Have any of you watched MKR (My Kitchen Rules for non Australian readers)? I’ve watched about 10 minutes all up. I’m not a fan of watching people pour everything they have into succeeding at something while other people do their utmost to tear them down. Anyway, leading up to the start of the latest season were some rather interesting promo ads, one of which featured a little blonde home-maker talking about feeling “inspirated”. I’m not sure if she truly thinks it’s a word and uses it regularly, or if she made a faux pas that ‘the powers that be’ pounced on to make the show more appealing. Regardless, I like it! It sounds like a combination between inspiration and perspiration (and as I say this my husband rolls his eyes).
If you’re a regular reader of the blog then you know I’ve managed to score myself some Lollipop Yarn, 2 balls in fact and they’ve been singing to me, serenading me with a song about socks and the socks they want to be knit into. I’m not a vanilla sock knitter, I need something with a bit of oomph, a bit of pizzazz, something to stop me from falling asleep. In all honesty the only thing that got me through the Kai Mei ribbing was the pattern detail across the foot that I knew was coming! So, I wanted to knit something pretty, but not something that would take away the lovely self striping goodness of the yarn. I went trawling through ravelry for inspiration, I decided to try my hand at designing my own sock and wasn’t entirely happy with what I came up with, then I found these socks by Patons. It’s just a simple feather and fan stitch and I thought, I can do that. I wasn’t keen on the projects that were available on ravelry in the feather and fan pattern so I decided to make one up myself. I’ve got Barbara Walker’s First Treasury, so I can play with the pattern undeterred until I’m happy with the result (for instance, I don’t like the purl bumps). I’ve also picked up Ann Budd’s Sock Knitting Master Class and although there are some lovely patterns in there that I’m keen to try, none of them suit the yarn. My plan is to combine different elements from the book and morph them into one glorious pair of socks (I can dream can’t I?). I figure, if I ever want to try my hand at designing then I need to start somewhere, so why not with something fairly tame and ease myself into it?
I’ve begun with a Latvian Twisted cast on, as featured on the French Market Socks by Nancy Bush. It’s something completely different and adds a nice amount of interest as well as incorporating all 3 colours of the yarn. For the rib I’m just doing a simple 2 x 2 rib. I had originally thought about a twisted rib but as it tends to make the stitches stand out more the rib was competing with the cuff so I decided to stick with an untwisted stitch. So far, so good. I’m not sure how long I’ll make the ribbed section, I think I’ll keep going until I feel like it’s long enough (isn’t that how designers operate, going by feel and aesthetic?). It’s nice to be working on something of my own, even if it’s almost the most basic pattern, at least when I’m finished I can say that I designed it.
I’ve been making slow but steady progress on both the Gimli socks and J.J’s Artichaut. I’m still working on the rib of the socks, although I think I might be just about done. I’m not in too much of a rush to get through those as I really don’t want to make any more mistakes, not like the last time. I’d rather the socks take me the next year to get through and have a perfect sock then make a stack of mistakes and have to rip it out because I can’t live with the mess. I’m now through the armhole decreases on the Artichaut and I’m picking up the stitches down the side for the seamless version. Ok, I’ve picked up one stitch. I think I’m already regretting going for the seamless option, I have the feeling that it might be a bit fiddly if the first pick up is anything to go by…… too late now, there’s no way I’m ripping it out and starting it all over again. Plus I don’t think J.J would ever forgive me if I ripped it out…… ok, she would, she’s 9, but it would take a very long time for her to get over it. So I shall just have to plunge ahead and hope that it works out alright!
I started my last post with a promise to blog twice a week and then I didn’t. I got to the weekend and everything went a little pear shaped and by the end of the weekend I never wanted to knit again let alone blog (a long story I won’t bore you with), so the desire to put myself out there just wasn’t forthcoming. It still surprises me how emotionally tied to my knitting I am. I knit more when I’m stressed or feeling anxious; when I’m sad or upset it’s the last thing I want to do. Do your emotions affect how or what you knit?
On Monday, as a result of my rather emotionally draining weekend, I took time to appreciate the little things that bring me joy and I thought I would share some of them with you.
Beautiful flowers that my wonderful, kind and thoughtful husband bought me for our wedding anniversary.
The way my M.I.A rolls down her socks, not because it’s cool, just ’cause she wants to – marching to the beat of her own drum ♥
One big sister taking the time to play dolls with her baby sister
Forever exploring the world around her, even if it includes taste testing a plastic Princess
The colours of Autumn. I may not be a big fan of winter, but red leaves set my heart aflutter
My kids and how much they love each other and love spending time together. And of course all the joy they bring me every single day with all their hugs, their kisses, their giggles, their smiles, their everything ♥
What has brought you joy this week?
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