Just in time for summer ... mittens from a WWII knit-for-the-troops pattern. The accent stripes created extra work evening up the stitches and weaving in the ends, but in a solid color the mittens knit up really fast. Since our boys in Iraq probably have little need for these, I'll just put them away until it gets cold again.
When my new book arrived from Canada, the owner of the shop included this old poem which I wanted to share.
The Prayse of the Needle
To all dispersed sorts of Arts and Trades,
I write the Needles praise (that never fades)
So long as children shall be got or borne,
So long as garments shall be made, or worne,
So long as Hemp or Flax, or Sheep shal bear
Their linnen wollen fleeces yeare by yeare;
So long as Silk-worms, with exhausted spoyle
Think I've made a huge mistake buying the Eskimo wool for the Drops Design Hoodie. Dreadful stuff. Horrible. Made the mistake - against my own previous advice - of buying the wool on-line so hadn't seen how crap it is! and the colour is awful! It's an unstructured yarn a bit like Lopi. It is very thick and looks like the matted dangly bits off a lamb's backside and I'm not talking about the tail, you understand. It splits constantly and is felting as I knit. The colour is a bilious green and not the pleasant sage-green I thought it was. Not good value at all although it only set me back £36 ($50?). I seriously doubt that the garment could be worn more than a few times without trashing and I would say it would be impossible to wash or clean. One for the dog basket I think, except I don't own a dog...bugger!
Whatever you call it - here is one I knitted. From just one skein of Noro Kureyon. This mojo bag is a gift for a friend's birthday who is a ghost hunter. I placed a smudge stick inside for when he goes a-hauntin'.
I should know by now that not everything in life is fun and exciting. However, I am really hating this sweater I have been working on FOREVER!!!!!!!!!! It's for my partner, a few of you may remember me griping about it earlier,.....but I find myself knitting a few rows per evening and then putting it down....it is an irregular rib pattern...that takes a little more concentration than other projects. I know some would say i should just let it go and go on to something I enjoy....but Allan is loving the way it looks and really so am I....I just hate doing it. I have told myself I'm not starting anything else until I finish it....just for motivation. I guess I will just "two-row-a-night" it until I get there. Anyone else have this issue???? I need words of encouragment....please!
Ive had the worst week of knitting, One I hate this yarn i bought. Carons simply soft. It untwists and splitts easly. I thought the red heart was bad. I would rather go back to red heart and burn this crappy yarn. I have six projects going and none of them near completion. I need to knit something up fast so i can finnish something. The socks im working on i have been working on for a while. im still on the leg of the first sock. the kite string or yarn is so small and the needles so small they arnt knitting up as fast as what i was led to believe. How could anyone get satisfaction out of socks. you could spend months on just one pair. Sorry just needed to vent.
Lots of birthdays in the spring! Here are some of the gift items I've been working on for the last couple of weeks ...
Felted clogs following the Fiber Trends pattern. These knit up very quickly using a double strand of yarn and US 13 needles. I felted a pair for myself but plan to present the others with a humorous set of felting instructions so that the recipients can experience the amazing process (and the aroma of wet wool) for themselves.
Well, I just finished my 6th "London Beanie" -
I'm having a blast with circular needles (Addi Turbos ROCK!)
I made the first beanie for me and then decided that no matter what he wears, a 49 year old man will never look like David Beckham!
I left a couple out on the dining room table when my partner's kids came over. They all said "you knit these? They look just like the ones at Abercrombie and Fitch!" I also mentioned them to a 24 year old guy in my voiceover class and he asked me to make one for him.
Hey dudes! I got slammed with some crochet deadlines since starting this sweater in January but happily my schedule loosened up enough for me to work on it once again. This is the progress so far:
And here is a detailed photo. The cabling and texture show up in real life very well, but just got lost in that above photo:
BUYING YARN - Purchase all yarn from the same dye lot. Check yarn label for washing instructions. Stay within two sizes of the recommended needle size. When substituting yarns, select a yarn close to the original in weight and type. KNITTING WITH COTTON - Cotton keeps us cool in summer and warm in winter. It is soft and comfortable. Cotton comes as crepe, boucle, slubbed, ribbon, and chenille to name some of the varieties. Cotton does not have the same elasticity as other yarns, nor does the yarn slide as easily on the needles. Always knit ribbing on smaller needles. Sew seams firmly. Generally, it is best to hand wash cotton knits. Do not dry in the sun, since sunlight discolours and weakens the fibres.
BUYING YARN - Purchase all yarn from the same dye lot. Check yarn label for washing instructions. Stay within two sizes of the recommended needle size. When substituting yarns, select a yarn close to the original in weight and type.
KNITTING WITH COTTON - Cotton keeps us cool in summer and warm in winter. It is soft and comfortable. Cotton comes as crepe, boucle, slubbed, ribbon, and chenille to name some of the varieties. Cotton does not have the same elasticity as other yarns, nor does the yarn slide as easily on the needles. Always knit ribbing on smaller needles. Sew seams firmly. Generally, it is best to hand wash cotton knits. Do not dry in the sun, since sunlight discolours and weakens the fibres.