Procrastination. Even if you don’t think it looks good on you, you still wear it. In fact, it seems 95% of us (Americans, anyhow) are wearnig the title. So, if that many are wearing the title, it is a new trend and thus, looks good – right? ;)
OK, OK – I’m just trying to rationalize and glamorize my severe neglect of this blog – You caught me :”)
So what has been going on these past weeks? Lot’s in fact. I’ve been knitting quite regularly, done some dyeing, back at spinning, tackled some felting and had even done some sewing, too! Of course, all this productivity does not in anyway imply I have shunned my other responsibilities. In fact, the four kiddos are keeping me on my toes. And, I find I am as excited as they are to see school and baseball come to an end this week.
Before I post photos of my latest accomplishments, I want to take a moment and invite you to join me in a Knit Study or Learn Along – I am not sure which title I prefer at the moment but that can be worked out later. I will go into further detail on this week’s Podcast (which will record on Friday) but for now, details are as follows:
In an effort to brush up on knitting skills and learn new things, I plan to study the following ( not necessarily in this order – or in any sort of order, really ) :
- Cast Ons: for garments, cuff down and toe up socks
- Bind Offs: for garments, cuff down and toe up socks
- Increases & Decreases
- Short Rows
- Hem Lines
- Incorporating a stitch pattern into a design template
- Joining flat peices
- Freeform knitting
- More to Come…
I am gathering up all my half-skeins, acrylic, and long-forgotten yarns to begin this study in basic and advanced knitting techniques.
I will use various books from my library when necessary and will include them in a separate post as a Bibliography for your reference. I may also make reference to online resources, which will also be added to the Bibliography.
In this week’s Podcast I will announce the first study. We will begin with a basic and essential: Measuring for Gauge. If you wish to participate, please leave a comment on this blog or post a message in the Destiknit the Podcast (DTP) Group in Ravelry. (a Ravelry link)
Depending on listener/reader response, I will post study info and possible tutorials here on the blog, in DTP Group or both. The greatest benefit of choosing DTP Group as a posting place is that we can all share our experiences, suggestions, questions, photos, etc. there.
So, onto hand made goodness; knit-wise, spin-wise, dye-wise, felt-wise, sew-wise:
Unst - These were pair #2 for DD, knit at a looser tension.
POMS - one finished (picture coming)
Sacre du Printemps - I actually dyed this yarn for the fore mentioned sock pattern. But, I can be a fickle fanny and am now thinking this yarn wants to be Sunshine.
Shades of Grape - DD has requested purple Spiral Boot Socks. Since I am trying to work from the stash, I kettle dyed some SW Merino with Kool Aid.
Crayon Sack - DS2 and I were truly bored one day. I found a skein of Cascade 220 and one of each type of Kool Aid we had in the pantry. After a very brief instructional (he's watched me hundreds of times), he went at it, creating a beautiful rainbow yarn, he called Crayon.
Once the yarn was dried and caked, I knit and knit and knit until I nearly ran out of yarn. We felted the floppy pouch and were thrilled to bits when the finished item was 'perfect' for DS2's colored pencils. Crayon Sack, closed
Felt Fabric from Scratch - Really! I have a pile (really a plastic shopping bag) full of wool fibers that just aren't suitable for spinning. I thought I would try needle felting but that would require the purchase of more equipment. Instead, I decided to try wet felting the loose fibers to create a single, cohesive fabric. This small sample has given me tons of inspiration for future projects!
Cape May-ish - Our Monthly Adventures Group had decided to do a Sew/Knit Along, using the Cape May pattern. DD and I thought this would be a great collaboration and immediately purchased a Charm Pack of her chosen colors. Once we reviewed the pattern, we realized the original bag would be too long for her frame. Not to mention our Charm Pack was short 6 squares. We grossly modified every aspect of the project. In fact, this is an entirely new bag, inspired by the Cape May bag.
As for Spinning, I have been tackling the Finn, still. It really is taking me far longer than it ought to get this yarn spun! But, I am half finished – then to plying. I am still uncertain as to which ply I will use; either a basic 3 ply or a cabled yarn. Either way, it will be a new ply for me!
Plus, I have two projects I am designing/knitting up. I also have the Fat Feet pattern to finish. Generally, pattern writing isn’t tedious for me. But, in this case, just as with the Ultra Comfy House socks, I am fairly certain a seasoned sock knitter wouldn’t need a pattern to recreate Fat Feet. I am toying with the idea of simply typing my notes into the blog, as I’ve noticed other blogger/knitters do.