|Louis kicks off the New Year in colourful fashion.|
- Knitting 12 items from the stash for 2012
- Knitting at least one project for yourself.
- Learn to knit in the round.
- Knit for a charity.
- Learn to knit!
Ekkkkk! Those are sounding very much like knit-solutions!
How did that happen??
|Our yard spent much time underwater!|
The Spring & early Summer here has been wet - really, really, really wet - so plenty of time stuck in doors with camping holidays awash to contemplate your naval, or in my case, my knitting. At KAN:2 last year cousin Letitia & I bough copies of Ysolda Teagues - Little Red in the City.
|How can you not love this ravishing creature on the cover.|
This book is a master work. Firstly was the vision of her bestie Amanda on the from cover - a stunning looking redhead of voluptuous proportions, so of course being in a similar vein myself, it was instant love. But adoration aside, Ysolda has spurned traditional publishers, self producing this seminal work. She tackles the perennial problem for 90% of all knitters - how to make something fit. I have seen this problem approached by many different designers, but what sets Ysolda different is she has put herself out there, using herself as a model & created garments for herself & Amanda sharing her formula for making every design custom fit your individual body shape. Now this is something I have been doing in a much more rudimentary form for years, as I have tired of spending weeks on a project only for it to be relegated to the bottom draw because I looked like a purple yeti. No longer!
|Letitia models my magenta HH at the measuring party.|
So last weekend myself, Letitia & other knit buddy Jennie (Rav ID jenniekuz) got together & had a measuring party. In attendance were children & bemused husbands, who's job it was to entertain said children while tape measures were flying & jugs of Sangria consumed.
|Jennie just loves her new Arizona HH|
First order of business though has been to tidy up a few projects which have been dragging along over the festive season. I finally completed my Magenta Hitchhiker - started as my no brainer, talk my arse off whilst knitting project at KAN:2 & morphed in the favoured 'purse project'. It's now all done awaiting cooler climes to wear it. Also just prior to Christmas in a bout of 'I need instant gratification - now' I whipped up a bulky HH in yarn received in a swap parcel. Jennie is modelling & loved it so much it has now become her early birthday pressie!
|Operation Cria - the foundation steps...|
That has now meant I have now started swatching Cria. I had a selection of Skeinz yarns I was keen to try out. Once obtaining the correct gauge using Skeinz Harvest, I was erring towards New Leaf, but my heart was pining over something cerise/magenta/purple - then the epiphany hit me at work this morning - Barney! I have just started a swatch of Barney Purple in Merino Soft 4ply - a better weight overall for the short sleeved version of Cria I am planning on. So stay posted & lets pray that my Sangria goggles haven't affected my measurements!