In my creative space this week I’ve been working on a hibernating project. And just now, I finished off the final stitches of a pair of socks begun over twelve months ago.
They had been sent to the naughty corner for causing altogether too many problems. The yarn was lovely – received in a swap. The pattern came with it. I wasn’t sure if I loved it. I cast on for the pattern, and had problems. So I ripped back. I cast on something else instead. Yuck. I ripped that. Rinse and repeat. I finally cast on again for the original pattern minus the patterned toe. And it was s.l.o.w. going. Every row a pattern row. It just didn’t gel with me. I was poised over the pattern all the time, which I hate. And when I tried the patterned heel flap, it was the end. Enough. Off to hibernation for this sock.
And strangely enough, when I picked this up on Saturday it just went smoothly. The leg of the sock went fast, and before I knew it I was onto sock #2. Eliminating the problem spots from last time meant this was all smooth sailing. And so now I have a finished pair of socks in time for winter, and one fewer project in the naughty corner.
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Published October 6, 2010
Tags: swap, Yarn Swap
Last night was Swap Night again at our knitting group. We had chosen a Fairytales theme for this swap: we each chose a fairytale that we would like to receive a swap based on. I chose Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The person who I was creating a swap for also wanted the same story – so it was interesting to see the different approaches we each took to the swap. Unfortunately for you, you’ll just have to imagine the swap I put together for now, as my camera didn’t work last night for some reason.
But the beautiful basket of goodies I received from Kate was subjected to some photos this evening, so I thought I’d share it with you now 🙂
First up, the yarn…
I received 200g of BWM Classic yarn, which is a crepe construction, hand dyed ‘Poision’ colours. It is a lovely semi solid pink, which will please the small girls in my life no end. It’s a DK weight, so I’ll be looking out for a suitable pattern. You can also see the felted stones in the right of the picture. Kate’s two girls got involved in putting together the parcel, and they each felted a pebble for me. And in the background you can probably see the lovely handmade card Kate put made.
The gift also included a bottle of grape juice – poison for me – and also some chocolate pebbles (like M and M’s for my overseas readers), to represent Snow White’s journey through the woods to the Dwarfs’ house. Annnnnd, this gorgeous woodlands theme felted purse.
What fun our swaps are! We have had six so far, and I suspect we will start thinking about #7 before too long. Thanks for the super swap Kate, and to Nyree for organising it 🙂
Published July 30, 2010
Tags: swap, yarn stash
My local knitting group had another fantastic swap night last night. These yarn swaps have fast become one of the most anticipated events on my knitting calendar. There are some very creative and talented ladies in this group, and it’s always so much fun seeing what they come up with, and swapping in person is always great as we all get a chance to see and discuss the yarns and crafts that are swapped.
For this swap, each of us purchased a fat quarter and then we drew them out of a hat – the dyeing was to be inspired by the colours in the fat quarter. Some people gave back the fat quarter intact while others used them to craft a gift for the swap.
I gave my camera a rest and am stealing Sam’s piccies of the night.
So, first up, the lovely yarn that I got gifted – my first gradient dyed yarn! I also received some gifts for the girls – a cute apron each and a set of cute clippies. For me – choccie and some cute stitch markers.
And some other lovely gifts…
This is the yarn that I dyed up, along with a project bag and needlebook made from the fat quarter I was given.