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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Noro Nono Now Done!

Thanks for everyone's comments on the scarf and Easter eggs. Holly, yes you're right. It is the Ukranians who decorate their eggs to look like miniature mosaics. Apparently, the way they do it is to trace the design on uncooked eggs which are then dipped at various stages in different vegetable dyes. Only a small part of the egg is coloured at a time whilst the rest of the egg is masked with beeswax or cotton tape. A labour of love I think. Personally, I don't have the patience nor the artistic ability to go all out on the Easter egg decoration though I suspect Acrylik and one or two others might.

Now, for your amusement, we have a spot the difference contest. Here are my eggs after oiling on Sunday evening. I was pleased with how lovely and shiny they looked but the effect is somewhat spoiled in the photo as the patterns get mixed up with the light reflection. However, apart from the fact that the photo below shows the eggs oiled, can you spot the other difference?

Let's just say that one doesn't always need little people about for things to happen that you would expect to happen when small people are around! Rain, I'm really sorry to hear about your little nephew breaking his arm and hope it heals quickly. Just remember that children are usually very resilient but I know it's always a worry when something like that happens.

At long last the Noro jumper (which almost became a Nono jumper) is finished. When the jumper has been given to its recipient, I hope to get a photo of him wearing it. The pattern is Fitzgerald from Noro Knits and it's knitted in Silk Garden.

Noro Fitzgerald front

Noro Fitzgerald back

I wasn't too happy with my usual cast off (chain bind-off) for the 2x2 rib collar and wanted to do the tubular bind-off for double rib as described in Montse Stanley's excellent "Knitter's Handbook". However, the written instructions and diagrams for the tubular bind off for double rib were far too onerous looking for my rushed state at the time (particularly as the first sentence reads "For masters of tubular bind-off on one needle!) so I resorted to the decrease bind off which according to Montse Stanley is much better than chain for ribbings but not as good as tubular. In practice, it proved to be a definite improvement and I was quite pleased with the result although I've now added tubular bind-off to my list of techniques to learn.

Noro Fitzgerald collar showing decrease bind-off

My beads arrived from Earth Faire and they're beautiful! They're all size 6.0 and from left to right we have Raspberry Lined Crystal, Silver Lined Crystal, Amethyst Lined Crystal, Pink Lined Crystal and Metallic Rain.

I've chosen the pink lined crystal for the butterfly pattern beaded jacket I'm designing for the Charity Craft Fair and, now I've got some of my WsIP out of the way, I'll be able to concentrate more on that. On the charity knitting front, I already have quite a few scarves, etc, to donate to the Craft Fair's knitting stall and I've knitted another cotton face cloth (below).

I plan to do a few of these which will be put into baskets with hand made soaps and such like similar to the one I made for MIL for Mothers' Day. Mary-Lou has also been knitting for the Craft Fair and has been busy killing two birds with one stone by destashing and making a few loopa boas.

Last night, I couldn't resist playing with the beads a little and so decided to make an amulet bag as I've seen them on several people's blogs including these lovely ones made by Acrylik. The ones I've seen though have been knitted using this pattern which requires dpns and I really couldn't face trying to fathom dpns last night so I knitted it flat using my own made up pattern and used orange Rowan Handknit Cotton in recognition of Project Spectrum's April' colours. The beads are Earth Faire's Metallic Rain.

Project Spectrum Amulet Bag knitted in Rowan Handknit Cotton with metallic rain beads knitted in from Earth Faire.

The energy of the orange alone seemed a bit too riotous so I did the cord in blue for balance and to add some colour energy for calm and tranquility. If anyone would like this amulet bag with a piece of citrine placed inside, please let me know. If more than one person would like it, I'll write everyone's names down on bits of paper and draw one.

It's been duly noted that the tubular bind-off for double rib and knitting with dpns are the next techniques I need to learn. That's what I love about knitting. The challenges are endless.


  • At 2:33 pm, Blogger Daisy said…

    Fitzgerald looks fab! Love the colours and congrats for finishing!

    I find the Montse Stanley mind-boggling...

  • At 2:37 pm, Blogger Seahorse said…

    Oops re the eggs, lol! I hope the one that met it's end was hard boiled and didn't make too much mess? The jumper is gorgeous and I love the bag too.

    I bought that Montse Stanley book recently and am very impressed - I only ever knew one way to cast on and one way to cast off before! :0

  • At 2:51 pm, Blogger All the Way With Knitting said…

    Oh I love "Fitzgerald" I might knit one for my husband.Angie ( Holly's Mum).

  • At 3:38 pm, Blogger AmyP said…

    Fitzgerald looks lovely! And the cast off you used does look good with the 2/2 rib.

  • At 5:07 pm, Blogger nanatoo said…

    The eggs are lovely and shiny when oiled.

    I think I have to do a tubular bind-off for the Sgt.Pepper jacket on Anna's blog, so now I'm worried that it's going to be hard.

    The Noro jumper is so lovely, it was worth all of the trauma :)

    Your beads are lovely and look as though they could be dotted on a birthday cake, like the little silver balls we used to have!

    Well done on your version of amulet bag. Knitting with beads is a scary thought to me, but not to be avoided forever.

  • At 6:06 pm, Blogger dreamcatcher said…

    The Noro jumper is lovely, the cast-off ribbed edges look incredibly neat :-) I'm definitely going to buy the Montse Stanley book, not least because I'll be doing the Sgt. Pepper jacket!

    Love the amulet bag, especially with the beads. The colours are perfectly complementary I think.

  • At 6:51 pm, Anonymous jess said…

    love Fitz! Great colours.

    That little bag is so pretty! And now I am tempted to make one too....

  • At 8:15 pm, Anonymous Charlotte said…

    Lovely colours in all your pictures, especially the Noro jumper (which looks great)!

    I've wanted to have a go at making something out of Noro for ages, is Silk Garden nice to knit with?

  • At 10:15 pm, Blogger Cherry Rolfe said…

    Beautiful work Hazel - the Noro was definitely worth the trouble. I am intrigued by the cast off methods you mention - I have two methods but you have inspired me to investigate more as I never attain the elasticity I would like.

  • At 10:59 am, Blogger Rain said…

    Thanks for the well wishes for my nephew, it's a clean break so shouldn't be an issue.

    Blimey, you have been busy! The Noro jumper looks fantastic. The amulet bag is very cute indeed and loks really sweet with all the beads on it. You must have the patience of a saint.

    I think the giftbaskets are a fab idea, the one you did for your MIL looked so nice.

  • At 3:52 pm, Anonymous Annarella said…

    Oh, the little amulet bag is so precious! I love it!!! Happy beading x

  • At 11:10 am, Blogger Minnieknits said…

    I was here! lol
    Noro jumper looks lovely - that yarn really does the hard work for you colourwise!
    I'm guessing the Amulet bag craze is really kicking off amongst us! - the beads are a nice touch on yours!

  • At 9:20 pm, Blogger acrylik said…

    Your Noro jumper is wonderful, such a beautiful colourway too.

    I really like the idea of knitted facecloths, yours is really pretty. Looks like a great excuse to play with different stitch patterns :)

  • At 1:29 pm, Blogger Jenny Walton said…

    having just returned home from hospital - ime to start knitting again. The amulet bags seem a good place to start! thanx for the inspiration. love the noro sweater.


  • At 2:54 am, Blogger sue said…

    Your Noro jumper looks fabulous. What a lucky person to receive such a handmade gift from you.


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