My Muse

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I’ve written about a couple of knitting areas that have captured my rapt attention, but I have not yet addressed what got me so jazzed about knitting in the first place.
Now is a good time to clarify that I am a new knitter. This is a bug that bit me just one year ago. I did knit in the past, I knew how to do the the basics, but honestly, I had to “You Tube” the purl stitch in January 2013.  (Thank-you Knit Witch).
I am a mere kitten in this world of yarn; rapt, eager and full of awe and wonder.
Enter Stephanie Dosen of http://www.tinyowlknits.com
My daughter showed me her blog about a year ago. I was learning basic knitting as was she. The thing she showed me first was The Beekeeper’s Quilt vlog post. Frankly, I thought this girl was insane. INSTANT ADORATION. She is simply adorable and had come up with a project for the truly insane.  Here was a project I could wrap my soul into. I travel a great deal, all over the world. This was portable, and had the miracle of a shopping component. I could buy single skeins of yarn around the world, knit them up, and forever be reminded of my travels. And I did just that. Here is my suitcase from a trip to Japan and Singapore.
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Like so many of you before me, I puffed and puffed for months.  I have completed about 200, but must admit I’m stalled. I will return to that project, and I will take my Beekeeper’s quilt with me to my old age home (I’m 50 by the way, despite my kitten knitting status).
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Since then, I have been knitting socks obsessively, but I have fit in a few of Stephanie’s other designs. Here is her darling Bow Peep Scarf.
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And this little number is my personal favourite, the Mr Fox Stole.
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Stephanie doesn’t know she is my muse. It amuses me to think she would be tickled.

Létt-Lopi Vest

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Reblogging this because Icelandic knitting is on my 2014 list.

Originally posted on February Twelve:

If you have been following this blog a bit, you know I really like icelandic wool Léttlopi.

The characteristics of that yarn are that it’s water-repellent, light weighted and breathable. Once you’ve finished a project you should carefully rinse it in luke water and it will bring softness.

And another very important characteristic is that it exists in the most wonderful colors.

This pattern is a free design made by Védis Jonsdottir and can be downloaded here.

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Létt-Lopi
Nld 4,5 mm

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Socks should be knit in circles!

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I wrote my first posts about how I learned to knit socks on straight needles. After two pairs, I really wanted to do them in the round, but was still finding knitting with 5 double points to be frustrating. I was not any more jazzed about magic loop or two circulars though, so I was pretty much resigned to not continuing doing socks.

It all changed when I stumbled upon this little beauty:
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The Addi Turbo 12 inch. Look how it’s constructed to work for knitting socks in the round.  Angled needles on a 4 inch flexible cord. You won’t find this in any interchangeable sets that I know of. You have to buy the needle separately.  Not going to lie, it’s pricey at about $20.00. I have it in US 1, which works perfectly for standard sock yarn.  I also have one in US 6.
I was not been able to locate instructions on line anywhere on how to make my socks using this, but with my knowledge I gleaned from constructing socks on straights, I worked it out. I am going to share those instructions in a separate post.
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE making socks with this needle!!!

Instructions coming up!

Hand knit socks

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I became smitten with knitting about a year ago.  At first I walked right on past the samples of socks in the yarn shops. I was intent on knitting dresses and sweaters. Making socks made no sense to me, why on earth would I knit on tiny needles to come up with an item one can buy manufactured for $2.99?

I carried on my merry sock snubbing way until IT happened. I stumbled upon a pair of hand knit socks in a hospital gift shop in Clarenville,  Newfoundland. I put them on that evening under the influence of a glass of red… And WHAM… Smitten.  You can feel every lovely stitch caressing your feet and ankles and toes. It’s pure magic!

There is a lot about socks for me wax on about, and I’m going to.  Over the next few posts I intend to walk you through how I navigated the confusing waters of sock knitting and am now happily knitting my 6th pair.  The yarn, the books, and most importantly, the needles. The ones above are my latest, and God forbid you say those are Christmas socks, they are watermelon.

I leave you now with a photo of the Clarenville socks that captured my heart and left me smitten, a bargain for $6.00. Incidentally, there is no way in heaven I would ever sell a pair of hand knit socks for $6.00. If you are interested in a $200.00 pair, feel free to contact me.  ‘Cause, man, these take at least 15 hours a sock.

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