So I have begun knitting a hat. Luckily it is knitted flat and sewn together, as I have not quite yet mastered casting onto double pointed needles. I'm really liking the way that it is turning out so far. It is in a k2, p2 rib and it is just fantastic. Just wanted to share. Hope everyone is doing well. For all you new members out there, please tell us all something about yourself--especially where you're from!!
As means of introduction, I thought I'd discuss the knitting projects that're about to be cast onto this knitter of two weeks' needles.
First off, there's a nice simple little pouch that I knitted up quickly. I managed to quite mess up the button hole (I attempted a two-stitch eyelet), however, and also managed to make the decreases much gentler than the pattern's picture shows (although I think it looks nice) until the button hole, at which point it sharply decreases into a beak (which doesn't look so nice), so I plan to unravel it up to the button hole and then just add a button loop.
One of the best knitting tips I ever got...
Circular needles aren't just for knitting in the round! They're also GREAT for flat knitting (back and forth) because you don't have the long straight needles sticking out past your elbows! It's like working with smaller, more manueverable needles, much more comfortable.
And you can choose a length that's appropriate for your project. I'm working a scarf on 16" circular needles right now. If you're doing something bigger, like a sweater front or back, you can use a longer set that will accomodate all of your stiches and the needle itself still fits in your hands.
So I have done it! I have finished my first project. It is a scarf, and while it is much too small for me, I have come up with a solution...give it to a small person! The singer in my in my band, Cotton Candy, had a baby last year. Since Heidi wears the brightest colors known to science, I thought it only fitting for her daughter to sport my mini-orange/fushia ribbed scarf. Now on to 2 new projects, a combination mitten/sleeve and a darling hat. See you boys tonight!!
I've got a pullover hoodie with a front pocket that is the perfect size for storing a hat-in-process along with a ball of yarn. Whenever I had to wait, I'd just reach in and start adding to the hat. It made waiting for the bus so much more tolerable.
While on the bus, I finally got a seat and immediately pulled out the needles. Two older gentlemen came over and sat near me and asked, "Is that pretty easy once you get the hang of it?" and we proceeded to talk about knitting, the South, and San Francisco. I let them in on how cheap it is to knit your own hats, the many varieties of yarn available, and other interesting tidbits while the front of the bus stared at me knit.
I had to take a break from the sweater that's inching along row by row. Millimetering would be a better description. I needed something fast and mildly challenging enough to make me appreciate the droning hours of stockingette the sweater requires.
I've read of people spending three hours in a yarn store and now I, I'm happy to say, am one of those people.
I have been dreaming of double-pointed needles for the past few days. I'm ready to makes hats and gloves! Having been to Imagiknit, I decided to spread my wings and try a new store - ArtFibers.
ArtFibers is awesome! I spoke with Roxanne on the phone prior to going and when I got to the store, both she and Kira were a big help. Roxanne took a look at my pattern and showed me their yarns which would achieve that guage. I sat in the "Yarn Tasting Area" and, with Kira's help, worked on a few swatches until we found the right yarn/needle combination. She told me I knit "really, really, really tight" but I'm not sure how to knit more loosely... The yarn specs at 19s=4" with some #8's, but I got 21s=4" with #9's. Look out!
I have never knitted in a group before last night. Sure, on occasion I've knitted with one other person, but group action was something that wasn't part of my knitting repartoire.
Until last night...
Does anyone have a good resource for information about blocking? I know that blocking only works on natural fiber. I understand the principal, but would love detailed information before I start soaking and stretching something I've invested hours in creating. With my luck, my 7" x 60" basket-weave scarf will turn out 2" x 300"!