Confessions of a Left-Hand Knitter

Exploring the Possibilities

To buy yarn a scale or not to? Thus the question….

I was reading a pattern that I think I might want to start doing. It involved drop stitches which I find super interesting. In the pattern it directs you to weight the yarn several times during the process and once at 50 grams to start the decrease. First of all, complicated and second, I would need a yarn scale. Thus the question to buy a yarn scale.

Needless to say my hobby has turned into an addiction and a slight obsession. I really started knitting when I stop smoking. Which was the hardest thing to achieve (but I did! ūüôā ). And knitting really helped and it’s a habit I love and need in life. So beacon the questions do I need a yarn scale….

As you guys know I bought my swift and winder…. Now you know. I got them cheap and on sale, which make it extra special. I love love love my own winder and swift. It makes me appreciate my stash and yarn so much more… And it also liberates me from relying on my Lys. But a yarn scale… Is that too far? I discussed it with my boyfriend and his expression was priceless. Once I explain the point of the scale, he was more understanding. I am still debating about the scale…. But what are your thoughts on yarn scales?

Also here is the pattern I am referring to Clapo-Ktus by Loredana Gianferri…

Happy knitting!! ūüôā

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Yarn Hauls

Hey all just wanted to give a glimpse into my stash since March 2013… a lot of sales and a lot of yarn. Starting with the most recent:

5/25/13

Shop: Yarnphoria located at 1016 Pine Street Philadelphia, PA 19107

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Brand: Lamb’s Pride

Weight: Bulky

Content: 85% wool and 15% mohair

Color: M-115 Oatmeal

Price: $3

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Cascade Yarns

Magnum

100% Peruvian Highland Wool

Lime Green

Price: $23.50

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Manos Cotton Stria (Manos del Uruguay)

Worsted (?)

Lilac

Price: $10

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I also got buttons for my Jacqueline Sweater and a metal gauge plate.  This shop is amazing!! It just opened 5 months ago..  the owner is super nice and down the earth (very hippy chic). The shop has so much yarn it is ridicules (OMG). It also has bulky yarn and so much sale yarn, it is out the ying-yang. I will never have to shop online because of this shop. She is just starting to get her foot off the ground, as far as marketing, and for now she only has Facebook and a knit map mention. Here are the pictures of the buttons and gauge plate.

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5/18/13

Rosie’s Yarn Cellar Sidewalk Yarn Sale

Location: 2017 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Rosie's Yarn Cellar10 Skeins of Schulana Accordion

80% Schurwolle Merino and 20% Kid Mohair

Bulky

Greyish Blue

Price: $8 x 10= $80

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2 skeins of Mirasol Hasa

50% F.S. Alpaca, 40% Merino, and 10% Bonretta Silk

Bulky(?)

Sky Blue and Grey

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2 Skeins of Manos Rittenhouse

100% extra fine Merino

worsted

Color way: 599 purple-ish mixed

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2 skeins of Louisa Harding Kimono Angora

70% Angora, 25%Wool, and 5% Nylon

pale pink/peach

lace (?)

Price: $4×2 = $8

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5/4/13

Loop Location 1914 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146

4 skeins of Sheep Shop Yarn Company

1Bulky and 3 worsted

Hand painted… colorway

Price: $6×4= $24

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I also got the cutest tape measure… eep!

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April 2013 Rosie’s Yarn Cellar

Manos Maxima

Worsted

Aqua

100% merino

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Knit Picks’ Wool of Andes

Dover and Heather Sage Bush

Kit

$24 (estimated)

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3 skeins of  Full Circle

Blue Moon

Worsted

$16 (estimated)

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March 2013 Rosie’s Yarn Cellar

Manos Wool Clasica

Worsted

100% Merino

Blue

$8

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 7 skeins of Manos Rittenhouse

Worsted

100% extra fine merino

Cinnamon

$8x 7= $56

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2 skeins of Manos Clasica

Rose

Worsted

$8×2=$16

1  Manos Maxima

silver

worsted

$14

1  Manos Silk Blend

30% silk and 70% Merino

DK

$8

All of this items were used in a hat and cowl here is a picture:

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Misc Yarn Haul

2 skeins Manos Clasica

Worsted

multi color (blues and golds)

$16 (estimated)

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As you can see it might be time for a yarn diet… time to starting knitting only from the stash got to get back down so I can rebuild…. muah hahahahahahahaahahahhahahahahaha (evil laugh)… what yarn hauls have you done lately? Have a great day!!!!

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Day 5, 6, and 7

I originally began this blog-a-thon with the intentions of becoming a better blogger, having fun, and doing something new. What I didn’t plan was the time of the blog. I went out-of-town to visit my pregnant Bestie and my god son. I had a blast and got to really relax. I was trying to complete day 5 on Friday; however, coming up with and idea to complete the criteria proved to be more difficult than I thought. After a weekend long journey and inspiration from other bloggers, I finally came up with ideas to finish the week out.

4KCBWDAY5 Something A Bit Different

Day 5 instructs use to create a wordless blog or something other than words about knitting. So I have been having the tattoo itch and really wanting to get something cute and small. I also want to have a visible tattoo. I have two tattoos, one on the back of my neck and one on my left ribs/side. I was thinking that my next tattoo should be knitting themed. Once a week, I will showcase an awesome knitting tattoo.

Week 1

Tattoo 1

4KCBWDAY6 –¬†A Tool To Covet

As the name suggest, what tool(s) do I love and¬†cherish¬†the most? I would have to say my knitting books and¬†YouTube.¬†I am still a (advance) beginner and need to sometimes refer to¬†YouTube¬†or my knitting books for support. ¬†The two books I cherish the most is¬†Stitch N’ Bitch: Knitter’s Handbook¬†by Debbie Stoller and¬†Knitter’s Companion Deluxe Edition w/DVD¬†by Vicki Square. These books are awesome and very simple to follow. I recently brought a swift and currently awaiting my winder. I ¬†think that theses are the next tools that will be used a lot in my life!

4KCBWDAY7- Looking Forward

This is the last post of the knitting/crocheting blog week. The blog basically asked about the future projects or skills I planned to complete or attempt. I hope to tackle color projects, sweaters,  different yarns (lamb, camel-hair, mohair, bamboo, etc), and two at a time socks.  I also hope that next year, I will be better prepared for this blogging adventure. I have learned a lot from this experience and feel that my blogging have been taking to the next level. I think over the year, I will revisit some of the topics, to improved as well as try different ways to relay information. But I enjoyed this experience and I hope you did as well!

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4KCBWDAY3 Infographic / 4KCBWDAY4 Colour Review

Today I am doing two days due to being busy yesterday and trying to create the charts (refreshing myself on Excel and Access). Excel won, but it was difficult to translate the chart as a graphic (need more training) into the blog. The topic of Infographic was day three, relating information about knitting into a chart or diagram. I choose to document my time spent in relations to life and knitting. Click on the link (I promise it is not spam or a virus): Knitting Chart Project

As you will see my priorities have shifted a bit.

Today’s topic is to do a compare and contrast of the colors that I usually knit with. My favorite color is blue and black. I have never knitted with black; however, I have knitted with blue, which currently I have three projects in the color scale of blue. I go through different periods/feelings of any color… but primarily I have knitted projects in purple and orange. But I am not shy of colors… it just has to look yummy! In my quest to gain more experience, my next adventure will be doing double knitting/color work. I just brought a kit here are the pictures:

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4KCBWDAY2 A Mascot Project/Updates

Day 2 (back on track) is about picking projects that represent either the house itself (i.e. the monkey) or qualities that embody the house. I stumbled¬†across¬†another blogger doing the same blog-a-thon and they choose a wonderful as well as perfect ¬†mascot… the family guy monkey! ¬†It’s so awesome check it out here:¬†http://cursingandcrafting.wordpress.com/2013/04/23/4kcbwday2-house-mascot/. Due to a mascot being¬†chosen,¬†I am going to focus on option two, projects that embody the house. Luckily (cause I am awesome like that) the projects I am currently working on are good representations of my quest to increase my skills as a knitter.

A lot has happened since I started this blog. My shawl is 50% done, I started the dream sweater,¬†Jacqueline¬† and I started a basic sock. I know ridicules! But I just couldn’t wait to start these projects. I originally planed to just start the sock because I had progressed far in my shawl. But then the sock proved to be too boring and was killing me with how slow the productions was going. I realized that although DPs (double-pointed needles) are awesome (for some projects); however, the next time I do socks, I think I am going to try two at a time on a circular¬†needle. ¬†Anyhoo, this lead me to throw caution to the wind and start the sweater project. I figured that I want to learn to make a sweater and I need to just do it. I am visual learner and need to be able to see my triumphs as well as my mistakes. The house I choose and the reasons for participating in this week blog event is to increase my skills as a knitter. Below are pictures of my progress on all three projects:

Shawl:

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This is my latest results as of today 4/23/13 which is exactly one month since I started the project!! So happy with  my progress the results.

Sock:

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Slow and steady…

Sweater

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So far… so good.

As you can see, I have cast on many different projects to enhance my skills and to continue my knitting obsession. I will continue to keep ya posted on each project, included my left hand¬†substitutions¬†as well as lefty observations. I will also be doing some posts on my yarn hauls and future projects. Enjoy blog week! ūüôā

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Knit Pick Swift SALE until the First Week of May!!!

I got mines and a winder… so excited!!!

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