Friday, May 28, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
I have a huge stash of heirloom 5ply yarn and decided to use it held together and knit him Nice Thick Manly Woolly Socks - but in secret!
I used a magic cast on for the toe - my favourite - and basically knit the socks on the fly, making the design as I went. I had pinched one of my Shweetie's socks from the dirty clothes basket and used that to match the dimensions of his foot! So a 3x1 rib on instep, was just the ticket to give a nice snug fit, and normal stockinette sole. I increased for the heel with M1 at each end of the heel every second round and knit a short row heel in keeping with the 3x1 rib. I then continued up the leg in stockinette but keeping two of the rib bands going all the way up for a little interest. And finally at the very top of the leg section I added a 3x1 rib :)
(excuse the awful blurry shot!)
I knit these ones right up to the line - when I finished the first sock I only had a day and a half (work days at that) left!! But I did manage to have them finished in time and gifted to my shweetie on his birthday - phew! They were VERY well received , being declared the best I have knit so far!!
I'm super happy with how they turned out, plus there's the extra warm fuzzy of knitting for true love - and nothing says 'True Love' like Nice Thick Manly Woolly hand knit birthday socks!
Friday, May 21, 2010
Enter a skein of yarn spun in my VERY early days as a knitter. I used fibre from Spunky Eclectic's Club - the Pie in the Sky colourway, and had plied it with a silver thread - my first out-of-the-ordinary yarn and I remember having such fun with it! It's a little uneven, but that's ok - it was all part of the spinning journey and it's nice to look back to where I first started!
I decided for my first 68-10 Drops headband (yes, I know I've already posted about the one knit in cotton, which I actually knit SECOND!) I would use this handspun held together with another yarn, to get the correct gauge. So I used some heirloom wool in a chocolatey brown, which offset the handspun nicely.
I knit this with my dreads in mind, and actually began knitting it in the dreadlocks hot seat!! it didn't take very long to knit up and I'm stoked with the result :D Now I just need the weather cool enough to wear it!!
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
This was my very first felting adventure so we took photos all the way through and had a BALL!!
(Look how huge they were to start with!)
Here they are a few minutes in..
Still very ginormous.
But then a few MORE minutes in!
The 'Before' size comparison:
And 'After' size:
I absolutely highly recommend felting for anyone, and especially for those with kids - what a super fun science experiment, with a soft cooshy warm outcome! My shweetie thinks his fuzzy feet are awesome and now he wants to felt EVERYTHING I knit!! Hehee! :D
Monday, May 17, 2010
I truly was pointing at the target - this shot shows just after I fired - you can even see the wee case coming out of the gun! hee! The video gives an idea of how it works - you're timed on how long you take to load the gun and shoot each target twice. The guys we were shooting with who have done this for ages can do this in HALF the time you see here - mental! Other stages we move through walls and hallways, obstacles and shoot through portholes etc..
It is SO much crazy fun and we're having an absolute ball!! Not so good on my RSI though, which is causing some havoc at the moment and slowing up knitting somewhat :( Nevermind, I have TWO wrists, and shall learn continental to share the wrist strain!
p.s. Don't use the photo of me as an example - I'm holding the gun in a VERY bad way but luckily I learned the lesson without a very badass scar to prove it!
Sunday, May 16, 2010
So I'm soliciting your help, gentle reader, if you will be so kind.
I have this gorgeous yarn, three skeins of Dream in Colour, Smooshy - in the delectable colourway of Happy Forest. I originally bought this yarn specifically to knit up a certain project - not something I generally do with yarn, more often I buy the yarn then figure out what it will be.
So I was obsessed with knitting Gigi, I loved the style, the shape and bought the perfect amount of yarn. But now I've lost the edge off that love! I think partly because my shweetie doesn't love that pattern, so that makes me question it too - will it suit me? Will it be flattering? I'm just not as madly infatuated by it anymore! Should I still knit it? Will the love reignite?
I've been looking at other patterns to see if something else leaps out and demands to be knit from the Smooshy. So far I don't have that many contenders. Perhaps a Featherweight cardigan?
I just don't know!
I'd like to knit an actual garment rather than a shawl. Particularly a cardigan would be good but perhaps one with short sleeves is another option as I won't have loads of yarn to knit it up from...
I welcome your comments and suggestions! I feel adrift and tetherless without a project to knit on!
Saturday, May 15, 2010
I cast on with the intense rainbow, planning on a pointy topped beanie with ear flaps and wonderously fluffy tassles from each ear flap - sounds fabulous, doesn't it?
But then I realised there is NOT enough yarn to finish this one from the single skein! Not to be deterred I thought through my stash and have a perfectly fluffy and thick singles of black wool I bought in Canberra (Holiday yarn!!) that will contrast nicely. So I'll wait ‘til am back home on break and will use the lovely black bulky yarn to stripe in with the rainbow. I think a nice row by row striping of black and rainbow will give a good effect and give enough yarn to actually get the whole beanie knit up! :D
Friday, May 14, 2010
Using 4.5mm needles, I used some Jo Sharp Desert Garden Aran Cotton yarn I purchased years ago from the lovely ladies at Knitting Inspirations. The headband took just over one ball and I found the yarn lovely to work with and entertained thoughts of maybe even a summer top from it someday?
It was a very quick knit - I followed the guidelines of the pattern but made the length a little custom by adjusting the number of rows knit before increasing. I'm finding the headband SO super comfy, and it doubles as an excellent eye-mask to keep the light out when I'm trying to sleep in on our one day off!
p.s. I have a bit of a back log of projects to post about - such as this one. I'll catch up soon hopefully!!
Thursday, May 13, 2010
When I spun the rainbow I broke up the fibre in to colour sections and spun them in long colour blocks. So each skein runs through the rainbow gradually with no repeats. I'm very interested to see how they knit up and what they become!
Saturday, May 08, 2010
These two were taken just before we flew back up to work - and I am even more and more in love with my dreads as each day and week goes by!
Although... I desperately need to do some crochet hook maintenance as you can see in the picture below! All those flyaways! Fuzzy wuzzy wassa knitter!
Wednesday, May 05, 2010
I had nothing much on the needles and was ready to cast on for something new, but being such a momentous occasion the pressure seemed too much!!
You see, generally I finish something up just in time to quickly cast on for the next project - a project which is probably due in two weeks just in time for the recipient's birthday/childbirth/wedding etc.. So it was so very refreshing to have no such gift knitting waiting in the wings and full freedom to cast on something wild and wonderous of my choice!!
And yet... I wasn't able to decide on what to knit!!
I hemmed and hawed and spent some very pitiful and fruitless times with NOTHING to knit during drives around town and such - so decided I would leap in with a project for the meantime!
Enter... Fuzzy Feet!
These lovely felted slippery puppies have been on the cards for AGES way back when I purchased a whole bunch of Vintage Hues to make up some Fuzzy Feet for my shweetie and I.
They're coming along very nicely indeed and I am very excited about the felting stage since I've never felted before!