En garde!

Knitting with DPNs

Word is, there are actually people who *like* knitting with DPNs… that’s true, right? I didn’t make that up? All I can think is that it’s like your first taste of alcohol—you just can’t believe people get involved with this for pleasure. I am willing to believe that it could be possible, but right now it’s way more pain than pleasure. Give me the nice circular needles any day.

This is an iPhone sock, it’s me forcing myself to use DPNs but keeping it simple with a knit 2 / purl 2 rib. It’s also given me a wonderful chance to pick up dropped stitches with a crochet hook… Not exactly on purpose, but hey. Now I know it can be done. (And that knitting is just a weird collection of crocheted chains). I was going to say that if you never see this again, lets not mention it – but you know what? I should blog my terrible things too. Life isn’t perfect and it’s good to learn from your mistakes. Hopefully I’ll blog it good or bad.

crochet rose

This is a crocheted brooch I made for a friend. I like it actually. It’s a generic rose pattern, of which there are millions on the internet  – most of which are the same, but just start with a different number of chained stitches. The leaves are loosely based on those from Attic 24. I say loosely as I made this while watching The Shield (box set, we’ve just finished series 3), and I wasn’t really counting anything properly.

A while back I bought some brooch backs, but have yet to use them so this seemed like a good chance. Terrible photo and off centre stitching but…

brooch back

You can see that this is quite a nice back. It’s good and solid. It comes in two parts, one is a disc with holes in, to which you sew your fabric front and the other is what you can see here, which you attach to the first disc by folding little metal claws with pliers. I got the backs from eBay – must make more use of them.

tatting

I’ve had one long train journey this week, so I ended up making another of these—the beaded one. The other one I made just to see what it would be like with variegated thread. They are so nice to make I can’t stop. And they photograph so nicely!

tatting

Ahem. Anyway. Back to knitting and the gentle art of stabbing myself in the hand.

 

Monkeys, threads and crochet flowers

‘Sit there nicely for a sec’, I said. ‘You know, as a size comparison! So people can see the difference between thin crochet cotton I’ve used before and this nice new Rowan Sienna cotton’.

At any point, did I say ‘Stick the flower I just made so lovingly, on yer head! Make like it’s a hat!’ No. I did not.

It’s not a monkey hat, it’s a brooch-without-a-back. I’m actually going to use to make a gift look pretty. (The shop was out of brooch backs. Tsk!).

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m still kind of new to yarns and the different shapes and sizes you get. This Rowan cotton is really nice to crochet with – there’s something about it that feels really smooth and rounded – and the colours are lovely. I’ve been wanting to make one of these flowers from Attic 24 for ages, but the yarn I had already was a bit wooly. This is perfect. I managed to find the one spare button in the house that isn’t black, too, and it does the job nicely. I’m almost finished making a monkey out of the same stuff – but actually, as often happens with projects before they’re finished, I’m not 100% sure about him. We shall see.

Co-incidentally, after all my searching for garlands and bunting, Lucy at Attic 24 made a great garland out of these flowers. I might try something similar, as they’re so nice to make. I’ve got no idea what I’ll do with it when it’s done, but I have a feeling there’s a monkey who could find a use for it.