Friday, July 27, 2007

Random thoughts about knitting

I'm actually meant to be cleaning my house right now. I've got good friends coming over for dinner tonight (why is it that randomly every time they've been here, we've had a roast? Actually we probably just save roasts in our freezer until someone is coming over, otherwise it seems a waste for just two and a half of us to eat it). And I REALLY need to clean my house ... *someone* has been computering and sewing and knitting when they should have been being a god housewife. Or at least, a *housewife*, not neccesarily a good one. But that can wait.

I was thinking about the Knitty Level of Difficulty index (scroll down the page) the other day, quite randomly .... and I think I might have progressed. I'd pretty much proudly call myself a TANGY knitter .... which is a big thing for me really, considering I've only re-taken-up knitting since I was pregnant with bub, and she's now almost 1. Obviously, late at night, we all love a bit of MELLOW knitting ..... but I think I'm a little bit tangy now. And I like it :) Thats all.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

5 hours of sewing

and most of it was just getting through the "things to fix" pile! But I did manage to turn this

into these babylegs (basically long legwarmers for babies to make nappy changing easier than if they were wearing pants/tights).

Have been thinking lots about how to dye my wool too ... I just need to clean my kitchen so i can spread it out in there and go for it!

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Finally, something for me!

I can't believe it ..... i actually made something for me! I found
this knitty pattern the other day, and the cables scared me ..... but I really liked the gloves, so I thought I'd make them without the cables, but with cool variegated yarn to still give them interest.
By themselves they look awesome ....

but put together ....

So not happy! They have the same amount of stitches, were knitted from the same ball of wool, within 24 hours of each other ..... *sigh*. So now I dont know if I embrace the difference and wear them anyway ..... or just see if anyone else wants them!
But I'm still proud. And a confession .... I bought a cable needle. So one of the next challenges is learning how to cable .... do cables.... however you say it!

And in much more exciting news, my wool has arrived!

It's all for dyeing ... the blue is much more muted in real life, and its all lovely and soft. Each ball is 200g, all from Now, do I spend days thinking about all the possible colourways, or just jump on in ....

Monday, July 16, 2007

Four hours work ....

Well, some REALLY not exciting sewing ..... 12 (one layer burley knit terry (BKT) one layer hemp stretch terry) 30cm x 40cm inserts/flat nappies for a friend's nappy stash for her new bub who's due in October (see the nappy network for more details on modern cloth nappies). While the inserts themselves arent that exciting (though they do have a pretty edge on them) the fact that I've started her stash is!

Saturday, July 14, 2007

What I'm knitting atm ... and what I'm scared to knit!

Here's a soaker that I'm knitting atm ... small size Punk knitters pattern on circulars. I'm planning to embroider either one big star or some small stars on the back of it with the Tekapo Tartan variegated wool next to the soaker (trying to be creative with using up all the little ends of wool I have swirling around the bottom of my knitting bag!)
And here's some beautiful beautiful wool... currently the most expensive wool I've bought ($18AU for 100g!). I so love its slubbiness, the colours .... I'm just trying to find a project worthy of its loveliness :)

Thursday, July 12, 2007

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways

My ode to Punk Knitters :) I love this pattern ..... can you tell??? I THINK I've made at least 12 of this pattern so far .... and I have another one on the needles as we speak.

To knit, perchance, to dye ...

Some pics to share of previous dyeing attempts.

Pink wool dyed with red koolaid (to make pink, and darker pink variegated wool)

I then knitted the wool up into the soaker on the top right hand (newborn size)

Some yellow handwash wool that I dyed with orange koolaid (to make yellow and orange variegated wool).

I then knitted and felted the wool up into a needle holder - there wasn't much of it so i had to think of something smallish!

And the latest attempt - an experiment in how much koolaid NOT to use with 50g of wool. The wool began as a double stranded wool - one strand navy blue, the other a white ---> medium blue colourway. Apparently 2 packets means that you'll get a very strong red colour throughout the whole variegated section, instead of a nice pink ---> purple (double stranded with the navy blue) wool. And it also felted as I was washing it afterwards ....... *sigh*. But I slowly unravelled it and wound it into a ball ..... and will figure out something to do with it eventually!

And a lovely lovely present that I recieved today from a friend who just came back from the states ...... now, to wait for my wool to arrive so I can use this!

When too many is never enough

So what have I been knitting? Soakers, soakers, and more soakers! They're newborn, small, and medium size in the unreal Punk Knitters pattern. I love this pattern - and it gives me a chance to use my addi turbo circular needle for a quick project.
check it out!

From left to right -
Newborn size: 100% wool with leftover 100% wool stripes throughout. I've lost the bands for the main wool ...... but I know its 100% wool because I remember paying for it!
Small size: Cleckheaton Country 100% wool (with leftover wool stripes again!). Love love LOVE this wool.
Medium size: Cleckheaton Country 100% wool in hot pink, and Tekapo Sunshine 100% NZ wool for the cuffs, waistband, and stripes throughout.

My bubba is wearing the medium size over her nightnappy right now, the other two will hopefully find a new home.

And a hat I knitted in acrylic to try out a pattern - so another addition to the project list is knitting this in lovely scrummy wool :)

The next step in the growing obsession ...

It all starts so innocently. You start sewing again, and you discover you like it. So you sew a little ... buy a few metres of fabric ... and then suddenly you've got more fabric than time to do anything with it.
And then you remember that you like knitting. So you start to knit with the acrylic that you have hidden under the bed in a box ... then you use up the real wool that you have randomly strewn through the box ..... then you buy more wool .... then you discover variegated wool ... and circular needles ..... and then you think "I wish I coud find some wool in a different colourway" so you buy some koolaid ... and then suddenly you have to make a blog about knitting and dying wool and other various crafty endeavours because you figure that if you're thinking about this stuff so much, you might as well be telling cyberspace about it.

It's much less likely for cyberspace's eyes to glaze over at the sound of another conversation about wool or going to a fabric store, anyway :)
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