Sunday, 4 November 2007

One Man and His .... Sam the Ram!

Still on a reading front, more books! This time of the knittery variety though! Despite the recent postal strike, these wee beauties popped through the letter box to add to the Blethers 'library' and ever increasing to-do lists...Firstly, the Knit 'n Style magazine, December 2006 which wung its way over from the States (I couldn't track down a UK seller). I fell in love with the Diamond Cable jacket that A Little Fuzzy( recently completed and the pattern was from this magazine. To be honest, I can't really see myself make any of the other projects from this edition ... in fact, many others seem to come into the Yarn Howler category (ooooh, I'm sorry if I've offended ... taste is such a personal thing, isn't it?). My next purchase and temptation comes via Debbie Bliss's Rialto pattern book. I'd been drooling over some of the Catriona projects underway on Ravelry... and it seems fated, given that my sister is called Catriona. I'm itching to cast on but am behaving till at least 3 more WIP's become FO's!! Silver Bells were ringing from the recent VOGUEknitting and I am also drooling over the Ribbed Multidirectional Tunic...
Stefanie Japel's (from Fitted Knits) Back to School U necked Tank looks to be one of those quick and guaranteed satisfaction knits and I'm still badgering DD1 to let me cast it on for her. There are a number of other patterns in this book that look interesting projects. My only dilemma is that the fitting may not be such a brilliant idea for me, given my recent meandering away from the GI diet plan:( Most of the patterns are designed to accentuate curves... Now, whilst I do have curves, they are unfortunately not the type that you necessarily wish to attract all eyes too;) Last Minute Knitted Gifts, Joelle Hoverson, has some beautiful ideas for pressies and wrapping to complement the gifts. This book has the pattern for the 'must have' Chevron Scarf - and, at some point, I must have that scarf!

Brigitte is my favourite pattern in the Sublime book and looks like an easy knit (all my brain can cope with at the present time!). Carica and Alva, both made in Colinette Banyan, are also very much on my lust list just now!I'd mentioned that DD1 has recently passed her driving test. Having spent 18 years keeping my cherub safe and being responsible for her well-being for all these years, what a weird experience putting my life into her hands the other day! Bless her, she drove the 2 of us to return some clothing items to a large supermarket nearby. Her boyfriend fulfilled all the role demands of the 'back seat driver' - allowing me to sit silently and blamelessly in the front passenger seat as he gave direction and instruction from the rear;) At the end of our short journey, MissB was quite tight lipped but with vastly increased insight! For months, DD1 had sat in the front passenger seat as I drove. Her party piece was to screech 'Commit!' as I approached EVERY junction, right turn, traffic light .... She now is all too aware just how infuriating that was!!
Anyway, in the spirit of mutual driving and familial bonds, I have agreed to make her Sam the Ram for her car. Isn't he fab??? The pattern was designed by Rita O'Connell and is available from 3kittensNeedlesArt. This Sam was knitted by Knittingpark ( and more details are available on her Raverly profile. I don't know if anyone else has ordered much from the 3kittensNeedlesArt site? I've recently ordered several patterns from there and can't recommend them highly enough. Their customer service is second to none!Look at these 3 though - think there's any chance of them rounding up any sheep???? Nah ... nor do I!!

There has been some progress on the knitting front too. I've spent all day sewing up West Side Raglan and will post pictures later in the week. I'm really pleased with how it's turned out and reckon it'll get lots of use. I did giggle when I saw in my earlier entry that I'd managed to re-name the pattern as the West End Raglan .... a bit of Glaswegian twang and lingo seepage there methinks! I've finished another 2 projects too but they were completed for my PIF and won't post those pictures until the items are safe in the hands of their recipients. Fingers crossed they like them as much as I've enjoyed making them...

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Blogger Queen of the froggers said...

Sam the ram is great! look at those dogs, they are brill!

Sunday, November 04, 2007  
Blogger blog-blethers said...

lol I think they're brill too, QOF:) But sheep dogs, nah ... and guard dogs?? Hmphhhhh! I won't leave them to protect my wee yarn stash;)

Sunday, November 04, 2007  
Blogger Amanda said...

looks like you have plenty of patterns to choose from. i'm glad you liked my cardigan enough to want one of your own! i think i have to agree about the other patterns from knit 'n style, though.

i love sam the ram, too.

Sunday, November 04, 2007  
Blogger dreamcatcher said...

Sam the Ram is great! What a lovely selection of books too.

Sunday, November 04, 2007  
Blogger Craftybernie said...


Have you resolved your 'clickable' photo problem yet?

If not, I've discovered that some of your images are missing the first part of the tags or the SOURCE, something like:

(a href="")(/a)

Because blogger is inclined to turn anything with a < and > into a link, I've replaced these signs with brackets or ( and ) for now.

Look at these two examples. The first image is the extract from the 'Sublime' book. Compare the entire tag to the image relating to 'Sam the Ram'. Do you see the difference?

1) Sublime Book Image

(a href="")(img style="DISPLAY: block; MARGIN: 0px auto 10px; WIDTH: 200px; CURSOR: hand; TEXT-ALIGN: center" alt="" src="" border="0" /)(/a)

2 - Sam the Ram image

(img style="DISPLAY: block; MARGIN: 0px auto 10px; WIDTH: 200px; CURSOR: hand; TEXT-ALIGN: center" alt="" src="" border="0" /)

The 'Sam the Ram' image is clearly missing the first part of the tag line i.e. the source (a href="

There are several reasons why this could be happening. But the most likely reason is clicking and dragging the images around in the WYSIWYG editor or the 'Compose' mode.

To avoid losing any information or tags linked to each image, you should move them via the HTML editor on each post.

Hope this helps. Any problems or questions let me know.

Toodles!! :)

Craftybernie, saving the crafting blogosphere one blog at a time!! Lol.

Monday, November 05, 2007  
Blogger Riggwelter said...

oooh what a wonderful book haul! I love Sam the Ram, he's great.

Well done on your daughter getting you safely home.

Monday, November 05, 2007  
Blogger gilraen said...

I love Sam the Ram! I'm off to have a nosey at that site.

Lots of lovely books there! You should be kept very busy knitting from them.

Doesn't everyone want to knit a chevron scarf? :lol:

Monday, November 05, 2007  
Blogger Sarah said...

Lovely haul of paper inspiration there - I've had my eye on the Stephanie Japel book for a long time - shall I put her to the top of the Christmas list?

The dogs look blissed out there, very lovely, who knows though they may find unknown herding instincts when Sam the Ram arrives :)

Looking forward to seeing the West End!

Monday, November 05, 2007  
Blogger Piglottie said...

I keep thinking about getting Last Minute Knitted Gifts, but have heard mixed reviews about it. And did you know that Get Knitted have Banyan in the sale?

Sam the Ram is wonderful!

Monday, November 05, 2007  
Blogger blog-blethers said...

lol Craftybernie, you had me in stitches ... I, THE BIGGEST COMPUTER DUNDERHEID YOU WILL EVER MEET, popped here whilst eating breakfast and wiping sleep from my eyes;) Thank you sooo much for your suggestions ... and I think I've now caught the gist re. the links. However, on testing tonight, I can get Sam to click bigger (managed to do it with 3 out of 5 pics which is a recent record! Can't get the 1st pic or the dogs to enlarge though). Am I best to post the pics, avoiding using the compose option???

I really like the Stephanie Japel book, Sarah, and there's a good range of patterns - quite a few of which I'd happily knit/wear. The patterns all seem fairly straightforward and am an even happier bunny as there's no charts involved;) It's hard to know what to say about Last Minute Knitted Gifts, PL... TBH I really can't see me knit anything else from it at all. There's a pattern for a tiny sock and jumper that you may be able to use for your card making. I'd have been happy to just borrow this one from the library and return it once I've knitted that blessed scarf;) However, I know some folk love making small soft toys etc ... they're just not really for me. I do hope that helps a little, PL? I did try to get some Banyan from GK ... but they'd sold out of the colours I wanted:( Och well, at least it saved some money!

Tuesday, November 06, 2007  
Blogger Craftybernie said...

Tee hee hee! I'm all about the laughter girl. Kowabunga!

The COMPOSE mode is great when you're typing text especially for formatting. But once you start adding pictures or images, that's where most folk get into trouble.

I tend to type up my posts in compose mode and then switch over to the HTML editor to upload photos.

When you upload photos they are automatically dumped at the top of each post so inevitably they need moving around.

Working in the HTML editor, you can be sure to pick up every piece of the photo's tags. To make 'clickable' photos (techie term) you need to make sure you move every piece of the HTML tags:- from the opening tag (a href="http://www...) to the closing tag (/a).

And there you have it. Have I monkey'd around with your brain enough for one week??? ;P

Wednesday, November 07, 2007  
Blogger knittin'_kitten said...

It is so fun to see all your fab new book and mag choices! I've been in a book purchasing mood too. Congrats to MissB on passing the driving test. The sheep will be a great mascot for the car. I laughed out loud when the pic of the dogs loaded. Too funny!!!

Thursday, November 08, 2007  
Blogger Jo028 said...

Sam is great. I'm dreading the day my son ( now 16) gets behind the wheel! Fab selection of books you've got there. I love the tank in Fitted knits too, but the knitting-in-the round-top-down has scared me off most of the projects!

Thursday, November 08, 2007  
Blogger Cinders said...

Sam thr Ram looks fab. have you seen the Shaun the Sheep paterns in this months SK?

Thursday, November 08, 2007  
Blogger blog-blethers said...

I'm going to follow your suggestion with my next entry, CB ... and really appreciate your help. I should have tried to get pics of my befuddled expression 1st thing in the morning though:0) And the difficulty was most certainly my challenged cognitive state, and not your clear instructions!

It's strange how the book compulsion just sneaks on us, isn't it KK? I've not really bought any for ages but seem to be have truly bitten by the book bug over the last few weeks... What have you added to your collection?

I know what you mean about our teenagers growing independence and mobility, Jo! Mind you, the cost of the insurance is almost as frightening as the thought of them driving! DD1 has agreed to sit Pass Plus and have a tracker fitted, which reduces drastically any driving between 11pm-5am. They still can in case of emergency but have to pay a daily charge of £45 if they do...

Off to find Shaun the Sheep, Cinders....

Thursday, November 08, 2007  
Blogger Ling said...

Sam the ram is great! I want one too.
BTW - I have also learned a whole lot posting etc, cos I'm a computer dundahead too.

Friday, November 09, 2007  
Blogger blog-blethers said...

lol thank goodness it's not just me, Ling;)

Friday, November 09, 2007  
Blogger Fiona said...

Sam the Ram is fab. Blimey! You have a feast of knittery reading there. My Mam is doing a couple of pieces from the Rialto book and I think they're beautiful. But, the book is so poorly shot - dull photos, poor lighting and MISERABLE looking models that I was at first put off it.

Saturday, November 10, 2007  

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