Yarnlong: Singled Out and Leiden

IMG_5076I’m reading…Singled Out: How Two Million Women Survived Without Men after the First World War by Virginia Nicholson

After reading the introduction of Singled Out, I wasn’t so sure I wanted to continue. It makes two large assumptions (that every woman is heterosexual and every woman wants to have children) and there was a wiff of large assumptions based on little evidence. Then I realised I put off reading too many things that I think might be ‘bad history’ (almost like I think it will be contagious) and I should read it, if only to learn what I don’t want to do in my own practice.

So far, I’m being rewarded for this perseverance; the author relies on the diaries and other written words of the women being studied and it is so, so refreshing to hear about the First World War from a female point of view.

I’m knitting…Leiden by Natalie Selles

While I was writing my book, I let myself cast on whatever made me happy and didn’t bother with finishing anything. As a result I now have a lot of WIPs on the go. I’m not allowed to cast on anything new until I’ve finished at least some of them.

I figured an easy win was the Leiden jumper because I’m past halfway and it’s a eight-ply jumper (I’m knitting it up in Ashford Tekapo 8 ply).

It’s a very interesting construction, with the panel at the front worked first and then the sides and arms knit sideways. I think I’m going to extend the arms and make it into a sweater.

See what everyone else is knitting and reading over on the Yarnalong


Yarnalong: Vermeer and Trainland

IMG_4932For the last three weeks, I’ve been proofreading my Dad’s 80,000-word book on World War One (as well as my normal day job). As you can imagine, it doesn’t leave a lot of brain power for much else! But now, thankfully, it’s back with him and I have a respite until it’s time to typeset.

How am I rewarding myself? Continue reading

FO: Hermione Everyday Socks

You know when you really want something to be finished, so you rush it and make mistakes and it ends up taking even longer? That’s the story of my second Hermione Every Sock. I had to redo the heel-flap because I hadn’t divided the stitches evenly across the two needles – but not before I’d redone the heel decreases three times because I couldn’t work out what was wrong. Then I had to redo the gusset. And the toe graft and several rows there.

All because I just wanted to be finished, so I could move onto the next pair of my August Sockathon. Maybe I shouldn’t do challenge knitting. Continue reading

The August Sockathon

Recently I’ve had to discard a couple of pairs of hand-knitted socks. A possum-merino blend pair has managed to both felt and develop holes (go figure) and the very first pair I made have worn thin all over (it was cheap Spotlight yarn, it’s done pretty well).

The loss of two pairs, combined with finally purchasing jeans, has revealed a significant shortage of socks. So I’ve challenged myself to an August Sockathon! How many pairs of socks can I knit in a month? It’s probably only a couple, but I’ve lined up five possibilities from my current stash (which is remarkably light on sock yarn). Continue reading

FOs: Bracken Beanies

I’ve always considered myself rather lucky to share hobbies with both of my parents. It’s nice to have something to talk to your parents about that’s not, well, just you and them.

In the case of my Mum, it’s knitting (and sewing and gardening, but that’s for another time). It’s only in the past couple of years, though, that we’ve started to do knitalongs (KAL). Our most recent KAL: Bracken Beanie! Continue reading