Wednesday, 28 March 2012

WIP Wednesday / Yarn Along

This week, I have not done too much in the way of knitting. I finished the other pair of wrist warmers for my friend's birthday, the photos didn't come very well though. Sorry about that. I managed to finish them late on Sunday evening and blocked them and had to wrap them so that hubby could drop them off on his way on Monday, so I ended up taking the photos before the crack of dawn :-(
I know that you can't see the pattern, but it was really cute when it was done. Unfortunately, she needed black wrist warmers for work, so this makes it very hard to see. This is the pattern I followed. I did modify it slightly though, and didn't make the full length.
On my needles now: Lunatis Folium This is such a beautiful shawl and I hope I will be able to do it justice. I am making it for the gentle, sweet, old lady who lives next door and is always spoiling us!
I must admit though, this shawl is taking quite a bit of concentration. I find that as soon as I think I have got the pattern, my mind starts to think of something else, I look at the WIP and can't remember where I was :-( URGH!!
I started it on Monday, had to rip it out yesterday, coz I was way out on the pattern, and have re-cast on the 387 stitches, but that was as much as I could get through yesterday. I will probably be picking it up again a little later in the hope that my mind is clear enough to get through the pattern rows in one piece! 

On the Ereader: Catching Fire - Loving this book as much as the Hunger Games. I went past the library here yesterday and they had just got the first copy of the german translation of the book in on Monday, so I grabbed it for hubby who started it yesterday and also can't put it down! :-D
Amazingly though, the Trilogy, or any of the books for that matter, aren't THAT big in the german world, that could still change I guess. People I have spoken to haven't even heard of them yet!

As a reminder: There is only one more day left to take part in my poll to see just how many people are busy with one of these books right now. If you wan't to take part, the poll is on the top of the right-side bar. I am grateful if you do, as so far it looks like 7 people have read one of the books in the wide, wide web world, seem possible......no, not really!

As always I will be sharing my work with the wonderfully talented people from all over the globe at:

30 comments:

  1. Those are great wrist warmers, I hate when things don't photograph well (very often for me, the camera is not my friend!). I took your poll, I've read all 3!

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    1. Hi Andria,

      Thanks for that, will you be going to see the movie?

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  2. Your story about the intricate pattern intrigues me, don't you get discouraged if you need to pull it out more than once? I think it's great anyway what you create. Too bad the photos are not quite clear, dark things are hard to photograph, don't you think?
    Thanks for your kind comment on my blog! :)
    Elisabeth Andrée
    elisabethandree.posterous.com

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    1. Hi Elisabeth,

      It is only my pleasure, your work is always wonderful to look at :-D

      Yes, I do get discouraged, as I sit here I am trying to will myself to pick up the shawl and give it another go, but my brain keeps telling me to look up a new project while I am in my virtual world....:-/

      I agree about the dark WIP being unfriendly towards the camera, I really liked the pattern though, so I might try them again in a lighter shade and see how it goes.

      Thanks so much for your visit.

      x

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  3. I think your fingerless gloves are great and how lovely to make something for your neighbor.
    We have all read the Hunger Game trilogy here and loved them. Now to just see the movie and see how we like it.
    Have a great yarn along day.

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    1. Hi Tracey,

      Thank you.
      I agree, after all the talk about how good the movie was I am starting to feel the need to see it for myself after all. :-D

      Thanks for your visit

      x

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  4. What a sweet gift for your next door neighbor!

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    1. Hi Shannon,

      Thank you I hope she will like it. She has the most amazing blue eyes, so I hope the shawl will work well, and she is such a sweet ducky that I really want to give her something that I can put my best work into!

      Have a super day

      x

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  5. All your knitting is lovely Nat and that shawl is going to be stunning! I think I need to read the Hunger Games, I have been seeing it everywhere.
    xo xo

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    1. Hi Linda,

      You really should, it is a gripping read and well worth the time. It is not one of those books that go on and on, it puts you in the picture and holds you there until the end. It does make you think though, as much as it is far fetched, it's really not that far from where we are - we already have Survivor, throw in some hunting weapons, take away the food and rules and you've got the hunting games!

      Thanks for your visit

      xoxo

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  6. Oh, that shawl is going to be GORGEOUS! I'm sure of it!

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    1. Hi mkonieczki,

      I hope so, thanks for your visit :-D

      x

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  7. How sweet of you to make something for your neighbor. I am sure she will be so touched when you give it to her!

    And, yes, everyone is reading or watching The Hunger Games around here!! I have only read the first book and am still waiting to go see the movie!

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    1. Hi Amy,

      You are so kind, thanks so much for your visit.

      Enjoy the movie when you get there!

      Have a great day.

      x

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  8. I am always amazed by people who knit shawls, they always seem insanely complicated to me. I bet this one will be gorgeous.

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    1. Hi HillyT,

      I also thought knitting shawls would be difficult, but I find, like with most patterns, once you start to knit the piece it all starts to make sense when you get there, if you know what I mean?

      Thanks for popping round.

      x

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  9. They are very addictive books that's for sure. The knitting looks fabulous :D

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    1. Hi Heather,

      Thanks you :-D

      I must agree, we seem to have a lot of authors that are getting noticed who really are very talented with what they do. I am reading "Catching Fire" and I am finding it just as good as the "Hunger Games".

      But then I also enjoyed "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" series and found that in that series, Book 3 was the best book, but loved reading them all just the same!

      Hmm, such interesting times to be alive!

      Thanks for your visit.

      x

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  10. I can make out the pattern and I really like it! I bet your friend was over the moon when she got the wrist warmers!
    OMG I am so relieved I am not the only one - my mind always wanders to another possible project when I am working on a WIP!

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    1. Hi Kim,

      I had a chuckle with my hubby yesterday about knitters in general and what connects us all. We are all working on our own projects and individual styles etc, yet some traits belong to us all, like never having enough WIPs (or too many), worrying about our stash pile, and wanting new skeins all the time for that extra special project (all justifiable of course) :-D

      Thanks so much for dropping by.

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  11. The wristwarmers look really pretty in spite of your photo. As for the shawl, lace patterns require so much attention ... I often have a tough time keeping track but the result is always so impressive. Happy knitting & reading!

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    1. Hi Evelyn,

      Thank you very much :-)

      Do you have any tip on how to keep track? I am sort of able to see which stitches I did last, but as some of them repeat I can't figure out just where I got stuck :-( and as there are all these YO, I don't manage to just pull out the one row, hence starting it all over again...

      Have a super day.

      x

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  12. When I see instructions that say cast on a billion stitches it just makes me feel defeated before I start. It may not be ideal for photos, but black sounds like a very good choice for wristwarmers especially if you have a black jacket and purse.

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    1. Hi there,

      Oh I so agree, exhausting somehow hey?

      Although the black did turn out really well, my friend complains that her wrists are always icy. My original plan was to make them Fire-engine red. Maybe not the coolest looking accessory but it would have been functional.

      I used to be a colour therapist and red is incredibly warming. So if you suffer from circulatory problems and have cold extremities, the best thing you can do for yourself is knit yourself up some red socks, gloves and jerseys. It really works.

      When we stayed in S.A. the winters are bitterly cold and our homes are just not as equipped to deal with the cold as much as they are with the heat, so I knitted up (some with my mom-in-laws help) red socks for all of us, it really worked, our feet stayed toasty warm, much easier to fall asleep on an icy, wintery night:-D

      Another tip would be to put cayenne pepper in your shoes....

      Sorry for the essay!

      Thanks so much for your visit

      x

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  13. 387 stitches. I feel your pain. Still, its a lovely idea to knit it for such a lovely lady. I'm sure she'll appreciate it.

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    1. Hi Cheryl,

      Thanks so much for you sympathy, all the effort will be worth it in the end, I just hope I can stay focused second time around!
      Didn't pick up my needles as I had hoped yesterday, but today am wide awake so I am hoping this means I will move forward :-D

      Have a fantastic day!

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  14. I believe you! I'm sure that your wrist warmers were lovely!

    Gah! 387 stitches! I never think I will be a proper knittter! that sounds painful!

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    1. Hi omlair,

      It is not that bad when you get started. Strange, I have never been a purl person, but now it feels like my moment of refuge where I can just purl each alternate row away and inside I sigh a sigh of relief knowing I am one row closer to my goal :-D

      Thanks so much for your visit.

      x

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  15. oh my goodness that is such a beautiful pattern for your shawl. and your wrist warmers look very lovely and i'm sure were most appreciated.

    it sounds like you were worried about losing your place while making the shawl, have you used stitch markers between repeats? that and using lifelines should keep you right on track. your neighbor sounds like a wonderful person, as are you for making her such a special shawl.

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    1. Hi Lori Ann,

      Thank you so much, you are very kind.

      Yes, I figured out that I should try with stitch markers after much frustration, and they really helped!

      Thanks for the tip on lifelines. I actually have never heard of a lifeline before until you mentioned them :-D, so I have googled and researched it a little more...will try to use them in the future.

      Have a super week. Thanks for your visit.

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