Friday, June 15, 2012

Somewhat Stalled

I answered an advertisement in the local paper for "Knitters Required" and I met L, who keeps Jacob sheep and wants to start processing the fleeces and producing items from the yarn.  I made a lacy scarf for her:

I think Jacob yarn is a bit scratchy (tt) for a garment to be worn next to the skin but under a coat collar it would be fine.  She's pleased with it anyway.  She'll be having a stall at the Leamington Peace Festival this weekend, so if you are nearby you could go and say hello.

I've also been battling on with the Olympic figures for Nicky.  I volunteered to sew some up (sew??  What was I thinking???).

Here's Henrietta, getting ready to compete in the dressage event:

and from the back:

There's a hurdler (complete with hurdle) to go and then I am done.

There's been the obligatory sock (for 'im indoors):

Sorry about the fearful dark picture - the weather here has been so bad that we have had the light on by 3.30 in the afternoon.  This picture was actually taken outside just after nine this morning and it's still dark.  The saving grace?  It's not actually raining (yet).

Here's a close-up of the basket weave pattern on the leg:

I think I'm going to run out of yarn, so I used another yarn (from the huge sock yarn blanket bag) to finish the cuff on sock #1.  I don't think it's too noticeable:

All this fiddly (tt) stuff has meant that I haven't really be able to do any "proper" knitting - by which I suppose I mean something that I have chosen to do.  Now I'm like a rabbit in the headlights and can't think of what I want to make.  Help may be at hand, however.  I found a group on Ravelry called "Calling All Knitters". 

This is what the blurb says:

 Ok, so here is the game. Sign-up in the current sign-up thread and you will receive a message with a link for a knit project that I dare you to do. You must complete the challenge within a month maximum. So, do you think you’re up for the challenge?

 As soon as I see the word "dare" and mentally hear the sound of the gauntlet being thwocked (tt) down, I'm in.  I signed up for the first wave and should be receiving my challenge some time today.  It will probably be late on, since the moderators are in Colorado and Georgia, so between five and seven hours behind me.  I hope they are early birds because I can't wait to get going.  It's not a KAL (good, because I'm not a big "joiner") - everybody gets their own project based on their experience and if you don't like the project you can ask for another one.  You just need to complete your given project within one month and post a picture of it when it's done.  Genius.

The secret will be revealed tomorrow.  Watch this space.

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