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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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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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!! ūüôā

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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!!!! ūüôā

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