Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Stash leftover baby Socks

Yesterdays baby sock got frogged. If you don't do the job right the first time, you have to redo it. After many frogged half knitted socks, I got these as a result. They're ugly, but I guess it has more to do with the pattern than me. Do I need to say that sock's not my strongest side?

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

How to make something out of "nothing"

What do you do when you find 20 grams of yarn that's not enough to do anything special and that doesn't look good with anything else in your stash of left-overs?

I knit baby socks. I hope that I will be able to finish this first one using only 10 grams, otherwise there will be troubles to finish the second...

So what to do with the socks? Well, they will be send to needy kids in Latvia through Stickhjälpen (Knitting Aid).

Friday, January 22, 2010

Knitting rules for injury prevention

While searching the net for a knitting aid in Africa (regarding a short novel I've just started to write) I bumped into this:

Rules for injury prevention
1. To prevent injury, start with a basic training schedule

2. Never knit or crochet when you have a current injury
3. Stop knitting or crocheting immediately there is any pain. Always work in a pain free range.
4. Stop knitting or crocheting when you feel fatigued and are recruiting other muscles to help continue your work
5. Knit and crochet in good light to avoid eye strain
6. Maintain good posture while you knit or crochet

I can tell you that I have all of those rules.
  1. I'm a "full speed ahead" kind of person. I started to knit thinking "full speed ahead", sitting for hours. I still do.
  2. Due to the knitting, I got pains in my right hand and arm. Of course I continued to knit. (And took herbal drugs to cool down the inflammation.)
  3. Ah, crap - or as athletes use to say "No pain, no gain".
  4. Eh, stop knitting? Whot? No! Nooo! NOOO!
  5. Light? What's that? I live in Scandinavia and this time there's no light. (And my boyfriend prefer to watch tv with the light turned down, is it okay to blame him for the lack of light? Yes?)
  6. Good posture? You mean like this?

Why I'm blog in English

Some may wonder why I'm blogging in English when I'm actually Swedish. Well, there's two reasons:

  1. I do need to practice on my English
  2. I'm terrified of writing in Swedish. 
The second reason is the biggest one. I have a writers cramp and the press I sense every time I try to type anything at all in my native language are crushing. The funny thing is that the problem doesn't occur at all wile writing English. Wierd.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Moebius shawl - a start

Today I started a Moebius shawl. I tried to read the pattern but didn't understand. So I went to YouTube and found a clip showing how to cast on and start knitting the Moebius shawl. I had no problems after that.

Eskimo leftovers goes baby

Last night I made som baby clothes out of some leftovers. A pair of socks and a scarf. I will send it to a Swedish charity organisation called Stickhjälpen (tanslated Knitting Aid).

I used DROPS Eskimo yarn and the free pattern on their homepage.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A new friend

Today I met this wonderful woman. Yesterday I sold her some yarn over Ebay (Tradera) which she came to pick it up today. It didn't take long before we were into this discussion about yarn, knitting and fibers. And then I see her shirt. She were into pelargonium as well. (I know that I may sound like an old lady, but knitting and pelargonium makes life more fun.) So I ran off to the kitchen to show her my loved (and maybe a little bit mistreated) ones and ask for advice. As we started to chat about the flowers, I realized that this may be a new friend.

The funny thing is how you act and react with some people. She's thirty-something years older than me. I don't care about age as long as I have fun, but still - when you thik about it, it's so damn cool that you can be on the same level with someone that you never met before and proabably woulden't have met either - if it wasn't for those things that connects you at a certain level. It's so cool. I hope I will meet her soon again.

The big secret is being revealed

I guess it's time to get out of the closet. No more hiding. No more fear of what they may say.

The truth to be told.

I am a knitter.