I wish you all a very creative, fruitful and happy 2008.

We had a lovely time over Christmas with both our daughters staying and other family members visiting – it went in a whirl, and then suddenly everyone went home and everything went quiet – and a little empty. Stitch therapy and inner hugs being needed, I added another few hundred seeding stitches to this while catching up with The Archers. I have done some knitting too – experimenting with tension and learning that sometimes it’s the instructions that may be a little crazy and not me! Having failed dismally to achieve the required gauge for a modular waistcoat – four needle sizes down and it’s still too big as well as feeling something like a small knitted board (at this point I gave up), I discovered the excellent Yarndex which says that Noro Silk Garden (the yarn I’m using and the one specified in the pattern) knits at 18 stitches per 4 inches on US size 7 needles – whereas the pattern says 27 stitches per 3.5 inches on US size 8 … oh oh oh – still I think I learned a lot more from all this than if it had worked! I’ll get there … I also tried knitting up some hemp yarn I bought at the Knitting and Stitching Show, using different needle sizes in the same piece – it’s messy to use because little bits fly off it in all directions – I ended up with a lapful of hemp confetti and a dusty cough, but after washing it, I think it has potential. I’m going to see what happens if I paint it.

hemp yarn knitting

happy new year

4 thoughts on “happy new year

  • January 3, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    oh knitting experiments! I gave up a long time ago trying to knit something! instead I mess about and its so much more satisfying! i have a couple of knitted experiments here (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fiona_wright/sets/72157594468069802/)
    mind you I am currently knitting things for my daughters tea set… cupcakes and swiss rolls, so they’ll have to look half decent! look forward to seeing this painted.

  • January 9, 2008 at 9:34 am

    oh! how can i relate to instruction book woes! teaching myself to knit with a knitting machine.just producing samples aka messing about altering and dyeing them 🙂

    neki desu

  • January 11, 2008 at 11:21 am

    I rather love the randomness of the stitching, quite lovely.I magine how it would look dipped in resin oooh

  • January 12, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    Hi Fiona

    Just to let you know I’ve nominated you for the Make My Day Award.


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