Sunday, 18 October 2009

Moosie Moosie Moosie!!!

My Moosie came on Wednesday :) So so glad to have it finally here!

Bosworth Moosie

It's part of the October herd - whorl number 25 which was technically my second choice, but was actually my first choice when I really sat down and thought about it. My first was one with mouse nibbles, which I picked purely on account of the nibbles - but this one is far more beautiful

It's pin balanced on the underside and with the long Bocote shaft, weights just 25g. Moosies are dense for their size, so even though this one looks a bit strange having such a long shaft on such a small whorl, it spins beautifully.

Technically it's: White PB, heavy mottles in rings, green undertone on 1 side

Bosworth Moosie

It's absolutely gorgeous. I struggled to truly capture how beautiful it is, but here are some more gratuitous pics, just in case:

Bosworth Moosie

Bosworth Moosie

Bosworth Moosie

Bosworth Moosie

I also took a couple of family shots with all my spindles together. Love this shot:

Bosworth Spindle Family Shot

This is probably it for big crafting purchases for me, for a while. I have enough spindles and things. I could do with getting a ball winder and swift, but other than occasionally getting some new Knitpicks tips, I'm sorted. Got my monthly fibre sub coming from Spunky Eclectic and I also got a place in Socktopus' Knit Love Club for 2010 - so I'll have yarn and socky goodness coming to me regularly too!

I tried to do some spinning with it this week, but the mojo just wasn't there. Tried spinning a couple of different things, but it wasn't happening. Will try again in a couple of weeks once I've got some other stuff out of the way.

Happy happy :)

Koigu Socks!

At last I have finished Trev's Koigu socks. Finished them yesterday, so unfortunately I suck and they are 2 weeks late.

Here they are:

Trev's Koigu Socks

Not matching, due to the difference in skeins, but they make a good pair of fraternal twins.

Used Jenny's Super Stretchy Bind Off on both socks and did a slightly better job of it on the second sock as it's looser and easier for Trev to get the sock on and off.

Here's the low-down on what I did:

Cast on 24 stitches using Judy's Magic Cast On.
Increased to 64 stitches - 32 each for sole and instep.
3x2 rib on instep with 2 purl stitches either side.
Knitted 96 rows before turning heel.
Decreased to 10 stitches on the short row heel - used Priscilla's method for this.
20 rows of stockinette on needle 2 before beginning ribbing all the way round on cuff.
Added one stitch at centre of needle 2 to allow for ribbing to flow uninterrupted - totalling 65 stitches.
68 rows of the cuff (once starting ribbing all the way round) before binding off using the Super Stretchy BO.

These are really tight on Trev across the instep - I wonder if I should try a heel flap next time? Don't know if that would help with the tightness. But I'm testing a sock pattern as my next knit, so I'll see how that goes.

Overall, they're ok, I guess. Could have done a better job of them, but they're the same size, and whilst they're a little bit too small, they generally fit him.

So I finished those yesterday, and then cast on a hat for Trev yesterday afternoon - which I finished today! Only fgot a WIP picture of it, but it's the Turn a Square hat pattern. Went very fast - used a tiny bit of a grey ball, and just over half a blue ball. Might try and do a slouchy beanie for Trev from the remainder of the grey.

Turn a Square WIP

But before I do, I have a couple of other knits for me. First these test socks, some Fiddlehead Mittens and maybe a hat. I also need to finish off my long overdue CPH - the left front of which got frogged the other day. Full update on that to come whenever I get back onto it again.

Got some Moosie pics to follow now! :)

Running

I, lazy-bum extraordinaire, have taken up running. Well, I don't know if I can say "taken up" yet as I've only done 2 sessions and the one I just finished nearly killed me! Feels like it anyway.

We've started doing the Couch to 5K programme as it's meant to be an easy way (easy? Huh who are they kidding!) to build up from doing nothing, to being able to run 5k (3 miles ish) within 9 weeks.

So we plan to do sessions 3 times a week. We did the first one on Friday - despite my not getting home from work until 7:30pm and being knackered and hungry, because Trev was really keen to get started we went out and did it.

Wasn't as bad as I thought, actually. Had some shin ache, which I almost always do when I exercise, and apart from a stitch that I got during the first run that then went away, it was all fine. Covered a surprising amount of ground - a little over 2 miles I think, which was far more ground than I ever expected to cover.

Bit achy, as to be expected after the session. Calf muscles feeling a bit tight (might have to try and do some Pilates on the off days to ease that up in general) but overall pleasantly surprised.

So like a mug, I got up all happy to try and run this morning and OMG... death! I don't know whether I was intentionally running faster than last time, but I really struggled today. More my lungs being on fire than my legs being unable to take it. Despite stopping a couple of times we covered more ground, which is great. But it was so much harder - I was surprised. At this rate, I may want to repeat week 1 before moving on to week 2, but we'll see how we go.

As I type this I'm still bright red (which seems to happen whenever I exercise) - so hopefully the fitter I get, the less red I'll become - which will be nice. Makes it very hard to feel dignified when you exercise. Although I now feel part of some little jogging club, since most of the other runners we crawled past said hello. Awww.

Update to come after session 3, provided it doesn't kill me!

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Anniversary Presents and Stuff

Been shameful on the blogging front recently. Only one post in the whole of September? I must have been busier than I remember. Or lazier.

But all in seriousness the last week or so has been mentally busy. I had this whole week off work, on account of it being my birthday on Monday and wedding anniversary yesterday. We went to visit some friends in Germany on Saturday, and came back Tuesday which was brilliant fun. Will post some pictures later but we had a great time. We went to a beer/wine festival, drank loads, ate loads and played a ridiculous amount of Guitar Hero, which we have since purchased since getting home. That's too much fun.

Trev's also decided he wants to learn German and I'm going to teach him. We bought some books and things to help him while we were in Germany (from the German as a foreign language section in a very nice bookstore in Mannheim) and a few bits for me to help refresh myself - which I badly need. We're yet to sit down and have a proper lesson yet, but I've put together a lesson plan for him, so at least that's a start.

On the knitting front, we had a few problems with the postal strike eating up post and things we were waiting for, including yarn, fibre and anniversary presents.

Firstly, here's the Koigu I bought from a fellow Raveller. I love it! In some ways I think it's too pretty to use for socks - I'm better off using it for a shawl or something. But I'm undecided. Gorgeous though:

Koigu KPPPM

Also had a couple of lots of Spunky Club Fibre arrive. The first lot I'm about to show you, took nearly a month to get here. Most impressive:

Spunky Eclectic - Zombies

That's 4oz of Falkland called Zombies. It's so soft. I love it!

The September fibre only took a few days longer than normal. It's 4oz of BFL called Rolling Hills. I'm not so keen on this one - may try and swap it for one of the other months that I like:

Spunky Eclectic - Rolling Hills

The final missing fibre is some Peregrine from the Yarn Yard in colourway Red Squirrel. This is a 75%/25% merino/nylon mix. It drafts beautifully and feels so soft. Not too sure what to do with this one. Sarah and I used it for some sampling when in Germany, so I've probably got only about 90g left now:

The Yarn Yard - Fibre Club May 2009

Finally on spinning, I got to pick my Moosie selection last week. Hopefully my finished Moosie will be posted out on Monday and will be here by next weekend. Got no idea which one I ended up with, or which colour shaft I'll have as I asked Sheila to choose for me. So excited though - I've been after a Moosie for ageeeees.

Expect lots of photos when it gets here.

Soooo, onto anniversary presents.

Trev wanted to get me something useful, so I suggested sock blockers (Succaplokki). We found some I liked on Etsy and ordered them along with some stitch markers. Unbeknownst to me, Trev had then also ordered me some mitten blockers that I said I liked as I'll soon be knitting my Fiddlehead Mittens. (For anyone who is interested, the store is Succaplokki on Etsy).

Sock & Mitten Blockers

Here's another picture of the Mitten Blockers (Tumbbuplokki) with the little pop-out thumb blockers:

Mitten Blockers

Absolutely beautiful. I love them! The stitch markers are also cute and you almost always get a freebie of some description with each order, so I have a little keyring and 4 extra stitch markers from the 3 orders we've made.

So I've been working on socks for Trev as his anniversary present. Unfortunately I didn't get them finished in time, due to going away and then having my left arm swell up due to a scary mosquito bite, but here they are so far:

Trev's Koigu Socks WIP

I used Jenny's Super Stretchy Bind-Off which I must have done too tight as it's stretchy, but not massively so. Trev can only just get the sock on. But it fits, which is the main thing. When I'm done with them both I'll note down all of the finer details of the socks.

Now off to watch some Futurama and do some German!