One down, and two on the go!

I finished my Burberry-esque scarf for my mom, and the response was amazing. She loves it! It makes me really happy to see something I’ve done have such a positive response! She was so inthralled that she wanted to do something nice for me, so she bought me new yarn for me to knit myself something with! I got some beautiful alpaca wool by Rowan in a fabulous blue-green colour. I don’t know what I’m going to knit yet, but I have been searching Ravelry for some ideas. Part of me thinks I might just knit the same Burberry-esque scarf because I love it so much, and the pattern was easy to follow.

I also started the gap-tastic¬†cowl. It’s my first “in the round” scarf, and it was pretty intimidating for me! The pattern is simple, and a stitch that I’m really comfortable with (seed stitch) but I still managed to mess up the join. I don’t know if it was because I used larger needles than were recommended (I’m using 8mm needles with a yarn that is supposed to be for 6mm needles- but that’s what the pattern called for), or if I just did something wrong. It worked out okay however, as I was able to use the yarn from the cast on to weave it together so it looks like it fits. This also marks the first time I’ve used the long tail cast on. I was actually really scared of the long tail cast on before, it looked like I would have to do a bunch of really technical stuff to do it, but after I watched a few videos, I caught on to it really quickly. I can see why this is a favourite cast on for a lot of knitters.

Also, I found a new resource that I adore! I accidentally stumbled upon this fabulous resource by following a few links. The website is called Knit Purl Hunter, and can be found here. She has absolutely fabulous knitting tutorials, and an extensive library of patterns. Very happy to find this resource!

I haven’t been around in the past week because I’ve been a very busy woman. I spent a lot of time working, and, well, let’s face it: a lot of time watching football! I got a lot done on my knitting during the past few weeks with knitting. It’s such a pleasant time for me to knit! I find it to be quite soothing: while I’m tempted to yell at the TV, I breath, and knit and purl.

Happy knitting!!

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Row counter

I have a confession to make: I actually own a row counter. My nana had one in her knitting kit and I have inherited it. However, because of my sentimental side, I have hung it from my rear view mirror in my car, and love having it there as my motivation, and like a guardian angel looking out for me. I can’t use it for my own knitting. So I will eventually purchase my own.
Right now, I have a different method of counting rows. I have either a little paper beside me where I cross my rows off, or if I’m somewhere where I don’t have my paper, I keep track by naming the rows after hockey or football players jersey numbers! For example, I’m currently on Daniel Sedin (22). Earlier today I was on Ryan Kesler (17). Last night, I ended on Tom Brady (12). I’m ridiculous, I know. But it sure works for me!!
Happy knitting!!!

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Winning at the Infinity Scarf

I’m happy about my scarf project!! It’s coming along very well! I have finished the third repeat, and I’m thinking I might need to do one extra repeat but we’ll see.

I’m a little nervous about the Kitchener stitch I have to do to end the scarf; I probably should have read the fine print first: the creator of the pattern very clearly said to be comfortable with the Kitchener before trying it on the scarf or to just do a regular cast on, but I’m not that smart!! I think I’ll try Kitchener on a smaller pattern to see how to do it. I watched a great YouTube video on how to do it, but doing it on a sample swatch versus on a scarf I’ve put hours upon hours into is probably a much smarter option! That being said, I have this terrible habit of being super amazing at something the first time I do it, and then goofing up on it subsequent times (snowboarding is the perfect example of this!!!).

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My Knitty Resolutions

With less than 12 hours to go before my time zone rings in the New Year, I thought it might be fun to create some knitting specific resolutions; I have several for the rest of my life, but knitting has become very important to me.

  1. Learn to do cables
  2. Learn some knew stitches
  3. Learn how to do yarn overs
  4. Learn how to read the patterns
  5. Knit something for myself!!

So I might have gotten a bit of a head start on Resolution number 1; I started doing a cable on the scarf I’m working on now, but it isn’t a typical cable. I want to try to do more cabling, because I think it looks really nice- and ultimately isn’t that difficult.

For resolution number 2, I purchased a book with 400 different stitches. Unfortunately, the book somewhat requires me to get Resolution number 4 down, before I can read it properly!

What are your knitting resolutions?

Happy New Year!

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New Project: Infinity Scarf

I really think I have to figure out how to knit according to the patterns. I decided to take on this pattern I found on Ravelry. But of course, I’m not using the right yarn!! Oh well.

It’s coming ¬†along- but it is the first time I’ve had to follow a pattern with counting. It’s also my first cable pattern, and I’m having some concerns about my cabling. There seem to be quite large gapping holes around the cables. I haven’t done cables, so I don’t know if this is normal, or if it’s because the pattern calls for 8 cable stitches; usually I’ve seen cable stitches for 4-6 stitches, not 8.

Anyway…pictures to follow!

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Sore shoulders

Every once in a while I will catch myself sitting in an incredibly awkward position while I knit. I get my right shoulder into a frozen position and start knitting like that for HOURS. I don’t really know why I don’t notice it all the time, it isn’t particularly comfortable.

This morning, I woke up with a very sore shoulder. I started thinking, this IS NOT the right way to knit. I started looking for a book that I had seen somewhere…and I found it! (God Bless Amazon.com)! I don’t know if this book is going to fix my life, but I think it’s probably a very good start.

Laidback knitters also have a website here.

Next Amazon order I place, this will be on my list!

 

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The sad little scarf

Well, this scarf isn’t turning out quite as I had hoped.
Details:
Wool: big softie
Needles: 8mm
Pattern: knit 2 purl 2 (cast on 16)

Ultimately, I’ve messed up on this scarf a few times…I’ve purled where I should have knit, I’ve twisted a few stitches, I’ve messed up my tension more than a few times. But bless my sister, she says she loves it (so far– I showed her on the 26th) and has said she’ll wear it, goof-ups and all.

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And on to the next project

For my next project, I’m creating a skinny infinity scarf for my sister. I’ll be honest- I’m cheating. I’m going to sew the ends of the scarf together to make the infinity loop. I did get circular needles for christmas, so the next goal I have is to learn to knit in the round. However, I had already started this scarf on straight needles, so I am just continuing on with it.

 

I have to admit, I’m loving my interchangeable needles. I love that when I’m not knitting, I can let the row rest on the cable. I love that I can have a smaller space to knit in, versus what I had to have when I was using my longer straight needles. I love that they are pretty colours (yup, I’m one of those!). And most of all, I love that my mom bought them for me. It might sound sappy, but quite often, I have things for the “right now” not for the “long term”, and I feel like knitting needles, if taken care of, can be a long term thing that I can use with my children, and my children’s children…

Since I’m not going to get much else done today, I think I’ll turn off my computer and get back to knitting.

<3

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My Very Knitty Christmas

What a Christmas!

I spent the 23rd and 24th with my husband’s family. Unfortunately I didn’t get her scarf done, so I had to keep knitting– in front of her. It was okay– and I ended up finishing the scarf right before we had to leave! I think it looked great on her, and I hope she likes it as much as I do!

My mom also managed to surprize me with a gift I was not expecting. She gave me a gift that I didn’t think I would ever get, and one that frankly, I didn’t know existed. She gave me my grandmother’s knitting needles. I don’t think I’ve ever received a Christmas gift that has made me cry like that before. Completely blindsided! I haven’t decided how to best honor these needles yet, but I will.

She also got me a gorgeous set of acrylic interchangeable needles, and I really like the way they knit! They’re taking a bit to get used to, but I really like them!

I hope everyone had a really fabulous Christmas!

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Lucky Knitter

As I wrote about yesterday, I’m short on wool that I need to finish my pattern.
I called to another local yarn store to find….THEY HAVE 20 BALLS OF WHAT I NEED! YIPPEE!

After everything that has gone wrong this week, I think I am entitled to something nice.The only downside is that this store closes at 6pm tonight, and I most likely won’t make it there before then. I am hoping I can pick it up tomorrow morning, before heading into work.

Huge sigh of relief.

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