Hey all. I’m in the midst of some directionless knitting at the moment. I’ve got more projects on the go than I’m comfortable with, and there’s some little problem that’s keeping me from finishing most of them.
Take these socks, for example. I got the yarn at Purl Soho while in New York last fall and knit up the first one lickety split. And then I got to the second one…. and the cuff seemed to take forever … and then Christmas was coming … and there were so many more pressing projects to finish up for that deadline. So the second sock languished until this past May when I figured it was the perfect project to take with me on a work trip out west. I packed it in my carry on and once I was all settled in the plane with my movie picked and everything I pulled it out and realized one of my needles was broken in half. Damn it! So I was knit-less the whole trip, somehow never finding the time to pick up replacement needles. When I got back, other projects wooed me away and I’ve only just this weekend sat down with a new set of needles to finish it off.
Since I took these pictures yesterday I’ve turned the heel of the second sock, and after another few days of tedious foot knitting I’ll be done. One project down, two other troublesome ones to go. As long as I don’t get distracted by any of the new fall patterns, this should be doable.
For curious ravelry users – currently on my needles are this sweater and this sweater. And for this fall/winter I want to make a Lopapeysa with yarn purchased on my trip to Iceland in October. This would be a hilarious knit.
I’d also really like to make a layering sweater – something bulky and long, but with shorter sleeves to wear with slim layers underneath. This one is a serious condender.
Also, my friend Sue and I are planning a crochet-along of this shawl, made bigger a-la-Alicia Paulson.
That’s about it for now. Oh shoot! And I just bought some Rowan fine tween to make a pair of Dala mitts! I might make those next, actually… Good grief, I’d better get back to knitting those socks.
See you next time!
A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to visit the cottage of some family friends. A place where I’ve been going since, well, before I can remember. Since before I was actually born. It is heavenly, and the company was comforting and comfortable and fun. The least I could do in return for all this was provide my hostess with a little something.
Crocheted washcloths, from The Purl Bee.
Knitted in Blue Sky Skinny Cotton in Organic Birch and Habu Textiles Natural Cover Cotton in green.
This was a great little pattern. I LOVED the Habu yarn. If I didn’t have a pile of unfinished objects so large it almost reaches the moon already, I’d love to make this. I knew washcloths would become a thing. If you’re worried that it will be all washcloths all the time over here now, rest assured I’m currently working on two sweaters, one pair of socks, and NO washcloths.
So I’m making stuff here as usual, but let’s take a break from all that. Let’s take a trip to the Toronto islands on the Sam McBride.
And eccentrically built houses
fun things mailboxes are sitting on,
and a tiny mailtruck.
Also, a farm, of sorts. Ahhhh, it’s good to get away.
Next time, back to crafts.
Double bump dishcloth, from My JewelThief Knits.
Knitted in Rowan Denim in Nashville
Like the garter-stitch scarf, dishcloths are usually one of the first projects a knitter tackles. At 16 or so, with my typical level of ambition and recklessness, I skipped these steps and instead started with a sweater. A big blue cardigan with a shawl collar. There were lots of mistakes that I fixed intuitively rather than expertly. I had someone block it for me and sew in a zipper since once the knitting and seaming was done I’d lost interest. I don’t think I wore it much. Maybe over my pyjamas on cool mornings, but not outside. The imperfections of hand-knits hadn’t yet become charming to me. I’m not even sure what became of that first sweater in the end.
Anyways, lately I’m in a mood to step back, slow down, and cool my ambitions. How fitting, then, to make some dishcloths? I used a lone ball of Rowan Denim that had been stored in my sock drawer of all places. It pleases me to think that the colour will gradually fade as the cloths are used, but after I machine washed them the bleed shouldn’t be problematic.
I’m working on more washcloths now using a different pattern. This could become a thing.
Frilled edge crossover jacket, designed by Debbie Bliss, published in Baby Style.
Knitted in mystery Swedish wool
The tiny knits are getting bigger! My little niece is turning two in August, and I am ready! Debbie Bliss is an ace at knitting patterns for kids, and this one’s no exception.
The ruffle trim turned out to be less ruffly for me, but I think I know why. I was worried about running out of yarn so I shortened the torso by 20 rows, but then forgot and stretched it vertically while blocking. I did re-wash it, but it didn’t quite go back to the original length. I think little Jane can live with this, though!
The yarn I used has been in my stash for 3 years now. I bought it on our honeymoon in Stockholm, from a fantastic shop on Gamla Stan called Garn & Hantverk, or Yarn & Handcrafts. Unfortunately I don’t have their address or know if they’ve got a website but it was a fantastic shop, and the woman who owns it is also a designer (her designs reminded me a lot of Hanne Falkenberg).
She didn’t speak much English and I REALLY didn’t speak much Swedish, but the international language of knitting was enough to get me a few skeins of gorgeous, gorgeous wool. I still have some variegated wool in my stash from there as well.
We don’t really need to talk about how long it’s been since I’ve posted a finished project or the reason why, do we? No, we don’t.
In the meantime, I have been working on a few bits and pieces, like this Tova top from the Wiksten pattern. I made it in some Liberty fabric I picked up a couple of months ago in my travels.
I found the placket mighty tricky, but I put it down to lack of expertise on my part rather than any lack of clarity in the pattern (which was amazing). I will probably make another of these in the fall.
I also made another Wiksten tank, this time in dress length, and with an elastic waist. I’ve worn this out a few times already. It’s pretty perfect for a hot summer day.
Currently, I’m back to knitting, and I’ve got three unfinished projects on the go. This here is an older Debbie Bliss pattern for a frilled collar wrap sweater. My little niece Jane’s second birthday is coming up in a couple of months, and this is destined for her. All these unfinished projects are weighing on me a little. Time to finish them up.
Marinière, designed by me!
Knitted in SandesGarn Alpakka in shade 1088 (dark grey)
I’ve been wanting to do it for a while and I finally have – I’ve designed a sweater! I wanted something as easy as a sweatshirt, and thought a play on a stripey mariniere would be suitable. I wear a lot of stripes – when I organize my closet it’s pretty obvious how I feel about them.
It’s knitted in a lovely alpaca from SandnesGarn in DK weight. It has a gorgeous drape, this yarn, and I’d hoped to capitalize on this by choosing an a-line shape. I found that in order to have the garter stitch stripes firm enough and the stockinette intervals drapey enough I had to use two different needle sizes.
I really enjoyed the process of designing – sketching, swatching, knitting, frogging, modifying. It was lots of fun! Aside from a couple of really small things I won’t bore you with, I’m extremely happy with it.
I’ve got a lot of notes written up from while I was knitting the sweater. If there’s any demand, I’d be happy to write the pattern up.
If you’re looking for any stripey inspiration, this tumblr should keep you going for a while…