Thursday, September 29, 2011
I'll be back in blogland on my return next week.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
It was a super fun knit. Around and around and around in squooshy handspun. The only thing is, despite doing a gauge swatch it came out bigger than I was planning for. When I tried it on I decided it would actually be better as a tunic than a jumper, so I just keep knitting.
And then the first time I wore it I met up with spinning friends, who could really appreciate it, the hand spun as much as the knitting. (Thanks Jen for the photo)
It was so nice to wear something that feels completely different from my usual outfits. Going out in a woollen dress with a crazy cowl and purple armwarmers just felt special. And hilarious. And today in the mail a bunch of coloured tights arrived, so there may be a whole lot of hilarious dressing in my future.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
I adored knitting from the longest edge in, and despite starting with nearly 100 yards less than the pattern called for, I was never in danger of running out of wool. The final size is a generous one and a half meters across the top, and 75 centimetres to the point, so it's a proper shawl that my mother will be able to wrap around her shoulders to keep her warm and safe.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
The last pair of socks I knit, for Leon, was an 80 stitch sock and I had a little bit of trouble with it coming off the ends of the needles when I was carrying it around in my bag. Also, my Signature needles sometime poke through my knitting bag. I have one of those Knitpicks cardboard WIP things, and I used it. It was great, but it's cardboard. I'm not a cardboard kind of person, so I decided to order a Knitizi. I ordered a 5 inch one in cherry wood, because that's the length of my Signature needles and I love my needles. But then I worried about what would do if I was knitting on the KnitPro DPNs, so I ordered a 6 inch one in African Rosewood. Nick was lovely to deal with, and they came packaged very prettily but it's the Knitzi's themselves that take my breath away. Such beautiful wood, so wonderfully crafted. I have noticed that my love for all things fibre is somehow taking me to an appreciation of wood - the different types, textures and even smells.
I'm very much looking forward to using these and as soon as I finish Idlewood it's going to be socks, socks, socks for me.
Saturday, September 17, 2011
And I did and she loved it. It might be the silliest thing I've ever made. It might be the most fun. Quite possibly it is both.
Photo is slightly blurry because we were racing down the freeway at 110 kilometers an hour.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
With the leftovers I made some buttons, I think they would look amazing on a baby surprise jacket.
I had a plan for what to knit in Soctober, starting with some Cookie A knee high socks for me. But Leon and I have booked a holiday for the first week of October. When I'm away with Leon I like to knit something relatively simple and for for him, it just seems nicer. So, I went through the stash looking for something that would work with Leon's preferred colour palette - dark grey, dark green, dark brown or very dark blue are all that are acceptable. I had some army green, but that would clash with the project bag, so I'm dying some light Patonyle. I think it's going to come out dark smoky blue. hopefully.
The other stuff floating in there is some alpaca fleece. One of my friends generously and randomly gave me a big bag of red alpaca. It looks like an orang-outang! It looks great carded with the dark fleece that another friend gave me, but I want to see how it takes dye. I'm thinking alpaca and silk, dyed with blues, or reds, or both, spun lace weight. We'll see when it comes out.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Only 10 rows to go.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
I posted a couple of days ago about how when a project is finished it is done, locked in with all its faults in place.I was specifically thinking of my green cardigan which was fine. Just fine, because the collar was too wide, which made the whole thing a bit frumpy. I wore it to work on Friday, and I wore it to work again on Monday. I thought about putting a crocheted border on it, and then Sonia suggested putting an iCord border around the edge. I've always been anti i-Cord, but I decided to go with it. And it worked. The neck and shoulders pulled in to where they should be, the button band has an amazingly more finished look and the whole things looks a million times better.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
(I know it doesn't look like much, but that's the nature of unblocked lace. It will look great when it's blocked, or so I keep assuring myself)
Last Saturday night I went out for dinner and drinks with friends, and I had no knitting that was suitable to take, so I went out without knitting. I figured it would be fine, Elise doesn't love it when I knit in public anyway. I was playing with some sticks from the cocktails we were drinking, and I may have been making a clacking noise. For a while. Elise turned to me and said "the knitting I don't mind, but please stop making that noise!" I guess the fact that I knit her nice things combined with the fact I always knit, has broken her.
To overcome the problem of having to pay attention all the time, yesterday at the pub I cast on for Idlewood. This starts with 40 centimetres of cowl, knitted in the round. Around and around and around. I don't need to look at it, I don't need to pay attention, it's just knitting till its done. Using the Corriedale I finished earlier in the week is just adding to the soothing satisfying nature of this project.
On the one hand, sublime complexity and on the other, divine simplicity. Now that's what I call perfection.
Monday, September 5, 2011
Now I've put the wheel away, because I am going to finish my rainbow yarn on the Turkish before more wheel spinning. I think the most important thing I have learnt about spinning - which also applies to knitting, but since I never stop knitting I've never thought about it in this context - is that the best way to make progress on a project is to actually work on it.
Friday, September 2, 2011
I really like it. I designed the whole thing round the buttons and I think they work well, the colour is good and the fit on the body is perfect. On the other hand the neckline is more boatneck than I planned and the buttonholes aren't quite evenly spaced. Certainly these things do not make the garment bad, but they make it less that the vision of perfection with which I begin every knitting project.
Take, for example, my Rock Island: new project bag, yarn completed and so far, perfect. I know that somewhere between now and when I come back and show the finished item this potential perfection will be compromised. That's just the way the world is, things come out wonderfully, but often very different from how we expect them to be.
BTW, the answer to last post's fibre question was micron.