Thursday, June 30, 2005

Knitting disaster on the train...

What a weird day. It should have been quite nice, with plenty of time for knitting on the train and not too much of a mad scramble in London. But I didn't get a proper seat, only one of those flip-up ones in the section where two carriages join. It's very bouncy sitting here. Anyway, I was happily knitting away at my sock, squashed in the corner by a man on the other flip-up seat reading something very dull. And then I started dropping stitches left, right and centre! I even managed to pull the needle out at one stage, leaving about 30 stitches floating around in midair. Of course this was the one time I didn't have a crochet hook with me to help redeem the situation. Anyway, I was really NOT a good advert for knitting as I swore away to myself in the corner, wrestling with tiny loops and silly DPNs while wearing a big frown. I think I pretty much got them all. There is an, ahem, ventilation hole, where one wasn't originally intended but otherwise it's not as bad as I first thought. Here's a pic of progress so far. I would have got a lot more done if I hadn't spent most of the journey down frantically looping stitches into each other...

Meanwhile Fondant is moving forward slowly. Very slowly. I have now realised that the front is shorter than the back as I misread part of the pattern. The question is whether I can set a new fashion by wearing it like this as I can't really bear the thought of frogging it. I'm going to finish one of the rib sleeveless bits to see what it looks like, and try it on to see if I can get away with it.

And to cheer myself up when I got home I started off another project (!!), one of the baby jumpers for Feed the Children. One sleeve is complete & I'm using Sirdar Denim Tweed DK which I found in a sale a couple of months ago. I have one ball of blue and four of green - enough for two jumpers (one in the smallest size, one in the largest) so I'm going to vary the colours between them. This is the sleeve I made this evening, again the light was a little strange by the time I got round to taking the photo!

Thank you to Mary Anne for her encouraging comments on yesterday's blog - it cheered me up when I got home! A couple of friends' birthdays are approaching so soon I should be able to reveal their (knitted) presents.


Mary Anne said...

Oh my gosh Daisy,

you were having a bad knitting day! I'm sorry about the dropped stitches but you had me laughing when I pictured you sitting in the corner, frowning and muttering to yourself as you tried to recoop those lost stitches. I'm glad all is well and the sock is looking very nice. I love the colourway.

As for the Fondant, I hope once you've been able to try it on that it will be ok. If there's not a radical difference in length, perhaps blocking would help? I hope so. Nothing worse than putting so much effort into a project and having to frog it. Let's be optimistic and hope for the best!

Mary Anne

Karen said...

I'm knitting my first sock at the moment and I have one of those "ventilation holes" where I started the shaping ;)

Your sock is looking great - I like the colour, is it the Regia sock yarn you have pictured a few posts down?

Oh and BTW, I went to Royal Holloway too (1986-89) - small world!