Scraps.

I’m starting to knit on this square and hopefully one day, I have plenty enough of them that it will all become a blanket.

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If not, I can have plenty of coasters!

I have never used the increase the pattern recomments for the corners. You basically do a yarn over and on the next row, you knit it through the back loop which makes the hole less noticeable.

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I don’t mind at all the big hole in the center. The pattern doesn’t use any special cast on like the disappearing loop cast on. It’s just basically stitches joined in the round. I think it adds to it personality and if it bothers me in the future I can sew it shut.

This is what I needed today… Knitting on something new and mindless plus some good old Broadway music. Today is one of my new favorites (even thought the musical is over 70 years old): Anything Goes.

Anything goes!

It’s one of those days, I guess.

Last night I started with, what I like to call, a craft craze. But this one went wrong. I have several projects on the needles right now. A shawl, 2 pairs of socks and a scarf.

I started working on my cable socks because they have been on the needles for so long and it’s starting to bother me to no end. I did great progress. I decided to do an afterthought heel so I put the waste yarn for the heel and knit 2 1/2” and I’m 1/2” away to start the ribbing and I’ll be done with the body. And then, the heel of course. But that’s my goal for now, the heel can wait.

Then I decided I wanted to work on something different to I started working on the lace shawl I started for my mother-in-law. I’m only going to state this: K2 is not K2TOG. Yes, I spent 20 minutes knitting and then 45 minutes backwards knitting lace. Hurrah. Not.

Then I wanted to work on my scarf but I only own 1 set of size US 4 interchangeable needle tips and both my scarf and my shawl are worked on size US 4. I didn’t feel like putting the stoppers at the end of the cord for the shawl and swap the needle tips to the scarf. I was just over knitting.

And I still am today. After grocery shopping, I sat on the couch and decided I was going to finish the body of the cable socks. After 10 rows I was done and decided to watch some videos on youtube. And I feel like all my knitting mojo has gone. To a place far, far away.

I hope it comes back.

Wild dreams.

I can’t stop thinking about knitting a sweater. A cozy, beautiful and colorful sweater that’s just for me and that will keep me warm in the winter when I’m at home.

I have been trying to do some colorwork for a long time and never really succeeded. I think the fact that brings me down the most is that I’m mostly incapable to hold the yarn in my left hand to knit (which is extremely odd because even though I’m right handed I’m much more skilled with my left hand to do most things).

I knit English style. I throw the yarn with my right hand letting go of the right needle. I don’t even flick. And that’s fine with me. But fair-isle knitting involves working with 2 colors in the same row so being able to manage each color in a separate hand comes in handy and prevents awful tangling.

Today I woke up feeling I needed to conquer and succeed in a new knitting technique. I sometimes have that need. I need a bit of a challenge every once in a while and since I have not been able to get out of my head the idea of knitting an overall fair-isle sweater for me, I decided I needed to start practicing.

I have a lot of Knitpicks Palette in my stash so I decided to give it a go with that and try corrugated ribbing. This trial involved me forcing myself to find a comfortable way to be able to knit with one color in each hand. No cheating!

So I cast on multiples of 4 stitches on 3mm size DPNs and started. I really struggled at the beginning but after telling myself I could do it I found a way I felt comfortable knitting with the yarn in my left hand. It’s a combination of throwing and picking, it’s hard to explain. This swatch is the result of today’s work:

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I’m really happy. Another time I’ll try to do some plain fair-isle pattern and keep doing little swatches until I feel confident enough (and let’s be honest, saved enough money to buy the yarn) to start a sweater.

It will take some time (probably a lot). But I can’t wait.

The part I dislike the most.

There are almost no things I dislike about knitting. But there is one… one technique that always catches me sighing when I’m sitting in front of the table with my knitting in hand and thinking I have to do it.

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It’s a contradiction, isn’t it? Grafting the instep and the sole together will give me a finish object. A finish sock I can start wearing the second I’m done with it. But it’s that thing I can’t help it.

Me and kitchener stitch don’t get along well.

Maybe one day? Now, I’m on to deep sighing as I graft the toe of this sock together.

Finished object.

I recently finished a hat called For Good. It was designed by wonderful Megan Williams. She’s the co-hostess of the Stockinette Zombies podcast which I love.

Here’s a finished picture of the hat:

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The yarn I use was Patons Classic Wool worsted in the Jade Heather colorway. The hat fits great and I’ll I have left to do if find a couple of beautiful buttons to saw to the button placket.

Glasgow Necropolis and Cathedral.

I’m known for staying at home and not go out much. I was the kind of kid which I was force to go play outside in the garden instead of spending all day reading in my bedroom. My wife is the same. So in that case we are pretty much a perfect match.

But from time to time I have this urge to go out and explore.

A week ago, my doctor had me do a breathing test and while I was going to my appointment at the Royal Infirmary I coulnd’t help but to miss a fantastic place: The Glasgow Necropolis. Once I was released from my test I had to go and visit it but when I got to the gates I said, no. I wanted my wife and I to visit it so we had an excuse to go out.

So today we did. Ulriika, my wife’s best friend came along with us and we had a great time.

Here are some pictures!

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I hope you enjoyed the pictures!

–Bruno.

Only a queer divine dissatisfaction.

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. … No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.

Martha Graham.

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