knitting and crochet blog week

i began this blog to share the life of our little family with people we love.  lots of our close family live a fair distance away and i wanted then to be able to see samuel, and now eli, growing up and so the blog was put to work.  over time however, other things have been blogged about, my crafts and knitting in particular, so when i found out about ‘knitting and crochet blog week’ i thought i’d join in!

yesterday’s topic was ‘a tale of two yarns’ and the brief was ‘Choose two yarns that you have either used, are in your stash or which you yearn after and capture what it is you love or loathe about them.

so…

i’ve found that i’m not very fond of slippery yarns; silk or bamboo.  i find them stressful to knit with and they make my hands tense and achy.  i’m also not as fond of the sheen on the finished fabric as a softer ‘wooly’ look.  however, i persevered through a special skein of beautiful silk (skein queen glister) this time last year and i LOVE the finished item

i’m not in an immediate hurry to knit something like this again, but i certainly will sometime in the future, because the end result was worth the less enjoyable knitting experience.
now to choose ONE yarn i love is nigh on impossible, but there is something i can’t resist, and it’s cashmere.  skein queen’s opulent is pure cashmere and i would live in a world made from it if i could, but other favourite yarns tend to have cashmere content too.  they bloom beautifully when blocked and are gorgeously soft, light and warm to wear.  here’s a gratuitous photo of maybe my favourite skeins, for which i suspect there will never be a suitable project!

 

on to today’s topic… ‘skill +1up: Look back over your last year of projects and compare where you are in terms of skill and knowledge of your craft to this time last year.’

in my head this is called GAAK [a term coined by a knitting friend of bells, whose blog i read (see sidebar)]; Growth As A Knitter.  and i decided lately, as i finished the second of two reasonably sized shawls, that i have definitely grown as a knitter because i remember getting to the end of my first ever shawl and thinking how incredibly long the rows had become (maybe 100+ stitches).  now i think nothing of rows of well over 300+, maybe more.  i hope that one day i’ll have grown enough to tackle a knitted blanket, but let’s not rush things eh?!

in addition, in the last year i have also knitted lace in a laceweight yarn (see the project mentioned above!), learned to ‘kitchener stitch’, knit a picot hem and do the ‘sewn bind off’.  i’ve also begun to make things from my own designs.  not only that, but i have sold some of my knitted items and had repeat orders!  yay for GAAK!

come back (if you’re not bored silly yet) tomorrow for ‘tidy mind, tidy stitches: How do you keep your yarn wrangling organised?’!

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