Yesterday was a momentous occasion – I posted off the samples for my first (online) magazine submission!! I’m not allowed to show any photos of the finished items but rest assured you will ALL know about it when the next issue is published in the autumn.
In the meantime I have been working on some socks (surprise, surprise!). They are almost finished but I thought it was high time for a blog post so here is an “in progress” photo…..
Slip slop socks
The yarn is Schoeller & Stahl Fortissima Colour, and as you can see it is a self striping yarn with quite long colour blocks. From the sole stitches you can see how it would stripe in stocking stitch but I wanted to break up the stripes a bit so have used some slip stitches. It is just enough to add a bit of interest to the yarn and when you are knitting. I would be curious to see how it would work in a yarn with shorter colour transitions.
The circular needle you can see dangling there is a new acquisition. One of the ladies at my knit group picked up a set of KnitPro Karbonz DPNs at Wonderwool Wales a couple of weeks ago. I wanted some instantly but as I very rarely use DPNs I was agonising over whether to get some. I need not have worried because on doing a small bit of research it turns out they also come in straights and fixed circulars!! Yippee!! So I ordered a 100cm, 2.5mm circular from Meadow Yarns because they had the best price, and it turned out that the service was also excellent. The needle arrived in a couple of days and for only 95p P&P – and there was a little gift of a herbal tea sachet included.
The Karbonz are made of carbon fibre with nickel plated brass tips and a black plastic cable which is strong but also flexible. The tips are about the same thickness as Addi Lace which are my usual preferred sock needles, but interestingly the DPN version is even pointier. In fact that is why I ordered them because I was expecting them to be the same, but on comparing them with the DPNs, the DPNs in exactly the same size are very obviously pointier. I don’t know if this is true of all the sizes, which go from 2mm up to 3.5mm. The carbon fibre makes them incredibly lightweight, and they are super smooth and easy to work with. And they don’t smell funny if you don’t use them for a few days – has anyone else noticed this with the Addi Lace needles? I think they start to tarnish a bit and begin to smell metallicky, but the Karbonz don’t do this. The price is a few pounds higher than other brands, but as a treat these are a very nice needle to get hold of.
So as these socks are almost finished I now need to decide on my next project. I have a collar and seaming to finish on my Notre Dame de Grace sweater, and I also have a Paulie cardigan about 30% done, but I am itching to start something new. I have been mulling over a little yarn-bombing idea for a while now, and just a couple of weeks ago I found the perfect yarn. There was no knit group at the yarn shop that week so a few of us met at a local garden centre, and while there we had a little yarn swap. Sarah brought along 2 balls of this yarn…..
Ribbons & Purls
which is going to be perfect for my little scheme! I’m not sure how I am going to get away with decorating the object in mind due to it being in the city centre and under the scrutiny of CCTV cameras but we shall see!
The Yard by Alex Grecian
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I really enjoyed this book. It was quite similar to the TV show Ripper Street (UK), which I also enjoyed.
Set in 1889, a year after the Ripper murders in London, a policeman is found dead inside a trunk on a railway station concourse. Newly appointed from Cornwall, Inspector Day is assigned the case, and working with Dr Kingsley (who has taken it upon himself to be the unpaid police pathologist) he tries to discover who murdered him.
There is also another investigation going on into the murder of men with beards, so are the two connected? And a child has been abducted.
Back in 1889, there was no overlap of cases, so constables dealt with lesser crimes, sergeants with missing people etc, and the newly formed Murder Squad with serious crimes at Scotland Yard, so no-one seems to connect details or even know that they exist between one crime and another.
There are some really good characters in this book, the back story trundles along at a good pace, and overall I am looking forward to the next installment.
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Triptych by Karin Slaughter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This was a fast paced thriller starting with the murder of a prostitute in Atlanta. The detective Michael Ormewood is paired up with an agent from the Georgia bureau of Investigation, Will Trent, who is quite an odd character. We find out why as he meets up with old flame Angie Polaski who is also a cop working vice as an undercover prostitute.
Also in the mix is a 20 year old murder of a 15 year old girl and the possibility that a copycat is working in the present as more young girls are found with the same mutilation.
There are some twists and turns to the story, as we learn more about the main characters. There are unexpected twists at the end of parts 1 and 2 that I didn’t see coming so that was good.
I have book 2 in this series so I’d like to see how Will Trent’s character develops as the series goes on.
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Well what are these colours going to be?? This is all you will see now until the autumn, no more pics until then!!
Just after Christmas I booked a trip to York for two nights. Little did I know that the biggest snowfall of the year was about to happen on the day we would have been coming back home. But that is what weather forecasts (when they are right) are for so when we went on Wednesday March 20th it was with one eye on the weather. By Thursday morning we had decided to forego the 2nd night and come back that afternoon and it was a good job we did because I think we may have been stuck there until Sunday!
I think we managed to fit in the things we wanted to do, having visited the Yorkshire Museum, the Minster and taken the City Sightseeing Bus Tour. I even managed to find one of the yarn shops, Ramshambles, with its cute window display
The Minster was amazing and we took the guided tour, learning a lot about the various stained windows and the chapter house etc.
The main largest window is being renovated so they have a massive photo of it in the place where it should be. As each panel is finished they are putting them on display in an area at the back of the Minster so people can see them up close. This is just one of those panels…..
We arrived around lunchtime on Wednesday and found a very nice little cafe bar called Cafe Concerto which did really good food. In fact we went back the next day for breakfast.
The old town of York is full of higgledy piggledy streets, with little alleyways going off in all directions like this one which caught my eye
and of course the famous Shambles
and some really old buildings which looked like they were about to fall over! Colin and I did our bit to keep them upright though….
And yes I did buy some yarn………
Hooray its that time of year again when the lovely Eskimimi hosts Knitting and Crochet Blog Week. Everything is explained over on her blog here and you can spread the word by mentioning it on your blog or any other social media sites you are on.
Admittedly I didn’t take part last year, but I’m up for it this year. How about you?
This is kind of an FO. I have been test knitting a sock for a Ravelry member and had to complete one sock for the test. I have completed one sock but I’m not sure if I want to knit the second one at the moment! So I’m counting it as an FO because I have fulfilled the brief…..
After a couple of teething troubles the pattern was very good, I’m just not sure I like knitting lace patterns, they are just fiddly. I’d much rather get stuck into a load of cables. I used some of my stash yarn, Araucania Ranco Solid in this gorgeous red colour. I love the yarn so it may be that I knit a different sock in the remaining yarn and then decide whether or not to rip this one out for the second sock of that pair. I’ll post the link to the pattern once it has been published.