Rip it, Rip it as if it that were all I know how to do! ARG

Arg, sometimes there just are those horrible “rip it” days,  Yesterday was such a day for me! It was as if I was just unable to knit normally!

I had some leftover yarn from my Knitcircus gradient yarn club and I think I have enough for a pair of socks for my youngest. I decided I’d make up a pattern, just looked up the number of stitches to cast on. I tried doing them 2 in 1, cast on, knit a few rounds and then… ripped it all out! Why? I discovered I had made a mistake a few rounds ago – just one tiny mistake but that meant that my socks were now siamese twins and not 2 separate individuals. So off the needles it went. Frustrated I decided to do it differently the second time around so I cast on for just 1 sock at a time. I knit a few inches and then… ripped it all out…again! This time because it felt “boring”. I was doing a simple 2×2 ribbing and although the yarn is beautiful it just felt unexciting so off the needles it went too. And then I cast on AGAIN, still using the same yarn and the same needle, still knitting socks for my daughter and this time I’m doing TAAT, top down in 3 x 2 ribbing. Ok yes it does resemble the former 2×2 ribbing I ripped out but…guess the inspiration had abandoned me whereas my stubbornness had not 🙂  So here I am now:

my TAAT socks in progress www.knittinginfrance.com I’m taking it “zen”  so slowly but surely and this time NO RIPPING 🙂

And remember my post about knitting a pair of mitts from Shannon Okey’s newest book Aurora Borealis mitts? Well, as you may remember I started those and then ripped them out as I felt they were too big and also I felt that the colours did not work well in that configuration. Well, I ripped those out an additional 2 more times! Not all yesterday no but I ripped out once more for some reason I don’t remember and then the 3rd time because now instead of being too big I felt the mitten would be too small! This was just too much for me so I set out to cast on for the fourth (and hopefully last) time, using the same yarns as always, same needle as always, same book as before BUT I changed the pattern! So I cast on this time for a pair called Freydis and so far so good! I think I got the size right and this time the colours work well- neon pink in MC and gray in CC. I also changed the cuff and this time around I’m doing a picot edge cuff. I’m not far along but this time I’m confident I’ve got it right.

This is the front of the hand    Freydis front side of mitten www.knittinginfrance.com

and this is the back  Freydis mitt, back side of mitten www.knittinginfrance.com what do you think? I rather like it so far:)

So no more ripping! I’ve done more than my share this week so from now on it shall be success from the get go:) Lucky for me that I really enjoy knitting so once over the original frustration of not getting things right, I’m ok – after all what I enjoy most is the actual knitting:)

And before I say good buy this evening, let me share a picture with you. As you know I’m now preparing for the I Knit Fandango show that is coming up in May. Here’s a picture of the sock yarns that I have dyed for my Philosopher’s Walk sock kits for that show. Do you like the colours? The pattern is in two colours so each kit will include 2 full skeins of yarn and the knitter can then choose which to use as MC and which to use as CC.

The yarns all rewound into skeins and labelled. Just waiting for the rest of the kits to be preparedyarn for future sock kits www.knittinginfrance.com

And a picture of a finished sock from this pattern just in case you were not familiar with this pattern. The Philosophers Walk socks knit by www.knittinginfrance.com

Thats all for today folks. Thank you for stopping by. Take care and enjoy your fibre crafts this week as always and I hope there is not much ripping in the air for you 🙂

I did it! I actually FROGGED the whole thing!

Hm, yes unfortunately you did read correctly! Despite my good intentions and your encouragements and advice, I still went ahead and frogged my mitten!

Are you ready? Take a deep breath because it is not pretty

www.knittinginfrance.com   Yikes, the needles are gone!  www.knittinginfrance.com  And here it is, almost totally gone!

So WHAT happened?? Well 2 things actually. 1) I’m stubborn and there just was something that bothered me about the mitten so far. I don’t know exactly what but it just did not feel quite like I wanted it to. And 2) I did actually take the mitten and knit a few more rounds last night and as I was about to call it a night, I tried it on and it felt too big. I’m tall and usually do all my knitting in L but this was too big and I was afraid that if I continued it would not only be too large but too long as well. So I just felt like it was ALL wrong so….I’m sorry for disappointing you but I think the mittens will be all the better for this. I’m convinced that my 2nd try will be THE good one!

I’ll be going to Iceland to visit my mom and family in a few days and the trip from Normandy, France is very long so I’m planning all the knitting I need to take with me both for the actual trip and for the time I’m there. I’m going to do the mittens and hopefully I’ll be able to progress nicely and then I need something that demands less concentration so either socks or the entrelac scarf/stole I showed you the other day. Or maybe all 3! I’m just totally unable to JUST knit 1 thing at a time. I need to have a variety of projects going at the same time and I knit each one in different circumstances. I have the easy peasy for work – when work is slow I can knit between phone calls, I have one medium knit for the tv/evening knits – something interesting without requiring total concentration and then one more intricate knit that I will do when I have the time to just be by myself and knit for a little while and concentrate totally on what I’m doing.

Is this crazy? A sign of my total and utter “obsession” for knitting? My hubby thinks so but I just think this is normal and even vital to my mental health:)

If you share the same “condition” or not, do share with the rest of us by leaving a comment 🙂

I need some help

Hi, there just a quick post this evening. I did a lot of work on my fair isle mitt today and I think I just may have done something wrong. Either I missed something of the pattern or I need to change my colours – my current MC needs to be the CC. At the moment my MC is the petrol blue and the CC is the neon pink but I feel that the pattern on the front does not show well enough and that maybe if I turned this around and made the neon pink the MC and the petrol blue the CC things would look better. But before I actually go ahead and RIP out EVERYTHING I’ve knit over the last 48h, I need your help and support! What do you think? I hate frogging BUT I don’t want to finish an entire mitten IF I’ve done something wrong. I’m not that far along that I can’t bear to rip back so I think its now or never!

So for you to take a look and judge the work so far, here are the pictures

This is the front  sindri mitt 24mar    and this is the back  sindri 2 24mar I feel that the pattern on the back looks ok, If I change the colours around the back would be mostly pink. As for the front I just don’t know. Do you think I need to knit a bit more into the pattern before taking a decision? Or  do you see a clear error immediately?

Here is a close up of the pattern on the front smari 3 24mar

And for you to look at the original  and what this should look like the pattern can be found on Ravelry by clicking here

Do share your thoughts on this:) Being the impatient knitter I am, I just might rip everything out by tomorrow but I KNOW I should think this through first  so any advice/thoughts are welcome 🙂

My knits of the moment

Hi there, over the last few days I have not been able to work as I’m too worried about my mom and her health. Some days I’m unable to do anything but just feel sorry for everything and I spend as much time as I can knitting away in front of Netflix series and movies. Other days I remember that she would not want me to just let everything go and that she is my business’s nr 1 fan and as such I owe it to her to take action whenever I have the time. And that motivates me to dive into dyeing for example.

So this weekend was a mix of both so on Saturday I did some dyeing

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And on Sunday I did mostly knitting

entrelac knitting using hand spun yarn This is an entrelac project I’m knitting without a pattern, this is supposed to be like a large scarf or stole. I’m using my own handspun yarn and of course this is meant for my mother! Something to keep her warm. It’s been quite a while since I last did entrelac so I keep my book close by as I need a reminder every time I reach the end of a row/round how to go about making that last square and how to begin the first of the next row/round. I’m finding it quite fun and am practicing my backwards knitting as I hate to constantly turn the work to purl just a few stitches. Also this makes the project go so much faster.

www.knittinginfrance.com www.knittinginfrance.com And I finally got some work done on my Sindri mittens by Shannon Okey – from her Aurora Borealis mittens book. The first picture is the front and the second is the back of the mitten. I’m not far gone but colourwork does take more time so thats ok. I’m loving my colour combination so that’s cool.

IMG_3004   www.knittinginfrance.com I also continued on a sock I began last week. The yarn is of course my own hand dyed yarn. On the second picture you see the pattern better. This is a pattern/sock that is part of my KAL knit from stash  through the Addicted to Sock Knitting group on FB.

So you see I have quite a few things going at the moment. That’s all for today, it’s time for me to run off to my yoga class for some quality time.

Until next time, take care and enjoy your crafting 🙂

 

Neons and mittens

Hi there, today Shannon Okey just released her latest book called Aurora Borealis Mittens. I had seen some pictures of the mittens in the book on Facebook and could not resist and so pre-ordered a copy on Ravelry and today it got the actual e-book. And boy is it GORGEOUS! I think I love knitting mittens as much as I love knitting socks.

Now this book has a number of beautiful colour work mittens and most are inspired from an Icelandic pattern book and thus have Icelandic names – which I find kind of nostalgic, me being an Icelandic knitter living far away from home 🙂

I have looked at all the patterns and though I may need to actually knit each and every one of them I’m going to begin with the pattern called Sindri (I love that name by the way). Here’s a picture sindri by shannon okey from blog www.knittinginfrance.com   Don’t you just love them? And if you are wondering, you don’t have to buy the entire book, if you wish you can just purchase an individual pattern. Now for the yarn, I just received some new dyes so now I know exactly how I’m going to dye my yarn. I’m thinking dark grey for the main colour and fuchsia (neon pink) for the contrast colour. I’ve never dyed anything that bright and flashy but these mittens seem to lend themselves well to a flashy colour so that’s it for me.  Do you have a favorite colour combination for colour work such as this? Do you like knitting mittens like me?  So this weekend I have to take some time to choose my base yarn and do the dyeing. I’ll be sure to show you the yarn once it’s dyed and ready:)

That’s all for today so take care until next time 🙂