|Tending to My Knitting
||[May. 4th, 2011|06:56 pm]
As of today, the Project is over three inches long. When it's four inches long, I'll start the pattern (which will be four inches of garter stitched border on either side, and blocks of stockinette and garter stitch between them, down to the bottom border of garter stitch. Here's the Project draped over the arm of a chair in the yard, where I've taken to knitting a row or two out by the water garden. It's a solid 40 inches wide and I'm really glad I have a 40" circular needle.
Today while knitting outside (two rows) I saw a gorgeous male painted bunting take a bath in the upper end, a little Empidonax flycatcher (not sure which one), cardinals, bluejays, mockingbirds, both Bewick's and Carolina wrens, white-winged and Inca doves, and a Common Yellowthroat warbler.
Thanks. I think it'll be a nice kid's blanket when it's done.
I've never quilted anything. I love to look at quilts, though.
Ooooh, I LIKE that yarn! Very, VERY pretty!
It's comfortable to work with, too. (Some yarns aren't.)
2011-05-05 07:40 am (UTC)
Well, you've gone and done it now. Inspired -- or rather *fuelled* -- by your knitting posts, last weekend I crocheted my first-ever garment (an opean-weave shawl) and am working on another one. Plus I've found some fantastic crochet patters for other garments I'm going to try.
And I stopped in at a specialist yarn shop in Manchester City Centre, where they offer private knitting lessons for £7.50 per hour, and the gal said that since I'm already proficient at crochet, she can teach me the knitting basics in an hour. So I'll be doing that soon.
AND IT'S ALL YOUR FAULT!!!! :-D
The only things I've ever crocheted were potholders and granny squares...and I wanted to crochet some granny squares to complete a throw my mother was making for our son before she died, and now I can't remember how to do them. I tried watching videos online, but that still has me confused. I know there are "double crochets" in there somewhere but have forgotten those, too. Sigh. I can still crochet two existing granny squares together...but I need more squares.
And it's not all my fault. It's all Robin McKinley's fault. She started knitting with the enthusiastic support of the folks that comment on her blog, and that inspired me.
Edited at 2011-05-05 12:17 pm (UTC)
I know you probably already guessed, but the anonymous post is from me. I didn't realise I wasn't signed on to LJ when I posted the comment.
You know what? You'll just have to visit me so I can teach you granny squares. Bring your computer (or you can borrow one of mine), and you can have that relaxing week you want...uniterrupted writing, no phone calls, cooking (I'll even pay for the food for you to cook for us), and gardening. We can even keep you disconnected from the internet so that anyone who has a real emergency has to contact me first. Of course, you'd have to fly and we know what that means. So I guess you won't be coming. ;-)
But seriously, next time you make a trip to your yarn shop, take one of your mom's granny squares with you and ask someone to identify the stitches and show you how. I'm sure they'd be happy to help.
Oh, and Robin McKinley Shrobin McShinley. You're just paying it forward, and you know it. :-D
Edited at 2011-05-05 12:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I'm smitten with this yarn.
I so desperately want the semester to be over so I can go home and try my hand at knitting something. Right now I'm in the Valley and it is just too hot to contemplate knitting anything, much less something like a blanket or a shawl. Fortunately, I also enjoy cross stitching and I have a large project that I brought with me that I work on when my mind needs relaxing.
Did you knit a swatch for your garter/stockinette panel pattern? I'm concerned that the difference between the two might cause some pooching.
No, I just knitted a starting swatch for basic gauge. So far, there doesn't seem to be a problem in the stockinette panel...this is an acrylic/nylon yarn that's not overly stretchy. And if it pooches later--given the nature of Project--I don't think it'll be a big problem. If it is...I'll give the mess to myself and start another one.