The last time I knit a sweater for myself, the process revealed some longstanding and non-rational emotions about body image. All that time alone with needles and yarn can do that to a person! So I guess I shouldn't be surprised that it's been nearly two years before I've started another one. But the lovely … Continue reading WIP Wednesday: Sweater & Sock
I try not to set too many knitting goals for myself, but sometimes a knitter has to do what she has to do. And I must admit that I'm quite pleased to have achieved my vacation knitting goal of completing two projects. Since they had a true deadline -- birthdays are exact dates after all … Continue reading Duo of Finished Objects
Like many knitters, I'm usually always working on more than one project at a time. Recently, however, I've been playing favorites, spending much more time with a pair of socks than with the Sunshine Coast sweater. Sure, I can blame it on a deadline. The Monkey Socks (pattern on Ravelry and Knitty) are a birthday … Continue reading Life Lessons from a Sweater
As I've mentioned a few times, progress on the Sunshine Coast sweater has been slow although it's been moving a bit faster now that I've got the pattern memorized. There are 12 stitch markers, which was a bit daunting at first. I think part of why it feels so slow-going is the way it "sits" … Continue reading More Sunshine than I Thought
I've written often about important it is for knitters to learn to spot their mistakes and figure out how to remedy them. I firmly believe that one won't become a Fearless Knitter without learning how to fix mistakes. If you allow an error to ruin a project -- in your mind -- then you'll abandon it, … Continue reading That Mistake? It’s Part of the Design.
Fearless Knitter Gillan arrived at class Tuesday morning with her Flared Baby Sweater nearly finished. She'd ripped out the button bands after her first attempt and had re-knit to her satisfaction. But she wasn't happy with her seams, which were bumpy and looked inside out. "What did I do wrong?" she asked. Turns out she … Continue reading A Lesson in Seaming
There are lots of online tips for making a too-big sweater smaller. But as I discovered when I had the opposite problem -- a too-small sweater that needed enlarging -- there wasn't a lot of help. With a fair bit of in-person, online, and book research, I was able to figure out how to make … Continue reading Lessons Learned on Re-Sizing a Sweater