Knitting

Progress and defeat

Today for me is about learning to acknowledge progress where it's being made, and accepting defeat where progress isn't possible. As you can see, my Rise of the Jellyfish sock has seen some work over the weekend. With the heel turned and the gusset decreases worked, I'm now enjoying the saunter down towards the toe… Continue reading Progress and defeat

Knitting

Two doors open

It turns out that this is exactly the sock that I need right now. The riot of colours in the "Rise of the Jellyfish" sock wool from Noodle Soup Yarns is just delicious to work with; it's true potato-chip knitting - forget about what colour the next row is going to be, here you rarely… Continue reading Two doors open

Knitting

One door closes

I'm at that stage in my knitting where one door is pretty much closed and I'm waiting for the new door to open. Or, in my case, two new doors. My Helsinki Jumper is finally complete and lying on the floor having a well-deserved rest after its post-completion wash. I was really pleased with it… Continue reading One door closes

Knitting

The pain, the gain

I have had piercings in my ears since 1976 and through all the intervening years I have flip-flopped between wearing ear-rings regularly and not wearing them for months or years. When I don’t wear ear-rings at all, everything is fine. When I wear ear-rings regularly everything is also fine: I take them out at night,… Continue reading The pain, the gain

Fashion · Knitting · Nostalgia

It’s knitting, Jim…

It’s time to admit to myself that my knitting is stalled. There isn’t any good reason for this; I know I’m tired out a lot of the time from my workdays, and I’ve lost the momentum on my Helsinki sweater since I failed to finish it for Helsinki. I did start the final sleeve, but… Continue reading It’s knitting, Jim…

Knitting · Stationery · Travel

Acquisitions at home and abroad

One of my aims this year is to buy yarn as and when I need it, with specific projects in mind. I am trying to be more focused on what I want to knit and the yarn best suited to each project. It turns out that doesn't preclude the occasional purchase on a whim. I've… Continue reading Acquisitions at home and abroad

Knitting · Travel

Sometimes I knit

I know this blog has been lacking content on its main theme for a while now and it is high time to write about knitting. About a week before my trip to Helsinki I knew for certain that I would not complete my vintage Aran sweater in time. It wasn't a sudden realisation and it… Continue reading Sometimes I knit

Knitting · Music · Reading

Once upon a Christmas eve…

Christmas Eve is here and, in the spirit of sharing, here is a snapshot of my life today. Knitting My Aran jumper is progressing. I have completed two full repeats of the pattern and haven't needed to resort to checking the printed version for several rows. It's so easy to see where I am from… Continue reading Once upon a Christmas eve…