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Feb. 28th, 2010 | 09:56 am

I've run away to Blogger. Its slightly more fun to use you see.

I'll be over here: http://misselleknitwear.blogspot.com/

Hope to see you there sometime!

xxx Elle xxx

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Feb. 22nd, 2010 | 10:55 am
mood: jubilantjubilant

I finished my first WIP-Dancing entry! YAY!

Miss Marple socks! Knit in Violet Green Socrates yarn. They are Pair #33 for the 52 Pair Plunge. I'm a little behind on this challenge, however... my personal challenge for the rest of the Ravelympics is to knit 4 pairs of baby socks for my godson. Oh yeah, I have a godson! He's so cute and deserves socks!

I finished knitting the scarf for my nan, it just needs blocking now, and then I'll be able to say that is finished for the Ravelympics. Go Team GB!

I'm considering frogging my Giselle. Its a gorgeous pattern, but I really don't think I'll wear it. After working with mostly wool for some time now, the acrylic in the Sirdar Click seems... well... a little squeaky. If I frog it this week then I can enter it into another Ravelympics event! Score :D

Oh! Does anyone listen to Lime & Violet podcast? Episode 99 they mentioned me :D They asked on twitter for yarn porn, so of course I replied with Laughing Yaffle! Its about 18/19 minutes from the end, and they gave LY quite a rave review. They really liked the knit pirates sock bag, yay Lime & Violet! Yay Laughing Yaffle! Yay me! :P

xxx Elle xxx

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Ooo spinning!

Feb. 19th, 2010 | 11:24 am
mood: accomplishedaccomplished

Last year my good friend Helen gave me Spinderella and taught me to spin using a drop spindle. I was doing pretty well until I realised that it was actually hurting to use, and my arm ached dreadfully (yay for Fibromyalgia!). After not touching Spinderella for a good few months, Helen decided I should try spinning on her trindle... and look what I created:

And I plyed it too! Its black and plyed! There is 13 grams of plyed yarn that I created!

Unfortunately the trindle is rather expensive, so I decided to get a lightweight spindle of around the same weight as the trindle. I bought from IST Crafts, and they emailed me this morning to say it has been made and is being oiled and they hope to mail it out next week! I'm so excited! In case you're interested, I'm getting the tulipwood on sycamore with a walnut shaft :D

I can't wait! Its going to be sooo good to be spinning again! Will definitely keep me amused during the unemployment period!

xxx Elle xxx
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Jan. 31st, 2010 | 11:16 am
mood: coldcold

Dropped off the face of the blog-o-sphere there for a bit! But I'm back. Possibly. You know how it is :P You get made redundant from work and suddenly have all this time on your hands... and then... well hopefully the story will continue that I find a new job and don't have so much time, but more money, which would be nice :P

Anyway. Just spent a week with the parental unit, and saw my friends. Spent a morning with my nan in Hobbycraft where I came out with enough sock yarn to make 5 pairs of socks, and Cookie A's Sock Innovations book. Mmm Cookie A socks. Fabulous.

I'm preparing for the Ravelympics, and I'm in Team GB. Go Team GB! Woot! Ra ra ra and all that. I'm only going to be WIP Dancing, to try and finish my nan's scarf, and my Miss Marple socks from SKA October.

I signed up for the Year Long Gift-A-Long, mostly to try and keep track of who I need to knit gifts for and by when, and hopefully get it all done before December again. Its fun to do that, I always have something for someone to knit for!

I'm up to pair #31 on the 52 Pair Plunge III now (huzzah, only 21 pairs left with 17 weeks left to go. Oh boy. Better get some baby socks churned out again! I'm only 4 weeks behind if I think about it, so thats easy to catch up with. I'm sure baby Hunter could use some handknit socks :D

Oh! Better show you pair #31 or you'll think I've been lying and haven't knit all these socks (but they're all on my Rav projects page, promise!):

They are a loverly pair of Jaywalkers, knit with Regia Nation Color.

Oooo, you know one of my favourite yarns is Laughing Yaffle right? And one of my favourite podcasts is Lime & Violet? Welll... I happened to give L&V an ickle nudge to LY on Twitter for yarn pr0n, and it just so happens that it occurs on episode 99, about 19/18 minutes from the end :D Happy days! (You can stream/download it from the website, or download it from iTunes).

Things I would like to try soon: entrelac socks (its the Feb challenge for SKA, so thats fortunate!), and beaded socks. I have a design in my head for the beaded socks, whether it will work or not is an entirely different matter!

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Dear Santa...

Dec. 20th, 2009 | 10:09 am

Dear Santa...

Dear Santa,

This year I've been busy!

Last Friday I gave sir_yenny a wet willie, then I took it back (-5 points). Last week I ruled Duluth, Minnesota as a kind and benevolent dictator (700 points). In April I punched distillers_girl in the arm (-10 points). In October on a flight to Pakistan, I stole the emergency flight information card (-40 points). In June I saved a busload of nuns in Angola (326 points).

Overall, I've been nice (971 points). For Christmas I deserve an XBox 360!


Write your letter to Santa! Enter your LJ username:

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Looking back at my knitting life...

Dec. 13th, 2009 | 08:42 pm
mood: thoughtfulthoughtful

So, since its nearly the end of 2009, and the end of the first decade of the new millenium, there was a thread started on Rav about The Decade In Knitting. I posted something, and thought it might be interesting to post about it here too:

I started knitting in 2005, after my ex and I broke up. I’d been crocheting for a while, so I knew I liked playing with fibre. Plus the guy I liked knit, and thought it would be a good way to spend time together if I could get him to teach me! So he did, and I knit myself a tank top out of some black acrylic. It was nice, but the making up was awful! I knit the guy a scarf and a hat, we almost got it together, but… didn’t quite happen.
The day after the almost, I met my OH for the first time on MySpace. We didn’t get together until 4 months later, but I knit him a scarf for Christmas, and a beanie hat. He called me his Penguin, so as a present on our first date… I knit him a toy penguin, after taking out a sub to Simply Knitting. I then moved to Bath to live with him, and knitting became my refuge. I knew no-one when I moved here, and knitting got me through the times when I felt lonely, or rejected becuase I didn’t have much luck in the first 6 months at getting a job.
I joined some online knitting forums, I had some fun in a few of them. Then I got turned on to Rav, and it was so amazing. Only took about 2 days for my invite to come through, and I was overwhelmed with what I found! It inspired me to finally join (after living in Bath for two years!) the Bath Knit Club, and I’m so glad I did. I’ve made some fabulous friends, and my knitting has progressed in leaps and bounds. I started knitting a cobweb lace shawl (bad choice for my first lace, its still OTN), and socks! I discovered there was more than just acrylic yarn out there, and that it was affordable, and made for even more fantastic products! I discovered indie dyers, and then my friend set up Laughing Yaffle, and it was soo amazing.
Then recently, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Knitting is helping me with this, as it helps me to relax when my muscles ache, helps me to concentrate and wake my brain up, it gives me something to do when the pain gets so bad all I can think about is curling up in a ball and crying forever.

I guess I’m just so glad that knitting came into my life, even though it does inspire crazy things like… thinking I could actually knit 52 pairs of socks in a year (52 Pair Plunge III), or maybe I could spin yarn?!

xxx Elle xxx

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My apparent New Years Resolutions (thanks Mim!)

Dec. 10th, 2009 | 07:18 am

In 2009, elle_knitwear resolves to...
Take evening classes in gothic.
Connect with my inner blackadder.
Ask my boss for a black.
Get back in contact with some old candles.
Cut down on my knitting.
Overcome my secret fear of cuddles.
Get your own New Year's Resolutions:


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p/hop's First Birthday!

Nov. 26th, 2009 | 10:42 am

Now, I've blogged about p/hop and Knitters Without Borders before, having knitted squares to be made up into blankets for auction at Sock Summit and um... Woolfest? Iknit? I can't remember. I also try to donate to them as and when I can, becuase I think having medical care is a basic need/right that everyone should have access to.

So its now p/hop's first birthday and they are having a blog-along. I haven't signed up to do it, becuase I knew I'd forget to blog (stoopid fibro brain, need a diary to plan out every day for the new year!), but I thought I'd mention it here, so if anyone does actually read my blog (HAHAHAHAHAHA!), they could pop on over to p/hop, read whats being blogged, maybe give a small donation, and...

Possibly win a year of sock yarn!

Yes thats right people, Natalie from the Yarn Yard is donating a free year's sock club membership to a lucky person who donates to p/hop. You could donate £5 and end up with a year of sock yarn! Thats a pair of socks a month! What more incentive do you need to donate?!

This is the Justgiving page for donating to p/hop.

The healthier the people of the world are, the healthier the world will be.

xxx Elle xxx

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I'm sorry!

Nov. 17th, 2009 | 08:04 am
mood: sicksick

I'm sorry I'm being a crap blogger! This whole fibromyalgia thing is really starting to affect me (short term memory loss anyone?). If I don't write things down (ie a to-do list) or do it right then, I'll forget and never do it!

So I'm still working on socks. I think I'm behind on the Plunge as I haven't knit on a pair of socks since Thursday. Things have been slightly stressful (possible redundancy in January unless I can get a transfer), and so of course, I ended up getting a cold. So I was mostly out of it for the weekend, and just about able to concentrate on my blankie. Which is getting bigger. Pictures at some point. Not now though :P

This is the last pair of socks I finished, and it was pair #24:

Pattern: Masonic Lodge.
Yarn: Violet Green Utopia (one of the sock yarn club months),

I really enjoyed this pattern, with its little cable running down the side of the leg (mirrored on each leg). Unfortunately the yardage of Utopia is short (don't be fooled by the 130g tag), and so instead of being for 10inch foot, its for a 7inch foot (with just enough left over to make one square on my blankie).

Yesterday was my birthday and as yet I have no yarn, but I am assured there is some in the post, and today I shall get some from my parents via my nan who is in Bath today. However, my OH (the super gorgeous wicked awesome man that he is) got me the large KnitPro chart holder, so I'm hoping to be able to work on my lace shawl again now! YAY!

Also... getting a Kindle for Christmas :D

I really hope to remember to blog more often!

xxx Elle xxx

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Writer's Block: Most memorable concert

Sep. 27th, 2009 | 09:38 pm
mood: annoyedannoyed

What was the most memorable concert you ever attended? What made it so magical?
Ok, so I wouldn't normally write this kind of thing on my crafting blog, but it looked like a good question and I could answer it!

My most memorable concert... now, promise not to laugh? Its kind of a guilty secret of mine...

Daniel O'Donnell.

That man has a gorgeous voice. He's Irish. Gorgeous voice.

We'll forgive him for being Catholic.

I was 14. My mum and my nan took me to see him in concert in London. I can't remember where. But...

It was filmed for Songs of Praise. The Christmas Day one.

Oh yes.
Mum or nan bought me a scarf, which I waved quite often.

Clips of the crowd... you can quite clearly see me and mum waving our scarfs. Yup. Twice.


Skip forward a few more years to another Daniel O'Donell concert, we were in the second row. Yum.

Nan sweet talked the security guard into taking my calender and getting Daniel to sign it for me.


ION: The weird illness thing has been diagnosed! I have fibromyalgia. Fun. At least it can be managed, hopefully. Need physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, group therapy... some sort of tablet. Hate tablets.

Went to Lacock today. Am exhausted now. Having a small mood swing too. Bah.

xxx Elle xxx

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