Monday, August 31, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
My knitting challenge will not be gripping specatator sport, I want to get the back of Arisaig done. With about 80 rows of 2x2 rib to kick things off I might be doing well just to get through that, though the thought of the lovely lace to play with is a good incentive to make me push on through.
Monday, August 17, 2009
How to Knit a Poem
The whole thing starts with a single knot
and needles. A word and pen. Tie a loop
in nothing. Look at it. Cast on, repeat
the procedure till you have a line
that you can work with.
It’s a pattern made of relation alone,
my patience, my rhythm, till empty bights
create a fabric that can be worn,
if you’re lucky and practised. It’s never too late
to pick up dropped stitches, each hole a clue
to something that might be bothering you,
though I link mine with ribbons and pretend
I meant them to happen. I make a net
of meaning that I carry round
portable, to work on sound
in trains and terrible waiting rooms.
It’s thought in action. It redeems
odd corners of disposable time,
making them fashion. It’s the kind of work
that keeps you together. The neck’s too tight,
but tell me honestly: How do I look?
© 2007, the BBC
From: How to Knit a Poem
Publisher: BBC Radio 4,
Friday, August 14, 2009
To help me remember and in case anyone else didn't know how to calculate yardage from the weight of yarn I'll set out what I did. ( I think I read how on the Yarn Harlot blog a long time ago. I had a snippet of text about this saved in the patterns folder on my PC for the day it would come in handy - sometimes I think I'm wasted in my current role of minion of the world - with such forethought and organisation I'm sure there should be a leader space open somewhere? Just so long as it doesn't involve too much maths I'm set.)
I measured 10 metres off the cone and then weighed it. In the case of the green yarn this weighed two grams. The cone weighed 479g in total and so allowing for the weight of the cone as 37g based on the estimates on this site I have 444g of the green in total. 2/10 = 0.2g for the weight of one metre of yarn. 444/0.2 = 2,220 metres of the green yarn alone. As the size I want should take around 2,013 metres according to the pattern and as I have one sleeve already knit (plus 1,240 metres of the blue yarn) everything is looking rosy. After all this agonising let's hope the knitting goes well!
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
So I have just one Angee sock and Arisaig to deal with.
Arisaig is the tricky 'been hanging around for a long time' one. Back in May 2007 I'd started in on a plain sleeve as I didn't want the lace on the sleeves so that I could wear a short sleeved top underneath without seeing a line in the lace pattern. I was worried about the sleeves as written being too big which is why I did a sleeve first but then midway through knitting it occurred to me that I had just used the same number of stitches as I would have done if I was making it in pattern and then I got scared about the sleeve being too small without the space the lace creates. So I finished it, seamed it and tried it on didn't I? Oh no, I definitely couldn't face doing that - as with the mitten (but multiplied by the extra hours involved in knitting a full length sleeve with 4ply) I was trapped by the thought of the work created and not wanting to frog it at any cost. So the sleeve waited and waited, it went off to hibernate until the Tour de France mountain challenge woke it up. Other mountains were easier to tackle and so still it waited - just one, unseamed sleeve, until I promised to make a decision on it for my latest Ashes Test KAL challenge (we shall say no more about the Test itself, okay?)
I think I'd really convinced myself the sleeve wouldn't fit and so I'd been thinking along the lines of sewing it in to something else (did I once see a hot water bottle cover made from a sleeve ? ) . Last night I quickly ran a line of stitches down the seam (all told about ten minutes work!) and tried it on. Et voila it actually fits:
So scenes of rejoicing ensued and I'm now knitting on with renewed passion for Arisaig. Except I'm not and it's taken a bit of thought to work out why not.
I thought it might be: 1) The yarn.
I'm using some 4 ply acrylic on cones that I got from Ebay, I love the two yarns together and it will make a really pretty Arisaig but I don't actually know how much of it I have. It looks a lot but with no weight or yardage details it might not be enough and imagine the heartbreak at the end of that piece of knitting without due care and attention . Still a bit of weighing and maths and I can work that out so what is the real stumbling block?
It is 2): finding the goose egg!
If I have enough yarn and carry on to make Arisaig I may never reach goose egg, I'll want to start other projects before I get Arisaig finished. It's been okay not starting anything for the last few weeks but I've got a Patti I want to wear this winter, a billion pairs of socks to knit for gifts and for me let alone all the other patterns I'm already working on in my knitting fantasy life.
So why have I become so obsessed by clearing the needles that this is overriding my desire to knit something that I want to wear? Rationally it's an odd goal - it's not as if I want to finish up what I'm working on and give up knitting, it's not as if I've not been happy with my multiple project state for the last three years, it's not as if the moment the clear needles are reached that I won't immediately start casting on new projects.
I like to have different types of knitting on the go to make sure that I always feel like picking something up - mindless knits are very important for the nights after work when no thinking is possible but I like more challenging knits for other times. I like to make sure I have something to knit everyday because of the pleasure and relaxation that the act of knitting brings. Travel suitable knitting is handy to have around to maximise available knitting time but I wouldn't only want to knit things that are good to be knit on the move.
I thought I was comfortable with being a multiple project knitter, much as I got comfortable with being a multiple book reader a long, long time ago but it seems that there is a part of me that feels that to start one thing, knit it and finish it promptly is the ultimately virtuous way to knit, a part of me that feels bad for flitting from one thing to another. How ridiculous! It appears I can feel guilty about anything! It's my knitting and it hurts no-one however I go about it so I've ordered a new scale so I can weigh the yarn for Arisaig and I hear by make it my goal to never have nothing on my needles :o) Flibbertigibbet knitting is the way for me.
Friday, August 07, 2009
Needles: 2.5mm DPNs
Started: 10 April 2009
Finished: 7 August 2009
I used the stationary jogless stripes technique from Techknitter to try and minimise the jogs where I changed colours and I hid them in the rib at the back and on the side/sole of the foot.
I'm really happy with the first half of both socks but the foot of each has its issues.
Sunday, August 02, 2009
Isn't she fabulous darlings?
Pattern: Lady Eleanor Entrelac Stole from Scarf Style
Yarn: Noro Silk Garden - assorted colourways
Needles: 4.5mm circular needle
Started: June 2007
Finished: 2 August 2009Just love everything about this, except that it's too warm to wear it right now!! I've left it unblocked as I love the texture of the entrelac both back and front. I've had dilemmas along the way about how to change colourways etc but I like the two contrasting halves and I think the only thing I would do differently would be to hold over a little of the first colourway to add in to the fringe. Oh and knit it faster, I really did enjoy knitting this - gift knits, flashy new projects, startitis all conspired to keep Lady E down but thank goodness that a little French inspiration got her to to the top of the list.
And the photo shoot - out-takes?
Here Lady E was mistaken and thought that she had to help direct the traffic away from the cyclists. Oh and is that a cat creeping in to shot?
That is so much more interesting to photograph isn't it?
I did wonder whether I was even going to get to wear her as my photographer seemed to find her rather fetching: