Thursday, February 28, 2008

Early days

So, two days into my new job and I am beset by technical problems at my desk. Things will get better, but these first few days of getting to grips with a new computer system are always a bit frustrating. The good news is that I am enjoying dressing up from my refurbished wardrobe and also feel that I will be able to make a difference so that things will run more smoothly - time will tell!

I had a lovely send-off from my old job and was given some wonderful gifts, including some delicious Jo Malone shower gel - lucky me. The polar bear is a little reminder of the fun we've had on the desk there (so sweet!):


Before I started my new job I managed to finish a shawl I have been knitting for a neighbour recently diagnosed with a recurrence of cancer. I know you get cold and need some comfort when you are undergoing chemo so decided that a shawl would be a good gift:


I again used Susan Pierce Lawrence's Forest Canopy Shawl pattern, which is a great stand-by for an easy but very attractive knit. I made the shawl larger than in the pattern, and used about two and a half skeins of Koigu, which was so lovely to knit with - the colour changes as the yarn runs through your hands, and as you make every stitch, are so absorbing to watch and pretty to look at:


Sabine emailed me to let me know that sign-ups for ISE6 are open, so I have signed up for another round - I have been knitting on the Tube and hope that I can keep it up! Let's hope that the tech problems at work are ironed out soon...

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Tidying fever

Well, I have been most remiss about posting to my poor blog. I think it is because I have been trying to finish off all my freelance projects and because of general tidying fever which has gripped me since I accepted the offer of my new job. My knitting has been rather neglected in the face of my wardrobe overhaul (got to look the part) and determined efforts to sort out the clutter. This week I took six bags to the charity shops and am still sorting. I do feel good about it but tomorrow is Paul's birthday and I have not managed to finish his waistcoat from the fabulous Classic Knits for Men, which is a lovely book. I am knitting the cover project:


Part of the problem is that you really need to knit this in daylight, as the yarns blend together in the general evening gloom. Now that the days are getting a bit longer I am hoping to finish this off before too long. It is also one of those projects where you can be knitting and knitting and no progress seems to be made!

I have also been doing some reading. Margaret sent me this brilliant link to a book called Hungry Planet. It is absolutely fascinating what different families around the world eat and the huge variety in quantities and types of food from one country to another.

So, rather belatedly, how did I do on January's knitting goals?
1. Finish Daphne's baby cape by 12 January. Done - slightly later than hoped for, but finished, and very cute it was too!
2. Start a waistcoat for Paul for his birthday. Started but it won't be finished in time.
3. Knit a beret for my friend Chris. Done - the brown one.
4. Knit a beret for another friend who loves my Flames beret and wants one in a different colour. Done - the blue one.
5. Finish sleeves of Debbie Bliss cardigan. Not done.

What does this tell me? Smaller projects are obviously easier to complete than big ones, and as usual I seem to be able to knit for others but not for myself. I would really like to finish some things I am making for myself, though, as I want to wear them to work! So, although we are halfway through February, I am planning to finish some things for others for the rest of this month and then in March hope to do more 'me' knitting.

Goals for February (what's left of it) are:

1. Finish another beret I am knitting for me.
2. Knit a shawl for a neighbour who is ill with cancer.
3. Knit a shawl for the school raffle (yes, another one!).
4. Make some progress on Paul's waistcoat.
5. Knit something for a friend's baby.

And half of February has elapsed already - help!