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Diary of a (knitting) nobody

My day today:

Wake up. Shower. Breakfast. Dress. Leave home.

Train knit train knit train.

Walk.

Work work work work work work work work work work.

Knit lunch knit lunch knit.

Work work work work work work work work work work.

Walk.

Train knit train knit train.

Knit cook knit eat knit chat knit.

Ashtanga yoga. Breathe in up. Breathe out down. Repeat for 90 mins.

Collapse in front of football. Achy-arm-knit achy-arm-knit achy-arm-knit. Football: Fight. Red card. Penalties. Drama. Tears. Rain. More tears. Knit knit knit.

Yay! Finished!

Wash. Block. Realise socks different sizes. Stretch smallest sock. A lot.

Blog.

Bed. Sigh… s’all good. Night night!

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Coming of (knitting) age

When does one grow up as a knitter?

Maybe coming of knitting age could be defined as a knitter’s transition from innocence to knowledge. The stage at which this transition takes place probably varies, as does the nature of the transition. But perhaps we all have a moment of clarity, a realisation that something has changed, and that we are now real, grown up knitters.

For some, it may be their first experience ripping back an entire item to get rid of an error in the first inch. Or just because they think they could do it better. For others, it could be the first time they realised that a knitting pattern is just a guide, and that modifying it for fit, or just because they want to, will make it even better.

I am pretty sure that taking a stance on dpns or circulars for knitting in the round, and having Very Good Reasons why your choice is best is a true sign of a grown up knitter. Let alone having opinions, based on trial and error, about whether and when a magic loop is better than using two circulars, and knowing exactly what length cable is best for any given in-the-round project…

Sometimes others may recognise your new status as a grown up knitter before you do yourself. The first time someone you know asks if you can do something ‘once you’ve finished your row’ is just such a moment, and should probably be marked.

Today I’ve reached a cairn as a sock knitter. My first ever sock blockers have arrived – a lovely, handcrafted, wooden pair. You see, nothing less would do.

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Unselfish socks!

Finished: The first of my Embossed Leaves socks. I was inspired to knit these having seen Sonia’s lovely red pair she made in her April knitting marathon. I’m making them in Koigu Painter’s Palette Premium Merino (KPPPM), colour P304. This is heavenly yarn with many supremely subtle and beautiful shades of olives, lavenders and greys.

The pattern is also gorgeous. The Interweave book that it comes from, Favourite Socks, describes this as an elegant pattern, and I completely agree. There are frequent little pleasures to discover while knitting it, such as how the ribbing forms the outline of the socks at the top of the sock and the decreases continue this outline at the toe.

I love how this photo includes a glimpse of Steve tending to his baby vegetables (could this be interpreted as him working hard in the garden while I mess around with my camera and sock? Surely not!)

And the ‘unselfish’ part? Well, having decided after Christmas that I was never again going to knit for people who don’t appreciate what receiving a handmade gift means, and that I would in fact rarely knit for others at all, I am minded to give these to someone for her birthday. She is, after all, hugely knitworthy.

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Girlie pink socks

I’ve been off work this week, which has meant I’ve had lots of knitting and crafting time. Today I finished some socks. They are Lacy Bed Socks from Romantic Style by Jennie Atkinson, made in RYC Cashsoft 4 ply. I’m really pleased to have finished these lovelies, as I made the first of the pair ages ago, and then it sat sadly on its own in my knitting bag. Continue reading

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