Archive for April, 2010

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April 30, 2010

I spend most of my time at home, so I spend most of my knitting time at home. In the winter, that’s usually on the sofa, the right hand end to be precise lol. I put my feet up on the foot stooly thing, have my glass of water to hand and either music/tv on. Sometimes I venture to a different chair ๐Ÿ˜‰ In the summer, when it’s warm enough to be outside, my knitting and I move to our Adirondack chairs outside. They have wide arm rests useful, for phones and water and the yarn (always centre pull to stop it falling on the ground TOO often).

I’ve been known to knit in the kitchen while Simon cooks, or at the computer (good way to finish a boring project). I don’t knit in bed as often as I used to, but if I’m unable to nap/having a particularly horrid day, then knitting in bed infront of a good film is great.

Rarely do I go out without some knitting with me. On long car journeys it’s amazing how much of a sock can be knitted. I think once you’ve knitted and found spaces of time to knit, you become aware of how much time non-knitters must be at a loose end. In those moments, my knitting comes out. Knitting is also a good way for me to STOP and not make myself do more than I should. Mum and I spent an hour in Edinburgh’s art gallery’s coffee shop knitting, switching off, taking 5 whilst dad and Simon went off and “did” art. It meant my batteries were recharged.

Some pictoral evidence:

from top left to bottom right: (1) me knitting lying down in the sunshine in the middle of Mount Grace Priory (2) Picasa wouldn’t let me move the pics, so Mum’s head and feet are chopped off: Mum knitting in Edinburgh (3) the adirondack in the snow (3) me and the sock I’m knitting up a mountain in Austria (4) me knitting amongst the DIY (wallpapering to be precise) (5) the sofa, as you look at it, I sit on the left (6) The dining room, where yarn winding and yarn storage and Ravelry happens (7) me knitting on the sofa

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Fav tools

April 29, 2010

Seeing as I managed to combine day two and day 4’s topic into one, I present you the wild card.

I think it would have to be my ball winder. It saves loads of energy of hand winding. It also stops the yarn getting mucky and rolling about (if knitting straight from the ball). It provides a more even tension, knots become apparent BEFORE you’re knitting. Add to that the aesthetics of a centre wound ball of wool ๐Ÿ˜‰

Downside of my tool is that it’s a noisy version.

the ball winder

a centre wound ball

Link to other wild card Tool describers

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Great Knitter(s)

April 28, 2010

I started this entry this morning and wasn’t sure I could talk about ONE great knitter and had planned to talk about those whose blogs I RSS subscribe to, however on writing the WHYs, I’ve realised that there are two front runners for my favourite knitters, yet the reasons aren’t just knitting related.

Ysolda and Kate (aka needled/wazz)

I’ve been reading Ysolda’s blog for a long long time. Since before she decided to go pro in the pattern writing. I think it was through her writing that I found Kate’s. They are both exceptional writers with their own style. In fact they are two very strong women who seem to have a very strong sense of self and that is reflected in the blogs beautifully.

The patterns that they have individually designed are so varied, from chunky cosy sweaters to wispier more feminine deisgns. I’ve knitted two ofย  each of their designs with more in my queue. The patterns are very well written.

Their knitting inspiration goes beyond their patterns released though. I learnt directional increases and choosing the correct size and adapting it to fit from Ysolda and Kate’s play with colour designs-well I refer to yesterday’s entry on what colour designs mean to me.

The reason though that I love their blogs so much, is that ithey go beyond knitting. They include fantastic photos, cooking, baking, journeys and Kate’s recent rehab. They’re people not “just” knitters and I smile everytime that their name is highlighted as being updated.

The glimpses of Edinburgh are added extras!

Link to other people writing about Great Knitters

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Aspirations

April 27, 2010

The type of patterns I still avoid with trepidation stems from a time consuming failed project. I give you space invader socks:

They look good, the foot is to fit a male size 11. They took a long long time. They do not fit. The colourwork is too tight that they are a struggle to get on my size 6 feet. I still haven’t frogged these, despite them being finished several years ago. Actually writing that last sentence makes me realise that I probably should frog and restart the leg part, as there’s no way that my knitting skills have stayed static.

The following four links are items I’ve got in my favourites ominously tagged with “colourwork” that I feel encompass what I would love to do some-day.

Little Birds,ย Reykjavic, and two ravelry only links: Hyla’s fair isle hoodie, Baby’s first fair isle.

Other peoples’ knitting aspirations stories

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Starting Out

April 26, 2010

I meant to ask mum HOW it was that in 2006, I got her to show me how to crochet again. In primary school we’d “learnt”. I never got the hang of it and a well meaning (?) relative did my crocheting for me instead of teaching me. I was left with the feeling that I couldn’t crochet-ever. So, it was a surprise to pick up a hook and start on my merry way.

That year I made slippers, hats, scarves, mittens, amigurumis, some blankets, podcosies, mostly out of acrylic yarn as that was all I could find. Craftster was a fantastic inspiration…

My nan bought me some sockyarn on holiday in Germany and that was the intro into knitting. I found a fantastic pattern for crocheted socks, but did not get on with small hooks, so half way through the foot, I frogged that attempt and went and found http://www.knittinghelp.com to teach me.

From swatching to my first socks (toe up) being completed was according to my photos a little over 2 months, with a fun fur scarf along the way.

I do feel that knitting links me with previous generations. My nan knitted me a few sweaters as a kid-I loved them, itchy and all and made countless baby shawls. My great grandmother apparently used to knit in the stands at Murrayfield! Mum now knits too (she’d learnt as a teen, but never really loved it then).

Other crafters blog about their Starting out stories

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Photography

April 25, 2010

Recently I was considering getting an SLR camera with liveview. Because of my visual field loss, I’ve always wondered if what I see through the view finder is what the picture will look like. Digital cameras with liveview have been fab. Hours of research revealed that an Olympus DSLR is condsiderably lighter than the Canon equivalents that Simon and Mum both have and I thought that it would make it easier to use because of that as well as its liveview function. This week though I’ve been playing about with Simon’s DSLR (no liveview) and having considerable fun with Aperture Priority settings. Not sure I need to invest in a lighter/liveview camera, as hey I can always take a pic and adjust the framing of it for the second pic if needed. The pic I like best from today’s attempts:

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Art

April 22, 2010

This last weekend was my second visit to York Open Studios. With different exhibiting locations and mum in tow this year, we enjoyed a lovely sunny day in York. Last year I fell in love with Mrs Chatto‘s pics last year and this year bought myself a little one. I also fell in love with parts of York previously unventured and could have sat in the full-to-the-rafters-with-gorgeousness Mark Hearld’s flat Yes, I am aware that that goes against my uncluttered preference in my own home!ย  I was disappointed with some big I AM BEST characters-there’s no need…

Next week might see me updating daily, ha so I should shut up here and leave you with a link to explain why.