Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Cast off loosely...

In my last post I alluded to the difficulties I've had focusing over the past year.

I've actually never been a particularly focused person...well not sustainably focused anyway.
My hopes dreams and wishes have bounced around in a carefree manner. Tomorrow was an absolute and so comforting. I sometimes wondered when I'd feel like a grown up, and almost instantly dismissed the thought as unnecessary.

Then I got the call.
The defining moment. The dark line that gouged it's way across my life, clearly showing the before and after.

The call was from a paramedic, telling me my Mother had passed away.

I don't think I could have been more shaken to my core than at that moment. You see my Mum was to me, immortal, vibrant and constant.

I won't go into details. But the line was deep and wide, and over the past year I have longed for the before.

So what does such a huge life changing event have to do with knitting or crafting? It may seem inappropriate to even put them in the same post.

But knitting and creating are me. They were seeds that were planted by my Mum, the ultimate home maker.

Recently a new line has begun to paint itself across my life.
Not a deep dark one, but a dancing colourful affair, with carefree splodges and smudges along the way.
It snakes across the gouge and leaves it's colour in the darkness, so finally I can smile when I think of my Mum, instead of pushing her from my thoughts.

My knitting aspirations are reflecting the change in me.
I have over the past year, derived much comfort from knitting a well written pattern, from following the carefully thought out route that a talented person has mapped out.
They've soothed me, quenched my need to make, and allowed me what I've really needed...a place to rest my mind.

There are an awful lot of patterns I want to knit now.
Though no longer for the sanctuary that they've offered, instead purely for the result.

Thankfully, an old desire has recently re surfaced. The desire to just make.

To trust myself, my choices (and far more risky, my maths skills!)
So I have decided to begin a project that sprang to mind last year.

On Ravelry I called it 'Probably a cardigan'
Look, I even made a swatch!


Well I can say it will definitely be a cardigan, Knitted from the bottom up.

I decided to crunch numbers for a circular style yoke as well as a set in sleeve style, just to make allowances for that flittering mind of mine.

It's feels good to have it back.

Sunday, 22 May 2011

A Grey Loop

It feels like such a long time ago that I knitted this for my daughter.


In fact it was only in March, but time has been a funny thing this past year, seemingly standing still and thundering past simultaneously.

Recently time and life have been falling back into a more familiar and comforting rhythm. I've decided to take full advantage of this by catching up on things I'd let slide...this dusty blog being one of them.

So, without further waffle here is how I knitted Poppy's Grey Loop...I wouldn't dare call it a pattern, It's just a bare bones 'how to'

I hope it suffices...

Yarn Used : Rowan RYC Extra fine Merino 3 balls (I had some leftovers)
Needles : 5mm - US 8 Circular (I used an 80cm)
Tension : I just liked the fabric and kept knitting :)

Cast on 210 sts, pm and join in the round. (Please double check for twists, I had to re-do this a couple of times whimper)

Work a few rounds in garter stitch (to do this in the round - knit 1 round to marker then purl 1 round to marker, and so on...)

I worked 4 rounds and it does flip...which isn't a problem for me on this piece like it would be on the hem of a cardigan.
However if you detest the flipping...I would suggest working more rounds and possibly using a smaller needle for this part only) I have no idea if this would eliminate the flip, but have a go and improve away...:)

Errata It is now glaringly obvious that I made a mistake of epic proportions on possibly the most simple 'pattern' ever written. That is quite a feat, and not one I'm proud of!
Sorry Knitters!
As I think I mentioned, I wrote this after the loop had been finished for a while, and looked at what I'd done, rather than referred to eloquent notes on scented paper (I'll post a pic of my 'notes' one day, for your amusement and general boggling)
Ok, if you follow the eyelet section as written above, you'll have a large hole at the marker. I'm guessing what happened was as I was knitting, my marker slipped under a YO and a 'deliberate' mistake was born.
Some people on Ravelry have just worked either row one or two exclusivley with fab results! If you prefer this to following the random methods of an idiot, It will look great :)...either way I hope you have a F/O you can love and snuggle in. xxx

Eyelet section

Rnd 1: Yo, K2tog to marker (remember to slip the marker)
Rnd 2: K2tog, Yo to marker

Repeat rounds 1 and 2 one more time, then work round 1 again.

Solid section

Work 5 rnds in stocking stitch (knit every round)
Purl 1 rnd
Work 5 rnds in st st.

Work eyelet section

Work solid section

Work eyelet section

Work garter stitch edging to match the beginning of the piece (remembering to change needle size if you did that initially)

Cast/Bind off loosely

Block and enjoy!


Here it is looped around 3 times.