Posts Tagged ‘Knitting’

Maker Faire UK 2010

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

So in the middle of March I was panicking about whether I would get everything ready in time for Maker Faire UK. Like last year Maker Faire UK was held at the Life Science’s Centre in Newcastle-upon-Tyne as part of the Science Week there. Unlike last year, this year I had been accepted as an exhibitor and was going to display a variety of projects, so I took the Friday as vacation for final preparation and I needed it. (more…)

Ribbed Scarf and Beads

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

For those who want to know, this is how the ribbed scarf turned out!

Finished ribbed tassle scarf

I have given it to one of my my sister’s as a gift. For the other sister I made her some beaded jewelery.

Necklace and earrings

iPhone cosy

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

A short while ago I went down with the ‘flu’. Usually in these cases the best thing for me to do is rest and sleep. But eventually I get bored so I have to find something to do. So this time I sat in a recliner, watching a movie, whilst teaching myself to Purl. I wanted a project I could finish in an evening to use my new found skill so I modified the “Cricket’s Cell Phone Cozy” design and learnt to do stockinette stitch and add and remove stitches in rows. Below is the result.

iPhone Cosy MK I

It has a couple of things I could improve on. I put the cutout for the headphone cable on the wrong side and you have to take it out to charge. The next one will have a button hole type slot in the bottom for the charging cable.

Knowing Purl has meant I can do ribbing so I’ve started knitting a ribbed scarf out of some great multicolour yarn.

Ribbed Scarf (WIP)

First scarf finished!

Monday, November 16th, 2009

I finished my first knitting project in a long long while. Its a simple knit scarf of 24 knit stitches per row in Rico Design “Roxy” yarn (73% acrylic/27% new wool – 50gm/60m – Colour violet 007). It took four balls to get a decent length using 8mm needles.

Finished Scarf (and Yours Truly)

Finishing it off turned out to be problematic. I didn’t realise how much yarn I would need to bind off and ran out half way through. This meant I had to undo the bind off which wasn’t easy and I dropped at least one stitch doing it. I then had to unknit a few rows to give me the length needed and to be able to correct the dropped stitch. Whilst doing this the yarn broke. I ended up having to lay the piece flat, take it off the needle, pull off several rows and then carefully rethread the needle. I succeeded though and here it is.

Being crafty

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Knitting was once a necessity if you were anything other than very rich. My grandmothers’ generation all could knit. My mother can knit but many of her contemporaries do not. Knitting when out of favour especially amongst feminists who saw it as “women’s work” (even though there is a rich history of male knitters) and everything they were trying to fight. But a new generation of feminists have emerged, many of them geeky women, and they are reclaiming knitting. These third wave feminist knitters think that rejecting the craft devalues the work of past women and rather than rejecting it we should reject the opinion that knitting is in any way a second class activity.

When I was very young my mother taught me to knit. I knitted a small red stuffed bear which my mother probably has stored away somewhere. I haven’t really knitted since then, until now.

My First Scarf

A couple of months ago I decided to give it another try so I ordered both Stitch’n’Bitch and The Happy Hooker from Amazon. These books, by the same author Debbie Stoller, are partly teach-you-self books and partly pattern books for knitting and crochet respectively. The approach the crafts in a fun way working through from the basics to advanced techniques with instructions and diagrams. The second halves of the books comprise funky patterns, such as hoodies, alien scarves, fingerless gloves and so on. These patterns are devised by young knitters and crocheters, by a new generation for the new generation. They are an excellent buy and thoroughly recommended.

My current project is a beginners scarf. Knitting is like cycling you never really forget how to do it and its amazing how quickly you pick it back up again. I find knitting relaxing and carry wool and needles everywhere. I am learning slowly but it is now something I will stick with. I’ve already had a request for a scarf from my sister and with Christmas two months away there are bound to be a couple of gifts I could make for people. I haven’t really tried crocheting yet so that’s my next challenge.