Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Writers Block vs. Knitted Block

I was hard at work on the TNGA Master Knitters Level One. 
I promised myself I wouldn't knit anything until I finished the knitting for the course.  I cheated with a simple seed stitch baby blanket (more on that another time).  But I finished the knitting - finally.
I completed all the research. I took my notes. I corrected the knitting mistakes I made.
I learned a lot about knitting and myself as a knitter.
Then I ran into a block. 
The writing had to be done.  I also promised myself I won't write anything until I finished the writing for the course...  So no blogs for a long time.  But here I am cheating again!  I had to write something because I have since realized that I need a little practice to keep me going.  Sort of like being better on the bike after a few rides then the first time on a bike in 30+ years (more on that another time also).
As I write this I feel the block being chipped away at.  And at the same time I am knitting mitered square blocks - for a Mitered Squares Blanket to be exact.  I hope I can knit all my blocks out of my head and into a report on knitting and a blanket.  I just might be knitting these for the summer. Although I hope to have the writing done well before then.
And I may knit a sock or two in for good measure. 

Friday, March 25, 2011

Project #100

A few years ago I was co-teaching a needle arts club group at my sons Middle School.  We taught needlepoint, crewel/embroidery, crocheting and knitting.  This class awakened a passion for knitting in me that had been dormant for a long time. 
I searched the internet and found The Knitting Guild Association and its Masters Course. 
The Masters Program is a 3 level program.  I thought to myself  "No problem. I can knit."  and  "I'll get through all three levels 1-2-3."  I joined TKGA, paid my fee and got the course.
Hahahahahaha hahahah haha! Oy!
When I examined my work though the lens of the Masters Course I realized - I had a lot to learn.  While I did knit.  I did not knit well enough.  My stitches were different sizes, wonky in different directions.  It was off but consistent.  Consistently off.  I started on a mission to learn and improve my skills.
My next Internet search for knitting stuff found Ravelry. I joined on February 24th 2008.  It's been a great resource for me.  Being able to keep track of projects, yarns, needles all in one place is great.  Add to that the ability to share with so many other knitters just grows that experience exponentially.  To view how so many knitters execute the same patterns completely differently from each other.  Or the many different applications of the same yarn.  I love it.
The Internet has been great for this knitter.  I have found U-Tube tutorials shared by some very gifted and generous knitters to be an invaluable resource.  I have joined a knitting group or two and met some wonderful knitters over the past 3+ years.  I learned about Rhinebeck - a fun filled fiber fest for fun loving fiber people.  I now have a stash larger then I am willing to admit.  I spread it around so I can tell myself it isn't that much (in one place). And I started this blog. 
But I haven't finished Masters Course yet.
This is my current project.  Ravelry project # 100 - TKGA Masters Course. 
Wish me luck and stay tuned.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tired of Socks

Did I just write that? I think I did. But I feel so guilty!
I have a rather large stash of sock yarn.
So large that I've actually though about making a blanket out of it.
And even that would just lighten the load.

I have knit a lot of socks this past year.
I can actually make it two weeks in warm woolly socks before I run out and have to wash them.

I have even gifted more then a few pairs to more then a few lucky people.

Maybe I have just been knitting too many socks lately.

Maybe the thought I had in the back of my mind,
of knitting the family socks for Christmas,
 has scared my subconscious into sabotaging me with evil thoughts of sock knitting.
I don't know.  I sure do hope it passes.

Because when I am actually looking at the sock yarn I can't pick even one skein to make a blanket out of.

I think the only sock yarn that is going to make it to a blanket is the left over yarn from my knitted socks.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

I give you - "Procrastination"

It's been a long time.  A long time since I first started this long and wide scarf wrap.  I'm hoping that if I make the description very long I can justify taking 16 months to finish one simple scarf. I could have had a ... (you fill in the blank) in the time it took to finish this scarf.

It's not the yarn.  I love the yarn! I purchased this yummy Alpaca Silk blend in a colorway called Aquarium from Ellen's Half Pint Farm at the NYS Sheep and Wool Festival @ Rhinebeck in October of 2008.  Almost another year before I started the scarf; I mean wide and long wrap.  It is so soft in hand with a sweet supple halo.  The color reminds me of the ocean breaking on a sand bar.
It's not that the pattern was hard - its a rectangle!  I designed the stitch pattern to be a simple mix of stockinette and seed stitch - couldn't get much easier.  I worked on it in the car, at night, in the dark! This was easy knitting.
So why it took so long to finish - I dunno. But I did finish it and I am very happy about that.  With all the time it took I am calling the scarf "Procrastination".  It is a simple pattern.  I promise not to take as long posting the pattern to Ravelry.