I've had this T-shirt sitting around half-knit for the past two years. I hit pause because I wanted to do a draped neckline instead of the pin-tucks, but that required planning and research – I've never done a draped neck before – and I never had time for that; or at least, the time I… Continue reading A waist is a terrible thing to mind
Five years ago I conceived a hat for my beloved Elfbaby. It would – of course – be a pixie-style hat, with a long point. It would have a garter stitch chevron border, to show off handpainted yarn and to allow plenty of stretch for growing heads. I planned to publish a pattern. Claudia modelling the Pumuckl border,… Continue reading Introducing Elfbaby… the hat!
It's been a big week for me. Two projects have come to fruition... one, a small but I think rather lovely pattern has finally been published. So I finally get to show off the fabulous photos of my fabulous daughter. No false modesty here. Come on, she's clearly awesome. Also awesome: project number 2.… Continue reading Creative endeavours
A pigeon, of course. (You were expecting a joke? Sorry.) This is my latest self-published design (it's a very short list!) – a simple mini messenger bag in two sizes, suitable for kids or adults who want to carry just a few things with the minimum of bulk. Linen stitch is pretty stable, so you… Continue reading Hm… what is a very small messenger?
Some time ago I bought two skeins of extremely wonderful handspun yarn from the talented Azzy. The first skein became deliciously cozy handwarmers for myself and Elfling; the second has just now achieved its destiny as finer, but equally cozy, socks for my very dear friend Cara. The yarn was called Red Squirrel, and you… Continue reading Squirrelly goodness (in sock form)
I recently finished a new design, and Elfling modelled it this weekend. I can't show you details yet, but I'm really happy with how it all came out – the knit, as well as the pictures. Something to look forward to!
Twisted German cast-on. Very twisted. Very stretchy. Did you all know about this? It never ceases to amaze me that you can be constantly finding, or inventing (or unventing) new ways to achieve every possible element of knitting... it's never entirely under your belt. As much as we all enjoy mindless knitting from time to… Continue reading Those twisted Germans
Alas, poor Vivian. I knew her briefly. So stylish. So shapely. So desirable. So wrong for me. The photos (poor as they are, but let's be frank, I wasn't out to get the clearest possible representation of how UNflattering this is on me) don't really capture just how bad it is. I really had thought… Continue reading Ribbit, rippit, RIP
Having bragged so about my recent bout of finishitis (now with even more FOs! Three pairs of wristwarmers churned out over Christmas – though admittedly one was Elf-sized – plus a smattering of hats), I find myself contemplating Finishing of a different sort. The sort that has to be dealt with before any knitting is… Continue reading On finishing
I am on a roll. I am suffused with smugness and delight. I am embracing the Joy of Finishing – not just finishing any old thing, but finishing a veritable slew of Other People's Knitting. Well, my knitting, but knitting for other people. You know? The unselfish kind, or the obligation kind, depending on perspective… Continue reading Rules and obligations