The Random Knitter, Crocheter, Spinner etc

I love knitting, crocheting and spinning.


Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Baudelaire Socks

These are my latest socks Baudelaire by Cookie A from I changed the heel to use a toe up flap and the cast off to use a stretchy cast off. The wool is from the in colour Helitrope. They took so long because I cast on three more socks, a scarf and a crochet afghan none of which are finished!

Monday, May 21, 2007

Stalking Lime n Violet

I love listening to pod casts, Lime n Violet being one of my favourites together with Cast On from Brenda Dayne. There is now a blog called Stalking Lime n Violet which I have now joined.
See further down on the left other Podcasts I subscribe to.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Here is an interesting Knitting Meme:

Mark with bold the things you have done, with italics the ones you plan to do sometime, and leave the rest plain.

Garter stitch
Knitting with metal wire
Stockinette stitch
Socks: top-down
Socks: toe-up
Knitting with camel yarn
Mittens: Cuff-up
Mittens: Tip-down
Knitting with silk
Moebius band knitting
Participating in a KAL
Drop stitch patterns
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
Slip stitch patterns
Knitting with bananafiber yarn
Domino knitting (=modular knitting)
Twisted stitch patterns
Knitting with bamboo yarn
Two end knitting
Charity knitting
Toy/doll clothing
Knitting with circular needles
Baby items
Knitting with your own handspun yarn
Graffitti knitting (knitting items on, or to be left on the street)
Continental knitting
Designing knitted garments
Cable stitch patterns (incl. Aran)
Lace patterns
Publishing a knitting book
Teaching a child to knit
American/English knitting (as opposed to continental)
Knitting to make money
Button holes
Knitting with alpaca
Fair Isle knitting
Norwegian knitting
Dying with plant colours
Knitting items for a wedding
Household items (dishcloths, washcloths, tea cosies...)
Olympic knitting
Knitting with someone elses handspun yarn
Knitting with dpns
Holiday related knitting
Teaching a male how to knit
Knitting for a living
Knitting with cotton
Knitting smocking
Dying yarn
Knitting art
Knitting two socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars simultaneously
Knitting with wool
Textured knitting
Kitchener BO
Knitting with beads
Long Tail CO
Knitting and purling backwards
Machine knitting
Knitting with self patterning/self striping/variegating yarn
Stuffed toys
Knitting with cashmere
Knitting with synthetic yarn
Writing a pattern
Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies
Tubular CO
Freeform knitting
Short rows
Cuffs/fingerless mits/armwarmers
Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine
RugKnitting on a loom
Thrummed knitting
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets
Knitting with dog/cat hair
Hair accessories
Knitting in public

This has certainly been thought provoking about what I should knit next, it has also reminded about favourite old projects:

An Aran Jumper for a friend in Dale of Norway, Freestyle - one of the nicest wools I have ever knitted with, the pattern came out very crisp:

This is some aran wool that I hand dyed using plants and knit using a Kaffe Fasset pattern. I know I used indigo for the blue, madder for the red, fustic for the yellow, I also experimented with flowering currant which gave a pale green and willow which gave a greeny brown and onion skins. My husband calls it his curry jumper because stains do not show! and it is brightly coloured. The jumper must be at least 15 years old.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Smoking Hot Socks

I finally finished these socks which I started in February, I have always wanted to do toe up socks but hate the short row heel on my feet. This pattern used a jojo heel but I still hated it so I ripped it out and put the socks to one side. I finally did a toes up flap heel mentioned in the Winter 2006 Yarn Forward magazine in the Wisteria Sock, I would make the flap longer another time, but at least they fit comfortably. The pattern is by Monika Steinbauer at (look down the right hand bar to download). By the way I used Treking XXL colour #104.


Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Spring Green Leaves Finished Socks

I finally finshed my latest pair Jean Townsend Socks, they are beautiful as usual.

This is a closeup of the design on the front