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Knitting Bucket List

Though I’ve been knitting for 10 years now, I’ve gotten seriously obsessed with it these past few months. It’s what I love to do with my spare time. And not just the act of knitting, but looking at yarn, researching patterns, watching knitting podcasts, planning gifts, and thinking about how I can take my hobby to another level.

Besides simple hats for the kids and scarf for DH, I don’t really give away hand-made knits as gifts because I never thought I was good enough. But that’s changed this year. I plan on making something for my mother-in-law, a much nicer scarf for DH, and socks for the boys.

Some other things on my knitting bucket list are:

  • Learning new techniques like
    • Cables (I’ve heard these aren’t so hard, but I still haven’t done them)
    • Fair Isle colour-work
    • Knitting styles (continental, flicking, etc)
  • Projects
    • Adult sweater
    • fingered/less gloves/mittens
  • Dying yarn
  • Spinning yarn
  • Creating a pattern
  • Sewing project bags (not knitting, but FOR knitting)
  • Attending a knitting retreat

I’m sure this list will grow the more I learn about knitting!

What are you obsessed with lately? What do you spend your free-time doing?

Waiting for Rain vlog 

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Thought I’d try something different today and do a video blog (vlog) about my most recent knitting project, the Waiting for Rain shawl. Enjoy!

Some notes:

  • The shawl is designed by Sylvia McFadden
  • I used US 5 needles
  • See my Ravelry project page for this knit here

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Gauge Evolution

As I’ve been knitting more and more, I’ve come to realize that I’m a very loose knitter. I usually have to go down 2-4 US size needles than patterns call for, and my stitches slip easily on my metal needles (sometimes too easily and the fall off). Compared to other knitters, a simple garter stitch fabric that I’ve made practically looks like lace.

It hasn’t always been this way though, and it wasn’t until just recently that I realized my gauge changed drastically when I had my stroke (Oct. 2013).

Here’s are a couple photos to demonstrate just how much my gauge has changed (using my Penrose afghan):

Now that I’m knitting more complex patterns, this is something I’ll need to take into account more and more. For example the shawl I’ve been working on for the past month or so, the lace will be VERY open. Check out how this is going on my Ravelry page, but stay tuned for the finished object (FO) soon!

 

First Socks

One of my goals for 2017 was to attend a knitting class to learn how to make socks, and I did it! It was a 3-part class, which I wrote about more here.

I finished them today, and here’s the final product:

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I really love knitting socks, and I think I might do another pair right off the bat next. Maybe yoga socks like these (source):

I’m signed up to do a shawl knit along in April. We’ll be working on the beautiful Waiting for Rain pattern (get here on Ravelry):

Hopes for 2016

As you read in my last post, 2015 was pretty meh. So, I’m hoping things will change in 2016. Here are my hopes:

  • I  would like to make progress toward a more stable work situation
  • I would like to get back to spending more time doing (and enjoying) things I love like knitting, reading, and cooking
  • I would like to move more and feel more energized
  • I would like to enjoy the time with my family more
  • I would like to either make our home more livable or move to a house that suits us better

What are your hopes for 2016?

Sweater and Other Things

I finally finished C’s sweater this past week – it only took 1.5 years. Yikes. I’m a slow knitter! This sweater had it in for me though. I had to rip it back a number of times…the last of which was right after I attached one of the sleeves and made a grave mistake involving lack of patiences, scissors, and it being past my bedtime.

Lesson learned: if something isn’t working as you’re about to go to bed, PUT IT DOWN, and look at it in the morning with fresh eyes.

In other news, E had his first day of senior kindergarten today. Now he’s the big man on campus (or at least in his classroom). He said he didn’t even miss me because he had friends around (I guess that’s a good thing, but thanks, kid!).

Lastly, I signed my first contract as a high school teacher! I’ll be teaching grade 11 math at a private school in town! I’m excited and nervous, but it sounds like it’ll be a good start to my career!

Pieces Come Together

Last update I had on my ongoing battle with the Penrose afghan, I was putting an extra section together because one was too small.

I set a deadline for myself to get it sewn all together for when my parents arrived on June 5th – mostly because my mom has been weaving in all the ends, and I didn’t want to lug the thing across the country at Christmas!

So, once I finished that last section (for the second time) I started putting the bigger sections together.

  Two sections.

 Three sections.
Five sections. 

Sewn together…still loose ends.

All done!!

IT’s DONE!!! It only took 3+ years! Special thanks to my amazing mom for weaving in every last end! That’s 2-3 ends for each little piece and more from sewing pieces together!

Now just to wait for cold weather to enjoy it (not that I’m wishing for that!! I’m happy to wait!).

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