Reading

I haven’t been making much progress with knitting. My 6 year-old son, however, has been making a lot of progress learning how to read. We are having so much fun practicing together. The moment where he realised that g = gh sound and o = oh sound and together they make ‘go’ is going to stay in the top 10 moments of my life.

海丰 & Iron Man

What makes me really overjoyed (and relieved) about this is that this is second shot at kindergarten. Every school day morning was a battle last year, and every day he came home so tense his shoulders were almost touching his ears. I live in a bilingual province, so I sent him to school in French since we speak English at home. He learned to speak some French, but everything else they were learning was too stressful for him, having to first translate in his head what the teacher was saying, then figure out what he was being asked to do. So I switched him to the English stream this year and he can’t wait to go to school in the mornings and he is so proud about his schoolwork now. It’s a shame he’ll probably never be so impeccably bilingual that you can’t tell what his mother tongue is, but seeing him this happy is so worth it.

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Progress despite avoidance

I was making great progress on 海丰’s Ryuu-ko Sweater, started the sleeves aaannnddd put it down. Picked up the Unicorn Sleeper again, which is good, because I should be further along already. Figuring out the details of an original pattern is hard enough, but writing them down so that they make sense to others is really something else. True to form, I was avoiding it. Come to think of it, I haven’t been working on the Sutton Hoo Hat either. I also realised that 海纳’s Aviatrix Hat from last year was too small, so I made her a Conch Hat by Elizabeth Zimmermann.

海纳’s Conch Hat

I really love that pattern, I made another one last August from the same yarn for my friend’s baby. Now to choose between my two adversaries of the moment: sleeves or pattern writing.

At long last, I’ll be talking about other projects soon

It’s done! The steek cutting went well, but Felted Tweed doesn’t steek as well as Lopi does. It’s too light and cobweb-y.

Middle-Earthscape 01

I’m really happy about the way it turned out, and the pattern for the sweater is incredible. It’s an amazing pattern for a generic cardigan, I could make this sweater over and over again, just changing the yoke patt to make it different from the last.

Middle-Earthscape 02

I’ve been knitting up a storm (for me, anyway), but I put the Sutton Hoo hat on the backburner because I found my husband’s missing hat from last year and my son doesn’t have a single knitted sweater that fits. I’m already nearly half-way through the Ryuu-ko sweater.

Middle-Earthscape 03

Oh, and happy (Canadian) Thanksgiving!

Anchors

So 煤球 lost the hat I made him last year. I started to make him a new one in the exact same pattern, as his pickiness seemed to like it. Yesterday he informed me that he didn’t like the pattern I used for him last year, it was too tight around his head (I increased the width given in the patt) and not long enough (at nearly 45 cm?!). We were passing a shop that sells cheap stuff to tweens, he pointed to a long black and pink striped hat with ear flaps. I was really tempted to make him a Jayne Hat, as he would have no idea what he was wearing, which would be funny but also cruel. So I thought about ear flaps, and this image kept popping up in my head:

Sutton Hoo Helmet

I won’t be making a balaclava, and it won’t really resemble the pic at all in the end, but the image is an anchor for me as I come up with a design for his pickiness’ hat.  Do you ever use anchors when coming up with design/knitting?

How to cut a steek. Or perhaps how not to cut a steek.

Cityscape: sleeves, yoke, collar, all done!! I thought I’d post some pictures showing how I plan to cut the steek. I’ve never had a problem with steeking, but all my experience with steeks involves lopi, which is a very sticky wool yarn. Felted Tweed is part merino, alpaca, and rayon, and the knit fabric is very light, so long story short I don’t want to cut the steek until after the buttonbands are complete.  The pictues below show the steek ready to be cut. I will cut the sweater along the orange yarn, gently pulling it out as I go. I sewed through the knit stitches on either side of the orange yarn, using yellow and blue. Once I cut the steek, I will sew the edges to the inside of the sweater, using sewing thread. Hopefully, I will have pictures of the completed cardie very soon!

cityscape yoke showing where steek is to be cut

Cityscape with steek ready to be cut

Boring and, yes, still boring

It’s been my baby daughter’s turn at being sick, so I’ve been playing at baby velcro for the past few days. I haven’t gotten much of anything done, but I did take stock of our winter necessities. It looks like my husband lost his hat, so I’ll have 3 hats to make this season. Plus, my son needs a sweater so I’m making Ryuu-ko with some old Galway from my stash. I’m making a BSJ and a Tomten for my daughter with some Noro Kureyon from a sweater I frogged. I’m also still waiting on my Knitpicks order so that I can properly wash & block my Idlewood and take pictures to post here. Today I have no pictures, sorry, it seems that this post is more to keep me in the habit of posting rather than mesmerising you, dear reader, with fascinatingly bad photos documenting my attempts at knitting. My apologies.

The Flu

I spent all of yesterday driving the kids to and fro, buying groceries and fighting off the flu. I made it until supper time and thankfully my husband was not at work so he took over the cooking. I tried to take a nap in the bedroom but the laptop was there, and I was in a daze. I very quickly found myself on the Knitpicks website; I may have purchased blocking wires and woolwash. I’m pretty sure I stopped myself from buying the swift, which I do need but not enough to justify the looks I would get from my husband while I try to find a place to store it (in our very tiny) home. I will definitely need the blocking wires because I’m planning on making my first lace project (at long last) and who doesn’t need soap?

swift
A ball winder without a swift is like tea without milk … wait he drinks tea without milk … damn.

I have a ball winder but no swift. I can’t help but think my life would be easier with a swift. When I want something that I need to make my life easier I can usually find it on my credit card’s rewards site. Crock pots, vacuums, duvets … knitterly stuff won’t be making an appearance there any time soon. So I have to find a way to make purchasing a swift a very reasonable idea to someone who a) is very, very frugal and b) doesn’t understand the first thing about knitting. I sometimes get the impression that he thinks knitting may, in fact, be an alien artform, cunningly introduced to the human race in such a way as to (surreptitiously) enslave us all.

Unicorns!

This summer, I came up with several design ideas and I’ve been mucking about looking for the best way to bring them to life. I’ll be starting on a sleeper for my 1-year-old, knit in a cotton/acrylic blend because the wool one I made last year was just too hot. We live in a modern building in an urban area, so knitting for the decrepit country houses I grew up in is just not practical. It will be a lilac-y pink, the long sleeves will be raglan and there will be a hood. I made a rough sketch of what I was planning, then cast-on. Once I’d knitted a teeny bit of it, and I came to the astute realisation that I should write the pattern out in full, for all sizes, knit one of the sizes, and correct the mistakes in the pattern as I go.

I will probably put unicorns in there somewhere – haven’t decided yet.

Sleevitis

At the moment, I’m working on Cityscape, a pattern by Laura Chau. I’m using Felted Tweed and I plan to rework the chart a little bit:

                   mordorscape

Do you see the depths of my nerdiness in the mods I made? It is LOTR related if you’re having trouble guessing.

But of course, I have to finish the sleeves to get to the yoke. I’m doing both at the same time and I’m halfway through, but they are still taking much, much too long to finish:

They are up to (but not including) the elbow. If I were a better photographer, that would be clear from the photo but sadly I’m not.