Comfort knitting

It’s been a quiet day for me today—I’m at home with a cold so I’ve been taking things slowly. The brain isn’t working too well so I’m not managing to get much work done, but luckily knitting is perfectly suited to lying on the couch and feeling sorry for yourself.

I think knitting is one of the best things you can do in this situation, as it actually makes you feel better. Of course, listening to Harry Potter audio books helps too! I’m a great believer in ‘comfort experiences’—and I don’t just limit this to comfort food. I have comfort books, comfort DVDs, comfort yarn, comfort tea, comfort clothes…the list goes on.

Anyway back to the knitting. I’ve actually got three things on the go at the moment, but I can only share one of them in any detail, as the other two are gifts. The first is a pair of socks I’m knitting for my Dad—he knows they’re coming so that’s no surprise, but I’d like the construction to remain a mystery, so I’ll just give you a taste of the yarn:


Isn’t that a gorgeous colour? It makes me think of russian caramel. I must admit I didn’t really take to it when I saw it next to all the other colours of yarn—I just thought ‘That’s a good colour for masculine socks’ and grabbed it. But now that it’s by itself, not upstaged by the flashy hues of its brothers, its quiet beauty shines through. I hope Dad likes it.

Remember that lovely dark brown alpaca yarn I bought at the alpaca expo? It was so soft and brown and wonderful I couldn’t wait to use it, so I started an ishbel almost straight away. It’s lovely to knit with and I’m really looking forward to the finished product, but there’s also an element of danger—I don’t know the yardage of the ball and suspect it might not be long enough. At this stage, the plan is to keep knitting until I run out (if I do) and then decide on a contingency plan (if I have to) that still gives me an ishbel. Could I do fewer repeats somewhere? Could I bind off early? These are questions I will (hopefully not) have to answer later. I’m still knitting the stocking stitch centre so have no idea as yet whether I’ll have enough, too much, or (cringe) too little yarn. Though that does make it kind of exciting. That’s me, always flirting with danger.

Anyway, here’s a picture of the progress so far:


as you can see I was knitting on a short (40cm) circular and had to stop while I waited for a longer one to arrive. But now it’s here, I’m itching to get back to my dangerous ishbel.

The last project I want to share with you today has made wonderful sooky knitting. There’s nothing like beautifully soft, fantastically colourful handspun to make you feel happier! So today I got to play with this yarn:


and loved it so much, I finished the project after only a few hours. Unfortunately as this one is again a gift, I can’t tell you any more (at this stage). It is currently blocking and looking delicious (as if anything knit with this yarn could look otherwise!), so will hopefully be dry in a couple of days. Fingers crossed.


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3 Responses to “Comfort knitting”

  1. Dad Says:

    Hi, Chris.

    Hmmm. Russian Caramel socks on a Dinky-Di Aussie Male! Guess I’ll have to broaden my outlook and be a bit more ‘worldly-wise’ in my fashion sense.

    When do I get them??

    • lacepetticoat Says:

      :D Never mind, you’ll only wear them around the house so no one but Mum needs to know! Actually I think you’ll like the colour once you see it in the flesh.

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    […] The pattern is Urchin by Ysolda Teague and I made it in that amazing green handspun I shared with you a little while ago. […]

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