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Knitting for Penguins [October 15, 2011 @ 8:05pm]

I just came across this post on my flist.

For full details on how you can knit to help a victim of an oil spill by knitting a penguin jumper, visit The Skeinz their newsletter says Spring because they are in New Zealand.

Friends For Life Bike Rally [June 27, 2011 @ 12:17pm]

This year's Friends for Life Bike Rally has a team knit participating. more info here

[February 14, 2009 @ 8:26pm]

I recently finished reading Umberto Eco's The Name of The Rose. I've got a copy of the movie adaptation and have watched it several times. This was my first time to read the novel.

I was floored by how rich the text is. There are so many layers to this story that I hated to return the book to the library. I half want to re-read it because I feel as if I missed somethings during the debate and again with the trial.

My current knitting has been gauge swatches, a shrug, and I am working on a pair of throws as presents. I need to resist the temptation to cast on another project. I have yarn that is calling to me. It wants to be a shawl. LOL

In other news, I put some back issues of knitting periodicals up for sale on [info]fandom_knits. They're all new magazines that need a home, preferably not mine. :p

Yarn Sale [August 10, 2008 @ 1:56pm]

If you live near Listowel, Ontario, you might want to visit this sale:
/spinrite outlet

I am still plugging away very slowly at reading Don Quixote. I have a wip I intend to finish during the olympics (personal challenge) and have almost finished a cell phone cozy in the shape of a sweater.

What is every one else doing?
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Spring Knitalong [May 19, 2008 @ 7:15pm]

My yarn arrived a few weeks ago. I set it to one side while I finished the Central Park Hoodie and Kiri, but now it is time to begin :D

I began unwinding the skien two days ago. Four hours later and I'm still unwinding. I'm sure I'll get to the pattern by the end of this week lol I've also started my two Time Lord Technology projects (Tardis ipod and DS cases) and the Roped Shell from the recent Interweave. It's all going pretty smoothly.

How is everyone else getting on?
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Finished object and books read [May 06, 2008 @ 7:56pm]

I have gotten busy. I finally finished reading Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. I also read Mary Shelly's Frankenstein and managed to add in reading Ann of Green Gables for the umpteenth time.

finished object )
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Art Imitating Life? [April 24, 2008 @ 11:19am]

[ mood | mellow ]

I find it ironic that I'm starting a huge lace project and I'm reading Eldest by Christopher Paolini. One of the main characters, Queen Nasuada, is selling lace produced by magicians (quick and easy like!) to drum up quick funds for survival and war.

I think it unconsciously inspired me... although I know it won't be quick and easy to knit a lace stole with size 3 needles!

And if you're wondering, I'm reading young adult fiction so I can be well-versed in the story when my kid reads it. I hope he gets up the nerve to start this trilogy (Eragon), but he's only eight and I am patient. :)

Besides, it's a good read!


Still waiting... [April 22, 2008 @ 11:17pm]

Well, remember I said I wanted to knit Aspen Grove for the spring knitalong, but was waiting for the yarn from It has now been almost 3 weeks since ordering, and I don't have my yarn yet. In fact, scratch that, they haven't posted the yarn yet. This is not a happy knitter. I am in the UK. I don't mind waiting a while for delivery to catch up with itself. But I do expect my package to be posted after 3 weeks. I emailed last week to ask about it but they just said it would be posted sometime this week *waits* *grumbles*

In other news, I am now blocking my Central Park Not-Hoodie on my brand new sparkly blocking board. Actually, it's a foam playmat from the Early Learning Centre, but all that matters is that it's foamy (and brightly coloured, and interlockable, and has animals!). Anyway, here's the back and front pieces blocking. In hindsight, I should have done the 3 needle bind off on the other side and after blocking, and maybe left the collar until later too. Still, I'll know for next time.
2 pictures )

Kiri is coming along reasonably well now that I've put in lifelines. I am halfway through repeat 2 of 8 on the second chart. I worked it out mathematically too, so if 8 repeats isn't right I'll know before I cast off and block it.

My final project at the moment is a bookmark for the swap I posted about earlier. I can't really say anything about it until the thing has been sent off, but I will say I am making it on size 0 needles with sock yarn, and the shaping is ridiculously teeny.

Once all the rest is done, I have had a request for an adipose for a friend. I need fewer WIPs, really. I still haven't found the courage to cast on the never ending sleeves of Andoa.
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Swap [April 12, 2008 @ 12:00pm]

[ mood | chipper ]

Zoe is currently hosting a swap, and I thought you all might be interested. You swap a pre-1960s book and a handmade bookmark (it can be knitted) with your partner. It looks like a lot of fun, so if you're interested more than half the places are gone already.


A book and some fo's [April 11, 2008 @ 9:40pm]

[ mood | accomplished ]

I have recently read Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin.

fake cut to my journal for the book review.

and here be fo's and wip's


Knitalong [April 04, 2008 @ 3:28pm]

[ mood | creative ]

Okay, guys. I know this community is kinda dead, so I want to do something to kick-start it. So I propose a knitalong.

Spring has sprung at last. After a long and miserable winter (and a snowy easter - what was with that?) the sun is finally coming out. So lets get started on our spring knitting.

Pick a project and get started, be it a cotton sweater for slightly chillier days, a new top, a shawl, a skirt, a bunny rabbit or chick for your little ones... join in.

I am going to be knitting the Aspen Grove Shawl. I ordered my yarn yesterday and am now eagerly awaiting its arrival.

What will you knit? Comment here, then post, post, post! We need to wake up the comm.

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FOs, WIPs, reading and cake [January 25, 2008 @ 11:28pm]

Hey guys. This is Daughter_Moon, who has finally decided to dedicate a single journal to all my knitting.

So, progress. Emma's christmas blanket is finished and will be personally delivered or mailed depending on whether or not she can get up here. It's not quite as big as I'd have liked, but fine for a lap afghan.

2 pics )

I cast on a pair of River Rapids socks on Boxing Day, and finished them a few days ago. I used The Natural Dye Studio Sock in Ice Cloud, and thankfully was not attacked by SSS.

1 pic )

I've made progress on Andoa for Dad's birthday in March. I have finished the back and started the front, but have run into trouble on the seed stitch panels after knitting 1150 rows of the stuff during the blanket. This may go back on hold until I've recovered from the repetativeness.
1 pic )

Finally, I cast on Rogue 5 days ago, after almost 4 years of lusting after the lovely cables and shaping. I feel knowledgeable enough now to attempt it and it is going very well. This is the picture from day 3: )
I am now 18 rows from splitting the front and back, and have joined the pocket on. Cables have gone more or less quite smoothly and I'm enjoying the constantly changing rows. It keeps the project from becoming boring. I love this pattern!

In reading, I have read Owlsight, Owlflight and Owlknight by Mercedes Lackey; Knitting Rules, The Secret Life of a Knitter and Meditations for Women who Knit Too Much by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee; and Time Stops for No Mouse by Michael Hoeye since Christmas. I have almost finished Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe and then intend to start The Sands of Time by Michael Hoeye and Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. So I'm having fun.

Last, but not least, last Saturday was my birthday. Look at the awesome knitting cake my parents got me!

1 pic )
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FOs, WIPs and reading [December 14, 2007 @ 7:48pm]

[ mood | creative ]

1) Little mitten ornaments for Lucy, Clare and Yvonne. I forgot to take a picture of Emma's before I gave them to her. Made from stash acrylic.
3 pictures )
2) Sweater ornaments. One is for Meghan, and the other remains a secret for now. Pattern taken from Charmed Knits by Alison Hansel. Made from stash acrylic.
2 pictures )
3) Shaun the Sheep ornament for Amy. Pattern taken from Alan Dart's mobile pattern. Knitted in Sirdar Snowflake and stash acrylic. The eyes are felt.
2 pictures )
4) Gift for Carl.
Spock snowman ornament. Made from a modified version of the snowme pattern by Alan Dart using stash cotton, Sirdar snowflake and felt for the eyes. I left off the legs and changed the torso to blue cotton. Then I used silver yarn to stitch a Star Trek symbol on the shirt and made some pointed ears. The pattern for the ears is as follows:

CO 6 sts. K4, turn. K4, turn. K2, turn. K2, turn. Cast off.
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5) I made a snowman too for Katy but am short a picture. I need to redo the hat too because it makes the whole thing ridiculously big. I'll do more decrease rows I think.

6) The blanket for Emma is almost halfway there. I don't have pictures yet because I don't like taking pictures mid-knit. It tends to slow me down when I see how far I still have to go :) Still, there will be pictures eventually.

I have read the Nightrunner trilogy again since breaking up yesterday. For some reason it puts me in the christmas mood. I've also read A Wayne in a Manger by Gervais Phynn, which is an excellent book. Very funny.

Hope everyone else is doing well. This is almost all my Christmas knitting finished now. Let me know how you are all doing.
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Hunger by Knut Hamsun [December 10, 2007 @ 1:37pm]


There is a fundamental root here that keeps me coming back to scenes within The Red Room(1879) by August Strindberg; no, I'm not saying it is plagiarism as such because Hunger(1890) goes the way of bleak insanity whilst The Red Room is more about social comment. To my mind there is no doubt that Hamsun's choice of The Red Room as the name for a small area at the back of the Oplandske Café(page 116) is to him, a joke that he maybe thought would not be discerned.

Anyone else feel slightly uncomfortable with this?

December's wintry reads so far )

13 - Death on Christmas Eve - Ellin, Stanley
14 - Matryona's House - Solzhenitsyn, Alexander
15 - A Christmas Tragedy - Baroness Orczy
16 - Into the Wild - Krakauer, Jon - suggested by [info]cornishwaif and [info]megamihiyake - ♠
17 - Northern Lights - Pullman, Philip - audio - ♥
18 - Hunger - Hamsun, Knut

and the complimentary seasonal viewing )

Northern Exposure series one - 1990
Polar Express - 2004
Onegin - 1999
Fred Claus - 2007
This Christmas - 2007
Queen Christina - 1933
Dead of Night - Wells, H.G - 945
The Golden Compass - Pullman, Philip - 2007 - ♥
Beowulf - 2007

Having a break from knitting as I need to spin up some more yarn
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wintery reads and warm knits [December 04, 2007 @ 6:32pm]


Okay, a parcel has been sent to [info]whisperfae today and another has just been bundled up to send to [info]susannag tomorrow. I will not be knitting again for a couple of days as my fingers are fit to bleed.

Read so far this December :

1 - Out Stealing Horses - Petterson, Per - ♥
2 - Heidi - Spyri, Johanna - audio
3 - Mr Big - Allen, Woody
4 - The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle - Doyle, Arthur Conan
5 - The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding - Christie, Agatha
6 - A Child's Christmas in Wales - Thomas, Dylan - suggested by [info]anethema_device
7 - Winter Poems - Rogasky, Barbara (selected by) - suggested by [info]cornishwaif
8 - The Incident at Krechetovka Station - Solzhenitsyn, Alexander
9 - Back for Christmas - Collier, John
10 - The Shadow in the North - Pullman, Philip - audio
11 - Dancing Dan's Christmas - Runyon, Damon
12 - Cambric Tea - Bowen, Marjorie

and complementary wintery watching :

The December Boys - 2007
Fargo - 1996 - suggested by [info]cindeefirst
Moby Dick - Melville, Herman - 1956
Doctor Zhivago - Pasternak, Boris - 1965
Smilla's Sense of Snow - Höeg,Peter - 1997 - suggested by [info]microsteph

FO's [December 03, 2007 @ 1:39pm]

I finished some items. At least, I finished knitting some items. I'm still ignoring my copy of Gone with the Wind. I did read Sense and Sensibility recently and enjoyed it.

To see the fo'sclick here.
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FOs and a KAL announcement [November 25, 2007 @ 4:07pm]

First of all, my FOs for November are a lifesize toy parrot for [info]rakina and a Weasley Sweater christmas tree ornament. They can be seen on my journal here if you are interested.

Secondly, I would like to suggest a knitalong to get everyone more involved for christmas. So I announce the Christmas Knit and Read along. What Christmas related things are you doing? Do you have a Christmas book to read? Ornaments or gifts to knit. Post a list of what you want finished by the 25th of December and lets challenge and help each other to complete it all.

Here is my list:
-Weasley ornaments for 7 friends
-Snowman ornament for 1 friend
-Blanket for 1 friend
-DS case for brother
-Calorimetry for 1 friend
-Christmas stocking for 1 friend

What about the rest of you?
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A new technique for me [October 29, 2007 @ 11:03am]

I've hunted down a christmas stocking pattern for [info]clouds_drift_by's christmas present. I just needed help with the gauge, really - I do know how to knit a sock. This time I'm tring something new, though, and am going to teach myself how to knit with two circulars because, really, who owns size 13 DPNs?
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[October 25, 2007 @ 5:32pm]

What I’m knitting: annual scarf for my best friend. She has a chronic neck injury, and it feels better if it’s kept warm.

Normally I give her the scarf fresh off the needles, but this year the yarn I’m using has been handled a lot, so I have to wash the finished product before it’s presentable. It’s Bernat Denimstyle, 70/30 acrylic/cotton, knit two strands together on size 11 U.S. 24" circular needles (it’s a tube scarf).

I looked at some of the specialty “no-rinse” washes, but they’re just non-foaming detergent. Why wouldn’t you rinse out detergent, foaming or not? I’m using standard, easily available non-foaming detergent, Mistolin.

What I’m reading: Anatomy of Dependence by Takeo Doi, recommended by the same friend I’m making the scarf for. Like all her recommendations, it comes with criticism, too. Dr. Doi got ahold of a good idea, then went overboard and tried to apply it to everything. But it doesn’t change the fact the original idea is good.

Projects and books [October 21, 2007 @ 9:41pm]

No pictures to share. *hangs head*

I've knitted up three pair of fingerless mitts recently and have a fourth pair on my needles. I am also working on a scarf. Let's not think about any ufo's.

I have been wading my way through Gone With the Wind. This is my first time to read this novel and I find it rough going. Does anyone else have trouble reading something when they do not like the main character?
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