Time for the next Five on Friday. I’ve sneakily included a finished object here…read to the end to find out what it is! It has been such a busy week. I have pages of lists of blog posts I want to write, hundreds of photos to process, and I’m currently on my way to Edinburgh for the yarn festival. It has been wonderful!
Tonks the Cat
This week, Tonks went on heat. Again. Since we got her, she’s gone on heat about every two weeks. No joke. The first time it happened, I thought she was really sick, she was so needy and she stopped using her litter tray properly…I called up and asked the vet for advice and they said they thought she was in heat. They also told me unless we waited for at least two weeks after her last heat, there would be a surcharge for the surgery because it was more risky.
Well. After three months of fortnightly heats, I gave up on the idea that we would be able to wait for two weeks, and just got her booked in for her appointment this morning. It was absolutely horrific leaving my darling kitty at the vets – I felt like the biggest traitor on Earth. When she got back she was very wobbly and unsure about herself – but it didn’t stop her trying to kill my stitch-markers, and I’m sure she will be right as rain before very long at all.
The Muse Connection
I wrote a long post about the Muse Connection, which you can read here. I really enjoyed the event, and I can’t wait to go to the second! I finally got round to photographing my yarn swap stash – I was highly successful (greedy?) and my “cold sheep” was a distant memory. It counts as souvenir yarn!!
Knitting Machine Weights
I got a new knitting machine a few weeks ago – a Brother KH-710. I will give a good review of that when I’ve got fewer blog posts to write about events, but I received new weights for it in the post yesterday and immediately jumped to trying out some hand-knitting I had been commissioned to do on the machine instead. (I wasn’t highly successful, and ended up hand-knitting it anyway…but it was nice to play!)
You’ll see a lot more about this before long, I’m very excited about it.
Operation Sock Drawer
If you don’t know anything about operation sock drawer, head over the Knitmore Girls to find out more! I have been trying to make myself loads of socks to fill up my drawer. This is not going so well at the moment – this is the sum total of hand-knit socks that I have, and one of these pairs belongs to John…
It has motivated me to get knitting! Although as I type this, I’m sitting on a train to Edinburgh, and I was supposed to be sock knitting on the journey…but I left the pattern in the flat. Oops.
Finished Object – Craft Hat
I posted a teaser to this project the other day. Lots of people guessed correctly – the mystery object was a pom-pom. It wasn’t particularly subtle, was it? Melanie won the prize for the most original guess, as she thought it may have been a pygmy puff. Brilliant.
The hat is knit from Berroco Ultra Alpaca in the brightest, mustardiest yellow I could find. It matches Craft Boss Lizzie’s Weasley Sweater, and knitted up really quickly on 4.5 mm needles. I was walking around the Knitting and Stitching Show last weekend carrying it – so if you saw me with bits of yellow trailing behind me, that’s what it was!
There are so many blog posts in the pipeline, so if there is anything in particular that you want to hear about, let me know – otherwise I will just work my way through them.
PS If you are at Edinburgh Yarn Festival, please come find me if you can! Or, email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out my mobile number, or find me in the podcasters lounge at various points throughout the weekend.