Confessions of a Left-Hand Knitter

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WIP Updates

I have not been able to keep up with WIP Wednesday but I wanted to provide updates and announce the new KAL!!!!

I have been working on several projects. First is the Liz sweater sleeves. You know how I feel about sleeves!!! But I have mastered the 2 at a time, so hoping that I want feel the woes so hard.

Making some progress there. This has been my go to travel project and I love my knitting goddess bag it is so good! Lol

My next project is the Fade to Flax sweater, which is finger weight sweater. It has been cool working on it as I love the fino yarn, but admittedly I am lazy with counting and need to see if it is time to divide for sleeves or stop increasing. I know I am the worst with this sweater. But I love that it is top down so I am able to try it on as I go. Very beginner friendly sweater.

Also, I have been working on a hat that was going to match my mitts but tragically I lost them during the many winter storms that have been plaguing the northeast. But I don’t have much interest in completing it so it is my sometimes project.

This concludes my WIPs. As you know, I have recently acquired a lot of yarn (more is coming because I brought yarn before the trip…I have a problem), so I am on a mission to destash and make things!!!

With my sweater goal in mind, I will be hosting a KAL of the Joji Locatelli’s Dragonflies pattern. I already swatch and will be using Edinburgh Yarn. Super excited!! Please join me in the KAL! Click the link for the Raverly Thread.

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WIP Wednesday: The Woes of sleeves

Hi everyone,

It is WIP Wednesday!!!

I am in the woes of sleeves with my sweaters. I need to perfect the two at a time method because this is agonizing. I finished the second sleeve on my Grandpa sweater…well almost. I need another ball of yarn. I have order two balls and another sweater quantity in black. I am still concern about fit but I really enjoyed the pattern and how quickly the sweater knitted up. Once yarn arrives (hopefully soon, I will finish and block. Hopefully it is not too bad. I will cast on a new grandpa once I confirm size with blocking.

I have been working on my Liz sweater aka owl sweater, which is coming along. I finished my increases and decreases in the waist now getting to the length requirement fo r bust shaping, which is short rows. Should be interesting.

Also working on the cubes for Maria, however stuck in the sleeves. I am not a fan of the body or the way the sleeves look but I am not going to rip back. The color block is awesome. The yarn is great but might not have been a good choice for a sweater. I curious to see how it will block.

Things I have learn in my sweater quests: I need to swatch fully. My common concern in all three of these sweaters is fit, which will not be really confirmed until blocking. If I have washed the swatches and played with them for a few days, I would have a better understanding of the fabric. Although I had searching I know it is necessary. I need to just get over it and really swatch.

Here are some pictures to denote progress. I will provide pictures of the owl sweater at a later date.

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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. 😦

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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Owligan

I just brought the owl sweater pattern!!!! Lol. Still knitting. A lot has happened. I will be back with an update. Hopefully soon… 🙂

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Wool and the art of carpets

I know it has been along time.. grad school has taken over my life!! However, enjoy this post! 🙂

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rug3 Alexandra Kehayoglou is a wool artist based in Argentina who learned her hand-tufting techniques from Greek grandparents who brought their rug and carpet making traditions with them when they immigrated to South America.

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New Favorites: Colorwork without the work

Really want to make this!!!

Fringe Association

New Favorites: Uncommon colorwork There’s a way to do colorwork that doesn’t involve stranded knitting (i.e., alternating between different yarns within the same row/round) or intarsia (changing colors mid row and then changing back again later). It’s basically just stripes — anyone can knit stripes, right? — except you jumble them up by knitting into the row below here and there instead of knitting straight across. So it’s colorwork without the work! I’ve long been intrigued by it but have never done it, and in the past couple of weeks, two tempting patterns have hit the airwaves.

The one above is the Midwinter scarf by Wendy Baker and Belinda Boaden of True Brit Knits (for the Quince and Co. Scarves 2014 collection) and looks almost like crochet! It’s a stitch pattern that is apparently called English Rose Tweed, which I only know because it’s also one of three stitch patterns artfully combined in The Purl…

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Wow .. I miss blogging

I haven’t had the time or brain power to give this blog some much needed attention. I am going to grad school ( online) for those of you who don’t know and it is very time consuming and stressful. In which I have been knitting a lot, just not blogging about it. So here are some up dates. I have completed four hats, my first pair of mitten, my drop stitch cowl in chunky yarn ( neon green) and still working on my sweaters. I decided to frog and start over a sweater this spring/summer. I am hopelessly trying to finish my dragonfly sweater almost done with the body then it is sleave time…. But I am dreading the pick up collar. But I must finish this sweater it is so so pretty and definitely has improved, taught, and showcases my skills…. So here are some pictures. I will try to get back to regular blog postings because I do have a lot of things to share!!!! Happy knitting!!!

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We Knit a Window Display for our Local Yarn Shop

Love it!!

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Pullovers for first-timers: Or, an introduction to sweater construction

I love this post. Too awesome. It’s like a guide. Please enjoy and share!

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Idlewild blueprint

I’ve been promising this post on sweater patterns for beginners — or first-time sweater knitters at any level — for quite awhile, and it’s turned out to be a bit of a monster! But let’s get one thing clear right up front: There is nothing intrinsically hard about knitting a sweater. Don’t let the size of this post scare you! As I’ve said before, if you can knit a mitt, you can knit a sweater. Depending on the type of sweater, it may involve some combination of increases/decreases, casting on or binding off stitches mid-stream, picking up stitches, possibly even some short rows — some or all of which you’ve most likely done by the time you’re thinking about a sweater. It’s just knitting. But given the potential investment of time and yarn money, a sweater represents a bit of a mental hurdle for lots of knitters. I’ve…

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Pullovers for first-timers: Or, an introduction to sweater construction

I love this post. Too awesome. It’s like a guide. Please enjoy and share!

Fringe Association

Idlewild blueprint

I’ve been promising this post on sweater patterns for beginners — or first-time sweater knitters at any level — for quite awhile, and it’s turned out to be a bit of a monster! But let’s get one thing clear right up front: There is nothing intrinsically hard about knitting a sweater. Don’t let the size of this post scare you! As I’ve said before, if you can knit a mitt, you can knit a sweater. Depending on the type of sweater, it may involve some combination of increases/decreases, casting on or binding off stitches mid-stream, picking up stitches, possibly even some short rows — some or all of which you’ve most likely done by the time you’re thinking about a sweater. It’s just knitting. But given the potential investment of time and yarn money, a sweater represents a bit of a mental hurdle for lots of knitters. I’ve…

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