Thursday, 28 October 2010

Synesthesia Socks

A while back a got some lovely yarn in a cotton/wool blend in a Karma Swap on Ravelry. When I saw the yarn I thought I would knit a pair of socks for my friend Val. While checking out her queue to see what might take her fancy my attention was drawn to the Synesthesia Socks.

Why might you ask? Well of course because its a pretty pattern but also because its an interesting condition. According to Wikipedia it is "a neurologically-based condition in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway". I recall the little daughter of a friend of mine once remarking upon hearing a piece of classical music "that tastes green!" I think that illustrates the condition rather nicely.

So here are the socks. The yarn is Brown Sheep Cotton Fine and the needle size 2.25.

I have also recently had a birthday and was taken to Bendigo Woollen Mills on the day. This is my haul.

Not a bad way to spend a birthday.

Friday, 22 October 2010

Another Featherweight Cardi

I find my first Featherweight Cardi a very useful item of clothing and I wore it so often last spring and summer that I decided I needed another one for this spring and summer. So here it is.

I knitted a moss stitch border for the cuffs and bottom of the cardi but decided on something different for the collar. I knitted an lace edge pattern from Knitted Lace of Estonia. Its called √Ą√§repitsi Kiri 7 (Lace Edge Pattern 7).

The yarn is ColourMart Cashmere/Merino 1.16 and the needles size 4.00mm. And at the moment the weather is perfect for this cardi!

Sunday, 17 October 2010

$10 Swap

I received my parcel from abcdee80 in the $10 swap and I am just so impressed. My partner has excelled in the bargain hunting stakes. Just look at the amazing things I got!

- Six skeins of lace weight yarn!
- A jar of buttons
- A zip
- A pattern for a bag
- Two garden catalogues
- Chocolate
- And a set of gorgeous stitch markers

Thank you again abcdee80 you made my day!

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Bags and things

I have been beavering away on yet another Ravelry swap. This time its a $10 swap. The intention is to put together a parcel of goodies for your partner without exceeding a $10 limit. So for my partner I made these Always and Forever Fingerless Mitts from some leftover Tofutsie yarn.

And this Take Everywhere Bag from Knitted Favourites (this is the only link I could find!), which I knitted with some Cleckheaton Country Naturals 12 ply I picked up for a song at a country market.

I have filled the bag with some yarn I got at the Australian Country Spinners Millshop, handmade soap from my local Sunday market and a sweet smelling sachet to ward off nasties made by a friend of mine.

I hope my partner likes her bag of goodies.

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Lilac Stole

I have finished my Lilac Stole. This was yet another pattern that formed part of the Summer Swatch Me project. It was a very easy knit because the pattern repeat was so easy to memorize.

I knitted this stole with ColourMart Cashmere Merino 2/14NM on 3.5mm needles. I added red AB 8/0 seed beads. This is a large stole, it measures 223.5cm x 40.6cm. One of the features of the stole that I particularly like is that the border is picked up and knitted on only one of the long sides of the stole.