It has been a while since my last post, Easter no less. I am sorry for that, but sometimes life just gets in the way of all best laid plans.
Needless to say, I have still been busy knitting and with so many projects on the go, I thought projects, (yours and mine), would be as good as any place to start, particularly as I have even managed to finish a few.
Not sure if you remember the pile of pieces I had with me while visiting Melbourne during the last school holidays.
They were to be a hoody for my little man (who, by the way, turned one this month).
Finishing off has never been one of my strongest points, and it soon became clear the hoodie wasn’t going to come together by itself.
And no, I don’t have any hints to make it easier. I only wish!
I bit the bullet and set to work on a rainy Saturday afternoon in front of the footy. The result was very pleasing (as was the result of the footy, I think it was the weekend Collingwood did Geelong’s head in, ha ha).
I am not sure where my time goes, but go it does and as I find the end of March getter nearer, I really have to get my ‘a into g’.
I have been very busy trying to finish of my many projects, as well as getting ready to open my shop on Etsy.
Peter the Penguin has finally been completed and I am really chuffed with the result.
It is his eyes that make him so distinctive. They are a real feature of all of Amanda Berry’s designs.
Arthur’s tank top is almost there (see Grammazoo’s good advice below).
I have struggled with this project because of the way the Alpaca has knitted up, but after reading an article about Alpacas and their wool, I understand the problem and why.
I still have some of this beautiful wool left for another project and am hoping with my new-found knowledge, I will manage a far better result.
The stock for the Etsy opening has been the main focus of my work this week. While the little items don’t take a lot of time to knit, finishing them off does, particularly when you leave them all to be finished at once …
Weekend’s mean it is time for our next small project and this weekend we are going to recycle some old t-shirts by shredding them and using the cut pieces as yarn to make something new and useful. Interested?
Of course, you can buy t-shirt yarn by the cone, but I thought it would be far more fun to recycle some old ones and see what we get.
There is a certain majesty in simplicity which is far above all the quaintness of wit.
18th Century poet Alexander Pope
There is a lot of truth in Pope’s words as ‘The Yarn Harlot’, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee writes:
It is some kind of miracle that all knitting is constructed of only two stitches: knit and purl. [Amazing when you think of it!] Sure, you throw in some yarn overs, and sometimes you knit the stitches out of order, but when it really comes down to it, knitting is simplicity. The most incredible gossamer lace shawl, the trickiest Aran, a humble sock … each are just made with knit and purl.
This is going to be a very busy weekend for Grammazoo. I am going to knit my pink pussyhat before it is over – now that is going to be a challenge, considering ‘Squish’s’ shawl is also going to need some attention.
But I also have to keep the major off my back. He is dying to see what I do with the two-minute noodles I asked him to buy last week. I have kept him in suspenders until now, but feel the time is right to try it out.
I love knitting patterns that come with a story and I found this one just in time for our little Arthur’s first Christmas.
Basically it was a sock and to be honest, I was worried as I had heard about the difficulty of ‘turning a sock’. In all my years of knitting, I had never tried it, but this was an important occasion, so Grammazoo set to work.
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