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don’t do it in the dark

by on May.11, 2016, under Blog

I have not been knitting for some months now (since November last year) and while we were away visiting family in Wellington a couple of weeks ago I started a wee neck and shoulder warmer. It does feel so good to be knitting.

Last night I began the feather and fan section whilst my Best Beloved watched Avatar.

This morning I continued my knitting after I had been out to check on the wee goats.

And this morning, you guessed it, I discovered that I had knitted one fan section with not 6 yarn overs but with 9. How stupid is that.

Don’t listen to Avatar while knitting.

Don’t knit in the semi dark.

Good idea.

Now I have to tink back 4 rows to fix the problem and then begin my feather and fan again, but it will have to wait as have jobs to complete outside.

But when I am back in again I shall tink and then knit again

Yes yes yes.

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Thank you Angelia Robinson

by on Apr.20, 2016, under Blog

for putting out a request for test knitters and for taking me on board to do just that.

It has been many months since I picked up my knitting needles and there are reasons for not doing so. So many that I thought a wee list could be useful to me to remind me to get my hat on and get knitting.

  • It has been summer here in Miranda
  • We have had a great deal of fruit and vegetables to process
  • We are planning to move our garden onto a more permaculture basis
  • I have had a wee heart event – all good now but on beta blockers and blood thinners for ever
  • I burnt my hand quite badly and couldn’t knit, or garden, or process the food we have grown
  • For a time I have been just too tired at the end of the day to think of knitting
  • and as I said it has been summer.

    The Kloss Cowl test knit was a nice easy piece to knit and the pattern has an easy rhythm to it so once the first 12 rows after the rib were completed it flowed on easily with the marker being a reminder for colour changes.

    Kloss Cowl

    Here is the link to the Kloss Cowl pattern by Angelia Robinson in her Ravelry store. It is a perfect pattern to be very creative with stash yarns, and it is an easy fun knit.

    This cowl below is my test knit. I haven’t blocked it as I do like the texture and motion of it unblocked. But that is just my taste.

    finished kloss cowl (2)My Kloss Cowl

    I have not used slip stitches in my own colour work knitting at all so I was just a bit curious about how it would work and I do like it. So just maybe I will incorporate slip stitches in my own work. You will just have to wait and see.

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    I know it is cold in the northern hemisphere

    by on Feb.25, 2016, under Blog

    and knitting is easy when it is cold.

    We live in the southern hemisphere on a wee rural property where we grow most of our own fruit and vegetables and with our free range chooks providing us with eggs as well as meat we are almost self sufficient in food. We do catch the odd rabbit and do fish when possible but are not always successful. The most recent fish caught have been eels which we smoked and ate.

    So maybe you can understand that knitting has not been a high priority. I still think about the next piece I will knit and of the pieces on the go such as my Hominy Socks which have ground to a halt at the time garden work really ramped up.

    We do try to write about our gardening exploits at the Fuddy Farm but again we have a great deal to do all of the time that other activities such as knitting and designing simply race out the window.

    At the moment we have a new job to do. Our daughter lives next door and one of her wonderful nanny goats “Chewy” has just had triplets 2 nights ago. So while our next door family are at work or at school we are tending the wee goats and making sure all three are getting their share at the milkbar. Goats have only 2 teats so there is a management issue straight off. One of the kids is quite tiny, they are all boys and very handsome indeed. We are bottle feeding and encouraging good teat use.

    We are also freezing vegetables and soups and sauces for winter use plus keeping on with the gardening and watering and weeding and planting and preparing for the next group of crops.

    It will be good when I have time and energy for knitting because then it will also be cooler and much much easier to knit.

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    Hominy socks are limping row by row

    by on Oct.30, 2015, under Blog

    They will be done though – I am enjoying the puzzle that socks are to me.

    Right now it is spring in New Zealand and we are working quite long hours in the garden and I am so tired at night I am sitting rather zombie like without any knitting happening.

    I have knitted most of the heel flap though – whilst at swimming 2 weeks ago.

    hominy sock with heel flap

    See there is the proof.

    So row by row I will have these socks done.

    I will

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    At swimming yesterday

    by on Oct.15, 2015, under Blog

    Grandson started his new term of swimming yesterday and I duly packed my wee bag with the double pointed needles, the yarn, and the pattern and I have cast on my first ever pair of socks.hominy socks easy

    And what did I discover?

    Well I discovered that knitting with many needles is tricky when one is used to knitting with circular needles. That is when I knitted a stretch and released a needle albeit briefly I dropped it.

    I dropped it every time.

    So here I am at a public swimming pool scrabbling about trying to pick up a needle from a concrete floor. I did that at least 4 times before I started putting the needle in my mouth to hold it while I checked what I was doing and reintroduced the needle to the knitting.

    Neither the needle on the concrete floor nor the grandmother sitting with a needle protruding from either side of her mouth looking like a demented sabre tooth tiger ready to foam at the mouth and attack any one with a comment to make – neither looked very pretty really. Getting up from the floor with the lost needle was also a challenge.

    But I did get into the rhythm of the stitch and the knitting in the round with double pointed needles in the end.

    I like the stitch and I even like the stitch created with my variegated yarn, it has great texture.

    And this is where I am up to this morning.

    003

    And yes I am pleased.

    So far so good.

    So if you are not a knitter of socks yet, you too can do this.

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