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Today’s topic for Knit & Crochet Blogweek, is improve your skill set. So funny that this is a topic, because on my Ravelry group right now, we’re doing a few cal/kals to “learn a new skill”. We are learning tunisian, practicing our cabling, & I’m hoping we are going to do entrelac as well. Next month, I want to do a “learn how to line your hand knits” or something along those lines – remember the bag I shared with your earlier this week? I know I CAN do it, but man… trying new things is so scary!!
(tunisian sampler scarf)
I’ve been focusing mainly on tunisian. I knew the very basics when I started, but didn’t even know what the stitches I knew were called, that’s how little I knew. I have been greatly enjoying playing around. I practiced a bunch of odd stitches & the swatches will go into freeform. I made a pile of scarves (that I still need to photograph) using the tunisian double crochet stitch – what fun, & SO SO fast! Couldn’t believe how crazy fast those scarves went!
I have done a garterlac dishcloth, but that’s exactly how much experience I have with entrelac. I have a book I took out from the library, so I will hopefully get to play with that a bit.
Cables… I am just not a fan of textured anything… I’m a lace & colorwork girl, as already discussed this week. But I feel as a designer, I need to have the basics under my belt. I’ve knitted a few cables…
(binary cable hat for hat wars a few years ago)
(dicey from sock madness)
I’ve crocheted cables a few times, here & there – I have no photos to share, as they were swatches that ended up in freeform, & I can’t find any close up photos. So, it’s time to practice cables again, I think!
I have a stack of scarves finished that I still need to photograph, but what I do have ready to share with you is some more squares I’ve been playing with
I’m not doing today’s Knit & Crochet blog post – you are supposed to get outside your comfort zone & blog something a little bit different, but the only thing I’d like to do – a podcast or a video – I don’t have the skill set or the equipment to do :/ so no Knit & Crochet blog week post.
Today’s blog post is a knitter for all seasons: we are supposed to talk about the seasonality of our craft.
The first thing that immediately came to mind, is about how every year, right around May when it starts to really get hot, I get the urge to start an afghan. Not a throw or a baby blanket, but a big, full size afghan, usually for our bed, that always ends up a queen size afghan because if you are going to make a big afghan, you might as well make it queen size in case some day we have a bigger bed (yes, I really think that).
Or how about this one?
Anastacia’s Free Scrap Afghan
I always make a ton of hats in August for a charity through my mom’s job. I think, pretty much, the theme here, is that I make winter stuff year round. I hate the cold, I hate to be cold, so I guess I just want me & everyone else to be really prepared.
it’s wip wednesday!
I wanted to finish catching you up on some of my wips. They’ve been exploding lately. I have absolutely no idea how or why I started all of these things, & I didn’t even drag out all of them to show you… no progress on the Catherine socks, or the lovely bright red toe up socks I started last week, or the sock yarn afghan or pillowcases… so no new photos of any of them. I did drag out the freeform afghan, remember this one?
my tunisian sampler scarf, through a cal on the Ambassador Crochet blog (I’m really enjoying this one)
that’s not counting an afghan design I’ve been working on that I can’t share in case I decide to submit it somewhere… or the socks for my mom that I started & decided to frog back because the stitch isn’t working the yarn… yikes! how did the wips get so out of hand? (oh, yeah, let’s not mention the 2 hats I started that I also decided to frog because I was overwhelmed by wips)
On top Knit & Crochet blog week… today’s topic is your knitting hero. That’s incredibly easy… Elizabeth Zimmermann! I SO wish I was knitting back when she was alive, I often wonder if she’d love Ravelry & hang out there as much as I do. I couldn’t imagine being able to just chat with her like she’s a regular human being, I think of her as some kind of superhero. Her books were among the first knitting books I ever read, & man, did I read & devour them. I regularly quote her, both to knitters & non-knitters & to total strangers as well. Anytime someone compliments whatever I’m knitting or crocheting, I always paraphrase here quote “it’s only 2 sticks & some string” or if someone is complaining about how it’s too “difficult” to learn, I talk about how she tells people in one of her books, that if you are capable of dressing yourself in the morning, you have the intelligence to knit.
Annie Modesitt is also a big hero to me. She’s a combo knitter – and when I discovered her website explaining how she makes certain stitches, my head exploded. I’d been knitting for a couple of years, but was having problems with my decreases, they were coming out twisted & weird & wrong. I knew I was doing something wrong, but just kept knitting obsessively anyways. After I discovered her website, I realized just how many different styles of knitting there really were, & I could hold my head up high & say “Yes, I knit different than you, but that doesn’t make me wrong!” My personal style is similiar to, but different from, combo knitting – it’s the closest style to what I do that I’ve ever seen. People had been telling me for years how I knit “wrong” & it was so frustrating, & because I was a new knitter, I didn’t know how to defend myself, or even that I should. Thank you, Annie.
tag code: 3KCBWDAY3
There’s a new craft related meme going around, called Maniac Monday, that I heard about through Ravelry, where you talk about things you’ve done over the weekend & things you are planning on working on over the next week. I probably won’t participate regularly, as most of my projects I share on Work in Progress Wednesday, but this week I have a lot of projects / to do things that I really wouldn’t share on WIP Wednesday. So let’s get started, shall we?
My embroidery: I need to do some practice on some separate material. I finished all the easy stuff I knew how to do on the first pillowcase
and have started on the second one
I have lots of french knots to do, & I’ve never, ever been able to do a french knot right. Ever.
Anyone here have a green thumb? I have this plant
that I think may be a jade? Maybe? I want to transplant one or two of the babies
into a different pot. Not knowing what plant it is, I have no idea how to transplant the baby without killing it. You can’t really see in the photo, but I have a 3rd baby starting to grow, so I’d like to try to take at least one of them. Help!
I also have a freeform afghan with a ton of ends I need to finish working on, that I forgot to photograph.
It’s also Knit & Crochet Blog week! I wanted to participate last year, & well, I think I played one day & just sort of forgot about it. Today’s topic is Colour Lovers. Anyone who reads my blog knows I love color – I prefer to play with color over texture, lace, cables, etc., any day. I love bright colors, or muted colors, or perfect neutrals… anything goes, really. I don’t really have a wonderful color sense, I don’t think, but I still enjoy playing with color all the same. I’d rather make a stack of mismatched socks or a pile of scrap granny squares, over a plain, one color, textured sweater. One color? Boring!
Ever since seeing & reading about Pippi Longstocking or Punky Brewster, I thought mismatched anything was cool. I actually started knitting solely for the purpose of being able to knit a never ending pile of mismatched, brightly colored socks
Tag for goggle: 3KCBWDAY1
I was working on this design on my birthday this year, and my mom pointed out that I turned 36 on 3-6. I thought that was pretty special, and would be a nifty name for my latest shawl!
36 on 3-6 is a top down shawl, a cross between a true triangle or a true half circle shape, and shaped at the top so the shawl will stay put on your shoulders. If you prefer, you can block this shawl to be more of a traditional triangle shape.
You can use any yarn, any weight, & any gauge that makes you happy!
Shawl in the bright sunflower orange photos was made using exactly 2 skeins of Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece yarn, & measures 25” deep by 52” across.
(ignore my mother’s fingers as we were trying to get these shots!)
Many thanks to my testers, debspugs, CollieGrl64, pixie56, and poodlemama9, & to June Gilbank (http://www.planetjune.com) for her tech editing skills.
Thank you to Brown Sheep Yarn Company (http://www.brownsheep.com/ ) for yarn support.
If you have any questions or comments or just want to join like-minded souls, please join my Ravelry group at http://www.ravelry.com/groups/anastacia-knits-designs.
good morning! Let me share a few more finished objects with you today, shall I?
the broadripples are done, they don’t fit Jon well so they are for ME (sometimes there are advantages to the fact our feet are so close together; my feet are a little narrower but a little longer than his)
good morning! let’s play catch up on some wips today, shall we?
knit picks felici fingering weight, size 1
Did you miss Vintage tuesday? I only had time for a few quick photos, but I think this one is QUITE the gem for those of us who were kids during the 80s
it’s Soft Sculpture Playtime, aka clothes for Cabbage Patch Kids!
and I had to share the great, gorgeous photo spreads with you…
look at the shoes!
Oh – I paid 10 cents for this just a couple of weeks ago