So I've been experimenting with a ton of different stitches, I was told it was best to make a small block (before you start your entire project) to make sure you like the way the stitches look. The problem is that I didn't start off following patterns so I was just wingin' it. It seemed to work out the same way though. If I didn't like the way something was looking I would just take it apart and start over - with a scarf that's easy. So I will share a couple more scarves.
Just wanted to make sure you got to see my pretty friend Nicole! Disclaimer: I did not knit this hat! The scarf I did. It is a wool blend chunky yarn (yarn from crocheting days that I had on hand). It is variegated and I made a checkerboard pattern (sort of).
I think you can see the detail a bit more in this photo. I just alternated knitting and purling and then switched when it looked like I'd done about 5-6 rows. I know I could have counted, to be sure, but I was too lazy. It didn't end up being as long as I might have liked it to be - but I only had one skein of this yarn to experiment with. And, turns out I liked the scarf enough to gift it.
And I had to end this post with sweet Baby Clara - lovin' on her Mama's scarf. Happy Knitting!
So many choices - luckily so much to knit. Alongside knitting I've developed quite the yarn obsession. I could spend a million dollars in a yarn shop and as promised I want to mention our beautiful local yarn shops. But first I wanted to share a link to a pretty fun online yarn shop, where I also buy a lot of fabric too. Purl Soho is the name - I'm sure a lot of you have visited this site...if not...you ought to. Loopy - Knit/Crochet is the name of the local shop where I took my knitting class. They have a web site - no yarn for sale - but a listing of their classes and a few photos of how yummy and magical it is right when you walk in the door. The yarn pictured above was scored in their shop. The other local yarn shop which has a very different feel to it - still soothing and magical in its own way is called Joseph's Coat, this particular shop has been around for years but was closed last summer when the owner passed away and recently reopened under new ownership. I spent an hour in there today. The shopkeeper was kind enough to let me borrow her swift and ball winder to convert some hanks of yarn I bought from the only Etsy yarn shop I've shopped at - so far - in my 2.5 months of knitting, Skyline Yarns. I came across this particular shop because an old friend of my from high school is a friend on Facebook now and she mentioned something about her yarn being back in stock...ding ding ding! So I wanted to share. She makes some pretty beaded stitch markers that I scored that look much like these...
I know there is ALOT of yarn on Etsy - this is just the tip of my iceberg - to addiction - but I wanted to share the few places I've already fallen for.
Now as for creations. I am working on my first hat - I'm about 1/3 of the way there but I still have tons of other photos to share. I made a handful of scarves (experimenting with different stitches - never using a pattern) to spread amongst my loved ones during the gift giving season so I'll put photos of those up as I get them, since I forgot to take photos before they were packaged up and shipped off.
So just to show what a rookie I am - yesterday's post mentioned that the scarf pictured was garter stitch (but it wasn't) this neck warmer actually is! So yesterday was a stockinette stitch. I'm learning I'm learning. So I decided the first project should probably warm Grandma's (Mom's) Wisconsin Winter Chilled Neck. The only kicker was that she had to sew on her own button. Not that I can't sew on a button - she just has a much better button selection than I do. So she did actually put the very finishing touch on right before she snapped this pretty photo of herself.
I didn't have patterns for either of these projects I just kind of held them up as I went along and when I was satisfied with the length/width I called it good. They both came out pretty well (small pat on my own back) for a first timer! So onto more experimenting! This was similar to the scarf - I used a chunky wool blend and knitted it together with a variegated yarn to just add a little spunk. I used big needles again - just because it really speeds the project along and I like the look of it. I actually was in the middle of the yarn shop seeking out yarn when a sweet older woman approached me. She approached me because I was wearing my very colorful scarf that was actually knit by Jan (who is modeling this neck warmer).
She told me she felt very comfortable talking to me because I was wearing something so colorful (warm fuzzies). Her advice was to get this inexpensive gigantic ball of yarn to mix with the solid colored yarns I selected - so I followed her advice and one of the skeins was the variegated I used in the blue scarf and the other was the variegated I used in the green neck warmer and there is still another color scheme you'll see in some of my projects. They are the balls of yarn that will last a lifetime - well not really - at the rate I'm going- but they will last quite a spell. Okay so that's all for today. I'm not sure on the size needles I used for the neck warmer - maybe 11? Something big! Happy Knitting!
This is the first project I attempted, or maybe it was the second - it was a couple of months ago so I'll just post a photo of the other one tomorrow. I decided to start with a simple garter stitch so this whole thing is knitted - definitely not perfect but hey for a first time what can you expect. I used a chunky yarn - a wool blend and put it together with a variegated yarn for a prettier effect. So my sweet husband ended up getting this for Christmas - simply because I knew he wouldn't be too critical of my handiwork (or lack there of). So it'll keep his neck toasty warm through the winter months.
My biggest suggestion to anyone that wants to knit is patience and to get big needles (I think I used size 15 needles for this project) and chunky yarn after you have your knit and purl mastered and whip something out in just a few hours - it is really pleasing to finish a project! It'll give you the bug to keep knitting (apparently non-stop!)