Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Knitting Sitings

The past few days I've been seeing knitting and knitters everywhere in the media. The last two were on The Simpsons - Principal Skinner knits! - and on a Golden Girls rerun. Rose returns from a trip to the mall, where she's just bought a gun. But first, from her bag, she pulls out two skeins of wool!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Quickest Knit Ever

Whipped this one up in about half an hour.

Doesn't cover the ears, so it's not fit for winter here, but cute nonetheless.

Both the brown and the white wool came from Icelaine, which I previously bought from last winter.


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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Knitters in Public

Knitters show up in a lot of television shows and movies; or rather, knitting does, since often what you see on the screen is someone who's only pretending to be a knitter. The actress was obviously coached that very morning on how to knit, apparently by someone who barely knows how to knit themselves. That's why it was a very pleasant surprise to catch an old episode of Roseanne today, featuring a real knitter.

Now let me see if I can embed this video...
There - the knitting starts at 3.55 and goes on until 6.45:

Not only is she knitting, she's knitting socks. Not only is she knitting socks, she's walking while knitting! (I do this in the summertime and only wish I could do it in the winter.) Another interesting tidbit is that she knits my way, which I think is called the Continental way, throwing her wool underhand instead of in the English overhand manner.

Oh yea, the episode is a good one, too.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Knitting and Cats

Cats, yes...

Not only do they wreak havoc (scroll down for my story), but also, they get into one's knitting - see Sam below!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Of Socks and Rants and the Kindness of Strangers

For my birthday, Helen, who knew that I've got second sock syndrome, gave me a pattern book and some wool. Yay!

Here's the photo from the Patons pattern book:

This marks one of the few times I've actually used the wool specified in a pattern, but I'm especially excited by the fact that I get to make both socks at once.

Last weekend, however, when I was planning to finish the socks, I ran into two lines of the pattern that seemed to make no sense. No problem, I thought, I'm having brunch with a friend and there's a local yarn store in that neighbourhood that I've bought wool from before (the blue wool from Mexico) - I'll just ask them. Well.

I walked in and there was the store owner, seated in an armchair by the counter with the cash register, pontificating to another client about how much stock he had and how much money the store pulled in, and how other yarn stores were copying them... He didn't say hello to me. I waited by the cash and a woman came around from the back. I pulled out my project and the pattern book and asked her for help. Her reply? "I can't help you if you didn't buy the wool at our store." I told her the wool had been a gift. And she did have the same Patons book, on the rack directly behind me. But no, she repeated, "sorry, there's nothing I can do."

Why did they open a wool store in the first place, I wonder?

Later that week, I emailed Patons, as well as Lisa, the owner of Yarn and Thread by Lisa, whose name came up in a Google search for the Patons book. She wrote back within the hour! And wrote me back again when I replied to say that I was still feeling dense and hadn't understood the first time. Isn't that sweet? I've almost completed the socks, and I'll try to post the photo soon, dedicating them to her!

Thanks Lisa!

Meanwhile, here are two music videos featuring knitters: Runrig's Tillidh Mi, from Scotland, and the Dolapdere Big Gang from Turkey, covering The Animals' Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Remember This?

Remember this project?

Helen and I started knitting the diamond lace pattern back in April, and in October I reported that we had completed the set (mistakenly remembering the start date as May - that's how long it took!).

Last night we delivered the finished product to Chloe and Gaspard and took these lovely photos:

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

No Sewing!

Stephanie, a knitter after my own heart - who enjoys sewing up knitted pieces as little as I do - has posted a no-sew vest pattern! Here's her post, complete with photo, and here's the pattern (scroll down to Raveneli). Big needles too!

I can't wait to get

Thanks to kcdyer for the dropcap link!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Narnia, Wool and LOLCats

A combination of three things I love, in honour of the (approximate) twenty year anniversary of my reading of The Chronicles of Narnia:

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

New Items!

Here is a random assortment of items that I completed over the past couple of months. The cable hat, the hooded blanket (as modelled by my goddaughter in the post below!), the booties and the hat with the tassle are all variations on patterns I've used before. I especially love that cable knit.

The sweater (a free Bernat pattern) is my new go-to sweater for baby gifting; it's knit all of a piece, so there's (can't decide which is the best feature) less sewing and no armhole decreasing!

The orange afghan is a new pattern (free from the skein of Phentex wool) that, once you memorise it, is a treat to knit - four rows that repeat. Delightful!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Hooded Blanket, With Model

Here's the hooded blanket featured in August, as modelled by my goddaughter!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Socks, Again

Stephanie's got some gorgeous photos of socks she recently knitted!
As for my socks...
I agree with her that sock projects are just the right size for carting around and knitting at odd times but there's another major reason some of us - cough cough - don't like knitting socks: you have to make another one exactly the same directly after you've finished! I knit my first sock last month and now I'm suffering from second sock syndrome; can't seem to get started on the pair! It might also have something to do with the size of needles - I used tiny 2.5mm ones; perhaps I'd enjoy the process more if they were bigger and the wool thicker... Or if I could knit both at once! My next pattern will definitely be a two-socks-at-once pattern.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Finish Line Has Been Crossed!

Way, way back in May, I reported on the Diamond Lace pattern that Helen and I were knitting for a pregnant friend.

We are happy to announce that our work is complete! Two sweaters, two hats, two bootee sets, all with buttons and ribbons, washed and wrapped, are ready to be delivered to the new mother and her (already!) three-month-old twins!

Here are the finished articles:

Helen's set in blue:

My set in yellow:

Diamond closeups:

A big round of applause, please!

What mega project shall we tackle next?

Here's Another Ruffle Hat!

Another pregnant friend means another one of my favourite baby hats to knit: the Bernat Ruffle Hat!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Knitting in the Eighteenth Century

I've finally, finally, finished the diamond lace pattern set! Well, except for the buttons and ribbon... It's pressing as we speak. My set was yellow, and Helen's (knitting for the other twin) is blue - watch for photos of both, soon!

Meanwhile, a little history, courtesy of the Lincoln's Birthplace Museum, Kentucky and Fort Nashborough, Tennesse:

Friday, September 25, 2009

I Started the Socks!

Just thought I'd mention that I've started my first pair of socks, and it's not as difficult as I thought it would be...

Photos coming soon!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

More Knits to Come!

I brought my knitting bag with me on vacation, but never got a chance to pick up my needles...

Look for more baby sweaters next month.

Also, I'm finally going to tackle both crochet and double pointed needle sock knitting!

Monday, August 3, 2009

A Complete Baby Set!

I finally brought this set together. Of the three pregnancies I was knitting for, this is the last one; the other two have delivered, happy and healthy babies!

Some of these items are variations on patterns I've used before, and posted here: the hats and the hooded blanket. The other two blankets were knitted off the cuff, without following any pattern in terms of the colours. However, the striped one is knit in a pattern that I originally found in a book of afghan patterns. I took these photos just before I wrapped up the items:

Red Ruffled Hat:

Multi-coloured Ruffled Hat:

Hooded Blanket:

Blanket knit on circular needles:

Striped blanket: