Shetland lace shawls are featured in some videos I came across on YouTube today, and rather than simply bookmark them for my own enjoyment, I thought I’d share them here with you. The first is this BBC video from 1964. The second video is a documentary commissioned by Shetland Museum and Arcives and produced and directed by Dave Hammond and Karen Emslie. The YouTube post is dated 2013.
Just a quick ramble to catch you all up on my recent making. I haven’t been very productive with knitting recently, as the weather has been so warm that I haven’t wanted to even look at yarn for a while. But we’re having some unseasonably cool weather before the next heat wave sets in, and today I’m working on the red socks, which are now solid red.
No pictures to share this time. I’m still working on this log cabin square project bag, and I’ve progressed to joining the two squares into a bag. Now I’ve picked up stitches at the top of the bag for a drawstring casing. I plant to finish the entire knit portion of the bag, and then block it before measuring for a cloth lining with pockets.
I came across this treasure in my YouTube suggestions earlier today, and of course the dragon caught my eye. Anyone who knows me knows that I am crazy about dragons. So I had to watch this video, and it’s from the channel, Marion’s World. She’s a fairly new YouTuber, and most of her videos so…
That seems like a no-brainer, doesn’t it? Why would I knit something I don’t want to? Or something I don’t need? I’m more of a process knitter than a product knitter, so sometimes I knit for the love of doing it, or to learn something new that I’m curious about. Or to find out what a yarn looks or feels like knitted up. Even then, I usually want to make it useful. Swatches can be connected into blankets, bags, and so forth.
I’ve mentioned here before that I’m working for the past few years — slowly — on stash busting. Today I have more progress to update, with some of my brighter sock yarns that I decided I don’t want socks from because the colors are too bright, and I don’t want to make blankets from, including for my cats, for similar reasons. In recent years I like any new cat blankets to play nicely with other colors in my home, because cat blankets are part of the furnishings. Besides, I prefer thicker yarn for blanket knitting.
It seems to be a sign of the times, not the knitting times so much as the economy and post-pandemic shuffling of our world. Knitter’s Magazine was the first knitting publication I subscribed to, back in the 1990s when I learned to knit. I still have dozens of issues of the magazine and some of their books. To me, investing in a magazine like that is the same as investing in books, and the past issues are something to be treasured.
In the past two months, in addition to lots of other books I reviewed over on Mystery of a Shrinking Violet, I tried out a number of books about crochet, which is a craft I love, but it had been so long since I’ve crocheted that I felt I needed a refresher. I crocheted a lot when I was young, but had to give it up in my 30s due to tendinitis. I want to take crochet up again in a small way.
Just a quick post, and no pictures today. Well, maybe the one. I did a complete 180 turn on the socks I had started that I showed in my last post. The thing is, while I love to wear red, or have a splash of red in my accessories, I don’t wear red with blue….
I realize these are not the colors many people would choose for socks, but I’ve been wanting some new red socks for a while now, even more since reading a particular novel a few years ago in which a young man who has to wear three-piece suits all the time rebels by always wearing red socks. It was a minor point in the novel, but I loved that bit of rebellion.