Sunday, January 25, 2009

I'm doing it an Anglo-Saxon way!

J.R. just finished his first pair of socks. I'm so proud of him. He learned so quickly and his socks are really good considering that he's a knitter novice. I'm so happy that I gave him Stitch 'N Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook. It seems that it was a good Christmas present after all. Hannes was a bit doubtful when I was getting it for J.R. ("How gay you want him to be??!") but I had a really good feeling in my guts. And I guess right now J.R. likes knitting better than crocheting. He likes to make practical things, such as socks, and he likes to play with all the equipments (you need five knitting needles if you want to make basic socks). And he likes challenges and difficult patterns.

It's OK to keep your feet on the table if you're photographing your new socks.

I have started to knit too. I got inspired by Une Cabled Legwarmers by Vicky of Vickilicious Knits and I wanted to create something similar. According the original pattern you're supposed to knit the whole thing flat on straights. I don't have straight knitting needles, so I'm improvising and knitting my legwarmers closed like socks. I think that at least my first legwarmer is looking pretty nice:

If I ever finish these, I'm going to give them to Elina. I don't wear legwarmers but she does.

I have to admit that I like the simplicity of knitting. Knit and purl. Knit. And purl. But on the other hand, I find it boring. If you start knitting a sock, you probably end up with a sock. If you start to crochet an amigurumi pig, you might end up with... purple alien piglet, like this:

I like to crochet amigurumis because I can never tell beforehand how they are going to turn out. The end result is always a surprise. And I really like to create something unique, with a personality. That's what amigurumis are to me; unique items with lot's of personality.


  1. that alien pig thing is way too uniquely cute! and your socks look way better than my socks! :]

  2. I love your blog! I added a link from mine. Hope that's cool.
    One of my husband's friends (a guy)is my best crochet buddy! I tried to get him into knitting but her wasn't feeling it. I'm going to keep at him!

  3. Lola: It's really cool that you like my blog. I added your blog to my reading routine and I'm pretty sure it will end up in my blogroll too :P