Knit update

I have been working on these FOREVER!!!

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72st 3×1 ribbed socks for man feet. I’m using 2.25’s which is one down from the usual 2.5 that I usually use, in an effort to make these last longer than the last pair I made. I have only really been working on these since Christmas week, but they are so repetitive that it feels like forever.

Last year was pretty much the year I discovered sock making. I had tried when I first learned, but for whatever reason didn’t get on with it. Along with my reading goals I actually have some knitting goals to go with.

1. To knit one pair of socks a month from yarn and patterns in my stash/library.

2. To knit a sweater for my mum.

This one is actually underway, I’m making Aureus by Michele Wang in Drops Lima.

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The colour is a lovely Deep Purple I know she’ll like. Her birthday is at the end of the month, so I probably won’t finish it by then, but there’s Mother’s Day, and if all else fails, Christmas?

3. To Finish my Antler Cardigan

That’s it for now. I don’t want to put too many rules in with the sock thing because I get bored so easily, but I’m definitely excited to see what this year brings.

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Goodbye 2014

I’ve been thinking about this blog a fair bit recently and I thought I should share some of that with you. It’s a bit of a Tldr. post, but I hope that if you’re interested, it might explain some of the new direction I’ll be going in on here coming into the new year.

This blog began mostly to show off some work I’d been doing at college, but to be honest that’s been too restrictive and I’ve been doing personal projects that don’t always have to do with knitting that I want to share here, so the posts are going to become a bit more varied. Part of the reason for that has been to do with a resolution I made last year to read more.

I promised myself I’d read a book a week and I smashed that target and ended up reading over 80! So this year I want to read at least 75, but to make it more interesting I’ve given myself some more specific targets.

1. No more than 10 of my total can be graphic novels.

That’s not to say they won’t be read, but I estimate that at least 20 of this years books read were graphic novels. I love reading them, but the point of setting myself a reading target was to challenge myself, and reading a graphic novel is just not challenging for me. I’m not going to apply the same restrictions to novella’s or anthologies, but we’ll see as time goes on.

2. At least 30 of my total to be authored by writers who identify as female.

27 of the books I read this year were by women, some I read more than one book by, like Susan Hill, Michelle Paver and Suzanne Collins. I discovered some authors I want to read more by, like Angela  Carter (one of my lecturers commented that she couldn’t believe I hadn’t read her, and after reading The Magic Toyshop I have to agree) and Joyce Carol Oates. I’d like to continue this trend.

3. To review some of the books I read.

I love reading, and I’m so glad I made the effort to do more of it, as it opened some doors for me this year that I didn’t expect. I’m already going to be writing some reviews this year, but I’d like to write some here, for this blog. Especially some of the knitting books I read as I feel like reading a review of a knitting book might help me to decide what to buy. I also need to develop my skills in ‘opinion forming’ for lack of a better expression.

So that’s my reading targets. As for the rest of the stuff it essentially boils down to making this blog more of a personal space, for adventures in sewing, knitting and reading. I’m starting a weight management programme on the NHS really soon, so I need a space that’s mine right now.

I’ll still be blogging my work, but primarily as images through tumblr @http://mamatyphooknits.tumblr.com/

Thanks for reading, and I hope this year brings great things :)

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Fixing a Mistake :(

So… I was wrong. Ignoring that fact that people probably shouldn’t give advice unless they really know the answer, I realised the day after I posted that my Vikkel Braid was wrong. I put the shawl on the naughty step, and took a couple of days to convince myself that fixing it was the right thing to do, and here it is:

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It’s not a huge difference, but I would have hated to leave it and carry on. Never mind, I think it looks great now, and I’m loving how some of the others are turning out too.

I haven’t got any more Seadragonus to show you, (though I have finished turning the heel and decreasing) but I am working on a little something else which is quite exciting; two pattern tests! Just a sneak peek for today :)

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Stitch marker tutorial

mamatyphoo:

I’ve got an update for later, but I HAD to share this excellent stitch marker tutorial with you all. Even for jewellery making newbs like myself this makes the process look pretty easy!

Originally posted on Crafty Tails:

Stitch markers 125Before I started knitting I used to make jewellery. Pretty rudimentary stuff – nothing complicated. In the same way that I love the colours and textures of yarn, I love the colours and textures of beads too and amassed a small-ish stash. In a recent post I shared photos of my stitch markers.

Stitch markers 161These stitch markers are really straight forward to make and give you pretty much instant gratification. Above you can see how I set up my work station (coffee table) before getting started. Clockwise from top left I have my crimping pliers, a selection of beads that I want to use, tigertail wire, a bowl for the finished markers, a bowl for the ends to be discarded and a wire cutter, which in this case is a flat nosed pliers with a wire cutter.

I actually bought the tigertail wire a few years ago without realising what it…

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Quickie Update

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The Seadragonus Sock was released two days ago, and though I’m joining in with the KAL, starting in September, I decided to get a head start on the first pair, as I’m making matching ones for me and Litt’lun. I got this far tonight, and hope to finish the first one tomorrow. Sorry about the picture quality, the light is awful in here (which is incidentally also the reason I’ve stopped knitting it for the night). Check out the designers blog post (and much nicer pictures) Here.

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*Spoiler Alert!* Clue 1 of Family Tree Shawl

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Clue One Completed! I am loving the look so far, and I’m really pleased with the colour choice, they grey is a nice cool complement to the variegated pinky purples, and I’m sure it’s going to work well together as long as I keep my tension under control. The main ting to watch out for is that the Noro is very curly with little bounce and the Drops Baby Merino is super bouncy. So far though the fluffy property that the baby merino has (which is common in a lot of cheaper merino yarns) actually complements the Noro as I hoped it might. So that’s all good.

A couple of things I will say as far as the pattern is concerned:

The Vikkel Braid instructions are a bit confusing. You are directed to an online video and from the webpage, it’s not actually super clear which video you are meant to watch, but the one I watched indicated that you should knit each colour into the same colour from the braid set-up. From reading the KAL thread, I gathered that you are actually meant to knit into the alternating colours. This isn’t clear on the pattern sadly.

Also, I was very confused by the colour descriptions, as the pattern refers to MC and CC and also Background Colour, Colour A and Colour B. It’s fairly intuitive, but I do like these things to be really clear in patterns or I worry that I’ve gotten them the wrong way around.

All in all, I’m really enjoying the pattern so far, and my niggles are fairly small, bearing in mind that all my questions were answered in the KAL thread. I’m really looking forward to Friday!

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A Tentative FO and an Experimental MKAL

This morning I finished knitting this:

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In case you are wondering, I based the image on Little Man’s favourite character from a family favourite, ‘Kiki’s Delivery Service’. The titular characters mascot, a sarcastic black cat is called JiJi, and we love him, so this jumper has been a big hit. I used Rowan Big Wool from a sale (ages ago) at my LYS, and some Rico Eco Chunky (doubled up, as it’s really more of an aran weight) from my stash, so it’s been quite the stash buster. I used this pattern as a base, though the gauge changed, I knitted the sleeves in the round, changed the neckline shaping and finishing completely, and knitted some ribbing around the hemline. It’s fairly different I think.

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My favourite of the Birthstone Shawls, another series from Fiddle Knits.

So, my next project is the Family Tree Shawl, by Fiddle Knits as part of the You & I Shawl series. I finished my Catkin some time ago, and am really enjoying my textural shawls at the moment so when I saw this I was pretty excited to see what the MKAL would bring.

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The yarns I’ve chosen I’m a little tentative about, as they are very different. It’s Drops Baby Merino in Grey, and a lovely skein of Noro Sock (which was, as ever, hell to wind). The first clue came out yesterday, -and it was very hard to soldier on with the jumper and wait to cast on, but I’m going to do so now I’ve finished something and can justify it. Wish me luck!

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