Saturday, May 29, 2010

Knitting Stash

This week my knitting stash grew with the arrival of 11 balls of Rowan Cotton Glace from the lovely Cait at Alterknitives. Now that I've finished my arm-warmer-things, I can get started on my next project, a stripy jumper. I'm a bit intimidated - I've never knitted anything to this scale before, and what if I get bored of it?

I also joined Ravelry this week, which is proving to be an amazing source of information, but a very big distraction from actually knitting anything. There's just too much to look at; other projects, advice on what yarns to use - it's all very informative but I'm spending too much time browsing it.

Another issue with my new hobby - my need for knitting accessories - the more I have makes me a better knitter, right? I'm trying to convince myself that that is the case, but deep down I know the only way to improve is by making more stuff. I couldn't help myself when I saw this bag on Etsy though. It's a great size to take on public transport, and it fits just what you need if you're working on something smaller. Jenniegee hand-makes them, as well as posters and other goodies.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Winter Warmers

Over the last four days, there's been a noticeable change in the season. What was a very long summer and mild autumn has just become a rather cold and wet winter. Just as well I've finished knitting some fingerless gloves minus the tricky fingers - I suppose you could call them mittens with the tops cut off. The red pair are for a friend, and I've just finished the first glove of my own, in a funky local yarn - Creative Fibre's 8 ply Ocean.

One thing I am struggling with is seaming. My mattress stitch never looks quite right. It's crooked and sometimes the sides don't quite match up. I'm a bit of a perfectionist, so I end up undoing it all and starting over, which takes a lot of time. Any tips?

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Learning to knit

Most of the time, knitting is something enjoyable for me. I get excited when I finish a tricky row, spend too much of my lunch break in my local yarn shop, and try to justify buying yarns that might not be knitted into anything in the near future.

I've struggled my way through fingerless gloves (nobody explains what "pick up 2 sts and base of thumb and k to end" means... thanks Mum for helping) and plenty of straight stocking stitch scarves, but I've yet to go anywhere near dpns or circular needles. I'm a bit slow with my knitting, and I blame being left-handed for that. I still haven't found a way to hold the yarn properly without letting the needles go each time I need to wrap it around, and the continental method seems uncomfortable too. But never mind - as my boyfriend says with regards to my new hobbie - Where there's a wool, there's a way.