Monday, April 29, 2013

More


More hats....that's 17 on display right now.  I'm thinking I need to make a blue one today:)

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Finished.

It's so nice to be able to look at finished things.  My house, work...well, life in general is full of the unfinished.  But today I have some finished bragging rights.

I wasn't sure how to finish my Granny Square living room blanket.  I know I could have just ended it on any row but I've seen so many blog posts with gorgeous crocheted throws that have fancy edges.  I fiddled around a little and came up with a very simple scalloped edge that doesn't really look a whole lot different from the stitch I used throughout the project....but to my eyes, it just looks more "finished".



You can see it's a little wavy along the outside, but I can live with that.  It is more square than it shows in the picture, the bottom corner isn't actually that long compared the others, the photo just looks that way.  The finished blanket measures roughly 4 x 4 feet and is just the right size for a lap blanket.





In the last week or so, I also managed to knit several hats, it felt great to get my needles clicking along again.  Next week should be a bit of a sock feast here as I seem to be understanding the finicky nature of my sock knitting machine a little better.



What projects have you been working on?

Friday, April 12, 2013

From The Post

This beautiful wooden box came in the mail for me today....




....it's an original!  And can you guess what was inside the box?  There are tools and buckles and books...


...weights and cylinders and hooks...


...bobbins and cranks...


...it's an antique, restored, P.T. LeGare sock knitting machine.  I can't wait to show it to you in it's full form, for now though, it remains in pieces because I don't have the right table or counter top to set it up.  It's very heavy and made of cast iron and steel so I can't risk dropping it or it will injure it's self under it's own weight and then it will be an expensive ornament instead of a functioning tool for my knitting studio.

These are the same machines used to knit for the war effort, both world wars actually (and if I researched it, I'd probably find it pertained to several other wars).  I can't imagine how much comfort it would have given a soldier so young, scared, cold, tired, dirty, so far from home, to receive such a thing as a warm, clean, woollen pair of socks.  I can imagine him holding the socks to his face, searching for a scent of home, maybe a waft of Mom's bread or his beloved's best biscuits caught in the wool while she was  making them.  Maybe looking for that single hair that his lover knit into the fabric so that she could send a part of herself to him, or a little water mark where a tear had fallen.

It's a shame that our western culture today places so much value on the mass produced, synthetic stuff that fills our homes and lives.  These garments made by hand, even though their speed is facilitated by these hand cranked machines, is where I place my values.  I feel so blessed that I've been able to teach myself these skills and doubly blessed that I have people in my life who appreciate what I produce with them.