Wednesday, 30 December 2015
Tuesday, 22 December 2015
Sunday, 20 December 2015
Thursday, 10 December 2015
1. Finish some wips like the dress that just needs it's ribbed bits done, or my sisters cardigan. ..
2. Start a beaded knit night for me,
3. Make a start on a multi stranded blanket that will eat miles of yarn, or
4. Tackle the sock stash (This large bag is just SOME of the sock stash)
And, while the jury is out, I'll get on with knitting my reflective hat. Health and safety begins at home after all.
Wednesday, 2 December 2015
Tonight at knitting I brought a few things to work on...a cowl to sew together, mitts to sew up, a hat to finish and a scarf to knit.
Tuesday, 24 November 2015
Usually when I get a magazine I tend to disguard the free gift, especially if it's a thing to knit. I prefer tools like stitch markers, tape measures and scissors.
For the the kits are useless. I don't knit toys and have no interest in knitting santa, hedgehogs or puss in boots.
So I was very surprised when my latest magazine purchase came with a kit that I really wanted to make...
Thursday, 19 November 2015
Tuesday, 10 November 2015
I started knitting a rather simple man hat over the weekend.
Right size needles? Check.
Cast on right number of stitches? Check
K1 P1 for the round? Check.
Knit round? Ummm no.
Seems I left this part of the pattern out so was content knitting rib all weekend! I only realised when it came to the decreases....which I ended up making up.
But, I've another hat for the gift box and I won't make the same mistake twice!
Tuesday, 3 November 2015
Last week I volunteered to knit a sample for A Fine Fish Yarns
I was given a skein of aran weight yarn and tonight I set to work winding it from this lovely skein into a cake.
Sunday, 1 November 2015
Tuesday, 20 October 2015
Crafters are hoarders. Show me a crafter who doesn't have a stash of one kind or another and I'll root out their hiding spots.
They sneak yarn into the house, slightly concerned about the eye rolls from their significant other, hide it in the boot of the car, stuff it in nooks and crannies or have another crafter mind it for them.
And it's not just yarn. While my yarn stash threatens to take over the house from downstairs, the magazine stash is trying to burst from its designated spot upstairs!
I used to be a 2 magazine subscriber. The anticipation of waiting on the postman to deliver the magazine was great. What patterns would I get this month? What stash would I be able to use with it? And, most importantly, what will the free gift be!?
Needless to say that once I ripped the plastic off the magazine, had a look at the free gift (and 9 times out of 10 said I wouldn't use it) and gave the patterns a cursery look, the magazine was abandoned in a corner until someone texted to say they were visiting. At that point the magazines were scooped up and thrown in another corner out of sight.
In order to corral the mess, I didn't resubscribe to one magazine when my year ran out. In my eternal stupidity, I continued to buy the magazine and not knit any patterns from them. So the decision has been made not to resubscribe to magazine 2.
And then there's tools- needles, crochet hooks, stitch markers and buttons. We knitters tend to hoard these items too and yet, we never have what we need when we need it.
So the moral of this tale is simple. Despite your belief that your crafter has every thing they could ever possibly need, you're wrong. We'll always need something else, something new and shiny.
My advice is to just go with the flow. One day you'll come home to find them buried under the stash and then, and only then, will the notion of "enough" cross their mind. And as quickly as the notion came it'll go again.
Tuesday, 13 October 2015
What is it that makes crafters immune to saying no when new yarn is involved?
This is a question I've been pondering over for a while and it all began in September.
A fellow crafter in work was bemoaning the state of her craft room (I know, a whole room for crafting in). There was card and stamps and inks and glues everywhere and getting glitter out of carpet isn't easy. In return I was venting about the stash getting out of hand....again.
I wanted to get the stash knitted up before the annual knitting pilgrimage to Dublin. Why? To make room for all the new yarn I would acquire. Unfortunately the stash contains the excitedly purchased yarn from the four previous pilgrimages.
But why when, for as long as I can remember, I've been cold sheeping?
Because I get the thrill of hitting the purchase button online. It's not just the yarn I'm buying but the illusion of time to knit it up.
Sometimes this thrill comes back to bit you. For example, last week a knitting website was advertising their grab bags. Oh ho says I, an excellent opportunity to try new yarn out for a discounted price. So I ordered 3 bags- cascade, berocco and crystal palace.
Imagine my excitement when the parcel arrived. I opened the first....
Tuesday, 6 October 2015
Finishing. There are many levels of finishing when it comes to knitting.
Some class a project as finished as soon as the knitting part is done. Some believe finishing occurs once the ends have been woven it while others go as far as washing and blocking their piece before they declare their work finished.
Me? I'm in the weaving in the ends camp. However, I'm getting rather lax about even going that far.
Sunday, 4 October 2015
I had a wonderful post planned for Tuesday but alas, technology let me down. My laptop is on its way out and is now refusing to connect to the Internet. So now I'm stuck with an app on my phone!
I'm just going to have to adjust even though I don't want to lol.
See you Tuesday!
Tuesday, 22 September 2015
Its leaving tomorrow, never to return!!!
Tuesday, 15 September 2015
Many years passed. She stopped blogging so she could concentrate on knitting down her stash. Alas, she was just kidding the world and herself. The stash increased….decreased…..increased and decreased again.
By this time, she has three separate stash locations – at the top of the stairs, underneath the stairs and in the living room. Being a knitter, she doesn’t blame herself, she blames The Summer. It was during The Summer that the living room stash started to grow….and by September it was definitely out of control!
The knitter decided that “enough was enough!” and it was HAVE to be dealt with. Friends encouraged her to have a serious purge, but no, she couldn’t do that. She’d just have to knit it all up.
So here it is, the living room stash in all its glory:
Looks harmless, doesn’t it. Well this monster can be divided into 3 categories.
Caegory 1: I know what I’m doing with you!
Category 2: ALL the kits
One of these kits pictured (and another that escaped) were purchased in August while on holiday. The knitter thought the little boy kit was so nice that she’d go back and get the pink one – there is a flurry of babies and one never knows when one will need pink! It was while the purchasing of the pink kit was taking place that the evil sales lady brought out all the Not one to resist a bargain, the knitter took them all - well, hats and scarves are just so quick aren’t they!
Once category 1 is completed, this selection will be next on the hit list.
Finally, we have category 3: What on earth was I thinking!
Yup, a miscellaneous category. There are inklings of ideas with some of these yarns, and other will be paired up with yarn from the top of the stairs stash.
But baby steps - one skein at a time and I’m sure our intrepid knitter will clear the living room of the invading yarns!