A dear friend of mine asked me to make a baby hat for an expecting couple he knows. His stipulations? Please make the Jayne Cobb hat from Firefly. So I did a quick search on Raverly and found this free pattern, Sweet Baby Jayne hat pattern. I could have figured out the pattern on my own, but it was nice not to have to. I ended up revising the pattern because I didn’t buy the right weight wool and saw right away the hat would be too small. It took a few hours of knitting and is just so cute. A lovely thing during this time of struggle. I wish I could just focus on my knitting, that which makes me feel truly happy.
So yes I’m feeling a bit guilty for not blogging for over a month. I have been busy with the continuing renovations in my house and helping the girls as they performed in a production of Oliver Twist. During this time as always, I kept knitting and completed my Knot Socks. I feel these socks are one of the best pieces of knitting I have ever done. They were challenging and new for me even with all my years of knitting. One of the reasons I love to knit so much is there seems to be endless methods, skills and types of patterns out there to conquer.
There should be fewer excuses for missing posts from now on as the play is over and we have decided not to sell our house until next year (as long as the market is good). We are going to continue the renovations we set out to do originally, but now we have more time for them. On another note I’m on a mission to find a new job whether it’s a full time job or a return to freelance I’m not sure yet. My present job is slowly eating away at my creative soul and aggravating my depression. I can’t live this way much longer without going mental. My self-esteem has hit rock bottom and I worry that I’m a terrible graphic designer and this is why I’m being treated so poorly at work. I wonder why they don’t just lay me off if they feel I have so little value to them? Clearly they don’t care about my work when they second guess everything I do, hold back work from me and give me grievance every time I need time off or would like to work from home. I’m so disappointed because I loved working there once and now I can barely stand to go in day after day.
My husband and I have decide to sell our house so there has been a sudden flurry of painting and decluttering going on. I realized this morning that I missed a post and remembered how I promised myself to keep this blog going. So here are two projects I’ve being working on. The first is my finished dishcloths. I used two patterns. A check board pattern using stocking stitch and garter stitch and the traditional garter knit on a bias stitch. These turned out beautifully. They are bigger and clean like a charm. The colours look great in my kitchen. I am planning to create a chevron placemat pattern using the same cotton yarn (purchased from Camilla Valley Farm).
So the freezing temperatures aren’t letting up and I’m having trouble believing Spring will ever come. I decided this week to take a break from my honey comb and bee design. I have purchase my wool for the project and nailed down the final design. I only have to figure out the gauge and start writing the actual pattern. I’m very excited about working on it.
I’ve also started collecting inspiration for a variety of other projects and would like to join some Craftsy classes to help me create my own designs. Time is my biggest enemy. I just don’t have enough of it. Do I really have to have a full time job? Sadly yes, if I want to help support my family.
Taking a break didn’t mean no knitting. I grabbed a bunch of left over cotton from a project I did many years ago and started making dishcloths (except that variegated blue yarn which is of all things Phentex – that will used to make pot srubbers). I love making these because I can tryout interesting stitches and since they knit up so fast they give me instant gratification. In the past I feel I’ve made my cloths too small so these new ones are going to be much larger. I also want to make placemats. One of my biggest pet peeves about placemats is that they usually are made of materials or fabrics that are difficult to wash. I figure if I knit some out of cotton I can machine wash them without them distorting in size and shape.
For those who didn’t know I live in Canada and the rumours are true that in the winter it can get cold, scary cold. We’ve had quite a cold snap the last week with -30°C (-22°F) temperatures and that’s not including the wind chill factor which can make it like -40°C (-40°F). So working on a Spring themed pattern seems ironic to me.
The design for this pattern has been a struggle, it’s been a lot like when you have a great drawing idea in your head and you just can’t get it onto paper. The bee motif was exactly like this and although I’m happy with it the one in my head is still better. I knit many, many combinations for the bee trying to get the wings to show up without looking like huge holes. The second issue is the yarn in the image isn’t yarn I intended for this pattern. The yarn I have is a dark gray that is too dark to really show off the design. I’m in the process of knitting it in the gray anyway. Part of it is the wish that somehow the gray will still work, it’s part denial that it won’t work and to at least see how the weight of the yarn works for the pattern. Once I get past my denial stage I’m going to have to purchase the yarn in an off white or something light. I still haven’t revealed what I’m making – I’ll tell you later.
So since my last blog post my original idea for the pattern has shifted and this is a good thing. As I’ve heard before the only thing that never changes is change. Change is good. This is a creative endeavour and nothing is set in stone. It’s actually refreshing to just let things go and follow what feels good, feels right. I’m not giving too much away but, as you can see the pattern has to do with bees. My usual style would have been to create an intarsia bee but, I’m exploring an area of knitting I’m less familiar with – texture and lace. I’ve been struggling with creating a bee that I feel satisfied with. I was really excited when I found this honeybee lace pattern on knitting fool. However when I tried it out I found many problems with why it wouldn’t work for what I wanted. It didn’t fit row wise with the other pattern I want to use and it was too open. I found a few other stitches for bees but, none really fit. So I decided instead of trying to modify something I would just work from scratch. It’s taken a week of experimenting and a change of yarn colour so I see better but, I finally have a bee I like.
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.