Friday, March 18, 2011

"Doctor Who" scarf update

It's about time I post an update on a project I started a little while ago - a Doctor Who scarf, done for commission. It is going to be ~10 feet when all done, and today it broke the 7 foot mark.
This has taken maybe 5 hours so far, I wasn't really counting so i'd have to think it over, but its probably something like that. I usually watch a movie when im working on this, and i'm hoping the next time i put one on and work on it, it will finally be finished and given to its owner.

It is knit on 6.5mm needles, done in garter stitch like the original scarf. I used misc. acrylic yarn, all purchased at michaels. I chose to use acrylic so it would be less expensive for the person and also so it would be easier to take care of. If you need to wash it, just toss it in. When a scarf is this long, you really don't want to have to go through the whole handcare thing. Anyway, here is the photo i took for this. Its the scarf hanging over the door of my bedroom.

And, of course, here is a photograph of the original Tom Baker scarf, from which this scarf is inspired.


Sunday, March 13, 2011


So, I began knitting a pair of socks with my KIP pals for a March KAL.

A lot of us ended up knitting Hedera, a gorgeous lace repeat sock, which is simple to remember. It is really good for beginners who don't want to do a plain sock, but also aren't confident in their lace skills. Well, this sock is perfect for anyone really. I'm not new to lace or socks, but I chose this as a challenge. It turned out to be really simple, but I am enjoying knitting it!
I'm hoping that doing a pair as a KAL will enable me to actually come out with a pair of socks instead of just one. Now, if only I could actually finish these by April.
I will probably do a post on these once i am finished both of them, but in the mean time here's a peek:

Friday, March 4, 2011

sock knitting [ and why it isnt as intimidating as it seems]

Firstly, a quick hello to my new followers! :)

Next, since I began knitting, there was always one thing I was worried about, one thing that I really didn't feel like I should dare attempt. That, my friends, would be knitting a sock. I am not certain what it is about a sock that seems to cause knitters to drop their needles where they stand. Their faces seem to imply they would rather give up knitting forever than create some warmth for their own feet!
Well, even now, I'm still not certain what it is about socks that is so scary. The closest I could come to would be the heel, which is created with short rows, which really aren't so frightening after all!

So, I decided to dedicate a post with sock heels. Well, unfortunately I am past the heel of my own sock, so i can't make my own post with photos/video, so i'm going to provide a few videos that may help you. Perhaps when I am on the second sock i will do something. In the meantime:

I can't recommend theknitwitch [seen below] enough. all of her videos are simple, to the point, and very helpful for people unfamiliar with stitches.

I hope seeing it done first hand can help those of you who are feeling intimidated by socks to feel fearless and adventurous once more. It really is as simple as knitting/purling, and then well, turning your needles around.