Ariannah's Knitting Journey

Monday, March 27, 2006

Various projects and a bit of stash enhancement....

I've done more knitting than blogging lately, so I decided today to give you an update on where I'm at with my knitting. This picture to the left is my latest project, the Latvian sock from Nancy Bush's Folk Socks. I've read various other knitting blogs and have seen them do it, and since I have a lot of creamy colored sock yarn, I thought I'd love to jump on the bandwagon with this great project. I am currently working on its mate, and enjoying it. I am trying not to rush it. It's a very easy pattern, which practically explains itself after getting used to the patterns of yarn overs and decreases. I added a couple more pattern repeats to the leg length to make it almost a knee-high sock.

This picture to the right is a sock I am working on from Lucy Neatby's Celestial Merino Sock yarn. I wanted to do a plain ribbed pattern because I like the colorway. I generally don't go for terribly bright colors, but was pleased with the way this pattern
worked itself out. I've started on the toe, but based on how long the foot turned out on the Latvian sock, which fits me perfectly, I need to stop pretending to have tiny feet (grin).

I went to The Loop in Halifax, where I've become acquainted with one of the owners, Mimi, who knits lace very beautifully. Although I've never actually done much lace work before, I really love the look of knitted lace scarves and shawls. Mimi's enthusiasm for lace-weight yarns has proven to be quite catchy. These are two lovely balls of lace weight Misti Alpaca, which they've recently added to their inventory. I plan on making a shawl with this, and I have several design ideas in mind. Doesn't this yarn look gorgeous?

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Spring is almost here (a ramble of sorts)

And my renewed love for knitting is not letting up. My dreams are filled with socks and garments, awaiting serious design; I am discovering new yarns and needles to which I was previously oblivious.

I've known how to knit since about 1972 or 1973, but never before has my desire to knit and grow in my aptitute for the craft been so concentrated as it is now. Back when I was 5 or 6, my mother taught me how to knit on a pair of pencil crayons, and with the exception of a few patterns, I am self-taught for most of my other techniques. I read everything I could get my hands on and did a plethora of wild experimentation and unfinished projects. I became quite a skilled knitter, but a very disorganized one. I'm sure many long-time knitters can relate to the UFO (unfinished object) syndrome, with the tingling eagerness to start new projects, but not so tingling to finish them. Well, those were the times when "UFO" would have had my picture beside it in a knitting dictionary.

Somehow I have turned over a new leaf this year. I've set new goals. The reason? I suppose it's a growing experience. I've looked back on my life and hobbies therein, and realized that I've been blessed with the ability to knit for over 30 years, yet possess very little evidence to show for it. I've done more reading, and "knitting theory" type of self-education, interspersed with many grandiose attempts, than anything. I also used to bite off more than I could realistically chew, project-wise, even though if I had stuck to my guns, I could have indeed finished things.

This year, I've approached this beautiful craft from a new angle. I have more eagerness to finish things I start, and feel a sense of accomplishment when I can snap something with my digital camera and show my work here.

My latest knitting needle adventure is bamboo double pointed needles. These needles are winning me over, as they are lightweight and strong, and it feels so good and earthy and old-worldish to be knitting a sock with them. I still do love my Addis, but for different reasons. I suppose picking a favorite needle for me would be like trying to pick a favorite child. I just love them all.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Mosaic socks finished

Here are the socks with my 8 year old daughter's feet modelling them.

"Simply Lovely" complete

Here are the socks I made for my friend, finally got the ends woven in.

Friday, March 03, 2006

A new creation

This sock is one I am quite proud of. It is a design I made up to teach myself both mosaic slipstitch colorwork and the garter stitch short row heel. My daughter picked out the colors she liked. Its sibling is on the way.