#mostworn

During #slowfashionoctober, someone (and I can’t for the life of me remember who) commented that there was no greater compliment for a handknit gift than for it to pill. The pilling was a sign of how much the gift had been worn. I immediately thought ‘well, not if you buy the right yarn’ and then remembered my two favourite cardigans are pilling like there’s no tomorrow and I’m still wearing them.

It got me thinking – the vast majority of knits we see on Instagram and Ravelry are new creations, fresh off the needles. What do those lovely knits look like after they’ve been worn for a while? Did the garter stitch section droop? Did that merino yarn pill? Did that dye fade? More so, I thought it was about time we cherished clothes that are looking a little worn in. With all this in mind, I’m introducing: the #mostworn blogalong. Continue reading

Yarnalong: The Big Smoke & Dave

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Knitting: Dave socks by Rachel Coopey in Patons Patonyle

Yip, Dave socks again. It’s a good pattern. I’ve accidentally altered them – I did a 1×1 twisted rib instead of 2×2 because I thought I knew the pattern better than I did. No biggie.

Also, how bright is that yellow?

Reading: The Big Smoke New Zealand Cities, 1840–1920 by Ben Schrader

This is both school and pleasure – Ben is a great writer and easy to read. It’s also about bloody time we had an urban history in New Zealand, so it’s all good news.

See what everyone else is knitting and reading over on the original Yarnalong.

Yarnalong: Sleep, Rome, Ursula & Decca

Reading: The House of Sleep by Jonathan Coe

To read more books that I want to read (rather than should read), I’ve started with someone else’s favourite book. In a recent Pom Pom Quarterly podcast (or should I say Pomcast), their top three list concerned books they would read and re-read. Sophie recommended The House of Sleep and I’m thoroughly enjoying it. The characters are all mildly flawed and a little creepy, but in a very entrancing manner.

Listening: Knit.fm and Death of the Republic

Knit.fm is still my go-to morning drive podcast and I’m learning so much. This week I learnt I’d been picking up stitches wrong for my entire knitting life. I can’t recommend it enough to knitters.

Death of the Republic is another Hardcore History podcast concerning the fall of the Roman Empire. It’s another marathon, but with a road trip at the weekend, I’m a far way through.

Knitting: Ursula & – gasp – Decca

Ursula is still inching along (steeked last week, scary, scary), but a couple of weeks back, I broke from the queue a little and cast on Rachel Coopey’s Decca socks with Little Dipper Yarns Bootes Sock Yarn in a delicious colour I can’t remember the name of.

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New Coop socks with new CoopKnits bag – and my owl row counter, because apparently, I cannot be relied upon to count to four.