Friday, 31 December 2010

New Years Resolutions

Normally I'm a big fan of New Years, but this year I'm feeling a bit 'meh' about it all. I can't help but feel like nothing ever changes from year to year and am reminded of a Nine Inch Nail lyric 'I believe I can see the future, as I repeat the same routine'.

So, I have been setting myself some challenges to complete over the coming year. Most are craft related.

I have signed up to complete an 11 Shawls in 2011 challenge being run on Ravelry. I've already queued up more than eleven and doubtless more will be added to the queue, so I'll just pick whatever I fancy at the time I guess. In order to prepare, I have finished the Muir stole I've been working on for a while (well, it's off the needles, but I won't block it until I am back in my house). This left me with a bit of a gap between finishing that and casting on for the challenge, so I started a simple little kerchief in the beautiful silk yarn I received in a swap a few months ago. I'm going to be casting on for the Hemlock Ring Blanket for another KAL on the first though, so I'll have a lot of work to do before I can get shawl-ing!

I would like to blog much more, so I'm committing myself now, here in writing, to posting a minimum of two entries per month.

I'd also like to loose more weight, but that's a personal thing, not a craft-y thing.

Have a fantastic New Year everyone, and here's to achieving all our goals in 2011!

Saturday, 25 December 2010


Merry Christmas anyone who reads this! I hope your day is fabulous!

Saturday, 18 December 2010

What is this?

Seriously - I'm knitting for pleasure, insted of someone else's deadline - I've leveled my mini mage to 65 from 60 - I'm finding time to update my blog...

Could this be a two week holiday?!?

I think this could!

Friday, 3 December 2010

Does size really matter?

So, I've finally finished the handmades for my swap, but I've just realised that I forgot to take photos of it all before I wrapped it. Never mind, hopefully my partner will.

I also received the new ball of yarn I needed for Ian and Emily's baby blanket. It's been a while since I last worked on it, due to running out of yarn and having so much other stuff to work on, but when I picked it up I remembered how pretty it really is and I was really excited to get to work on it again. So, of course, that's when I ran into the problem.

I have no idea what size needles I used.

The pattern calls for 2.5mm needles. I definitely used an interchangeable needle, so I definitely went up a needle size or more since the smallest interchangeable I have is 3.5mm. But I can't remember if I used the 3.5mm or went up a little higher to the 3.75mm.

I'm going to try the larger size first as I'm thinking it'll show better if it is wrong. But I'm not too sure how much difference a 0.25mm difference is going to make. If it is the wrong size, will it matter?