Last weekend I found the box my grandma has been keeping her buttons in. How much as a child I loved looking through these for ages searching for the extra pretty ones.
This is an entrelac sock in progress that I started about two years ago. Entrelac is a knitting technique where you essentially start with triangular or square blocks and build them into an basketweave-looking fabric. The final product is one whole piece, but it looks and feels interwoven.
It's tricky at first, but if you trust yourself and the pattern, it does work and it'll become easier as you go along. I haven't finished these socks yet because I lost the pattern for a while, ha! And with all the hard work and beautiful yarn, I don't think I'll ever wear these socks. I think I'll just hang them up as a work of art. :)
Knitters, I highly recommend trying entrelac knitting! Let me know if you're curious and I can suggest some good patterns.
i had a spare afternoon today, so i've been working on the hitRECord quilt! this picture doesn't quite show the heart in all its glory - it's a deep burgundy velvet, but the photo makes it look black... i'm also going to cut out the letters of HEART, with each letter in a different pattered red fabric & add them on top of the heart.
i went for stabby motions rather than anything resembling even stitching. It also hopefully fits in with the feminist narrative : )
My great-grandmother crocheted this, more than 75 years ago. Apparently, the beehive design is hard to do. Is it a bullion stitch? It meant a lot to my mom so I had it framed.
an idea (for visualising videotroph's thinkRECord twisted) ... (ETA and it's NO LONGER set up cause I want to get back to spinning, but I can always do it again if there are suggestions for a slightly different set-up)
Or... maybe it's just higher than the other one...
She sat on her couch in her tiny apartment knitting. Lost in her own little world focusing on the little loops she made with her needles she thought back to the time when she was a young girl learning to do this from her grandmother. At the time she wanted nothing more than to be at the mall with her friends, however, her parents had determined that once a week she had to spend quality time with her Grandmother. It was either learn how to knit or play gin rummy, between the two she preferred the knitting. To this day she could still hear her grandmother’s voice in her ear instructing her “bring the thread through the loop, be careful not to twist the stitch.” She had made countless scarves and gloves, tonight though she was working on an afghan blanket. It was a patchwork with squares of different colors and patterns. After her grandmother had died they found the half finished blanket sitting in a bag in her closet. Now, several years later she finally worked up the courage to pick up a pair of knitting needles in an attempt to finish it.
You could get some interesting (and possibly weird) stuff out of woollen socks, you know, the kind of socks grandma's make you for Christmas. What have they seen or heard? Where have they been? Are they soft and new or are they worn out and battered? Were they loved or hated?
You could turn them into hand puppets and make animations and videos. You could write poems and short stories or even just thoughts. You could knit a couple of pairs and donate them to charity.
Only your imagination is the limit.
Cloth diapering is experiencing a new popularity these days, and wool makes a great cover for cloth diapers. My friend knits special pants called longies to use as diaper covers. Here's some of my yarn knit into longies and a hat to fit a newborn.