I found out about Stitches West last April, shortly after I started knitting. I remember feeling disappointed to have just missed it, but I think the timing was perfect. I … Continue reading Stitches West 2016
I have so many things floating around right now. A failed sweater, Stitches West, TKGA correspondence course, sleeve caps, new yarn and aspirations to go with it, the role of … Continue reading Heading
I kinda want to build a spinning wheel. I’m still learning how to use drop spindle, and I’ve never used a wheel. Surprisingly, I have an itch to make one. Won’t happen any time soon, but a girl can dream.
I had a conversation with a friend last fall about my recent adventures, mostly my new job and my new knitting. I was working on my first sweater, which was … Continue reading Knitting Without Fear
Yesterday brought me two exciting pieces of mail. The first was an email announcing a new blog post from Tin Can Knits. I didn’t notice at the time, but they dedicated 2015 to sweaters, and this year is dedicated to learning new things. I resonated with that quite a bit, as my blog is all about discovery and learning what it is I want to learn. I had already noticed their Simple Collection and made plans to work through it in order to understand the different garments and see how I like their instructional style. I love that they’ve done it, because I haven’t found may collections like this dedicated to broad beginner instruction. If you’ve found some collections you’re excited about, I’d love to hear about them.
My other bit of mail came in the post. I received my yarn to make some Knitted Knockers for Stitches West in February. Aside from being a great program to contribute to, I think it’s a good way to get excited about Stitches. I have seen other knitting-for-a-good-cause programs, including Socks for Soldiers, and many groups dedicated to knitting hats and scarves for those in need. Ravelry is a good place to search for groups you’re interested in and ask for information.
Until I was a knitter I never realized my mom had more than one pair of needles. It’s not surprising, I just never gave it any thought. Now that I … Continue reading Weapons of Mass Construction
Happy New Year to you! I’ve picked up Lilli Pilli once again, and I got to thinking about debugging my knitting. I think it’s more officially called ‘reading’ my knitting, but the analogy to computer coding is not too far fetched. Reading knitting patterns is very natural if you’ve already studied for loops.
I’m in the first lace section of the pattern which has a nice clear repeat. I’ve formed the habit of counting my stitches after each section of lace to help avoid errors. I’ve caught many missed yarn overs, and still missed a few. It slows me down, but I think it’s worth it. I also keep count of rows with removable stitch markers, adding one on the first row of each repeat.
I’m certain there will be many new knitting adventures in 2016. I look forward to sharing them with you. 🙂