S: Knitting Memories
BC: Thanks for a great semester!
FC: Caitlin Wood | From nOOb to addict: My Personal Knitting Journey
1: Yarn...yarn everywhere! | Fancy sparkly yarn that I got in Chicago at Loopy. Dream in Color (Starry) in "Lagoon" | Gorgeous alpaca yarn from the field trip to Heartland Criations | Yarn hand-dyed by me! I seem to have a bit of a verigation obsession!
2: Learning stockinette | Humble beginnings...
3: I learned the garter stitch on my own prior to beginning class. It was difficult at first because there are so many different techniques and preferences as far as these two simple stitches go. Once I got the hang of it, there was no stopping me. This swatch was my first big breakthrough because for the first time, I could really look at a piece of knitting and tell the difference between the knit and the purl. It actually happened on accident since I switched to reverse stockinette at some point and knew that something wasn't quite right. This was also about the time that I realized that learning to "tink" would be an invaluable skill for later projects!
4: These washcloths were my second and third projects. The one in the upper right corner has a butterfly stitched into it that you can't see...I love self striping yarn waaaaaay too much! I think almost everything I've bought has been multicolored. These were a really nice (and useful!) travel project. While the butterfly washcloth taught me to knit from a pattern, Grandma's Favorite Dishcloth taught me about increases. Both forced me to loosen up in my knitting since cotton doesn't stretch like wool does. I also love how cheaply you can accumulate cotton yarn from Walmart. I have a bunch of projects in mind once I have the time. (One day....)
5: Purdy washcloths!
6: Summerflies | Tyler "modeling" my shawl! :)
7: After the initial swatches and washcloths, I decided it was time for a challenge. These two projects fit the bill nicely. Even now, I think Summerflies has been my most ambitious project. I'm really proud that I was able to complete a large lace project so early in my "knitting career." The scarf I made has gotten a lot of compliments and I think I may have to make another someday. :) | Drop stitch scarf
8: Baby knitting: Quick, cute, satisfying, and greatly appreciated! | Knitting for others
9: Tyler's sister and her husband took my little nephew out to Colorado for Thanksgiving this year. What better reason to knit the little guy some mountain gear? These were a last minute gift, so they're weren't especially intricate, but they turned out pretty cute if you ask me. (It helps that the model is cute as a button to boot!) These were my first set of mittens and my first hat. It was almost my first time knitting on the fly without a pattern. A couple of things I learned - even if you don't think counting the rows is necessary, it probably is. (One mitten turned out a little bit smaller than the other...I don't think anyone else can really tell, but it drives me crazy!) I also learned that baby heads are much larger than I apparently estimate. It fits him now, but I don't think he'll be able to wear the hat next year, unfortunately. These were a fun, quick knit, taking me about three days total. If I knit for him again, I'm going to use a superwash wool blend instead of 100% acrylic. Even the small deserve a nice fiber against their skin. :)
10: My friend, Melissa, asked me to come up with something to keep her neck and face warm. Since she hates scarves, a cowl seemed like the perfect solution. This was a really easy pattern. (Basically just an offset k2 p2 rib...the way the stitches line up creates a neat spiral effect.) I didn't charge her and only asked that she bring me the yarn. Unfortunately, she picked Red Heart Super Saver (yiiiiiiiiiiick), but I think it turned out nicely anyway. Next time, I'll remember to advise the recipient on what yarn to buy. I really like knitting for my friends and family. So far, the people who I have given hand made items to have been very gracious.
11: Melissa - the ninja!
12: My quest for a unisex scarf
13: My goal with this project was to create a completely generic scarf - one that anyone would be happy wearing. Let's face it; most knitters are female and knit female pieces. I wanted to knit something that could be given to a guy or a girl and that would appeal to a wide variety of tastes. I decided on a very simple (but very warm!) knit 2 purl 2 ribbed scarf. It's knit in simple acrylic so that it won't need any special maintenance. I hope it brightens someone's day. :)
14: The Peacock Hat | First project with my awesome Knit Picks Harmony interchangeables!
15: Getting loopy... | I used this hat to teach myself the Magic Loop technique for circular knitting. I have to admit, I find this much easier than using DPNs. I absolutely love this colorway and can't wait to finish this and wear it. It's the first project I've done for myself since my Summerflies shawl.
16: Future goals... | Sweater for my amazing father-in-law... | "Abalone" from Ravelry | Learn crochet
17: Just one more skein...one more skein... | So many projects...so little time! | Colorwork | Sweater for my dog