Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Yet another technique to add to the repertoire?

Having tackled quite a couple of lace projects (and with one stalled on the needles - made a mistake and haven't had the time to sit down and figure out how to fix it), last night I decided to try another technique - entrelac.

My Stitch 'n Bitch page a day calendar had a pattern for a small bag in Noro Silk Garden back in March, which I thought looked like a good introduction to entrelac. I procured a couple of balls of said Silk Garden in colour 226 (a mix of blues, greys and purples) and added this to my long list of future projects. And then forgot about it.

Last weekend was mainly spend tidying up the flat for an impending parental visit (stand by your beds...) and I took some time to tidy the project baskets at my end of the sofa, during which I found the Silk Garden again. A bit more tidying unearthed the pattern, so now I'm good to go. I got onto the second row last night before making a mistake that I just couldn't figure out, and deciding that the bag was going to be too small to carry around the basics (purse, phone, keys) and needed to be a bit wider, so I frogged it and started again. I was hoping to get a bit done at lunchtime, so I took a picture of it with my phone to show the before...

...with the intention that a noticeable amount of progress woudl be achieved by the end of lunch. Some chance! I tried to Bluetooth the image from my phone to my swanky new work laptop, and ended up spending my whole lunchbreak trying to figure out how to get that to work! Turns out I needed to install some Nokia software so that they could recognise each other, so no 'after' picture today. Isn't technology great?

Perhaps some progress tomorrow...

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Knitting groups

I've often considered joining a knitting group of some kind - London has quite a few, and I even plucked up the courage to go along to an 'I Knit London' meeting, but then couldn't find the knitters! The idea of joining an established group has been a bit scary, and I've not yet managed to get over that fear of the unknown, so I continue to knit on my own and use the internet to connect with other knitters.

Until now. New job is going great, and the atmosphere is such that I'm not afraid to knit (or crochet) during my breaks, or display my Stitch 'n Bitch page a day calendar on my desk. And I've been spotted! Turns out that there is a knitting group here at work (well, they meet at each others houses) and I've been invited to join them at their next meeting :-)

Now I'm dying to find out what they're all working on and see how it goes. Might help me to get on with the wedding shawl which I haven't even finished the swatch for yet. (I'm delaying with plenty of bulky knitting. Even after Kiri I'm still scared of laceweight...)