Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Have You Missed Me?

I seem to be spending my life apologising for not blogging these days but when you don't have easy access to the blogosphere and you are feeling desperately depressed with a whole raft of birthdays and significant anniversaries looming I guess that it is excusable.

This will be a quick update because I have some really important work to do on the computer today. I have finally finished creating all my sample socks for the design competition and I now need to spend all my free time writing the pattern and the rationale behind my design. I have decided to enter just one design, but to show that it can be used in many different ways to create different effects.

The difficult part will not be writing the actual pattern; that is quite simple. However, transferring my charts from graph paper to the computer in the form of tables is going to be both time-consuming and fraught with the possibility of errors creeping in. I intend to spend this afternoon creating the charts and then type up the knitting pattern and the background to my creation.

I have knitted the pattern in a variety of yarns, on different size needles so as to achieve different sized socks while not having to change the number of stitches needed, variations in the positioning of the design, and showing the different effect gained by the design element being created in reverse stocking stitch on a stocking stitch background and a stocking stitch design on a reverse stocking stitch background.

I am hoping that the versatility of the pattern will gain me bonus points when it comes to the judging of the design competition entries. I know that at least one of the judges is a very well-known name in the knitting world so I am hoping they will appreciate the work that has gone into my entry. I have to deliver my entry when I attend the knitting group on Thursday, so I shall be working pretty hard today and tomorrow to get everything completed in time.


Anonymous said...

I'm sorry you're not feeling well. (((madsadgirl))). But good luck with your competition!

Wishing you well,

Bippidee said...

It is good to see you back. I hope that you are doing ok, and will be able to get back to posting more regularly at some point, if that is what you want to do. xxx

Lily said...

Really glad to see you blogging again! Glad to hear the socks have been completed... you must be very proud of all you're hard work!

JaneB said...

Sorry to hear things have been difficult, but it's good to get an update. I hope you do very well with the socks! And soon get your internet fixed

Anonymous said...

Forgive but I must confess in being confused when you talked about knitting in the past. I originally joined your blog for the mental health aspect. BUT...

I have started knitting my first pair of socks and so get it now, socks are crazy! I am knitting with a variegated sock yarn on US1 needles and it is so time consuming. I am excited to know you make your own patterns. I only know how to do socks from the ankle to toe but want to learn to do toe up socks.

steph said...

Yes, I missed you and was worried about you.

How's about marking each of the coming birthdays and anniversaries by doing something special for yourself?

i.e. buy yourself some nice flowers; visit a gallery; treat yourself to a new book/knitting magazine?

Good luck with the competition and remember... you're already a winner just for taking part.

K8B said...

I've checked every week; so yes, I've missed your blogging!

Good luck with the competition!