Archive for June, 2012

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Stripey Knee Socks!

Svarta Fåret-sockar

Yarn: Svarta Fåret Raggsocksgarn (70% wool, 30% nylon).
Pattern: my own design, toe-up.

My fave colour combo at the moment! Fun and very comfy, knee-highs make me happy :)

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Another First: Socks!

Irish Wellington Socks / Noro Silk Garden

Irish Wellington Socks in Noro Silk Garden

I’m a huge fan of warm, thick, snuggly socks. Whenever I get the question “what’s the one thing you never travel anywhere without?”, socks would be one of the very first things that come to my mind. I always have (used to have) a pair of them with me, even if I’m just going to a friend’s house or to the cinema — and yes, in India too! However, knitting socks is something I’ve never tried before, so this was yet another first for me :)

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eReader Pocket

eReader Pouch

I got a massive box of mum’s stashed old yarns the other day (yay!!), and chose a Norwegian 100% wool yarn to make this cover for a Sony Reader Pocket Edition today. A quick and fun knit, looks lovely too! Pattern design by Megan S Wright.

This was my first time using Judy’s Magic Cast On, what a brilliant technique! I will definitely be using it again :)

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June Shawl Knitalong: Done!

Alpaca Affection Shawl

This post is part of the June Shawl Knitalong, hosted by Crafts from the Cwtch.

After two pattern repeats of the short rows section, I realised that I didn’t like how it looked. I wanted the dark gray and the black stripes to switch places, so I carefully started ripping back…

…three colours, double strands, and fuzzy yarn takes frogging 24 rows to an artistic level! Having six balls of yarn spiritedly dancing around like playful kittens makes it very difficult to keep things in order… but it’s all untangled now, I’m happy to tell you :) I’m very happy I made the effort, because although it was a small adjustment, it makes such a big difference and I think it looks so much better now!

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So Tired of Winter…

Above the horizon

I spent the better part of last night in stillness, reading Coleman Barks’ interpretations of Rumi’s mystical poetry and drinking sweet masala chai, with qawwalis (sufi inspired music) playing softly in the background. A few days ago I discovered the Pakistani singer Abida Parveen, and now I simply can’t stop listening to her music… absolutely gorgeous.

Here’s a poem I love, from Coleman Barks’ book The Essential Rumi:

My Worst Habit

My worst habit is I get so tired of winter
I become a torture to those I’m with.

If you’re not here, nothing grows.
I lack clarity. My words
tangle and knot up.

How to cure bad water? Send it back to the river.
How to cure bad habits? Send me back to you.

When water gets caught in habitual whirlpools,
dig a way out through the bottom
to the ocean. There is a secret medicine
given only to those who hurt so hard
they can’t hope.

The hopers would feel slighted if they knew.

Look as long as you can at the friend you love,
no matter whether that friend is moving away from you or coming back toward you.

~ Rumi

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June Shawl Knitalong: Day 2

Alpaca Affection Shawl

Here’s my progress on the Colour Affection Shawl so far! It’s such a wonderful, fun and easy pattern :)

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