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Everyday Magic 
23rd-Jan-2017 12:39 am [knitting, lj idol s10]
I like creating little bits of magic with sticks and string. And it is magic. I go from a string to a wearable thing that is soft and warm and pretty.

I love lace because it's a scrunched up mess and it doesn't look very pretty at all. But I get it wet and stretch it out and, bam! Magic. I can create pictures and delicate things with my sticks and string. I can play with color and stitches to get the shape I want. I can make tiny little pieces and put them together to make whole new, complete things.

But the thing that is absolute magic every time is the sock. I can start from the toes or from the calf. I can knit in a spiral or wedges, or lengthwise. I've even knit them on a bias. But no matter how you look at it the part that just astounds me every single time is the heel. You're knitting in a tube, then you knit a little flap. Then, you start knitting little rows that start just past the center of that flap. The rows slowly gain a stitch on each side, one at a time. Once you finally have used up all the stitches you have turned the heel and created a little cup that, if done correctly, snugs around your heel like a wooly hug.

I very much love the little bits of magic I create. It makes me feel magical because it all starts the same, sticks and string.

Wait, did you expect to read about a time I turned heel and became the bad guy? Nah, I'm pretty up front about not particularly caring about most people and basically being out for myself. Besides, I've already written about that. *wink*
24th-Jan-2017 12:14 am (UTC)
The pictures were wonderful, I'm glad you included them. This was a great way to combine the topic with something you are so good at.
24th-Jan-2017 04:02 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you enjoyed them! Thank you so much for the compliment. I really love making my magic and sharing it makes it extra special. :)
24th-Jan-2017 04:00 pm (UTC)
That's a beautiful, poetic description of a heel. I may never look at socks the same way. :)
24th-Jan-2017 04:04 pm (UTC)
I'm always a little sad when I can't pull on a hand knit sock. They seem so much more, in all the best ways. :D
27th-Jan-2017 04:52 pm (UTC)
YouTube taught me how to knit about a month ago. I'm knitting a scarf right now. It's about 1/4 finished, and it's taking FOREVER, but I'm enjoying the process.

Your little octopus is adorable. :)
27th-Jan-2017 04:57 pm (UTC)
I learned on youtube too! :D It's such a wonderful and relaxing hobby. :D

Thank you! That was one of my favorites to play with. :D
27th-Jan-2017 06:31 pm (UTC)
That lace shawl is all sorts of perfect, and I agree - it's definitely magic!
27th-Jan-2017 06:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I think that was the hardest project I've had in terms of pattern depth. But it was so utterly worth it.

Thank you so much for stopping by. :D
27th-Jan-2017 07:29 pm (UTC)
Terrific work, both with the writing and the magic!
27th-Jan-2017 07:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
27th-Jan-2017 08:24 pm (UTC)
You know you want that dwarven beard in black, Dean! ;)
27th-Jan-2017 08:24 pm (UTC)
Geez, you're talented! I loved the little octopus and the shawl, of course, but the other pictures-- the shock and awed hat, the blue wrist-lace thingies, the dwarven beard, the piano scarf... I'm not surprised you're selling your creations. Wow!
27th-Jan-2017 08:29 pm (UTC)
I absolutely love making things but I simply don't have enough room to keep it all. And sharing it means I can send a little bit of love and magic out into the world. :D
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