I am making a new toy for one of my nephews… A turtle who has outfits…
All together now. awwwwww……
Here is the current progress.
Here are the start of the mitts I mentioned last post.
They are made with Serenity Sock in Surf. The pattern I am using is Hand Charmer. The button holes are repeated in such a way that it forms a lace-ish design along one edge . You can flip the holey area toward your fingers or toward your wrist. Both ways are cute.
Are you working on anything new?
I am participating in Nerd Wars again. I am planning myself out a bit better then last time, so I am contributing more.
So far I have completed 3 items.
Now I am working on a pair of fingerless mits. I am calling them Seaweed mitts, the color and the pattern kinda scream “sea” to me.
Anyone else participating? What team are you on?
OK, so I am still working on the sock. Yes, the first of the pair. Hush!
I have turned the heel, and am starting the foot decrease design (for any of us that have also seen or knit this pattern).
(Please excuse my unpainted toes, Dr wants me to air the nails a bit….)
Soon I should have a sock! And need to knit the other one!
Have been ripped out and restarted.
The first attempt was turning out WAY too big.
So I am now on the cuff again, and will post something once it looks more like a sock and not just a blue circle.
Are you a knitter or a crocheter, or are you a bit of both?
When asked what I am doing, when crafting in public (which I do a lot), the answer is always knitting. Some people confuse it with crochet, or macrame (yep, got that once. Confused me terribly). I can understand, if you don’t do it, it may not be clear.
Every once in a while I come across a project that I REALLY want to try, and sometimes, that project is crochet.
I am a crochet virgin. I have a few hooks, but for rescuing stitches and weaving ends.
I tell myself I will learn crochet. I was even gifted a “teach yourself to crochet” kit by one of my fellow knitters. I have wonderful intentions, but seem to get distracted by knitting projects and works in process that are waiting for me.
I am teaching myself (again) how to sew (there are some knitting projects that would benefit from a nice lining), but that is also being back burnered in favor of a knitted sock in progress or a sweater I am going to start.
If nothing else, I need to learn crochet for the bind offs and edging that is possible with those little hooks!
Improving Your Skillset
Each year I set my intentions to try something new before the end of December.
For 2011, I was planning to try a sock, two at a time, toe up, of which I started, got about halfway through, realized it was WAY big, ripped it out and started over. Yeah. I am still sort-of-actively working on that as well as another sock, similar problem.
For 2012 I would like to knit a sweater (got the yarn all ready to go!) and try something with beads.
As I go on, I see great projects and knitted things that I want, so I want to make them, this leads be, inevitably toward something new to learn. Gone is the girl who only knit scarves, even though she lives in FL and has very little use for them on a normal day, gone is the acrylic only user because she was afraid of felting something (which I have now done, on purpose, and was lovely!)
I will continue to cast on new, bolder projects and reach beyond my current abilities to be a better, stronger knitter.
How about you, do you have the learning bug?
Something A Bit Different
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When talking about knitting, many people note they have someone they look up to above all other knitters.
I have met a number of knitters while learning this craft (as I still am…) and have picked up things from each of them.
I appreciate all my fiber friends and read quite a lot of knitting blogs as well.
I think if I had to chose one knitter that I return to for help or just some commiserating, it would be the Yarn Harlot.
I love her patterns, the wonderful drool-worthy pictures of fiber and her stories. Be it a triumph of mastery over that string or an honest (and often hilarious) bit about what went wrong and possibly why.
I can still remember when I first learned of the Harlot, I was in a bookstore, looking for something funny, when I saw a book, seemingly about… knitting? Now I had at this point, just recently decided I was going to knit. I do not remember what made me want to undertake this, but that is neither here nor there. I was teaching myself through books and pamphlets and had just been turned on to this thing called YouTube, where you could find videos of people knitting.
Being new and obsessed as most new-to-something people are, I picked up the book. I remember being particularly amused that she called herself the Yarn Harlot. What a name! Now, today I have picked up and read anything she writes that I can get my hands on, including her blog, of which I check most every day.
I have not met her yet, though I am trying to save up for a trip to the Sock Summit one day, but life keeps getting in the way. Until then I will content myself with the blog and the hopes that she will write more books about knitting and all the funny things that can happen at 3 am when you are frantically trying to finish that blanket/scarf/sweater/pair of socks in time for whatever event calls for it.
Thanks Stephanie for helping a new knitter to realize that the silly mistakes and yarn lust can happen to anyone.