I’ve been making little crochet bunnies just for the hell of it lately. They are really just balls with ears and limbs but I think it makes them cuter somehow.
Bunny pattern from Panda book 700 “Crafternoon”
I could never work out why people dress identical twins in identical outfits. Bridesmaids all wearing the same dresses confuse me too – I just don’t understand why they are made to dress the same. (But I don’t understand what function bridesmaids actually serve so I’m never going to understand the dress code).
Even stranger are “mother and daughter” outfits. I wont go into detail but click the link if you dare.
But today’s patterns offer matching couples’ knitwear. Yes – you too can wear the same jumper as your fella just like you always dreamed you could.
Most of these are from the 60s which makes sense. Knitwear became boxier and plainer so styles could be unisex more readily than those of previous decades.
These don’t disturb me as much as other types of matchy-matchy clothing, but I think that’s because they’re just meant to be unisex patterns. I don’t think Patons are really suggesting that you knit up matching jumpers.
Or are they?
I love the idea of a knit-along, but I’ve usually got so many knitting projects in progress that committing to knitting with a deadline is just not realistic. But things have changed, and now I’m down to my last UFO – once it’s off the needles I’ll be without an active project!
My current project is a 4ply top made entirely in 2×2 rib which is hard on the wrists (and brain). I’m mixing this up every second day by crocheting bunnies. (More on the bunnies later this week).
This means I’m finally in a position where I can join a knit-along with a genuine expectation of participating and finishing. A real one with a deadline and an online community and everything – not just me and Marelle saying “yeah we should knit that” when we see a pattern we both like.
The knit-along is Knit for Victory, run by the lovely Tasha at www.bygumbygolly.com. The idea is to knit a 40s inspired piece by the January 31 deadline and share progress pictures as you go.
Although it started on November 4, 2013, it runs until January 31, 2014 which gives me over two months to make something. Unless I go a bit crazy with the crocheted bunnies (not unlikely at this stage), I shouldn’t have many distractions.
I’ve decided to make Susan Crawford’s Town and City Tufted Cape. It looks kind of like a wrapped stitch, or maybe a blackberry style stitch rather than what I’d call “tufted”, but apart from being a bit confused by the name, I’m in love and I can’t wait to cast on.
I’m even going to knit from stash! It’s not exactly “make do and mend” style thrift, but I’m a bit overwhelmed by how much stash I’m hoarding at the moment and I can’t use up all of that excess yarn by making bunnies.
If you’d like to join a vintage themed knit-along, click here for the details and you too can be fashionably late in your sign-up.
I had a huge clean up of all my knitting stuff recently and I unearthed six “half-written” patterns and several WIPs. I have decided that these things needed to be sorted out by the end of the year so I I’ve been quite focused on getting the WIPs completed and the patterns properly written with completed samples.
I’m down to three WIPs and I’m working my way through them quite quickly. Finishing up the patterns is a different story.
Some of them are just a hand-written chart and a swatch whereas others are a complete sample – but I failed to write down the pattern as I knitted it.
Still, I’m determined to get at least three new patterns published by the end of the year – and here is the first one.
Unfortunately, I don’t have a name for it and I can’t very well publish a pattern without a name.
I think the flowers look like Canola flowers – but “Canola Beanie” sounds more like a margarine flavoured jellybean than a knitting pattern.
So I’ve decided to ask for suggestions. Anyone who posts a suggested name for this pattern in the comments will get a free copy – even if I don’t end up using the name.
You have until Friday, 22 November to add any suggestions in the comments – then I’ll email out some codes for free downloads.
(Note: I have removed the ‘learn continental knitting’ post as I’ve decided to do this in January next year instead – when I’m not busy finishing up half-written patterns).