31 May 2006

The Art of Knitting… with chopsticks?

Well, sort of.

I wanted to tell you about my day today but thought perhaps it would be better if I stuck to blogging about knitting. I don’t think I have managed this so what I have ended up telling you is a bit about my day through an account…

Recently at a meal out with work colleagues, I commented how the chopsticks we were eating with, could be used for knitting. I was having one of my ‘KnitPlosion’ moments. Not thinking much of what I had said, I noticed that at least one pair of ears picked up and hey presto (!), I had a keen learner.

Having survived the Spanish inquisition, we agreed to meet up the following Wednesday. On the day, I brought along some yarn for my colleague’s use. After a shaky start she quickly mastered her not so pointy sticks and she was very pleased. So was I, I have actually passed along the art of knitting… This was about 3 weeks ago, she is still using the chopsticks – the scarf has a few rows now.

Meanwhile, another colleague commented how she had just been to a wedding where the bride’s mother had the idea that the bride’s friends should knit squares to make up a honeymoon blanket. Although she had knitted before she was unsure how to start again or continue in order to make her squares. After a few knitting tales from my side (some tall), we both got really excited about knitting and agreed to start a lunch time knit. We were joined by our keen starter (above) at our second meet.

Isn’t it funny, once you start talking about it you can’t stop? I have also managed to convince two other colleagues to join the group. They have made positive noises and both currently knit, but I get the sense that they don’t want to do it in public… Actually one of them mentioned today that she has thought about knitting in public but she is too embarrassed. I thought I should keep WWKIP quiet… for now. Next week they both promised, today. Next week being the next meet, they will be there…

Until next Wednesday then… and with photos, perhaps…

30 May 2006

Loll cardigan

I have finally decided what project to knit for the KWC 2006. It is a pattern (Loll) by Kim Hargreaves and I already have the yarn in a fabulous pink colour called 'flamingo'. Yes a de-stashing project in a discontinued yarn colour. No room for errors here. Do you think it is going to be a challenge?

By the time I construct the garment I hope it looks something like the picture… Oh yes, no lace in sight – I changed my mind.

I have noticed that a number of you have already knitted this cardi. From what I have read, it IS going to be a challenge. Any advice? I can’t wait to start but – patience! I will use the lead time to get to grips with the yarn; do a gauge swatch… a ‘fringe’ swatch…. a pattern swatch… Training in progress, no?

Oh and a thought, just a thought… I would love to see all the different versions of Loll out there in one place, perhaps worn by the owners. What do you think? ‘Calling all Loll cardigans to the Loll Gallery’?

29 May 2006

Knitting Gallery

I want to share my work in progress and completed projects through this blog. But maybe I am trying to run before I can walk because it is all beyond me. It is getting rather technical. I have managed to put some headings but, oh boy! How do I do this? Help!!!!

28 May 2006

Knitting World Cup

Yup! I have signed up for those knitathons. Am I mad? Some time back I wrote in my knitting journal that I hate knitting to deadlines yet here I am signing up… I love the challenge really. I have yet to decide what to knit!!! But I know I want to do something with lace. Much inspired by Interweave Knits (great magazine).

Meanwhile, I want to finish that shrug. I am knitting the sleeves at the same time in the hope that (a) I will not loose interest and (b) it will finish soon. I can’t wait to try it on.

A Shrug?

On the needles at the moment is a shrug...

I fell in love with this shrug pattern earlier this year. It appealed to me because it looked so simple. You knit a rectangle. Fold it in half and voila, you have a sleeveless shrug… Maybe too good to be true… Mine does not look like a shrug, more like a cardigan!

I love cardigans but I want a shrug! What did I do wrong? Ok maybe I am also getting impatient as I have sleeves to go as well and this might help with holding the structure of the ‘shrug’ together. Have you ever made a shrug like this? Let me know and please give me some advice…

27 May 2006

Today's Sweater

Today I took the plunge, well a couple actually. I recorded for the first time ever an mp3 and sent it to Brenda Dayne of Cast-On in the hope that she will use it. The piece is for 'Today's Sweater' which is part of the Cast-On podcast. I also enclosed as a part of this contirbtuion a photograh of the sweater I talk about.

The second plunge? Well this! I cannot believe I actually have a blog. Lets see how it goes but I am pleased about it.


Hi there. Welcome to KnitPlosion, my blog space for my knitting explosions! I intend to post commentary on my various projects and knitting adventures here. Not sure how this works but I will give it a whirl. Until then...