gwenynen: A flying bee (wuls)
I had a lovely day out yesterday with [livejournal.com profile] antarra. We went to [livejournal.com profile] telynor's knitting class on Weird Knitting Techniques over at iknit, and it was great fun!
I thought the whole day would be a disaster, as it started very badly. The 7.56 bus just never showed, and with no bus then that would get me in before 10am, I had to drag [livejournal.com profile] knirirr out of bed to drive me to Oxford to catch the Espress. Which also meant I couldn't get a coffee, cake, and magazine on the way, which made me grouchy.
We got to London in plenty of time, but then couldn't find our way out of Waterloo station. *facepalm* We still made it to iKnit with 20odd minutes to do yarn fondling, which was good.
[livejournal.com profile] telynor came and bravely took on a rather rowdy class of knitters to learn backwards knitting (truly!), Norwegian purl, and a variety of cast ons. I knew about half the stuff, and it was good to get a refresher on things; new things to me were backwards knitting, Turkish cast-on (which I grudgingly like, though I got rather loose middle stitches), Magic Loop (still vacillating on whether to abandon my socks on 2 circs, but probably not; damned useful to be able to do ML though), and a Channel Island cast on, which I will have to practice - fiddly, but damned nice in two colours.
I did not buy many things, bizarrely - two things I wanted they didn't have, and I just bought some superwash DK for the Yarn Forward mystery blankie. There was the most gorgeous skein of knitwitches kidsilk in a sort of coppery chestnut colour, and I am now kicking myself for not having bought it. I wonder if I call up or email them, whether they will sell me one? It was expensive as all hell, but would make a gorgeously beeish smoke ring.
I even managed to catch some coffee with [livejournal.com profile] telynor and knitgoddessyarns before my stress at needing to be back at Oxford in time for the last bus for two hours got the better of me. Good fun was had, and I would love to do it again for longer. Alas, they looked at the sample of cotton glace intended for Decimal I brought with me, and declared it "too on the blue spectrum for me", which I rather suspected. Bugger. I may wave it at [livejournal.com profile] white_hart as well before I admit defeat and sell it (anyone want 10 balls cotton glace, will sell for £25...) I do think they're right.
We left at the right time - on the exact bus that got me into Gloucester green for the 6.45. I got home, and was led up the stairs by the smell of delicious food. [livejournal.com profile] knirirr had made me a chilli in time for me to get home! It was excellently tasty. There was also watching of The Last Boy Scout, which I did not think I would like, but enjoyed immensely. Bruce Willis is very funny :-)
I did run out of tonic in the evening, which was a shame, but I had a lovely day. *is happy*
gwenynen: A flying bee (facepalm)
Well, [livejournal.com profile] knirirr has been antsing after a sock with "a tight pipe*" for a while. When Sock Knitters' Anonymous September mystery sock theme was "orange", it seemed the perfect opportunity.
And it is a very tight pipe.
We could barely get it on. And it is even harded to get off.

Woe.

On the plus side, [livejournal.com profile] knirirr did some lovely honey and sesame seed glazed sausages tonight, with mash and balsamic fried onions. Not even the lid coming off the sesame seed jar and pouring half a bottle of seeds on spoiled it. Nom.

*he apparently means the leg when he says that
gwenynen: A flying bee (wuls)
Yesterday, [livejournal.com profile] knirirr mentioned that he had a pocketwatch that needed a baggie, and did I know where a baggie might be found?
Oh, I said, I could probably knit one.
Fulling was initially thought of, but a trawl through Rav didn't produce much I liked.
I got out the Big Roses Tin of Leftover Sockwool. [livejournal.com profile] knirirr picked a colour. And I knitted a poche. Judy's Magic Cast-on to begin, meant no seaming at all; I put in some yo holes (though not particularly well-spaced, I need to work out how to work that out), I made some lucet cord.
Now the pocket watch has a pocket!

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