Friday, November 14, 2008

Knit along

Stay tuned all of you knitters, I'm working on a knit along...

Leave me a comment if you want me to do a crochet along instead, and of course we can always do both, but probably not at the same time--my hands might spasm.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Baby's Denim Drawstring Pants

Say Hello to my new project!

Baby's Denim Drawstring Pants, these are my blog readers.

Blog readers, this is Baby's Denim Drawstring Pants!

This is another fine knit found in Last Minute Knitted Gifts, and it is done in Rowan Denim Yarn. This yarn is supposedly just like denim, fades and shrinks-- and just like denim-- the dye transfers on light surfaces (such as my skin and knitting needles).

These little cuties are knitted in the round with double pointed needles. What is that you ask? Well, close your eyes and imagine knitting with four needles at the same time. Sounds like double the fun, right? Um... not so much... at first, anyway. This is my very first dpn (double pointed needles) knit (I'm growing as a knitter right before your very eyes!), and I felt like I was learning to knit for the first time. After a few rows though, I got the hang of it and my normal speed came back, and then, quite frankly, it was double the fun!

I've finished one leg as you can see in this picture, and already I'm regretting that I followed the pattern like a lemming--I'm not in love with the seed stitch cuff, and I'm thinking that a small rib cuff would have been a bit cuter (sometimes I think seed stitch looks hokey). Ah well, live and learn huh? I need to remember that I can make small changes like this.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Airy Scarf (finished)

My little in between project!

And my very first lace knit. I have to admit, it was a bit more challenging than I thought it would be because it turns out, mohair is a huge pain to knit with. I also had blunt end needles that would NOT pick up the stitches! I practically had to lift each one on by hand. Grr.

Anyway, a good introduction to lace for me. And it turns out that I really like it, I just have to be careful because I've snagged it three times already (actually I think one of those times was my cat because there were incriminating paw marks on the towel that I used for blocking).

Pattern: Airy Scarf in Last Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson
Yarn: Kid Seta by Madil (Kid mohair)
Needle size: 11 (not the recommended size)

Monday, November 3, 2008

For Jen (and other beginners)

Ok, first of all, I'm not sure of the correct terminology, but I'm thinking that a Knit or Crochet-along would be like a book club: one of us picks a pattern and we all do it together. Then, you send pictures of your finished product to me and I post them on my blog. Sounds like fun, doesn't it? I'll go ahead and change my poll now that you know...

For those of you interested in becoming knitters, here's how I recommend you do so:

1. Get a book or two.
Here are some I recommend for beginning because they include a wealth of information and a few projects to get you started.

**Stitch and Bitch
I actually didn't use this book to get started, but I hear it is wonderful for beginners. My Husband's cousins got started this way and they are fabulous knitters, and they highly recommended this book to me.

**The Knitting Answer Book
This is the book that finally helped me understand how to do seams. Compact and easy to use and includes answers to every question I've ever had about knitting (so far)

**Vogue Knitting
Also a great reference. Includes great pictures of stitches and yarns and other tools among lots of great information.

2. Get someone who knows how to knit.
sometimes all the well meaning pictures in the world can't explain it as easily as having a human show you with real yarn and needles. You can find such a person at any yarn or craft store, but sometimes it is better to enlist a friend because a person at a store will most likely recommend that you take a class, which is fine, but not free. I, Myself will be moving to the Provo/Orem Utah area this month so if you live there I will be happy to help you get started.

3. Start with something simple like a scarf.
Scarves are a great way to get you used to knitting, they are forgiving, they almost always fit, and you will be able to wear it without too much hassle. Plus they are finished relatively quickly which is important in encouraging the beginning knitter.

So I hope that helps anyone that wants to join the wonderful world of knitting! As always, feel free to ask me questions via the comments or my email, and for heaven's sake, if you do get started, send in a picture and I'll post it up!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Just for the sake of Knitting

This weekend, I decided to peruse a couple of my knitting books to pick my next project, and after I decided on one (I'll post that later) and ordered my yarn from a yarn website, I came across a little lacy scarf from Last Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson. I know, I've already done nothing but scarves on this blog so far, but I just couldn't resist. It uses superfine kid mohair which I already had, and it looked like a quick knit so I decided to do it just to knit something. I would post a progress picture, but I'm really almost done.

So stay tuned, I will deliver shortly!

In the mean time, check out my poll to the right ---->