Get Knitted

So, as I mentioned earlier, knitting’s a bit addictive…

I started off simply enough with a hat, using a free pattern I found on the interwebs:

Officially 'Not Bad' according to the other half

Officially 'Not Bad' according to the other half

This would have gone better had I realised that UK and US knitting needle sizes aren’t just different but completely backwards, but I was pretty pleased with how it turned out. ‘Wow,’ said the other half, showing great faith in my talents, ‘that’s not actually that bad, will you knit me one?’

So I did (although he seems to have hidden it – or maybe he’s actually wearing it – so you’ll just have to believe me).

Then I knitted a scarf to go with my hat:

it was supposed to be longer but I ran out of wool

it was supposed to be longer but I ran out of wool

And then I went a bit mad and actually ordered some wool (cocaine might well have been cheaper) and knitted this:

Still waiting for me to work out how to knit handles

Still waiting for me to work out how to knit handles

Which was supposed to shrink down to lap-top bag size when I felted it but didn’t. It seems that all those airy felting instructions you read on the internet about just putting stuff in the washing machine presupposes a rufty-tufty top-loading American washing machine that washes things so that they stay washed, not one of our wimpy European front-loading eco-friendly washers that just sort of dabs them clean.

So anyway, nothing daunted, I then started to branch out and knitted a hot-water bottle cover which was based on this but with several off-piste additions of my own:

Like a tiny jumper, for someone with no arms. Or legs.

Like a tiny jumper, for someone with no arms.

Then I went even madder and knitted this:

Knitted felted mug cosy, patent pending

Knitted felted mug cosy, patent pending

Which is a mug cosy of completely my own design, albeit following the rather more detailed instructions for felting on the excellent ‘Knit like a Pirate’ site. The other half reports he can now eke out his coffee for fifty percent longer than before without it getting stone cold. This has made him correspondingly fifty percent harder to get out of bed in the mornings, especially with the nice snuggly hot-water bottle in there.

So … now what? A brief glance through the world of knitting websites suggests there’s nothingon earth you can’t knit, if you try hard enough. I’ve got three or four smallish balls of wool sitting tempting me on the kitchen counter… what would you knit?

23 Responses to Get Knitted

  1. I love the toasty cup warmer!

    Wish I could knit – keep promising myself I’ll learn but never get around to it – maybe next winter. I guess its a hobby that keeps you warm.

  2. Flighty says:

    That mug cosy is a great idea!
    If I could knit then it would be bed socks! xx

  3. disgruntled says:

    The basics are really easy, I picked it up over Christmas, more or less. But I’m not sure about bedsocks – I think things like heels are where it gets complicated!

  4. huttonian says:

    I was taught to knit and play chess by my father when I was eight. Hated the one and never did the other

  5. GOM1 says:

    No a bike would be silly – how about a bike cozy…

    A knitted bike cozy

  6. Autolycus says:

    How do you handle the handle (so to speak)? Don’t you have a problem with drips?

  7. disgruntled says:

    Huttonian – knitted chess set?
    Gom – hehe – but a saddle cover isn’t a half bad idea, especially after this experience
    Autolycus – there’s a popper for the bit under the handle, which also allows it (and the mug) to be washed as required.

  8. Elizabeth says:

    Do you think its your technical brain that makes you able to deal with the patterns? I can knit a row across and back, (ie a “scarf”) but I can’t move on! How do you make the leap to something “round” for example. Or purled?

    I have the same problem with the guitar. All chords, no music.

  9. disgruntled says:

    Well, my mum had to show me how to purl, which was the big stumbling block. And the best thing about knitting is that it has an undo function, unlike most crafts. But I’ve got terrible spatial reasoning and the fact that you keep turning it round and doing half of it backwards does confuse the hell out of me. Circular needles may be the answer there.

  10. Dom says:

    Egg cosies would be the next logical step. Or you could do the ultimate riding top with a snug hood to keep your head warm, built in gloves to keep the hands warm and a large pocket on the back to store the newspaper so you never need ride back from the shop clutching it between your teeth due to a forgotten bag.

  11. Simon says:

    Maybe make some cosy little coats for your precious (soon to arrive) seedlings in your garden plot. Jussi swears by circular needles btw – and makes great socks. Mmmm wooly socks. – You can suck Nutella through them.

    But you’re lucky – generally it’s too cold to knit in this house – a bit of a double whammy that one eh?

    BUT – of far more import – please don’t turn into one of those godawful craft sites so loved by bored US housewives! (Ooo – contentious?)

  12. disgruntled says:

    Dom – that would be knitting way beyond my pay grade.

    Simon – You must be cold – I find it’s a great way to keep the hands warm.

    Don’t worry. I’ve no intention of turning this into a craft blog, or a gardening blog, or a cycling blog or an anything coherent at all blog.

  13. Simon says:

    Vive la incoherence!

  14. disgruntled says:

    Simon – indeed.
    Ross – but then I’d also have to knit the balloons

  15. Miss Mary says:

    The handles I have made used three needles.

  16. disgruntled says:

    I don’t have the right kind of needles, looks like I’m going to have to break down and buy some…

  17. Elizabeth says:


    My mucho-knitting bud Suzannah wonders if you would post the how-to of the mug cozy, including the exact location of the “popper” ie. the snap which I guess is under the handle somewhere. She is gagging for the how-tos.

    Careful, you might have a new niche.

    Peace out.

  18. sebbie says:

    My european frontloading washing machine does felting no problem. Just ask my husband what happened to his best jumper …

    Love your knitting.

  19. disgruntled says:

    Sebbie – thanks. I’m sure our machine would probably also felt fine if i put something I didn’t want felted in it… always the way
    Elizabeth – I’ll have to see if I can remember how I did it now. But yes, the popper/snaps are under the handle

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