30 Days of Knitting: Day 20

Day 20: Do you knit in public? Was anyone offended/incredibly happy/curious that you were doing so?

I knit in public almost every day! ♥

My preferred knitting time is during my commute to and from work, and anything else where I’m riding the train or the bus. Sometimes if it’s super-sardine-can-crowded I have to suspend my knitting activities until later, but usually there’s at least some time to get a round or two in. I know that a lot of people prefer to read when they’re on a bus or train, but that’s not a good option for me because reading in moving vehicles gives me motion sickness-related headaches. I don’t like to play around with my phone on public transportation because I’ve witnessed device on more than one occasion. The chances of my partially-finished sock being snatched out of my hands is a lot lower. Continue reading

30 Days of Knitting: Day 19

Day 19: Do you watch movies and/or listen to podcasts while knitting? What are your favorite things to knit to?

I always watch movies when I knit! I think it makes it more fun. I’m not really the sort of person who is comfortable watching a movie with their full attention. When I was younger I would frequently watch movies while typing on my computer or playing other games. While this was fun, I’d usually have to watch a movie more than once to really understand all of it.

I find that with knitting, I can still pay a decent amount of attention to the action on-screen, but my hands are occupied and I don’t get fidgety. Continue reading

30 Days of Knitting: Day 16

Day 16: Have you ever had a knitting related injury?

“Knitting related injury” sounds very dramatic, like I’ve lost an eye or something. I can say, thankfully, that I have never been horribly maimed as a result of knitting.

That said, I technically have been hurt from knitting–and from what I understand, both of my ailments are common.

1. Poked fingers

I push the working needle back with my index finger. I’m basically stabbing myself in the finger over and over again. If the needles are sharp, sometimes I’ve bruised the fingertip or drawn blood. Thankfully I can still knit with a band-aid wrapped around my index finger, but it’s not ideal. I’ve tried thimbles, but they’re too awkward to make me want to stick with them as a preventative measure. If it really bothers me, I’ll have to learn to knit differently.

2. “Yarn burn”

I guide the yarn over my fingers to control the tension; that’s just part of knitting. Certain yarns, particularly acrylics, rub against my fingers over and over until that particular spot becomes raw or cracked.

See, neither of those are so bad. I’m definitely not going to stop knitting due to minor “injuries” like those! XD

30 Days of Knitting: Day 15

Day 15: What was your least favorite pattern and why?

I have yet to meet a “cup cozy” pattern that didn’t frustrate the heck out of me. I don’t understand what size these mythical cups to be cozied are, but I haven’t encountered one that fits. I’ve tried measuring one of my cups and going from there, but the finished project is never really something useful. If I were more devoted to the cozying of cups, I might try to find something felted, or something with a bottom instead of just sides, but at this point I just don’t make them.

I also don’t know anyone who would actually use such a thing as a cup cozy, so I think it’s for the best.

30 Days of Knitting: Day 14

Day 14: What’s the worst yarn/fiber that you’ve worked with and why?

I have a really terrible love/hate relationship with Berocco Vintage. I love how it looks in the skein. It comes in some great colours. It’s machine washable and can be machine dried.

Every time I buy some for a project, it’s like torture! It splits terribly when I work with it. The yarn keeps slipping around until the ball or cake is just a big knotted mess.

Other people seem to love it, but it just doesn’t work out for me! I need less stress in my knitting projects.

Despite that, I keep forgetting about how much it torments me until I’ve bought more of it for some other project. ;_;

30 Days of Knitting: Day 13

Day 13: Do you have yarn that you love but can’t find a project for?

Thankfully, this is no longer true! However, for a long time I did have a yarn that fit this profile exactly.

Mink and Cashmere

50% mink and 50% cashmere = 1000% soft

When I attended Vogue Knitting Live! Chicago in 2012, I fell in love with a handspun mink and cashmere blend that a vendor in the marketplace was selling. It was expensive, but I didn’t care. I bought just under 400 yards of it…and then couldn’t figure out what the heck to do with it! It sat in my stash for months on end and I didn’t even have an idea of what to do.

I tried to knit a cowl with it, but I didn’t really have anything in mind…and I didn’t like what the project was turning out to be. (Not to mention that I don’t really wear cowls.) I wanted to use this yarn for something that I’d love! I loved the yarn, so it was really important to me that I also love the project.

Happily, I put my mind to this dilemma in late May, and finally converted this lovely yarn into several lovely knit items–a slouchy hat, wrist warmers, a hair accessory, and baby mittens! ♥

30 Days of Knitting: Day 12

Day 12: Where do you keep your stash? Post pictures!

Yarn and Accessory Storage

I’ve managed to keep all of my yarn and knitting supplies in these two portable bags.

My stash generally lives in what I refer to as “the knitting suitcase.” It’s a moderately sized gray suitcase with many, many pockets; for a long time it was my primary travel suitcase. I started storing my knitting supplies in this suitcase when I was in university. At the time, I no longer to use that suitcase for travel but I was not quite settled down in terms of where I lived. I wanted a way to tote all of my knitting supplies with me without misplacing or losing anything. It needed to be a portable storage solution, too, so that it could come with me when I moved from place to place.

This suitcase has two zippered outer pockets–one about as large as the entire front panel of the suitcase and the other much smaller. It has a zippered mesh pouch and a pocket with an elastic gathered opening on the inside of the top side. Inside the body of the suitcase there are two zippered pockets along the longer sides, and one zippered pocket at the bottom of the shorter edge where the cover hinges. It has two buckled straps to hold contents into the open area. Continue reading

30 Days of Knitting: Day 11

Day 11: Do you have a “Knitter Hero” or someone that is just way too awesome for their own good? Do share!

I think my “Knitter Hero” is probably Franklin Habit, author of the blog the Panopticon and the column Stitches in Time at Knitty. He’s also written/illustrated knitting cartoons. He’s written some non-historically translated/updated/improved patterns, too.

I am interested in historical knitting, and it was through his Stitches in Time column that I first learned of him. From there I started reading his blog. When I attended Vogue Knitting Live! Chicago was lucky enough to attend one of his lectures on historical knitting, and he was just as cool and funny in person as he is in print.

I also follow him on Twitter.

Honestly, he’s my candidate for “Knitter Hero” because I think he’s really cool! 😀