Monday, April 19, 2004

Well, I spent the weekend knitting up 2 ply Checkheaton wool crepe into some Komi inspired socks for my Mother for Mother's Day. They are such beautiful psuedo-slippers that I just want to keep them for myself and wear them around the house.

I'm really pleased with the Checkheaton wool, which I bought at Spotlight. It knits to perfect foot size with about 35-8 stitches across the foot. The pattern was for mittens but turned out so large with this wool and my smaller dpns that I just decided to make socks instead. The beauty of knitting from the toe/fingers up.

I think I have also just comprehended knitting small circular circumferences with two circular needles. It needed to percolate for several months in my head before I could even comprehend. But I think I have it now.

Friday, April 16, 2004

I am currently making gloves, from the fingertip down, ala the thumbs on Anna Zilboorgs mittens. I don't know exactly how I am going to graft the fingers together, except that I think I will do a double bind-off of the two centre inside stiches on each side, and pop the rest onto four needles going round and round, like you would knitting a mitten after you had grafted on the thumb.

We'll see if it works. I have a book on knitting fair isle gloves at home, I should probably read that, but what good is it being an anarchistic knitter if you slavishly follow a pattern?

The reason I moved from mittens to gloves is because I have some left over jacquard style wool in a nice colourway, but I hate it when the colour changes mid-row. I decided that each colour in the rainbow is long enough to knit around one row of a mitten thumb, and then thought, what about rainbow fingers. So I'm knitting 10 fingers, each 12-stitches around.

I will take photos this weekend and post them. I will also post photos of the beautiful voodoo wristwarmers from knitty that I made in the mutlicoloured wool. They are beautiful in their ribbed multi-colour confetti goodness.

Tuesday, April 06, 2004

Now I really want to knit Rosa. According to the knitting garden I only need 4 balls of 4 ply cotton in flirty to make the xs size. I can afford that!

And 4,000 beads!

I really want to just use another colour yarn instead of the beads.
I love the little kimono Karen made here. Perfect for a new baby my friends have just had. I think the pattern is from Quick baby knits : over 25 designs for 0-3 year olds / Debbie Bliss, which I would have to interloan from another library in New Zealand. But still, it's worth it.