Saturday, June 19, 2010

Bus Knitting

I tend to be all elbows when I knit. I need a certain amount of space to feel comfortable, and if you're sitting too close, you're probably going to get prodded with the blunt end of a knitting needle.

I think people who regularly catch my bus in the mornings are learning this. And no one likes to be poked with a knitting needle or have strands of yarn piling up on top of them at 7.15am. Most mornings, no one sits next to me. But it seems that the mornings that I'm concentrating on tricky increases or counting stitches, someone feels that it would just be easier to sit next to me, rather than walk to the empty row two seats back. Why?

Saturday, June 12, 2010

The Jumper part two - and why do I keep buying patterns?

The Jumper is progressing nicely, although I didn't knit as much of it as I wanted to this week because A) It was a short week at work and B) I was finishing off some fingerless gloves for a colleague of mine who has abandoned me to write for another newspaper. But anyway, I'm about five inches into the jumper, and I plan on getting a bit more done this weekend.

For the last three months, I've been looking for the perfect Breton-style striped top. I've hunted everywhere, op shops, chain stores, shops way out of my price range and online without any success. Then I had a revelation - why don't I just knit one? After a quick search on Ravelry, I found the perfect pattern, Breton Girl by Kat Coyle of Interweave Knits. And although the pattern calls for acrylic yarn, I don't really mind because I found just the right one in my local Warehouse, costing less than $20. My wardrobe will be very full of stripy things once both of these are finished.

And then there are the hat patterns I've found. And the hood pattern. Is this just a symptom of learning to knit? That I buy way too many patterns that I want to start on and get distracted from the projects I've already started? My yarn pile is growing, and I'm not the fastest knitter by a long way - will I finish all of these before winter ends?

Sunday, June 6, 2010

The Jumper

I'm four inches in to my very first jumper. I'm knitting the Peppermint Twist in Stitch N' Bitch by Debbie Stoller, in Rowan Cotton Glace. So far it's been pretty easy, but then I'm not anywhere near the sleeves yet, and the most complicated thing so far has been making a couple of stitches here and there. Something is bound to go wrong at some stage, while I'm lulled into a lovely false sense of security. I have tackled my first colour changes quite well I think. They're a little bit loose, but I'll tighten them up when I weave the ends in.

One thing I have learned is that cotton is not as forgiving as wool. I made a mistake of knitting my jumper onto a 4mm needle by accident on one row, when the patten calls for 3mm. I thought it might blend in, but after a couple more rows of knitting on the right needles, I ripped it back. I have learned a valuable lesson - keep separate projects in separate project bags. This way I won't grab the wrong size needle by accident, and save myself a good half hour of ripping back and picking up stitches again.