Archive for November, 2010

Inspiration

November 19, 2010

When I don’t have a lot of knitting time, I end up getting a lot of inspiration from other places. I have some ideas for a hat and mittens for Siggi based on hats we saw at Rhinebeck. I also like taking new knitting books from the library.

My absolutely favourite new knitting book is Northern Knits: Designs Inspired by the Knitting Traditions of Scandinavia, Iceland, and the Shetland Isles. I want to knit almost everything in this book. There are shawls, sweaters, hats, mittens, socks, and a bag. Everything is beautiful.

Another book that I took out but was less of a hit was Knits Men Want: The 10 Rules Every Woman Should Know Before Knitting for a Man. I thought some of the sweaters were nice, but Ingi did not agree. The only thing in there he liked was a hat. It was a fun read, though.

The Joy of Sox is another great addition to the wealth of sock books that are out there. I would buy this for my knitters’ group Christmas swap if I hadn’t already bought something awesome. If no one buys it this year, I think I will have to get it next year. A lot of fun looking patterns, including thigh high socks. I don’t think I have the endurance to knit thigh high socks (how long does that take?) but it looks like a really fun project anyway.

The other book that I would love to be on my Christmas list is Complete Feltmaking: Easy Techniques and 25 Great Projects. Although I have done a few felting projects (needle felted snowman, knitted and felted things, and hand felted pincushions), I don’t consider myself a felting expert by any stretch. This takes all of the different felting techniques and describes them, with detailed pictures, as well as providing a few sample projects for each technique. It is a great reference book to have.

I also have a new favourite graphic designer: Sandra Isaksson. I love the look of her designs, especially a lot of the stuff on the

Warm Feet

November 1, 2010

In the spring, I knit these grey socks at the same time on a magic loop. They seemed to take a really long time for such small socks:

Then I knit these up pretty quickly earlier in October (although I didn’t make it to do a Socktober post):

Now Siggi has nice warm feet, although he doesn’t like to leave his socks on when he is inside. He got to show the colourful ones off at Rhinebeck, along with the lopapeysa that his aunt made for him.