Monday, January 21, 2008

It's all about the journey

Until very recently I'd never heard the terms "process" and "product" knitters, or thought much about the concepts.

Like all of us, I'm a little bit of both, but in the "process" end of the spectrum.

How do I know this? Unlike some people that I know and love, sewing up and blocking hold absolutely no delights for me.

Case in point. This Clapoteenie, knitted in a Happy Spider experimental dye job (go ask her, it's fascinating) has been finished for over a fortnight, but didn't get the 3 minute block it needed until just as I was racing out the door to meet Spidey. She's been very patient.

While the ironing board was up and the iron actually turned on, I blitzed the lace headbands knitted this week for my nieces. Part II of their birthday present for next month.

The pattern is Molly's Headband by Pam Allen from Interweave (free online) knitted in a 4ply instead of the light 8ply of the original. I wanted something smaller and finer that would use left overs. 11-12g of sock wool is what it used.

On the left, Happy Spider Sock Yarn in Kelp Forsest self-striping colourway. On the right, the left overs of the Stanbridge Sock. It's an easy and quick pattern and I'm still not loving the lace.

And the obligatory beanie was finished earlier in the week. Recycled 12 ply in a quite violent orange based red which works quite well with this example of my nephew's art. Poor little bugger had his appendix removed this week, so mock if you must but gently.

TTWC 2008.06


2paw said...

Oh my word the Clapoteenie is gorgeous and I love the way the Spider dye colours it!!
Cute headbands, I have made one of those!!!
I expect that is a picture of your nephew's pain!!!

Michelle said...

The clapoteenie is GAWJUS!!!

And the headbands! Can you adopt me? Lucky nieces!

TinkingBell said...

Love the clapoteenie - and the headscarves look such fun - I have lots of sock yarn leftovers......

Lynne said...

I love the Clapoteenie and the colours in it!

Anonymous said...

Oh, wow, wow, that Clapoteenie. That's totally amazingly amazing. And I love the headbands too. Hope the nieces like them! (My nieces are a little too young to express a preference either way).

Poor nephew. But on the plus side, he gives you art!

Five Ferns Fibreholic said...

You are so lucky to have your own personal dyer. She is so talented. As for the nephew's art work, there's nothing to mock. It shows that he's not afraid of colour and that is a very good thing.

amanda j said...

Product/process knitting is an interesting concept. At the moment, I am all about the product but I am not sure if it is as much fun!

Your knitting is, as always, fan flipping tastic!

happyspider said...

ooooh that photo makes me feel very clever indeed ^_^ How lucky am i to have a personal test knitter!!!

Kate said...

Poor tacker. Not fun, abdonminal surgery, even when it's keyhole. I hope he's on the mend. Of course, this is the perfect opportunity to teach him to knit! My dad learnt to knit when he was little because he was confined to bed with asthma.

Marg B said...

The Clapoteenie and headbands are so pretty! Both you and Ms Spider should be very proud of yourselves.