Sunday, 7 September 2008

Now What?

Many thanks for your support -- I was able to recover from the great drunken knitting fiasco without too much pain. It took a while - but it was a pretty straightforward repair.

So, this morning, ready to face the world I picked up the shawl to knit for an hour or so. I knit about a quarter of a row and then, FOR NO REASON WHATSOEVER, the yarn in a row BELOW snapped. Yep. I was pulling a stitch to knit two together - with what I swear was no more than normal force (ie very very little) and poof. Five loose stitches and two loose ends of yarn.

Eeeeek!

I have some plans for repairing the damage which I'll try tomorrow as I think I should stay away from knitting needles today! I'll report back soon.

Despite my drunken and damaged knitting Fleegle and the Lace Maven have both very kindly nominated me for a Blue Ribbon Blog award. Both Fleegle and Lace Maven are really talented lace knitters/designers and that they've selected my blog is particularly encouraging after these recent Spring Shawl disasters.

I am now required to nominate 4 other blogs for the award, but because I could never narrow my favourite knit blogs down to 4 I've decided to go a little off piste here and I'm going to nominate 1 knit-zine site, and 3 cake blogs!!

So first I'll nominate The Inside Loop. The Inside Loop is a new knitting online magazine focusing on UK designers. It's edited by Diane and Kate, both talented young designers, and fibre enthusiasts. Although the patterns are globally appealing - the benefit for UK readers is that the yarns and other supplies are all readily available this side of the pond!!

Having a friend like the Caked Crusader I've learned a lot more about cake and the world of cake blogging than you can imagine. Three cake blogs (other than the Caked Crusader's of course) I particularly like are:
Cakespy - Cakespy devotes itself to finding the best in cake around the US, great photos and sweet cake comics
Cake Wrecks - when good cake goes wrong (a very funny collection of professionally decorated cakes)
52 Cupcakes - way more than 52 amazing cupcake recipes! I confess I've only tried Billy's vanilla cupcakes - but for that recipe alone the blog is worth a visit

13 comments:

fleegle said...

Oh goodness, I am so sorry! The Shawl from Hell! But the Cake Wrecks site is hysterical! Thanks for the link! May it cheer you up :)

Carolyn said...

I think I would have had heart failure if that had happened to me!

Viknits said...

Not sure how I mmissed the past three posts! Anyway, my sympathy goes to you for the shawl situation. It seems that it just doesn't want to be knitted. Well done for having the courage to sort it all out! Think I'd have had a nervous breakdown if that was me! :)
The red is beautiful, very... red.

Batty said...

Ack! I'm so sorry. Take a deep breath, take a break, then tink back a row or so and join the yarn. It's awful but not disastrous.

Congratulations on the ribbon! I love reading your blog and watching you knit all these amazing things. It's well-deserved.

Now I'm off to see the cake wrecks.

Kate said...

Thank you for the nomination. :-D I don't know whether to be more chuffed with the notion of being "talented" or with being "young". ;-)

clarabelle said...

Such bad luck with the shawl... yea verily, the perils of boozy knitting ("I swear, your Honour; I was totally compos mentis....")!

Hmmm, cake-blogging... yummy!

Angelika said...

You will remember knitting this shawl forever, won't you. You just don't know your own strength. Maybe you are turning into Superwoman and just don't know it yet.

The Caked Crusader said...

Glad I've inspired you to dip into the world of cake blogs. Should I be offended that I am just a conduit for cake rewards rather than actually receiving one?
You have some making up to do...I will take it in the form of coming with me to the stage door to help me embarass myself in front of David Tennant. Such an event should be witnessed I feel.

Viknits said...

Cheers Soo! That's an even bigger compliment seeing as you're so talented yourself :) Hope the shawl from hell is coming along better now!

Opal said...

Oh that is my worst nightmare! I hope the repair is quick and painless!

LittleBerry said...

Ohhh you're not having much luck with this shawl are you... but take deep breaths and you'll get there just like I did with Alpine.... just don't get paranoid....

BTW the Shadow Tweed come sin some nice colours there is a rather nice muted pink/charcoal one and I don't do pink...

K said...

EEEEK. Snapped thread. Hope the repairs go easily and you can keep knitting without much delay.

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