In which some knitting actually occurs
August 19, 2007
I think that just whinging about how I don't want to knit made me feel a lot better, and now I have started knitting again. Unfortunately I can't actually talk about what I'm making, because I rather optimistically want to submit the design, but here is a close up which shows nothing except the fact that I have genuinely been knitting:
It feels so gorgeous - I keep making Adam touch it and I don't think he could be less interested.
Anyway, as well as the projects I mentioned in the last post (I've not bought any yarn for them yet, I need to finish something else first!), I have been spying all kinds of other things I really want to make.
I've had my eye on this Alexander McQueen cardigan coat thing for ages, I think it's pretty wildly awesome, and I could start it soon and then spend all Winter lounging around in it. I did a large amount of googling, and found that a similar pattern was in the Vogue Knitting Holiday 2006 magazine, then I did an even larger amount of googling and found this image of the design. I don't like it anywhere near as much....I'm not sure if that's just the colour (I really like the dark grey of the original), or the different sleeves or what. Then I found that someone had made it and adapted the sleeves, check out this version on Craftster! Way to go Craftster lady, that looks fab!
I'm unsure whether to bother ordering the magazine though, since I'd change the sleeves for sure and also do a rib instead of garter st border, and by that point maybe I should save the money and just copy the original as best I can. Also it's hard to tell how shaped it is, and I can't imagine it is shaped very much since the cables are so close together and don't change, maybe it's all down to the belt to give it a waist. And if so I'd definitely want to shape it as well. Although, it will probably cost about £100 to make, so maybe I should be following a pattern.....any thoughts?
While I was on Craftster, I also found this free pattern for a hat, isn't it gorgeous! I might make that as well, ESPECIALLY since now I know I can buy Blue Sky Alpacas yarn in Bristol.
Also I finally decided what I'm going to make with my lovely blue Tapestry:
I have been using Ravelry loads more lately since I've had a little more free time (although mostly for browsing and seeing what patterns of mine people have made! I need to get a flickr account and get on there properly), and I saw several really pretty Argosy scarves made from Tapestry. That is perfect, I am so glad I looked, Ravelry is awesome! I might get started on that very soon.
I'm glad I at least feel inspired to knit lots of things at the moment, I just hope I can complete some of them before I lose interest again!
Bored bored bored of knitting
August 12, 2007
At the moment, I literally don't want to knit AT ALL. In fact, I haven't knitted anything in 3 entire weeks! This is definitely the worst it's been ever since I started knitting, I've never been so demotivated.
I thought the best way to fix it would probably be to pick something totally new, which looked fun to knit and definitely was somebody else's pattern! I haven't knitted anything that wasn't my own pattern in so long, I can't even remember what the last thing was! So I got 2 of the new season Rowan magazines - the main one no. 42 and also the Kidsilk Aura one. They are pretty good! Although, I have a MAJOR gripe with Rowan 42. One of the models is ludicrously skinny, seriously, check out these thighs:
OH MY GOD. I am pretty small myself - I would knit myself the smallest size on offer in any Rowan magazine, and yet I am literally a hippopotamus compared to that model. I really wish they would use normal sized models, for a lot of reasons, but also because at least then people would be able to tell if the knitwear would look any good on them before committing to make it. There ought to have been more photos of some of the items as well - some just had one where you couldn't see the whole thing properly, or the model was leaning all over the place. I really enjoyed the feature where members of their staff were wearing several of the projects, that made me see them in a different light and made me want to knit things loads more than the photo shoots.
For example this tunic top:
I am definitely making this! Also in the same colour and I'll probably get a ribbon for it exactly the same too, I love it.
I liked 2 things in the Kidsilk Aura magazine. Firstly this stripy vest:
It looks very wearable too, although I'd probably use different colours. Also this wrappy thing would be boring as hell to make but I really like it anyway:
The only beef I have with that magazine is that the yarn is SO expensive! It's £5.95 for only 25g, and you need well over 10 balls for most projects - ouch. Still, I think I'm going to get some yarn and start one of those projects very soon - I'll probably start with the lovely tunic from Rowan 42.