Ah, lace. It’s so light and airy and incredibly simple, I just love it! I’ve also been wanting to knit myself a pair of socks for Fall and school starting back up, and I keep seeing all these gorgeous lace front sock patterns on Ravelry! Unfortunately all the ones I would really like to make (like this pair and this pair) have been made for purchasing purposes only! Although its very true that there are some truly lovely free patterns it’s just not quite the same and, while i probably could (although with much agitation) figure out how to creating some lovely socks with my own pattern writing skills, I don’t have that terribly much experience in sock knitting and wouldn’t want to waste many hours designing and making something that I wouldn’t really wear that much. I needed a solution. You’d think it would have come to me sooner I mean honestly, I spend nearly all my days at our local library, I just always associate it with computers and the internet now as we don’t have that at home. I mean, I get books and movies all the time from the library I just don’t usually knit from a book. So I found the book (or rather my mother did) “Socks From The Toe Up” by Wendy Knits it was perfect!
I’ve always been fascinated with toe up socks and I despise cuff-down on all the occasions I try them, and I love quite a few of the patterns in Wendy Johnsons book. My two absolute favorites are her Lace and Cable Socks and her Ribbed Ribbons Socks (Although her Labyrinth socks are great too) and as whenever I try to knit cables with tiny needles and tiny yarn they end up floppy and I didn’t love the Labyrinth socks in the “I’ll wear you until you develop so many holes I can’t patch you up anymore” way, I was set on her Ribbed Ribbons socks.
Yarn. I need yarn. I found some Sacoun Sock yarn in a pretty green that no one was using and snatched it up. I did have to do a bit of pulling out from an adbandoned project and decided to start knitting the next morning…today. I cast-on around noon and just recently finished Row 7 of the lace instep chart
The Lace hasn’t started that zig-zaggy pattern yet but I’m hoping that I just havn’t done enough of the pattern yet 🙂
Since I’ve been lately using David Bowie’s music for good “Karma” purposes here is and earlier song of his called ‘Karma Man’
Wow did I really not post for 4 days?!?!?!?! Well I did have I reason I promise you! I’m sure that you’ve noticed the new theme around you? Well I’ve decided to change things up a bit 🙂 This is still going to be a crafty blog, never fear, but I thought it needed a fresh set of duds 🙂
Well what do you think?
One of my online friends recently asked me if I could teach her to knit, she knew the basics but she wanted to make things big and fancy looking. I can’t teach. At least not by talking(Typing) and explaining, I found some patterns and typed out full pages of books and sent it all to her…she got it! Yipee! Aparently I’m very good at compiling other information into something that seemed impossible into something very reasonably worded.
Unfortunately I have no real point to this story…I just wanted to share this with you 😀
Lately I’ve been on a bit of a designing frenzy, don’t worry nothing has been made that you haven’t been told about but this all might have something to do with the wonderful new Stitch n’ Bitch book Stitch n’ Bitch Superstar Knitting. It’s absolutely wonderful and it has a great section on designing your own patterns and writing them up.
This has to be all for now sadly but hopefully I’ll be able to tell you something exciting soon 🙂
David Bowie – Magic Dance from “The Labyrinth”
Not Very Much Happened today to be quite honest. It rained so that put a plug in any outdoor plans and the rain makes me feel trapped indoors so that leaves only one thing to do today, Knit. I finally got started on my August Designers Challenge (I’m going with the pidgeon theme but it might not be quite what you expect :-)) I knit about three inches of the leg on my Bowie suit which, I don’t believe I’ve told you about yet and theres no time like the present!
David Bowie is one of my absolute favorite Pop singers (He’s right up there with The Beatles). In the 70’s he had an album and tour and show called ‘Ziggy Stardust’. He dressed up in insane costumes and makeup and his red mullet. It had come to my attention that one of my favorite costumes he wore was knit! Granted it was a giant one armed one legged unitard almost entirely covered with stripes of different patterns of intarsia but thats hardly important! I went out and got the yarn I would need and sat down and started knitting, I tyhought the leg would be the best place to start considering theres only one and it’s basically a tube until you reach the knee…I was wrong.
Here’s a picture that might help you understand my difficulties:
I have reached the part of the leg where the picture is cut off…I gave up on the yellow intarsia circles.
Ah well, slow and steady wins the race 🙂
For good luck/carma purposes I shall give you another David Bowie Song today, It’s called Ashes to Ashes and the music video is really odd but really funny too…unintentionally of course 🙂
In my last post yesterday I told you that I’ve taken up painting, yes? Well here are a few of my pieces (Remember I did warn you that I wasn’t to terribly good)
A sketch of David Bowie
China USA in Acrylics
Platform Shoe with Mod background in Watercolors
I have made some others but I’m afraid their not much better 🙂
I am now going to inform you of the release of my newest pattern Folds on Ravelry.
It’s for sale for $3.50 on Ravelry here!
And now for your video Today, this is The Kinks ‘Lola’
Horrah I’m going good on my promise for every day of posting so far!
Now I don’t think I ever showed you my June/July Designers Challenge entry, did I? Well here It is, I call it Flowers and Folds.
A front view (The back is exactly the same)
The challenge was to design a Top, with Stripes, and an Oragami theme. Well I most certainly have stripes on this top and the flowers on the bottom were modeled after oragami flowers I saw 🙂 .
I absolutely love the website Pinterest. I made a board here of all of my inspirations for this and that made it so much easier to remember everything.
Oh, before I forget I wnated to say something about this months designers challenge! You can of course see it here on Ravelry (Which you should because the prize yarn is beautiful), but I like to put it here too.
Technique: using less than one skein
I was thinking of making a pidgeon scince they usually aren’t considered the most elegant of birds and aren’t that inspirational (aside from those pidgeon childrens books which are, undeniably, very cute).
Have I mentioned that I’ve taken up painting recently? I’m not terribly good but I’m hoping to learn more as I go, Perhaps I’ll take some pictures of some of the things I’ve done to show you 😉 .
Ah well I’m afraid thats all for now but I’ve decided to give you some music in each of my posts at the end now. This is one by David Bowie called ‘The Man Who Sold The World’, It’s been done by many other people and groups since including Nirvana who are very good too but none shall surpass David Bowie.