May 11, 2011

Why this will never turn into a knitting blog

I love knitting I really do.  I love the feel of wool, the excitement of starting a new project.  The sheer potential contained in the ball of wool.  I love looking at patterns and knitting blogs.  However, this is the reality after starting my latest project.  Very slow progress indeed. 

I haven't knitted anything substantial for quite a few years, so maybe I 'm a little out of practice.   A little hint would be in the re-wound ball of wool.  There are two more of those.

For such a simple pattern as the one I chose, it is very easy (for me)  to make a mistake.  Six purl, six plain and then next row knit the purl stitches and purl the knit stitches.  Sounds very simple right!?

The object is to have a definite vertical rib repeated throughout.  Straight lines.  Straight lines that if one stitch is out, that will be continued in the next row and the next row will not be straight.  Do you see what I mean? 

So I have taken to checking each row when I finish it.  This is why I have been working on this for ummm 3 weeks or so, and this is all I have to show for it!  Lovely wool, really nice to work with, and luckily not showing the ill effects of re-knitting.  Here are some of the ones I haven't wrecked yet.  .
At one stage it was nearly 40cm, and I pulled it out and started again.  I may be a slow knitter, but combine with a fussy knitter, it is making it a very slow project. It will be a buttoned longer waistcoat for my husband when it is finished.  Stay tuned it should be finished by winter 2012 at this rate.

Here are some of our first picked mandarins.  Still looking a little green, but fine to eat and juice.


So I thought I'd take a photo of our fruit bowl when I realised that everything in there was home grown.

Then (because I secretly fancy myself as a food photographer) this is a snap of my lunch yesterday.  Only thing homegrown in that was the avocado.  However, as I've mentioned before, that in itself is a success - we've waited a long time for home grown avocado.    Maybe it's too late for a career change, should keep my day job.

Absolutely magic day here. I'm off on a bit of a drive to collect some bantam chickens today.  That should make Little Banty happy.   Will show photos when they are settled.

cheers for now


Lyndel said...

oh Wendy, you're knitting looks fine, dont stress so much, and keep knitting. You will see I started a knitting thread on my Vintage, Retro blog to MAKE me do some every day so I can post weekly updates.♥

Daffodil said...

OH Wendy, at least you are a more enthusiastic knitter than me. I have the wool and a beautiful collection of vintage needles (about 30 pairs of the old torties that I found in an op shop for 5 bucks for the lot....BARGAIN!) but I simply do not know HOW to knit. You wool is such a gorgeous grey colour.

I am also jealous of your home grown avocado. You talented little vegemite.

Keep the food pics coming. I love look at food almost as much as I love cooking it...and then almost as much as I love eating it!

duchess_declutter said...

Lyndel - I have put your blog on my blog list so I can keep up to date with your project too!

duchess_declutter said...

Daf - I really do like knitting! and you will too once you start. Get those needles click clacking, you owe it to them. My wool is actually called Bark - shows what a great photographer I am! It is more towards khaki than grey.
Avos taste a little bleh, but I'm sure they will improve next season.

sophie...^5 said...

Knitting is the best pass time to lose yourself and it's so good for your mind. I've knitted for years and yes...once in awhile the old needles start clacking and nothing happens. That wool looks so soft, we don't have Aussie wool here that I'm aware of...will look sometime. LOVE avocados and you have your own tree...not fair...wink wink!

duchess_declutter said...

Hi Lyndel Hi Daff - I posted some comments a day or so ago but blogger has deleted them!?!

Lyndel - I'm now following your knitting progress with interest. I've added you to my blog list.

Daff - get those vintage needles into work. You'll be surprised how enjoyable knitting is (really)!

Soph - I know that you commented but now it's gone!? Australian wool is lovely to knit with.

Gooseberry Jam said...

Your knitting looks great Wendy! No one will notice a missing stitch or two...Even though it's taking you some time I bet your enjoying having your needles out again and having a good knit. No one ever said it was easy, just some people make it LOOK easy!
Now how long did it take for your avocados to grow? they look great, good size too. My new Diggers book tells me that you can grow avocados anywhere...I'm thinking of getting one planted real soon. :)

duchess_declutter said...

GBJ - I think you should plant several advanced trees right now! They do take a while (we were told 7 years but I couldn't say if it was that long). Ours took a couple of seasons before they actually produced decent avocadoes. I'd guess this is about the 3rd fruiting season and these are the first we have picked! The first lot just fell off the trees(???) and the second I think the birds got to first. So now we pick them early. They don't have a lot of taste, but hopefully that will improve as the trees mature. ........ so I would suggest planting yours sooner rather than later!