Dear knitting,

Craft | Friday August 14 2009 | 12:15 pm | 1 Comment | Tags: , |

There’s no easy way to say this.  It’s over! Another has won my heart.  I know it’s only been 2 weeks but it’s the real deal with crochet.  Over the years you’ve tied me in knots and I never truly understood how you worked.  I’ve tried and I’ve given it a good shot, and many times I managed, but crochet makes sense to me, its logical and and I always know where I stand.

You are so demanding; long needles, a big bag to carry you in, patterns where I need to constantly write down where I’m up to.  It’s all just too much.  I need more freedom and crochet gives me it with one little needle it even fits in my pocket and is so flexible and forgiving.

There may be times when you tempt me back, but it will only be a fling.  Don’t beg or plead or try to win me back.  I may come willingly, I may even let you and crochet get together, wouldn’t that be fun.

Don’t be too sad, move on.  It was fun while it lasted.

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Knitting Lifeline

Craft | Thursday July 30 2009 | 7:03 pm | No Comments | Tags: , |

I love reading knitting books, magazines and websites and have just read a brilliant tip!  Modern Knitting gives the following advice for using a Lifeline when knitting a complex pattern, such as lace or cable:

‘Lifeline

If you’re knitting a tricky pattern and there’s a risk you may need to unpick it (or frog) to fix a mistake, leave yourself a lifeline. Thread a tapestry needle with a smooth thin yarn (dental tape works well) and weave it through the stitches on the needle. You can then pull the stitching out back to your lifeline, confident the stitches will be held safely. The lifeline can be pulled out easily when the work is finished. Essential for intricate lace patterns – I wish I’d known about this one earlier.’

Having given up on some stitch patterns in the past, or even resorted to sending them to my mum to complete, I think this is the best knitting tip I’ve heard.  I’m about to start knitting a Debbie Bliss waistcoat which is all cable so I will use this technique until I get into the swing of it.

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It’s official: I MUST knit daily

Craft | Thursday July 23 2009 | 11:44 pm | Comments (2) | Tags: , |

A few weeks ago, in the midst of a period of anxiety and depression, I started knitting again (see socks in previous entries)!  Having not done so for a while I found it quite a relief and it was that week I felt I turned a corner in how i was feeling.  I’ve read many times that knitting, and other crafts, are well known to be a relief from mental health problems and maybe it was working for me too.

Since then I have started a series of 6 sessions of counselling and in the first yesterday we spoke about the little things that I like to do that I could achieve on a day to day basis to start working back towards what is ‘normal’ for me, particularly the things which I have not felt up to doing recently.  Of course knitting came up and had to be on the list.  I do find it rather strange to have an action plan / workbook which includes knitting, walking and keeping in touch with friends, but I guess it’s all steps along a path. 

So if my action plan says I should knit daily, then knit I will!

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One down, one to go!

Craft | Friday July 10 2009 | 6:51 pm | No Comments | Tags: , |

Yay I have finished one whole sock! And very proud of it I am too.  Turning the heel was fine and actually much simpler and more logical than you might think, although there was a bit of picking up stitches after the heel which I hate.

It does look rather a funny shape as the foot is very long but then again I do have rather large feet (size 8).

Full detials of yarn, pattern etc can be found over on Ravelry

I did have to wonder to myself last week why I was knitting socks during the hottest week of the year.  Hmm, there wasn’t a sensible answer to that one…

Work is well underway on its twin, which is coming along nicely.

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Sock it to ’em

Craft | Monday June 29 2009 | 4:05 pm | No Comments | Tags: |

I’ve always wanted to knit socks so I’ve just started trying again (for the third time!) and this time I’ve managed not to twist it.  I previously tried 4 dpns then the double loop method using a circular needle and I’m managing again on the dpns.   Ok, so I’ve not got very far yet but I think getting started is the hard bit, until I reach the heel when things may get a bit tricky again!

I have had a ball of Opal self patterning sock yarn for ages but lost the pattern that came with it so I found this beginners sock pattern.

Third time lucky!

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