mmm Tempting. I love this project. Especially the yarn, it's so yummy and soft. It's gonna be so hard to go back to cheapo acrylic cack after this stuff.

Right, crossed fingers.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005 do you actually start a knitting blog?

Hi. *waves to all the countless millions of people who don't yet know this blog exists*

I'm Hannah, it says more about me up in that there corner, or at least it will when I can be bothered to fill it in properly. I've been knitting since last Christmas, learning the basics from my mum (who is fantastic and has agreed to take me to the Knitting and Stitching show this year), but mainly self-taught, and I've sadly become obsessed with the new creative outlet. I'm sure you can sympathise.

Hmm...the site's still in construction at the mo, so no photos of my WIPs yet (a lace shawl, a huge poloneck jumper and Knitty's Tempting, which I hadn't intended to start, but it lived up to its name), no finished objects gallery and I will probably be 80 before I figure out how those silly percentage WIP bars work. Bah.

I may just return later with some nice juicy photos....