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A Strange Assortment

April 28, 2014

In the last wee while, I have made a peculiar assortment of things, even odder when I see them brought together now.

IMG_2517Twenty seven high vis, Velcro armbands are now ready to help Our Dear Girl’s harried teachers keep track of a mob of excited preschoolers when out and about in the park. I am so grateful that is not my job, I would have an ulcer in a week.

Fluorescent colours disquiet me. I appreciate their role in keeping folks safe but their complete lack of naturalness jars the eyes which I guess is the point. I am an old enough to have worn florescent colours in the early eighties and have shuddered about it ever since.

Then there was the dolly project…

IMG_2522…a spooky bit of remodelling a store bought, soft bodied dolly for a theatre production My Man is organising. The doll is gradually assembled through the play so the trusty velcro came out again to provide a strong, instant attachment. The play notes specify a red dress with white polka dots so that required a custom spot of making too.

It was good to have these done and the doing was pleasant but the sweetest pleasure of all was this:

IMG_2475Knitting socks in front of a campfire in the middle of the bush, towering manna gums looking on, the sounds of Our Dear Girl turning a giant log into her Command Ship, Our Dear Boy gathering wood for his own little fire and My Man next to me quietly gazing into the fire. OK there were just moments of this before someone fell of something, poked someone with a stick or got cross but they were blessed moments.

These socks are Rivercat socks by Brenda Patipa from Knitty Spring 2011.  They seemed to effortlessly complete themselves due to the beguiling pattern stitch, small triangles which form and reform through decreases and yarn overs. Not only do the triangles grow in a very addictive manner but they skew as you knit them because of the linear decreases.

The yarn is some highly processed, once-was-wool-maybe, Schoppel Admiral Tweed Bunt in a colour called numbers. It is made in Germany but who knows where the sheep lived. Ravelry notes here.

IMG_2543May your making take you odd roads this week.



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    1. It was a fun pattern but there are so many fabulous sock patterns. I remember growing up, we had one booklet of plain sock patterns. My grandmother had the same pattern. And that was all there was to me. Now you could have a break down considering what sock to knit next.

  1. Retina-searing armbands! They’ll certainly do the job!
    I am going to have to check out the sock pattern too – looks great. Love a good free sock pattern!

    1. Knitty has great free patterns. I know some indie designers get quite concerned about free patterns but I kinda think they serve a purpose in building skills and confidence to then buy patterns. 

  2. That yarn is such a pretty raspberry colour. Does your knitting smell deliciously of eucaylptus and camp fire now? Dolly is a little bit freaky but nice to know she’ll get her time in the limelight thanks to you. The teacher’s will be thanking you as they watch flashes of fluro yellow fly around the park. I love fluro and neon!! I’ve been so happy that it’s back in fashion, maybe I didn’t get enough in the eighties.

    1. My knitting bag still smells of campfire, which is lovely. You are much braver than I, embracing the fluoro…I yield and give you the field!

  3. What versatility, meeting the demands of paranoid preschool educators, indulged playwrights and a family get away. A lovely eclectic bunch! My favourite is the camping part.

  4. How funny, I just made a wildly embellished coat and yet those arm bands give me the screaming abdabs 🙂
    Gee, that dolly looks like a Stephen King production!!
    I love the smell of a camping trip lingering, for a while anyway.
    Very intriguing sock pattern. Nice work as usual!

  5. I wondered about what you said about the yarn being over processed. What is it like? I am still learning about yarns actually. I can detect the difference with super wash finish, which is kind of squeaky. Do you mean that? The yarn there looks soft nubbly and natural. Just curious what it’s like. Thanks!

    1. Thanks for your comment. It is a great question and now I have to think about what I mean. The yarn has a significant amount of nylon, polymid and viscose. It is a super wash. It doesn’t smell of wool at all and lacks that elasticity that I look for in wool. It looks nice and feels OK but most of what it is from processing, there is not much of the character of the wool left.

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