Friday, 28 March 2008

K1 Class

Have been pretty hopeless keeping up the blogging - requires a bit more discipline I think!

I've completed the short beginners course at K1 Yarn Boutique taught by local knitter, designer (and model!) Ysolda Teague. It was a great little class to get started - we made a beret (as modelled here by Ysolda herself!) which was relatively simple although I managed a few mistakes, probably down to keeping half an eye on Ashes to Ashes whilst knitting. Ysolda's a talented gal selling beautiful knitting patterns on her website as well as being a knowledgeable (and tolerant!) teacher. She's also holding a knitting clinic on Monday lunchtimes at K1 where you can test her with all your knitting problems. I hope they do some more beginners classes on a Sunday. It's nice to have a specific project to work on and K1 provide a good 'chillaxing' environment!

It was also a good opportunity to use my new Cath Kidston knitting needles which were surprisingly smooth and easy to work with. No style over substance here!

As I'm on a Cath K tip, this week I am mostly coveting this Cath Kidston bowling bag.

A little bit kitsch, but unmistakeably Kidston. It's great having a store in Edinburgh now, but too many temptations.

Friday, 7 March 2008

Hand Knitting Woes

I recently bought this Rowan Knitting & Crochet Magazine (No 42 Autumn/Winter issue) to add to my collection of Rowan pattern books (which I have failed to knit any patterns out of!). It’s full of wonderful designs which are beautifully shot. The contemporary edge reflects the current popularity of hand knitting which filled me with great enthusiasm on purchase only to be followed by slumping despondency once I began knitting with my usual slow progress and awkward fingers.

I’ve picked this ambitious cabley, lacey number ('Iceland' knitted in Cocoon yarn) to fail miserably at! It’s terrible knowing all the structural steps, but not being able to apply them. Really its practice I need. Unfortunately I share the Bart Simpson ‘I wasn’t good at it straight away so I gave up’ approach. I thought this would be a good opportunity to use my new Cath Kidston Knitting needles, but they only go up to 6mm and the pattern needs 7's!

In an effort to improve my skills, I’ve signed up to a number of courses, a beginners course at the new K1 Yarns Knitting Boutique on Victoria Street in Edinburgh and a ‘Professional Finishing Techniques’ course at John Lewis which includes pastries as an added incentive. I’ve also taken a few books out of the library (it’s an amazing place – they let you borrow books for FREE!) to learn hand knitting.

Thursday, 6 March 2008

Facebook Backlash

I've been hankering after this Howies t-shirt (pending a stable bank balance) for a while now only to discover today that they've sold out. They were limited to 100 prints only - I'm gutted! Maybe I should be embracing social networking sites, this blog has been a stretch, challenging the natural sensibilities of my British reserve, but I love these tees. Not only full of green credentials, but ironic ta boot!

On a similar note if you're on a facebook 'et-al' downer have a listen to Chumbawumba’s (yes I know - don't let 'tubthumping' prejudice you!)
‘add me’ on their myspace site. A little bit cutting and terribly post modern!