I thought I’d write a brief update about all the recent ‘yarny stuff’ in my life – and the photo above sums it all up 🙂
First: I knitted two more small projects (apart form the multicoloured scarf) in Noro Silk Garden Lite: a slouchy hat based on the pattern called ‘Wurm‘ (which is German for ‘warm’, and is a very adequate name, since this hat is super warm and cozy) by Katharina Nopp, and a pair of Camp Out Fingerlass Mitts by Tante Ehm. Both patterns are free Ravelry downloads, both are quick and simple, and both work great with this yarn. So now I have a full set in it: gloves, scarf and hat – but I’m definitely not going to wear it all at once! That’s too much: because the yarn is so colourful, I need something calmer and more neutral together with it. And I don’t like such fully matching sets in general, so I try to avoid them even in neutrals.
The hat has a double hem which keeps ears extra cozy, and which allowed me to practice stitch picking. It was a little fiddly, but I managed to do it and I love the result 🙂
The gloves are also super cozy and comfortable, although I should have knitted less rows in garter stitch at the upper part – garter stitch tends to stretch a lot and I can already see that. But well, we learn by making mistakes 🙂
Second thing I wanted to write about are my new knitting books. I’ve been moving a lot for the past 17 years, and it’s most likely not going to change anytime soon. That’s why I switched almost completely from paper books to ebook reader – it makes packing so much easier! Crochet and knitting books are almost the only paper books I still buy – not too many of them, but I have a special shelf for them and my small collection is growing!
So I couldn’t resist these two titles: ‘Getting started knitting socks’ by Ann Budd and ‘The Very Easy Guide to Fair Isle Knitting’ by Lynne Watterson.
The sock book is absolutely great. It explains the theory behind sock making, the general rules to follow, methods to calculate the number of stitches and then provides examples of concrete stitches and patterns to use. I love this approach, it’s not just simple step-by-step instructions, but a solid lesson in sock knitting (even without a pattern). I’m planning to make use of this knowledge soon 🙂
Yes, I know – I’m nowhere near Fair Isle knitting level yet. But it’s one of the ultimate knitting goals for me, at least for now… something I’d really love to learn (cables are another such goal, and they seem easier and less complicated). So I really wanted to at least read about it for now, just because I’m so curious. The book is OK, but not great. My main problem is that it seems to dedicate more pages to knitting basics than to Fair Isle techniques – I’d really appreciate more practical information concerning stranding and weaving, including photos! But then the part which is good is the selection of different basic pattern types and simple projects to practice them. So I think it’s quite a nice introduction to Fair Isle knitting, although it has some shortcomings – but still worth checking.
And that’s all my yarn-related news for now 🙂 I didn’t even check the hour earlier, and somehow it’s already past 1 a.m., so I’m off to sleep, wishing everyone crafty dreams!