Monday, August 31, 2009

Half a quilt

Seamed and ready to send to Heather. She is going to join the two halves together and crochet an edging.

Barn Raising Quilt

It will then be one of the prizes in the p/hop raffle at the iKnit weekender on 11th/12th September.

The strange thing is, I am still not sick of squares and considering making a blanket of my own!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Knitting in the Square

Very early on Saturday morning the blanket square and I took a train to Waterloo.
Square at Waterloo
We met lots of lovely One and Other organisers and they put us in a big yellow cherry picker and we rode across Trafalgar Square - flanked by security
Journey to the Plinth
The big yellow cherry picker went really high, and the plinth was quite small!
Cherry Picker
From here on, you can view my video on the One and Other site. You can see me knitting, waving to people, saying hello and taking photos!
Pete made me a P-Hop banner, I tried to spell P-Hop with the squares but they kept blowing away!
Thank you to the many people I know who watched, from in the square and on the internet - thank you everyone for your support. It was great knowing there was lots of Ravelry chat going on whilst I was up there and that my friends were watching.

I could see the p/hop guys and fellow knitters through the mesh.
Through the Netting
Pete got a sock lesson - that $500 sponsorship is getting closer. £75 has been donated because of my plinth efforts too, which is fabulous!
A sock lesson
The square wanted a photo with the sights
Square and Nelson
And so did I!
Plinth Self Portrait
Best of all a work colleage of a friend (who I've never met before) came armed with a banner - Rooknits Rules - apparently! Thanks Krysta!
Rooknits Rules
Pete has a sneaky interview with me on the p/hop website here

Today Heather and I gathered all of the squares together here is what they look like so far (the duplicates are in piles - we have about 90 in total) and they are going to make two mean blankets for p/hop.

Barn raising - All the Squares

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

P-Hopping on the Plinth

On Saturday morning from 9am-10am I will be taking these squares up onto the 4th Plinth in Trafalgar Square as part of Anthony Gormley's One and Other project.
phop squares 004
I will be working on some more squares for the p/hop Afghan and sewing them into one of the blankets that will be raffled at the I Knit weekender in September.

The weather forecast is sunny and 27 degrees. No excuses for sleeping in!

If you can’t make it on Saturday go to for a live stream of my adventures on the plinth.

Friday, August 07, 2009

The Mystery is Over

Aurantium Blossom, the Socktopus Mystery Shawl, is finished and ready to be gifted.

Aurantium Blossom
Made using Posh Yarn Daisy in a colourway called Round Midnight
Aurantium Blossom
Knit on 5mm needles that were no where near long or pointy enough! I am so used to my addi lace needles now that knitting with anything else is hard.
Aurantium Blossom
I haven't blocked this too hard - just steamed it to make the pattern pop as I think it is plenty big enough.
Aurantium Blossom
Gorgeous pattern, I loved to see the leaves emerge on the last few rows. Thanks Alice!

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Tweeting a Mystery

Alice at Socktopus has been running a shawl Knit-a-long on Twitter over the past few weeks. I was a bit of a loss as what to knit, so I thought I'd join in. Aurantium Blossom is turning into an amazing shawl...

Aurantium Blossom 003

Knit in Posh Daisy 4ply (the bamboo merino mix) in a colourway called "Round Midnight"

Aurantium Blossom 004

Potentially a little too varigated for this pattern - but I kinda like it.

Aurantium Blossom 005

Even though the orange blossom lace isn't quite as clear as it would be with a more solid colour.
I think this is going to end up being curved like the aeolian (as I tried to stretch it out straight today and it just didn't work!) The last clue is released at 10pm on Monday. I'm hoping to finish before next Friday so it can be gifted :o)