Finished objects….!

With a view to starting a project – or rather the project – on my ‘mature student’ course, I have been rattling through my works in progress, gradually turning them into finished items. So at this point I have two knitting and two crochet WIPs. I’m even knitting Cline again!

img_4767.jpgSo Kermit the scarf is now finished and blocked (and it’s rather pretty if I do say so myself), I remade the sleeves on my Cranberry Gose to put it back into circulation, banged out a Lillian,

….and I’ve frogged the Purbeck (maybe for now). Which will leave me with the Cline and one sock. The socks (there is a pair) are the self designed toe-up lace sock which have taken some time to come to fruition. I have re-knitted them about 4 times so far in order to correct some issues with the heel and cuff but now they are pretty much refined, so all I have to do is finish the second and write the pattern.

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..still not a pair…

I’m emphasising ‘all’ here because everyone knows that the second sock is often the hardest thing in the world to finish: the novelty has evaporated and the love is gone. But one sock is not functional (except at Christmas) so you grit your teeth and grind it out. So there’s that, and then there’s writing the pattern. 

I’ve done two (cuff down vanilla and also lace) but once you’ve written a vanilla sock you can just cut and paste, and  then after you’ve written out the lace, you’re done. (Writing the vanilla sock pattern took a week, making the chart for the lace and written instructions took about the same). This time, I have to write out another total sock pattern, including a short row heel, make a chart for the lace and write it out too. This will take a while. (massive understatement alert)

Sometimes I think about time and knitting. A sweater is a big project and takes weeks to finish, socks  and shawls take thousands of stitches and hours. Writing a pattern is a painstaking process too. So I can see why hand dyeing is so popular in the knitting world. You take a blank, dye it, cook it and bob’s your uncle. Sure, there’s skill and talent in combining colours, but the process itself is quick and satisfying. How do I know: I’ve done it.

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pumpkin lace-weight dyed by me!

I can also see why hand dyeing is a popular retail option. Dyes cost next to nothing per make, the blanks can be had fairly cheaply so you can be looking at a really good markup. If that’s your bag. Do I sound a little jaundiced? Well maybe a little.

Anyway moving on…..

Sorry

Sorry to anyone who turned up here looking for new …well, anything. I’ve been getting to grips with my new student life (the commute being not the least of it – did you know that it’s dark at 6.30am these days… me neither.) and in consquence more or less everything else has had to go on the back burner: eating sensibly, tidying up, getting some sort of exercise. So crafting, sewing and blogging have been casualties of the chaos.

But I am still knitting of course – just failing to finish anything! Project wise, I have a lace sock that still needs its second, my Kermit shawl (it needs a better name) is still ongoing, there’s a shawl, half sweater and a crochet wrap that are not being ‘progressed’ at the moment either.

However I did manage to drag a pair of vanilla socks over the line and short of something to do I raided my yarn stash, came up with a couple of likely balls of aran and this happened. Lillian is the perfect cardigan for the negligent knitter – it’s top down, mostly stocking stitch and, as its knitted in aran yarn, comes together pretty quickly. I can knit while watching TV (even absorbing TV) and simply make stitch after stitch and turn off my restless brain. I choose something top down because I have a limited amount of yarn and want to maximise every little bit. This way I can avoid ending up with three balls of leftover DK (yes I’m looking at you Cranberry Gose …although, technically, it’s not finished yet…there’s a sleeve issue.)

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the full stash

While you’re here I have favour to ask. I have a stash  and I wonder if anyone is as, ahem, ‘fortunate’ as me to have a similar sized or more, cough, generous? If you do, can you post a photo to me at villagewoolly@gmail.com or hop over to Instagram and post a picture with the hashtag #mybigwoolstash. I have a project in mind for my university course that might – and it’s a big might at this stage – be about knitting wool/yarn stashes. I’m going to thank you in advance for your help. 

Any hoo, I hope to be back at some point with some proper yarn chat, in the meantime, may the knit be with you.