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Archive for September, 2009

Crafty treats

While I should have been busy adding to my list of completed projects, I seem to have been far too busy checking out the crafty wares of the talented folks on etsy. This weeks treats included (yes, there was multiple treating) some of this gorgeous screen printed fabric by Summersville. Now, my head is awash with crafting ideas!

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Pair of Monkeys

Finally, something to show you! Last night I put the finishing touches to my first pair of Monkeys. I’m really pleased with them, and wore them to bed in celebration 🙂 This is definitely a pattern I could see myself repeating… if there weren’t a lifetime’s worth of other socks already lining up to be knitted! I didn’t really run into too many problems with these ones. There was just a little unravelly yarn at one point, which I’m hoping doesn’t result in a weak spot that requires darning. My main triumph with this project was finally mastering the toe grafting. I know, this is simple, but for some reason I must have been getting my knits and purls all mixed up, resulting in a little ridge along the toes. This time, I referred to a trusty old YouTube Tutorial, and hey presto! Perfect toes at last 🙂 Oh, and I really must try and be more patient and wait until I have good enough light for crafty photography. Tonight’s photoshoot involved hanging upside down on the sofa in order to get the tootsies close enough to the lamp. So, I enjoyed the unexpected bonus of an abdominal workout. Who’d have thought knitting could be quite so energetic! 

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Knitmares

Arrrgh! When knitting goes bad! I am currently mid-projects, hence the lack of posting. The Monkeys are coming along nicely. Good Monkeys. However, am also knitting my first pair of ‘toe-ups’, and experiencing horror after horror! First I had infi-problems with getting started, then in an attempt to avoid the ghastly stitch wrapping method on the heel turn I decided to give this method a go. It got good reviews… Anyhow, it has left me with a nasty gappy heel turn, and seeing as I apparently have forgotten how to count.. a wonky heel too. To try and compensate for wonkiness, I started making and knitting together stitches in a rather amateur fashion in a vain attempt to close the gap. Hmmm. I seem to have created a lace effect which is not part of the pattern 😦 I would frog them, if I hadn’t started them about 4 times already. Grrrr. And grr again for good measure. Tonight I fear I will have knitmares.

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