I just discovered this free tutorial from Craftsy for knitting the Linen Stitch - 3 ways. Totes worth a view!
Finished Object Friday!
Trillian in Madelinetosh tosh sock in Betty Draper Blues (a sweet Hoovaloo shade). Knit on number 3 Chiaogoo Red Lace circulars.
One more Christmas shawlette knocked off! It also completes my personal knitalong of Martina Behm’s Hitchhiker - a Trilogy of Four Patterns. I love love love it. It’s squishy and pretty and nice and I can’t wait to give it to my little sister.
Completed “Azami” Shawl !!!!
Size US 5 needles.
Wingspan is about 66 inches and Depth is about 24 inches.
Total 253 g fingering weight, ~1114 yards.
~56 hours to complete
This was a test knit for Patricia Teramoto (you may find her designs here: link). Her project page on ravelry is here: link. The pattern is not yet available so I won’t link it yet… but I highly recommend it! It’s very straight forward lace knitting. A well-written pattern where the lace motifs flow nicely into each other.
Here is my project page with all my notes (many notes!): link
… it also makes a lovely flamingo dress.
I FINISHED THE SHAWL! !!
the bind off took 2 and a half hours, wow.
Time to block!
The never-ending shawl! I’M ALMOST DONE! I very actually only have one row (934 stitches) and the crochet bind-off. So maybe 3 hours of work left. I would say 1 hour for the last row and 1-2 hours for the bind-off. I’m so happy to be almost done because I really want to wear it! It currently weighs about 220 grams (7 3/4 ounces). It is a test knit that I’m doing in hand-dyed fingering weight wool. I estimate that it’s taken around 55 hours so far.
Spinning! I’m just shy of 2 ounces finished of this laceweight apricot wool. It’s turning out really well and I’m very happy with my consistency considering this is only the second thing I’ve spun. At the beginning of the bobbin, there are definitely weak areas where I didn’t get enough twist in the single, but I have since become more vigilant about it. yay, learning!
Hat! This is my current “easy knit” since I can no longer take the shawl anywhere—it’s so large. It is a fishtail lace slouch hat that I’m knitting in Malabrigo Worsted “watergreen”. This yarn is so deliciously soft. I’ve been holding on to the skein for a year and finally just decided to make a new winter hat with it :)
I’m so surprised I don’t have more projects! Not even any socks! I think it’s that shawl. I just want to get it done so I’m trying really hard not to get distracted.
8 ounces 80/20 Merino/silk (so soft!!!!!) dyed by me! I was inspired by plumeria blooms that I saw this summer. My goal is to spin this as 2-ply lace for a circular shawl.
Very happy colors make me very happy :)
So often I see new knitters afraid to try anything that’s not garter stitch, and it hits me how weird of a new knitter I was. My first projects were a ribbed scarf, a lace scarf, double knitting, a lace hat, a short row cowl, and a cabled scarf - in that order. I didn’t finish all these projects, but I got far enough into them to understand the techniques. Not even a year after I started, I knit my first sweater. Now I’m coming up to the end of year two, and I’m working on sweater #5.
If you’re a new knitter (or crocheter or whatever), my advice to you is this - JUMP IN! Don’t ever be afraid to try something new just because it looks complicated! No matter how weird a new thing feels, always remember how hard it was when you started, and how easy it is now. Don’t be afraid to learn, and don’t be afraid to be wrong or bad at something! Quality comes with experience, and experience comes from many hours of doing.
"The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried."
~ Stephen McCranie
I Definitely second this. My first project was a cabled hat, which, even though most of the stitches were twisted, was a really cool finished object. I had learned crochet first, so I could already hold my yarn with even tension. My second project was a sock. My third project was a colorwork sweater, which I finished, but I hardly wear because I forgot I don’t like turtlenecks. Also it was acrylic because the materials were all of $12 and I wanted to practice. IT WAS TOTALLY WORTH IT to jump right in. I love stranded colorwork. And socks. And lace knitting.
When people ask me about stuff i’m working on, I usually just say ” it’s all just loops into other loops” because I want everyone to try making stuff out of yarn.