End of 1L and before I start my first law job is a perfect time to fill you in on what’s been in production any time I could come up for air throughout the year. A lot of this stuff was begun during Xmas break and were quick and satisfying finishes once exams were done.
These knits were both for the bf. He gets a lot of my creations for many reasons. 1) I often feel bad knitting for myself/spending the money on yarn just for me. I like giving knitstuff as gifts and it seems to propel me quicker in the process. Also, sometimes I feel like it is easier for me to pick a pattern for someone other than me. There is so much I like and I am constantly changing my mind. 2) He rows, and when you are getting up in the morning to be on a lake at 7am, you need stuff keeping you cozy. 3) He really appreciates it. Lately many people have been commenting on how difficult it is to knit for others because you don’t want to spend so much time on something they may very well not enjoy. I have never had such a fear, and this is likely because I usually knit for him, and he always loves the pattern, the usefulness and the thought.
Oh hey there,
What’s this? Another post? Are you kidding! I thought you had homework!
Like I said, I knit til my fingers bled (metaphorically) this xmas break and I realized that there was just too much behind each gift to overload one giant post.
A scarf for Mr. wollstoneCRAFT’s mom! NOTE: I LOVED THIS SCARF. I MAY MAKE A MATCHING ONE. Would that be weird maybe?
Kudos to Martha again… this one of the only patterns she has on her website, the Knitted Neck Scarf (creativity points for the title there, Marth). There are dozens of iterations of this same style floating around the internet, so word to wise: don’t pay for one. I liked this version since it used DK yarn (thinner than usual) and produced a very delicate scarf instead of something that would have been stiffer and bulkier. This is of course up to you, but the donee of this scarf (yeah I just dropped the legal terminology for the recipient of a gift) likes wearing light scarves indoors, so this perfectly fit her MO (stop it with the legal allusions already).
Rainy summer days are the best to stay indoors and craft on. The weather might bring you down, but a toasty apartment with the last season of The Wire, the latest Scott Pilgrim, and fabric and yarn for miles is my kind of day in. Why not throw in a post with that?
I finished my (second) Star-Crossed Slouchy Beret by Natalie Larson while up at the cottage last weekend. Beach knitting in the sun is another one of my habits (nerd proof) and despite the slight sandiness, and the propensity of my pattern to fly into the lake, this beret came out magnificently. I mentioned that this was my second go at this pattern. My last hat was tragically lost around winter exam period, when almost anything could go missing and I wouldn’t really notice, considering my cloistered lifestyle in the library. There is probably nothing worse than losing something that you’ve knit. I’ve lost bracelets and other jewelry before, but a knitstuff is just too labour intensive to get over. Continue reading
Another post from Halifax town.
I’ve had friends that have spent time in smaller cities (i.e. Victoria) tell me that “small is good, man.” and it has taken a while for me to really appreciate this. I’ve sort of had enough of Toronto (see: leaving for Vancouver for school in September) but I never thought I could really stand a much smaller city. 4 days in Hali and I am realizing that I would like it more than I even realize. People are much more laid back, casual, FRIENDLY and uninterested with what others think. The music and DIY scene(s) is/are small, but at least you will come to know people more organically. I realize now how Halifax and Victoria and Hamilton have been able to produce concentrated pockets of unreal talent. There seems to be a lot less competition, and a lot more collaboration. Not that the Toronto scene is dying, but I think it is becoming oversaturated and underwhelming. There is something exciting about heading to a new city and seeing how they do things. Most of the time, they do them damn well. This is something that my grade 12 Toronto snob self would have never said!
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They’re finished. And they’re even!
Just a teensy post this morning before a day of romance and softball…
I posit that the only thing keeping most people from knitting is that they down’t know the language. Ssk, p2tog and dpn, to anyone else but a knitter, probably just sound dirty. Honestly, taking two minutes to youtube a new stitch you come across can mean the difference between garter stitch scarves and a new pair of lace socks.
But I digress. Cos what really scares people (and even me!) is PATTERN CHARTS. See the combination of dots and dashes above that looks more like morse code? It can tell me how to knit too! While small charts can make our lives easier sometimes, big ones, like the one pictured above for a laptop case, can be dizzying.
I’ve seen pattern markers in knitting shops before, at steep prices and questionable colour choices, so I figured I’d make one for myself. This one keeps track of where the HELL I am on a chart, and is sturdy enough to mark my place until the next time I pick up that project.
Materials are simple:
-A length of fabric-based ribbon just more than double the size of the paper your pattern is on (I’d go for a matte ribbon, as adhesive may not stick to more satin-y types)
-strips of adhesive magnets
-Optional: glue gun/silicone sealer/Goop if the magnets need a bit more stick.
Simply cut your ribbon to a length that will fold once around your pattern, measure out two strips of magnet just shorter than half of the ribbon you just cut, then stick em on the inside of your ribbon with enough room between then to allow for a “fold”. When closed around your pattern the magnets will stick to each other through the paper, embracing your pattern in a hug in can NEVER ESCAPE FROM. You will never lose your place again! If you want a more liberal hug that might slide more easily up and down a page, look for thinner strips or sheets of magnet.
Another post, another pair of knit socks.
It took TWO MONTHS for my order of Sundara‘s sock yarn (in Prickly Pear and Tuscan Rose over Lemon) to arrive. The yarn was pricey (I could really only afford the thinnest they had), but the colours were irresistible. The merino is lovely to work with and heaven on your feet, plus the gradient in the semi-solid colourway is amazing. Having to start the perfect project immediately, I took a whole night to decide what to make with the delicious green. Socks only seemed logical. Of the billions of patterns, these diagonal lace babies came out victorious.
This is my third pair of socks and to date I have only been able to produce lopsided pairs. While I contend that I am just taking into account how everyone has one foot that’s a bit (or a lot) bigger than the other, I secretly hope these beauties I’m making for ME ME ME will turn out even.
Elastic/ribbed bind offs (aka the top of the sock that has to secure it to your ankle) have also been giving me a hard time. They usually come out too tight, something that I have to work on.
I’m through 75% of the pair, but my finished sock is being carted around by my grandmother (That’s Nonna to YOU!) who insisted she show all her friends now that I’ve actually become proficient in the craft she once had the patience to try and teach me. At 78 she is also amazed that socks can be started from the toe up.
My mother keeps saying (jokingly?) that my boyfriend is out winning bronze medals and I’m just home knitting socks. The thing is, Mom, I’m obviously doing more that just that….
Putting off projects to the summer is the necessary evil of being a university student, but knitting a woolen sweater in the heat of a TTC vehicle is confusing for both the knitter and her audience. And an audience it is. Knitting in public is exhibitionist. It just begs for some attention. It even freaks people out a bit in its own warm and slightly itchy way. I think it has to do with the particular notion of knitting as a very utilitarian craft (you needed to knit socks and sweaters for the a greater part of the last century) and to many, doing that now seems a waste of time. I am sure I will devote a full post to my frustration with the necessity v. hobby dichotomy (and how it is making me poor) so let’s move on to the fun stuff…
Owls in plum.
This awesome yoke sweater adorned with owls has been my project since the end of May (credit to Kate Davies for the pattern). It knit up really fast, mostly on the way to and from work. I can’t completely reveal it, as I need to order one more ball of wool to finish the neck ribbing (d’oh). Til then I will have to settle with admiring the owls and let you do the same. They are going to have button eyes!
This first entry has been admittedly rushed. It is only the first, after all. Not wanting to leave you completely unsatisfied I’ll give you a few sneak peeks into the future of my craftdom!… or at least the next few posts.
Jewellery, my original medium! A new piece of capital! Entry into uncharted territory! I prick my finger a lot!