This is definitely going to be a long post (fair warning!)
Christmas Knitting: Done and Done!
My second ever pair of socks are done!!!
Pattern: Thuja from Knitty
Yarn: Art Yarns Supermerino in #119
Needles: Size 6 Double Pointed
This pattern was great to make and quick to knit. The first sock was slow going but the second took me three days! Just in time for my dad’s birthday/Christmas present. I’m now a full flegged sock maker as I now have requests from my boyfriend and a bunch of his friends!
A great pattern: Basic Cable Hat from Stitch N’ Bitch
Needles: Size 8
I definitely could have doubled the yarn for this but I like the way it came out just the same.
These two gifts, plus my very first socks are all the Christmas knitting I’m doing this year. I did have delusions of grandure that I would complete a shawl for my mom but that’s not going to happen.
I picked the Birch shawl from Rowan and to my delight it seems that it’s a very popular one out there in blogland. I saw Felicia’s from Sweet Georgia’s, Ann’s from Mason Dixon and of course the Queen herself, the Yarn Harlot’s. I have been having trouble getting past those first few rows without skipping a YO or a KTBL and yes I have considered pulling my hair out. But after two botches it seems that one more time is the charm it seems.
I’m also thinking of doing the Flower Basket Shawl. That was what I wanted to do originally but when I went to my LYS she didn’t have the pattern and then showed me Birch… now to my sheer joy I got the IK e-newsletter and lo and behold the Flower Basket Shawl pattern was attached for free!! Cara has done the Flower Basket Shawl and lucky for me has all these wonderful links for good research. So now I can choose, Birch or Flower Basket Shawl. Any suggestions which one first? Now, I have yet to get yarn for the Flower Basket so that would require me to go back to the LYS (twist my arm will ya?).
Blogging has certainly made me a better knitter. Since discovering "blogland" in August I have not been able to stay away! There are SO many knitters out there that I admire that make me love knowing how to knit. What’s even better is that they are so Open to sharing their skills and talents with newbie/intermediate knitters like me!
I’ve come a long knitty way since last January. I had learned to knit that summer of ’04 and had finished my first FO’s – Christmas Stockings. Since then I’ve gradually begun to challenge myself more as a knitter. I kept telling myself, "no, no wait, you’re not there Juuuust yet." But I think I can finally say I can tackle any type of knitting – I’m certainly not saying it will come out all pretty on the first try – but I won’t be frightened away by "super spicy" or "four skein" patterns.
With that in mind I do have some good knitting resolutions for 2006 (taking a page out of Sweet Georgia’s post):
- Lace! Now that’s an easier res considering I have two patterns ready to do. But now I have to follow through and DO them.
- Learn better finishing techniques. I feel that although I have my knit down, I certainly don’t have my finishing skills sharp. What’s worse than knitting something with such care and then not really knowing how to put all the piece together??
- Crochet!! I used to crochet when I was younger all the time… I haven’t done anything in so long. I need to find the right pattern and just get to it!
- Design something. Now I’m thinking something muy facil and it would be for Moi. But I have to at least try!
- Lastly, start my Jaywalkers! Oh what’s that below… oh yes, I’ve aquired myself some Socks That Rock!! Jaywalker KAL here I come!!
All that’s left is to decide which color to begin with first…. hmmmmm.