Knitting


Three of my girlfriends and I are knitting a 24 x 36 inch baby patch blanket for Caitlyn, who’s now just over 3 weeks old. Since “many hands make light work,” each of us are knitting 6 squares of 6 x 6 inches using Mission Falls 1824 cotton in Coral, Jade, Phlox and Maize on size 7 needles. Each ball of cotton yields exactly 2 squares, so we had to buy 3 balls in each colour. The pattern used is called “Chinese Waves,” although I don’t really see what’s Chinese about it. It’s a very simple pattern, using a combination of knit and slip stitches.

Anyways, I am happy to say that I completed the last of my Maize patches last night, while watching Babel. We are aiming to patch them together late Sunday afternoon, with the Oscars running in the background. Hopefully, we’ll have it ready in time for Caitlyn’s one-month.

 

Saw this video on whip up just before the weekend, and I was intrigued. The continental method seems much more efficient than the English method (where the yarn supply is held in the right hand). With numerous projects on the go and lined up for me to complete, I would like to start knitting more quickly. I tried my hand at it over the weekend, but it was very slow going because it requires coordination and a feel for the tension. Essentially the yarn is set up on my left hand in such a way that very little motion is used when creating new loops. Anyways, for my friends who knit, have a look for yourself:

Picked up this funny bit of animation from whip up. Heaven forbid that my obsessions (of any sort) would take me this far to near insanity!

A few weeks ago, I completed a coral double seed stitch scarf, which I gave to Tammy as a belated Christmas gift. It was knit on 10.5 mm needles with Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk Aran (80% alpaca, 20% silk), picked up from Urban Yarns during the week I came down with the flu. This yarn is a DREAM to handle, a pleasure to work with, very silky, soft and supple. I couldn’t get enough of touching it! I actually felt sorry when the project came to an end.

The double seed stitch yields a pretty, feminine pattern. I was very pleased with the results. Must go back to pick up some more of this fantastic stuff! I am so addicted to its texture!

From Sufjan’s bio on the Asthmatic Kitty Records website:

… Sufjan’s other interests include graphic design, painting, running, knitting, crocheting, weaving, quilting, cleaning, photography, haircutting, and dry wall installation. …

And further confirmed by an article about Sufjan from The Guardian:

… He really does teach knitting to the blind in his spare time. …

I finished my 2nd knitting project this evening while watching High Heel Confidential with the girls tonight. It’s a striped scarf in seed stitch knitted with Mission Falls 1824 Wool (in Sprout and Basil) on 5mm needles. Am sticking to Mission Falls for the first few projects because it’s such a good yarn for a beginner to learn on. I love the unpretentious look of the seed stitch–so neat and tidy, but cute and friendly! As I had predetermined Simon to be the lucky recipient of this 2nd project, I had him personally choose the colours, which I thought were quite tasteful.

Ever since I became “liberated” to knit competently, I have become completely engrossed with, somewhat addicted to the craft. To the point where I’ve stopped reading for pleasure altogether, which is saying a lot. But I do expect that, after this honeymoon phase, some balance will be restored. Hm, although I find knitting relaxing, I might need to consider deliberately taking a break from it on Sundays (which I’ve made my Sabbath) if I indeed do become addicted to it, especially since it comes out of a neurotic need to be productive and have instantaneous results.

I completed my first knitting project in late December at the Port Ludlow retreat. Am so proud of it! It looks decent and is wearable. It’s a 2×2 ribbed scarf, knitted with Mission Falls 1824 Wool (in Zinnia) on a pair of 5mm Crystal Palace bamboo needles. This scarf went to Dot, my best bud.

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