For skipping down rainbow road

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Photographing your own feet is HARD. Commissioning your poor mother who has a slipped disk to get on the floor and take pics for you is kind of even harder.

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Look at those books in the background! Matches perfectly.

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Very basic 60 stitch stockinette cuff down sock, with black yarn used for cuff, heel and (a tiny bit of the) toe. I did a fish lips kiss heel for these and quite like it – not sure I prefer it to flaps , but it’s definitely a nicer way of doing a short row heel than the way I’ve been doing it before. Heels is a whole science!!

I used two full repeats of the rainbow per sock, which worked out to 50g exactly – so I have half the skein left! Wheeee!

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Making time for inspiration

Once in a while my little darling is fast asleep and I’m not exhausted. Then I take the opportunity to make time for inspiration.

Happily I’ve managed to:

  • Dye a nice merino silk blend for a new project.
  • Get started charting according to Miriam Felton’s instructions (remember that class from Craftsy I’ve been writing about).
  • (Oh, and that other drawing is ideas for how to plant the raspberry hedges… I did make time for that too. Completely non-knitting related, but still.)

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Discovering Craftsy

Some months back Tove and I did a theme week with our best tips for where to find supplies, patterns, you name it. Doing our investigation we discovered things that were new to us too. Some new things just had to cook for a while. Suddenly I got a newsletter from Craftsy about their video classes and especially one about how to design your own lace shawls. (I don’t read newsletter too often. You know, just scrambling through before deleting them.) This time however I stopped eying it through carefully.

Craftsy is a learning platform with video based courses in not only knitting, but anything handcrafted. I’m looking at the knitting and yarn related courses (no surprise there I think).

There’s mini couses which are free and there are more extensive courses that you pay for. (Naturally I’ve signed up for Miriam Felton’s class Lace Shawl Design. Being a bit of a language geek (sometimes) I’ve also signed up for Edie Eckman’s How to Say It: Pattern Writing for Knitters.

You can find Craftsy online, but also easily accessed via their mobile app. (I’m especially fond of easy access and being able to view the courses on my mobile, on my apple tv or the computer just gives me all the options I need).

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All mine

So I thought I’d try to actually USE some of my handspun yarn for something. Mine and Helena’s first coproduction yielded a decent amount of mostly-even off white yarn:

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I plied most of it, but one bobbin’s worth I left as a single.

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I also had the brown and grey (one of them is Romney but I can’t remember WHICH) yarn from the spinning class Anneli and I took this autumn.

So this….

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… became this:

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It’s extremely funny looking when on its own, all lumpy and uneven. I didn’t bother with gauge; just picked 28sts because it seemed like it’d work and knit all the yarn on 4.5mm DPNs, regardless of weight. All the colour changes are based on 6 rows (6, 12, 18 etc) and while they may look misshapen off the hands, I actually think they look pretty good on!

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I’ve never really got the point of mitts before but I think these changed my mind. They’re super warm (a little itchy though) and one day as I was walking home, hands jammed in my pockets against the wind, I remembered I had these in my bag.

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Totally made a difference. I may be a mitt convertee yet. And I feel really proud of these, my first handspun knit! They’re very post-apocalyptic chic. Very Hunger Games. I’m calling them my Bad Wolf Moment mitts.

I kind of love them.

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Precious knitting moments

With the change of my situation the precious knitting moments have become a rarity. There’s lots of things you can combine: Tea and knitting; Telly and knitting; Telly and breast feeding… But knitting and breast feeding? Not so much. If the baby is contently eating and half asleep you might be able to knit slooowly depending on how entangled your arms are.

So mostly the knitting is just sitting there trying to stare me down. And all I can do is stare back.

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And sometimes the baby is fast asleep in her own bed. Then I can sit down with my knitting and the cat can occupy my lap.

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Well, until he discoveres there’s yarn involved. Then he completely looses it and I have to fight to protect my knitting.

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As for the project, I’m knitting a new version of my fingerless mitts to check the pattern. This time in the wonderful Malabrigo socks.

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And then they were two

I’ve finally finished mitten number two!

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Tove was happy to assist me in taking some lovely pictures of the finished mitts. With the mitts that nail polish is not too bad, without the mitts you kind if wonder if she went nuts with a highlighter… (I doubt a highlighter would stick and have the same gloss however. Just a random thought. That wage memory of trying it once must be my imagination…)

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Now I just have to finish the pattern notes (and sort out a question mark or two). All in good time.

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Oops.

I’m not really meant to be buying yarn (more on that at some later point) but, well. On Saturday I honest-to-God just stumbled upon a yarn store. It was kismet.

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Behold the yarn snob in her natural habitat, crouching on the floor with her hands buried in merino.

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I felt PROUD of myself for leaving with just this one skein:

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Malabrigo Rastita in Nomeolvides. No idea what it’s going to be, but I dug it out from under some other skeins, and…

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Thanks to Linn for the pics of the crime scene yarn store visit!

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