It’s been quite the week! Last I wrote I was busy setting up my craft room to prepare for the arrival of my knitting machine. I finally got my hands on it on Monday – and while this is super exciting, I was too scared to touch it for a day! I worked the day job from home on Tuesday, and while I had the computer set up right next to the knitting machine, I managed to restrain myself and not touch it once until my work day was over.
When I finally got around to having a play with the knitting machine, I enlisted the help of my long suffering husband to help me get it set up. The cats were pretty confused at this point – both of us sitting at my desk ignoring them is not a regular occurrence in this house!
So set up went pretty well – and then I tried to cast on for the first time. I say tried… I definitely failed! I had known I’d struggle to get to grips with the machine at first – it’s not like the first time I hand knitted or crocheted I was immediately proficient either – but there’s something about not immediately understanding a machine that is slightly more frustrating!
Eventually we decided it was getting too late and I was too tired to learn, so I tried again on Wednesday… and I had a lot more success with it! I say a lot more success – there’s not much I can do with my two knitted worms, but I’m very proud of them, even though I think I need to work on getting my tension more consistent.
So my next plans for the knitting machine are to successfully use two new cast ons, and to work out how to do stranded colourwork. I’ve got some cheaper machine yarn on order for me to practice on – the £26 mercerised cotton I picked up from Unravel probably isn’t yarn I want to waste (it is so pretty – check out its sheen!)
I’ve also been working on a couple of other projects this week. This cute little snowman amigurumi was for a friend’s little boy on his 2nd birthday. He loves the film “The Snowman” so I’m just delighted he has his own snowman now!
Side note – I seem to specialise in snowmen! I went through a bit of a snowman phase over Christmas…
I think some of the next patterns I write up will be various snowmen – they’re surprisingly satisfying to make. Maybe I’ve missed the time of year to publish them though!
Wednesday was my Mum’s, ahem, 21st birthday, so I got to deliver her handmade Tunisian crochet birthday cushion. I was chuffed to bits to get a few happy tears upon delivery!
The “I shall wear purple” reference is from the poem “Warning” by Jenny Joseph. The poem is the inspiration for the Red Hat Society. It’s long been Mum’s favourite poem, and I thought it would be apt for a birthday on which she kept saying made her classify as “old”.
In case you’re not familiar – this is the poem in its entirety – it also sums up most of my aims in life!
When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I’m tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick flowers in other people’s gardens
And learn to spit.
You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.
But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.
But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.
Warning – Jenny Joseph
Other crafty pursuits this week have all been Tunisian crochet. My obsession continues! I’ve been taking a Tunisian crochet course on Craftsy and I am loving learning new techniques on the course and seem to be spending more time on Tunisian crochet than regular crochet at the moment. Look at how pretty it can be though – can you blame me?!
I’m including this post in Handmade Monday this week – I really enjoyed reading the other contributions last week so I’m pleased to be part of it again!
Elsie Pop xx