Sunday, July 18, 2010

Knit, knit, knitting.

Well hello there!
How are you?
I hope you are having a fabulous weekend.

We went to the Bendigo Sheep and Wool Show yesterday but I'm afraid I have nothing to show you from there. You see I was so overwhelmed by the colours and plies and blends and itchiness and fluffiness and treatments and animals and washabilities of all the wool that I just couldn't make a decision. Instead I decided to stick with something I knew and head to Bendigo Woollen Mills afterwards. Only by the time we got there it was 3.10pm and on Saturdays they close at 3pm. Bum! Looks like its mail order for me this time.

So as you can see I've been knit, knit, knitting away at my second knitted garment, a cardi for Miss Pepper.

I think its finally getting somewhere but let me tell you, I think I am way out of my depth. This day last year I was practicing my newly found crochet skills by hooking washers and flowers. Small, manageable, learner projects.

Who knows why I skipped that stage with knitting and went straight for a project that included eyelet lace, five different sections that had to be knitted separately and then joined, decreasing, increasing, YO's, a seed stitch band and all on circular needles.

I have knitted and undone each section more times than I care to remember and I am sure there are lots of mistakes to the trained eye but for some reason I've stuck with it and now that I'm knitting the yoke, I'm kind of glad I did.

Even though Bren says it looks a bit like a skinned rabbit.

Hopefully I'll have something finished to show you by the end of the week.

And lastly, an enormous thank you to the gorgeous Candace who sent me this wonderful selection of fabric. After a few months of mail going missing, its a relief to have it all sorted out and this gorgeousness in my hot little hands. Hooray!

We're off to collect the eggs before the rain.

Have fun out there.

39 comments:

  1. You've done well Kate, it looks fantastic! Lovely fabric as well.

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  2. Hi honey, love the cardi, not sure I could attempt something so complicated. Nice to see your post today on my sidebar, I'm missing you! Keep warm today xo

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  3. Hi Kate your knitting looks fantastic, I envy your patience! Nice stash of fabrics there I love that florally mustard background ...Yum!

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  4. It's looking beautiful Kate, looks like you are a natural knitting too. Hope you are having a lovely Sunday xo

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  5. I should have gone to Bendigo yesterday but at the last minute decided to stay close to home and go to Williamstown instead. Pity the BWM was shut, what a bummer. Your eyelet cardi looks great and I just think your a natural knitter Kate and that is why you have picked it up so easily. It looks great so far.

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  6. It looks amazing to me - really clever! It also seems the perfect craft in this cold weather.

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  7. sounds like the first time I knitted a sweater in sections. I knit and re knit it over and over.

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  8. Wow. You and knitting- I am thinking duck to water! Love that cardi. Gorgeous colour. Maybe someone has been stealing your mail if it has been full of fabric goodness like that!

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  9. It looks fabulous Kate - I think you're way too advanced for the washer kind of knitting! We're all skinned rabbits until we put ourselves together ;) Beautiful fabric stash too btw! Kx

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  10. The cardi is looking great, I guess you needed the challenge :))
    Glad to see you posting and can't wait to see what is going to come up from those fabrics!!!

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  11. Looks good to me - my eyes are trained to spot fabric and nice butts but I think they know how to appreciate a swanky bit of knitting.
    Hope the egg hunt was fun!
    Ab x

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  12. I've never been able to "get" nor enjoy knitting. I'm a crocheter through and through! I admire what you have been doing with the sticks - just beautiful!

    A couple of my friends have been in Bendigo, from Canberra, for the last few days. From all accounts (and text messages) they've been having a fabulous time! I will get there next year, and kill two birds with one stone with a visit to the inlaws as well.

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  13. Look at you go woman. You're a bloody legend!

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  14. You go girl for taking up the challenge. I have been a bit intimidated by the thought of knitting a cardi, perhaps I should take up the challenge as well. Awesome stuff.

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  15. Wow Kate! I go away for a couple of weeks and come back to find you have added proficient knitter to your range of skills! Love that colour and the cardy looks like it is going to be gorgeous.

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  16. KATE!! YOU ARE SIMPLY AWESOME!! your knitting is flying along I can hardly believe my eyes when your blog post s pop up!! RU on ravelry yet?? Can't wait to see this one finished :)

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  17. LOL. It doesn't look like a skinned rabbit! I love the pink. I would have loved the market- what fun! Hope you had a lovely weekend. xo m.

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  18. My goodness Kate, you certainly did not ease your way into knitting! LOL. I'm still knitting squares and rectangles just getting more advanced in my patterns but a cardi ... well I'm not sure I could commit to that! I cant wait to see this all joined

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  19. You have done an amazing job (and I don't think it looks like a skinned rabbit, but I haven't seen that many!) I won't even attempt something now unless it is seamless - all that stitching up at the end is too much for me.

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  20. Fearless knitting! Once you've cracked that, then you can knit anything - and it looks like you've cracked it! The cardi looks lovely. If you haven't already done so then google mattress stitch for making it up - it gives a much nicer finish than just overcasting it.

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  21. i think your knitting is amazing - and i love the way you have jumped in head first for your second project. i'm the sort who reads about it, dreams about it but thinks it's too hard for me.
    right now i'm working on a cardigan that's knitted from the top down which means there will be no seams to sew - perfect for me really.
    are you a member of ravelry yet?
    l
    x

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  22. The knitting looks great Kate!!! I'm so looking forward to seeing it all finished..

    Hugs - Jodie :)

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  23. Skinned Rabbit indeed!!! You tell Bren to wait and see what it looks like after you have blocked it :-) FANTASTIC job Kate!!!

    I would have loved to go to the Bendigo Sheep and Wool Show....my idea of heaven! I will have to live online as well :-)

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  24. Fabulous job Kate, you are going great guns... look how far you have come!!?? Great!!

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  25. Kate I think you're brave to take on such a project as a new knitter and you've done a lovely job of it. Little Pepper will look gorgeous. I particularly like that shade of pink.
    I'm a Bendigo Mills addict and always use their yarn by post. No postage charge if you buy enough for an adults cardi. Can't beat that for value and they send out colour swatches regularly too. Oops, my enthusiasm is showing.

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  26. It would be only you, that would jump right on in there at the deep end!!! Congratulations for sticking it out!!!

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  27. The cardigan is lovely. Only till I read the post did I realise you're a new knitter - gives me hope for my knitting though I'm still much presferring crochet at the moment.

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  28. It does not look like a skinned rabbit!
    Looking forward to seeing the finished product. Miss Pepper must be thrilled.

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  29. Honesty Kate - you will have to find a harder hobby - you're onto circular and lace patterns all in one go !
    Lovely cardi - you've done a great job - I hope Pepper loves it :)

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  30. Straight into the fire eh? Good on you again for throwing yourself into the thing with such aplomb. I think it's looking above the standard and loving the color.
    What pretty fabrics too!

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  31. I think I'm definitely a tortoise. Sigh. Or else am so distractible that maintaining interest in a project that will take more than a couple of days requires some serious (and generally absent!) effort!

    Your cardi is looking great! One thing I've noticed with a lot of productive and adventurous knitters in blogland is that they didn't start out knitting dishcloths, they launched themselves into projects that make me go weak at the knees from the start. So I think you're in very good company :-)

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  32. Beautiful, I'm very tempted to go shopping online at the Bendigo wool mills!

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  33. The cardi looks amazing and it hasn't even been sewn together! I'm wondering what might be next on your radar?

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  34. How fun! That's going to be a sweet little cardi, nice work :)

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  35. Your knitting is great and the yoke looks gorgeous. You seem to be doing the opposite to me. I have just discovered crochet and I am crocheting madly away while you madly knit away! I am so slow and unco with knitting but I find crochet is so much quicker and easier. Which do you prefer the knitting or the crochet?

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  36. Yay! So happy to actually see the fabrics made it! I love your knitting. So wish that I was as talented as you! :)

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