I’m so classy, jeez.
I’ve been knitting these socks from some really lovely yarn. It’s the stuff I got in the swap and I adore it; it’s soft, squishy and dyed in a beautiful way. I love the subtle changes in the yarn – the colour, that is, because the yarn is nicely balanced itself.
It was difficult choosing a pattern for the sock because I didn’t think a complicated pattern would look right on this kind of yarn. I browsed for a long time through patterns on Ravelry trying to decide what to do until I realised that the best thing for this yarn would be to knit a plain stockinette sock after all. There are some yarns that just have to be showcased for exactly what they are, and Jennifer’s stuff is one of them.
These socks have been with me through a lot in the last few weeks. I knitted pretty much the entire first sock while I was at an OCD conference. The second has been with me at work and at home and at my friend’s house while we learnt songs to sing to my visiting mother. I do love how a finished knitted object carries all these things with it long after they’re finished. It’s one of the reasons I love knitting for the people I care for; it feels like I’m giving a little piece of myself instead of just string in fancy patterns.
As an aside, I highly recommend the KnitPro DPNs. They’re smooth and warm and beautiful. I usually knit on bamboo DPNs, but I treated myself to some to match my KnitPro circular set.
Never have I made a pair of socks that have ended up actually belonging to me, but I’m determined not to give these away.
- Grafting Using the Kitchener Stitch Tutorial (polkadotsheep.wordpress.com)
- Seamless two color socks (mercigranny.wordpress.com)
- Wanton Fibers (simplysockyarn.typepad.com)
- Odd socks (noidlehan.com)
- The softest, squishiest yarn in the world? (daffodilsandslate.wordpress.com)
So Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary was all kinds of epic. I watched it at the cinema in 3D and loved it. However in the interest of avoiding spoilers for those unfortunates who haven’t watched it yet, I’m not going to speak about it here. YET. (Possibly ever, because I am easily distracted and will probably launch back into my Captain Marvel obsession any moment now.)
Instead I’m going to talk about the wonder that is The Doctor’s Scarf. Yes, that one. The ridiculously long iconic stripy thing that looks to be about the most boring thing to knit in the world, yet is on most Whovians’ Ravelry queue.
I think I can see the end of it!
Whilst wandering around the Interwebs wondering how everyone else felt about the brainmelting genius that was the recent episode, I found an article on the Guardian that had the most charming quote from our good old Tom Baker.
He gave it to a woman who was so excited at being asked to work for Doctor Who that she started knitting it and just didn’t stop. When we went to her room, it was so full of scarf, we couldn’t get in. She offered to cut it up, but Jim wanted to keep it. Other designers took over and, with each subsequent series, it got longer and longer and more operatic.
Bless. I can imagine the excitement of being asked to knit something like that. Honestly? It would be so boring to knit something that long and monotonous if it were for one of the greatest characters ever created!
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Knitting a teddy bear has ruined me.
I’m sure he’s going to be adorable when he’s finished but right now? I’m totally disturbed.
He will eat your soul.
I only have the legs to do and then I have to stuff him and put some life in him because right now he looks like a skinned smurf and I am not digging it in the slightest. Let’s just hope my nephew likes it when it’s finished!
- Personalised Gifts (personalisedgifts01.wordpress.com)
- Retiring the Teddy Bear Suit (babyheybaby.wordpress.com)
- Today’s The Day The Teddy Bears Have Their Picnic (lunchmoneyfashionista.wordpress.com)
- Teddy bears (personalisedgifts01.wordpress.com)
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I knit through the summer but there’s a certain satisfaction that comes from knitting items when it’s already cold outside. There is something truly peaceful about sitting in a warm room with the rain and wind thrashing outside quietly knitting a hat for someone, knowing that it will make their winter a little more bearable.
It’s NaNoWriMo right now so, of course, knitting has suddenly become a desperate craving. It happens every November. In a bid to write as much as possible in one month (I’m aiming for 100,000 words this month instead of the usual 50,000!) everything else seems to be far more fun. Write? Nah. Knit another row of a hat I’d forgotten I cast on months ago? Sure why not!
The combination of the cold and procrastination make November one of the most productive months for me.
On the needles:
- A green hat for Lucy
- Spiderman hat (with eye holes!) for a small child’s birthday
- A blue cat teddy for my nephew
- A scarf for someone fancy and awesome
- Some red socks for myself with the yarn from the swap, and
- A scarf for the next swap I’m doing (this is technically on the hook; I’m crocheting it.)
And these are only the active ones, not the various things stashed away in my cupboards for later.
I do love feeling like I can’t get enough off the needles. It’s very satisfying to feel so productive. The best way to get me to do anything is if there’s something more urgent I should be doing; suddenly I can’t stop myself.
Are any of you charming knitters balancing a knitting life with Nanowrimo this year?
- Test Knit Tuesdays – an introduction (itsaknittingthing.wordpress.com)
- Cozy Cowls (acunningplan.typepad.com)
- Knitting stories together (dorothyanneb.com)
- A Re-Knitted Jumper (myknittingmachinesandme.wordpress.com)
Over the past few months I’ve been seeing a lot of my knitting friends participating in swaps. This is where you are paired with a person (on Ravelry, of course) and you send each other yarn-based packages on a specific theme. I thought it looked interesting but I was dubious on getting involved when I feel the pressure of these things a little too intently.
Then I discovered Nerdy Swaps on Ravelry and could not resist.
I happened to be paired with an absolutely lovely woman. She has an Etsy that proves the wonder of her creations: Knitsomniac Designs. I’ll be posting a better picture of the hand-dyed yarn she sent me once I have my camera on me, but here’s a photo of what she sent taken on my iPod (aka don’t judge me for quality):
SO MUCH WONDERMENT.
- Two skeins of lovely hand-dyed yarn, superwash merino and nylon. The colourways are called Gaslight and Victorian Euphemism which just makes me super happy.
- A hand-made project bag with a Victorian lady on the front. Very classy, I like.
- A funky steampunk-themed notebook that I’ve already started using.
- Two bars of dark chocolate. Delicious! The mint one didn’t even last long enough to take the photo.
I’ve already signed up for another swap, but honestly? The fact that I got paired with such a brilliant person is the highlight so far. She’s lovely and we’ve had a good old natter through the process. I would highly recommend anyone thinking about doing a swap.
In fact, if you decide to do one in the next day or two, Nerdy Swaps’s next theme is Jossverse. Buffy and Avengers and Firefly, oh my! (Of course that’s the one I’m signed up to, duh.)
This jumper/sweater has taken a long time. I don’t mean the knitting; that I started mid-September and fell off the needles at a rate of knots (har har); it is everything leading up to the cast-on moment that has dragged.
I bought this Cascade 220 at The Little Green House for my 26th birthday as a present from my girlfriend’s sister. She insisted I make myself something because I tend to give away everything I make so quickly I don’t get photos of most of them for my Ravelry projects page. I prefer it that way, but I realised I have never knitted myself anything more than hats (except single socks because I can’t get past SSS* when it’s for myself) and this needed to be fixed. So I picked up a couple of shades of green Cascade 220 and some dark grey and knew exactly what I was going to make.
At that time it was leading up to Christmas and the deadline to return back to England was looming, so I didn’t start the sweater in Canada. I figured I would get back after a month or two and would knit it then. I didn’t bring it back to England with me.
Nine months later I get back to Canada for a two-week visit. Yeah, things didn’t go exactly to plan. However, I cast it on as soon as I could and started knitting as quickly as possible.
If I hadn’t had to stop for a couple of other projects with deadlines I think I could have knit this jumper up in two weeks, tops. It’s a quick knit, it’s satisfying, and it’s easy to adjust to your own shape and size. The pattern is $5 in Paris – this is a link to the Ravelry page. I recommend it; it’s beautiful and simple and fun.
So here it is. A terrible picture of my first adult-size sweater. I made it with a lot of negative ease because that’s the look I was going for; hence the lots-of-shaping. I can’t stand knitting sleeves so they stop at my elbow. I made the collar with big needles so that I can wear it low on my shoulders. All I have to do is weave in the ends and then I’m going to be wearing it ALL THE TIME. I AM SO PLEASED.
Better pictures coming later – I finished it at night so there was no way to make it look good!
*Second Sock Syndrome
It doesn’t take much for the word ‘pair’ to start looking like it shouldn’t be a word.
I haven’t been around much. Honestly? All my energy is used up by the time I get around to opening up WordPress. It’s cool, I’m working on it, and in the meantime here’s a quick post to show what I’ve been knitting lately – or some of it. Mindless stockinette has been my saviour in recent months.
Must Be Love Gloves
These were originally supposed to be for me. You see, I have a problem. I have really tiny wrists. Any handknit gloves I’ve tried so far tend to bunch up uncomfortably around my wrists if I stick to the pattern; the only ones that would fit me are the fully ribbed ones (see below). However, when yarn such as this delicious self-striping stuff that wasn’t really an option.
I made these to fit my proportions perfectly. It fits snug against my wrist and is super comfortable. Of course, I was knitting them in front of my girlfriend and now they’re hers. They’re in the post right now, in fact. It must be love.
I’ll be making these beauties into a pattern for anyone else out there with wrists that have nothing to them.
Yeah, yeah. I know there’s a pattern here. What can I say? My girlfriend said her hands were cold and I couldn’t have that. These gloves took me months. It’s not that they were difficult, it’s that I cast off the top of the second one and started a different project using those needs before I realised I hadn’t knitted the thumb on one of them. Pro-tip: check this before using needles for new things. D’oh.
Anyway, they’re done now. They’re made of Cascade Heritage Silk that I bought a while ago and I loved. I’m not keen on how it looks in ribbing, actually, but they’re super soft and lightweight but very warm.
There. A proper blog post completed and my girlfriend will hopefully have slightly less chilly hands. Perfect.
- More Fundraising Bliss (dandecarnival.wordpress.com)
- I’m All About Mistakes (hawaiiknits.wordpress.com)
- Rose of Texas (letissierdesigns.com)
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