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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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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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Throwers versus Pickers

I mentioned in my knitting story post that when I first sat down to knit, I got very discouraged and was not able to figure out the technique. I started trying to learn continental style. I couldn’t get it.
English style was a lot easier for me to understand. I have done a bit of searching and English style knitters are also called “throwers”. I’m guessing this is due to the style of “throwing” the yarn over the needle.

Continental knitters are called “pickers”, due to the picking of the string with the needle.

When I talked to some experienced knitters, many of them told me there was no right or wrong way to choose a style, it’s more about what feels right for the person. The advantage of Continental is that it tends to be a lot quicker; the world record holder for number of stitches in a minute (118 for those keeping track) uses continental style. The advantage of English style is that it does tend to be a bit easier to learn, because there is one less thing to consider (how to hold the yarn).

I would eventually like to learn Continental style; now that I’m more comfortable with the stitches I think I could probably do it, but I also don’t want to risk goofing up on my current project as it’s a Christmas gift.

Pickers and throwers, throwers and Pickers! I think I need a t-shirt that says “I’m a thrower”! 😉

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How I learned to knit

This is probably a very common knitting story, er…but maybe not, considering the internet hasn’t been around that long.

When I was a kid, my nana taught me the basics. I’ll tell you know, it wasn’t a passion. I knit a few rows here and there, but that was it. I think I might have only learned how to do knit stitch, and not purl stitch. I don’t think I ever knit more than a scarf for my doll. That being said, my nana was a heck of a knitter. She knit us scarves, sweaters, slippers, etc. And she was good. She knit my dad a Cowichan sweater that I still have and still wear (super over-sized but amazingly gorgeous!).

Flashforward to a few months ago. I was trying to find that meditative activity, and as previously mentioned I went and got myself some knitting needles and some yarn. That evening, I was at a hotel for a conference the next day. I decided that I would watch some internet videos and would be an accomplished knitter by the end of the evening. Boy was I wrong.

I watched the videos on Continental knitting and English knitting. I watched the cast on videos, and the purl videos. I even thought I would be so accomplished that I should probably watch the cable knit videos. But it wasn’t to be.

I think I initially tried the Continental style, and the whole looping the thread around the hand thing, and picking the yarn through, Jack going through the window and jumping off…..this was NOT the meditative activity I wanted!!!! AHHHHH!

I ended up throwing everything back into my bag, and watching TV instead (I may have thrown the needles on the floor first). I felt like a hopeless failure. This was supposed to be easy!!!

The next day, I had some time to myself after the conference, and I started fiddling around on Pinterest. I had this brilliant idea to search Pinterest for knitting, and I’m so glad I did. I found Wool and the Gang, and their extremely helpful videos. Wool and the Gang use English style knitting, and the demo videos were slow paced for a beginner like me, and really helped me every step of the way. I started knitting, and learned my knit stitch. I was entirely pleased with myself.

Then I went back to Wool and the Gang and they taught me purl stitch! I started gaining confidence, and experimented with a knit 2 purl 2 pattern. It was pretty exciting for me to see my new skill develop into a real item of clothing that someone could wear!

Now, with the beginning knowledge I’ve gained from the Wool and the Gang videos, I am more confident with what I’m doing. I still go back to their videos, and I can watch other videos now that I am comfortable with the basics.

I guess this is my love note to Wool and the Gang ❤

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