Thursday, August 04, 2016

All's Well!

Apologies for the cliff hanger! Purldaily pointed out that I never reported back after my surgery. Well I'm happy to say that it went very smoothly and I had a restful time off. I learned a few things about pain, and what it means to recuperate, and I watched a lot of movies. It wasn't fun, but I suppose if I was well enough for fun, I would have been well enough for work.

While I was recuperating, all my focus was on that. I didn't even feel like knitting the first week. When I went back to work it took a while to get back in the swing of things. Then I started an epic knitting project.

See, there was this sweater I really liked for Jim and I was waffling over whether to make it or not. Then it occurred to me that it might just be the project to finally win me a first place ribbon at the Western Fair. I've won second and a few thirds, but I have yet to place first. So if this doesn't do it, I don't know what will!

Project details on Ravelry.

Alex, who is modelling in the shot above, is another Finished Object I suppose. He just turned 20 so we are officially done parenting! Wait, no. I hear that job never ends. Well, no matter. I'm still awfully proud of him. Can you believe he is smiling for me wearing that sweater in 29C weather? What a sport!

 

Monday, April 04, 2016

Some more socks and surgery thoughts

As predicted, I knit some socks. And as might be expected, I couldn't stick with just one project.

I like to have a plain pair on the go, and colour work is my joy to knit. I started off with knee highs for Jim, abandoned them because the colours reminded me too much of winter and cold. They are lovely though, and I'm sure I'll come back to it:

I thought that this plain pair would be enough of a contrast.

They were lovely to knit, so they are finished, but I had to cast on another colour work pair and these are my current loveys:

I wasn't sure of the colours at first, but I think it's one of those cases where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

Tomorrow, I go for surgery. I'm grateful to live in Canada, where I can get good quality care that doesn't strip my bank account. I'm nervous of course, because there is a risk. But then, there is a risk to just step out your front door. We all take so many risks in our lives with out even thinking. I think the only thing different about this risk is that it is not a regularly occuring risk for me. So that makes me nervous. I'm sure the surgeon's nerves are just fine.

On the other hand, this is a bit fun. The people at work were so nice to me today. Wishing me well, buying me lunch and even a gift of chocolate. I had a little shopping spree last week of a new book, and some yarn for a mindless knitting project. And there is a certain pleasure in knowing that I have 4 weeks off work to concentrate on getting well. That's a lot of knitting time!

Wish me luck! I'll talk to you on the other side.

 

Friday, April 01, 2016

A Poem

So many fibres pass through my hands.

I am the conduit for the grass, and the wind, and the sheep.

I shape the wool to keep my family warm

With socks and hats and sweaters.

They don't know, they haven't touched, each stitch

Each moment of my love captured in wool.

My life, entwined with theirs, tied up in the sheep's fleece,

Monday, March 21, 2016

Sock on

I feel a sock binge coming on. I'm scheduled for a surgery in two weeks, and I don't what I'll feel like knitting during my post-op recovery. Also, I feel a bit nervous. Socks are soothing, just going around and around.

I finished this pair on the weekend. Kroy FX, 64 stitches on a 2.25 needle makes a firm fabric for a durable sock.

I gave them to Luke with a "I love you so I made you this." He loves me back. :)

 

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Stepping up my game

I've spun yarn for socks before. I've tried superwash with nylon, or with silk. I tried spinning up cheviot fibre. I usually spin a 3-ply, sometimes a chain ply, but I always end up with socks that wear out too fast. So I've stepped up my game by spinning this:

A 4-ply spun from Karakul fibre. This is not soft, oh no. But I've got high hopes that this yarn will make socks that last.

 

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

My Little Ray of Rainshine

Ah now! This project was a pleasure from start to finish and I expect it to be a joy to wear. This little shawlette is Rainshine, knit from my own lace weight handspun:

It all started back in September when I bought 50 grams of Camel/Silk blend hand dyed by Tabi of Sericin Silkworks at the Kitchener-Waterloo Knitter's Fair. I spun it into a fine lace weight. I remember it being a pleasure to spin and I adored all the blues.

Boo Knits pattern seemed the only pattern that could possibly suit the yarn. Other than a halt to wait for beads to arrive in the mail, which incidentally resulted in the creation of Oolong the dragon, this knit was completely stress free. Fiddley with the beads, but that's not stressful, just time consuming.

Blocking these crescent shawls is fun, because you don't have to do anything with the top edge. Just pin out those points and boom!

It makes for a wearable shape that hugs the shoulders, even on a coat hanger.

Let's close out with a bling shot. BLING!

 

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Feeling Refreshed

The dragon project was an intensive two weeks worth of work. I abandoned all other projects in the face of it. Happily, this means that I am returning to my old projects with fresh eyes and vigour.

First up for the finish line is this:

It's BooKnits Rainshine and I'm using my own handspun. The yarn is a camel/silk blend from Sericin Dyeworks. I'm adding some Japaneese beads on this row. I'm in love again!

 

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Finisher's Let Down

Somebody help me. I don't know why but often when I finish knitting a project, I feel let down. I look at my FO and think "meh."

I start off all keen and excited. I'm usually on fire during the knitting. When I get home in the evening I can't wait to get to work on my project. But it's not until I put the final touches on my project and step back and look at it that I get that ole let down.

I think, it's nice. I think I did a good job. But it's usually not what I envisioned.

Are my expectations too high? Am I disappointed to find that I am only human and it doesn't look perfect? I wish I could just enjoy my FO. Instead I usually just accept the feeling, stuff the thing in a bag or at the back of the closet and try to forget about it.

The let down doesn't always happen. Occasionally I make a project I love form beginning to end, but that seems to be the exception. Not the rule.

Well, here it is, my finished dragon, let down and all.

 

I think it's nice. Just not special. And it was a whole lot of work. I must say, I did have fun making it. Maybe I just miss the process?

 

Sunday, February 21, 2016

What's got me excited.

It's always a pleasure to have an exciting project on the needles. Something that you can' trait to get back to. What's got me excited these days is a knitted dragon. This pattern by Kim Harrison is just beautiful. Somehow, she has created a graceful creature from cotton and pipe cleaners. Kim has included step-by-step video instructions with her pattern that are a huge help in removing all ambiguity.

I am listening to the Steven King detective novel, Mr. Mercedes, as I am working on it. The pattern has come to have some of the same tension for me as the novel. How will it all come together?

I have made some adjustments to her pattern to account for my supplies. Kim uses 3mm pipe cleaners as supports, but I could only find 6mm and I was in a hurry to start. So I bought some heavier weight yarn to knit a bigger dragon. I used 4-stitch I-cord for the wing bones, instead of 3 stitches. When I got to the hands, that wasn't going to work, so I used a bigger needle for the fingers and stuck with the 3-stitch I-cord.

I also wasn't going to muscle the pipe cleaner through all those I-cords. Kim has you threading it through on a needle, being careful not to catch the yarn. Instead, I just knit the I-cord around the pipe cleaner. Worked like a charm! I don't think I'm the first to do this.

As of this writing, I have all the dragon's limbs and have started on the tail. Today, we may see this creature start to come together. Can't wait!

Just a leg for now...

 

Monday, February 15, 2016

Where's Laurie?

On Facebook, I'm administrator for the London District Weavers and Spinners page. There you will find interesting articles, videos, and funny pictures that I have found in my travels over the web. Mostly I post weaving and spinning stuff, plus pictures of sheep, but sometimes I post knitting related content too.

I'm also on Pintrest now. I'm not sure how you can find me there. It could be my name, Laurie Corriveau, or is it @laurie_corrivea which is below it? If I figure it out, I'll update this post. I don't pin a lot, but I find it relaxing to browse on there now and again.

Of course, you can still find me on Ravelry as LaurieM.

Gratuitous kniting picture: