Sheep disaster!

Hee hee, I had a bit of a sheep disaster today. I was going to throw them in the bin but even though they look really sinister, I wanted to record them. In my haste to make them and get them listed on ebay’s 10p listing day, I put the oven on to 200 centigrade instead of 130, and this was the result!

They were supposed to turn out like this……

Luckily I got it right the second time. I also made this set…..

Remember the greeny blue wool from a couple of weeks ago? This is the WIP so far, the back of the jumper. It is hand-dyed yarn so the colour pools as it feels like it. As you can see it started off striping quite nicely but the next ball of yarn came out differently. Ah well, I’ll see how the front goes, at least it will be unique! Still waiting on the purple-blue yarn from the USA. but if this jumper turns out okay I may use the yarn to make a purple one. Either that or a big shawl, haven’t decided. I’ll wait till I’ve seen it first.

My step-sister’s socks are coming along nicely, I have just turned the heel on the 2nd adult sized sock.. The fun will start trying to adapt the pattern for a 5 year old’s foot. I saw an amazing article on knitty.com today, a method of knitting two socks at the same time on the same set of DPNs. Every other stitch is one or other of the socks. It looked very complicated.

I made a list yesterday of projects I have to make. There was more than I thought and I have added to it today, because my neighbour has ordered fluffy slippers for her 2 little girls for Christmas. Talking of slippers, I adapted the fluffy slipper pattern and used sock wool and small needles and made a pair of these. They are so dinky, only about 8cm long. I think I will give them to some friends who are expecting in March. They’ll be perfect for a baby, and the colours are so mixed they’ll suit a boy or a girl.

I received a book ring book the other day. It’s called Not Before Sundown by Johanna Sinisalo. It’s the first book I’ve been able to get into for ages. It’s about a guy who finds a baby troll in his garden and brings it in to look after it. It’s written in a way that makes you really believe in trolls. I think its because it is translated from Finnish and is set in Finland which seems like the type of country that is full of folklore and would therefore actually have real trolls wandering about. It is a relief to find a book I’m actually enjoying tho’, the last 3 books I’ve abandoned because I just couldn’t get into them. I bought Derren Brown’s book, Tricks of the Mind on an impulse on Saturday, looks quite interesting and there is a section on phobias which I’m looking forward to.

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