Happy New Year and hope that everyone had a great Holiday! Mine was very quiet and relaxing. Now that the new year is here looking forward to a great year and prosperious one, I hope and pray! The salon that I purchased in Sept 06 is doing great and I am trying to get back to some knitting now that everything has settled down and the Holidays are over. Didn't get anything knitted for Christmas, maybe next year. Did get a couple of skein of yarn and a gift card to lys, looking forward to spending that. Anyway, hope you all are healthy and looking forward to the new year!
Ok, silly title.
Thanks to the help I received here and elsewhere I have come to accept the fact that I am learning a new skill and craft in knitting and as such my work is not going to be perfect. And that's ok.
I've learned how to spot most of the mistakes I am making before I make them and thus prevent them. I've learned how to calmly fix the mistakes that I do make and just consider it a part of the knitting process itself.
Suddenly knitting has become very calming. It's a great way to relax and drain away the stresses of the day.
It's like a totally different experience all of a sudden. Very enjoyable instead of very frustrating. I know my skills will improve with practice over time and until then if my knitting isn't perfect, so what? It's still enjoyable.
Ok all you experts out there I need some suggestions. If you read my initial blog post you will know I have been knitting about 1 week. My first project, a test scarf, is going to be done soon and I would really like to move onto something that I would feel good about giving to someone. My first scarf is a mess. It ranges from 24 to 32 stiches (not on purpose) and the tension is all over the place. I have knitted the whole thing (no purling anywhere). I know that my 2nd project will also not be perfect, but I am hoping I can do something with some character. The important thing to me is that I am able to make fairly good progress on it so I do not get discouraged. I was thinking of two things:
o Another scarf with fancier yarn. perhaps try a 2k, 2p pattern or something like that.
o A hat.
the problem with the hat is I do not know how to knit in the round yet. I would also have to go buy some new needles (which I don't mind doing). Right now I only own a set of #9 plain knitting needles, some end protectors, a crochet hook (size g) and a finishing needle.
Anyway, if any of you have any ideas please let me know. I don't want to take on a project I am not ready for.
This is my first blog entry of what, I hope, will be a long list of entries detailing my experiences of learning to knit. I just bought my first set of needles (#9s) and first skein of yarn (gauge of 4.5, charcoal grey) last week and have well over 10 inches of scarf done in just over 2 days of work. :) I figure I will be done with my first skien in another day or so. I am really enjoying it and can't wait to go shopping for more yarn. I am heading out to try and find a local yarn shop tonight and maybe sign up for some classes. Right now I am reading "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Knitting and Crocheting."
I will post a picture of my my scarf when I get back hom. It has ranged from an initial cast on of 24 stitches to a high of about 32 and back down again. I now know what to look for so the last few inches has been pretty consistent. Now, I just need to learn to keep better tension in it.
Anyway, great to be here.
I am new to this site and I have a friend who will be shearing his Llamas in a couple of months and he's giving me the stuff. I need to find someone who can spin it into workable yarn so I can knit he and his lover a couple of scarves. Anyone got an idea of who can do this or teach me how to do it?
Happy New Year everybody,
Happy New Year everyone.
The holiday season is a lovely time of year, but I'm still waiting for some winter here in NC. I want some snow, just enough to slow things down so that we can remember the fact that winter is a quiet time of year.
I counted up the projects and I realized I gave away five pairs of socks and three scarves over the holiday season. My stash of gifts is depleted and now I'm ready to start anew for the next year.
Here's one of the pair of socks I gave away. These were hand-dyed with natural dyes. I'm not sure what material created this beautiful green color, but it is a lovely green.
I thought I posted this the other day but don't know where I sent this in cyber space! These were fun and were Christmas gifts to my better half a few days AFTER the big day. Doubled up Manos using Fiber Trends pattern. My first real "heel" experience (did a pair of spiral socks for a Christmas gift). So, I had so much fun I began my first sock day after Christmas. I am enjoying using #2 dp needles but my hands are kinda big. (Know what they say about BIG hands--big gloves!)It takes practice I guess. So thanks to all you sock lovers for your inspiration.
Happy New Year,
As a gesture of kindness and friendship,I offered to knit something for a friend who's mother died last month. She has requested a "beret". Can any of you men point me in the right direction for finding knitted beret or tam-o'shanter patterns. It seems to me that berets lend themselves more naturally to crochet technique, but I don't crochet, and am not inclined to learn at this time.
Here, is a scarf I knitted on 12mm neddles 1 row Colinette.5 and 3 rows Rowan kid silk haze mohair. I threaded 400+ beads, but the red ones don't really read!