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FOs: French Cancan and Bea’s Slippers

1 Dec

French Cancan (click pic for pattern)


Some patterns are just so beautiful, and when you knit them, every stitch turns out perfectly where it ought to be. When that happens, and I’ve managed to choose the right yarn as well… Well usually that means that I’m knitting a gift! But this pattern was so quick to knit (first some auto-pilot garter stitch, then a simple braid and lace edge knitted on) that I might make myself one as well. Once Christmas knitting is done, that is.

I’m in awe of people who can come up with patterns like this, where there isn’t a need for a moment’s hesitation. Such a joy. If the recipient likes the gift, then all will have been perfection.

Oh, and turns out knitting white yarn wasn’t such a big deal. I just washed my hands every time before knitting, to be on the safe side, and kept the WIP in a yarn bowl when I wasn’t working on it. I even managed to block it and take pictures without spilling things on it. The SO suggested I gift wrap it as soon as possible to keep it safe, ha! To be honest that’s probably for the best. When I can keep white things white, that’s when I’m probably an adult… ish.


3 balls of Rowan baby merino silk dk

I’ve been having such great luck with patterns as of late. I began Christmas knitting with Bea’s slippers, and was so happily surprised by this free pattern. I think they look suitably complex, but it’s just a deceptively simple design. I used Jeny’s surprisingly stretchy cast off, which is now getting to be my go to bind off for anything that needs stretch.

I’m just trying to think of a good way to gift wrap them because without feet in them, they do look sort of comical. Right? Maybe I could stuff them with silk paper, or something… Or cut cardboard feets! Sounds like a plan.


Kotikulta Sukkalanka (a worsted weight wool acrylic blend)


Next up, a pair of Apis Dorsata mitts



Ha! I see what you did there!

25 Sep

I love when I see a pattern that looks really complicated and scary, and then I start to knit it only to find out the complexity is a lie (and in that way very similar to the cake).

It’s a trick! And for some reason it is usually, in my experience, based on a few slipped stitches or something equally simple. Apparently my mind cannot quite comprehend slipped stitches.

Patterns like that are nice because I get the thrill of taking on something difficult without having to do battle with impossible instructions or a stitch pattern I might be able to memorize but only after about a hundred repeats.

And yes, this does mean that today I started another project… Luckily all the projects I’m working on are ones I love to bits, so there’s really no chance of some/all of these WIPs ending up in the back of my closet, where my projects go to hibernate. Really, probably no chance at all…

Here is the reasoning that led me to beginning that Mesi hat (it’s the same link as above).

It started earlier today when I got trapped in that dreadful moment, where you wander into a yarn store, and for one reason or another end up feeling like you just have to buy something, anything, before you can leave. 

In this case I started feeling like I would be suspected of shoplifting if I didn’t buy something. It wasn’t anything the nice lady at the shop did or said, but sometimes this thought just pops into my head.

And no, I was not shoplifting. I was, however, a poor student left all by herself with all the fancy yarn. See, I do the profiling on behalf of the shop owner and save them the bother. Poor woman, she was probably just trying not to hover over my shoulder, and there I was,  suspecting her of suspecting me.

It’s similar to feeling like you’re doing something wrong when a police car drives by despite being a good citizen as always, and despite wearing a bicycle helmet and everything!

Well anyway, that’s how I ended up with two skeins of Regia Silk from Schachenmayr nomotta, which was not was I was expecting to buy on that trip, if anything. The yarn is a blend of merino, polyamid and silk. Yummy. It’s very soft and has a nice sheen. And to justify buying this yarn, I had to start knitting with it right away.

If I didn’t, there was a danger of it entering, in my opinion, the saddest state a yarn can be in: ignored and over-looked just because the knitter feels guilty about buying it in the first place. That’s not the yarn’s fault! It was just sitting there, quietly minding its own business, when the knitter came by and grasped it in their greedy paws….

Besides, what’s the harm in starting another project. These days I’m in total control of my hibernating projects… because I recently ripped back all of them. I can whole-heartedly recommend doing this. It was such a relief.

When I used to look at the half-finished socks (for me, the biggest risk groups for hibernation are socks and scarfs), all I saw was responsibility. Now all the yarn trapped in that prison of disappointment is back to its purest form: it’s just yarn. Stephanie Pearl-McPhee writes in Knitting rules! that the reason knitters love yarn so much is that it’s pure potential.

I agree.

Also, it’s soft. I like soft.

mmmm... soft.

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