Monday 14 February 2011

Fastest Knitter in the West

I had a great weekend. I played with Alice, cooked, visited my parents and ignored my housework.
Oh, and I knit this:



Pattern: Centrique by the ridiculously talented Stolen Stitches, kindly modelled by Alice in the garden this evening.
Needles: 4.5mm KnitPicks Options
Yarn: Zettl Treviso sock yarn (from Lidl), 1 ball
This yarn is ridiculously cheap, but it was great for this shawl. Nice and light, but very good stitch definition.
I knit like the proverbial wind this weekend. I cast on for this on Saturday night, and blocked it last night at about 11pm. Did you ever just hit a knitting "sweet spot" where you get in the groove and just churn it out? That's what this was. Pure joy knitting. I think it was a combination of yarn, pattern and motivation. I'm making this for one of the ladies in my knitting group who's a bit poorly at the moment, and I think this should cheer her up.
We meet on Tuesday nights (Starbucks beside the Leisureplex in The Blanchardstown Centre, 7-9pm in case you're interested in coming along) so I really wanted to give it to her this Tuesday. And I shall!



Doesn't it look great? I'm delighted with it. Definitely something I'll make again, I think.

Alice & I made her a Get Well Soon card this evening too. I think it's cute:



I also managed to finish this:



It's the dress for Alice's teddy/bunny. A bit tight, methinks. Perhaps she could do with laying off the carrots for a while. Still, it's an outift, and it has a hole for her tail, too:



This is my attempt at a Lindsay Lohan type red carpet photo where they contort their heads round so you can see their butt. I know, I'm no Lord Litchfield, but you get the idea. You can see the tail poking out. :D

In other FANTASTIC news, I've been nominated for 3! (THREE!!) Irish Blog Awards! Two are for this blog in different categories, and the other is for a joint blog run by myself and Wyvernfriend: Irish Knitting & Crochet. In fairness, though, most of the credit for the Irish Knitting blog really should go to Wyverfriend, she does an amazing job of work every week posting the Irish Crafty Blog update. I just tinker in the background and add the odd bit of news. Still! Whoopee!

Good Knitting!

7 comments:

Bionic Laura said...

You must have needles of flame! So fast. Well done, it's absolutely gorgeous too.

Well done on the blog award nominations too, totally deserved!

Two Cables and a Frapp said...

Wow ! How much coffee did you consume this weekend ! That's some fast knitting. The shawl is lovely. I may try that one myself. The bunny outfit is adorable. Congratulations on your nominations also !

Máirín said...

The bunny dress isn't tight - it's 'bodycon'!

WorstedKnitt said...

That's pretty! Please tell the lady Get Well Soon from me too :) And say hi to everyone else too please. I must come and see you sometime. Apropos, are you still planning on an Eurovision trip to Germany? Dusseldorf is 30 min drive from where I live..!

Alrischa said...

That's good value for one ball of sock yarn ;) They look like little angel wings.

del said...

Good Lord, did your needles catch fire? The shawl is amazing, I can't believe you finished so quickly!

Love the bunny outfit and the Lohan pose, lol. Keep bunny out of jail, though.

Congrats on the award nominations. I hope you win!

Tara said...

I think Alice's bunny should be called Jessica Rabbit now ;)