Stitching Saturday: Thy Shall Not Covet (a fellow knit and natter’s jumper)

Geez a month since I last blogged. I could complain about life taking up all my time again but you’ve heard it all before.

So instead I’m going to tell you the story of a jealous knitter and the desire of a yarn hoarder and the selfishness of a crafter. And just in case you can’t tell, all of the above are the same person. Namely me.

I’m sure by now you are aware on Thursdays I attend a local Knit and Natter where we knit, drink coffee and try to put the world to rights (occasionally none of these things happen but we do try). We are on Ravelry if anyone is interested. Back in the autumn one of our members joined a knit along. She showed us the pattern and we all oooh-ed and awwww-ed and then squished squishy wool when she showed us the yarn she would be using. The whole way along as it was growing I knew it was going to be a gorgeous finished jumper.

And then it was finished.

And I was jealous!

It didn’t feel right to be jealous (and I may have not mentioned it to anybody at KNN because they already think I’m crazy I don’t need to give them anymore ammunition) especially as if I really really wanted to I could make something exactly the same. At this point the rational side of my brain knew that this was just crazy talk and I didn’t want an identical jumper but a spark had been lit in my brain and I really, really wanted a snuggle houndstooth jumper.

And then this landed in my inbox. Honestly Wool & The Gang it’s like you have a secret little window into my mind. Look how houndtoothy it is! And with nice red accents, I like what you did there W&tG. Biggest problem? It’s a mans jumper.

Damn and blast! This led to a multiple of thoughts that pretty much all ran along side one another something like:

– I could make myself a mans jumper Your have a hundred jumpers you haven’t made for yourself yet
– I could make husband the jumper Yeah right you haven’t finished husbands first jumper yet and be honest you would just “borrow” it permanently
– I could do a Ravelry search YAY RAVELRY

So I hunted on Ravelry as the most reasonable way of finding a pattern I liked without stepping on our knitters toes (which honestly I didn’t think she would mind if I used the same pattern as her, as most likely than not I would change the colours). So I went onto Ravelry and spent in total what must have been about 5 hours trying to find a pattern that was a bit like the W&tG design but would fit my body a bit better. It didn’t find anything.

I was most disappointed.

However as I sat half knitting, half lost in my own thoughts, half vaguely watching whatever was on the tv I came to the conclusion that I probably have enough patterns to last me more than my lifetime and I should be happy with this. And beside the patterns I also have enough wool to last me more than several lifetimes at the rate I knit. I did also vaguely think about trying to use up the stash I have before I buy anymore just due to the size of said stash (if I think about it too much and start using words like diet, or cutting back or restrictions then I just buy impulsively but that’s another blog for another day)

Well this morning I was browsing loveknitting.com (not buying browsing, honestly!) and I decided to have a look in their free patterns and what do I find?

This.

I can just see it knitted up now but I think I would changed it slightly to make the cuffs a bright red like the W&tG design. As much as I do like this design I am thinking I may wait until the end of the year to buy the wool for it. Why?

Well honestly I’ve been thinking about it again and I do have a large number of items all ready to knit. Do I really want to add something else to the never ending list? And back to the original jumper that was made by the fellow knit and natter. Did I like it because I thought it would look good on me? Well yes but I know I also liked it because I had seen the hard work that had gone into it, how much time had been spent choosing a pattern and a yarn, the sense of community it had created by been part of a knit along and the conversation it had created between me and my friends. Because that’s what the ladies at Knit and Natter are now. They are my friends who I found through our mutual insanity love of knitting. So my dear friends yes I occasionally want to steal your jumpers but know it is out of love and not just out of greed.

WIP Wednesday: Halloween, Bonfire and Christmas, Oh My!

Oh my giddy Aunt! Where has the time gone? I did actually write a blog all about Halloween but somehow it got eaten by my phone before it was posted.

The only reason I’m getting round to writing this is because I’ve ended up on a detour on my way home and have no knitting/crochet/craft of any description! Disaster! However it does give me time to blog.

So Halloween. The jumper I made was finished. Yes I was making it on October 30th but it was finished by Halloween. I wore it pretty much all day at work and most of the time on my night out. Want to see a picture? Well unfortunately WordPress is not been my friend today so I will have to paint you a word picture. It was the brightest Orange, with large puffy sleeves and a snuggle polo neck. Tonight Matthew I’m going to be Velma from Scooby Doo! (If you don’t get that reference go google old episodes of Stars in Their Eyes. It will be he best thing you do all week. I occasionally watch the old episodes on the channel Challenge, it makes me thankful I avoided most of the 80’s, that went off topic quickly….) Edit: WordPress is my friend again and is letting me post pictures but the chat about Stars in Their Eyes was too good to be edited out

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So yeah Velma! It was awesome I think I lost a stone in sweat One of the best nights out ever how I did not pass out I do not know My jumper got a million lovely comment bloody hope so too the effort I put into it However as great as the night out was its unlikely I will wear this jumper on a day to day basis, it was just too warm! You know those jumpers you wear on days at home when it’s cold and a little drizzly? Well it’s become my stay at home jumper.

Then it’s the husbands birthday and Bonfire Night! And almost on schedule I got a horrible chest infection and end up on a nebuliser. This is both horrible and good. Bad; I don’t like been ill and off work; Good; I get to knit more!

I even managed to complete a couple of small projects. I made some very bright, rainbow coloured socks for the newest member of the family. She is uber adorable and her mum, my cousin, was ecstatic for something not pink! Gender colours are something that is actually mentioned quite a lot at KNN on Thursday and while I think it’s occasionally nice to see a girl in a pretty pink dress the sheer amount of pink that I was confronted with when I went to buy an outfit for new member of family was overwhelming. Eventually I found a little denim dress with a yellow t shirt and tights but it was very difficult. And from the excitement of my cousin when she finally received something not pink I’m going to try and not stick to gender colours for any new arrivals.

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I have also almost finished my hearts and flowers top. The shoulders have been seamed and buttons bought. However at this late stage I don’t want to show half a seamed top so the next photos will be of it finished and on my and Bernadette (yes my dummy is going to wear it as well)

So for the husbands birthday (and before the terrible Chest Infection of 2014) we went to the theatre to see a musical performance, a full review will happen at some point in a Fun Friday post. We have also managed another musical performance and a gig since I posted so they will be getting posts soon as well, as well as the long overdue reviews for The Eagles and The Perfect Murder.

And now, well it’s only 4 weeks til Christmas you lucky, lucky people. Is Santa bringing you fruit or coal this year? I think he is bringing me yarn. Well I’m hoping for yarn. He also brought me an early Christmas present in the form of the Harrogate Knitting and Stitching Show. I didn’t actually spend that much, my biggest purchase been MillaMia Country Escape Booklet and the yarn for the striped pattern. I also treated my Toyota sewing machine to a cosy new bag.

The husband was my partner in crime for my day in Harrogate and convinced me to buy this pattern and the yarn for the adult jumpers. He’s hoping I will have at least one done by Christmas!

I’ve also been neglecting my sewing for the longest time so treated myself to some fabrics to make my sister an apron for Christmas (the chances of her reading this and finding out are minimal so I can reveal all on here) and a Gorguss cross stitch, which I was so eager for I’ve actually started work on it last Sunday during a film marathon (it was the Tinkerbell films, I’m both ashamed and not ashamed by that fact)

I also treated myself to a workshop, Make a Vintage Clutch Bag. Whilst I do have a bag it is not photo worthy. In the slightest. Maybe one day I will pluck up the courage to show the world but that day is not today. I did really enjoy my time on the sewing machine and it gave me another pattern to work with that I know I will be confident to do, just needing a little more than two hours to complete it in.

And that just about brings me up to date. Work is mental again at the moment as half the staff are on holiday (again, we always seem to plan our holidays together) but next week so am I. Hopefully by then WordPress will be my friend again and I will be able to update with lots of pictures and blogs of my adventures.

Fun Friday: Theatre Review; Avenue Q at Leeds Grand Theatre.

This is yet another production I went to see several weeks ago and never got round to writing the full review.

This was a bit of an unusual trip to the theatre for me because for a change it wasn’t with the husband, it was with a couple of the people from KNN. So technically I suppose that makes it a KNN outing!

I will admit that I heard of Avenue Q before I wasn’t entirely sure of all the songs or even the plotline. This made it all the more of a pleasure to watch, with new eyes. As with anyone, I presume, who goes to see this for the first time the idea of puppets been operated by people who can be seen, seems like a crazy idea. It only took about 2 songs for me to forget about the puppeteers and focus solely on Franklin, Kate Monster, etc. the only time I actually remembered that there where puppeteers when was Lucy The Slut was very obviously walking off stage in very loud high heels. Yes I admit it pulled me out of the moment a little bit, but not the to the point where it ruined the story.

My personal highlight were the bad idea bears. If you have no idea what I am talking about honestly go google it. The juxtaposition between the sweet, fluffy, cuddly bears with their sing song voices and the frank, rude, cruel, dangerous and outright bad things they were saying was just an icing on the cake. In a way they are becoming the unofficial mascots of the KNN group, every time one of us wants to buy yarn, or another coffee, or alcohol one of the others put on a bad idea bear voice to convince the other to do it. We are becoming very bad influences on each other.

But back to the review.

Other highlights was If You Were Gay, (the song I already knew) performed perfectly, a simple yet effective set, a fantastic cast, the shout out to skid row (as I said I wasn’t aware of any other songs), puppet sex (don’t ask for the details) and Schadenfreude which is my new favourite word and song.

There were only two major downfalls that I could see:-

1. A few of the American-ism went over my head. Yes I know that it is suppose to be a friendly homage/joke to Sesame Street bit I really don’t remember it been on that much in Britain so a couple of the jokes I might have completely missed. Also ditto Different Strokes and Gary Oldman.

2. Why did it only have a two day run? Yes this didn’t effect me because I manages to get a ticket, in fact a last minute heavily reduced ticket. It doesn’t appear to have got the advertisement to have drawn a crowd nor the time for word of mouth to work. Also the two days it was playing were Tuesday and Wednesday. Not usual theatre going days, such as Friday or Saturday or even Thursday matinee as there sometimes is. It was such a good production I truly think it could have handled a longer run (especially as Wicked now has something like a 8 week run at the same theatre)

All in all a great night was had by all and my spotify is getting hammered by the amount of time I am playing the soundtrack.

PS Once again this is a late posting due to a temperamental internet connection