One of the knitting-related blogs that I’ve discovered lately is called Eskimimi Knits, and I love seeing all of her projects. I also found out that she’s doing this great project called Knitting and Crochet Blog Week – which is a fun way to get a lot of crafty bloggers to all blog on certain themes and get to know each other better all week. I’m so glad that I found out about it just in time to participate! Hopefully I’ll be able to keep up every day – if you’re a knitting or crocheting blogger (you don’t have to have a blog dedicated to it), why doing you join in too?
Today’s topic (2KCBWDAY2) is about where your skill level is at compared to this time a year ago. Hmm, a year ago was when I was desperately trying to finish the second shrug in time for my sister-in-law’s wedding. My older girls were to be the flower girls, and given that early April weather in Michigan can be extremely chilly, I had decided to knit them each a shrug to wear over their sleeveless dresses.
Of course, wouldn’t you know it – but the weather was absolutely gorgeous, 70’s and sunny… The shrugs didn’t get worn then, except on the way home that night – but they have been worn a few times this winter: to church, at Christmas, and most recently when the girls went to a Father-Daughter dance last month.
I learned a lot of techniques while working on the shrugs – short rows, wrapping and turning, picking up stitches, and some things about sizing and gauge since these were my first knitted garments. Since then, I’ve mostly focused on socks and gloves almost exclusively, with a couple of hats thrown in from necessity. Here are a few techniques I’ve picked up:
- Sock-making in general – the basic construction of socks, and how to do a standard cuff-down socks with heel flap. And how to turn the heel – something that intimidated me for a long time but is really quite easy once you try it.
- Magic Loop – which I love! No more dpns for me. I’ve also successfully converted a pattern meant for dpns to magic loop – the fingerless/convertible gloves I finished recently (see photo below).
- Kitchener stitch/grafting. Not to mention glove construction, and converting a pattern to magic loop.
- Crocheted flowers – I consider this a new technique since I hadn’t done flowers before, nor had I crocheted in several years at all.
- Provisional cast-on – I’m still not totally sure that I ‘get it’, but I’ve done it successfully once, so that’s got to count for something.
That really is kind of a short list – but I’m still proud of what I’ve accomplished over the past year. I’m a lot more comfortable with my needles and yarn in general, and I think I’m a bit faster too. There’s so much more that I want to learn – I’ll talk about that more later on this week.
Come back tomorrow to hear how organized my knitting life is (or isn’t)!