Wednesday, 2 October 2013

I Know What Will Make You Laugh (no- not a hairy bath. It's Last Night's Attempt At Knitting). And The TVBF Is Revealed!!!!!

I have a mother who is something of a knitting aficionado, so last night, wearying of Garter stitch, I decided I would Venture Into The World Of More Complex Knitting, and accordingly emailed ma to ask her advice. I have a gorgeous scarf she made for me last year (or possibly the year before) which I wear all the time in winter and its pattern is lovely so I decided I would try and replicate it.

Moss Stitch, it transpires.

I settled down in front of You Tube and began to watch various knitting tutorials which immediately showed that I have been knitting back to front for years. I found this Quite Amusing because my knitting end results are generally OK. Perhaps I have Knitting Dyslexia?

After discarding the first couple of tutorials (which made the creation of moss stitch look as easy as knitting with blancmange), I finally found one that was simple and easy to follow, and set about mossing, which, I am tremendously pleased to say, involved knit and purl. I always thought it was pearl, so that was something else I learned last night. 

I tried various combinations of knits and purls, because no one seemed to be able to agree whether it was alternate knit and purl, or knit one line and purl the next, or indeed knit two lines and purl two after that to achieve Moss Stitch. As a result the thing I produced does look a bit like it might have been kinder to put it down at birth, but I am strangely proud of it. It contains the Potential For Improvement, and is a Start (and that's the most positive way to go through life I always think). Anyway, I'm sharing it here to give you all a Jolly Good Laugh, in case your day has been fraught and you need cheering up...


I do like the colour, and somehow I managed to factor in some Nice Even Holes (twice, on two separate lines) that look as if they were meant to be there all along. If only I could remember how I'd done them. 
You will, I expect, notice (hard not to all things considered) that the bottom is a good deal wider than the top. This is a problem not exclusive to knitting, as many ladies of a certain age will testify. I think I managed to add several new stitches while I was trying to work out purling before I hit upon the simple tutorial. What I want to know is: does this explain the curling at the base? Who knows! Now the only thing I am left pondering is what on earth to use it for. It's too long to twist round into a fingerless glove and too wonky to sew into the blanket. Any (polite) suggestions Gratefully Received.

Anyhow, I shall be trying again tonight and hope to have some more impressive pieces to show you in due course, if for no other reason than to prove the maxim "if at first you don't succeed, try, try again" (which should really read: if at first you don't succeed, then give it another go with an enormous glass of wine close to hand because even the shabbiest piece of knitting looks better when seen through Creative Wine Eyes). In the mean time, here is my scarf which I currently have on the go. Coffee and Cream wool, love it (this one isn't shorter at one end, that's just a Clever Optical Illusion)...

 



I've also finished a multi-coloured blue and sandy square for the blanket (ignore the mouse hole in the top left). I shall be doing more of these because I think the colours will look well with all the autumnal ones I've already crocheted.


And here is my New Knitting Bag which I bought t'other day in an attempt to tidily hold all my balls of wool which are threatening to take over the house and indeed have already swallowed up an entire sofa which is now off-limits to bottoms as a result. I'm rather partial to Cheerful Owls.....



The Unveiling Of The TV Boyfriend
Now listen ladies (and any gents who read the post but refrained from commenting), there was a certain degree of derision being banded about on the subject of one Mr Cillian Murphy on the boyfriend post. Since then (because I am thorough in my research and therefore needed to check out the claims of weirdness relating to him) I have listened to an interview he gave about Peaky Blinders, during which the interviewer told him about a blog someone has set up exclusively to showcase unflattering pictures of the poor man. When asked how he felt about it Mr M replied that it was a sad way to spend your life and express your creativity and that he tried very hard to ignore the internet because it had these nasty negative elements to it which are no good for the soul. 
My mother always used to say when we were little: put yourself in someone else's shoes, and I couldn't help but think how horrible it must be to have a job that makes you famous if the outcome is not people discussing your quality as an actor, but instead dedicating themselves to maintaining a blog of horrid pictures about you, (or indeed taking this piss out of your name/ looks/ manners etc on a countryside blog - stern face at this point (I can't work out how to do on the keyboard so you'll just have to imagine it). 
To combat this I am returning to Champion His Cause. Thank you kindly for all your honest thoughts and feedback, but I have decided that whilst Peaky Blinders remains on TV Mr Cillian Murphy shall be my new TVBF (with Max/ Hugh/ Micheal (my mother's choice) and Jason as Very Able stand-ins). BTW, I watched Tristan and Isolde t'other day and goodness me wasn't Henry Cavill rather tasty in that? But perhaps it's best not get started on that subject again or we'll be here all day......


Have a great evening one and all,

CT :-)
 
 

19 comments:

  1. The knitting is all looking good - I love the coffee and cream scarf. I've tried to learn a bit of knitting by following YouTube as well but I find the videos can race ahead and so there's a lot of stop - go back - start again...
    Glad you've found a TVBF after your research. (NB I think Tristan and Isolde is the film with the fabulous celtic dresses, isn't it?)

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    1. There were a lot of lovely floaty fabrics on display in Trist and Isol. I rather think you have to be about 18, tall, thin and willowy with long blond hair to carry them off tho!

      Yes, knitting videos def hit and miss. The one I ended up using had the instructions split into 5 moving pictures with each movement on a continual loop so it replayed every 5 seconds or so. Dead easy to follow that way. I'll see if I can find the link for you. x

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  2. Tres bonne scarf! Daisy says if you could sew together the edges of the experimental moss stitch bottom heavy effort (I always do a knit one, purl one row, followed by a purl one, knit one row, etc etc) , and insert some heavy duty elastic in a reinforced casing at the top, it would make an admirable chicken tutu and she would purchase it from you for 3 snails and a few moulted feathers.

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    1. Ah now I knew I could rely on you for Sensible Knitting Advice. Let me just get it right- so, you knit one, purl one, knit one, purl one etc to the end of the row, then purl one, knit one, purl one, knit one etc to the end of the next row and so on until you a) finish or b) run out of wool?

      Give Daisy a Big Chickeny Kiss from me and tell her she can have the experimental moss stitch bottom heavy thing if she thinks it will look well on her :-)

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  3. I'm not going to laugh because I'm just about to start knitting again myself (after a 20 year gap) and I know exactly what would happen if I did..

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    1. Ooh good- will you put the results on your blog? :-)

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  4. That's the badger! Knit one, purl one all the way down a row, then purl one knit one on the next, then back to knit one, purl one for row 3, then purl one knit one for row four, and onwards, as you say, until all is complete a la moss!

    I think I can remember doing some where you knit 2, purl 2 as well - makes a kind of basket- weave effect.

    Daisy has a collection of interesting tutus - a woolly one would do well when the winter wind is whistling round the Gorbals. She is appearing in the panto ballet of Nutcracker as the Sugar Bum Fluff Fairy. You heard it here first. Sssshhhhh!

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    1. I like the sound of a basket weave. As I am going Knitting Mad at present and have just ordered two more sets of needles from the bay of e I think I will begin some knitting of that style of kidney too.

      I LOVE the idea of Dais as the Sugar Bum Fluff Fairy. Are rehearsals taking up a great deal of her time (and presumably yours too, driving her all over town to get there and back?).

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  5. I thought it was Purl too CT. How are your horses getting on by the way? Not heard much about them recently so would love a little catch up.

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    1. I said farewell to them all back in the Spring. Decided I wanted to go back to uni and knew there would not be time for it all, so something had to go. The strange thing is I do not miss them, perhaps because the ecology degree feels like the more important life-thing to do :-)

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  6. Luckily I have my mum to help me with knitting, but I also have received a couple of large knitting books which have all these fancy patterns. I find youtube quite useful for things that I can't work out eg knitting with 4 double pointed needles! I LOVE your knitting bag. All those lovely owls! I might try and knit some owls! Thinking about all the little projects I could do definitely makes my brain unable to sleep!

    I like your scarf, it looks very cosy! If you make another rectangular strip in moss you could maybe stitch them together and make a nice ear warmer for the impending cold weather?!

    I think you made a good choice in the TVBF! He looks rather yummy in that photo. I do agree how horrible it must be to be constantly in the media. You have therefore done a very kind thing and boosted his online ego!

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    1. Knitting with FOUR DOUBLE POINTED NEEDLES LOU! Clearly we are in the Presence Of A Master. I would LOVE to see your owls if you make some. You and Denise should have a chat- she makes wonderful mice in tutus.

      Great idea about the ear-warmer. If Daisy chicken decides against using it as a tutu I shall try that instead.

      My choice of CM as TVBF was largely driven by philanthropic feelings as you say (and not at all by how cute he looks in that pic) :-)

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    2. A Master - definitely not! I think I should probably finish the projects already started before I start anything else!

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  7. Your post always make me smile! I started knitting again after a 30 year gap last year, and I recognise some of the problems you have encountered! One glove was huge (I mixed up the needles sizes.) Your attempts look quite good to me!
    Sarah x

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    1. Thanks Sarah, glad you enjoyed :-)

      I surprised myself last year by crocheting fingerless gloves which actually resembled fingerless gloves by the end of the knitting and what's more were wearable! Wonders will never cease it seems :-)

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  8. Love the colours of you moss stitch knitting-perhaps a little winter cape for Cleo? Your scarf looks lovely. My mum was a terrific knitter and I'm sure she would have enjoyed your posts. Sadly I did not inherit her gift, but may give it a go sometime, don't forget I have the conservatory blinds project to keep you all amused over winter.
    Congratulations on picking your new TVBF, I still find him completely unnerving (perhaps it's because I worked with too many people who had that look and they were all on antipsychotic medication). Still since you don't have to go for walks in the woods alone with him I guess you'll be safe and I wont have to worry :)
    I think my pets would love some knitted blankets-so I might have a go at knitting since you are all so inspiring.

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    1. Cleo would LOVE a winter cape, what a good idea! I'll suggest it to her. Last winter ma knitted Ted a green coat with "TED" in big red letters on the back. He does wear it from time to time, but only when I promise him no one will see him :-) Yes, you MUST do some knitting too (and post the results it's the law) as well as your blinds, which I am looking forward to.

      And bless you for your concern re TVBF. Let's hope the eyes are natural rather than drug induced. I certainly wouldn't enjoy them half as much if I knew they were the result of a psychosis!

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  9. Love the scarf - great combination of colours - you must be a much faster knitter than me - looks as long as mine already :)

    Never tried moss stitch although I did pull out instructions on how to do it once from a craft magazine although goodness only knows where they are. I do rib sometimes on scarves - knit 2 purl 2 all along the row but it takes longer than just garter stitch. Re' bottom of moss stitch piece curling up - not sure about reason but my mum always used to tell me to cast on by knitting into the back of the stitch (hard work mind you!!).

    Your new TVBF looks rather hunky in that photo - may be off to see Martin S next week in the play :)

    Hoping for the 4th year in succession for a MdJ (like everyone else!!). Rain forecast each night at the moment so not looking promising! Tend not to trap in rain as other half moans about the electrics getting wet!

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    1. Ah, now, some Very Useful Knitting Tips there, thank you. I shall take them all on board and Try Them Out.

      Yes, a better picture of my new BF, glad you enjoyed it too (poor man if he ever reads this- selected as TVBF by a moth-obsessed crazed knitting woman and subjected to thorough analysis from her best blogging chums!).

      I shall be VERY excited for you if you get to see MS in the play- make sure you shout out "Hello!" from me at an opportune moment (although not if it results in you being escorted out of the building of course) :-)

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