Way back in about 2006 I started this blog as way to provide information, patterns and share my designs with other knitters. Life really got in the way of my vision for Good Knit, but I’ve decided to put myself back on track. My first step is to stop talking about the ideas I have to make this or that and actually do it. It’s hard to make time as I work as a full time graphic designer, raise a family and trying to shift my career into the user interface design field but I realise that I must make the time. Knitting has always been in my life, soothing my stress and giving me great satisfaction when I create something useful and beautiful. It has been the bond between my oma, my mother, my sister and my daughters. It is important in my life and it’s time I allow myself to indulge in it. I have started sketching and knitting little bits to come up with a new pattern. I will be posting my progress to share my knitwear design progress.
I managed to get these done during the crazy and busy Christmas break. They are so warm and lovely I want to keep them for myself! Sadly I don’t have quite enough of the yarn I used to make myself the same pair. I’ll have to search my stash and see if I have any other suitable yarn and maybe make a pair for me.
My newest project are these pair of cable slippers. I’ve modified them by doubling up some yarn to get the weight I need and I had to use one size small needles. These are turning out lovely. So soft and flexible, unlike the Moon Socks that were stiff. There’s advantages to the stiffness of the other slippers as I think they will wear longer, but they may not be as comfortable as the cable slippers. This pattern is also from DROPS Design – you can find the free Little Red Riding Cable Slipper pattern on Ravelry.
I can’t wait to get to the actual cable part of the slippers which is the cuff part.
I finished these last night. I don’t like sewing much so I was worried I try to ignore them once the knitting was done. I was more motivated to finish them off knowing they are for my sister. I was really happy to find these great buttons at Lens Mill.
My next project is to knit Little Red Riding Slippers. However mine aren’t going to be red because I’m using yarn from my stash.
My latest project is DROP Design’s Moon Socks and it seems quite fitting that I’m making these slippers for my sister. When we were growing up my Dad often call our slippers/shoes/boots, basically anything we put on our feet, moon boots. So far the project is going pretty well. The pattern reads pretty well, but I was surprised when I realized there was a big old seam along the bottom of the foot. Yuck – who want’s to walk on that? So I used a Kitchener seam instead of a regular one. If you look you can see it a bit odd but no-one looks at the bottom of your foot – right? At least now the bottom is smooth and comfortable.
I’m using yarn from my stash and I hope I have enough. I think it’s a few metres short but I’m hoping I can make it.
It seems slippers have grabbed my attention for the moment. Maybe because Fall is here and I don’t have a working furnace. Regardless of the reason these have been fun to knit and have inspired me to think about creating my own slipper pattern. So come back in a while I may have a new pattern for you!
I’ve updated this post to let you know that this isn’t my pattern. It comes from Creative Knitting Winter 2014. Here’s a link to the Raverly page for it. If like the pattern, I guess you’ll need to get a back issue of Creative Knitting.
I found this pattern online ages ago where you knit a variety of squares and sew them together. Unfortunately I don’t remember where I found the pattern, but I think it is based off of a crochet pattern where you sew granny squares together. I made Creeper inspired and Tardis inspired slippers for my girls. By the second pair I changed a few things. First I was careful to count my rows for each square so each square was actually a square and not a rectangle. This also ensured they were all consistent. Instead of making all individual squares and spending all that horrible time sewing (ugh), I knit a strip of three squares together and then picked up and knit along the sides for the other squares. The only individual square was the upper toe square. This way I didn’t have to sew quite so much.
I made this bag for a friend of mine who DM’s one of the DnD campaigns I play in. It was a special request for Captain America’s shield on the front. Overall I’m happy with it but, I wish the shield would lay flatter. Maybe it would have worked better if I knit it plain blue and then sewed the design in using duplicate stitch instead.
My next projects include mittens and slippers for my ever growing daughters.
My husband, girls and I all play RPG’s which means lots of dice. My husband made a request for a flat-bottomed, Charlie Brown themed dice bag. He seldom asks me to knit him anything so of course I had to make him one. He sent me this link to a great pattern on Crafterella’s blog. It was pretty simple to find a colour chart for Charlie Brown’s infamous zig zag sweater pattern. When my darlings dice bag was done of course I had to make one for me. I love pirates and all things bad ass so I decided on a bag adorned with jolly rogers. The next two projects will be for my girls. I haven’t asked them yet what they want but I suspect it’ll be something to do with MineCraft.
My latest project is for a coworker who is due to have a baby in October. I’m surprised that I’ve worked with a few novelty yarns in the past year or so. I’ve always been a bit of yarn snob, but I have to say Bernat’s Baby Blanket yarn is lovely. It’s thick, warm and soft. And comes in lots of great colours so you aren’t stuck with the typical blue, pink or yellow yarn generally offered for baby yarns.