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May 2006


Curtain (singular)


Yes it is true, cialis I have finished my one curtain. And here is it in all its glory:

I am wildly impressed with it – it is fully lined, diagnosis mitred corners, ambulance the pattern matches perfectly down the seam and it looks fantastic! All I have to do now is make the other one (and then the other pair!)

This has taken ALL my time this weekend – although just for a bit of fun supper did look like this:

Jamie Oliver eat your heart out!

My reward for finishing the one curtain is to order some wool dyeing kits from Get Knitted. If anyone knows a good wool dye that you can actually get in the UK let me know!


Curtains – aargh!


Aaargh indeed.

“I know,” said the knitter bravely, “I’ll make the lounge curtains over the bank holiday weekend. That’s a nice weekend-sized project.” “Good idea” said the lovely husband, “after all, it’s only a few rectangles”.

“Oh yeah!” said the curtains.

Perhaps my suspicions should have been awoken by the lovely husband’s shock at how much fabric we needed. Suffice to say we have plenty! We have a little window and a set of patio doors in our lounge and I thought I’d make the small ones today and the patio ones on Monday.

I present to you this:

Curtain chaos and the net result of the whole of today. I have cut, cut again and seamed the material and lining for both small curtains and I have mitres two corners (sewn one of them), sewn one side seam, slipstitched most of the hem and pinned the other side. This is quite enough. My revised ambition is to finish one curtain by the end of tomorrow. Seriously revised aim!

However, the curtains will look lovely when finished – here is the pattern

I am alternatively hating it or loving it depending on whether or not I need to cut along the nice straight lines or match the pattern!

On the knitterly front I have been a little industrious. Yesterday we went to visit some equally crafty minded friends from university (I love visiting other knitters/crafters – it seems completely normal to have a WIP with you and friend just picks up her quilt and keeps quilting it!)

ANYWAY… The Rowanette Project Exchange is now upon us and whilst I haven’t started the main gift I have done a little something. Voila!

It’s a dishcloth with little houses on it which just about fits a Hearth and Home theme perfectly. The pattern is here and I found it through the Knitting Pattern Central Dishcloth Directory. It is knitted in Rowan Handknit Cotton (254 flame) on size 4 bamboo needles. My recipient says she likes orange and pink as a favourite colour combination so now I just need the pink to match! The dishcloth still needs blocking but otherwise I’m very pleased with it. The only alteration I made was to change the border from garter stitch to moss stitch.

Aside from time to sit, chat and knit, the other great thing about visiting friends is swapping project tales (and books!). Lovely friends had a copy of the Autumn Interweave Knits which they weren’t planning to knit anything from (and I now am) and a great book on socks, the Twisted Sisters Sock Workbook. Guess who borrowed it and now has serious plans to dye some yarn……..

Must finish curtains first, must finish curtains first, must finish curtains first

(Yeah right, who am I kidding!)


Secretly knitting


Yes you read correctly, I am still knitting (and fairly intensively at that). Unfortunately it’s a big secret so no piccies. I promise piccies next week (and an updated sidebar).

Shh – don’t tell!


I must be back at work…


It really is my only way to justify the blogging silence! Having said that, we are pretty busy at work and at home we have been plumbing the bathroom (by we I of course mean the lovely husband – my role was to provide pints of beer, occasionally hold the spirit level and generally be impressed). It was finished on Monday night and we duly held our opening ceremony (red ribbon on the door handle). Mum and Daddy are coming to visit overnight next week and I’m really glad they will get to see it finished.

I have also been being rather industrious in creating Mum’s birthday pressie. OK so her birthday was Monday but I don’t see her until next week and therefore I have a little extra time! In this vein I went to meet a lovely local knitting group last night – hurrah. I found out about it because Diane reads my blog and tracked me down and it was great fun!

Two slightly surreal moments. The first was walking to be met with the comment “I know you, you just got married and had appendicitis” (Swift conclusion was that this was indeed Diane!) and the second to discover I’d just come home on the train in the same carriage with one of the other girls – we had both been knitting and just not noticed each other! Anyway I had a fab time, the one thing you miss when you stop living with a group of girls is the girlie chatter – lovely husbands just can’t quite replicate it!

The great news from Mum is that she loved her birthday card (which I forgot to take a picture of) it was a ribbon embroidered garden – my first attempt and it does look really pretty – I will have to give it another go some time.

Right, must go be creative (or at least do the washing up!!)