I am swamped. Child rearing. Housing Activism. Preschool Demands. Blearg. What I really want to be doing is writing. I'd like nothing more than to let go of all of these obligations and focus back on the stuff I really love: knitting, cooking and blogging. However, right now I'm fighting just to be able to shower, let alone get some me time to decompress from all of these high pressure endeavors. I miss writing here more often.
That said, I haven't given up. This summer might afford me more time to write. In fact writing this little thing makes me realize how much this blogging stuff actually helps maintain my sanity in the face of all of these crazy things I'm doing. I want to review more interchangeable knitting needles. I want to check out more knitting bags. Maybe it's just a matter of making it happen.
I'll try to work on that.
Hey all, long time no see. I've been busy working on renters rights so I haven't had so much time to knit, but I did find time to take a look at Kate Atherley's book Beyond Knit and Purl, which has been out for quite a while, but finally got a chance to look at it (thanks to Kate herself) and was blown away from the level of knitting information in the book and its ingenious ways that it's presented. I wish that this book was available when I was a beginning knitter. This book is going to save many newer knitters from making big mistakes.
I liked it so much that I added it to my Best Books for Beginner Knitters page. I know I'm going to get use out of this book because I'm also full of questions when making a knitting pattern. Which cast on is best? Why should I knit this the way that it says in the pattern and other crazy things that run through my mind when I'm knitting something. Now I have a new question: what would Kate Atherley do? I have all of the answers in this book.
Honestly, this being Mother's Day time of year and all, this might be just the book for your knitting mom, even if they already know everything about knitting, they might just learn something new.
Stay tuned for more Knit Luck stuff. I'm hoping to get back into the writing swing of things.
I was knitting a new pair of socks and it occurred to me that I have not shared my favorite sock knitting books. You see, I went back to my old habit of knitting cuff down socks and completely forgot how t turn the heel. I had to dig into my sock knitting book stash and dig out my old favorite, the book that taught me how to knit socks: Sensational Knitted Socks from Charlene Schurch. Sensational Knitted Socks shows you all the different parts of the sock and how to knit them, as well as offering charts to easily knit bigger or smaller sizes. She also shows you different kinds of stitch patterns and how they work when knitting a sock. It's my go to sock knitting book. I don't think I ever bought the sequel, but that doesn't mean I won't ;) The books are out of print, but you can still buy them quite cheaply from Amazon.
One of the reasons they are out of print is that Charlene Schurch published a new book of sock knitting patterns called The Sock Knitter's Handbook. It contains much of the same information as the Sensational Socks book, but with expanded sections on yarn behavior and different sock knitting techniques. The original books focus on the top down method, but they're still a great place to start when you're learning to knit socks.
Socks from the Toe Up from Wendy D. Johnson was my next favorite sock knitting book. Once I mastered the cuff down sock, I became a little bored with sock knitting and moved on to this little book of adorably simple Toe Up sock patterns. Wendy has an easy way of teaching knitting technique and her various sock knitting designs seriously motivate you to knit socks from the top up and do so quickly.
Another Oldie but Goodie Sock Knitting Book is Favorite Socks from Ann Bud. It's a collection of sock knitting projects from Interweave Knits, but they all have a vintage feel to them. Some even come from folk knitting traditions. These can be much more complicated sock knitting patterns, but they're worth a look. If you love Ann Bud's work you might also like her latest book Sock Knitting Master Class. This book is another addition to a bunch of books that hope to embrace the entire sock knitting category.
If you really love knitting socks and have knit them six ways to Sunday and still want more, then check out Sockupied, Ann Merrow's collection of innovative sock knitting patterns. You will never look at sock knitting the same way again. Some people love knitting cardigans and some people prefer knitting socks. This book is for people who love the complication of knitting a cardigan, but prefer to wear their yarn on their feet.
If you can't knit your socks fast enough, consider trying the two-at-a-time sock knitting technique. Melissa Morgan-Oakes has 2-at-a-Time Socks , a book full of two-at-a-time sock knitting patterns and detailed instructions how to learn to knit this crazy sock knitting method. I have not yet gotten brave enough to try it.
Finally we have Clara Parke's Book of Socks which is one of my all time favorite sock knitting books because it gives both new and experienced sock knitters something to learn. It takes sock knitting into greater depths, helping you understand how to make the best fitting and longest wearing socks based on pattern design and yarn selection.
What are your favorite sock knitting books? Tell me more and share your sock knitting story with me in the comments!
It's been slow Chez Knitluck. Maybe I'm slow. I hear of more people getting 60 day notices of eviction. I hear more seniors no longer able to afford their apartments because landlords keep raising their rents. Google offers to pay apartment complexes 30% over their highest rental rates. 500 families apply for the affordable housing lottery at our city's new housing development. Only 120 families get through to the lottery... for only 9 houses, meaning that hundreds of families in the bay area could afford to buy a house... if the houses were affordable, but most can't compete with the tech wages of double income families. Children are moving back in with mom and dad, bringing their children to live with grandma and grandpa.
I know this isn't true of other regions, but I'm stuck here in the Bay Area for the time being and it's hard watching the region you love transform into something unrecognizable. It's depressing. I know I'm lucky, but it's hard to appreciate one's good fortune when you see people suffering from the effects of greed.
I'm in another funk and knitting helps. I'm making a sock. I feel like it's time to learn something new, but I don't have the bandwidth right now. So it's me and the socks for the time being.
Spring is here which means that knitting season is pretty much over. California didn't get much a knitting season. Only a little rain at the beginning. We needed much much more.
I finished the Skeino cowl, which probably won't get much wear until the fall, but I'm happy with it.
The cowl is super soft, just like the yarn and never itchy. Never. I really can't say that about the alpaca shawls that I've knitted, but then I'm a little allergic to alpaca. Note to self: knit instead with merino.
I went through my yarn stash yesterday and I'm almost ashamed of it. It's as if all of that unused yarn is one giant unfinished object. Unfinished objects make me feel like a neglectful knitter, all these proto-sweaters languising in plastic cages.
This makes me feel like I should pull an actual unfinished object out of hibernation. I've been ignoring the Red Fern pullover for too long now, mainly because the pattern requires so much concentration. I've had too many responsibilities to really enjoy knitting anything beyond a stockinette stitch sock, or the flower washcloths that I've knit a million times. I need to get that cardigan finished so that I can attack other different knitting cardigans.
I've been hesitant about sweater knitting because I lost weight and suddenly pullovers and cardigans that I made last year are kinda droopy. It's a little heartbreaking when something you worked so hard to knit suddenly doesn't fit so well.
But then I realize that I have some knitted objects that were kind of on the smallish size that fit much better now.
Anyhoo, just a few random ramblings on a beautiful spring day where I wish it would be raining.
What are you knitting?