January 29, 2007

Sweater Recycling

Remember the sweater I showed you in my welcome post back in November? The one from 1989 that is so huge? Well, I had another one I made about the same time that was even bigger. It was huge even for that time and I don't think I wore it more than once or twice. I remember re-knitting the neck several times to make it less bulky, without much success. Guess I wasn't any good at planning my knitting back then! Just look at this, compared to what I'm wearing now:

Well, that monster has been filling up my wardrobe ever since. I could never quite make myself throw it out, even though I knew nobody was ever going to wear it. It was too big even for all the men in my family! So I pushed it to the very back of my wardrobe and ignored it for most of the time, only sometimes thinking about what in the world I could possibly do with it. A few weeks ago, inspiration finally struck me! I took out my scissors and, without thinking much about what I was doing, simply cut the whole thing up.

Then I did some measuring...

.... some steeking...

... some more cutting...

... some sewing...

...and finally, some knitting (luckily I still had some of the original yarn).

And like phoenix rising from the ashes... my new old sweater!

I am so happy how this turned out, I am already planning my next recycling project...

January 24, 2007


Finally, winter has decided to make an appearance! And of course, although the weather forecasts have predicted this for the last four days at least, nobody seems to be prepared and the whole region has been plunged into chaos. Does nobody ever listen to weather forecasts?

I'm lucky to have a few hours left before I have to leave the house, so I will cuddle up on the couch, light a candle, listen to some Mozart and pick up my long neglected knitting. Over the last two weeks or so I've been working on a very satisfying project which is nearly finished now. Here's a sneak preview:

January 14, 2007

No knitting but more resolutions...

January has been very busy so far, so I haven't been able to do much knitting. Sorry, no more swatches for my Aran to show you... I have been thinking a lot about how to combine the patterns I have chosen, and about the pattern for the centre panel. But all I have managed to do are a few rough sketches on whatever paper I found lying around.

I have also been thinking about the knitting resolutions I wrote about in my last post, and there are two more things I really want to do this year:

Knit my first pair of socks
Can you believe I have been knitting for more than 28 years and have never made any socks?! Somehow, this is something that has never really appealed to me -- I guess I have always been put off by all those self-striping socks you find in the pattern books and, nowadays, on so many blogs. I hope I'm not offending anybody by saying this, seeing how popular those yarns are, but I just don't like them! Lately I have seen some really beautiful socks though, made with textured and Fair Isle or Norwegian patterns, and this is what has finally made me want to knit socks, too. I have already bought some Regia, but of course, being me, I can't simply choose a pattern and start knitting -- like with most things I knit, I want to make my own design! So I guess it'll still be some time before there'll be anything for you to see...

Learn a "proper" way to hold the yarn in stranded knitting
I have done a fair bit of multi-coloured knitting in my life, but I have never managed to learn an elegant way to hold both yarns at the same time. I'm always switching between the two strands and that makes progress really slow! So with all those georgeous books about Fair Isle knitting and all those online tutorials around, I finally want to take the time to sit down and try one of the methods to hold both strands at the same time. I have so many ideas for stranded knitting projects, I simply can't afford to knit slowly anymore!

January 01, 2007

Knitting Resolutions

Welcome 2007... -- I can't believe there's another year gone. A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF YOU! May all your hopes and dreams for this year come true...

Somehow, the first day of the new year always seems to be a good day to review the past year and think about what you want to change in the year to come. I am no exception... -- As far as my knitting is concerned, I am not very happy with what I have achieved in 2006 and feel I need to make some serious changes!

Here are my knitting goals for 2007:

Knit more
No more sitting idly in front of the TV because I'm too lazy to get up and fetch my knitting -- even if it's just for 10 minutes watching the news! I'm always complaining how little time I have for knitting, but I guess it's just a matter of getting organized better. I'm also determined to stop spending so much of my precious time on the internet -- it's fun and great inspiration to read all those craft blogs out there, but it's a real time killer. Just think how much knitting I could get done instead!

Reduce stash
Do I need to say much about this...? I won't join any "Knit from your stash" KALs or set myself any strict rules since I'm not much of a person to follow rules anyway. It should be enough to know how bad I feel about all the yarn I have stored under my bed -- it's really beginning to bother me!!! Besides, there is some very beautiful yarn in those boxes and what good is it to me stored away and out of sight?! Knitting something nice for myself out of those yarns should be all the encouragement I need. I am not saying I won't buy any more yarn at all, but there will definitely be no more impulsive stash additions this year!

Sort out my book shelves
Same problem as the stash problem... Over the last years, I bought just too many knitting books and magazines through eBay and Amazon -- they all sounded so tempting, but to be honest I was rather disappointed with what I got more than once. Now my shelves are overflowing, and I am desperate to make some space. So some time soon I will spend a day or two going through all my books and keep only those I really treasure. Those will be more than enough to keep me supplied with knitting ideas for the rest of my life anyway!

Well, none of this sounds too difficult to achieve, but I know it will be a real challenge for me. I will keep you updated on my progress...