Sunday, January 30, 2011

Wet blocking the Debut Crochet Scarf

I knew wet-blocking was going to be a good idea. That fabric is much more open than it was.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Caroline's Socks: finally ready to go in the post.

Socks always look so nice and fluffy after blocking.

For The Horde Tea Cosy: live model shots


I have just learned to crochet! I have made lots of previous attempts but they were beyond hopeless. The thing is, I look at Twinkie Chan's work, and I look at amigurumi and I can see that crochet is something I need and want to do. So I had another go last Sunday and it suddenly clicked! I made a granny square that came out square, look!

After that, there was no stopping me. I took three balls of Gedifra Riana Big in green and some Rowan Big Wool in pink, and knocked up a version of the so-called One-Skein Scarf from the Stitch'n'Bitch crochet book. The flower, which I haven't attached yet because I haven't decided how I want the scarf to look, is from the Garden Scarf pattern in the same book.

I am going to wet-block this scarf and I hope that doing so will open up the fabric, as it is quite a pleasing mesh when you stretch it out. We'll see how it goes.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Beautiful knitted objects

Look at these beautiful tea cosies. That's what I'm doing this evening. This is Carmen Miranda:

and this is Elfin:

Loani Prior is so clever. I have other things I could be doing this evening, but I am drooling over her designs. More amazing designs are on her blog.

I am also very interested in Log Cabin blankets, which are knitted or crocheted in large blocks. There's a nice one in shades of pink, wine, olive and beige in the February issue of Simply Knitting magazine.

Also on my radar: Twinkie Chan, who crochets extraordinary wearable food.

What fun! Awesome designs. A square tissue box cover that looks like a big hunk of lemon coconut cake! A hat that looks like a cupcake with blue icing. A scarf that looks like it's made from halves of pink grapefruit. This alone is a reason to learn to crochet. If I never crochet anything else, these items will be enough.

Finally, I must talk about amigurumi. Look at these creatures. A red octopus, a delightful hermit crab, and that's an angler fish you see in brown at the bottom there.

All these animals are knitted. I love their charm and their utter lack of function. Pure art.

Monday, January 17, 2011

For The Horde

Ooh, I like tea cosies. This one bears the noble Horde symbol, as any dedicated World of Warcrafter will know. I'll show another pic when all the ends are weaved in and it is sewn up & adorning a tea pot.

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Look, a tea cosy

Happy New Year everyone! I have been spring cleaning my house and when it was all tidy and my tables were clear, I felt motivated to get the tea things out instead of making tea in a mug in the kitchen like I normally do. And then I thought, what is a tea tray without a tea cosy? Here is one. I knitted it from the Poppy pattern in the Jan 2011 edition of Let's Knit magazine.

I thought long and hard about type of yarn, and eventually settled on acrylic because I want to be able to chuck my tea cosies in the washing machine when they get tea on them. This cosy is made from Hayfield Bonus DK, two strands held together, because I didn't have any aran-weight.