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Archive for February, 2005

purchases

i’ve been acquiring again this week. trade me is so great, i’ve found all kinds of interesting yarns for reasonable prices. this week i bought:

sheba and jester

LOTS of “sheba” acrylic yarn in “lichen” and a few balls of “jester” (some kind of synthetic boucle) in “firebrand”. here they are close up:

sheba yarn

sheba is 100% acrylic, & was made by sirdar. i love it! i’m thinking it will make a cute dress or skirt or something.

jester

jester doesn’t specify a fibre content, but it’s definitely synthetic. it was made by mosgiel ltd in dunedin. i have no idea what i’ll use this for, but i love it! it feels like it would be too scratchy for any clothes worn close to the skin.

also from trade me, i got some yellow “candy cotton” by twilleys.

twilleys candy cotton yarn

it’s a ribbon yarn and is 100% cotton. i should have enough of this to make a summer top.

& last but not least:

mon tricot knitting dictionary

mon tricot knitting dictionary for $5! this is a stitch dictionary with instructions and photos for hundreds of knitting stitch patterns, as well as crochet & tunisian crochet & other needlework. this will be so useful!

& not from trade me but from fishpond.co.nz, i bought myself

stitch n bitch nation

stitch ‘n bitch nation! it was surprisingly cheap, & i’ll probably buy myself the first book soon. there are so many cute patterns! some of them don’t appeal at all, but i want to knit probably about half of them, which is a pretty good ratio. & i knitted one of them already:

lichen booties

these are (more or less) “one hour baby booties”, knitted with the sheba yarn pictured above. yay for almost-instant gratification! & i learnt a new thing – the “make one” increase.

i haven’t given up on the booties i posted about last time, i’ll have another look at the pattern this weekend and see what sense i can make of it. thanks everyone for your suggestions!

baby knitting

about a month ago, i was rifling through the table of books on sale at dymocks, and found “baby bloom” by erika knight for $10. it’s a book of knitting patterns for babies and mums, and it has cute patterns and lots of well-lit closeup photos of stitches and yarn.

i started knitting a bright red pair of “dainty bootees” today for a niece-to-be:

progress so far

but i’m temporarily stuck. the pattern’s not the clearest in the first place (the instructions for moss stitch would actually give you 1×1 rib if you followed them) & the bit i’m on now assumes you’ve made booties before, i guess. it could do with a diagram. i have a rectangle of stocking stitch, and it wants me to “pick up and knit” along the sides and top. so, i’ve put it aside for now and i’ll do some googling later. if you’re reading this and you have any clues, please leave a comment!

sun spun

i started knitting a bonnet at stitch and bitch on tuesday night, and finished it last night!

closeup of summer bonnet

this yarn was so nice to knit with! it’s 100% cotton and sort of flannelly. i have about 3/4 of a ball left, so i might be able to make something little and matching, or use it as a trim or stripes or something. it looks like pretty old yarn from the label design, so i don’t fancy my chances of finding more to buy. here is what it looks like knitted:

stitches

i learned a new thing with this bonnet: symmetrical decreases! k2tog on one side, ssk on the other. it looks much neater (than k2tog on both sides), and was easier to learn than it sounded.

spun magazine

the first (mini) issue of spun magazine is online! it’s a “stitch&bitch lifestyle magazine”, and this issue advocates tofu and fornication as well as knitting cute things. check it out!

stash acquisition and experiments

i’ve been keeping an eye on trademe recently for knitting yarns, and i bought a whole bunch of acrylics and cottons this week:

lots of yarn

some of my favourites are:

fantasie coloris cotton knitting yarn

fantasie coloris 100% cotton yarn by thorobred scheepjeswol. the colours in this are amazing, it’s all lumpy and strange. i only have one ball of this, so i’m not sure what i’ll do with it, but i’m in love with it.

patons sunspun cotton knitting yarn

sunspun cotton bouclé by patons. i have nearly two balls of this, and it looks to me like a summery bonnet.

crucci matisse knitting yarn

matisse by crucci – 80% cotton, 20% polyester. i like the texture and colour of this. again, i’ve only got one little ball so i’m not sure what i’ll do with it.

wendy mermaid double knit yarn

mermaid by wendy is so weird, but so mermaidy! it’s 54% cotton, 27% polyester, 15% nylon and 4% acrylic. one of my nieces is very into mermaids, so this might become something for her.

i finished knitting laura’s wrist warmers this week:

laura warmers

the purple stripes are “venus” acrylic, which is softer and thinner than other acrylics i’ve knitted with. laura got me a few extra balls of it in purple and green which will come in handy for some little accessories or something.

i wanted to try the magic drop-stitch scarf idea, but after knitting a little piece to test it out, i decided i wanted to try making a collar rather than a scarf. it worked, but it looks pretty silly:

silly collar

it’s different to the method i linked in that i kept two stitches then dropped one rather than dropping every other stitch. also, my crochet hook was much smaller than my knitting needles, which is why the top is all bunched together. here’s the stitch pattern close up:

drop stitch pattern

it was a fun thing to make, and a good thing to learn, though i don’t really like the result.

& i forgot to post about it last time i updated, but i knitted with cat5 cable! just a little swatch to start with, but i want to make something bigger. it was pretty hard to work with and took ages. i had to use metal needles as plastic ones weren’t up to the task.

knitting with cat5

knitting with cat5

knitting with cat5

i’m not sure what i’ll knit next – maybe something cotton since i have so much of it now! yay for trademe.

a knitty week

i’ve been a little knitting-obsessed this week. partly as a procrastination technique, partly because i’m learning so much and have lots of ideas for new projects.

on tuesday evening i went to stitch & bitch at cherry bomb comics.

pointy hat

i’d just finished my stripey goblin hat and couldn’t think of much new to knit, but it was just fun sitting around knitting with people and talking about techniques and stuff. i also picked up some great new comics to read: “likewise #1″ by ariel schrag and “la perdida” #1 and #4 by jessica abel (i already had #2 and #3).

i’m knitting another pair of voodoo wrist warmers for laura, but they’re on hold at the moment – i ran out of yellow, then i picked up some more from geoff’s emporium, then i knitted another couple of stripes and ran out of purple. so i’m waiting for laura to pick up some more.

i’d noticed that the bernina shop on dominion road had yarn, so i dropped in one day after work. they have a pretty limited selection, but i picked up a couple of balls of panda “magnum” (they also have little balls of panda “disco” acrylic in bright colours, a few kinds of 100% wool and some knitting supplies).

& i got knitknit #4 in the mail from microrevolt. it’s a bit smaller and less handmade than i was expecting (i.e. not at all) but it has pretty pictures and interesting short articles about artists and activists who incorporate knitting in their work, high school boys who knit, and other stuff. i’ve already knitted the pattern in this issue, but my geodesic hat came out too small for my big head. here it is, modelled by a bottle of grapeseed oil in the absense of a more suitable mannequin.

geodesic hat (front)

right now, i’m between projects (both the things i’m working on require more yarn) but there are lots of things i’d like to knit, so i’ll probably start something else soon.