I don’t know knitting styles and techniques names, I read knitting symbols with difficulty (especially the English ones; not a subject in my English learning but I’m forcing myself to learn more!), I can’t use a ready-made knitting pattern (never used one): I knit the way I knit, and I’ve learnt it knitting day by day. I can make clothes starting from yarn instead of starting from a piece of cloth, that’s it! Every time I start a new project I focus my attention on the shape of things. When I decide the sort of item I can make with the yarn at my disposal, I ask myself two things: what sort of shape will suit my body better? How to make that thing fit the right way? In this way, what I knit is not always technically challenging: I don’t like complications, I try to learn something new if useful, otherwise I’d rather make something I can wear!

The double seed stitch I'm using

I’m now working with a fine red  wool yarn, a Christmas present:  no-cost for me but new yarn this time. I had a fair amount of it, so I’ve chosen to make something extremely simple but with an interesting shape, a poncho:  the classic two rectangles sewn together (to find the right proportions I’ve experimented a bit with an old blanket) and a very simple double seed stitch just giving some movement to its surface that will be then completed with a fringe.  The work is progressing rapidly, one rectangle is ready and the other is half done so I think I’ll have the occasion to wear it before the spring, otherwise world is not ending…  The only challenging thing in this project is to stay awake, because I can also knit with my eyes closed. I need, every time I knit, a massive dose of rock to succeed. Not too bad … Soon more info about this project.

Some of my (almost) straight and sometimes unpaired needles

Non conosco i nomi degli stili o delle varie tecniche di lavoro a maglia, leggo i simboli con difficoltà (specie in inglese, ma mi sto sforzando di imparare!), non ho idea di come usare uno schema già pronto (mai usato uno): lavoro a maglia come so ed ho imparato lavorando a maglia giorno per giorno. Posso fare abiti partendo dal filato invece che dal tessuto, tutto qui! Quando inizio un nuovo progetto, focalizzo la mia attenzione sulla forma delle cose. Una volta deciso il tipo di capo da realizzare con il filato a disposizione, mi pongo solitamente due domande: che tipo di forma, che taglio starà meglio al mio fisico? Come dargli la giusta vestibilità? In questo modo quello che sferruzzo spesso non presenta delle sfide tecniche nella realizzazione: non mi piacciono le complicazioni e cerco di imparare qualcosa di nuovo solo se mi è utile, altrimenti preferisco fare qualcosa che possa poi indossare!

Ora sto lavorando con un filato regalatomi  lo scorso Natale, della lana fine rossa: un progetto a costo zero per me ma con un filato nuovo  questa volta. Ne ho una discreta quantità, così ho scelto di farne qualcosa di semplice, ma dalla forma interessante, un poncho: i classici  due rettangoli cuciti tra loro (per trovarne le giuste proporzioni ho sperimentato un po’ con un vecchio lenzuolo) e una semplicissima doppia grana di riso che dà movimento senza appesantire la superficie del lavoro  che poi completerò con una frangia lungo tutto il bordo.  Il lavoro sta progredendo rapidamente, un rettangolo è pronto e l’altro è a metà, così credo potrò indossarlo qualche volta prima della primavera, in caso contrario il mondo non sta certo finendo… L’unica vera sfida ora è riuscire a stare sveglia, perché posso letteralmente lavorare ad occhi chiusi. Ho bisogno ogni volta di dosi massicce di Rock per farcela. Non male… Presto darò più informazioni su questo progetto.

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I love old movies, rock music, books, art... I'm intrested in politics. I adore cats. I knit...

5 responses »

  1. What beautiful yarn! I’m also really enjoying your posts in both English and Italian. I’ve studied Latin and French, so I can understand a very little bit of Italian by inferring from the cognates. Reading your posts in English and then Italian is fascinating, because I can understand a bit more that way.

    • Ella V says:

      I’m so glad to know that! I’ve never considered the linguistic utility of my blogging, I’ll be proud if you’ll learn a bit of Italian that way…

  2. Tony says:

    The double seed stitch is a lovely pattern, I’ve used it on a scarf.

  3. arlenesimon says:

    I’ve used this pattern before its lovely

  4. grimdreamer says:

    great poncho! it’s too cold to wear ponchos here in ireland but you’ve introduced me to the double moss stitch which i will certainly try soon! thank you :)

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