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Letting Go

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I remember the horror I felt when knitting podcasters would mention gifting away their handknits; I honestly thought they were crazy or on a level of kindness unachievable by most of mankind. You spent that much time knitting that gorgeous piece only to have it slip through your fingers? Albeit, I am first and foremost a selfish knitter and have zero qualms about it. If I like a yarn, then that will turn into something for me. However sometimes the impossible happens…

Take this cowl. It’s the infamous 3 colour cashmere cowl by Joji Locatelli, and the third one I’ve knit yet failed to keep! It was the perfect recipe: a gorgeous speckled sparkly yarn that would hold my attention, vibrant colours that made me look forward to the various stages, and neutrals to balance it all out. I took my time knitting it, wove in the ends every now and then, and was super excited to have it finished.

And that was it.

The excitement was over. I loved how beautiful the cowl was, and kept admiring it…but I had no desire to wear it. It wasn’t something I wanted to toss on. It was something I felt that fit someone else in my family more. So I wrapped it in tissue paper (the fancy paper kind, not the Kleenex version), and gifted it. The response was wonderful; I received a quick heartwarming text appreciating the knitted cowl (especially since I usually gift knits for the wee ones in my family versus the adults) which made it all worth it.

So I get it now. Sometimes that piece just doesn’t speak to you…and it’s meant to be in someone’s life instead. Which is cool…frustrating at times (like the fact that I have less than 10 pairs of knitted socks despite always having socks on the needles)…but I am lucky enough to have knitworthy people in my life too.

Of course, the next thing I cast on will be for me ;).

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Cursed Glow

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Frustration.

You know when you have the perfect yarn and just need the pattern to match it? That’s the battle I’ve had for the last few weeks with this Moonrover sock yarn in the Ghostie Glow colourway.

Let’s backtrack a bit shall we?

I’ve become obsessed with lore/horror type podcasts lately. I randomly started listening to Lore and fell so deeply in love with it that I am still struggling to find similar podcasts now that I am caught up after a large binge. So far I’ve been listening to it, Chilling Tales: The Podcast, LimetownThe Myths and Legends Podcast, and certain Halloween episodes from Stuff You Missed in History Class. Funny thing is, I don’t even like horror films.

So my bedtime routine is an episode of one of the mentioned episodes above and knitting on my current WIP. When I realized I had a yarn called Ghostie Glow, well, that was the perfect combination no?

Yet this yarn decided to be as stubborn as I am when it comes to being knit up. The actual yarn is wonderful, and speckles of orange & purple add a fun dimension to the eerie green but it refused to work with any pattern I threw at it.

It had almost become socks (which were frogged), a Masgot shawl (also frogged), and a Whispering Pines shawl (frogged too) before I settled on Tales from the Isle of Purbeck (with modifications of a smaller needle size since this is fingering weight yarn). Even then, I am still considering if it is the right fit for the yarn and may frog that as well!

Is this normal? Am I just being too picky? Is this yarn cursed? Have I been listening to too many horror podcasts?


 

Cette laine a décidé à me frustrer tout au long du mois! Je suis monté des chaussettes, et puis trois autres châles avant de décider à monter Tales from the Isle of Purbeck avec cette laine. Les couleurs sont différent que ma palette habituelle mais j’aime le vert étrange avec les mouchetures d’orange et violet. Ma faiblesse est des laines mouchetés, et Moonrover a beaucoup de combinaison de couleurs qui m’intrigue! Mais, j’hésite avec ça châle parce que je ne sais pas si la laine et le modèle se sont bons. Nous verrons si je continuerai ce projet ou si je le déferai.

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Scrappy Joy

Scrappy Socks

In theory these were supposed to be an easy, relaxing knit. That itself should warn you of how terribly wrong I was. Scrappy socks: just pick out on of the random balls of sock yarn, which were already overfilling in my ‘leftovers bag’, and knit a couple of rows into a vanilla sock pattern.

If you aren’t lucky enough to stalk blueberryfields_ on Instagram, then you are missing out, her Happy Socks are that, knitted pieces of joy every time you stare at them. I wanted to try to knit my own.

Side note: I am not neat, my bedroom is one that always has the door closed so my family can ignore the chaos within. So scrappy socks seemed like the perfect type of pattern for me. Add a bit of this, that, and voila! Plus it doesn’t hurt that I enjoy weaving in ends so that’s not an issue.

Oh how wrong I was.

I spent too long contemplating what yarn to add next, frogging back to choose a different colour, and even putting off knitting on these socks. I didn’t like the result. It was like the more I tried to fix the socks, the worse it became. It was supposed to be the perfect fit, yet it went so wrong.

I was lost, do I add a colour now? After three rows? Did I like these huge chunks of solid colours (the problem of having mostly self-striping yarns of huge stripes and solid colours from knitting shawls)?

I cut my losses and ripped back. I start over, and ripped back again.

Sometimes I forget that knitting is first most, for me, not others. That it’s okay to do what you want. It’s my creative outlet, and as long as I enjoy what I knit that’s what matters.

So I pulled out the scraps I loved. I started over.

Scrappy Socks Side View

I used the Blender Socks pattern, and followed the directions.

Eventually I decided to colour a bit outside the lines, adding a row of new colour here and there while still in my limited palette of scraps.

It was fun again.

For the first time in a while, I wasn’t looking forward to getting to the toe.

And that’s how I learned to make scrappy socks that worked for me :).

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