I have jumped ship!
Blogger overboard. I have a new blog. I love it! Update your links, PLEASE come and have a look. I think you will like it too!i heart knitting
Well, I have been one frustrated knitter of late. I found this group
and decided I needed to join them knitting two socks on one circular needle. I am here to tell you, I am well over it. I have been knitting for 26 years. Admittedly I am not an expert. But, I do know my way around a pair of needles. I understand, I really do. I just can't do it. Could it be to do with the amount of concentration it takes? Possibly. I am not a good concentrator. Not at all. I am also not very good at being patient. (My very short sentences might have given me away on that one! I am known for my no nonsense approach!!!) And so, because I am well adjusted enough, I gave up.
I then decided I would knit one sock on two circular needles. People, I bought some Addis. I have to use them. So, I thought to jazz it up a bit, I would do a Jaywalker. It was travelling fairly well. One sock on two circs - pretty cool. I like it. The Addis are great too, although I kinked my cord a bit trying to do magic loop. Holy shmoly. And one of them seems to have a little burr on it and catches and I don't know what to do about it. I can't find it when I am not knitting. Then, last night I made a tiny error somewhere, there was an extra stitch and in a fit of rage (remember - no patience) I pulled it off. The Opal that I am using is beginning to cast itself on. "Here is my long tail!!" It too is very kinky. Hmm.
This morning, I began again. Then I ripped it off. Because I found this,
and I am so
going to do two socks on two circular needles. And I am going to make them plain plain plain. But I am going to make them fraternal, so that I can at least see where I am up to. I will let you know how I go. At this rate, I might finish them by the end of '07!
I also ripped my Dublin Bay sock which was up to the toe, because I had made a mistake in the lace in the leg and it was annoying me no end. Do you feel for me yet? And all I wanna do is buy yarn! I like this
I am going to do. I hate picking up the stitches, it always feels like I am doing the wrong thing and it will all fall apart.
To prove that I am not completely useless, I would like to share this:
This is my Baudelaire sock for our
tiny Baudelairealong. I am currently up to the gusset. I love the pattern, it is so easy to follow and only eight rows of repeat with every second on being knit knit knit.
I have been listening to some podcasts of late. Have you heard Lime and Violet
? Pretty cool. They have a kind of KAL going on, where you measure how many miles of sock yarn you can knit in three months. I am not going to join, as looking at the pictures of other people's stashes puts mine to shame. And of course there is Cast On
. And It's a Purl Man
. Are there any Ozzie podcasters out there?
Oh yeah, and my phone died. *Sigh*
Ramblings . . .
I have learned a lot in the past year, not only about knitting of course, but that's what we are all here for, so I will stick with that! I feel like a list, so here goes:
- Knitting is good for the soul and helps me relax and sit still.
- I can knit very well if I put my mind to it.
- Belonging to an online knitting community is lots of fun and motivates me to try new things.
- Some people really like receiving knitted gifts.
- Some people really don't.
- Most people think knitting is for old people, but they are mistaken and I love proving otherwise!
- I am slightly obsessive and will think about knitting and yarn a bit too much if I am not careful.
- Buying sock yarn is addictive in the extreme.
- I don't like knitting jumpers, nor do I like wearing knitted jumpers.
- That probably won't stop me trying again some day. In fact I have my eye on a cotton number from the latest Yarn magazine.
I have finished another couple of things, here is a picture of the second Mother in Law socks, which went down a right treat, just like the other pair with the other Mother in Law. I also gave a gift of a washcloth that I knitted earlier in the year but never photographed, with some yummy soap from Holy Sheet. The conversation between the giftees went something like this:
"Oh, it is so nice to receive something hand made." "It always makes me feel inadequate." "It is just so special." People should be careful what they wish for. I can feel a sock spree coming on, ready for Christmas '07. I don't know whether I could face making anything too fancy for other people. Does this make me selfish?
I forgot to share this, although Christmas is but a memory, here is our version of a white Christmas:
And in further exciting news, 2paw and I are having our own little two person Baudelairealong, so if anyone wants to join in, please do so! This has decided what I am doing with the Amethyst cashmere sock. I am yet to cast on because I have been busy with this:
and this, not to mention a pair of Fon Sox for the Tiny Madam. You will need to wait for a picture of these amazing beauties, as the model is asleep.