It’s time to delve back into my knitting basket! So bring out your own crafting project, take a seat, and listen to a bit about my finished projects, current projects, and why the Melusine cardigan is not much closer to being finished.

In lieu of detailed episode notes, I’ll direct you to my Ravelry project page, from which you can find any yarn and pattern specifics that might have caught your eye (or friend me for that matter). My stash page might be helpful this time too; I have it sorted so the newest additions are on top. The three Rav groups I mentioned are Folklore & Fairy Tales, Sock Knitters Anonymous, and SolidSocks. If you’d like to see more frequent updates of my knitting, I am quite active on Instagram; you can follow me at TheCharmofIt.

I also referenced several books: Twisted Stitch Knitting by Maria Erlbacher, Sock Architecture by Lara Neel, The Handy Book of Sweaters by Ann Budd, The Knowledgeable Knitter by Margaret Radcliffe (this is the one that I couldn’t remember the name of but has tons of helpful sweater knitting advice), The Art of Fair Isle Knitting by Alice Starmore. And two podcasts: Math 4 Knitters and The Tolkien Professor’s Faery and Fantasy Course.

Since video format has its colour and detail limitations, I’m also sharing photographs that are fairly colour accurate (on my monitor at least) and that can be enlarged if you’re a details person too.

Finished Objects

Woodsman Mittens

Cloudy With a Chance of Kittens Cap

A Clutch of Bunnies

Dragonfly Seatbelt Cosy-1

Dragonfly Seatbelt Cosy

Deck the Halls Socks

Gawain’s Shield Beret

Works in Progress

Antiquarian Scarf-1Antiquarian Scarf

Ent WIfe Socks-1

Ent Wife Socks

Melusine Sleeve-1

Melusine Cardigan (the sleeves)

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8 thoughts on “Knitting Video (Podcast): Episode the Third

    1. They were for my niece (I knit her a big rabbit in the summer & these were her babies) & they’ve arrived in Texas, where they were greeted with much glee and love! I’m probably going to knit a couple more for Christmas for her, and I’m definitely knitting one more for her best friend, who was there when they arrived & looked so wistful in the unveiling video (I had my mom hide them under the mama bunny in a ‘nest’ since my niece kept referring to the her pregnancy, lol). This same designer has a Canadian goose pattern I’m tempted to knit for my apartment, except I don’t know where I’d put it. The downside of a studio!

  1. Re: stuffies: My main issue is doing the faces. I’m no good at embroidery, I’m never happy with how the faces come out. But I agree, I’d rather have them without tons of seaming, although they’re generally still fiddly and a ton of work for a small FO, imo. I’ve knit Ysolda’s Elijah, and it’s seamless, I think. I’m tempted by several of Susan B. Anderson’s stuffed things — Princess and the Pea! — which are at least generally seamless as well.

    I really like how you made the Vee on the toe of the red socks.

    I have Sock Architecture out from the library right now but I haven’t really looked at it yet.

    1. OMG I’m so bad at the faces too; I almost always put the safety eyes on not quite right & then you can’t fix them because they’re designed to stay put. *sigh* I’m actually reasonably good at embroidery on felt-type things, but somehow make it 3D and it all goes to pot. I made my mom help me with the ones I hadn’t finished before her arrival; I was getting stressed that they looked better before I did the finishing than after. Notice the distinct lack of head-on photos, LOL. These bunnies are not that fiddly, but I say that as someone who loves dpns and short rows! I’ll look into the designs you mentioned, thanks. 🙂

      I’m glad you like my mod on the socks! I’m really pleased with how it came out; I was inspired by the similar triangle on the Kensington sock pattern that I knit earlier this year. Somehow it makes my round toes look more elegant. hehe

      Honestly, I was a bit disappointed in Sock Architecture. Maybe my expectations were too high? I enjoy math, especially knitting math, and I enjoyed her podcast (I only came across it a few months ago, but the episodes are all from 2007/2008) but somehow the way she described things didn’t work for my brain. I don’t know. I won’t be buying a copy for my shelves, but I’m glad I got it from the library, if only so that my future socks don’t squish up in my shoes!

  2. Please never apologize for draping yarn on your head! First, it made me laugh…and second, I’ve totally done that before in yarn stores 🙂

    Big thumbs-up to the nice thick border of garter stitch along your Antiquarian Scarf. That should keep it from curling. I bet the diamond section will stand out more once it’s all blocked, too.

    I’m really enjoying keeping up with your various projects! Something I’d be curious to hear about, on the podcast or elsewhere: naming projects. I’m super uncreative and just tend to use whatever name the pattern creator gave it. I love it when people name their projects, though. I know you’ve talked a bit about it here and there with different projects, but if there’s more to the naming process, I’d love to hear about it! If not, then I hope you’ll just keep sharing where the different names come from 🙂

    1. Haha; I will not apologise in future! 🙂 And I need to pick your brain re: blocking; I’m used to the ‘pat things out nicely’ kind of blocking, not lace blocking. For this scarf, the lace portion is all garter stitch too, which should help it not curl too. Yes?

      I will definitely talk about naming in the next podcast! And be sure to share the backstory of future projects. 🙂

  3. Hi Eva 🙂
    I really do like your blog and the way you keep track of your projects and everything.
    Even happier am I with the fact that you like my sock pattern, I was so thrilled seeing it mentioned in the video, couldn’t stop giggling! You got the name quite right, but I’ve decided to change the name under which I publish my free patterns in the future, so no more tonguetwisting then (the reason for the change is some upcoming, kinda huge project I’m currently planning on, not you, no worries!).

    Your melusine cardigan is absolutely stunning, I’m looking forward to the next progess!

    Best wishes from the cold coast of Germany 🙂
    Anja

    1. Hi Anja! Thanks for stopping by & I’m so glad I didn’t mess up saying your name. 🙂 I really love the sock pattern; I’ve finished my pair now and just need to photograph them! I’ll make sure to use your new design name when I talk about them in my next video.

      The cardigan’s so close to being done now; I just finished the second sleeve. So all I need to do is seam it in & then do the bands!

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