LAUNDRY, IRONING, GENERAL CLEANING
Check: When washing a garment of black and white check material, if a teaspoon of blue-black ink is put in the rinsing water the check will come out clearer.
Skeiner with pink cottton, 8.05am, Pearce.
The last (almost) of the wool donated at the Harlot Happening. It wins the prize for immediate gratification garment. Cast on as Miss Marple started and the ends darned in as the credits rolled - 1.5 hours. It is knitted in Twilleys Freedom; a soft chunky single. The hat is knitted on 10mm needles to a Nora Gaughan pattern from Family Circle Easy Accessories : 50 chick projects to knit and cr****t, 2005. It took just over a 50g ball. By just over I mean I had to join a new ball for the two decrease rows and the sewing up.
Does anyone have a scrap of Twilleys Freedom I could have? A couple of metres will mean the second ball of this will not sit idle in stash waiting for me to find something cheap. I'm loathe to buy a whole ball for the sake of a couple of metres. You know it would mean buying about 5 balls so I could knit them all up and not waste the yarn.
I thought I could use something in stash. The Chinook wool bought in bulk (49 x 8oz skeins) from my favourite pusher last year says it knits to the same guage. I tried it with a simple single rib beanie on the same sized needles. The Chinook is, naturally, much bulkier than the Freedom so won't mix well, but it did make a funky chunky beanie. I'm going to play with this stuff some more. Oh, and it took 90g for this beanie.
Time Thief Watch Cap 2007.19
Knitted in Cleckheaton Country 12 ply. Lovely springy all-purpose 12 ply in a rich purple.
Time Thief Watch Cap 2007.20
Knitted in Spotlight Basics range "Dashing". This knits more as a 10-ply and it's silky and soft and an absolutely joy to knit. This is bad news for me as I'm boycotting
Spotlight Scablight because of its truly shameful industrial practices.
Yes, it does look like cat spew thank you very much, but it isn't finished in this photo. The bugger is, I've handed it in and forgot to photgraph the finished article.
It's Lynne Johnson's pattern for the All Sorts Beret. The technique is to knit a garter stitch beret using toning and contrasting yarns of different styles to create a rich, textured fabric. In the above shot, the ends are all loose. On the completed hat, I grub-stitches all of the ends in to add further depth and texture. Despite the use of eye-lash and feathers-style yarns, the result was gorgeous.
There's a second one in very similar colours in the pipeline. I've finished the knitting and most of the embroidery, but I need to photograph it before and after, so production has ceased for the moment.
The money from the TASDA raffle goes to Stasia as well. Last year we made shawls, scarves and wraps; this year we're making hats. We make about $2000 from the raffle and there are 70 or so prizes.
For a ticket to win one of these prizes you can donate a gold coin. To get 5 tickets you can donate a gold coin and a hat for the homeless. You can donate multiple gold coins and multiple hats but there is a maximum of 5 tickets per person. If you don't have time to knit a hat, I'm happy to provide you with one in exchange for 2 balls of 12 ply wool so I can knit another hat for the homeless.
The money and the hats will be donated to Stasia Dabrowski for her soup kitchen. Stasia has been running the soup kitchen in Garema Place for 28 years. Her work is not affiliated with any religion or political party.
Some of these may not happen, but we sure had fun coming up with the ideas. Those of you who couldn't make it to the last Woden SnB missed a funny (pass-the-Tena-lady funny!) and quite rude evening.
Got other ideas - send 'em in!