22 January 2009

Out with the old...

A lot of the things I started knitting at the end of last year, before the Christmas marathon, and at the beginning of this year need to be frogged. I don't know why, but nothing I started seemed to be going very well. My phildar pull came out like a teabag. The gothlet - well, I made a mess of a seam and the gauge wasn't perfect, which means I have to rip the whole thing. Back to square one. I used knitpicks wool that I didn't have enough of and in a colour that's been discontinued (I didn't know at the time, of course) for my druid mittens, and messed up the first one badly enough that there was no going back. Or, sorry, I mean there was nothing left but going back.

So here is the work that needs to be frogged:



I looked through ravelry to find if anyone in Europe had an extra skein of wool for my druid mittens. And I found someone! Seerosenhonig sent me the skein as a gift. It was such a lovely present, and it was just what I needed to get the project up and going again. Here's one, and I'm half done with the second.



In other news, I started washing my hair with baking soda and conditioning it with vinegar. I've been doing it for the past week. I happened upon this website, and none of the shampoos I like scored very highly. I never wash my hair more than two or three times a week anyway, so it's not noticeably different yet. Also, I was interested in the idea of using less plastic bottles - there's nothing to throw out, nothing to recycle. We'll see how long I last; I already miss the ritual of washing my hair with lovely, sudsy water. That said, my hair does feel really clean and soft and most importantly, it's not all tangled. Oh, and smells a little like fresh laundry. If you happen to do your laundry with baking soda.

4 comments:

amanda said...

Aren't Ravellers fantastic! Such a generous gift. The mittens are gorgeous!

Hoxton said...

Ravelry is indeed genius - what did we ever do before it?!
Mittens look fab (as does the new look of the blog btw!)

At Home Mommy Knits said...

It is so disheartening when you have to frog knits. I'm so glad you found a skein to finish your mitts they look beautiful! Good luck with your next project.

travelknitter said...

They look gorgeous! Well worth the effort I'd say.