#6KCBWDAY5 – and now for something completely different 

  

*this is a post for the 6th annual knitting & crochet blog week hosted by ekimimi makes. To see other posts on this topic search #6KCBWDAY5

** yes this is the extent of my drawing skills. This was drawn by a 30 year old, not a 7 year old. 


#6KCBWDAY4 – Bags of Fun

Bag number 1 – Editors 

Contents: hand dyed yarn, 31 rows of  cold pine on 5mm Hiya Hiya circular needles  
 

Bag number 2 – Two Door Cinema Club

Contents:  scissors, yarn needle, yarnvszombies fingering weight yarn, Baba Yaga socks on addi turbo 2.5mm circular needles

   
Bag number 3 – Tangerine Designs 

Contents:  yarnvszombies doctor who collection tags, one geek to craft them all doctor who collection stitch markers,  snakeld scarf on birch circular needles in yarnvszombies 7th doctor colour way, home made lip balm from Twitter lovely Rocky, crochet hook, penguin tape measure from ravelry swap box, pen, nail clippers, bottle cap, cocoa butter lip balm, yarn needles, scrap yarn, carabena and stitch marker. 

  

 

Bag number 4 – The Shins

Contents: blanket inspired by grandmothers favourite dishcloth on birch needles. 8 ply marvel soft yarn in 4 colours. Curious Tina-cat

   

Bag number 5 – Typo flip out case

Contents:  carabena with handmade stitch markers, scissors, scrap yarn, pens, crochet hooks, pencil sharpener, sharpie, yarn needle, ruler/needle gauge, assorted double pointed needles, assorted short circular needles, modcloth measuring tape, Tina-cat. 

     
*this is a post for the 6th annual knitting & crochet blog week hosted by ekimimi makes. To see other posts on this topic search #6KCBWDAY4

**I am in no way sponsored by yarnvszombies. I am however putting her cat through college. 

#6KCBWDAY3 – experimental photography or knitting photos with song lyrics

Editors – Papillon


Phantogram – Black Out Days

CHVRCHES – Dead Air

The National – Runaway

Blood Red Shoes – In Time To Voices
  

Neutral Milk Hotel – In The Aeroplane Over The Sea

*this is a post for the 6th annual knitting & crochet blog week hosted by ekimimi makes. To see other posts on this topic search #6KCBWDAY3 

#6KCBWDAY2 – all about me

Knitting saved my life. 

I believe this to be true. 

My brain tells me lies. 

It tells me that I’m not good enough, that no one wants me, no one could ever love me, the whole world is against me and I am stupid and ugly and mean and cruel and a terrible person.

My brain tells me these things daily. 

I take medication to make me remember that my brain isn’t working properly. Most people don’t have their brain constantly telling them that they’re worthless and everything would be better off without them. Most days it works and these thoughts don’t consume me like they did before I found the right medication. Then there are other days when the lies my brain tells me get through to me and I have to be strong enough to not believe them. And I’m not always that strong. 

Knitting helps me not believe the lies. 

It shuts down my brain. I can knit and make things and my brain can’t lie to me because I can see it with my own eyes that I can knit. I can make things. I can make fucking awesome things! 

Having something tangible that I can hold makes some of those lies go away. 

Not always, but some of those days where I’m in a depressive state and all my strength is taken up by moving from the bed to the couch, I can pick up some knitting and make something. I can knit. 

I can knit. My brain can’t tell me that what I make doesn’t exist. 

That’s why I think knitting saved my life. If I didn’t have that crutch to fall back on, that tangible evidence that makes me realise that my brain lies to me……. 

   

*this is a post for the 6th annual knitting & crochet blog week hosted by ekimimi makes. To see other posts on this topic search #6KCBWDAY2

#6KCBWDAY1 – if I were yarn

  

If I were yarn I’d be bright, cheery, and colourful. 

If I were yarn I’d be soft and squishy. 

If I were yarn I’d be durable and tough 

If I were yarn I’d be kind when you needed me to but challenging when I knew you could cope. 

If I were yarn I’d like to make you feel better when you see me. 

If I were yarn I’d let you know what I wanted to become. And the pattern would be well structured, well written and clear. 

If I were yarn I’d be clever and springy and accomodating. 

If I were yarn I’d be reliable and always practical. 

If I were yarn I’d like to be petted all the time. 

That’s the kind of yarn I’d like to be.

*this is a post for the 6th annual knitting & crochet blog week hosted by ekimimi makes. To see other posts on this topic search #6KCBWDAY1 

Knit & crochet superstar! 

I didn’t think I’d be able to keep this a secret, but I have!

I am this weeks featured blogger on Cut Out and Keep!!!! 

If you’ve never visited cutoutandkeep.net before it’s chock full of patterns and tutorials of everything from knitting and crochet to jewellery making, embroidery, and sewing. 

This week will feature some of my patterns and a couple of tutorials as well!! 

My first pattern is a cabled tea cozy so go and check it out. 

  

Finished object 8&9 – nurmilintu 

Remember that shawl that I posted without taking a good picture of first? 

Well I have my photo! 

 
Isn’t it just lovely??? Megs of course but also my shawl!!! 

The pattern is nurmilintu and I just finished another, this time for myself and also in my own hand dyed yarn. 

   
Blocking it made such a difference. But blocking with cats? When they’ve taken one of your blocking mats to be their new scratching post? Not fun. 

At one point Tina ran off with a pin in her mouth and I had to chase her through the house so she didn’t hurt herself. In the end I locked them in their room (formerly the spare room) pinned it all out and then put it outside and once it got dark then put it into our bedroom and closed the door. 

That’s the problem with open plan houses. No place to block your shawl with two nosy kittens. 

   

  

 

I’m still not entirely convinced that the lace panels are correct. Either due to me not being able to count or the chart being wrong, but I don’t really care.

It’s colourful and warm and soft and it won’t leave my neck for at least until I finish the picot scarf that’s nearly off my needles. 

Finished object number 7 – sucky socks which turned into unsucky socks

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I hated knitting these socks. 

Sure the yarn was squishy, the colours were pretty and the pattern was simple enough. 

But the yarn was low twist so it kept a splitting, the colours pooled badly, and I stuffed up the pattern really early on in the sock and didn’t want to go back and change it. 

So they’d been languishing on the needles for a while as I worked on other projects. 

Then the needle I was using for Olivia broke (4th needle that has broken on that project!), the stitch pattern on the shawl I had on the needles wasn’t working for me, I didn’t feel like crochet and I didn’t want to start a new project. 

I had already turned the heel (fish lips kiss style) so I picked them up again. Told myself that I would knit until the end of the football game and then bind off. By the end of the game they weren’t really long enough when I tried them on my foot but I was so sick of the bloody things I just wanted them finished and was not at all prepared to spend any time doing the usual ribbing required of a sock. 

So on a whim I figured an I-cord bind off would add some extra length, plus give them a bit of extra stretch and stability around the ankle.

(The socks have been strategically photographed to not show off my giant pattern fail!)    
 

I freakin LOVE these socks now!!!!  

The fit perfectly under low topped converse which I practically live in. 

I don’t mind the mistakes because they’re under a shoe, and the icord bind off makes the yarn colours look great. 

I am definitely going to use this bind off for socks more often now. Plus no time consuming ribbing. 

       

Finished object 6 – the specialest of shawls

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I was gifted the most special of yarns. 

Keri (of whendidibecomeaknitter) sent me a skein of her hand spun. 

It was sent with a knitted dalek and a Canada Mug (which I use most mornings and I now know most of the words to Oh Canada) and a very precious skein of her own hand spun yarn! From the date on the original photo it has been in my stash since 2013 just waiting for the right pattern to come along.

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Well in the end I devised the right pattern. 

After casting on 5 stitches I repeated the following two rows. 

Row 1: Knit 1, Knit front & back, knit til last 3, knit 2 together, knit 1

Row 2: Knit til last 2 stitches. Knit front & back, knit 1. 

Then every now and again I would do a row of yarn over knit 2 together (while following the increase at one end, decrease at the other pattern). 

   

It still needs blocking to even out the 4 rows of yarn over-knit 2 together to end the shawl. But the kittens have stolen my craft room and so now I don’t know where to block anything. 

It’s also awkward given my blocking matts have become their scratching pads.  

 I really don’t want to put such a pretty shawl onto a cat scratching pad!!!

Firstly it was awesome to be gifted some hand spun yarn! It must have taken so long to spin and ply and wind. Seriously just the effort alone is awesome and a wonderful gift. 

Secondly as a novice spinner it was really interesting to see the imperfections, the quirks, and idiosyncrasies of yarn that has been hand spun. This isn’t to say that it wasn’t fantastic quality, because it was and is! But seeing hand spun up close is going to help my own spinning (once  a part is fixed on my wheel).    

 

So not only did I get a lovely gift which resulted in a fantastic finished object, but I got a lesson in working with hand spun yarn. 

Reason #7482929 knitters are brilliant people. 

THANK YOU KERI!!! You’re the best!!!!