Confessions of a Left-Hand Knitter

Exploring the Possibilities

Are you a monogamous or a polyamorous knitter?

Hi everyone, I know it has been over a month since I last provided an update. However, I have been staying busy in the Raverly group. Feel free to check out the group and join in on the fun. Click here for easy access.

I have become a serious polygamist with my knitting. I have reached my limit and will not cast on another project until I complete one. Currently I am working on 4 sweaters. FOUR SWEATERS!!!! Two are DK weights and two are fingering. Two are lace and cables. One is colorwork and the last one is a simple fade. Currently, I am in three Knit-alongs (KAL), two in the confessions of a lefty knitter and one for the colorwork sweater. Right now, the one KAL deadline is December 2018, which is to knit six sweaters in a year. So far I have finished two sweaters and have the remaining 4 cast on. I have become obsessed with sweaters and colorwork…but also with destashing…lord knows I need to knit the stash!

Usually, I am two at time knitter this is the most I have ever casted on at one time. Are you a monogamous or polyamorous knitter? What is the most you have casted on at one time?

Below are pictures and updates on my sweaters. Enjoy!

All my project bags.

Vinterfjell-Winter is Coming

Just started this project. This is my epic Edinburgh Yarn Fest Project. I am obviously using my Edinburgh fest bag which has Edinburgh fest yarn purchase (blacker yarns and Jamieson and Smith) and the pattern is by Skeindeer who I met at Edinburgh…it is the ultimate Edinburgh Yarn Fest Project.

Fade to Flax

This has been a slow burn sweater. It is a good sweater for when I need to concentrate on other things and not worry about messing up. I am almost at the point were I can separate the sleeves. I figure this is going to be my sweater that goes until the end of the year.

Liz’s Owl Sweater

The body is stalled because of the sleeves. Oh woes is the sleeves. I finished increasing now just need to get to the length to join with the body, then on the yoke…I definitely feel like I am going to be playing some serious yarn chicken…but I feel like I have enough. This is a slow burn too which I am not made at.

The White Walker Dragon

This is my second go around with Joji Locatelli’s Dragonflies sweater pattern. It is going well. I changed the yarn due to the previous yarn being inappropriate for the pattern. Now I am using the copious amount of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes yarn in the stash…I am on a mission to get the stash down so I can buy more awesome yarn.

Make sure you check out the Raverly group and join in on the KAL fun!!!

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OH SNAPS!!! It’s a real WIP Wednesday!!

Hey everyone, I made it to WIP Wednesdays. Lol I have been knitting and contemplating on my next projects. This is going to be a three part blog. First WIPs, future project aspirations, and recent acquisitions.

WIPs

Currently, I am working on the Fade to Flax, (formerly known as the Everyone Loves a Green Dragon), the White Walker Dragon, and the Liz’owl sweater.

The Fade to Flax is coming along. I finally brought more stitch markers for keeping track of counting. It appears that I have some weird numbers going on. I think I am going to try the sweater on to see when I should start decreasing. I feel that this sweater is going to be a little modified. ūüôā

The Liz Owlsweater has been going slow…because I am in the woes of sleeves. But because I am doing them two at a time, I am grateful to only having to go through the woes once. No progress pictures to show as very little has been made.

Lastly, is my Joji Locatelli’s Dragonflies sweater. Originally it was titled Everyone Loves a Green Dragon because of the forest green color of the 4-ply mohair blend from blacker yarns. Although I got gauge from swatching, I wasn’t satisfied with how the pattern was knitting up. The yarn was too see-through because it is a fingering weight. I considered going down needle sizes, however, worried about running out of yarn because of the tighter gauge. So I decided to use long time stash yarn from knit picks in the colorway of dove heather, thus the new name The White Walker Dragon. Today, I had a set back, I wasn’t happy with the neck line and was having too many mistakes in the pattern due to poor concentration (tired and failed to make it a travel project) I ripped back. Below are pictures before the rip back. I know this will grow as I get back in the grove. But this is an at home project for sure.

Next on Needles

If you have been following this blog this year, you know my goal is to knit at least 6 sweaters. I have finished two sweaters and have four more to go. You are also aware I have purchased a ton of yarn from Edinburgh Yarn Festival. I have also purchased yarn before going to the festival and need to get the stash under control. Next up to be cast on in the next couple weeks is the Joji Locatelli’s Radiate Sweater and the Blafjell by Skeindeer Knits.

I am love Joji Locatelli’s sweaters and the Radiate is such an interesting colorwork sweater. Below is my awesome project bag and the yarn I plan to use. Stay tuned for my updates:

Skeindeer knits has an awesome podcast on YouTube about living in London as a Norwegian knitting and obtaining a PhD. She is very funny and I was happy to had briefly met her in Edinburgh. Here is a link to her channel.

She has been designing lately and being a fan and getting more into colorwork, I decided to try her Blafjell sweater. It is going to be interesting but I am excited to try it. Below is the project bag and yarns I am planning to use (finally using some Edinburgh yarn).

Acquisitions
FINALLY….New acquisitions. After Edinburgh Yarn Festival, I decided to go on a yarn diet for a long time. I am committing to only knitting from the stash. However, before the festival, I signed up for Lady Dye Yarns monthly mini skein box for the black panther theme. It came this week and did not disappoint. I am so so happy. She also threw in a surprise project bag which I absolutely love. The skeins are 500 yards (100 yards a piece) at DK weight. Before I get into pictures, Lady Dye Yarns is a small dye black woman own business. I came across the business after reading a blog about the lack of diversity in tthe yarn industry. It was refreshing to find her business and blog. This also lead to me finding GGMadeit. I plan to do a blog devoted to my yarn influencers. Definitely check out Lady Dye Yarns!

Without further ado, the pictures of awesomeness. Enjoy! Happy Knitting!!

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WIP Wednesday…a day late

Hey Everyone!!

It has been a crazy week and lots of updates. I am knitting very slowly but knitting. As mentioned in previous post I have finished a couple projects. Currently, I started the Fade to Flax sweater for my travel project for Edinburgh. It is my first fingering weight sweater, that is design to eat up the copious amount of fino in my stash. I have 6 skeins of fino (2 skeins of different colors) that I picked up during Rosie’s Yarn Cellar closing. ūüė¶ still sad…miss you Rosie’s. Currently I am using four skeins now for this sweater; however, might add more if needed. Below are some current pictures of the Fade to Flax ( I love this pun…it is so metal. Lol )

There are a couple mistakes but that what makes it home made and unique to me. The pattern is clear and is inspiring me to think about designing as it is a basic sweater pattern. Definitely recommend for beginners to sweaters.

The second WIP which has slightly stalled only because I need to whine up balls to start the sleeves, which is the Liz Sweater. The lace motifs came together and looks great it is a highlight of the cardigan. I learned a new technique which is short row shaping. It was interesting and see why it is cool. I hope I did it correctly because I am not frogging back. The yarn is difficult. I am so happy to be rid of this yarn! I know it is going to be nice once blocked but it is a pain to work with. Also, I notice that one side short rows look great and the other side looks obvious…again I hope it blocks out. Today I plan to start the sleeves. I am going to do two at a time and use one of my new project bag for it. Excited!!!! I am trying to get out of the woes of sleeves quicker via two at a time. Wish me luck!

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Edinburgh part 2…

Back again forgot two items from the haul. The first item is the Edinburgh Yarn Festival exclusive yarn festival planner. This planner is great as it helps organize the festival trip with yarn budgets, classes schedule, pattern planning, and room for designing. It is so smart and definitely something I will use in the future. I think I got the yarn fest bug guys!!!

The second book is the Color & Knit, Mittens. This book is genius! With the adult colorbook trend this book combines elements of coloring, design, and knitting. It is genius and omg I had to have it. It is by Aleks Byrd, which I plan to look more into but this is genius. Below are pictures of the book. This is all of my Edinburgh haul…now I can retire. Lol stay tuned for project updates.

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EDINBURGH YARN FEST 2018!!!!!

It has been a crazy couple of weeks! Sorry for the lack of updates. I finished the Cubes for Maria on March 11. Just in time for the trip! I did not complete the motif on the sleeves because the sweater was starting looking to kiddish/campy. It came out nice, there were some structural issues, which I fixed to the best of my abilities. However, I plan to make another sweater with my Edinburgh Yarn haul.

I did complete my grandpa sweater as you are aware and did block the sweater. It help a bit but not much. Picture will come for that. Also the sweater pills like no other. I brought another sweater quantity of the same yarn to create the sweater again for a bigger size. I will probably start that soon, as the weather is starting to break and it would be nice to have it early fall. Really warm and fast sweater to make.

Enough with the updates! I had a great time at Edinburgh Yarn Festival. It was amazing! I spent way too much money and was very overwhelmed but I regret nothing!! I got to meet and talk with Skeindeer Knits, “Ellie” which was awesome. I was glad to have met her despite my awkwardness. I am always weird when I meet people who are famous or content creators it is weird….I think because I don’t want to fan girl out (briefly did) and I know sometimes people just want to be left alone. Below is pictures of my haul and a video detailing more about the yarn enjoy!! More updates to come, stay tuned!

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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. ūüė¶

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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