Monday, February 27, 2006

Knitter out...

My Olympic knitting project didn't get finished. I needed to do about 7 rows per day, and after one row, my wrists were aching. I decided I didn't want to risk carpal tunnel or RSI, so I've been working very slowly. Consequently I'm about 1/4 of the way through. I have managed to do a panta for the UK instant swap though:

SafetyFox Panta

And I made a good start on my Folkwear Big Sky Riding Trousers for LARP, a fantastic pattern. I'm working on a purple polycotton muslin, before I do brown linen and red wool versions. I adore these patterns - I want to make:

The Belgian Military Chef's Jacket
Shirts of Russia & Ukraine
The Walking Skirt

As well as these Laughing Moon ones:
Ladies’ 1890’s Sporting Costumes
The Silverado Corset

I'm on a historical pattern kick at the moment - Olivia will be so well dressed this year.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Knitting Olympics

Since there are now in excess of 3000 of us, I decided we need a Knitting Olympics song.

Sat on the train today finishing off my panta (photos to follow, I promise), I came to the bit that is K1, P2, and was merrily sat there singing under my breath, knit, purl, purl... knit, purl, purl.

I decided we needed a knitting version of what I thought was The Frog Song, but turns out to be We All Stand Together, by Paul McCartney:

Knit or purl, rib or plain
One thing is certain we won't complain
Side by side, wool in hand
We all knit together

Cast them on, bind them off
Hats, scarves, and jumpers, maybe a sock!
Round the world, wool in hand
We all knit together

Keeping us up late in the night
La la la la
Knit day and night
You'll get it right


Knit or purl, rib or plain
One thing is certain we won't complain
Side by side, wool in hand
We all knit together.

Original version by Paul McCartney, filked by Heather!

Monday, February 06, 2006

Knitter In Training

I'm in the Knitting Olympics, and I've started my training. I'm going to be making a pair of cabled kneewarmers of my own design, to keep my legs warm while I walk to work in spring skirts and boots.

This is the yarn I'll be using:

KO-Yarn (1) (Medium)

KO-Yarn (Medium)

It's a Debbie Bliss Handspun 100% wool.

I did a swatch last night - just basic stockinette stitch on size 4 bamboo needles:
KO Main Swatch

The colour is a bit bright in this pic - the balls of yarn are a much better representation.

These needles are so nice to work with - they are the only full price ones I've bought. All I've used before is 30p pairs from the charity shop, which are nice, and fun colours, but not like the Boos!

This is the cable pattern I'm using for the main panel:

KO Cable Swatch

Knitters - I know a bit of my middle cable has been reversed and dropped off - that little 5cm square took me all day yesterday (!) so I'm going to frog it soon, as long as I have time before Friday.

Now I just need to work on my chart so I actually know what I'm doing. I've got a plan in my head, but I think getting it down on paper will help!