Confessions of a Left-Hand Knitter

Exploring the Possibilities

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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Updates and Battles

Hey all!! I know it has been awhile. I have been just been busy. Really busy!! I just wanted to give an update on my knitting progress and life. It has been hectic. I started grad school around time of my stash busting ideas (what was I thinking) and needless to say it is hard to find the balance in knitting, blogging, and school. Work… pst who has time to work. lol Kidding I am still working my two jobs. I know, I am insane!!

For clarity of my insanity, in an effort of stash busting I join a KAL for this Dragonflies Sweater. It is going well. I am on to the body and trying to finish before the deadline without losing my mind. I also plan to complete two scarves (for my self) and two hats (gifts), that needs to be completed by January. The sweater by the way is due December 15. I am a crazy person.

Also my Jackie sweater is not going so well. It really is wonky; however, I don’t want to strap it or frog it. I am just going to complete and make it work. My arms are too long, which is hilarious because I am always complaining about sweaters arms being to short. My solution will be to roll up arms. The waist shape, I really regret! I really hope that blocking and losing some weight with help with the fit. But will I make this sweater again… yes, with a lots of modification.

With all the stress, I broke my yarn diet… yep I broke down and brought three skeins of Manos. But it was so worth it… look at them:

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I had a little slip… but as you can see it was worth it. I am super excited to knit up these skeins. Now because of these slips, I have push back my stash date to May 2014. So no new yarn until May 2014 (OMG!!!!!). It has to be done, so I can stick to my diet, no matter how pretty the yarn is, I must stick to the diet and remain strong!! I apologize, in advance, if you see less post, I am busy with grad school and knitting. I will take some time this weekend to update my stash busting. Time to get organize and serious! Hope all is well and happy knitting!! 🙂

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Knitting University

I was reading knitting daily this morning, which  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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Stash-Busting Goals

This has been a busy weekend for me, and I am trying to organized a major stash bust. My main goal for the next 8 months is to get down to one bin.

I feel like need to unload a lot of yarn and need to make room for better and awesome yarns. My stash is an example of my progress as a knitter and yarn enthusiast. A lot of things are changing in my life and it is time to let go of the past. So this is my yarn clean out.

Here is a list of projects that I plan on working on:
Slouchy Bubbles by tshep
Mayne Island Hat by Caitlin ffrench
Claudia by Mj Kim
Dragonflies Jumper by Joji Locatelli
Giant Giant Granny Square Blanket by Purl Soho
Honey Cowl by Madelinetosh
Rikke Hat by Sarah Young

This a working list and it is subject to change but this is my course of action… First up the Rikke Hat. Will keep ya posted on my stash busting and my sweater!!!! 🙂

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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!!!! 🙂

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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! 🙂 ). 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!! 🙂

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Updates Updates Updates

Hey everybody!!!

I really suck at keeping this blog… but I will try to get better… Anyhoo, a lot has happened over the following the weeks and that included more and more knitting. This is my plan is to write a post everyday for the week of 8/5/13 to 8/9/13. I am going on vacation/god mom duties the week of 8/12/13 to 8/16/13. During this week I want to give an update as well as introduce weekly segments. This post is just going to be about updates on my two projects (that I have been working on forever).

My Shawl is coming along nicely. I am just about done on to the second lace borders. Here are some pictures:

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This is right before starting the last Lace border…. So excited. I think I have used five skeins of Manos Maxima (I know crazy considering I though it was only going to be two). My hope is to finish this project before my vacation, which can be done just need to focus and have the motivation.

 

My Sweater is also coming along as well. I finished the body and one sleeve. I have not started the second due to wanting to complete that during my vacation. I would have never thought I would be almost finish my first sweater craziness. So here are pictures of the finish body and the one sleeve:

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As you can imagine, I have been very busy knitting. More to come this week about my failed yarn diet, my swift and winder, my first KAL (knit-along), and my new books. I hope you have a good week! 🙂

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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.  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 just mimicking 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. After knitting for about 23.5 inches of the main body, I realized that this  shawl is going to be ridiculously 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 15.5 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 mistake modified square is 7 cm or 3 in by 5.5 cm or 2 3/4 in. With all my calculations 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 in (estimated). Almost done! 😀

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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! 🙂

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4KCBWDAY1

So… I slept through the first day of my blog-a-thon. I haven’t been feeling well and I went to the doctors yesterday and still worked. Needless to say, I was exhausted and passed out as soon as I got home. So here is a belated first day! I will post again today with day 2; however here is the introduction that was supposed to happened 🙂

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This week I am participating in the knitting blog as displayed above.  In the reference blog, it asked to discuss what type of knitter are you and what your first projects were like. First, I am going to claim The House of Monkey: Intelligent and with a fun-loving side, Monkeys like to be challenged with every project presenting them with something new and interesting.

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I began knitting in 2010-2011, due to always wanting to learn. I have been an avid crocheter since 2004. I felt like knitting was just the natural progression in my yarn journey.  Initially, I was very frustrated due to not being able to get the stitches; however after re-adjusting to my hands I was able to complete my first stitch. I completed a garter stitch scarf… before knowing it was a garter stitch was. I then began to dissect each stitch and was a “knit” and a “purl” as well as how things go together.

Those first few months were rough and my first my projects were… interesting, but I learned a lot from those projects. That, Loin Brand Wool Spun is the devil and show not be used for knitting or crocheting; that I prefer woods or metal; and that good things come to people who are patient!

So,  what house would you consider your self to be apart of?

The House of Bee: Bees are busy and industrious, but can flit from one interesting project to the next as bright and shiny things capture their interest.

The House of Manatee: Manatees are gentle, calm and cuddly. Relaxed and un-flashy they represent the comfort and soft side of knitting and crochet.

The House of Monkey: Intelligent and with a fun loving side, Monkeys like to be challenged with every project presenting them with something new and interesting.

The House of Peacock: Peacocks take something good and make it brilliant. Buttons, embellishments and a bit of sparkle prove that perfection lies in the details – like a Peacock’s Tail.

Later on today I will post day 2 and updates on my current WIPs! Later gators!

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