I’ve called this post Ephemeral Knitting rather than ‘My week in knitting’ because it occurred to me as I was writing the second week, that I was putting all the stuff together which could be found in something called a magazine.
Hooray, I thought. I’ve always wanted to create a magazine and this might be the ideal way of working off the angst I have about opening a yarn shop which I can’t afford.
(Also, those posts are no longer weekly as it takes me so long to do them. Fortnightly, perhaps.)
All things to do with socks
Ravelry is a knitter’s community paradise with forums, groups, patterns, yarns and anything to do with knitting or crocheting. I like to read some threads to get ideas and learn about various knitting techniques or patterns.
knitting through a book – Some great suggestions of knitting books that other people have already discovered. One of the first ones to be mentioned was a sock knitting book so that caught my interest. –
Knitting term of the week
Variegated – exhibiting different colours, especially as irregular patches or streaks.
This Tube socks pattern from the Knitting Bunny looks very nice so it’s on my list of ones to try out.
Stitches / Patterns
I’ve also had time on the couch since being ill with a chest infection so have been trying a Singular lacy rib stitch from Purl Avenue.
I have been coveting the yarn that goes along with this Wrap, when not coveting the actual wrap itself. I was impressed with how beautiful and simple it looks with the delicate colourwork.
A cable stitch that doesn’t need a cable needle. Twisting the Barbara Walker Way – I’ve not tried it out yet but it sounds fun, especially after forgetting my cable stitch holder this morning and having to improvise with a key ring. That was some stressful knitting.
Turkish slanted rib stitch
@purlavenue posted a blog post on a Stockinette Elongated Stitch which contains a dropped slip-stitch which I think looks very similar to this hat pattern I’m trying to find, apart from the slant.
When I suggested it to her she suggested I try the Turkish Slanted rib stitch, so I did.
Close, but no cigar, yet.
I’ve finished my daughter’s scarf in neon orange Schachenmayr and so I’ve been exploring how long a scarf should be anyway. I don’t know. If anyone has any information about this then let me know. She still doesn’t like it.
The Regenerate shawl from Knitty
Nightsongs Nightingale – A dainty and elegant shawl with a repetitive leaf design [free]
Yarns / Shops
I had forgotten which yarn I had bought for my socks and then discovered on the website for Beshley’s Wool that it was Artesano British Wool. To my even greater pleasure, I found two skeins of soft Artesano wool in Red and purple that I had bought months ago and had stashed away.
My other favourite yarn this week is the Madeline Tosh Vintage and it can be bought from various places but here is a store in the UK. A lovely store with Uncommon Thread.
Knitpicks http://www.knitpicks.com/ – Hugely popular but I’ve just discovered them.
Loop – beautiful and wonderful yarn.
Sites of the week
Amirisu – A Japanese knitting magazine. Very elegant.
This Ravelry thread on what to do if you want to design knitting patterns is a great resource for anyone interested in that kind of thing.
I learnt, and still learn, how to knit patterns through YouTube and WikiHow or Blogs on the web so I am hugely grateful for all the resources out there. On the Mystery Knit-ALong I finished a few weeks ago, one of the trickiest 3-to-5 stitches was explained through the use of video. When I bought my spinning kit, I had no idea what the instructions were telling me to do so I looked it up on YouTube and managed to spin some yarn that night.
The knitting videos on the Purl Bee website are very helpful.
Ephemeral Knitting Kits – a query
I like knitting kits because everything is all ready to go. No delays, no wait no having to leave the house. Also, I really like the scarf I first knit for my little girl and the one I just finished.
The Boston Schachenmayr yarn is soft and thick and bright, oh-so-bright, and the end results have been quite fabulous. Let me know If anyone would like to buy a scarf kit containing two skeins of yarn, knitting needles size 6 1/2 mm and some instructions and pictures of how K1P1 rib and K2P2 rib come out. I’m going to research different sizes and will list some colours too. The cost will be £15 so I can try it out.
Because you’ve read this far:
And the final pattern is for a backpack from Lion Brand. I think I registered first before I could access the pattern. It looks useful.
Happy knitting until next week.
Joanna – 19 March, 2014Tweet