Tuesday, 2 December 2008
Little Jean Greenhowe Santa! Only took a couple of hours, but I completed him in little pieces over a couple of days to fit around college, teaching and writing an essay.
Really, really easy knit. And in a good way! I didn't get bored because it was little and cute.
I cut the cardboard base a bit too big and couldn't be bothered to change it so he's a bit wobbly, and in future I would probably glue a 2p to the inside so make him a bit heavier at the bottom, but on the whole I'm happy with this first attempt at a Santa.
I'm sure there will be more Santas over the years.
I have been considering knitting the nativity scene but can't convince myself a christian scene is an atheist-friendly christmas decoration! My friend Emma suggested making it into a Jeremy Kyle story and giving Joseph a DNA test which obviously appealed to my frankly crap sense of humour, but it's still a lot of work to put in to knitting a scene I won't explain to my niece and nephews. Do I want them to play with bible toys? But they're so cute! I've got another year to decide anyway, as I'll never finish them by christmas. Probably even next christmas.
Monday, 17 November 2008
I knitted myself another hat to replace my dark grey Rowan one (it pretty much broke my heart when I realised I'd lost it!) and then decided to use the leftover yarn for a pair of mitts (pictured) and a neck warmer (waiting to be blocked, and I need some cute buttons for it). The set of three could probably be completed in a day if you didn't have anything else on, and it took three skeins (of Sirdar Big Softie) so a total cost of approximately £6.60 which is such a bargain.
Monday, 10 November 2008
Thursday, 6 November 2008
I ordered a whole load of yarn today ready to get as many christmas presents done and I'm looking forward to taking delivery of it. I don't think I've ever had that much yarn at one time before, let alone lovely soft beautiful gorgeous Sirdar Big Softie.
I've started the Winter Knitalong but it's going slowly because of the fun chunky knits I've got going. Small needles are just so slow! I WILL do it though.
Thursday, 23 October 2008
Wednesday, 22 October 2008
Thursday, 16 October 2008
This is Mo, the recycled draught excluding snake. He's made out of scraps of yarn from my Mum's knitting bag, old clothes I shredded to make the filling, and a couple of buttons from the shredded clothes to make his eyes.
He looks a bit dated and like something your grandma could have made, but I'm quite pleased for a first non-scarf project. He was really just an exercise in increasing and decreasing, and I even put in a bit of knitting on three needles to make his tongue (which looks ridiculous!)
I've always wanted to knit toys, and the thought behind Mo was that the kids can play with him but he'll also be useful for when they're not here.
Next, a family of penguins...
Saturday, 11 October 2008
Tuesday, 7 October 2008
Sunday, 5 October 2008
We found an old piece my Nan had been knitting and it made me so glad I'd got back into knitting now she's not here. It feels like a link between the generations, and reminds me of when she taught me.
There was also an old toy my Mum had started and was midway through. Looking closely at the stitches and seeing how simple it was made me feel much more confident that I can move on to more than scarves.
Mum then taught me how to do cables, and I was utterly surprised at how simple it was. When I saw the pictures in my stitch and bitch book and saw the three needles I thought I'd never be able to do it! Every time I try something new I'm blown away by how complicated it seems to start with and then how quickly it becomes something you barely have to think about.
I hope I never stop knitting again. Right now I'm addicted and I really want to keep it that way, even if my left hand is slowly turning into the claw of pain! I just hope I won't be one of those people who gets bored easily, or who messes up a project and throws it aside in frustration and then never comes back to it. It's like therapy, and I want to keep it!
Saturday, 4 October 2008
I know they're simple, but as much as I've wanted to move on to more complicated stuff I've also been aware that I need to learn to walk before I can run (and other clichees).
However, I told Phyllis about the scarves thinking she would be full of encouragement, and she just scoffed at the lengths I'd made ("that's too short!"), laughed at the fact that I'd only used one stitch ("what, the same stitch all the way through?!") and rubbed it in that she's knitting jumpers. She's been knitting for about seventy years and she can't muster up a bit of praise for a newbie?
My Mum was nice to me. She even said the one I don't like was pretty.
Anyway, it's stopping me from thinking about how tired I am and it's not too tiring in itself, so I shouldn't be bothered about people being crappy. It's my catharsis and even if what I knit is utter shit, it doesn't matter.
I think everyone's going to hate me when I give them all wonky scarves for every birthday and christmas for the rest of ever, though.
In other news, the Stitch 'n' Bitch book is marvellous. I feel like the whole knitting world is at my feet now!
Sair is the most thoughtful person in the world. Getting me back into knitting and introducing me to Ravelry was fantastic. I feel like I owe her a lot.
Thursday, 2 October 2008
I'm getting better at working out what size to look for and I don't feel like so much of a novice when I venture into the wool shop. I can speak to the staff without feeling as though I need their permission to pick up a pair of needles.
Speaking of which, I also bought some new needles in the Fabric sale. I might get some more while they're half-price, so I need to work out what would be useful. How do you work out which needles to invest in and which are going to serve you well for years to come?
See, I'm still a novice really. But the Stitch and Bitch book makes everything so much simpler!
Tuesday, 30 September 2008
I've been knitting for around a month now but after TWICE being told I was doing things all wrong I have only just managed to finish my first project.
I'm pleased with myself because I had never used 20mm needles before, never used chunky yarn before, never used two colours before, and never actually tried to make anything specific before - but a couple of hours later I had a hella-long two-colour chunky-knit scarf!
Using the big needles and chunky yarn made it so much easier to see what I was doing and gave me a real sense of instant gratification because I could see it all happening in front of my eyes - one row gives you over an inch of knitting! It took much less concentration and didn't seem so difficult to keep hold of, so it wasn't as tiring on the old M.E. while I was getting started.
It ended up a bit wonky and untidy, but I was happy with it all the same. I'd definitely do more chunky knitting now.
If I get this sense of euphoria every time I finish a project then I'll definitely be an addict in no time at all! It's so exciting!
I can't wait to move on to more complicated stuff now. I know I should probably work on getting neater but I just want to do more!