Category Archives: Craft

Knitting toe-up socks two at once

Tern, originally uploaded by Goldtop.

Got up crazy early last Saturday to take a class at KnitNation. It was with Chrissy Gardiner and it was my last go at learning to knit socks; if this didn’t get me on the road, nothing would!

Fortunately Chrissy is a great teacher – and gets extra points for being a great teacher, even whilst being jet-lagged – and so we learnt Judy’s Magic Cast On, how to knit two socks at once on a single cable needle, to do a short row heel and a super stretchy cast off.

I was all inspired about knitting again and saw in the latest issue of Twist Collective this fabulous – free! – pattern by Pam Allen, Tern. It looks great, is interesting enough to keep your attention, but not too complex that you end up with a scrunched up face trying to concentrate – all win.

Wood Resin Buttons from Loop

Wood Resin Buttons – dark side, originally uploaded by Goldtop.

Went to the opening of loop’s new location in Camden Passage yesterday. It’s a fabulous place for it, with 3 floors of space with tons of natural light. Sounds like they’d had a busy morning too; with over 150 people queueing as they opened the doors!

I’d been after these buttons since the second Juju sent over the photos!. Even if I had nothing to sew them to, they are so pretty to look at and satisfyingly tactile to hold in your hand in their own right, I could imagine myself just having them in my pocket to play with…

In any case they have been bought to go on the February lady Cardi. What I didn’t realise was that on one side is dark wood, the other is light so you can flip them over and use them whichever way looks better. Susan said they reminded her of American artist Rex Ray, but I reckon they also have a touch of the – swoons – Charlie Harper about them :)

Twist Collective & Knit Nation

How come Twist Collective has so many great patterns each issue?? I already want to cast on two sweaters (Ormolu for me, Tanit’s Jacket for my mum… if anyone with nothing better to do, needed to knit me Sabbatical or Kirigami, I’d be a grateful recipient!*) and I’ve only just skimmed through the Winter issue…

I’m also giving myself (another) last chance at learning how to knit two socks at once; have just signed up for Chrissy’s class at KnitNation in July…  I really want to knit socks, I just can’t bear the thought of doing one at a time – I even get second sleeve syndrome!

*just trying my luck…