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K1B2 Episode 4 & Knit Along!

My fourth episode of my knitting podcast, Knit 1 Breathe 2, is up:

In it, I announce a shawl knit along I’m hosting! Here are the rules if you want to join!

  • Runs from: Oct 1st to Jan. 7
  • Shawls must be cast on or after Oct. 1st
  • Prize at half way point (Nov 20) then at end
  • Each completed shawl gives you 1 entry
  • I’ll keep track via Instagram. Use #knit1breathe2KAL
  • Shawls must be at least 1 skein
  • Double dipping with other knit alongs is encouraged!

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Knit 1 Breath 2 – Episode 3

Happy September!!

Check out what I’ve been doing with my crafty time in the past month by watching the third episode of my knitting podcast here:

 

Knit 1 Breathe 2 – Episode 2

The second episode of my knitting podcast is up! Enjoy!

https://youtu.be/WLV4wHIIPBg

Knit 1 Breathe 2 Podcast

After my short video blog last month, I’ve decided to make it a regular thing and have posted my first episode of my very own knitting podcast!

It’s called Knit 1 Breath 2 for the simple reason that I have used knitting as a relaxation technique for 10 years now.

Each episode will general follow the same format:

  • Intro (will include some sort of personal anecdote)
  • Finished Objects (things I’ve knit since last time)
  • Works in Progress (things I’m working on, or will be shortly)
  • Stash Enhancements (stuff I’ve bought for knitting)
  • Breathe 2 (a tip about reducing stress/anxiety)

I hope you’ll join me! Here’s Episode 1:

Show notes:

Patterns
Yoga Socks for the Lounger by Sybil R.
Miso shawl by Ambah O’Brien

Indie Dyers
OldOakYarns
TheLovingPath

Meditation Aps
Stop, Breath, Think
Insight Timer

Find me on Ravelry, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter: @MrsCometHunter

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!

 

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