Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Pattern Lust Strikes Again

I freely admit that I have more knitting and crochet patterns than I will probably ever be able to personally make. In English.

And I am always seeing more patterns I have to have. In English.

A few years ago, I looked at free online patterns in French and German, and so taught myself the rudiments of understanding French and German knitting instructions. I didn't knit any of the ones I saved, and the knowledge I forced into my brain has slowly leaked out again.

However, I have now come across patterns which, again, I must have and must knit but it seems unlikely that I will be able to afford them. One is a toy pattern, and as it seems to be rare, it will always command high prices on Ebay. In English, that is. In German, the pattern is a free download. I am now Very Over-excited. Caffeine, chocolate fingers and forgetting my medication last night may be (small) additional factors.

You can see why I'm excited, can't you? My mum loves this pattern too but alas, I doubt that she could be arsed learning German knitting instructions. She is also even meaner than me when it comes to deciding how much cash should be handed over for a pattern.

The other book(let) which has me in a lust is another Schachenmayr Inspirations, number 74 to be precise. It has Folk patterns, and seems to be hard to get in English, but somewhat easier in German. I could probably manage the gnomes but a garment from a German pattern? Hmm, mustn't get too ambitious. Maybe I should knit a gnome before committing to buy Inspirations 74, or maybe look at a pattern for a garment in German at least.

And as for why it's been so long since my last post - it's not the fault of Ravelry, like many other bloggers who fallen by the wayside because of Rav-addiction. I've had pneumonia, from which I'm still recovering. The cough is much better (apologies to anyone I terrified with my coughing fits) but I tire even more easily than usual and have to take longer to rest. Don't make me laugh, because that will still cause a coughing fit, though one less likely to result in me seeing stars in a black sky. To highlight the seriousness, I didn't knit or crochet for the best part of two weeks, and last Wednesday I went to Craft Group for the first time since the second week of December. To unhighlight the seriousness, a course of antibiotics and now some codeine linctus is taking care of me, unlike those poor souls who end up in hospital or even die.

Now, see how medicines warn us not to operate machinery if it makes us feel drowsy, does that include computers? A computer is definitely machinery, isn't it? Perhaps that explains some of my recent online purchases. I was adversely affected by my cough bottle. I was drowsy and accidentally bought two balls of Noro Kureyon, the feel of which I don't like. It might even explain the book I bought yesterday: Two Balls or Less. As my stash is mostly made up of two balls or less of a myriad different types of yarn, this might help me use up more of it.

Especially after I learn how to first knit with my feet, and then knit at the same time with my hands and feet.


Mary-Lou said...

Sorry to hear you've not been well, and welcome back now you're on the mend!

Sara said...

Glad to hear you're starting to feel better. :)

Kureyon is rather harsh, which is why I prefer it for felting or bag-type accessories. I can't imagine trying to wear it as a garment. Itchy itchy!

dreamcatcher said...

Oh no, really sorry you have been so poorly! Get well soon!

I'd be more than happy to swap the Kureyon with you if you decide you don't like it! It does soften up a lot with washing though.

KnitYoga said...

Sorry you've not been well. Hope you're feeling much better by now!

Daisy said...

Hope you feel better soon!
I would have thought a toy pattern was more complicated than a garment? More shaping to do?

Anonymous said...

Lindsey --

glad to hear you're feeling better. Am trying to knit your adorable Latiss hat. What is a "yarn forward"? Is it what we Americans call a yarn-over?

Susan in Sonora, California