This winter, I made a few scarves for my brother, who lives in New York City – after this winter, he personally requested a scarf and a sweater. The scarf has been finished and sent up, but the sweater is on its way. (Or at least it will be, after a sweater hiatus, as my summer sweater has taken an incredibly long time.)
Undertaking knitting a sweater is not a quick job. My summer sweater has been a WIP for about two months now – and while I knit on it every evening, I’m not the fastest knitter. (I knit English-style and at the moment, I’m not necessarily interested in switching to continental style, but I might have to.)
I’ve had to take a break recently, due to some pain in my right shoulder while knitting. Has anyone else struggled with this? Through internet sleuthing, I’ve tried a few different things to combat it:
Improved my posture (which I will admit, is terrible)
Placed a pillow on my lap to elevate my arms and knitting
Various and sundry shoulder stretches
Heating pad on my neck and shoulders
But nothing seems to be helping. Knitting community at-large, I’d love some help: any wise words on how to get rid of it?
A week ago, I was able to finish my second baby knit – Bonbon, part 2. This is for a very cool and chic baby girl with a very cool set of parents.
There’s so much you learn the second time you knit a pattern.
1. Which side is right and which side is wrong. Personally, I don’t think it much matters for this pattern, but if you like those soothing diagonal chevron stitches as much as I do, there is a right and a wrong side.
2. What yarn works and what yarn doesn’t. This time, I used an exclusively cotton yarn; it’s not as soft as the other yarn I used (Caron’s baby soft that I got on super sale), though it will hold up to baby vomit and the washing machine, which is my big concern when it comes to baby knits.
3. How to improve your magic circle techniques. I can probably do magic circle in my sleep now. It makes me that much more excited to try to knit a pair of socks. (I can’t tell you what socks I will be making – as they will be a present for someone who reads this blog – but they are AWESOME.)
This is, of course, just for this particular pattern, but I do feel like you learn something new every time you knit a pattern again. Are there any patterns that you feel like you understood better the second time around?
So, after intending to do it for absolute ages, I finally took the time to photograph my yarn stash for my Ravelry account. (Now, have I uploaded those yet pictures to Ravelry? No, I have not.)
And I have to say: it really helped me figure out what yarn I should – and should not – buy.
Turns out, I have a literal rainbow of colors; I own every single color of the rainbow – except pink. (And really, is pink part of the rainbow? Technically, no.)
Most of my yarn is acrylic, as I’m concerned about cost. While I would love to buy $30/skein yarn, it is not in my budget at the moment. I am thinking about buying through KnitPicks, though, as I’ve heard a lot of good things about them.
Most of it is worsted weight, so I couldn’t make a sock out of what I have, which is one of the next projects that I’d like to undertake. That, or a Christmas stocking…
I think, for now, I’m going to choose my patterns for my yarns, and not vice versa. It’s stashbusting time!
A few weeks ago, I was all set and raring to go to my first knitting class at my local yarn store. (A Good Yarn, by the way. They are great.) However, as this winter was wont to do, the instructor (the fabulous Ann Weaver) couldn’t get to Florida because she was snowed in. (Womp, womp.)
However, I’d already bought the pattern on Ravelry, so I decided: let’s go ahead and give it a try. It personifies what I like so much about knitting – there’s only really two stitches you have to learn and everything else is a combination of those two stitches. You can’t screw anything up too bad.
I personally am not sold on cowls; they’re just not something you can wear down here in Florida, and maybe it’s just me, but I feel like I’m being choked when I’m wearing one. However, I am sold on color.
I wanted to do an experiment in color without buying any more yarn, so I just used what I had on hand. Thus, the ombre cowl was born. The beginning:
The braiding was a really good technique to learn (even if I hated it by the end). I love striping and it’s a great introduction to main colors and contrast colors.
I loved the addition of the blue into the cowl – that pale blue color is just as pretty in person as it looks in the pictures.
My absolutely favorite thing? The slip stitch blocks in the upper third. Such a cool trick to learn – there’s a Ravelry pattern, Yon Tartan, that uses the same techniques to make a really cool (obviously) faux-tartan pattern.
So, anyone want it? If you want to pay me the shipping, it is yours. (We’ll Paypal it.) Leave me a comment on my Instagram and I’ll send it your way!