Gloves- a trial run

So I found three beautiful glove patterns ranging from easy to hard while cruising Ravelry. I also had two skeins of incredible silk/merino blend that I received for my birthday from my mother-in-law. It seemed perfect.

Originally I tried the medium-hard one, but having never knit gloves I very quickly got into trouble. That one was scrapped and I started again with the easiest pattern so I could practice techniques without all the cabling.

And here is the result:

So clearly I need to learn to take better photos- but you get the idea.

Some things I learned:

First off this pattern is really unforgiving, if you only knit through half the yarn on a stitch it is painfully obvious. Also picking up the stitches evenly and without gaps for the fingers is basically impossible. You will spend so much time stitching little holes closed.

Next for this yarn in particular- hella slippery. I had to rescue dropped stitches dozens of times. But I’m basically a pro at it now so maybe a good thing?

Finally, if the pattern says its going to use ‘blank’ yardage- trust it! My cuffs are shorter then called for because I was sure I wouldn’t have enough yarn. I had tons left over, oops.

If you want to have a go here is the link to the Pattern! Enjoy, it’s a fun project.

Two-at-a-time Socks: Completed!

Remember forever ago when I posted this:

That was my first ever two-at-a-time socks. In fact it was my first time doing ANY kind of magic-loop. And I’ll tell you it really is magic! This video was soooo helpful at casting on the socks.

Then a bit later on Instagram I showed you this:

That was after I had turned my Fleegle heel. I used this video as a guide. I had never done, nor heard of, a Fleegle heel. As I was knitting I was convinced this was a big joke, no way this could work. But low and behold it turned out great! Also very comfy.

Once the heels were out of the way I increased stitches evenly from 64 to 80 as I worked up the calf. Then I decrease again for the cuff and I used Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-off to finish.

I love how the colours came out so perfectly! I am so stoked to give these to their new owner!

An unlikely life raft

This weekend our cabin neighbours invited us over for a drink.

It was awful.

I have only met these people once before and then they had two dogs that I spent most of the visit playing with. Now the dogs have gone to the great beyond and it was just the four of us looking at each other. They know my husband well and they chatted freely without me. I tried to chime in with a funny story now and then but every time I did I had this horrible curdling feeling that I was being annoying, getting in the way.

About twenty minutes into the visit I started having an anxiety attack. I could barely breathe; the room was spinning- and of course I felt a powerful need to poop. I just about ran out of there, saying something vague about being anxious.

It took a long time and a lot of willpower to calm down and not dissolve into tears when I got back to our cabin. I immediately went to my knitting. I am doing some very complicated gloves (yes- gloves!) with this gorgeous silk/merino yarn I got for my birthday (thanks Sharon!). Focusing on the counting and the cabling forced me back to Earth. As my hands moved with the rhythm of the stitches my mind settled. I was able to think and process what had happened. I realized that it fucking sucked. Not much I can do about that right now BUT I started to make a plan about what I am going to work on to improve this shitty (pun intended) situation.

I finished about ten rounds on the cuff and then sat back and enjoyed the view of the lake. Knitting might be a hobby to some, but to me it is a life raft. A beautiful and practical tether to land in the stormy sea of life.

Double Dip

As promised in my last post, I cried and knit today. But- step back my friends because I didn’t just knit, I cast on TWO AT A TIME SOCKS. Yes. You read that right. This technique is a fucking game changer. It is faster and the socks are going to come out exactly the same size. I found this YouTube especially helpful.

I can’t tell you how stoked about this I am. I am a little nervous about how the heel is going to work, but that’s tomorrow’s problem.

By the way, who wouldn’t be stoked to knit with this yarn? Thanks Sharon 😊

Despite all this excitement I have had a rough few days. Tonight we went to visit our friends and our ‘niece’ who is three and just spring-loaded energy. I was especially looking forward to seeing my friend as it has been WAY too long. I had not been having a stellar morning, but I took a PRN and held on. I did make it through dinner before the walls started melting and I couldn’t process a lot of the words around me (think Charlie Brown). It took every ounce of will power to not run out to the car but say goodbye like a normal person.

I’m not sure what is accelerating the anxiety and psychosis lately. I have been very careful. I think a med change may be necessary unfortunately. Too bad my doctor is away until August. Sigh.

Cutest Little Earbud Purse Pouch

Pulling a tangled mess of wire out of the bottom of your purse sucks. And is so frustrating when you just NEED to hear a certain song right. now.

There are tons of little leather/felt/fabric ‘taco style’ holders online. They are lovely- but I don’t know about you, the contents of my purse are regularily and violently rummaged around. I just couldn’t see this style working for me.

And then I found this adorable pouch. AND it was knit so yeah, I was fucking making one of these ASAP. Sadly I had no fun colours for this first trial run.

I used the pattern as a guideline. I mostly just fiddled with it until it seemed like a good size. Also I (shockingly) do not know how to kitchener stitch so I just seamed as usual from the inside and then flipped it back. It may not be so smooth but it is secure.

Using the ‘sock needles’ and baby yarn was nice, the fabric is dense and I imagine it won’t get caught on anything in the black hole of my purse. It’s also a crazy fast project, I knit and seamed the whole thing in one netflix movie.

Let me know if you try it out! Post pics in the comments!

 

Celtic Knot

Hello friends!

I know things have been a bit dark lately, so I’ve decided to put my big girl panties on and pretend a little.

That’s right- it’s craft time!

I want to show you a sweater that I made for my husband YEARS ago. He specifically asked for fishermans wool because apparently it is slightly water-proof and very warm. Also, as you can see it wears incredibly well over years of use.

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He proudly wears this beauty out onto the ice with his buddies all winter- even minus 25C.

I really went for it when picking this pattern. It scared the crap out of me to start it. The first panel took AGES. But, once I really had the pattern memorized the rest just knit up like magic.

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I also decided to put thumb holes in an extra long cuff so he could go mitten-less on warmer days.

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There are definitely some errors in the old girl. I didn’t use smaller needles for the bottom ribbing so it flips up now he has a little belly. But tucked into snow-pants no one is the wiser!

Basically- it looks beautiful, it’s shockingly easy to work up, and it lasts forever- so what’s stopping you!

You can find the Pattern here!

Darn easy

Knitting socks is one of the easiest and most rewarding things to do. People are always thrilled to recieve them, they’re super warm and comfy (hello- custom made!), and they travel so well. I used to knit them as secretly as possible in all my lectures. I actually found I was more focused knitting, then everyone else was cruising the internet for memes.

Yesterday tragedy struck- my first hole.

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Side note: isn’t this yarn incredible!? It does the striping on its own! Kroy Yarn

Anyway, after a a spot of Pinterest research, I decided that darning seemed managable. I used a light bulb as my stretcher and it worked great.

In the foundation row you pick up every other purl bump and leave a gap across the hole. Make sure you cover a bit on either side as well for strength. Then weave across in the opposite direction, I tried to squeeze lots of rows in for coverage. And that’s it! Voila:

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Its definitely not perfect, but I will certainly never throw out socks again! Give it a try!

A Very Expected Baby

I have a very dear friend who is LITERALLY going to birth her first baby at any moment. I am beyond excited to be an ‘auntie’.

I’ve noticed that most of the little ones born in my circle have had no gender expectations. My friends wanted to keep the mystery to the last moment. While I commend this- it makes knitting baby things less exciting. I have so many cute frilly dress patterns, or dapper little vests that I am dying to try out.

But today I am going to share a pattern for 6 months (I always try to do a bigger size, newborn stuff fits for like a minute). It is very unisex- especially if you do white or grey.

Above is the whole set, complete with 1950’s style bonnet and booties! While they are cute they aren’t very practical.

This is my beloved ‘niece’ Ellis modelling the cardigan in white. Her mom says “this is so great it goes with everything!”

The original pattern comes from an ancient book of baby patterns that has been passed from my mother to me. I love all the pages with notes, or counting of rows down the side of the page. This pattern has clearly been well used.

Patons still owns the rights and I can’t post the pattern but here is a link to the ravelry page where you can order it. 

Let me know what colours and variations you do!

Would you like a sweater?

Cabling is definitely one of the knitters best tools. You can create incredible patterns once you’ve mastered the basics- and that takes like 2 minutes. I started with this amazing booklet from Patons Next Steps Six which walks you through every new cable they introduce. The patterns range from wrist warmers to a full length coat, child to adult.

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I’ve done throw pillows:

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Then I sacked up and made this sweater. I customized the children’s zippered hoody to fit an adult and to be sewn closed. Unfortunately I didn’t write anythig down sooo… I can’t post a pattern. Sorry.

This sweater is a size large and a lovely teal colour. It is made from slightly higher quality wool then I am used to so it was lovely to knit. I personally think it has an elvish flair.

Next I conquered the pattern for which I had originally bought the book:

This one is size XL and it is so comfy and warm! It was only made with acrylic yarn so it might not hold up well- but we’ll see. The cabling looks hard but it’s really not! I used magnets to mark where I was in the pattern and things worked out great.

I highly recommend you give the ol’ cable a try. You will be blown away how quickly it becomes second nature. BUT- if you are not into knitting and fell in love with one of these sweaters please contact me, I’m looking to thin my herd 🙂