Thursday, 15 February 2007

project spectrum, february 2007

Hopefully quite a few photos for this. Colours are blue, white and grey for February/March. Interested? Sign up here

The light blue jumper is for a pregnant friend at church. there's a bit of a mini baby boom over the next few months. It came from a Moda Dea book but wa so short I picked up stitches from around the bottom on a circular needle, did a few rows of stocking stitch and then some more garter stitch to lengthen it.

The funny little jumper, two shades of blue, is a repeat photo from the African post below. The little hat is the third in the same project. It's actually more of an aqua colour than shows up here and was a quick and easy knit.

I have a deck, covered with a gazebo at the back of the house. In the summer I spend a lot of time there, although this will lessen considrerably when work recommences next week. Goodbye leisurely breakfasts and cups of espresso. Breakfast, knitting, reading and often eating dinner - all find an ideal venue there. The gazebo is basically weatherproof except for days like Monday where we had deluges of rain and heavy wind. The table is half covered with books, knitting, the outdoor cutlery in a covered container, handcream, candles and so on. Our BBQ, permanently connected to the gas line, is easily available and used a lot, even in winter. Summer weekends see BBQ lunches, served straight to the nearby table.

The deck faces east and gets the early morning sun and some sun in the afternoon down the narrow gap, about a metre, between my place and the house next door. We get views to the south as well. I feel it's a small hideaway as trees and vines have grown and I have plants which create a frame to look through to the sky. Sitting down all I can see is plants, trees and sky and it's not till I stand up that inner-city living intrudes on my view.

I was sitting there this morning when I looked up to see brilliant summer blue sky with dots of white clouds. I sat admiring it for a few mnutes when I suddenly remembered Project Spectrum so I raced for the camera. My husband suggested it looked like MS Windows screen saver. Really geeky. I'd rather think that Microsoft took it from nature than the other way around.

The house there is painted in a sandy colour which takes on different hues in different lights. Trims are very blue as can be seen from the window frame and the doorway. It gives a holiday feel to the back of the house and goes well with the pleasant times spent on the deck. I bought the pots from the huge Bunnings hardware near my place. I love that shade of blue. The small celosia that can be seen in one of them is self sown as are the big ones seen in the pots on the deck. I've had them for years from just one punnet. I did have more herbs in them, but they are awkward to reach to water, so I didn't bother this year with our tough water restrictions. Hopefully the forrecasters are right in predicting the breaking up of the el Nino effect in the next few weeks.

Not much about knitting here in this post, but the Project Spectrum page suggests looking out for unusual uses of the featured colurs. These may not be unusual but I hadn't even thought about the colours in these things which I look at everyday.

Wednesday, 14 February 2007

op shop finds

Sometimes you can be in the right place at the right time. Lately I haven't had much success in op shops for knitting things. However, the patterns shown cost me the lump sum of $1.00 at my local Salvation Army shop. (Click for larger picture) The one with the lacy patterns has some really nice pattern stitches in it. It reminds me of the cardigan I made for my mother when I was still in High School. It had a lacy ribbed pattern of six or eight stitches and the sleeves were an integral part of the fronts and back. It was kntted on what were then called size 12 and 14 needles. Quite small and across the back had about 350 stitches in wool to accommodate the short sleeves of the jacket.

The book which talks of using thick wool has Patons Totem for many of the patterns. However, it also mentions Bluebell Crepe as a thick wool. Bluebell is nice yarn and is still available but no way would it be classed today as thick wool. It's a 5 ply I think. The jacket for mum was done in Bluebell and still looks good after too many years to mention. That book has both adult and childrens pattens in it and I could easily do many of the children's patterns today. Just have to get the names out of my mind. I don't think there are too many little baby boys being named Eric or Donald today in Australia.

One of the other books has creations for women - all of them named after Sydney beaches, Tamarama, Bondi and so on. And will you just look at those prices. Australia changed to decimal currency 40 years ago today. Sevenpence halfpenny, even allowing for inflation seems mighty cheap to me.

hopefully some photos

Two little hats and I'm making a third. One funny little jumper finished and another on teh way. The rib allows for a wide range of sizing and it's knitted in from the bottom up, over the shoulders with a head hole and back down the other side. The organisers ak knitters to stick to this pattrn in 8 ply yarn and size 4.5 mm or 5,0 mm needles.

Saturday, 10 February 2007

african babies

I've been trying for days to upload some photos. I know there have been troubles with BLOGGER, but I think there are problems on my side as well with new programs. Have booked a tutorial session with son, computer guru. I'm sure it's just some little thing I haven't yet clicked with on the Apple after just on 30 years of using a PC.

I really don't like the term "charity knitting." I find it somewhat superor sounding, although I know others have no problems with it. However, I have done several lots of knitting with this end in mind.

Currently I'm knitting jumpers for litttle babies with AIDS in Africa. One knitting group I belong to is seeing how many of these we can do by the end of March. We currently have a goal, which I think should be readily attainable of 50 jumpers. These little babies are often wrapped in newspaper because there is nothng else to keep them warm. Some 16,000 jumpers have already been delivered with a further 12,000 ready to go when there are funds for shipping. If you think you would like to help, see aussie_knitters. You need to join the group to obtain the patterns and patterns also for hats and bootees which are in the files. Volume of mail is not overwhelming and you can go "no mail" or digest if you want. (once you join, patterns and details are in the FILES section on the group's page. There's is also a section for these knits in the photo section.)

I have five small grandchildren and the thought of wrapping any of them in newspaper would break my heart.

I've done a jumper and three hats now and will do at least another jumper soon. It's a funny little pattern with seams only on the side. Lots of ribbing to make it accommodate several sizes of baby. It looks a bit strange when knitted, but the organisers say the patten works and that's the main thing. All done in 8 ply (DK) so it's a quick knit.

I'm also doing the current socks from the Six Sock Knitalong. The pattern is called Eiffel Tower and is knitted toe up. I have problems getting the length right on toe up socks. I seem to make them too big for me. Easy toe and easy pattern and I think if they were knitted cuff down it would not be an Eiffel Tower but an icecream cone..

I bought Simple Knits for Cherished Babies last week. I've made a simple little cardigan for a pregnant young friend. Gorgeous stuff in the book.