I don’t knit as much as I would like these days. I write a lot, but all in corporate litigation practice (and I’ll spare my gentle readers from the delights of that vocabulary).
Writing this post makes me remember fondly learning the Roositud technique in Estonia. These socks were knitted out of Wollmeise, with enough of the contrast coming from a taste of Wollmeise pack. As my sister points out, Roositud is just reverse fairisle, and it makes a very nice pattern on the socks. The pattern is Roosimine, and includes a very detailed tutorial on the inlay technique. More technical details here.
They were entered in the Sydney Royal Easter show, and I was surprised (the Roositud is quite uneven on the first sock) to receive a third prize.
These socks were my slow commuter knitting project. They went to the naughty corner several times because I had persisted with trying to knit from the centre of the skeins. I ended up with a great snarled mess of knotted yarn. Things moved much more quickly when I broke the yarn, and started knitting from the outside of the skein. The downside of this approach was that somehow it involved me missing the pretty aqua part of the colourway of the Noro Kureyon Sock, but that might also be the mystery of Noro working it’s charms. I was very concerned and annoyed when I knitted the first sock, and realised that instead of the regular 2 skein stripe that above the heel (on the left foot in the photo below), I would have a 3 row stripe. I almost frogged the whole heel, but at that stage was on the knitting tour of Estonia, and the message from the Estonian knitters that we were meeting, was always to knit on. Certain imperfections are to be expected, and time spent unpicking is time wasted. They similarly were not worried about the “jog” that can occur with striped socks and I resolved to be more sanguine. The advice must be working, because the three row stripe is almost undetectable. I will however, also remember that the next time that I knit striped socks, to only knit 1 row of the heel colour prior to starting the heel, so that the 2 row pattern is maintained after the heel… For more technical details – the Ravelry link is here.
In May/June this year I was very lucky to go on a tour of Estonia led by Nancy Bush with my mother and sister. I intended to knit this cardigan so that it would be finished while I was there.
I knitted on the flight to Estonia, and on the bus as we drove around Estonia. We had amazing lessons, learning many new techniques and making friends with each other.
We stayed in a huge variety of accommodation (the photo above shows my mother and sister in the doorway of our cabin in Kihnu – it was by far the most rustic) and I knitted this cardigan outdoors while drinking Estonian pear cider.
After lessons where I learned to make braids like the ones on the troi below, I sat and ploughed through stockingette.
We visited castles – the one below is in Haapsallu (yes the town of the shawls).
But I wasn’t knitting as I walked down these steps! The variety of knitwear that we saw was truly amazing – these socks are knitted at an incredibly fine gauge and date back to the late 19th Century.
The variety of mittens and gloves that we saw have given me lots of inspiration for colour work. Nancy was a very thoughtful and organised tour leader and the tour group laughed constantly. Despite all the inspiration, I plugged on with the stockingette.By the time I hopped onto the plane back to Sydney, I had finally reached the collar of the cardigan, and then I remembered that I hated knitting twisted rib. The cardigan sat scrunched in a bag until a couple of weeks ago, and I finally finished it today.
Technical details here. The dog is Percy, who joined our family in April as a retired pets as therapy dog. He is a delight; a neurotic, food motivated, delight.
Late last year I joined the NSW Knitter’s Guild. When I attend (which is highly intermittent due to teaching and family commitments), I have a great time, and at my first meeting I purchased some 3 skeins of Silkbloom Fino from Suzy Hausfrau.
Through the Guild (and Jane), I heard that if I entered the Royal Easter Show, I could receive free tickets to the Arts Preview. As I paid $30 for that ticket last year, and thoroughly enjoyed myself, spending $11 to enter the show seemed like a good deal.
I found Delynn after searching around Ravelry. When I turned up to the show preview, I ran into Margarita and Lynn, who completely surprised me by telling me that I had won a prize! I will admit to enjoying the sensation – future show entries are likely.
As for the Silkbloom Fino, those of you who are familiar with the late lamented Kiama might get a sense of deja-vu. I don’t know where it is spun, but the resemblance is astonishing. Needless to say, I love it.
These socks are too small. I’ve known it for some time, but continued knitting.
I discussed the issue with my knitting group, who advised me to at least block the sock before continuing, but I continued knitting (with a little less vigour and enthusiasm). They socks have lovely lacy bits at the top, that threaten to cut off the blood supply to my lower extremities
I love the little stripe of colour work, but it is the tightest bit of it all. I need to tug and grimace to get it over my heel.
I’ve blocked them, and I still can’t get them on, or off without 10 minutes to spare, and the colourwork is clearly tighter than the rest of the sock. Farewell, fair sock.
As I sit in Sydney, lightly sunburnt after a day on the water following a very dear friend’s wedding, it seems a long time ago that I finished this sweater.Today is Saturday and we left London on Tuesday (or New Year’s Day). We were away for nearly 3 weeks, and my poor husband had to wait until the second last day of the holiday for his new sweater. The photos were taken on New Years Day outside Buckingham Palace (with a couple at the cafe at the Serpentine Pond in Hyde Park).
He greeted its finish with delight, helped by the fact that we had packed very light, and the 2 sweaters that he had with him were starting to look very familiar and tired. The sleeves seemed to take forever to knit, and they are slightly too long! If they grow at all, I might need to do some surgery, but for now they are fine with the ribbing folded over.
It is a very basic Seamless Hybrid with a discreet cable down the torso under the arm. Any requests for further adornment were not entertained. More technical details on Ravelry.
The yarn is superb, and if you can track down any from Colourmart or in a destash I highly recommend it. I washed it using my usual washing soda technique (the medium strength solution on the linked page) and really enjoyed knitting with it.
Older daughter has been waiting (not so patiently) for me to finish her a pair of socks – I’ve only been able to get knitting in on public transport (and at my first meeting of the Bar knitting group). The return to full-time work has gone relatively smoothly, but it has eaten into my crafting time.
I’m on holidays now in France, and the flight here was when the socks were finally finished.
The girls have grown so much this year, I built a bit of extra length into Older Daughter’s socks.
I was thinking of slightly more artistic shots to show off the socks at the Chateau de Bussy-Rabutin, but you will just need to imagine that the view below was in the background (I promise it was). If you notice that that the colourway of the sock resembles Regia Kaffe Fassett Random Stripe, then you are not on your own – my sister bought it on Ebay and we both noticed the resemblance as soon as it was unpacked. More details here.
I’ve been so busy that I delegated some knitting for the trip to Mum, and she made Older Daughter a Luxe Neck Warmer out of Colourmart cashmere to match her hat (thanks Mum!). Older Daughter loved the neck warmer, and wore it every day of the trip until the car trip to the castle. Then she noticed a loose thread and decided (using logic best understood by a bored 10 year old in the back of a car) to chew it off. Now we have a hole (Sorry Mum!).
Unfortunately, I don’t have any more of this yarn with me, so the repair will need to wait until we return to Sydney.
Happy holidays to everyone. I have to dash – I am hoping to finish a sweater by tomorrow…