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Pi

Monday, April 26th, 2010

As I said in the Etsy description, I know it’s irrational, but I love this cushion.

Pi cushion

At christmas, my aunt, a reformed dressmaker herself, came to stay with my parents, and when my mother started knitting, and I started knitting, she lamented the fact that she had not brought any knitting with her. I told her that I was, very slowly, making another knitted patchwork quilt, and if she wanted to knit some pieces, that would be very much appreciated. So she began, and knitted a good number of pieces for the quilt. Recently, my mother finished her project, and didn’t have anything lined up, so offered to knit more patches. But I suggested she knit something more immediate, perhaps four equal sized patches to make into a cushion cover. Then we started talking about Harry Potter.

Shortly after that, we were talking about the jumpers that they recieve every christmas from Mrs. Weasley, and I mentioned that I would like to knit something like that for Etsy, but that it would be a shame if I knitted one with an H, and then someone called Julie really wanted one. And I didn’t really have time to knit 26.

Then, we hit on symbols. Symbols are tremendously important these days. It’s a generational thing. My mother, brought up before iTunes, and when CD players still had text on them, doesn’t know what that little equilateral triangle and those two vertical lines mean, but I know that it means play/pause. And then, when you think about it, there are an enormous amount of symbols in everyday like. You just have to look at any comic or cartoon where a character swears in a speech bubble to see that.

A short period of frenzied creation later, we came up with the projects. I would knit the Pi LLOW, and my mother would knit the square root of X, which, at time of writing, is still under construction, but should be available on Etsy soon! What is the square root of X? I don’t know. Perhaps it is nine. Perhaps 12. It might even be Pi.

Knitting

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

I like to knit.

I realise that, as a 21 year old male, that makes me a little unusual, but roll with it.

There is something wonderful about knitting. I have always been a fan of knitted garments, my mother being an exceptional knitter, and while other teenage boys may have balked at the thought of wearing something knitted by their mother, I could not wait, preferring chunky jerseys because they were ready quicker.

Learning to knit was something I had intended to learn for quite some time, but I didn’t actually do it until the beginning of this year. I had always been a maker, but mostly with wood and metal, and when I was trying to think of something to make for Marta, knitting offered the thrill of creation without the need for a workshop or expensive tools. Marta had knitted me a lovely scarf for christmas, and I wanted to make her something nice for the next time we would see each other. Somehow, my plan to knit her a scarf of her own turned into a rather more ambitious plan to knit her a patchwork quilt.

Looking at Etsy, not many people have done that, which is a shame, because it makes for a very nice cozy quilt. The result can be seen just here:

This was an excellent first project, since there was nothing more complicated than knitting and purling in it. And I would reccomend it to any knitter, new or experienced; I have just started making another, and now I can try out any cable or fairisle combination, see exactly what happens if you do that then that and then something else, without having to dismantle it afterwards.

Also, because there is no point in letting a good post go by without advertising something, the first thing I ever knitted to a pattern, this hat, is now for sale on Etsy. I knitted it for Marta, but it turned out to be too small, so there it is.