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Knitting is Nesting?

The top definition of nesting according to Urban Dictionary is nesting
Nesting is a ritual performed by pregnant women in ridding the house, the “nest”, from anything potentially harmful to the soon to be born child. The moment you step onto the Internet and look at nesting and pregnancy, it soon becomes apparent that I should be nesting and that nesting should involve [the horror that is] cleaning my house. Baby is due in 12 days and the nearest urge I have to nesting is, yep you guessed it, knitting.  Does knitting count as nesting?

I’m on cardigan number two that I have to add to the six others Baby has, and it’s growing at a rate of knots. It’s getting raised eyebrows from Hunky Husband (apparently Baby can’t wear them all at once) but Baby is super active so at least he seems to approve.


 

Casting on… Magic Cast On for Toe Up Socks

Baby’s hat is blocking so it’s cast on time again. I love cast on time and this time it’s a new cast on for me. I’ve picked a pattern with a number of new skills this time so there’s likely to be a few posts about it that get my blog back to it’s orginal purpose of keeping all my knitting ‘stuff’ in one place so I can find it in the future.

A magic cast on for toe up socks. “But you hated knitting socks” I hear you say puzzled. Well don’t worry, I haven’t lost my mind and decided to knit socks again.  I won’t be using this for socks but for the hood on a cardiagan/coat for my little wriggler that still has about a month to cook.

I found a number of versions of this cast on. What seems to be the original posted online is from Judy Becker published here on knotty.com known as Judy’s Magic Cast On to the web (recommended by the pattern I’m following). Then there’s another version from Curious Knitter known as Judy’s Magic Cast On a la Jeny. Both are really well illustrated and I didn’t need to resort to YouTube to work either of them out.

Plumping for the original, just because it’s the first I tried, rather than any preference for the technique and the result is a very boring invisible cast on at the top of the hood on Baby’s cardigan. So boring in fact that I’m not even bothering to photograph it!

 

Jogless stripes in the round

The ombré blanket hasn’t materialised.  Why I hear you ask? Well the pram arrived and it wasn’t the colour I was expecting and that kind of threw me and now I don’t know what colour to use.  Leave me to think on that one for a while please.  I probably just need some new inspiration on the colour and then I’ll get my ombré mojo back.

Instead, I’m planning something smaller… much smaller. No idea where the inspiration came for this one but I want to make a hat for Baby Cosmo.  I’ve got left over Baby Cashmerino from two Hermione Hearts Ron hats I previously made that I’ll use so this is a destash project as well as the first piece of knitting for my own little baby boy.  I haven’t used left overs for so long I’m calling this a little victory.

So the pattern? No pattern! This one is coming from my head. Flying by the seat of my pants as they say.  They do say that right?

In my quest to keep discovering new skills I’ve been inspired by a Pinterest Pin on jogless stripes knit in the round so this is going to be a stripy hat knit in the round.

Following the pinterest link, I find myself back at the TECHknitting  blog. A three part series none the less with Differnt methods all clearly explained with pictures.

I settled to try helical stripe. This means a continuous candy stripe of each colour knit continously from two balls of wool (or more if you’re feeling adventurous) with no cutting or joins. That means no weaving in the ends!!!

And this is what it looks like…

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Big Sis is Winning the Race

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Our Elijah knit-a-long slowed to a snails pace while I have been putting in some extra hours at work and some extra DIY hours at home. Yesterday came the news that the Elijah my sister is knitting would have a new owner very soon. Frantic WhatsApp messages about short rows and upside down ears followed while I was watching Spectre.  This morning along came this picture, nearly done and along came a bouncing baby girl.  Now time to get my finger out and get the Elijah on my needles finished.

Elijah Knit-a-Long

Winter is coming. The click clack of the lesser spotted Cosmo can be heard from the sofa. An Elijah is growing from the needles again. Another squishy baby is bundled up with a stalk waiting to be delivered to a dear friend.

[Leaving the David Attenborough voice behind]. This time Elijah is a knit-a-long. My sister has chosen to attempt an Elijah as her first knitting project in 20 years so that another delivery from a stalk can have a very personal gift. I set her about learning the new stitches she didn’t know and having cast on the head with that crazy cast on last weekend for her, she has knit the head and I have stitched eyes and attached the body. This is not just a knit along, it’s a knit together. I am doing the more fiddly bits for her this time so Elijah is grown in time for the new arrival. I’m just slightly ahead of her on my Elijah with a complete body so Elijah looks a little like a weeble except he can’t stay up rather than can’t fall over.

Now if I can find a way to weigh Elijah down in a baby friendly manner to make him a little weeble like [sits up nicely] that would be another Cosmo modification to this lovely pattern.

Sock heels

So my failure to get the first heel turn right got me to thinking about different types of sock heels.  I follow a blog in which the afterthought heel gets referred to regularly and I had no idea what that was when it was at home so I had a look around and found a Pinterest pin (promise I’ll put the pin in here properly when I get to a computer – my mobile I.T. skills are letting me down).

Sock heel variations
Warning – this pin links to a blog but the actual source is ravelry notes.  It’s not all in English but I liked it anyway.  It’s a wonderful way to display different types of heels.

I also found a Crafty course that looks at heels and toe variations which I might be interested in if I thought I was going to be an avid sock knitter, but I don’t think there’s much danger of that so it’s probably not a good use of my hard earned pennies.

Update on the sock saga…just the toe to go on sock 2. Do you think I’ll get away with two slightly different heels or will I end up knitting sock number 3?

Serious Second Sock Syndrome

Should it suprise me that I’m working at glacial pace on this pair of socks? Probably not.  So I started them in June and I’m only just turning the second heel!!!  Even worse, I’ve just realised that I’ve turned the first one incorrectly. I knew it looked wrong somehow.  If they weren’t destined for my husband they would be going to the great lily pond in the sky.

 I’m easily distracted when the knitting doesn’t involve much brain power, and I’ve had lots of distractions recently.  We’ll this is my excuse anyway…

I’ve learned to surf! Yes, I took my 34 year old bones surfing and even managed to catch a wave and stand on the board for more than a second or two.

Cosmo Castle has become DIY Central with a new wc on the way.  What should have been a little job to replace a toilet has become a complete overhaul, including new floor tiles that Handy Husband is figuring how to lay.  I’m keeping the fact that I’ve laid a tile floor in a previous life. Naughty I know but he has to learn.

  
And let me introduce you to my final excuse.  Meet Joan and Roy. They are both hens – Roy doesn’t realise that she has a boys name and I’m not intending to tell her.  I’ve been spending a lot of time supervising these two at the bottom of the garden, trying to grow vegetables while these two dig them up.