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Started on Tuesday…


Finished on Thursday…


Ripped on Monday?


I prefer it as a neck warmer, actually. Ah well. Can’t win them all, I say. Despite Lara’s reassurances, I can’t quite get over the feeling that I’m wearing a tea-cozy on my head! I’m just not a natural hat-or-other-headwear person. (Speaking of hats, and me wearing them, did you see Gypsy’s post about Liesl’s beret? I may not be a natural hat person, but that cracks me up!)

Anyway. I’m ripping. Calorimetry didn’t use as much of this beautiful skein of Fibreworks Silk/Merino as I had hoped anyway. I plan to start again and just knit it as a simple 2×2 ribbed cowl, since I prefer the way it looks around my neck (the tapered shape of it means it isn’t quite right as-is, or I wouldn’t bother to start again). That way I can use up the whole skein, which was a birthday gift from Dermot last year 🙂

I’ve been feeling like a bit of a knitting fraud lately. (As in “how long until the real knitters evict me, because anyone can tell I don’t really know what I’m doing?”) But the fact that it doesn’t bother me to rip it all out and start over makes me feel a bit more… I don’t know, authentic, somehow? I enjoyed knitting this beautiful yarn the first time around, and I’ll enjoy it again. The knitting process has gone from completely frustrating, to (almost) relaxing.

Meanwhile, I also broke my ‘no more than one knitting project on the go at a time’ rule. (Well, technically this was finished when I started the next thing!) I’m having a go at double knitting. S.l.o.w.l.y. (I take back what I said about knitting no longer being completely frustrating. Check back much later!)

Calorimetry ravelised here.

My Creative Space – Beauty and the Beast

In the left corner we have Beauty: crocheted ric-rac, inspired by Kate at Fox’s Lane; quick and easy tutorial found here. Fun, easy, and slightly addictive crocheting. No idea what I’ll be doing with it yet – I did threaten the bemused other half I’d trim a lampshade in it!


And in the right, the Beast: product of an impromptu knitting lesson with Mum yesterday. The change in the seasons has started up the two-needle-itch again, and I want to be ready for something a bit trickier than my one completed knitted thing.

Ugly, isn’t it?! But hey, there’s increasing, decreasing, short rows, a wee bit of lacy stuff, heel stitch, 1×1 rib, and picking up stitches along the edge, all in that little piece of ugly!

(Edited to say I realise that sounds like I meant Ro’s cardigan is ugly. No no, I actually meant the grey thing just up there. The cardi is still gorgeous, but I bet it doesn’t fit anymore)

Also in my creative space today are some little bits of not-allowed-to-show-you and a whole lot of nothing-to-see-here-but-supposed-to-be-finished-by-Sunday. (Because a certain wee someone we know is about to be one, and don’t mention it to me or I might just cry!)

My Creative Space comes to you courtesy of Kirsty!


Rohan has something he would like to tell you:

Yes, that’s right – his cardigan is finished! Hip hip hooray!

Also, he would like to tell you that Melbourne weather today is dark and gloomy, so not the best photo taking weather…

But perfect cardi-wearing weather, so it’s all good 🙂

I would like to tell you that I am inordinately proud of my very first ever non-scarf knitted thingummy. Also, I love it to pieces. It is just my style of baby top – simple but gorgeous. The pattern comes from the Winter 2009 issue of Family Circle magazine (an Australian mag). The wool is Patons Bluebell Merino 5 ply – thicker than the yarn called for, but I am impatient and didn’t want to wait… plus I like the colour. I knitted the 12-month size and used just over 3 balls. Rohan is four months old (today!) and it fits him now… but there is a good amount of growing space, so it may still fit him when he’s one. In fact it will probably fit him best in the height of summer, but never mind. There will eventually be nephews and/or nieces to pass this on to, and in the meanwhile I’m going to have him wear it at every opportunity!

Go me – I’m a knitter! :giggle:

My Slightly Creative Space

Kirsty is taking a break, but I’ll show a bit of my Thursday creativity anyway… since there is some to show this week 🙂

Could that be? Yes, I am actually knitting something! A non-scarf something 😮 Well, I’m trying, anyway. Knitting has never really been my thing, but I think I can do this. Whether I can finish before Rohan outgrows it is another matter entirely.

By the way, any errors you think you see are definitely intentional. I’m trying to embrace imperfection, otherwise it will never be done!

Finn thought you might like to see a bit of his creative space too:

Foil and toothpicks occupied them for, oh, at least 10 whole minutes. That only left the remaining many, many, many, many hours of today to fill in. Such a looong day. I’m trying to love the school holidays, I am, but it’s hard work when the weather and baby are both miserable 😥

(We did eventually get around to using those M&Ms on top of cookies; which reminds me, has anyone else done this and had the M&Ms crack in the oven? All of ours did. The recipe actually called for Smarties, I wonder if they are more crack-resistant?)

Righto. One more row before bed…