Confessions of a Left-Hand Knitter

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HO Friday…a Day Later

Why do sleeves take FOREVER!!! I am finally finished the one sleeve on my Grandpa Cardigan, but I am concerned about fit. I love how it looks and feels, it is so squishy, but I feel like it is a bit tight. I am hoping with blocking it will stretch out.

However, we have a problem, I might need another ball of yarn for my last sleeve. Debating to buy yarn to finish and another sweater worth in a different color to make if I need a bigger size. This sweater flew off the needles.

I am excited to have a HO (a Half Off the needles project). My second gift sweater is stuck in sleeve limbo as well. I ripped out the bottom to add more inches to ensure better fit, meanwhile I am slowly progressing on sleeves. DAMN SLEEVES!!!!!

Does anyone have any finishing tips on fit?

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FRIDAY UPDATES!!!!!

Sorry I missed last week WIP Wednesday. It was a hectic week and got I sick…again. This has been the worst season for me. I have been sick (on and off) since November. Anyhoo, I have been knitting up a strom. I started my Edinburgh Sweater on 1/29/18.

I will be going to Scotland in March!! I am so excited. I will be visiting family in England and will be living it up on this UK trip. The trip lined up perfectly with the Edinburgh Yarn Festival, so I brought an admission ticket to the marketplace. I will be there on Friday, March 16, 2018. So excited!! My first time to the UK and to a yarn fest.

Of course, I have been obsessed with knitting podcast on YouTube and notice the trend of knitting sweaters for these yarn events. Jumping on the bandwagon, I have decided to knit a sweater for the festival. I am also working on a gift sweater which needs to be completed before the trip, in order for me to hand deliver it. That is right, I am knitting two sweaters for Edinburgh. I am just that crazy. Lol.

The one sweater is mostly done just doing the sleeves. I have to ripped the bottom out because the sweater has to be a little longer. I realized that blocking will not help alot. The plan is to finish the sleeves and then rip back. It should be a fun learning experiment.

The sweater I am knitting for myself is the Super Bulky Grandpa sweater, by Joji Locatelli. This is my second Locatelli sweater. I love it. I love the color I chose, the yarn, and they way this pattern is working up. I love her patterns because they are simple yet complex. They challenge you but do not make it completely like rocket science. I will probably have a collection of Locatelli sweaters in a few years. I feel my gauge is off a little bit; I couldn’t find the exact gauge between two needle sizes. I went with the smaller needles because they are easier to handle. But so far it is knitting up quickly and awesome. It makes the trip so much more special and real. It has been surreal that I will be going to Scotland and a yarn festival. Crazy. Below are pictures of my progress:

Have you been to a Yarn Festival? Did you enjoy it? What were you looking forward too? Any tips?

I am saving my button reveal later because they are so cute and make it a true yarn fest sweater. See you Wednesday for more updates!

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WIP Wednesday!!!

Hey Everyone,

It’s WIP Wednesday. I have been working on my two sweaters since the first week of January. I have stalled a bit on the Ginny Cardigan but I started to tackling the body today. With the cubes sweater, I am making tremendous progress. I have separated for the sleeves and finished the decrease for the arms. The sweater is design to be a crop but I am thinking of make it a little longer. What are your thoughts? Show off your WIPs in the comments!

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Big DAY!!! WIP Wednesday!

Hey Everyone its WIP Wednesday!!! But today is also very special, I started my first Ravelry Knitting group to go along with this blog. So exciting… so scary!! But I wanted to connected with readers and Ravelry friends where we can knit together and talk trash, lol. Here is the link to the Ravelry page: Confessions of Lefty knitter 

Please Join!!

As you know, I am on my sweater journey. I started my two gift projects, the Cubes Pullover and the Ginny Cardigan.

I have finished the ribbing for the Ginny Cardigan and put in my lifeline. I will be starting the body and the lace chart soon. The pattern is interesting and is worked back and forth. This will be the first time I have ever worked a chart back and forth. Before I start the body, I think I might swatch/practice knit the chart.

In the meantime, I have jumped right into colorwork! I have been watching colorwork videos, for about two months learning both the right-handed and left-handed techniques to prepare for sweaters, I want to knit. I swatched the sweater for gauge and practice the colorwork. I figured out my technique and realized that when reading the chart back and forth, I need to alternate sides of the chart i.e. Wrong Side (ws) left to right and Right Side (rs) right to left. But the true test will be with the Ginny Cardigan.

But I am obsessed with the colorwork sweater! I can’t seem to put it down. The yarn is Schulana Accordion which is discontinued (sad so so sad) and a dream to work with! It is 80% Merino and 20% Mohair. The color work is so interesting and a lot easier than I thought! However, because I am a lefty and a thrower it is hard to hold two yarns and throw at the same time. I will need to work on how to become faster and more efficient with my yarn-holding, but I enjoy the slow knit. On the contrary, because it is a bulky weight sweater and I can’t seem to stop working on this sweater is going by super fast. More than halfway through the chart.

I am also working on a hat for instant gratification, but I haven’t done much with it as I am working on these sweaters. Well…that is it for WIP Wednesday! I will post pictures next week but check out the links for picture and note progress. Enjoy!

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NEW YEAR, NEW ADVENTURES!!!!!!!!

Hi Everyone!

I know a long time!!! I took some time off because of many many reasons and really wanted to find my purpose for this blog. I started this journey because there weren’t a lot of resources for left-handed knitters. I have been shamed for being a left-handed knitter, despite being right-handed and felt that I needed to change. However, Thankfully,  I found Ravelry groups for left-handed knitters and the great Bill Souza on YouTube! His videos still help; however, there has not been a new one for about 5 years. 😦

So much has changed and Lefties needed resources! I am not an expert at all but I hope this blog is helpful and encouraging to left-handed knitters.  This year, I will take you along on my left-handed knitting adventures!

This year my goal is to complete 6 sweaters. I will be exploring top-down, bottom-up, piece working, colorwork, and lace. I am going full throttle with skills and sweaters. I also want to knit my first pair of socks! Thank you for staying with me and joining me on this journey!

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Owligan

I just brought the owl sweater pattern!!!! Lol. Still knitting. A lot has happened. I will be back with an update. Hopefully soon… 🙂

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Wool and the art of carpets

I know it has been along time.. grad school has taken over my life!! However, enjoy this post! 🙂

Global Art Junkie

rug3 Alexandra Kehayoglou is a wool artist based in Argentina who learned her hand-tufting techniques from Greek grandparents who brought their rug and carpet making traditions with them when they immigrated to South America.

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New Favorites: Colorwork without the work

Really want to make this!!!

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New Favorites: Uncommon colorwork There’s a way to do colorwork that doesn’t involve stranded knitting (i.e., alternating between different yarns within the same row/round) or intarsia (changing colors mid row and then changing back again later). It’s basically just stripes — anyone can knit stripes, right? — except you jumble them up by knitting into the row below here and there instead of knitting straight across. So it’s colorwork without the work! I’ve long been intrigued by it but have never done it, and in the past couple of weeks, two tempting patterns have hit the airwaves.

The one above is the Midwinter scarf by Wendy Baker and Belinda Boaden of True Brit Knits (for the Quince and Co. Scarves 2014 collection) and looks almost like crochet! It’s a stitch pattern that is apparently called English Rose Tweed, which I only know because it’s also one of three stitch patterns artfully combined in The Purl…

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Wow .. I miss blogging

I haven’t had the time or brain power to give this blog some much needed attention. I am going to grad school ( online) for those of you who don’t know and it is very time consuming and stressful. In which I have been knitting a lot, just not blogging about it. So here are some up dates. I have completed four hats, my first pair of mitten, my drop stitch cowl in chunky yarn ( neon green) and still working on my sweaters. I decided to frog and start over a sweater this spring/summer. I am hopelessly trying to finish my dragonfly sweater almost done with the body then it is sleave time…. But I am dreading the pick up collar. But I must finish this sweater it is so so pretty and definitely has improved, taught, and showcases my skills…. So here are some pictures. I will try to get back to regular blog postings because I do have a lot of things to share!!!! Happy knitting!!!

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It has been WAYYYYYY TOOO LONG!!!

Hey All!!! Merry Christmas, Hanukkah, or what ever!! And Happy New Years!!!! I know I went on an unintentional hiatus. I have just been super busy and just going through a lot of school and work issues. Anyway, I have been knitting and still trying to finish my sweater I started during the KAL. Updates to come. Until then enjoy this article why knitting is good for the soul and your health! 🙂 

http://www.treehugger.com/culture/dont-stop-knitting-its-keeping-you-healthy.html

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