Monday, 29 August 2016

Weeks end

This weekend marks a big moment in my family. 

My big brother, my only brother turned 60.

This photo is stolen shamelessly from my sister.  Happy Birthday, Lionel!  I haven't knit him anything yet.  I really ought to make him some socks or something.  He is pretty knittable for a brother.  He is a huge support for me. 

There should have been a lot more knitting done.  There should have been at least one project done, but I think a very big part of why these things aren't done is that my knitting life is filled with should haves.  Had I followed through on my plans, I would have completed the should haves and would be knitting a new sweater for myself or something else exciting.

Instead, I watched movies, and knit desultorily.

I finished one set of heels and worked on this.

This should have been finished.  I am on the last section, and then have only the finishing bit of black to do to turn a plain Wingspan into a masterful stained glass effect one.  Maybe not masterful.  It is me knitting after all, and I only rate garden variety knitter.  It does have the effect of a masterwork though, which is as good as I can get.  It has turned out very very well.  The soft shades that remind me so much of beach like days, are framed and captured for all time. 

Tomorrow perhaps.  There is always tomorrow.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

A parade of heels

The parade of heels continues. 

I finished set one this morning. ( I wasn't child minding today so there was lots of time!)

I am really pleased with these.  There were times knitting the pattern, where it got frustrating, but that was a matter of the gradient yarn being a little too close to the dark gray plain colour.  Still, it was a good lesson to learn.  Watch your colour choices.  Think it through.

Up next was this pair.

I decided to go with plain stockinette this time.  You can also see quite clearly that I did not graft the heel, but am using a three needle bind off.  The first pair also uses this join.  Few people do this because they feel they are going to feel a lump.  I don't.  Ever. 

I have been doing ridges and layers and things as I knit the patches for my large hole sock repair and not once, have I ever felt the edges or the three needle bind off that I have used.  I have tough feet, I guess.  With no sense of rthym, but that is a different story. 

One fun fact of knitting this heel.  The yarn is doubled but the match is so good you can't see it at all. The very first round had about 6 inches of the darkest colour, but then morphed into blend perfectly with the rest.  Pure chance which makes it really cool.  I have tied the two ends  of the ball of yarn together so that can continue for sock two.

But there was other knitting today too.  I made time to get out and go knit with friends tonight and gosh darn it, that was enough heels for one day.  I pulled out another take it anywhere no stress project.

 I used to have a large jar of nice yarns back in the day of the bright yellow study and one day, I noticed that I had a bunch of things that just worked together.  Two fluffy angora things, one chunky, and a bunch of fingering weight pretty things.  Only 1 was a new yarn.  All the others had been knit in some way or other before.  Some yarns have successful projects on my Ravelry page and others were complete failures with the yarn recovered.  Grays and taupes and blues and one creamy white.  I wasn't sure about the white, but now that I have more than one line of it, I like it.  It keeps it from being too grim and dark. 

Everyone who sees it asks me what I am making and honestly, I have no idea.  The project is based on a gorgeous wrap they used to have at the yarn store using a real mix of gorgeous yarns.  It was huge, done on larger needles and was a wrap that just enveloped the wearer.  The original design was an Estelle Yarns pattern which is sadly, no longer available.    Basically, you knit every row and cut the yarn on every row to form a long fringe.  Garter stitch optional.  Or at least that is what I recall.  I am not really a fringe person, but when the pattern demands it...

I have it almost wide enough for a good scarf, but I am not ready to stop knitting it.  I also have a ton of yarn left, so I am kind of thinking of knitting a second and joining them to form a small cowl sized poncho like thing.  Not the giant all encompassing standard poncho but something that always keeps it's shawl like roots firmly in the forefront.   I wouldn't do the fringe on the second piece giving me a nice clean edge to join to the first.

I knit and watched a movie or two and then I knit with friends.  And that was my day and it was good. 


A darn good cowl.

I finished my quick cowl the other day and put it to immediate use.

Even with a sweater, that little extra something really helps take the chill off.  I have it on again this morning.  I can see it becoming part of my everyday.  It isn't long enough to double, but it is just right to tuck into the neck of a jacket without getting too thick over your chest, like some scarves do.

I did work on heels yesterday.  I thought about all those worn ones in my drawer too.  With the worn heels in mind and a rather large skein of black yarn left to work with, i decided to double up the yarn and knit a really sturdy tightly knit heel, in the hopes that I will get a longer life out of it.

I've also had better luck for a longer heel life with a garter stitch heel, so that came into play as well.  A good sturdy garter stitch heel.  Lookin good.   The floor here and in my next abode are not carpet so that should help a great deal, but no point in taking a chance.  Good sturdy heels are my best hope.

That is for me today.  More heels are in the immediate forecast, and from the chill coming in the window, I would say this is a good thing.

~YA/ r;elt.t.`y/ +OD`yr;n/ g=o=o=od/ C=owk\e;

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

It sure is dark out there

The last couple of days have been rainy and wet here, and nights are seriously chilly.  It no longer seems like it is getting close to sweater weather.  It is sweater weather.

And 4 o'clock in the morning is still darkest night.  It doesn't pretend to be light, or even let you think it might be close to morning.  4 o'clock is still the middle of the night.  6 a.m. is now thinking about morning.  As I write, it is still not light enough to tell what kind of day it will be and sunrise is a good half hour away.

It is also sock weather.  It is time to take a serious look at all those socks I have been knitting and make heels and toes. 

Some of the new socks do have heels of various kinds and are ready to be pressed into service, but

there are 4 new pairs for me, plus two pairs of gift socks that need heels.  It is time to get that done.

But it is also time to go through the drawer to assess the heels on the existing stock of socks for wear.  I knew that in the spring, but summer makes it oh so easy to forget all the little things.  Or, if not to forget them to put them way far down the scale of things you need to do today.  I put socks on when I went out yesterday for the very first time in several months and it took a couple of tries before I had an entirely unholey pair to put on.

Cool fall nights and the definite crisp in the air make it ever so plain that these tasks, so easily put off, should not have been. Since finishing the last socks, I have been oddly at loose ends, but that is over now.  Heels. 

I have a goal.  It is a very good thing.