30 Days of Knitting: Day 9

Day 9: What fiber or yarn do you love working with?

My favourite yarn, hands-down, is Madelinetosh.

My first experience with one of their yarns was in late 2010. I had just started knitting “for serious.” As a new member of Ravelry, I was curious about yarns and fibers beyond those available in craft stores. I decided I was going to knit a few Christmas presents for some of my relatives, and I wanted to make some of those presents with yarn I hadn’t used before.

Prior to this excursion, I was not a fan of yarn shops. My experiences had not been pleasant ones. My mother crochets, but she preferred the prices and large quantities of acrylics at craft stores. I had tagged along with my Nana to yarn shops before, but I at best my presence had been tolerated, not welcomed. I made a few attempts to visit yarn shops on my own in later years, but I always felt like I was being regarded with skepticism. It was like a club that I was not a part of. Continue reading

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30 Days of Knitting: Day 8

Day 8: What’s your most challenging project?

The most challenging project that I’ve worked on so far was a cabled cardigan. (I haven’t done anything really amazingly complicated.)

I love wearing cardigans, so when I bought some really soft synthetic yarn in a beautiful shade of lunar gray I decided to make one for myself. I saw the pattern Velynda by ChicKnits and fell in love~ ♥ I adore the panels of small cables. The pattern isn’t terribly difficult, and I wanted to expand my skills, so I bought it.

First, I didn’t have enough yarn (Bahia by Schoeller+Stahl). I really, really liked it and didn’t want to substitute, but I only had about half as much as I needed. I went back to the shop that I had originally purchased the yarn, but even though they found another skein of it for me I still didn’t have enough. I searched on the internet and placed an order from a webshop, but a few days later they emailed me to tell me they couldn’t fill my order–they didn’t have any of the yarn. I found a second online seller with the yarn, thankfully, but the communication was almost nonexistent and I basically didn’t know the yarn was available until it arrived at my house. Continue reading

30 Days of Knitting: Day 7

Day 7: What is your least favorite piece that you’ve knit?

I’ve knit more “least favourite” projects than I’d really care to admit. I’ve been on a constant battle to avoid collecting yarn. I try to knit yarn as quickly as I can manage rather than buying more and more of it. Even though I don’t buy much of it, though, it accumulates because I tend to get yarn as little gifts or “oh I was just thinking of you” from various friends and family members. It just seems to turn up! I had knit almost all of my current yarn stash, and then I inherited more yarn from my grandmother, so it more than doubled even after I sorted out the yarns I’d be least likely to use.

I’ve been trying to cut back on “obligation knitting,” particularly because I’m not obliged to anyone with my hobby–I’m forcing these obligations on myself–but sometimes I still slip up. If I have yarn, I feel like I must use it, even if it’s not really to my taste. Continue reading

30 Days of Knitting: Day 6

Day 6: What is your favorite piece that you’ve knit?

My favourite piece isn’t always the same. The best projects are projects that make me fall in love with them, and I’m always trying to find patterns that I think I’ll enjoy even more than the last.

Teeny Tiny Mittens

These mittens are just slightly fluffy and only a bit fuzzy, but they’re so soft~!

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30 Days of Knitting: Day 5

Day 5: How long did it take from the time your learned how to knit, to finish your first project?

It didn’t take me too long to finish my first project. It was a simple garter-stitch scarf, and I knit it for the length of one skein of acrylic yarn. I think it took me a week or two, but I honestly don’t remember enough about it to be sure.

I wish I remembered more about that first project, actually. It would have been neat to compare it with the things I’m making now. I don’t even have a picture.

It’s at least nice to know that in the future as I look back on the things I started knitting since university, I’ll have pictures and written details to reference. 😎

30 Days of Knitting: Day 4

Day 4: How did you learn how to knit?

My grandmother, who I call Nana, taught me how to knit when we were on vacation. I mentioned this in response to the first prompt for 30 Days of Knitting. She had tried once before, but I was too young to be patient with it, particularly because she was also teaching me how to hand sew; we focused on that instead. I consider the teaching session at the rented cabin in Door County to be my first “learn to knit” lesson.

Nana mostly demonstrated the stitches for me and guided my hands. We spent a lot of time on each step. She cast on, with me watching, and then we unraveled it. Then I cast on with her moving my hands, and then we unraveled it. And finally I cast on shakily, and unraveled it again to do it once more for the final cast on. Continue reading

30 Days of Knitting: Day 3

Day 3: Do you have any other WIPs (works in progress)?

Besides the socks, my only other WIP is my ongoing project: the Beekeeper’s Quilt. I really love the patterns that Tiny Owl Knits releases~ ♥

Hexipuffs

These use up some leftovers from the two most recently finished pairs of socks I’ve made. I like the contrast more than I thought I would.

I know that it’s rather unusual to not have a bevy of projects in progress at any given time, but with some rare exceptions I am a single-project knitter. I like to have everything finished, and I don’t like to jump back and forth from project to project. It works for quite a lot of people, but makes me feel stressed and unmotivated. Continue reading

30 Days of Knitting: Day 2

Day 2: What is currently on your needles?

My husband loves handknit socks. He loves handknit socks the way most knitters wish somebody loved handknit socks: so full of thankfulness and happiness that he wants to tell everyone else about how sweeeeeeeet his handknit socks are. It definitely makes knitting socks for him feel like a good use of my time when his reactions are so positive. 🙂

Within the last few weeks I’ve inherited a lot of yarn from my late grandmother. She did much more shopping than knitting during the more recent years of her life, because the medications and therapies left her so tired. Among the yarn was a large bag of Koigu Painter’s Palette Premium Merino (KPPPM). I am not fond of variegated yarn, but my sock-loving husband was all about more socks made of the new-to-us sock-weight yarn.

Dark Painted Socks

I’ve never used Koigu Painter’s Palette Premium Merino before, but they do have the type of hue depth I like for yarn.

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30 Days of Knitting: Day 1

Day 1: What was your first finished project?

I first learned to knit when I was much younger. My grandmother made a brief attempt when I was in elementary school, and I had my first formal lesson from her when I was in junior high.

My grandparents liked to take my brother and I on summer and fall vacations to Door County. Either we’d stay in their fancy camper trailer or they’d rent a cabin or a suite of bedrooms in a hotel, and we’d spend a few days up there. My uncle Chris lived with my grandparents, as he was mentally disabled, so was there, too. Continue reading

30 Days of Knitting

I can’t find the source for these prompts, but I wish I knew who had started it. I like the format of these question-and-answer lists. ♥

Here’s the full list for anyone who would like to see all the questions at once. Again, I didn’t write these questions. They’re floating around on the internet.

Day 1: What was your first finished project?

Day 2: What is currently on your needles?

Day 3: Do you have any other WIPs (works in progress)?

Day 4: How did you learn how to knit? Continue reading