Confessions of a Left-Hand Knitter

Exploring the Possibilities

Knitting University

I was reading knitting daily this morning, which Ā presented a great article on textile and design degrees. She talks about how she always thought a textile degree was odd; however, after years of knitting is envious of the degree. She then goes on to wish for a second degree in knitting. I thought this idea was brilliant and I would total get a degree in knitting.

I didn’t think a textile degree was odd, growing up in Philadelphia you encounter many textile designers and fashion experts. At one point, in my early teens, I considered becoming a fashion designer. I was so drawn to the concept of designing something new and actually completing the craft. I almost went to a high school specializing in design ; however, opted for music at an art school. It wasn’t until college I started to redesign with yarn.

Which also brings up another topic… free flow knitting. Is it possible? Does anyone free knit? I know when I crochet, I don’t need a pattern to create something… that how I designed my yoga mat bag. I just started crocheting and it formed. I wonder if anyone can or has done something like this in Knitting. I always wanted to free knit; however, it seemed to be more involved in the designing process than the actual construction. Hum… thoughts! Enjoy.

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Finally Finish Something!!!!

I have never had a deep sense of satisfaction of finishing something…until knitting. Knitting has taught me to enjoy the finish, enjoy the end…
Oh how sweet it is!

Finally I have finish my first epic shawl. Measuring in at a whooping 67 inches (unblocked). Here are the pictures of my accomplishment.

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Now to find the time to block….. Oh my!!!! šŸ™‚

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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! šŸ™‚ ). 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!! šŸ™‚

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Update on Shawl

Hey all,

I wanted to give an update on the shawl and what issues I have faced. So… Of course there were some issues. As you guys know, this shawl has been a pain in the ass. Ā First, I brought two skeins of yarn (219 yards each) and through that was enough yarn, due to the pattern using 1.5 skeins of Caron Simply Soft (319 yards in one skein); however, what the patterns fails to mention is the gauge, it only states that the pattern took 250 stitches to complete. WTF does that mean? But I digress, I checked the yarn bible, Raverly for other suggestions and other results of the pattern. It seemed that every person has had some issues with this pattern (go figure). Another flaw in the pattern is the lack of dimension for the lace squares and the inches of the entire shawl. The author provides us with the knowledge that the main body is 55 inches (however, can be whatever length).

In the beginning, I was justĀ mimickingĀ the picture due to this oversight of the dimensions of the squares and made a mistake, which is easy to replicate when I get to the other end. AfterĀ knittingĀ for about 23.5 inches of the main body, I realized that this Ā shawl is going to beĀ ridiculouslyĀ long at 55 inches. This prompted me to re-think and re-structure the designed. I became a Knit Scientist!

I measured the distance of the lace border to the beginnings of the main body and determined that this was 9 inches. I determined that 15.5Ā stockinette stitches= 1 ball of yarn and 13-13.5 inches in lace pattern= 1 ball of yarn. I determined that the dimensions of the normal squares are 4.5 cm or 1 3/4 in x 5 cm or 2 in and my mistakeĀ modified square is 7 cm or 3 in by 5.5 cm or 2 3/4 in. With all myĀ calculationsĀ and the new measurements for the main body (47 in), it is going to take me five (estimated) balls to complete the entire shawl (1095 yards). Crazy right… I KNOW!!!!

This pattern was not meant for wool worsted weight yarn… it was probably for bulky… blah! But here are the pictures at 39 inĀ (estimated). Almost done! šŸ˜€

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