Published October 23, 2008
FOs , knitting
How do you go from zero to blogging in the space of ten days? Three posts, three FOs. That, my friends, is what they call a hat-trick. And to ‘cap’ (ho ho) this happy trinity I give you, of all things, a hat.
And what a hat! This is clearly the champion of all hat patterns. Just look at the cute!
Pattern: Selbu Modern by Kate of Zeitgeist Yarns
Yarn: Rowan Scottish Tweed 4-ply in Oatmeal (a little over one skein) and Sunset (about 2/3 of a skein)
Needles: 2 mm for the ribbing, 3mm for the rest.
Notes: It’s genius! Genius I tell you! Did you not see those decreases? And the overall adorableness? Seriously. Like Melissa said, you really should be knitting it already.
Other than upping my needle size I didn’t change a thing (why would I?), and I only did that because I have a giant head. So even with the larger needles, it’s still on the snug side for a beret, but that just makes it extra warm and cosy.
Could I love this hat any more than I do? No. No I could not. Turns out colourwork is hella fun too, so if you have any suggestions for other small but excellent colourwork projects, I’m all ears.
On an unrelated note, in case you ever wished your vegetables were a little more friendly (and really, which of us doesn’t wish that?) check this out. I find it terrifying, yet fabulous.
Published October 17, 2008
FOs , knitting
But let’s just gloss over the whole ‘I-swear-I’ll-be-back-tomorrow-to-post-more’ promise, and reconcile ourselves with the fact that compared with the lengthy radio silence preceding the last post, an extra two or three days late for this one isn’t really so terrible. Plus, I have socks to show! Finished ones! Conveniently, I went a little nuts taking pictures of them so I’ll just post a pile of the photos here and that will get me off the hook of having to say anything interesting, right? ‘Kay awesome. It’s a deal.
Pattern: Cozy Cable Socks by the Sailing Knitter
Yarn: Dream in Color Smooshy in “In Vino Veritas”
Needles: 2.5mm plus 2mm for the heels and toes
Notes: No changes except for continuing the cable pattern down the heel flap, a la the Philistine’s lovely pair. Otherwise, great pattern, good times. They fit amazingly well, and I couldn’t be happier with how they turned out. Oh and Smooshy? Totally my new favourite sock yarn.
Looking over these pictures has taught me two things:
1. I like these socks.
And 2. My legs are horrifyingly pale, thanks to the rain-filled sunless excuse for a summer we had this year, and that they really have no place being exposed to you lovely people. If I weren’t morally opposed to fake tan*, these photos would really make me invest in some.
*Ahem. What I like to pass off as moral opposition may just be my pathetic inability to actually apply the stuff and still look human, but given the choice between admitting this and taking the moral high-ground, well, no contest, right?
Published October 13, 2008
FOs , knitting
Tags: knitting socks noro
I am officially hanging my head right now. Like all good (or naive, whatever) bloggers I started out with the firm belief that I would never be one of those bloggers who loses interest after a while and the gaps between posts start to get longer and longer until suddenly it’s been a month since the last one. Not I, surely! Well friends, it’s been a month since my last post. Uh huh. It’s happened. Like it was pretty much always going to, let’s be honest. I don’t know many bloggers who manage to keep up the enthusiastic every-other-day-or-so posts that they start out with. But the real problem? I don’t even really care. I’m making myself post now because if I don’t, I may never, but to be honest I have fairly little desire to. It’s not that I don’t want to blog, it’s just that I keep wanting to write about things that are nothing to do with what this blog is about, and they don’t seem to fit here. And what I don’t seem to want to write about at all, is knitting. Leaves the whole ‘knitblog’ notion in kind of a bad place, don’t you think? Well we’ll see what happens, but I’ve been thinking it may be time for a new direction.
Meanwhile though, while I haven’t been talking about knitting much, I’ve been doing plenty. I finished two pairs of socks, but I have to take proper pictures of the second one still, so I’ll post those tomorrow. The stripey noro ones I mentioned last time have been finished for ages, and well paraded around Ravelry. So if you’ve seen them already, feel free to carry on about your day. If not…. here goes:
Details on their ravelry page here.
On the WIP side of things we have what I think may be the new love of my (knitting) life, this amazing colourwork hat pattern from Zeitgeist Yarns:
Isn’t it cute? I can’t wait till it’s finished so I can wear it.
That’s all for now folks, but I swear I’ll be back tomorrow with more to show for myself. Can’t you just hear the determination in my voice?
Hi! I’m back. Kind of. Back, but my head is still a bit out of it. Seems writing my thesis pretty much destroyed my ability to think any other thoughts, so I’m still waiting for that to come back. Also? Writing 20,000 words is a lot of words. And when you finish it leaves you not wanting to write anything else. Which includes blogging. But – it’s FINISHED!!! The hardest thing I’ve ever had to do is done. So done. So happy. I handed it all in last Monday and since then there’s been lots of sleeping, lounging, drinking, eating, making merry, and general good, stress-free times. I had completely forgotten what those were. Eh… now to anxiously await my results… Oh, and get a new life plan. Any ideas? I’m open to anything. I just love entering the workforce when all anyone’s talking about is recession recession recession. Cheery times.
But enough of my whining, there’s knitting to share!
After spending the whole month of august as an insomniac monster, I’m so looking forward to september being my month of indulgence. For the last three or so weeks of trying to finish the thesis-monster I would wake up multiple times a night with words racing through my head, trying to think of the perfect way to phrase whatever point I was making that day. If I had gotten to sleep at all, that is. Night after I handed it in? Slept like a baby, and every night since. It’s so good to be getting back to normal.
Pattern: Child’s First Sock in Shell Pattern from Knitting Vintage Socks
Yarn: Colinette Jitterbug in Elephant’s Daydream – 1 skein
Needles: 2.5mm, plus 2.00mm for the heels and toes
Raveled here. Full details are on the rav page.
I have been writing like crazy all week, trying to get a chunk of my thesis out of the way. It went pretty well, but has left me incapable of writing anything else so I give you pictures instead. And not even particularly good ones. Sorry. Meh.
In between bursts of typing like a mad thing, I finished sewing the top that I was working on. You’d think I would also have ironed it properly before photographing it, but I seem to have overlooked that.
Close-up of the pin-tucks that almost ruined my life.
It’s simple and plain, just white cotton with a few little details like the gathers and pin tucks thrown in for interest, and that’s it. But I love the fit, and I’ve already worn it a couple of times since I finished it.
Also? No idea why I look so sullen in these photos. Note to self: stop that.
“Why that’s just something I whipped up over the weekend… Oh thank you, yes, I do have phenomenal dress-making talents… Well if you think this is impressive, you should taste my florentines!”*
It appears that all this sewing has gone to my head. I have become some sort of sewing-megalomaniac, unaware of any limit to my own talents. I have, if you will, created a monster. Of myself. Heh.
… back gathers. Isn’t the difference startling?
But if you wish to shout at me and tell me to stop being so vain, well, I CAN’T HEAR YOU because I’m too busy twirling in my new green dress. Tra la la la la.
I made the pattern for this myself, because I prefer to do that than to use bought patterns. It’s just more fun, and I love the designing part. ‘Twas my dream as a young ‘un. I can’t believe I’ve left it so long since I last sewed something – it’s SO MUCH FUN! I predict many more dresses in my future. Maybe I shall even brave sleeves!
*It seems all the obnoxious gloating took over my brain and turned me into, among other things, a liar. I have never made florentines. And I imagine that if I did, they would be less than impressive.