Knit, knit, knit…

Crafts, Finished Objects, Knitting, Yoga

“Knit on with confidence and hope, through all crises” – Elizabeth Zimmermann

This is what’s on my needles today:

imageA pair of mittens. I have mentioned them here before…

The felted flower at the top is made from the pilling and fuzz balls that appear on hand-knitted garments after they have been worn a while… I thought I could make a good use of them, by turning them into flowers! (I’m planning on making Christmas Decorations with them too).

Boy is very pleased with his new woolly socks… (which are also mentioned HERE):

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Although they have been sitting in his drawer for a while, He has started wearing them today… They are great inside wellies!

I have been toying with the idea of writing the pattern down to put it on Ravelry, but I’m not sure if it would be of any interest to anyone…

Sock stories, birds and bike superheroes…

Crafts, creativity, Knitting, My Sketch Book

I have been knitting a lot of socks lately. Really? I hear you say, we had not noticed…

I’m usually a one-project-at-a-time kind of knitter, and I always make a point of finishing something before starting something new. Not anymore. I have been happily suffering from experiencing some sort of compulsive creativity disorder for quite a while now. The realisation that I could turn absolutely everything around me into knitting fully set into me. And I have found myself experiencing with this idea a lot last week:

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The one above is the first draft, in my attempt to create bird-inspired socks and mittens…

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Then I tried to simplify the bird, in order to translate it into a pattern chart. I’m not there yet. I’m still learning to draw in squares. Everything I draw in charts looks like a character out of an old packman video game!

Yarn in knots but socks now blocked

Crafts, creativity, Finished Objects, Knitting

At last, I finished this pair of socks this weekend. If Number 1 was knitted swiftly, You may remember that Number 2 started with a rather difficult start. From then on, it only got worst, and its completion took longer than expected…

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Because of unforseen circumstances, caused by this big pup: image

What’s On The Needle Wednesday #2

Crafts, creativity, Knitting

What’s On The Needle Wednesday #2

As I mentioned a couple of days ago, I finished the pair of socks I was knitting last week and I started a new pair straight away…

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I have got no shortage of big projects I’d like to cast on, there are all these beautiful cardigans, knitted dresses, Tees and pullovers in the queue, along with jumpers for Paul and Thom… But I’m on a mission to knit us socks at the moment. I’m really enjoying working on smaller, easier to carry around projects. I think I will always have a pair on the go even when I go back to knitting bigger garments.

Thom wants me to knit him an octopus and a knitten…you know, a knitted kitten.

So… To be continued!

Socks, shooting stars and sitting still

Crafts, creativity, Finished Objects, Knitting

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I am very pleased to say that I have finished this pair of socks last night. They are for Paul’s birthday, that’s the first pair of socks I have ever knitted.

Actually my very first sock was for Thom, but I’m still to knit the second one. So technically it’s not really finished yet… (Unless I make him hop on one foot?).

I have set myself the challenge to knit enough pairs of socks to keep the three of us fully stocked up for this winter. I’m very pleased because knitting socks is something I have been wanting to do since I started knitting again, in 2009. Back then I bought a book on how to do it, some double pointed needles, and even some yarn especially for that purpose but somehow, it felt too difficult. I felt that I wasn’t going to be able to understand the patterns fully. English is not my mother tongue and I used to find knitting patterns in English a bit daunting… To me it seemed like I’d have to learn another language within the English language. A few projects later and somehow I felt confident enough to do it.

I had been working on that pullover for months. This project had been following me everywhere since I casted it on in February. It went to Cornwall twice. It has seen hours of Thom’s gymnastic lessons. And hours of various Home Ed activities and meet ups, out and about, on several beaches, in a few pubs and restaurants… I wouldn’t go anywhere without it.

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But at some point, that voice in my head started nagging me:

“These sleeves you made, they are waaaaaay too small, they’d fit a 3 year old, not ahem… YOU!”

I’d argue back: “But I have followed the instructions on the pattern for once! This time I have not tweaked the instructions at all, it can’t be!”

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It turned out the voice was right. They are too tight. I’m not exactly clear on wether there is a mistake in the version of the pattern I bought or if my gauge is just too tight with the small circular needles I have used to knit these sleeves. Either way. They are attached to the sweater, and I now need to unravel quite a fair bit to remove them.

At the time I was a bit disappointed. So I did what every sensible knitter would do in such difficult times: I took a break from this project and started knitting socks.

This project is nicely folded in a bag, sitting still, on a shelf. Whenever I will feel ready, I’ll unravel a big part of it and get on with it, without complaining. One day, I’ll triumphantly publish pictures of this pullover on this blog, to tell the world that I have conquered it. Not today though.

Today I’m enjoying my personal achievement: I have finished my first pair of socks last night. I finished them in the middle of the night and blocked them straight away before going to bed. As soon as I half opened my eyes this morning… I casted on a new sock, with some vintage yarn my mum gave me when she last came to visit in May.

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Torrential rain outside. Good knitting weather.

:)

What’s On The Needle Wednesday #1

Crafts, creativity, Knitting

What’s On The Needle Wednesday #1 :

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I have been knitting socks for the last couple of weeks. Today Sock number 2 is on my needles. On the picture above, you can see her posing with her bigger sister, Sock number 1, which I knitted last week…

And that’s how Sock 1 looked like a week ago:

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And the week before that, I had just finished knitting my very first sock: Here is Sock 1 for Thom:

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This sock is still waiting for her sister to be made… Maybe next week?