Saturday, April 30, 2005

Well travelled sock

Originally uploaded by makeandboo.

Time to post my progress. I'm working on about 5 different projects at the moment so it's good to be able to show something (half) completed. talks about Second Sock Syndrome and didn't want to catch it so I cast on asap after finishing the first. This sock yarn has been to Prague and back - I even dropped the first sock in a puddle so there may be some Czech rainwater residue remaining!

I love this Opal sock yarn. It's self patterning so all you have to do is knit knit knit and the stripes appear before your eyes. It reminds me of a story my Granny told me about a girl learning to knit. Her grandmother gave her a ball of wool to which she had attached little treats along the way - saftely pins, beads etc to encourage the girl to keep going.

I expect today's teenagers will need more than a couple of safty pins for encouragement, but I certainly find the Opal yarn addictive: What will come next? Will it go light blue or cream? Thick or thin stripe? Oh! now it's an almost-fair isle pattern!

Do I need to get out more?

Monday, April 11, 2005

Czech me out!

Originally uploaded by makeandboo.

Sitting, knitting in Cesky Krumlov after visiting the massive castle.

The mulled wine was very good too...

Cesky Krumlov

cesky krumlov
Originally uploaded by makeandboo.

About a 3 hour journey south of Prague, Cesky Krumlov is a World Heritage site and full of picture postcard images. I especially liked the painted decoration on a lot of the exterior walls. This is a shot from the bridge up to the tower within the huge castle.

I found a wool shop, but only half an hour AFTER it had closed! It seemed to have dressmaking material and patterns in there too.

...and I got this

prague stash
Originally uploaded by makeandboo.

Well, I had to get some kind of souvenir in Prague. I didn't manage to track down a small wool shop so had to make do with the (mainly man-made fibre) selection in a department store. The two pinky-coloured balls are destined to be a hat. The multicoloured one is made from polypropelene and feels like recycled plastic bags. I think I'm making a bag with that as I can't imagine wearing anything so hard and scratchy.

Finally, the central one is lovely and soft and about 50% wool. It will make the first squares of my Travellers Blanket. I'm going to buy wool wherever I go and knit up squares from it. I couldn't face casting on a whole afgan but squares seem more managable...