Jena’s Argyle Socks

Based on Eunny Jang’s Mini-Argyle Stocking and the Lang Sockology pattern for knee socks and sizing ratios, I created a lovely pair of knee high socks for a friend and sock officianado currently doing her Master’s in Ireland. They were a belated birthday present.

This was my first foray into Fair Isle knitting. I got the idea to make argyle socks and found Eunny’s Unique creation through Google and knew they would be perfect for Jena (with color substitution). I like the idea of pairing a varigated color with a solid so that the very strong patterning of the Argyle would be a little subtler. Really the varigated sock yarn that I found was a perfect match to Jena’s personality and so had to be used.

I found out later on my third Fair Isle project that I was a little crazy and paranoid about weaving the colors together which created a much stiffer fabric. I have fixed this but still can’t stand leaving much more than 2 stitches in between weaving like a crazy person. Those strands of yarns that get left on the inside of a piece are a personal pet peeve.

reuse, reduce, recycle or just repurpose.

Right. I haven’t posted much of anything on this since I signed up in 2003. I have opted for using other blogging things and have become a fractured person. MySpace is for music events. LiveJournal for keeping up with my real life peeps who are scattered about the world and a blog on my website for keeping my parents and remote family members up to date on my life.

This blog will stay fairly anonymous, a challenge for me. Writing without people already knowing me or at least having met me. The closest you’ll get is from my previous posts and the cartoon version of me as my profile picture.

Strangely Blogger hasn’t figured into any of this in the 4 years that I’ve had an account. But now I think I shall use this for my crafty endeavors. I knit. I crochet. And I am rediscovering embroidery. The first and last thing I embroidered was my backpack in grade 8 where it was all free form flowers, suns, and a tree I think. I made up stitches to make it all happen and I’m sure it’s more impressive in my memory than in reality. Sadly no pictures have survived and the backpack went back to Eddie Bauer in exchange for one without a broken zipper.

I am currently working on a lovely knitted lace shawl adapted from Eunny Jang’s Print ‘O’ the Waves Shawl to use one skein of very lovely handpainted yarn by Virginia van Santen as that’s all that I have. Unfortunately this has meant I am now reworking the border for the third time. I keep running out before getting remotely close to finishing going all the way around. I really hope third times a charm as I really don’t feel I can take much more out of the body of the shawl without completely reknitting it. And the cashmere at the beginning of the body can’t survive another reknitting.

Finger’s crossed.

and she chooses a template

Ok. So the first post was a bit heavy. I think even a bit much for me. I mean it took me three years to even thing about trying to follow that one. Woah. Chill Jane. Keep it light.

Short update. Jane has graduated University (yeah!) in april of 2004. Spent just over a year working for said University, bought a car with her very own car loan and then decided to run away to London instead of doing what all her fellow design graduates are currently doing: buying condos and/or moving in with their boyfriends. Too real and permanent for me right now. Yuk.

So at the beginning of September she flew the coop and was unemployed for a month and a half in a very expensive European city only to finally find a design job within 20 minutes of where she found a place to stay (yeay!). She has since had many adventures involving many (North) Americans and a token Aussie, New Zealander and German for good measure. Travels have included many destinations within the UK in addition to Sweden, Austria and Italy (such good pizza OMG!).

This has only served to whet her appetite for travel and living outside of Edmonton. She plans to return to the Great White North when it’s (thankfully) green and nice out on 10 July 2006. After staying for an undetermined short period of time she plans to relocate once more to the lovely Montreal where she hopes to get more into interactive design while trying to persue a film career (uh, directing not acting).

So there you go. Oh and I must add that I LOVE the National Rail system in England. It’s the best.

an ominous moment, the initial entry to the newly established Bloghouse. Another attempt of mine to make my mark on the infinite internet. will anyone read this? will i really have anything worthwhile to post [does anyone?] will anyone be able to find this small ripple in the ocean of information and distractions? can one small site trully make a difference? is proper spelling really important if you can still understand what i mean to say?

I am a graphic design student currently, and will try to make my mark a unique expression of my personality and preferences. But it’s not ready yet….. just you wait kids.