Confessions of a Left-Hand Knitter

Exploring the Possibilities


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! ūüôā¬†

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Day Late Tattoo Monday and Updates

Hey all,

I know I am a day late with Tattoo Monday. I was really busy yesterday. I also wanted to give an update of my latest projects and other knit-life things. With my shawl… it has been a long road. I have been procrastinating due to be so near the end. But I think I missed placed my pattern with all it’s notes. ¬†Luckily for Ravelry, I have some basic notes. My sweater… is coming along. I finish the body now working on the sleeves which I had to start over once and loss a lot of yarn (so sad). I was very very sad that I stop knitting for like two weeks and read a book! lol Anyhoo things are going well with the restart. Will have detailed notes for this sweater as well. In awesome news, my friends (inspired by me) decided to starting knitting again after a 10 year hiatus. We did a mini knitting tour and I enriched her of the world of awesome yarns and sales… oh the sales… and broke my yarn diet once again!!! ūüė¶ ūüôā It’s happy sad!!! But now I am on a strict yarn diet!!! Must avoid all yarn stores and new patterns. lol but SERIOUSLY!!!!

Hope you guys are having a good week!!! Here the tattoo of the week:

Yarn Cosmos

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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:


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


Brand: Lamb’s Pride

Weight: Bulky

Content: 85% wool and 15% mohair

Color: M-115 Oatmeal

Price: $3


Cascade Yarns


100% Peruvian Highland Wool

Lime Green

Price: $23.50




Manos Cotton Stria (Manos del Uruguay)

Worsted (?)


Price: $10


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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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


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


Sky Blue and Grey


2 Skeins of Manos Rittenhouse

100% extra fine Merino


Color way: 599 purple-ish mixed


2 skeins of Louisa Harding Kimono Angora

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

pale pink/peach

lace (?)

Price: $4×2 = $8



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


I also got the cutest tape measure… eep!

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April 2013 Rosie’s Yarn Cellar

Manos Maxima



100% merino


Knit Picks’ Wool of Andes

Dover and Heather Sage Bush


$24 (estimated)


3 skeins of  Full Circle

Blue Moon


$16 (estimated)


March 2013 Rosie’s Yarn Cellar

Manos Wool Clasica


100% Merino




 7 skeins of Manos Rittenhouse


100% extra fine merino


$8x 7= $56

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2 skeins of Manos Clasica




1  Manos Maxima




1  Manos Silk Blend

30% silk and 70% Merino



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


Misc Yarn Haul

2 skeins Manos Clasica


multi color (blues and golds)

$16 (estimated)


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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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! ūüėÄ

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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:¬† 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:




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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.


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Slow and steady…


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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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Sorry for Being MIA

I am sorry for ¬†being MIA. Trying to find some, time and focus to document everything. So to get me inspired and provide much-needed updates I will be participating in ¬†knitting and crochet blog week 2013 copySo beginning 4/22/13, I will post something everyday!!! Until then have a good week everyone. ūüôā

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Rookie Mistakes

Here are the updates on the Shawl… it’s going well… now!! So I admit it, I started off pretty roughly; however, things are coming together, until I realized a total and complete wrench in completing the shawl, I do not have enough yarn…. I DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH YARN!!!!! I feel extra extra stupid and unprepared. But anyhoo, waiting on a back order of ¬†yarn…. but here are some pictures of the progress ūüôā :

from 3/23/13 to 3/28/13 (not in order and restarted on 3/24/13)

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As you guys know, I brought my own winder and swift… so exited and planing to get into some seriously knitting. ¬†I start my socks tonight to help pass the time and start advancing towards my goal of completing a sweater. I am still searching for a pattern for my Manos haul…. any ideas? I will post pictures of the yarn and some learned techniques. I am going to admit that starting the socks are¬†intimidating¬†me a bit; however, pushing through (fearlessly). ūüėČ

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Manos Adventures

Hey all!!!

I finished the “manos cowl” it turned out really nice. Just need to sew in the ends, soak and block,and BAM it’s all set. I also did a major yarn haul of ¬†Manos del Uruguay Rittenhouse Merino 5-Ply¬†yarn (has been discontinued) at Rosie’s Yarn Cellar (pictures to come). I bought a sweaters worth of yarn (crazy I know.. but at $8 buck a skein plus a discount… I just couldn’t help myself). I am in the process of exploring patterns for the yarn. I have been exploring Knit Scene spring edition and I have narrowed it down to two patterns; however, still pondering what i just bought…. Anyhoo, I have laid out a series of projects (in my head of course) to help introduce/enhance my skills before completing my first sweater. Project one will be a simple (yeah, right) lace shawl, followed by basic socks, a another hat, then on to my¬†Jacqueline¬†sweater!!! So excited!!!!! ¬†Below will be picture of the Manos cowl:

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Just started my shawl this past weekend already had some issues and one restart. Restarting is like a death,¬†disappointment¬†and fairy tears are all in one… it was so disappointing ūüė¶ .¬†Luckily, I was not that far into the pattern and learn from mistakes quickly by installing a lifeline ….oh lifelines how I love thee. ¬†I almost had a¬†devastating¬†restart today but it was just a near death experience and I was able to save my stitches as well as install another lifeline. ¬†This time around it was not my fault but the¬†interchangeable¬†needles and the constant unscrewing….¬†definitely¬†the most paranoid I have been knitting. I thought I chose a shawl pattern that was cute yet simple…. I am really starting to get a bit of a headache as well starting to curse a lot with this pattern. The pattern is called Fall Breeze Shawl¬†. I am determined to finish the pattern… so far it is a simple pattern and my work is starting to look like the picture (so happy) and I am learning new things, which is awesome! ¬†The color is a sky blue, it’s very spring, and the yarn is¬†Manos del Uruguay Maxima. I swear I am obsessed with this brand of yarn… I do love it and working with it is a dream. I am really enjoying this pattern, from a lefty perspective is easy to mirror. There is nothing really complicated with this pattern. ¬†So in order to get through this shawl I am going to be installing A LOT of lifeline, constantly check my needles and constantly taking breaks to breathe as well as focus (meaning swearing, crying, and loosing hope, temporarily). ¬†Here are some pictures of my process so far enjoy! ūüôā

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Update on the Hurricane Hat and the start of the “Manos” Cowl

So I finished the hurricane hat and I don’t hate it. I figured out my mistake and corrected them; however, still manged to miss something. I have concluded that this hat was designed to be worked on double-pointed needles (DPs). DPs sound so dirty to me… I know I am silly and immature but it makes me giggle… hehe. Anyhoo, so here are some pictures of the end result:




Here are some photos from the first attempt of constructing this pattern:




The¬†obvious¬†difference is the yarn. This time around I used Manos Wool Clasica Naturals instead of the extra fine merino/silk/cashmere blend (that was on sale :)) in the photo above. However, the¬†construction¬†is different as well. I am the kind of person that needs things to be simple and spelled out. The pattern tells you to start decreasing after the piece measures 6.5 in. from the bottom. What it does not tell ya is to continue to work the pattern before decreasing to keep the spiral effect. I notice that missing instruction this time around and quickly adjusted. I also switched to DPs (hehe) before completely finishing the decreases. Overall, I do like the pattern and I am happy that I pulled this off. ¬†From the lefty point of view this pattern is “mirrored.” I followed the pattern exactly and my¬†spirals¬†are left instead of right. It’s a minor thing that only few will notice. However, in the end the results are the same.¬†This concept will interplay later… the problem the lefty faces is increases. Decreasing seemed to be very simple; however increases seems to make me confuses and¬†directionless. With this hat is the very simplistic yet awesome “manos” cowl. What this cowl consist of is Manos Wool Clasica Natural, Silk Blend,and Maxima all knitted together on size US 17 or 12.0mm 29′-40 circular needle. I am using 29.’ So far I am really really please with the color combination. Here are some picture of the process:







Will continue to keep you guys and gals posted on the on cowl and next time I will plan out the projects over the next months to prepare me for the sexy¬†spectacular¬†Jacqueline¬†Sweater! ūüôā

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Definitions, Goals, and Progression

What is left-hand knitting? Why is it special? Why am I¬†devoting¬† an entire blog to this subject? Left hand knitting is working stitches off the right needle on to the left… picture example:leftknit image

In my humble beginnings of knitting, I tried to learn the “usual way” of left to right and needless to say it didn’t work out. At first, I felt defeated and felt that “maybe I was not meant to knit”; however, after countless videos and books… I started to just mimic the knitter and it clicked. I didn’t know I was knitting differently. I had the same results and was working the same stitches. It wasn’t until I began my first increase project (finger-less¬†mitts) and realized that something was off. Although, many yarn communities (LYS, fellow knitters, online communities, etc) were supportive, there wasn’t much instructional materials, especially on¬†YouTube. ¬†Everywhere I turned, it was the same feeling “that’s great that you knit that way… but you can learn or take a class to learn the regular way to make things simple.” ¬†What kind of crap is that!?! ¬†So I am sick of being ashamed of how I knit… this is a blog to embrace my lefty-ness and to provide a resource for the lefty-knitter.

My personal goal is create a sweater by next winter… I have the Jacqueline by Karina Lui sweater jacket that I want to accomplish! I have the yarn (substituted) and the needles need to complete the project; however, at this time I am lacking the skills and confidence to start the project. In meantime, I plan to complete several projects in the hopes of building up to this awesome gorgeous sweater.

So I am currently working on the Hurricane Hat by Andrea Goutier and¬†Rosie’s¬†Yarn Cellar’s “Manos Cowl.” I have previously completed both patterns; however the hat did not turn out like the picture (damn pictures, lol). So I am trying it again… will follow with pictures of my progress on the hat. After the completion of these projects I will be working on my first lace shawl , Fall Breeze Shawl by Denise Twum. So excited!

Looking into the hat:

Hurrican Hat

Flat view:

Hurricane Hat Flat

Up close and personal:

Hurrican Hat close up

Enjoy ūüôā

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