Mud Wrap



The leaves on the cherry tree have at last begun to change from green to gold to orange.

But indoors things are mud coloured. There's a lot of mud around at the moment, quite a lot of it in my hall, even my knitting is mud coloured.


I ran out of yarn with fourteen rows to go, just a couple of inches. My tension was evidently a little loose. Luckily the extra skein of yarn arrived quickly and I finished and blocked it yesterday. Goodness, those blocking wires make such a difference.


Each time I knit something I learn a new technique to add to my repertoire. This project taught me how to do a long-tail cast on, a sewn cast off and how to use blocking wires. I also find myself with surplus yarn so I'm knitting my first hat, it's for Tom. I'm using this free pattern from Tin Can Knits. It's one of eight fabulous free patterns which aim to teach the beginner a wide variety of techniques. I want to knit them all.

 In fact I want to knit all the things*. I really 'get' knitting now and I'm trying to work out what it is about knitting that I find more pleasurable and rewarding than crochet. I still enjoy crochet but knitting has something more. What that something is I am not sure. I have ordered some second hand copies of books by knitting gurus Elizabeth Zimmermann and Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (Yarn Harlot) in order to discover what it may be.

But, for now I must resist the siren call of my knitting and clean the mud from my hall floor, bake a gammon joint, make a pudding, do the ironing and go for a walk wrapped in my new mud wrap.

*stupid meme used far too frequently in our house

Comments

  1. What a beautiful wrap, I am sure it will keep you very warm.

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  2. Your wrap is fantastic! I knit this last winter in a dark green: you can't see the pattern, so not a smart choice.... and I didn't block, what a difference that makes! Good to know :-)

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  3. I always feel that knitting is more expansive than crochet - the difference in painting between covering the paper with a broad wash and drawing a tiny intricate pattern. It seems to give me more chance to breath and relax my shoulders and the choice of stitch and pattern is huge. I've a load of knitting magazines and one or two books which are duplicates or surplus to requirement. Let me know if you'd like any and I'll send a list - no charge, they're off to the charity shops otherwise.

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    1. How kind Jee. Please do send me a list (email at top right of page).

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  4. Your mud wrap looks beautiful Sue. I love the colour and yes I agree that knitting brings about another sense of joy and fascination, I think it has a much wider array of techniques than crochet. I always have to have one knitting and one crochet project on the go, if I get bored of one, I turn to the other x

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  5. Glad you are enjoying knitting...I've been knitting for years but have yet to teach myself crochet - must do so soon. Made a batch of Japonica quince jelly last weekend - fabulous how such unpreposessing green fruit turn into glowing, ruby-garnet nectar! Jen

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  6. I hope you enjoyed wearing it: it looked great. Thanks for the link to the free patterns which I have downloaded. Aren't some folk kind.

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    1. Yes indeed, the patterns are great.

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  7. Your scarf is great Sue, I don't think that it is mud coloured! It is just a lovely oaty autmny shade! I'm not a knitter, but I can see how learning new techniques and stitches is very interesting and rewarding. xx

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  8. Pati from London4:35 pm GMT

    Wow Sue, I am truly impressed by your knitting progress. The wrap looks fantastic but seems so difficult to make.... Learning how to knit is definitely in my long To do list... I tried some years ago and knitted a few easy scarves but what I fiound difficult about knitting as opposed to crochet is that if I made a mistake then I got completely lost, I didn't seem to count all the rows well etc... I also like to multitask ie. watch tv, talk or listen to music when I crochet and with knitting I feel I need to be 100% alert. The result however, especially with clothes, is much nicer when you knit, isn't it? Well done you!
    Pati x

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  9. Your wrap is wonderful Sue, clever you. You have omitted the beginner phase and gone straight to advanced I think. I love knitting too, and the Yarn Harlot's writing is great. I'm leaving my kitchen floor until tomorrow when the little (muddy) people are back at school. That way I know it will stay clean for four whole hours.

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  10. I used to knit a lot but was never really happy with the results. I suspect it is because I didn't block. Your wrap looks fantastic. I wouldn't have guessed you are still learning.

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  11. Your wrap looks lovely. You must be really proud. :)
    There is far too much mud here today - rugby was a very muddy affair!

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  12. The wrap is just lovely, the pattern and the colour. I've never heard of blocking wires but I think they need further investigation from me! I am plodding away with a knitting project and wondering why it is I find crochet so much easier, more pleasing, more relaxing and satisfying. But I feel I "ought" to like knitting more, which is daft really. x

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  13. Lovely! I've knit that pattern twice. The first for a friend following the pattern as written. The second time for myself with a ruffle on the ends. I use it all the time! So cozy. It's fun to knit too isn't it?

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    1. It was such fun I'm already planning my next one.

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  14. what a fabulous wrap!!

    (and let's not mention the 'm' word. you should have the seen the state of the boys yesterday after rugby... sigh)

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  15. You will **love** Elizabeth Zimmerman. I am lucky to have one of her books (Knitter's Year) in the original, small format (better than the reprints I think). They remind me of reading Elizabeth David on cooking. Good luck with the quinces too.

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    1. I've read some extracts already (thank you Amazon for your look inside feature) and yes, Elizabeth David is a good comparison. I think you are right I will love her.

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  16. Your wrap looks very intricate and a beautiful colour.

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    1. Thank you, but it isn't at all intricate -just knit and purl

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  17. My cherry tree remains resolutely green. And why is the mud in my house SO much less desirable than yours. That's a truly glorious knit - hope you get lots of wear out of it.

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  18. Sue, your knitting is lovely! I am always amazed at what a difference blocking makes, but have yet to do any involving the wire technique. It certainly had a terrific effect on your wonderful wrap.

    xo

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  19. I'm full of admiration for your wrap. The changing pattern must have added interest to the project. However I understand how addictive knitting can be. And thanks for the link to Tin Can Knits. That cowl is next on my list.

    By the way, I've just had my first taste of quinces in a roast quince, stichelton and walnut salad. It was delicious. They're selling them in our local greengrocer. I must buy some and try it out at home.

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  20. Your wrap is gorgeous, congratulations

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  21. Your wrap is so beautiful - are you sure it's really just knit and purl stitches? - it looks very intricate and complicated. Funnily enough I've felt the urge to pick up a pair of knitsticks myself recently, despite being very much a non-knitter and you are right about the feel. It is different and good. I am much more of a beginner than you but that wrap is beginning to call me! E x

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  22. Beautiful! And cleverly ready just in time for winter.

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  23. Your wrap is beautiful! I like all the texture! Great job!

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  24. I am really enjoying watching you on this knitting journey Sue :) And the wrap looks fabulous x

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  25. Your knitting looks lovely - all very inspirational for a rookie like myself :)

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