Friday, September 26, 2008


I spent the last two days getting more and more addicted to Ravelry as I discovered editing of patters which appeals to my pedantic side...

So after spending several hours on free Brigitte and Für Sie patterns from their websites, I thought I'd put up the pattern for the wristwarmers/fingerless gloves I made for Anna last year. Put it all in a PDF and listed it on ravelry - and now 49 people have queued it, 79 call the pattern a favourite* and someone thinks they are "super cute". This is approximately 129 times more positive feedback than I've had for my PhD, ever. Ridiculous.
Now I just have to hope the pattern is not full of mistakes. And if I get the ones with fingers out of the box they are in some time maybe I can write that up too.

*10 minutes later: 50 queues, 81 faves.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Finished Sox

Finally finished my Lissajous socks! They are going to need some elastic in the top.

It's incredibly difficult to take a good picture of your legs using self-timer, especially if you're trying to avoid any upskirt shots. Hence why the top is cut off, I ran out of battery and patience.

Also, it's my birthday. Happy birthday to me. I got a pen that is also a ruler, a spirit level AND a tiny screwdriver (both flat head and phillips). Excellent.

Sunday, September 14, 2008


The cardigan saga continues... I can't make my mind up and the boy doesn't seem to particularly like any of the patterns I suggest! I've decided to make a tiny little sample cardi to try out some techniques. I haven't entirely figured out how to make the Elizabeth Zimmermann-style shirt yoke cardi but I think I'm getting there!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Vintage Knitting

I've been trying to find a pattern for a cardigan for the boy, but I can't quite figure out what he wants... I think it's a real old man cardi, one that looks like it smells of tobacco and that you suspect has some mothholes under the armpits.

Anyway, I found that ebay is a fantastic source of vintage knitting patterns. The patterns themselves may not actually be so exciting but I am just sold on the fantastic cover photographs.

I know vintage knitwear models are easy targets, but just LOOK!

This one I might actually make

Posing in cars seems to be a popular choice:

and my favourite, from the 40s, according to the seller:

I hope it comes with instructions for achieving the whole look, including glasses, hair and pipe.

"So you say this bit goes into my anus?"