All knitting, all spinning, all the time

All knitting, all spinning, all the time

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Still looking for something to knit

I still haven't found a project that inspires me.
I delved part-way into the stash & came up with some Cleckheaton Vintage Hues yarn. The ball bands have long since disappeared, so I can't tell you what colourway this is, but it told me it would like to be a scarf.

I chose the same pattern I used for my "ugly" scarf. I'm quite pleased with how it turned out, but now I'm right back at square one again.

I have nothing to knit.

Tuesday, 16 November 2010


I was scrounging in the bottom of my knitting bag for something or other & found a long forgotton challenge. Earlier this year (much earlier) my lovely friend D challenged me to a duel. A dodecohedron-off. We had come across a pattern for a twelve-sided star - a crocheted one & a knitted one. D prefers crochet to knitting, & I prefer knitting to crochet - perfect. Before long, D had finished hers:
She bemoaned the fact that her points weren't very pointy, but rather rounded & boob-like. We giggled that it looked a bit like Madonna on steroids, or maybe some sort of fertility object.
I started my knitted one, but only got two points in before running out of steam, & the sorry little Barbie-bra-like object (you join the points together as you go) was shoved into the depths of my knitting bag. Yesterday, looking for something (anything) to knit, it surfaced. The challenge remembered, I resumed knitting. As the star grew, I was feeling quite pleased with it. I was using some left-over self-patterning sock yarn, & as I'm a simple soul who is endlessly amused by these sorts of yarns. It was fun wondering what colours the next point would be.
Eleven points in & I was now really pleased with it. Nice pointy points, not at all boob-like. I began stuffing it, before picking up the stitches for the last point. No matter how much I stuffed the stuffing, I couldn't get it to stay in the tips of those points.

Meet my knitted dodecohedron star. A little ball of boobs ... with nipples!

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

I have nothing to knit

I've just finished yet another pair of socks (my standard plain 72st sock). I completed these whilst I waited for inspiration to strike. It hasn't. I have nothing to knit.

You would think from looking at the photo below that the considerable size of the stash (this is not quite all of it, but it is the largest part) would suggest otherwise. You'd be wrong.

This is one huge pile consisting of approximately 2 dozen boxes - some of which are positively overflowing with yarn. Two of these plastic boxes contain nothing but sock yarn. There are gorgeous silk blends, kilos of handspun, and the box of embarrassment (muppet road-kill yarns - don't ask).

There is not a single project calling out to me. I could go stash diving (send a search party if I don't surface) & see if anything sings out, but to be honest, I'm kind of paralysed by the sheer volume of stuff & the teeny tiny room it inhabits.

I have nothing to knit.

Thursday, 4 November 2010


Thanks Textile Tragic for awarding me this - you made my day!

Now then, let's see ...

Award rules:

1. Thank the person who gave you the award.

2. Share 7 things about yourself.

3. Pass the award along to bloggers who you think are fantastic for whatever reason (in no particular order).

4. Contact the bloggers you picked & let them know about the award.

Hmmm ...

1. This one's easy - thanks Textile Tragic! I'm glad my sock-knitting inspires you, as you inspire me with your creativity.

2. Share 7 things about yourself - this one's not so easy ...

1. I love the colours blue & purple & everything inbetween.

2. I am anti-housework & would love to set up a foundation for the preservation of wayward dust-bunnies.

3. I am addicted to knitting socks. Cuff-down, toe-up, it doesn't matter. And I don't let the fact that the climate I live in isn't exactly condusive to sock-wearing stop me!

4. I have enough hand-knitted socks to wear a different pair every day for approximately 3 weeks. (At least)

5. I love chocolate, but not chocolate cake.

6. I collect sheep.

7. (Struggling now!) If all else fails, I drink tea!

3. I would like to pass this award on to:

Daylesnail - for being a wonderfully creative creatrix & a wonderful friend.

Spinayarn99 - for incouraging me to try new things with my spinning (like fibre-sandwiches!).

Yarnivorous - for showing me how to use the magic loop to knit socks, thus helping me rid myself of dreaded ladders forming where dpns meet.

Textile Teresa - for helping me to step outside my comfort zone & try new things (like yarn-bombing the Harrietville bridge!). I know you've just received this award from Textile Tragic, but there's nothing like multiple awards!

4. Now to contact the lucky winners!

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Another whoops

A while ago I mentioned that I'd placed an order for a Namaste knitting bag. This is not that bag. When I first walked into Evoke & spyed those wonderful bags, the purple one caught my eye but I thought I should be sensible & get a black one (there wasn't one in the store, hence my order). Every visit since, that self-same purple bag has been calling my name ("buy me, buy me!"). Finally, I could resist no longer.

I am now the very proud owner of a very lovely, very purple, Namaste Zuma bag. I love it to bits. It opens up amazingly wide, has loads of pockets & closes using magnets not zips so your yarn doesn't get caught. I also invested in some handy mesh bag doo-dahs which close with press studs - these can hold a small project (read: travelling sock) & contains my hairbrush rather nicely so I don't get hair (& bits of random handbag fluff) on said small project.

I am usually rather restrained when it comes to colours (especially handbags - I usually go for either black or brown) but I love purple & tend to wear it a fair bit. Slightly outside my comfort zone, but I'm loving it!