Io duo trio

March 4, 2010

Out of medal contention and competition (we are, obviously, talking about knitting olympics — yes, still, weeeeks after the fact):

io glove

Io, a cousin of Callisto, was inspired by Saffron & Soot — two of Natalie’s rich, deep colours in her fingering-weight Clan.

The skeins are 65 grams — optimal for playing around with different colours. Two skeins should make 1 pair of gloves and 1 pair of fingerless mitts.

io fliptop mitt

Next up:

Top-down mitts.

Why?

Because the pattern looks best knitted in that direction. And it allows you to use up all the yarn in your skein(s).

How?

Before you begin knitting, divide your yarn into two halves, and then knit without fear, because you know that you have enough for the second mitt. Perfect.

peri-peri

no medals

March 1, 2010

Oh yes, I joined both The Olympic Knitting over at The Yarn Harlottery and the Ravelympics. But then I got sidetracked and sprinted in an event I wasn’t even entered for.  So no medals for me.  But three completed projects (but out of contention). Sod the medals — medals don’t keep you warm, knitwear does (my chosen excuse).

Very happy with my new sideways, no-finishing, seamless (as in No Sewing — ok, a few stitches on one shoulder, but that’s it!) emil(ia) and the New & Improved placement of buttons (where they should have been all along). Hem and neck edging are knit as you go.

emil(ia)

emil(ia)

emil(ia)Y a r n : Karisma Superwash Wool (DK) — while knitting the yarn feels quite stiff and almost rough, but softens wonderfully after soaking. P a t  t e r n: emil(ia)

The main obsession otherwise is still The Yarn Yard Clan.

The Yarn Yard Saffron Clan

Will post about the latest outbreak of Clan mania later.

Pity gloves are only for winter. I may have to move somewhere where there’s perpetual winter. But I refuse to take up lugeing. Or the skeleton.

io gloveio glove

It is necessary to knit.

February 8, 2010

My knitting obsession fervour has lately morphed into a desire to design things. I still like to knit other people’s fantastic patterns. And I still waste hours trying to work out a pattern I’ve seen — not because I’m cheap and don’t want to pay for it, I’ll have you know, but for the challenge of working it out.

The latest challenge is to start from nothing. Nothing?! I’m lying. Nothing comes out of nothing. There’s always something. Such as a fantastic YARN in a fantastic colourway, that lands next to another colourway — and ZOIIIIING!

A glove. Callisto.

callisto glove

And a mitten. And a mitt. And so on.

callisto

My obsession can perhaps now be called a worthy (pre)occupation.

callisto mitt

With a big, big thanks to Natalie of The Yarn Yard.

(It’s all her fault you see.)