Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Coming to terms with

I think it's fair to say that the more I don't blog, the less I want to. I had to come to terms with having not blogged in over a month, with 155 pictures on the camera to wade through, with a number of other things, all before I could get to this, a post finally after a month and 13 days!


Well lets cover some ground then. Happy Christmas/holidays, happy new year, gosh, if I had left it much longer I would have been wishing you many happy snogs on Valentine's day.

Bad news out of the way first I guess. I failed one of my courses, the one I feared I would fail, so it wasn't too hard to absorb, and I got right back onto that horse, enrolling right back into the course.

Both of our Guinea Pigs died in the hiatus too, one just two weeks ago. We are now down to our last small animal Woody the Hamster who turns 4 this month we think. He may be blind and deaf, almost bald and quite jumpy, but is leading a very happy life from what I can tell.

Well, I got some neat stuff for Christmas. I ordered the new Cat Bhordi book for myself for Christmas, I ordered late, and was sure it wasn't going to get to me for the holiday, especially when Friday rolled around and no book in the mail. Strangely enough my sister in law saw the mail van at the door on the Sunday, and almost came over to investigate. It was my book! Who knew they delivered on Sunday. Perhaps the Canadian postal service would be more efficient if they worked week round delivering.
I started a pair of socks already, they are sweet, and being knit in my own hand dyed yarn. The yarn is from Sheldridge farms. Really nice soft yarn.

I did of course start the second at the same time, no second sock syndrome here.

I also bought a Burda magazine on Ebay. No work done there yet. I have this linen thread all lined up to do the cover picture, although I have done a lot of Red work recently so I am leaning more towards a mid/deep blue in the same linen thread it's a 16/1. I didn't get any translation sheets with the Burda so have some Babel fishing to do, if that fails to enlighten I have a German friend I may ask for some assistance .

A while ago dear sweet Jane sent me a package that was absolutely bang on the money made for me! Such superb stuff in it I had to stifle the tears.

Amongst all the stuff was a brilliant lace magazine, an Italian publication that is jam packed with great lace patterns, big and small. If I can grasp what it says on the cover, over 60 items. The Lacis bag Jane sent was promptly put into action, and the other items, a Bone magnifying glass and needle case are hidden from childrens paws, I can't honestly say I use them yet, maybe when I know I don't have to worry about the brats fingers grabbing them all the time.
Jane is so lucky living so close to Lacis!

I have already knit up one doily, and am working on a second. Many more are definitely on my to do list. Lots of blocking coming up in my future. The one I am working on right now is the top one on the second photo here.

I did a lot of weaving leading up to Christmas, two table runners and three scarves. I got to try a few new patterns, and one new yarn I was dying to try. The Silk garden lite yarn, it's really nice, and weaves up like a dream.

One runner was for my Mom, she loves it, and says the colour is spot on.

I have been trying new things again, tatting was top of the list as I keep trying and keep failing, many pathetic attempts later I was frustrated. So I set aside time to work on it. Work I did. I decided on heavier yarn than I tried before, this helped me to be able to pick back if needed, and I needed that quite a lot as it turns out.

This is project 1

Not yet finished

This is project 2

A Celtic bookmark

Almost finished.

I almost started project 3 last night, but managed to stop myself in time when I looked at my knitting basket. I don't want to go into multiple projects with this.

I also tried Chain Maille too, this has called me since I saw a Post on Wannietta's blog over two years ago when she tried it at the Creative needlework show.

I have done one bracelet for myself, since it was my first attempt I used stainless steel, mistake number one. I am allergic to nickel, so now it just lies around. I ordered some brass rings online and have done some more work with that, here is a little bracelet I made for Katherine.

I will leave you with a picture of just some of the snow we have had so far this season. This is my Brother in laws race car.


fleegle said...

Lovely lace! Have fun with your Burda--that's a great issue!

Arlene said...

Your work is really lovely. I am an old tatter who is recently a NEW knitter. I am knittertats on Ravelry. I want to do lace soon so am arming myself with courage. Keep up good tatting. I find the two work well together . when I get sore from one the other uses a diff set of muscles and tendons! Cool

Kathy said...

Hi Fleegle, the Burda is great, so many on the to do list, hard to know where to start.

Arlene, I was relatively surprised to find that my hands stopped hurting while I was tatting. I have found my hands hurting more and more since Christmas, and was thinking of ways to carry on working without hurting my hands. So I try another type of work, almost all handwork hurts in the same muscle groups, but not tatting, it's definitely going to factor now that I have found that out.
Thanks for saying my work is lovely, I know the tatting is rough, but it is my first real run at it, so am cutting myself some slack.

BadCatDesigns said...

Welcome back. I love what you are doing. You should find lots of wonderful stuff in those lace magazines.

Soo said...

Ooooh - I don't miss snow at all!!

I have that Burda as well -- looooovely.

Cynthia said...

You have been busy; I love the Bhordi sock - I have the book but have not tried them yet.

The lace is terrific....I don't know anything about Burda so no comment!