Happy New Year to You! Another stack of 365 days to knit and weave and draw and embroider and spin and... you fill in the rest. When the new year starts to unfold, I hope to find myself knitting a lot. I wish to be inspired to draw a bit more as well. Hopefully I will discover few great books, find time to listen to music and will feel the urge to lace my walking shoes over and over again. It would be nice to be able to walk on a few new paths as well.
And knitting is going quite well. I don't know if you remember these socks I started sometime last fall but they fell aside because I was not sure how to continue with them.
I am more and more drawn to stranded knitting, so I picked up the socks again and I think I know now which way I am going with these socks. (The yarn is Poll Dorset by Renaissance Dyeing.) We'll see if the outcome is what I expect it to be, there is one point that I am not sure of yet.
I love stranded knitting, and most likely because it is still very challenging to me. I have to concentrate on forming the stitches, and keeping the dominant yarn in its proper place and the strands on the back side loose enough. I keep going back and forth from double pointed needles to circulars and back again and cannot decide what is the best way. And the same goes with holding the yarns, for a while I keep one in left hand and the other in right hand, and after a while I look at the stitches and wonder if they would be more even if both of the yarns were in the right or in the left hand. Good blocking takes care of most of the wonky stitches and I am again counting on that.
(I had to block this sample just to make sure the blocking really works!)
I looked through my pile of unfinished knits and discovered a pair of socks that needed to be finished. They are knit from the top up on a magic loop (I think my first magic loop pair) and I used all of the yarn (band missing, but probably very familiar to you)... but when knitting the leg-part, I kept squeezing the yarn to see how much I had left because it felt like the yarn would never end. I did not wound the yarn into two separate balls but knit one sock from the inside and the second from the outside of the ball.
Few words about drawing...
I am not sure if you know of Carla Sonheim... She published a book called Drawing Lab - I think it was last year - and I love that book. She offers workshops on line as well and last year I took part in her "Silly class" and enjoyed all the worksheets she had us doing and now I have enrolled on two of her classes that both happen in January. The first one is called Faces 101, it lasts 5 days and she will have us draw 101 faces during the coming week.
The course started today and I think there is still time to take part in it if you wish to do so. If you love drawing or have ever considered drawing, I highly recommend her classes. Her approach is very easy and friendly and you really don't need to be a good drawer or illustrator to be taking part. I learnt a lot in Silly 3 and hope to learn a lot from this face course as well. The illustration above is the first set of faces I have done.
The weather has stayed nice, clear skies and not too cold. It was -10°C (with the wind -18°C) when I went for a walk today. The sun rose 1100 and set 1338 (0138pm), so the day is already 2hours and 38 minutes!!
This was really the color of the world at 0930 this morning.
Hope you all have a good week,
Wool with you,