The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns

Whoa. Where did September go? One moment I’m sending my kids to school, writing a post featuring a picture of my daughter across the windshield of my car and the next moment it’s weeks later, I don’t have any new completed projects, I haven’t spent time searching patterns online and no new projects have been started. My knitting group has started asking when my Hitchhiker will be done. September was brutal for my knitting. …

Oh the places you’ll knit!

I’m a knit-in-public kind of person. I almost always have a small knitting project in my bag. I belong to two knitting groups that meet in public places. I’ve knit in church, lectures, restaurants, theaters and on public transportation. I knit at lunch every day at work. So when someone says they just don’t have enough time to knit, I am full of ideas of where they could pull out their knitting. Meeting to strategize? Pull out the knitting. Long ride to work? Stitch a couple of rows. Waiting at the bar? Perfect time to work on those socks.

A list of where you could knit would be never-ending. But people like lists on blogs, so I thought instead I would create a list of…

Places you should never knit

198 yds. of Heaven

 

My first foray into chart reading has ended and it ended well. I’m so happy with how this shawl turned out. But more importantly, I’m so proud of myself for tackling something that I have avoided doing for years. …

WiP Wednesday: Sorta Peaky Socks

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MyPeaksFrontThat’s the name I have given my modified socks: Sorta Peaky. I’m using two patterns for this sock. The foundation is the Beginner Toe Up Socks for Magic Loop. I’ve knit this pattern before (in worsted) and really like the simplicity. The pattern is Peaks ‘n’ Valleys. This is a simple two row repeat. So easy I don’t need any kind of cheater (paper, counter) when I pull it out while on the go. …

WiP Wednesday: Socks and shawls

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If you dig around in the nooks and crannies of my house, you will find unfinished projects all over. As with a lot of knitters, I start a project and then find a new pattern or a pretty new yarn that just must. be. knit. NOW. Right now, I’m in that danger zone. I have three active projects. That is the limit of my attention span. If I’m not careful, something new and pretty might catch my eye leading me to abandon one of these projects. And that would be a pity. …

Today I downloaded: Nothing

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Sunday afternoons tend to be a quiet time at the homestead. I often spend the afternoon ignoring housework and deciding what to knit next.

Socks are a really portable project. My Hitchhiker shawl is getting a little long to pull out for a quick stitch break and 198 yds. of Heaven is not a portable project. A simple sock project seemed to be the next best option to start. …

A week in the life

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This week has been a busy one. I have a stack of items to be blocked, but because we’re moving things around the house, I haven’t had the free space to try out my new blocking wires. My current project is the Hitchhiker shawl. It’s a lot of garter stitch. A lot. But I’m enjoying it and haven’t wanted to cast on another project just yet. To make up for the lack of new projects to post about, I present a week in the life of the Hitchhiker in pictures. …

Prickly Pear socks

I knit my first pair of socks* last winter. It was time to learn something new so I purchased an ebook and set off to learn basic sock making. I decided to try toe up first and quickly whipped up a pair of worsted-weight socks in a squishy Malabrigo (which now needs to be darned as I quickly wore holes in the lofted yarn from wearing them too much). …