Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Keeping Up With The Sheep

Apologies if you're having trouble downloading the new episode or finding it in the iTunes Store. The new server is up and running with lots of lovely bandwidth, but iTunes is a separate entity, so I have to re-submit the podcast to them with the new feed. Boring tech stuff but should be fixed in a day or two. Thanks for bearing with me, and you can still listen to Ep.12 (and the rest) by clicking on the Listen Here link on the Electric Sheep blog (follow the Sheep link on the right).

Sunday, 14 June 2009

Post #100! Stitch 'n' Bitch

It's the 100th post of this blog, so thank you very much for reading this far!

As you probably know, yesterday was World Wide Knit In Public Day.  In honour of the occasion the Stitchettes over at Stitch 'n' Bitch London organised a Knit Crawl, in aid of a prostate cancer charity.  Given the manliness of the cause, they chose a moustache theme to match, meaning that many of the knitters spent the day sporting some seriously cool knitted facial hair.

The Crawl started off at the Tower of London, but I joined them an hour later at Tate Modern on the South Bank.  Walking along the river on a day like this there was no denying I live in a pretty damn fabulous city.  Views like this, of St Paul's Cathedral and the Millennium Bridge, is what London does best, combining the old and the new: 

At the Tate it was into the vast chasm of the Turbine Hall that knitters could be found:

After an hour's very happy knitting, it was on further down the river to the London Eye. The South Bank is probably my favourite public space in London, and we passed the usual collection of musicians, artists, street performers, dancers and  one very friendly group of people giving out free hugs.  I'm not sure what other kind there are, but I can vouch that these cheerful folk trying to spread a little happiness did dispense a very good hug.
Setting ourselves up on the grass in the sunshine, we all knitted away, mightily impressed with one knitter's cupcakes. How amazing are these?!

Almost too good to eat.  Meanwhile, the Stitchettes had drafted in a couple of passers-by to model a moustache or two:

And very good they look too.  Sadly I had to leave the party at this stage, but the Crawl continued to Trafalgar Square and then a pub or two. Hopefully they've raised lots of money for a very worthy cause and introduced a few more people to the joys of the knit.  So all praise to S'n'B London for organising a great day.

Monday, 8 June 2009

Sweet Enough To Eat

One of my favourite patterns, Wisp, has been drafted into service again as I needed a little wrap for a wedding outfit.  Kidsilk Haze does come in the most fabulous colours, so I've ended up with a Candy Floss scarf:

It's garter stitch and a very simple lace repeat that even I haven't managed to mess up:

I only used one ball, leaving me with the second left over.  I also had four balls of Kidsilk Night in my stash from last year.  So I've taken a fairly generic Rowan pattern in Kidsilk Haze for the basic measurements/maths but am re-fashioning it as a candy-striped jumper:

Loving how it's turning out so far and it should be a very warm but very light sweater to bundle into a bag and throw on of a chilly evening.  A pink and sparkly bumble-bee...