WIP Wednesday – Nick’s Wolf and My Noro Socks

My step son’s birthday is coming up mid-November and he picked out the Grey Wolf pattern for his amigurumi this year.  I bought this pattern a while back but didn’t have a reason to make it until now.

Sunday saw me walking up to my local Lincraft to buy yarn.  I needed the walk after a 45 hour journey traveling back from Toronto.  Pressure stockings helped with the swelling but getting the blood flowing was the best cure for jetlag despite the heat and smokey air from the fires around Sydney right now – bush fires in Octobers! Crazy times 😦

Monday night I kicked off the project and it’s making good, if not slow, progress.  I’ve finished the head and now starting on the body.IMG-20131023-00086My trip to Toronto for work was a whirlwind one.  Going to the other side of the world for one week really does take a toll, but it was totally worth it.  Never been to Canada before and meeting my colleagues over there was incredible.

The project for the trip was my Edwardian Boat sock which I have been slowly working on since partially recovering from the first one.  Despite the 15 hour flights and 10 hour stop over in LAX I think I knitted about 10 rows on the heel.  Still on track for it to be done before it gets cold again I guess!

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WIP Wednesday – Evie’s Lion

Something weird has been happening for the past few weeks.  I have completely lost the motivation to craft.  Since I seriously started crafting again a few years ago I never expected this to happen.  My fingers practically itch to pick up a project whenever I can.  I’ve even got my travel crafting down pat to make sure I’m making the best use of all of my time.

Last Friday though I sat watching TV with a glass of wine and realised I hadn’t picked up any project in over a week.

It was a Twilight Zone moment.

I decided I needed to take action before it lasted too long.  There are two birthdays coming up for some very important little people in my life.  They’re young enough to still love toys and old enough to help me pick out the pattern and yarn.  And Fresh Stitches patterns are always fun.  So on Saturday we picked out, Kepler the Lion, and bought the yarn.  By Saturday night I had completed the below.

IMG-20130925-00082Unfortunately I haven’t touched it since.  I’m wondering if my lack of craft motivation might by symptomatic of something more lingering?

Have any of you ever lost your craft mojo before?

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Finished Objects Friday – Does One Sock Count?

And here we are with the age-old question:  Does one sock count as a Finished Object? This week, for two reasons, I’m going to go with yes.

Reason 1: I haven’t had a Finished Object for a fortnight now and that bothers me.  I really needed the rush of casting off and sewing in the ends and pausing for a few minutes to admire my work before jumping head first into the next item.  I am a Finished Objects addict.

Reason 2: This sock has had it’s trials and tribulations (see the WIP Wednesday Post regarding this project).  A break is needed before I start sock two.  And seeing as how Spring seems to be here early in Sydney this year, if I wait until both socks are done before posting then it might be next winter.

So let’s pretend there’s two of them!

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When I get around to doing it.

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WIP Wednesday – My Boat Socks

There’s been a ball of Noro Silk Garden burning a hole in my stash for a number of months now.  Add to that the Edwardian Boat Socks pattern that I bookmarked years ago before I knew how to knit socks, before I learned to use double pointed needles, before I had ever knitted anything in the round.  Mix it all up and you have my WIP for this week!

The whole thing started last Friday as a bit of an accident.  I knew my next project would be socks, but I thought I’d stick to a simple ribbed pattern.  After looking through my Ravelry favourites however, I found this little gem that I’d stashed away after reading about it in the Yarn Harlot blog.  I’ve tried finding the actual post but haven’t had much luck (after trying for about 3 seconds).  All I can say is I saw these socks and wondered if I would ever be good enough to knit something this fabulous.

Jump forward 2 years and after reading through the pattern now I was pretty confident.  I’m up to the point of turning the heel things are going really well as far as following the pattern.  I have made a lot of mistakes but I’m not to worried about them.

The reason I’m not too worried about them is because the biggest problem with this project is the choice of yarn.  But before we go too much into why this is the wrong yarn for the project, let’s look at the photos.

Here’s where I’m up to.  Photos taken on my train trip this morning to try to get some natural light!

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Here’s a close up, apologies my phone doesn’t take the best photos.IMG-20130821-00047Now let’s talk about why I will never use Noro Silk Garden for this (or perhaps any other) pattern again.  The yarn itself is single ply. There is no consistency in the width, it goes thinner and thicker, thinner and thicker.  This means the beautiful stitch in this pattern is not properly visible.  At one point the yarn even split on me as I was knitting, which I’m sure everyone agrees is such a wonderful thing to happen when you’re half way through a row!!

The colours in this yarn are absolutely beautiful, there’s no doubt about it.  But I have to say after my first experience knitting with Noro, I’m really starting to wonder what all of the fuss is about. There are lots of great quality yarns out there in magnificent colours.

Can anyone out there explain to me why Noro is supposed to be so highly regarded?  Or is it just that I’ve been listening to too much marketing material 🙂

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