Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Knitting content... and a meme

It ocurrs to me that I haven't posted any knitting content in quite some time, so I thought I'd at least show your a FO - this was finished a while ago, but it was during my period of non-posting, so I guess it could still count as a 'new' FO...

I present - the Classic Cardigan from Debbie Bliss' The Baby Knits Book:

This was knitted with some merino wool/acrylic mix if I remember right, but I can't quite recall what it was called. Maybe one day I'll find the label.

It was a quick knit, although it then predictably took me about 2 months to sew the buttons on.

The bean LOVES it. He saw me knit it and then suddenly it was something he was able to wear! It's like magic! I really hope he is a long way off the stage when hand-knits done by mummy become the most embarassing thing in the world...

I've now started another project from the same book - the Double-Breasted Jacket:

The picture is from the book itself. I don't dare post any pictures of my own knitting yet, because I'm kind of making it all up as I go along. I couldn't face knitting with the thin yarn and the tiny needles that were suggested and I had this really snuggly soft yarn in just the right colour but totally the wrong weight, and I just cast on anyway. I'm doing the smallest size but with the length suggested for the largest size... It can only go terribly wrong!

Also, I was tagged for a meme - well, for two memes, really, but I have to take the pictures for the second meme so that one will be in the next post. This one is the 'Knowing me' meme, and I was tagged by Steph of Six Skeins Under.

1. What was I doing ten years ago?
Well, let's see... I was already in the UKI (gosh, I've been here a long time now). I was a visiting student then, from a German university, but I had just decided to apply to finish my undergrad degree in the UK.

2. What are 5 things on your to-do list today?
1) Laundry - laundry is always on my to-do-list...
2) Finish an article - I have a self-imposed deadline of Friday for this one
3) misc paperwork - there is a nice growing pile next to the computer
4) food shopping - we are running out of just about everything right now
5) sleep - the bean still likes to get up early. Very early this morning - around 4.40am!

3. What are your favorite things to snack on?
Right now anything savoury / spicy. I've just managed to source some Kimchi (Korean fermented spicy cabbage) online, so I'll probably cook some rice later to eat some of that.

4. Where are some places you've lived?
I've lived in Berlin, near Frankfurt, Munich, the Midlands, and now East Yorkshire. Oh yes, and in London for a couple of months.

5. What would you do if you were a billionaire?
You mean if I won the lottery? I probably wouldn't change all that much. I wouldn't chance where I am or the job I do for example. I would, however, get someone to finish the house for us and do up our bramble patch of a garden, and would make sure the people close to me could do the same.

6. What jobs have you done?
supermarket worker/shelf stacker, assistant in a doctor's surgery, market seller at an mediterranean deli stall, carer for a paralised person, personel assistent, general secretary, researcher, seminar tutor, university lecturer, and being a mom! ;-)

7. Which other people would you like to know more about?
I am tagging Karin, Beth, Jennifer, and Jane.


  1. Yep it sure is great when your kids love you to knit for them. Long may it last!

  2. Anonymous12:38 pm

    I love the double breasted jacket. You may have a long time to knit-my boys are 9 and 11 and I am still knitting for them, they've even asked me to knit for them

  3. Anonymous1:05 pm

    Hi Iris,
    The Mystery Blanket is run by Debbie Abrahams. This year is done, but she will be running one again next year. Check out her website.

  4. Such a sweet little sweater! My kids love the handknits too.

    Thanks for the tag. I'll try to do it in the next week or so.

  5. Anonymous2:01 pm

    Lovely cardigan! (I know what you mean about taking a while to add the buttons--that happens to me, too!)

  6. How lovely to hear from you! Somehow your blog dropped off my radar and I hadn't realised you had come back from your break ;)

    Oh, and CONGRATULATIONS!! How exciting, and so many more knitting opportunities!

    I have to say I thought the Marmots were absolutely fabulous - it was the highlight of the day after everyone had been telling us they were really shy and rarely seen.