Wednesday, March 01, 2006

UFO's to Fo's at last!!




Finally, drum roll here I have finished the knitting on my Olympic cape!

It is all "woven" together and I just have to figure out how to finish it off! Seriously tho I am going to pin it all with safety pins, much as quilters do quilts then I can lift it up onto my knee and begin the ending off ends and sewing strips together bit.

This will sure beat crawling around on the floor to do it. My back is not as young as it used to be. Will have to fight off the cat, she thinks it is her exclusive mat now!

I used a provisional cast-on and haven't cast off the ends so I can adjust the length and also graft the ends to the bands at centre front. I hope to "snuggle" up the strips as I sew so may have to undo a little at the other end. I am more pleased with it than I thought. It will certainly be warm as it is mostly a double thickness. [ Plans afoot for a blanket now! ] I am hopeful that it will be reversible if I sew neatly that is.

Altho I had wondered about lining it. See pics of bag that I finished just before the olympics began. With that I crocheted the base , picked up and knitted strips up then knittted strips and wove them in. Added a knitted top, flowers and then lined with a stiff lining to make it more "basket" like and then added wooden handles. Rather pleased with this one!

So hence wondering about a silk lining. But we will see. Also have to figure out a pin to fasten it.

Off to hunt out the next couple of projects , need some knitting to carry around.

Knit on !! >^..^<

4 Comments:

Blogger ferg said...

Oh Beverley, I'm just so impressed and not just by the gorgeous knitting. I have only been blogging a short while and have so enjoyed surfing around all the knitting blogs but yours made me stop and re-read everything and have a real think. I shall follow yours and contact you again, I'm sure. Cheers Gillian

6:19 PM  
Blogger Beverley said...

Thanks for the comment, yes please any suggesttions re photos or linking. My biggeset problem is time of course!! Computers seem to eat up time!!

Thanks

11:15 AM  
Blogger susankanthony said...

Can you help - I am on my way to Wellington, NZ, for a business meeting (March 24-31) and I was hoping to find yarn shops, sheep farms, fiber "stuff" - can you suggest some things I can check out? (BTW, that is an absolutely gorgeous knitted bag, and I felt by the friendliness of the blogging, that I could feel free to "interlope" and ask my question of a "kiwi"! I am susankanthony@aol.com

9:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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In this mental state, people feel uninhibited and relaxed and they release all worries and doubts that normally occupy their mind. A similar experience occurs while you are daydreaming or watching the TV. You become so involved in the onscreen antics that worries and everyday cares fade away, until all you're focused on is the TV. In this state, you are also highly suggestible. That is why when a hypnotist tells you do something under trance; you'll probably embrace the idea completely. However, your sense of safety and morality remain entrenched throughout the experience and should either of these be threatened you immediately wake!
A hypnotist can not get you to do anything you don't want to do.
So while in such a state, when we are highly suggestible and open to new beliefs, a skillful hypnotist, whether in person or via a recording, can alter life-long behaviours and even give us new ones! self hypnosis

10:30 PM  

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