How about a technique book today?
The Knitter’s Companion by Vicki Square is an excellent quick reference. There is a little bit of everything in here. It is by no means in-depth. It is just little bits from all of knitting.
Yes, you can use Google much the same way, but I like having the book. I can write myself notes in it, I can use it when I’m not plugged into the internet, and I like books. Also, I don’t have to weed through 10 million hits to find the one I want.
I like the diagrams. Some books have hard to understand diagrams, but this book has great diagrams. I also seem to always understand the directions, which is nice.
So, if you find yourself forgetful, like me, or you are new to knitting and want a quick coverage of almost everything and/or a quick reference, I highly recommend this book.
I adore knitting/craft/cooking books and magazines, and I have plenty, so I thought I would start reviewing them now and again. Here is the first one:
I was a Kickstarter backer for this book, because the premise made me happy. Amongst several of my groups of nerdy friends, it is widely believed that my crafty arts will be my ticket into a position of honor and value in any post apocalyptic society. I can knit, spin, crochet and weave if I have to, garden, bake, can, etc. I’m also good with circuits and machinery. So this seemed like a book written for me.
I have many projects from this book that I want to make: Apocketmitts are first on my list, but I love Baby’s First Principles because it is a baby blanket with skulls; I want to make Circuit for me too with some conductive thread for touch screens; Ditch the Tech looks super comfy; Fennec just looks cool and would be awesome for my sister-in-law; I want 10 of Fatigued in different colors; Fission looks fun and would make a great gift; the Grom-mitts are way bad-ass; I would wear Ozone all the time; I want 20 Technologicas in different colors; who wouldn’t want a Utility Corset or five? Wayfarer is so pretty; and Thrumviator would be great for all of our cold-weather-living family.
The writing in this book is fantastic. There are great doomsday themed extras and the patterns are arranged by the type of apocalypse. :-D This is definitely my kind of book.
The only negative I have would be that some of the suggested yarns are quite pricey. Now, I’ve at least felt most of the yarns, even if I haven’t knit with all of them, and damn are they nice yarns. That being said, unless I win the lottery soon, I’ll have to make some yarn substitutions to make all of the patterns I want to knit from this book. I will definitely be stash shopping first to see if I have things that will work. If an apocalypse does come, I will be raiding yarn shops first to get all of the yarns for the projects in this book.
So, I’m making a thing. I don’t know what it is yet.
I really liked this lace-vine pattern. I really want a lacey shawl/wrap/poncho thing. I was looking for other stuff in my stash several years ago and stumbled across this yarn. I started knitting.
The yarn itself I like. It is bulky, it is soft, the color is pretty. The yarn ball, not so much. It is tangled and HUGE to the point of almost being unwieldy.
At the moment, this is in my “on pause” collection because the yarn ball was annoying me. I’m sure I’ll get back to it before too long. I kinda like having no idea where this is going.
I found some big-ish craft beads cleaning out some craft supplies. They are blue-ish and might become a part of this at some point.
The ravelry.com page for this project is: http://ravel.me/scitchet/clwu
As soon as I get something finished, this is up next. I’m making it for my oldest nephew for his birthday in December (his brother got the snake one for his birthday this year).
I have also noticed that I have lost the dark grey ball… I will need to find that.
The Morehouse critter backpacks are pretty easy to knit. In fact, if you can do basic increases and decreases (and may slip a stitch now and again), all of the critter knits I’ve done are really easy stitch wise. If you want a “next level” project after knit/purl rectangles, I highly suggest them. They look super complicated, but they really aren’t.
The ravelry.com page for the pattern is: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/owl-backpack
From there you can go buy the pattern and/or the kit if you want.
Even if I’m only going somewhere for like two hours I ALWAYS BRING KNITTING. But then I worry, you know? What if it’s not enough? What if I finish the project before I come home? You know what? I should pack another project. Maybe two more.Me too!
Continuing yesterday’s theme of cheap yarn on eBay in the summer: I got enough Rowan Big Wool for the Woodland Hoodlet!!!!!!!!!! I’ve owned this pattern for years, but it is also included in Woodland Knits by Tiny Owl Knits. I love the look of it.
I have some alpaca that (okay, LOADS really) I plan to spin up to make this with, but who knows when I’ll get to that. So, in my recent eBay-scouring-for-super-cheap-yarn, I found seven balls of Rowan Big Wool in color 05 (a slightly teal blue) for under $25 with shipping. Needles to say, I jumped on that. The pattern calls for 6-7 skeins, so I have exactly what I need. I have to say, it wouldn’t be my first choice of color, but I think it will still look pretty knit up.
This is in the queue for whenever I have time to knit for myself.
I would like to talk to you about eBay. Specifically buying yarn on eBay in the summer. I got five skeins of Misti Alpaca Chunky (in #301 Chocolate Brown) for under $30. It retails for $15-$17 per skein.
I’ve been keeping my eye on it because I want to make the Juniper Wishing Scarf from Woodland Knits and she waxes poetic about how awesome it is to knit with Misti Alpaca. I have to say, after feeling it, I can see why.
The scarf only calls for three skeins, so I’ll make a matching hat to go with it. I don’t know who this will be for, or when I’ll get to actually knitting it, but I am excited all the same.
Also, I highly recommend Woodland Knits. I’ve been a Tiny Owl Knits fan for years (designer of the Beekeeper’s Quilt), and I’ve purchased quite a few of her patterns individually. Just leafing through this book makes me happy, and I have several projects that I have yarn for and several more that I’m scouring sales to get the yarn for.
This is a spider-man afghan for my youngest nephew for Christmas. I’m using AnneM’s pattern, but a very different size of yarn. The only yarn I could find with the right colors, machine washable, and under several hundred dollars for one blanket was Caron Simply Soft Light. Thankfully, the pattern is super easy and not gauge dependent. So I’ll end up with more stripes for the same size blanket, but I am kinda happy about that anyway.
If you want to get into some shaping and/or knitting in the round, this is a super easy pattern to up your knitting game. You can use any colors you want.
I’m planning to add a duplicate stitch spider when it is finished.
The ravelry.com page for this project is: http://ravel.me/scitchet/o7o5w
This is my current travel knitting project. I mostly like the pattern. It is pretty simple lace knitting. It is one of those patterns where the author either has a gross misunderstanding of copyright law or simply hopes the users of the pattern do. Either way, that always bugs the shit out of me, so I probably won’t use this pattern again.
I am using Noro Silk Garden and rosewood needles and my exceptionally pretty knitting bag though, so that makes me happy.
The ravelry.com page for this project is: http://ravel.me/scitchet/u93lz
This is a stranded knitting scarf for no one in particular (I would say it is for me, but I have PLENTY of scarves. I live in New Mexico, you don’t need that many). I ran across some old filet crochet pattern collections and downloaded a bunch. I’m using those patterns since stranded knitting stitches are roughly square. There is a little motif at the bottom and I’m half way through a rose pattern.
I’m using one ball of Aade in greens and yellows and one ball of Kauni in browns. So there with be some long striping.
This is just something fun for me. I always like having a stranded project going. I’ve put it aside for the moment to focus on Christmas knitting, but I’ll pick it up when I have a handle on that and/or need a stranding fix.
The ravelry.com page for this project is: http://ravel.me/scitchet/u2n1o
Progress on the Green Bay socks! I’m currently about half way done with one of the heel gussets and ready to start the heel gusset on the second! They go so fast once you get the heel done. I’m really hoping to have both heels done this week. Craig’s birthday is at the end of August and I have no money, so he is getting socks if I have to stay up all night, every night to finish them. (He LOVES socks) If I can get these done soon, he might get a second pair (much less involved).
I am using the Andersson heel for these.
The ravelry.com page for this project is: http://ravel.me/scitchet/zh86f
Progress on my mom’s Christmas present (that was supposed to be her present last year and didn’t get finished…). I’m about 75% done with this. I’m hoping to finish it in the next few weeks.
It is knit in Rowan Pure Wool 4ply and I’m using Sarah Hatton’s Lace Scarf pattern that was a Rowan International gift several years ago. I love the Rowan Subscriber’s gifts.
The ravelry.com page for this project is: http://ravel.me/scitchet/8iae6
(Pattern available on Ravelry)
The colors, the pattern, this is just so lovely. And it looks so soft too.
Via Flint & Pyrite
My mother-in-law made me a knitting bag! It is sooooo very cute. I am loving the colors, and the room, and the POCKETS!!!!!!!!!!!
Now I need to take knitting somewhere. Maybe this could be the tree house knitting bag.
Also, I might have a knitting bag problem…