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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It is official… I think I am done with Double Pointed Needles (DPs).

As the title suggest, I am truly done with DPs. I use to love Double pointed needles. But now I am over them. I have been on a hunt to find a circular needle with a 16′ cord and I finally settled on Hiya Hiya. I just have to say these needles are awesome.  So good-bye Dps!!! 

Who knows, I might still using them from some project… MIGHT!!! Here are some pictures looking backs on DPs projects. Enjoy! 🙂IMG-20130423-01050 IMG-20130423-01048

AB Hat 3 AB Hat 2

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Toilet Paper Knitting… Too Awesome!

http://en.cafa.com.cn/harmonious-differences-%E2%80%93-second-experimental-art-exhibition-opened-at-cafa.html

Knitting Toilet Paper by Wang Lei 2010

Updates and Post to come 😉

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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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Knitting Left Handed

I know it has been a long time since I have posted updates on my various project, but I wanted to focus on the process of knitting. This post will be about knitting left-handed and different ways of knitting. I will be updating on my various projects over the next couple days.

Last night, I was you-tubing and looking at knitting stuff, such as the Russian Join, which is awesome (if I can pull it off). Here is a video for the Russian Join technique, of connecting a new ball of yarn:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-O5ZcSVWCMc

What lead me to look up left-handed knitting videos was the lady in the above video, seemed familiar with previous searches of left-hand knitting haters; however, it was not her, but then I stumbled across videos for knitting through the back loop or Ktbl and realized that not only do I knit left-handed but also I knit through the back loop (ARGH!!!!!) Seriously… I still get the same results, but now I am all types of backwards. Here is a video of the technique:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gkKVZ9hpnc

I find this humorist because I can do the reverse of what the video is demonstrating and get the same effects… but who wants to constantly think about these things… sometimes you just want to knit. 🙂

According to his other videos I purl sorta the “correct” way; however, this the way I am “supposed” to be knitting:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGeCzDkoXoA

I do plan to explore this technique of knitting, after completing my projects. I think I should learn this way due to easier translations of things like SSK and ktbl. However, the stubborn and rebellious side of my wants to develop my own style of knitting. But I will try it out… going to be re-learning to knit all over again. Hopefully it won’t be too bad!!

So this week, I will give updates on my projects, details of my various yarn hauls, and knitting books that I have recently brought and those I cherish. Have a great week everybody.  🙂

 

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Day 5, 6, and 7

I originally began this blog-a-thon with the intentions of becoming a better blogger, having fun, and doing something new. What I didn’t plan was the time of the blog. I went out-of-town to visit my pregnant Bestie and my god son. I had a blast and got to really relax. I was trying to complete day 5 on Friday; however, coming up with and idea to complete the criteria proved to be more difficult than I thought. After a weekend long journey and inspiration from other bloggers, I finally came up with ideas to finish the week out.

4KCBWDAY5 Something A Bit Different

Day 5 instructs use to create a wordless blog or something other than words about knitting. So I have been having the tattoo itch and really wanting to get something cute and small. I also want to have a visible tattoo. I have two tattoos, one on the back of my neck and one on my left ribs/side. I was thinking that my next tattoo should be knitting themed. Once a week, I will showcase an awesome knitting tattoo.

Week 1

Tattoo 1

4KCBWDAY6 – A Tool To Covet

As the name suggest, what tool(s) do I love and cherish the most? I would have to say my knitting books and YouTube. I am still a (advance) beginner and need to sometimes refer to YouTube or my knitting books for support.  The two books I cherish the most is Stitch N’ Bitch: Knitter’s Handbook by Debbie Stoller and Knitter’s Companion Deluxe Edition w/DVD by Vicki Square. These books are awesome and very simple to follow. I recently brought a swift and currently awaiting my winder. I  think that theses are the next tools that will be used a lot in my life!

4KCBWDAY7- Looking Forward

This is the last post of the knitting/crocheting blog week. The blog basically asked about the future projects or skills I planned to complete or attempt. I hope to tackle color projects, sweaters,  different yarns (lamb, camel-hair, mohair, bamboo, etc), and two at a time socks.  I also hope that next year, I will be better prepared for this blogging adventure. I have learned a lot from this experience and feel that my blogging have been taking to the next level. I think over the year, I will revisit some of the topics, to improved as well as try different ways to relay information. But I enjoyed this experience and I hope you did as well!

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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 🙂

houses

 

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.

Kniting and crochet blog week house of monkey

 

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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Knitting Stretches

A true sign that you have been knitting too much is having some arm/finger pains. Here is a nifty article about stretching to keep the needles clicking: http://knitfreedom.com/being-a-knitter/top-5-stretches-for-knitting-pain-relief

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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. 🙂

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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 🙂 :

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

IMG-20130325-00943 IMG-20130328-00978 IMG-20130328-00977 IMG-20130328-00976 IMG-20130328-00974 IMG-20130327-00967 IMG-20130327-00966 IMG-20130326-00964 IMG-20130326-00962 IMG-20130326-00961 IMG-20130325-00958 IMG-20130325-00957 IMG-20130325-00952 IMG-20130325-00950 IMG-20130325-00949 IMG-20130325-00948 IMG-20130325-00946 IMG-20130325-00945

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). 😉

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