They are complete! It took me an age to finish these socks, but as usual I hit a rut when working on the second sock. Second socks are just the worst, I always run out of steam when I get to them. Plus, these were super boring to knit since it was just stockinette stitch (I turned them inside out) Also, somehow, one of the socks is bigger than the other… despite my counting every row and measuring and trying to get things to match up. It is just my luck. I guess no two socks are alike… especially if I knit them.
I don’t really care though, because these socks are hella comfortable. I am wearing them right now and they are fantastic. Madeline Tosh knows what’s up when it comes to spinning some sock yarn. If you have the spare cash and love knitting yourself socks, it is worth the investment.
this melbourne, australia-based etsy shop has a ton of fun DIY project-related items, great for crafters and handmakers alike! check out this pair of weaving finds: a mini weaving loom kit for do-it-yourselfers, plus a collection of naturally-dyed weaver’s yarn! pretty.
I took a little time off of posting because I was busy and tired, and not really working on anything exciting.
As you can see, my current projects haven’t really changed. The only new thing is my urgent need to start a baby project. I have a new niece being born at the end of the month, so I have to start something. The plan is to make it a few sizes bigger, so when I finally finish it and mail it, it will fit her perfectly.
Other than that I’m just whacking away at that sweater… the sleeves might be the death of me, or the sweater. They make for some sloooow knitting.
If I told you to plan a fiber vacation, and money was no object, what would be on your itinerary? A trip to the shops of your favorite designers? Tours to see how yarn is made? Heading to countries where knitting and crochet have rich cultural histories? Anything at all, let me know!
Yarn in a stash can be split into generally four categories.
This is the yarn that you don’t necessarily want but can still prove itself useful.
There’s the crappy acrylic that your friend gave to you because you
knit, or are too frugal to pass up, the bad color combos that you can
never pair with anything, usually also gifts or sales. It’s often kind of scratchy or acrylic back when acrylic yarn was a new thing and very stiff.
Good for practice yarn, charity knitting, knitting on a budget
yarn is probably what you actually want when you go to a craft store.
It’s probably still washable and mostly acrylic but it’s soft and in
nice colors. It’s the cereal part of your marshmallow cereal. But the
call to knit it is often drowned out by the new shinies you got. You’ll knit it some day. But it’s usually pushed to the back in favor of
Practically Finished Objects:
Yarn that’s been paired up to a pattern and needles and are screaming
KNIT ME NEXT PLEASEEEE OMG. But you can’t knit fast enough to keep up
with it. These are usually pretty exciting, new and maybe recent stock
from your LYS.
Maybe a little nicer quality or maybe some of that old stash finally made its way up the queue.
Display yarn is yarn from the stash deemed “too good” to ever knit.
Maybe it’s exotic and you don’t know how you’ll ever find musk ox down
again, maybe it was handspun that was really expensive and you don’t
want to waste it on a bad project. Or maybe it’s sentimental, or was your first handspun yarn, and it seems like an FO all on it’s own. Or it literally looks better as yarn than it ever will as a scarf or sock.
way maybe one day you’ll find a perfect project for it, but for now
you’re happy just cuddling/admiring your precious gems.
My sweater front is done, now I only need to make basically the same thing for the back and some sleeves… also check out my yarn dyeing experiments 2.0: Burning bush berries, goldenrod leaves and the yellow leaf and onion skin smoothie.
I made this for a 3 day music festival called Rising Sun Rock Festival held every summer near my hometown in Hokkaido. There’s a lot to be improved but I think it turned out great considering I only had 3 days to work on and I’d never done an installation this big!
I’ve always wanted to make a trippy ass thread sculpture for a festival so yaaaay! Hope people enjoyed this!