Hello? Is this thing on?

Hi! Remember me? Somewhat deranged part time blogger? Around February lots of stuff happened in my life that left me super busy and super stressed, and in the midst of the chaos I – get this – forgot I had a blog.
I know, it’s like forgetting I have a Facebook page, but there you have it. Suffice it to say I remembered whilst knitting away on a new cardigan and thinking ‘I’m sure I used to have people to talk to about this…’. What can I say, I’m blonde and forgetful.
Point is I’m back, did I miss much?

Peace and Love

My inbox has been absolutely rammed today with messages saying “oh my GOD have you seen the post over on the Joy of Knitting Facebook page??!” For those of you who don’t click links, I’ll transcribe it below:

“With the recent women’s march on Washington, I ask that you if you want yarn for any project for the women’s movement that you please shop for yarn elsewhere. The vulgarity, vile and evilness of this movement is absolutely despicable. That kind of behavior is unacceptable and is not welcomed at The Joy of Knitting. I will never need that kind of business to remain open. Two wrongs will never ever make it right.

As the owner of this business and a Christian, I have a duty to my customers and my community to promote values of mutual respect, love, compassion, understanding, and integrity. The women’s movement is counterproductive to unity of family, friends, community, and nation.

I do pray for these women. May the God work out His love in their hearts and continue to heal and unite Americans.

Elizabeth”

Take a second, breathe through your nose, calm down. Now, Elizabeth is a human being and that means she has the right to her own opinion (regardless of how hypocritical it may be or how much it conflicts with mine/yours), therefore I will not be saying any nasty things about her. I understand that many of you may be tempted to send her a lengthy message, leave a bad review, or drown her in pussyhats, but I strongly urge you not to. Instead, I suggest simply that you do not spend your money at her shop as she has requested.

In my 18 years of knitting I have only ever had the good fortune to meet knitters who are lovely, friendly, jovial, wonderful people. We are a community, a family spread across the globe and bonded by our love of the craft. Let us continue to be a bunch of happy folk and keep in mind the old adage ‘if you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all’.

Peace and love folks, peace and love.
Muse, out.

 

P.S. I finished my mudkip socks

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Fairweather

When I opened my door this morning, I swore and went back inside to put more layers on. My entire city was engulfed in freezing fog rolling in off the Irish Sea. I’ve never seen anything like it, I’ve seen cold, but not fog that freezes on your skin.
Still, I am a knitter and we do not fear the cold for we are well equipped. Swathed in merino, I went and waited for my bus to go and sit in a freezing cold exam hall where they informed me that I was not allowed to wear my hat and mittens in case I cheated. It was an open book test, we had our notes in there with us. Honestly, sometimes I question whether exam invigilators are people or robots that sometimes malfunction.

Exam completed, I returned home and bumped into my postman who gifted me with my mystery yarn for January. Wanna see?

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I love it. I was just thinking I wanted to make some Melisandre socks but didn’t have any yarn suited and this skein is absolutely perfect. Also included was this sweet stitch marker

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One of the reasons I adore Dina’s monthly yarn box is that she puts a lot of thought into it. She doesn’t just ship out random skeins of yarn willy nilly, each box has a theme and a little letter from her explaining it. This month she writes:

“This month’s theme is Valentine’s Day. It’s all about Love and Hearts and our Special Person. Are you ready and prepared? This yarn is called Sometimes Love Hurts. The colorway is meant to show you that not one Love story is without that black spot.”

How lovely is that? Somehow the fact that the yarn almost has a story behind its colours endears it even further to me, maybe I’m just a big softie.

P.S. When I went to collect my brother from school the fog was gone and it was warm enough to not need a coat, living in this country is confusing.

Thinking Deep Thoughts

Things are pretty boring over here blog-wise at the moment, spending all of my time with my nose buried in textbooks and lecture notes doesn’t lend itself well to getting much knitting done. I present you with my one finished mudkip sock

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West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4ply in ‘Kingfisher’, plain sock pattern from my head

and this question: Why don’t more men knit? I’ve met men aplenty who have liked my knitting, some have asked to do a stitch or two on a sock, but when I’ve offered to teach them to knit the response is always a ‘thanks, but no.’ Why? When my younger brother was around six years old he asked me to teach him, and I did and he enjoyed it, but he quickly stopped when his ‘friends’ teased him for it, according to them knitting is for girls.

Where does this stigma that knitting is for sweet old women come from? Very few of the knitters I know personally are older than their 30s, I myself am only 24, and I’m not sure many of us would be typified as ‘sweet’.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but if I met a man who liked knitting, wanted to talk to me about fibre and go to yarn festivals with me, my knickers would hit the floor faster than he could knit a stitch. Power to the male knitters.

A Lesson In Self-Control

(And my lack thereof)

I had my first of 3 exams today (it went fine, thank you), and after I’d finished I went to the yarn shop to get my fix obtain buttons for the purple cardie and the cabled cardie. The buttons were procured no problem

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But then I had a falling down in the yarn department.

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That would be a West Yorkshire Spinners signature 4ply in all the colours of a Mudkip that I just couldn’t resist, which started the domino effect (think “well I’ve already ruined my diet with that one biscuit, may as well finish the packet”). Before I knew what was going on I was at the till paying for two other balls, one a rainbow that speaks to my teenage self, and one the colour of red wine which speaks to my twenty-something self. And as if buying 3 balls on impulse wasn’t bad enough, to get to the yarn I had to actually go downstairs from the button place, through some double doors and into the separate yarn place. On purpose. This of course means that I made it a whopping 16 days of knitting only from stash, I am a woman of absolutely no self-control. I’m trying to justify it to myself with the reasoning that January in England is a horrible, cold, grey month, and I needed some colour in my life before I went mad, but we all know I’m just an addict.

The Scope of Things

Are you prepared for my list of UFOs that need an embarrassingly small amount of work doing to them? Oh boy.

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Profanity Mittens. Needs: right mitten knitting, blocking, weaving in.

Lace scarves. Needs: blocking, weaving in

Assorted hats. Needs: Bobbles sewing on, blocking, weaving in

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The lovely cables and moss stitch baby cardigan. Needs: buttons, blocking, weaving in.

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Keams baby pullover. Needs: buttons, blocking, weaving in.

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The purple baby cardie from Hell. Needs: hood and button bands knitting, seaming up, buttons, blocking, weaving in.

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Fake cable cowl. Needs: blocking, weaving in.

It totally turns out that I am a bad finisher. Love knitting, love making lovely things, can never be bothered to do all the finicky bits before they’re actually wearable. I think it says a lot about me that despite the fact that I could just block some stuff and have several finished projects, I’m going to knit the hood of the purple cardie instead.
Some of us never learn.

No Loud Noises

Please do not startle the knitter.
I have been completely and utterly wiped out by a Killer Cold from Hell, the only response to which is to sit quietly watching Bob Ross on Twitch and knitting little hats to de-stash.

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On the plus side, this is contributing greatly towards my knitting resolutions of finishing all the UFOs sat around my room and knitting only from stash (excluding the sock yarn club, that is a drug I cannot quit). On the con side, what I should be doing is revising for my January exams but as my brain feels like it’s about 75% fuzz, this is an impossibility.
Tomorrow, providing I have not succumbed to my illness, updates on the Big Bag of Things I’ve Ignored and a public confession to the severity of my ‘finishing’ laziness.  Can’t wait.

Burned Out

December is a whirlwind of a month over here at casa Fibre Muse. A good chunk of friends and family chose this time of year to be born, so the whole month is just me bouncing from house to house with well wishes while furiously knitting to the Christmas deadline and laughing nervously when someone points out there are ‘only x days to Christmas!’. Well, I did finish the knitting (3 stockings, a Celestarium and a hat) but in true me fashion neglected to take pictures before they went off to live with their recipients, so you’ll just have to take my word on it.

I do have some pictures though! I finished all the parts of the purple baby cardie

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All it needs now is blocking and seaming up. But that’s the thing. I hate seaming up. Setting in sleeves makes me feel so nauseous I would rather just fling the purple cardie into a bag in a wardrobe and merrily go about my business, responding with a wide-eyed ‘what cardigan?’ when asked about its whereabouts.
I thought on this a little while, and decided that if I just knit things in one piece there would be no reason for seaming. So I hauled off and knit…another baby cardigan

the back panel of which completely charms me. I’m so proud of this little raglan, it represents two different things I learned. Number one is raglans can be knit with decreases instead of seams, and number two is how to cable without a cable needle. All this needs is a good blocking, buttons and the ends weaving in, which is not seaming and therefore acceptable.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, and 2017 grants all of your wishes!

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Blogiary?

When I was a kid, right up until the age of about 15, I kept daily diaries.  I love reading back through them, they’re a treasure trove of forgotten memories and amusement , and there’s just something quaint about them. The last decade however, has not been documented in any way (save for Facebook) and for the sake of middle aged me I feel I should start keeping diaries again. I have this rosy vision of little old me reading back through my life as told in my own words and smiling a little old lady smile to myself (don’t tell me that sites go bust and so might my blog, let me be in my happy place). A blog/diary (blogiary?) also has the benefit of pictures and actual legible text, plus it will serve to hold me accountable for The Knitting.

The Knitting?

Yes my friends, the never ending, all consuming, obsessive, bordering on a problem, knitting. I am forever casting on new things and dropping them the second a new pattern so much as blinks in my general direction. At least if I’m documenting my projects I may feel some form of shame (maybe, no promises) that spurs me on to actually finish something.
Thus, without further ado, I present to you my current pile of projects.

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That would be two stockings, a Celestarium, and two baby jackets hidden underneath. All of this is being completely neglected despite being overflowing right next to where I work every evening (selective sight is a wonderful thing). Today is a wonderful English day, meaning buckets of rain are pouring down upon me, and I fully intend to use the time sat inside drinking tea to Get Something Finished. Watch this space.