Thursday, July 22, 2010

A Surprising Comment

Arriving at work yesterday, I greeted the security guard as is my custom. He's been our security guard for the last 3 years. Yesterday, after saying hi to me, he said:

"I've seen you knitting." (or something to that effect - unlike Archie Goodwin, I can't recall conversations verbatim).

I was a little surprised, and already halfway through the doorway to the stairwell. I turned back and replied that it was my favourite hobby. I didn't quite know what else to say and I was also a couple of minutes late.

While climbing the stairs, I pondered his comment and then kicked myself for not pursuing his statement with more curiosity.

I hope we can revisit this most interesting of topics at a future time :)

Monday, July 19, 2010

Another Preemie Hat design - Daisy Chain Hat

Well, here's another offering for the Knitmore Girls leftover sock yarn contest. Had lots of fun with this one too.

Here's a closeup of the daisy chain edge stitch detail, one I adapted from a vintage knitting book I found while perusing a used bookstore.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Rebirth of a knitter

I've always loved knitting and have done so off and on for about 35 years. However, I would only knit one project at a time, usually at work on the night shift which I did for 8 years while the kids were still young. These were all cardigans and other baby and small child-sized items, usu. from my collection of Debbie Bliss books which I loved.

I guess my rebirth came about due to 3 things:

a) Ravelry - when I first logged on and saw all the beautiful projects completed by others, I was envious. Then I thought of how long it would take me to make any of those items. I thought I would pursue crochet after that since I was much faster doing that. However, I was not inspired by as many crochet patterns.

b) Youtube - I saw a video of women in a speedknitting competition. Being competitive myself (my whole family can attest to this) I googled how to speedknit.

3) Continental knitting- the first rule of speedknitting is continental knitting. I had learned English and mastered that quite nicely thank you. Why change habits after 30 years or so? I'm a quick learner so again I referred to Youtube and taught myself from there.

I tackled my first major project wtih my newly-learned technique, quite an ambitious one I thought - the Clapotis shawl which everybody and her dog had already knit. All that knitting and purling was enough to ingrain in me the fine art of picking and I think I didn't do too badly. Sure I had a few rows where my tension was wonky, but overall I am so glad I did relearn because now I have knit an incredible number of items over the last two years alone.

My project count on Ravelry is up to 64 and only a handful of those were finished prior to 2009.

I've now completed projects I never would have done otherwise: e.g. lace shawls, socks, seamless sweaters, and some of my own designs too.

I also learned to spin in 2009 - an overall banner year for me fibre-wise!

I would like to start designing more items. It would be wonderful to write off my yarn purchases as legitimate taxable deductions. I'm working on it!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Knitmore Girls Preemie Hat contest:

well, almost ready to submit my pattern for the Knitmore Girls Head to Toe Project.

Here's a shot of my first attempt:

Just making a few tweaks on the pattern editing.