Friday, 27 June 2008

I think the word I'm looking for is "whoops"

Sorry, I seem to have slipped off the radar for a bit there! But I'll be back with, among other things, the finished Surplice Bodice Camisole (yes, really!) in, ohh, about a week. But a week in Heather Time, obviously, which seems to bear very little relation to real time.

See you then!

Sunday, 8 June 2008

Happy Birthday to me! (Well, sort of)

In an act of random coincidence I just decided to read through my very first posts here, and discovered that this blog is one year old today! Other people mark their blogiversaries with exciting giveaways and competitions; I mark mine by posting pictures of out of focus blue things:

This particular out of focus blue thing is, of course, the Drawstring Chemise. Not much I can say about it, really - it seems to be coming along quite nicely; though I suppose now that I've said that I've almost certainly doomed it to some sort of horrible fate. (Possibly involving misplaced stitch markers. Most of my knitting disasters seem to involve misplaced stitch markers.) Tune in next week to find out!

Tuesday, 3 June 2008

And it's ohh soooo fii-ine

You know that thing that sometimes happens when you accidentally put a knitting book in your Amazon basket? And then absent-mindedly enter your credit card details? (Why do I have the feeling that's not the first time I've typed those sentences?)

Guess I might have to revise my previously expressed views on sub-2.5mm needles...

Sunday, 1 June 2008

Baby, it's hot outside

So hot, in fact, that my Summer Interweave Knits melted yesterday. (Not the actual pages, obviously, but there's now a muddy-coloured swirl where the picture on the back cover used to be.) Believe it or not, though, I'm not going to use this as a feeble excuse for not having done any knitting - guckt mal!

This is the lace border for the Drawstring Chemise, which I finally cast on for again. I'm not crazy about the diamond mesh pattern, which is a bit geometric for my tastes, but it's certainly fun to knit. I'd never actually worked lace from a chart before, mainly because I have the spacial awareness of a lemming, but this might have won me over from written instructions.

Anyway! All's going well so far, but I still have no idea what I'm going to do once I get above the armholes. I suppose this isn't exactly pressing, given that I've knit precisely 7cm so far, but it's always nice to have a vague game plan. I can't leave it with spaghetti straps, as per the original pattern, because from behind I am regularly mistaken for a pro-wrestler (except, you know, without the arm muscles) and dainty I-cord wouldn't really be the best look. Instead I'm thinking of either leaving the straps off entirely (and relying on sheer willpower to keep the top up - that's bound to work, right?) or making the I-cord casing run all the way around, forming sort of off-shoulder straps. Or making little cap sleeves which, in a way I have yet to fathom, incorporate a casing which is continuous with that of the front and back. Genius! Or possibly overambitious and doomed to failure; I'm not all that good at spotting the difference...