Monday, 10 January 2011

Legen... wait for it.......

dary! That is what I call my latest feat - knitting a pair of socks in three days!

Leyburn socks, knit in Three Irish Girls Arboretum. What is even more awesome, is that I also knit this hat within the same three days:

My Methylated Thorpe - so named because the purple in this handspun reminds me of methylated spirits. I rather like this hat, inspired by another legendary person, miss tracee. She dyed the fibre, and got me hooked on the Thorpe pattern. And she gave me the yarn that the socks (above) were knit with. See? Legendary!

Another legendary person is a lady over in Germany, by the name of Alex. She knits the most amazing lace shawls and scarves, and other various items (socks, sweaters, etc). I was lucky enough to get her as a swap partner some time ago during a Ravelry scarf exchange, and she sent me this most gorgeous creation:

(And all the fabulous goodies with it!!)

As if that wasn't enough - we've kept in touch via Ravelry, and for Christmas she sent me this:

Score!! I have awesome friends ;-)

And since we're on the subject of legendary-ness, a few fellow knitters I find inspiring are:

The Yarn Harlot - this woman knits ridiculously large amounts of stuff, and writes books, and still manages to keep thousands of people entertained with a regularly updated blog. Amongst all this, she helps organise a yearly knitters and spinners retreat, and Sock Summit (which I'd love to go to one day), and helps fundraise for Doctors Without Borders, through an offshoot group Knitters Without Borders. Fabulous.

SouleMama - in 2010 she knit 14 (yes, 14!!) sweaters, among other stuff. She also looked after her four children, created another one, moved into and helped renovate an old farmhouse, and she writes books too! Stunning! Her blog is also very entertaining, and very heartfelt.

And my daily inspiration and motivation comes from all the people participating in the Harry Potter Knit & Crochet House Cup (HPKCHC for short) - they're a lovely, friendly, funny, inspiring and helpful bunch of people (men and women!) and I love chatting to them online and seeing all the amazing stuff they make. They're scattered throughout the world, so I've only met one in person (she lives in Wellington) but perhaps one day I'll meet some more.

In the mean time though, I'm keeping busy knitting stuff for HP cup classes - like the latest project:

Endpaper Mitts, designed by Eunny Jang. I measured my hand, and decided to make the medium size. However, I accidentally (because I didn't fully read the instructions) made the small size. By a happy coincidence, the small size actually fits really well, so I'll carry on making the second mitt to complete the pair. Hopefully by the time I'm finished, my OWL will be approved, and I can start on that.

Hope you're all keeping busy, and 2011 is going well for you so far :-)

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