Wired

Between you, me, the gatepost, the run-up to yuletide festivities, gearing up for life as a freelancer, an apparently interminable lurgy, and this head of mine – which persists, in an annoyingly pain-killer-resistant manner, in pounding away after rather a fraught week – I confess I’m feeling a bit frazzled this evening. I’m sure this state of affairs is not going to be remotely helped by the can of Diet Coke I’ve just begun, but there you are. Something’s got to keep me awake for just a little while longer and I don’t like coffee.

And before you ask, yes, it has also occurred to me that more time in front of a screen isn’t going to do my head any favours either, but I wanted to share this with you:

My first foray into wire knitting...

My first foray into wire knitting…

It’s the last of my holiday projects (she sighs as she wistfully recalls the halcyon days of early November in the refreshing coastal air of an autumnal Dorset…) and is a wire knitted pendant. Wire knitting – now there’s a thing.

I spotted the kit a while ago in the ever-glorious Fringe. It’s a Mahliqa Wire Diamond Pendant Knitting Kit and all I needed to add was the needles:

I went for the 'Ivory Rose' colour option.

I went for the ‘Ivory Rose’ colour option.

The kit was great and overall I enjoyed trying out knitting in wire and am even pretty pleased with the result – but I’m not sure that wire knitting is completely my thing. Perhaps I was pulling too tightly, or perhaps the wooden needles weren’t helping, but I didn’t find it a very relaxing experience. Wire is just not yarn.

The process is pretty straightforward though. You thread all the beads onto the wire first, and then knit a square in garter stitch following a very easy-to-follow (it’s a diagram) pattern:

Getting the beads threaded on and realising - too late - you've got them in the wrong order could be annoying. Luckily this didn't happen to me. Probably because I checked about a hundred times before I cast on!

Getting the beads threaded on and realising – too late – you’ve got them in the wrong order could be annoying. Luckily this didn’t happen to me. Probably because I checked about a hundred times before I cast on!

Every now and then you slide the next bead into position and continue knitting. Easy peasy. It’s lucky, too, that the wire is so flexible. My square looked a bit unlike a square by the end, but it’s pretty simple to manipulate it back into shape.

Lovely combo of beads and knitting.

Lovely combo of beads and knitting.

I admit I haven’t quite got the stitches looking perfectly regular and, as you can see – bottom right – in the picture above, the cast off edge is glaringly just that: a cast off edge. But I’m accepting all of this gracefully and in a manner that those of you who know me will understand can only be the result of an astonishing degree of will power. It’s amazing what you can manage when you put your mind to it.

My excuse today for not being more explicit about the process is my head. Funnily enough, the Diet Coke hasn’t yet helped. Neither has the chocolate biscuit (I know, I know…). But I can tell you that the pendant is about 5.5cm by 5.5cm, so at least that’s something (thanking you most kindly for your patient tolerance). And here’s a picture of the finished article by way of an apology for the lack of detail (for which I firmly expect to face a not insignificant comeuppance):

Now I just need to decide what to wear with it...

Now I just need to decide what to wear with it…

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m now clean out of knitting projects. This is not a good thing. In fact, it is a decidedly bad thing. It’s almost certainly what has brought about my current headache. It’s probably even the cause of my apparently interminable lurgy. So it’s a good job I’ve got a Meet & Make date at Fringe next week. Can’t wait!