Hopefully one or all of these projects will be finished this week, while I'm on vacation!
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Hopefully one or all of these projects will be finished this week, while I'm on vacation!
Friday, July 20, 2007
My grandfather had a stroke almost two weeks ago so I'm knitting him a teddy bear out of Manos Cotton Stria. It's hard because he's in Toronto and knitting for him makes me feel less helpless. He's recovering well though.
I've also been asked to do some test knitting for a local designer. I'm pretty excited about it too. I should be getting the kit on Monday. I can't wait to see what it will be.
I'm starting to get a mild case of startitis - socks, teddy bear, garter stitch squares, and I'm trying to resist the lure of Rusted Root and the Anemoi Mittens. I'm not sure how much longer I can resist against such beautiful and promising projects.
I just finished a hank of yarn, chain-plied (aka navajo plying), spun from Fleece Artist silk and wool top in various shades of blue and turquoise. When the light is better, I'll take photos.
Sunday, July 1, 2007
I also ended up hitting Gaspereau Valley Fibres yesterday and enabling a friend. I bought her her first needles (5mm Brittanies) and she bought some beautiful wool, mohair and silk Fleece Artist to work with. I'm going to get her knitting a scarf to start.
Cotton Fleece = beautiful. I don't have a problem knitting with cotton. Maybe it's because my first projects were all done in cotton.
The Somoko. It's not even on the Fleece Artist site yet. This yarn goes from greens to bright pinks to subtle purples. Want another look?
The sea wool is bright and happy and I love it. It's too bad I had to choose because I was willing to give a good home to almost all the Fleece Artist sock yarn there.
Now, in the immortal words of Porky Pig, "That's all folks!"
Sunday, May 27, 2007
I'm now turning 26 this week and will hit my 10 year knittiversary in March 2008. I started with a simple cotton dishcloth, which people still go nuts over, and have graduated to many other things like mittens, hats, cables, lace panels, socks, double knitting, stranded knitting, and yet, there's still so much to be done, to be learned.
One of the thoughts that came to me this morning was that I'm kind of sad that I'm not as unique as I once was; part of the my reason for learning to knit was because it was something no one else my age was doing, along with learning how to make sweaters with my own hands. However, the popularity of the craft has more than made up for that loss. The number of great books on the subject, the visibility of the craft, not to mention the availability of so many wonderful and new yarns (bamboo, soy silk, microfibre) is amazing. There is a huge market for knitters. Stephanie Pearl-MacPhee has proven this over and over again with the Knitting Olympics and most recently, her Knitter's Meet-up in New York. The Internet is filled with blogs of people from all over the world who knit. You can literally never run out of reading material if you follow blog links from each current blog you're reading.
It's that amazing sense of community that really draws me in and makes me happy to be a part of something bigger than all of us. Our knitting wraps us together, binds us together as knitters. We share our favourite yarns, yarn stores, patterns on these blogs, as well as our failures and accomplishments. To me, it's amazing that something as simple as knitting has been so facilitiated by something as technologically advanced as the Internet. That instead of having these tiny little pockets of knitters all over the world, disconnected from each other, we connect, we login and instantly we have the majority of the knitting world at our fingers. The knitting magazines, designers, yarn stores all have websites where we can find out what's coming up, what's going on and what's new.
The bottom line is, I'm happy to give up the uniqueness and aloneness I felt when I first started knitting, to be a part of this bigger community and to have all this knowledge and humour at the tips of my fingers.
Saturday, May 26, 2007
I found out this week one of the women I work with is pregnant and due in four weeks (she works in another building) and I got the bug to knit a quick and simple Baby Surprise Jacket in Needful Yarns' Cotton Joy, colour 706. However, it seems none of the Elizabeth Zimmermann books with the jacket in it are available at the library. Long story short, I'm going to attempt the Faux Baby Surprise Jacket (not its real name) and want to cast on this morning. I've got the enthusiasm and the get up and go to do it. The one thing I don't have, is the needles.
I can't find my Denise needle set. Crappity, crap, crap, crap. I had it in my hands this week, but for the life of me, I can't find it.
I am truly my mother's daughter.
(This is only ever a bad thing when I misplace things......)
Saturday, May 5, 2007
And here's a photo of the sock in progress.
Most of my socks are knit using the two circular needle method, however, because I'm itching to start a second pair of socks, I'm thinking about starting a pair on my birch dpns, with either Trekking, my handspun or a marled rainbow yarn I got from Have A Yarn in Mahone Bay last fall.
Sunday, April 29, 2007
I'm working on replacement socks for Mom's 2006 Christmas socks - making them bigger so they'll actually fit. I'm using the Clementine's Baltic Socks pattern, and have added an extra 14 stitches to the stockingette side panels. I've measured and measured again, so I'm pretty sure they'll fit this time. It was my own fault I wasn't paying attention to the size. I'm lucky that I may not have to rip back the first pair - I think I have enough of the original yarn to make a second pair, but if I have to cannibalize the first pair of socks, so be it. :)
Saturday, April 14, 2007
I haven't done much of anything this week - busy and tired and feeling yucky. It's allergy season and I've been full of them. Argh.
Monday, April 9, 2007
Saturday, April 7, 2007
I've got a back up idea for Mother's Day, but I can't talk about it yet. As my mother may visit this blog. :)
I finished a skein of yarn two weeks ago that I can't wait to knit into socks. I haven't taken its WPI yet, but it looks to be an average of sport weight with a light worsted. It's an Aurelia Top Knot. There's more in those little balls than you think there is!
Below is what' I've been working on the past couple of days.
Mr. Loopy's Black Orchid Sweet Georgia sock. It's almost finished, I just need to do the toe chimney (a la Lucy Neatby) and graft the toe and sew the ends in. I've just started the heel on the second sock for the second time. I was almost finished and realized it was a lot smaller than the heel on the first so it got frogged and re-started. Once you've picked up tiny sock stitches, picking up worsted ones seems like child's play.
Hopefully I'll get one of these projects finished this weekend. I'm aching to get a new pair of socks on the needles. :)
Friday, April 6, 2007
A little about me.... I'm 25 and have been knitting since I was 16. Only recently have I gotten into more advanced knitting, such as lace, double knitting and stranded knitting. By recently, I mean in the past couple of years. Soon after I graduated university in 2003, I discovered the joys of the LYS. I live in an urban centre, so thankfully I have three within 20 minutes of me, and another three within a one to two-hour drive. The best ones are honestly in the rural areas - they have more space and lots of stuff you don't see anywhere else.
One of my favourite things about the knitting world is how everyone works together. If one store doesn't have something, they'll point you towards someone who does. Recently, the store I frequent the most often, The Loop, had a 24-hour knit-a-thon for the homeless. It was fantastic, even if I couldn't stay over night. Next time, I know to make plans to do that. :)
I took up spinning about a year ago. I started on a drop spindle and by June I had a Louet wheel. I love it. I'm loving how everytime I do it, my yarn gets a little smoother and a little bit more even. I'm teaching myself as I go. I read blogs by spinners and I have a couple of books to refer to as well.
I love colour in both my spinning or knitting, plain black bores the heck out of me. It's hard to work with because it's so dark, that a lot of patterns don't show up. My opinion is that black is best used in small doses to accent colours. To make the colours pop more. Mind you, a lot of my wardrobe is black, but when it comes to knitting, I avoid it as much as I can. It's hard when one of your best friends loves black and your father loves black socks.
My favourite things to knit include mittens, fingerless gloves, socks, socks and more socks. I tend to get bored on sweaters, but since I've been losing weight (thus making the sweaters smaller to make) I might actually start enjoying them - especially since I'm going to try out some beautiful patterns from Interweave Knits. I haven't decided which ones yet though.
No photos right now, although I have a few that I'll probably post over this long weekend. Maybe you guys can start holding me accountable for the lace scarf I'm knitting my mom for Mother's Day. There's a long way to go. I better start knitting....