Last year, my youngest nephew fell in love with the Harry Potter books. When my daughters found out, the first thing they did was take him to Pottermore and get him placed in a house. Turns out he’s a Hufflepuff. Now this kid is seriously my number one knitting fan. He once told a teacher that his “Auntie J” is a professional knitter while showing off a hat I made him. So when I find out he’s excited about Harry Potter, I think we all know that means he was getting a house scarf for Christmas.
I don’t usually buy single color yarn. I love yarn with colors, especially the always magical self-striping yarn for socks. Since I’ve started knitting socks for myself, I’ve found that I prefer socks in patterned yarn to be basic so as to really show off the striping. I like to use one color yarn to show off stitch patterns. I have a lot of stripped yarn right now, so basic socks it is.
This year I have had far less time to knit than I have in the past. As a slower knitter, this means far less finished items to post on my site. And while I have other things to post about (pattern downloads, hate watching, the one single project I’m trying to plow through right now so I have time to weave the ends in before Christmas), I’d still like to post knitted items. Desperate times call for desperate measures and all that, so to keep pretty things on this site I have started to dig through finished projects that I have from days of yore. Or, you know, a few years ago.
This past weekend we had dinner with family. Fidgety Daughters are the absolute favorite people in the world to my youngest nephew. My nephew is a new Harry Potter fan so during dinner (where they insisted he sit between them), they introduced my nephew to Pottermore so he could be sorted into a house. In passing I said, “Hey, maybe I should make you guys house scarves.” Yeah, guess who is now making house scarves.
Sometimes you knit things and say to yourself, “Hey, I did a pretty good job! Nice work, Me!” Other times you finish a project and say to yourself, “Well, that’s… something.” But every once in a while, you knit something, look at it and say to yourself, “How on Earth did I ever live without you, you gorgeous piece of awesomeness?”
Last fall, my husband and I traveled to the UK. It was an amazing trip, without kids. Of course, first on my mind—well, aside from the amazing sights, food and international travel with my sweetie—was what knitting project I would bring with me. For the flight, I bought cheap bamboo needles (BLECH) and planned to knit socks*. But I also packed a project in my checked baggage on my beloved Knit Picks options (because who takes just one project on an international trip?). Something a little larger that would be an easy pick up/put down project. Stephen West’s Boneyard Shawl was my choice for this trip.
I love Knit Picks. I haven’t purchased much of their yarn (I’m trying to stick to a yarn diet), but the yarn I did purchase, I loved and made my favorite thing ever. But every needle (Options interchangeable in nickel) and cable I own is from them. I look forward to their catalog every month. It may or may not be possible that I look forward to an opportunity to purchase something new.
I also love socks. They’re just so pretty and portable and people are super impressed when I whip out my magic loop, two at a time socks to work on while I’m waiting. So with the recent catalog focused on socks, I looked a little closer.Read More
My mom loved to buy knitting patterns. I have a binder full of patterns she purchased that I don’t think she ever knit. One book that I really love, however, is one that she had for a long time, The Complete Book of Knitting by Barbara Abbey (1971). In fact, when I decided I wanted to learn to knit, my mom gave me this book to see if it would help (at that point, it did not).
Like any knitting book, this one has information on how to knit (cast on, bind off, increase, decrease, cables, shaping and so one). Printed on heavy paper with only black and white images the front half of the book is nothing unusual. But the last half…it’s a gift from above. This book is full of over 200 stitch patterns. Wondering how to make the Pineapple Lace Stitch? How about the Twinberry Stripe? Maybe you want to try the Modified Schiaparelli or the Lazy Daisy. Yeah, it’s here. I’ve been itching to try out a pattern stitch on my basic sock template. It seemed like it was time. Let me introduce you to the Diagonal Rib.Read More