Stealing away for a few blissful hours of knitting has been harder than it sounds lately. Between work, farm chores, and the challenges of daily life, I’m surprised I haven’t forgotten how. Thankfully, a few stolen moments here and there have been all I need to finish that 1/2 sleeve, tuck in a few ends, and try the thing on….
…and its just a touch too long. And I don’t love the A-line on me. While it is probably flattering on some, the fit is a no-go for me.
Excuse me while I go cry and try to figure out exactly how far I need to rip back to fix this.
Self control isn’t something that comes easy to me, especially when it comes to yarn. The excited feeling that comes with casting on a new project is hard to beat when it’s still so cold outside.
The yarn in my closet is just going to have to wait, I need to work on this mountain of unfinished knits.
I am promising myself that I will not cast on for a new project until I finish at least three. Happily, I have here that are getting close….
Thanks to a movie marathons last night, my Marion Sweater is only lacking by half of a sleeve. I don’t even need to worry about button bands, I already did those.
I just need 6 more inches of easy, intuitive, interesting lace. I got this…
For me, first learning to knit was a frustrating process. It always felt like between trying to man-handle the needles and keep the yarn under control, I was just one dropped stitch away from a complete mental break down.
At the time, there was no LYS near by, I had no knitterly friends willing to suffer through teaching me the ropes, and the only patterns available to me were the out-of-date ones that come for free at the local big-box craft store. The yarn I picked was cheap acrylic. My tension was so tight that the yarn actually squeaked over the cheap metal needles that came in my “learn-to-knit” kit.
Things have certainly come a long way, but the learning hasn’t stopped. Never.
A large part of my decision to start my own blog was that I need a place to keep all of the little tips and tricks I pick up along the way together. For example, on my latest project, The Marion Sweater test-knit, the pattern called for a new-to-me increase and decrease stitch: The KRL and KLL. Thankfully, the designer, Vera Sanon, was kind enough to include a helpful link in the pattern and thanks to the amazing folks at knittinghelp.com, I was quickly on my way.
Next up on my project list? My own increase and decrease sampler.