Lessons Learned While Knitting

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I never thought I would have so many lessons learned from knitting three pairs of fingerless gloves.

1.  Knitting (and other crafting)  for others is just as rewarding (if not more) than knitting for yourself.  Knowing others enjoy what I’ve made for them makes me smile.

2.  I was always hesitant to “waste” pattern stitches on black yarn.  This mini cable still has great texture and definition on this dark yarn.  I’ll never doubt that again.

3.  Bartering is just as good as selling an item in some cases.  Knitting is just one of those things that it’s hard to get full value for your project because it’s so labor intensive.  And good yarn doesn’t always come cheap!  You really have to keep projects small and fast to make it worthwhile if you are going the financial route.  Or not!  If you have a true love for knitting and the money doesn’t matter as much, then that is okay too! 

4.  I have a love/hate relationship with variegated yarn.  I love the colors, but hate how some of the color transitions are either too short or too long.  You really have to study the yarn and swatch (I know, *groan*)  to see if it’s perfect for your project.   

5.  What is the point of a glove with no fingers?  Uhhh, now I know!  These are actually WARM and they serve a purpose.  I recently read a comment on FB that said “There is a special place in hell for people who wear fingerless gloves.”  I mean if you have to be in a cold place where you need to keep your fingers free, say, like a photographer, or in my frigid basement trying to use a computer, why would you not want to warm up as much skin as possible and keep the cold air from going up your sleeves? Oh well, I am officially team fingerless gloves!

– Nizzy

Lessons Learned While Knitting

Neck Candy

Happy New Year!!!  Here’s to a starting a new year waiting to be filled with great crafty adventures!

Part of what I am continuously working on is exploring ways to combine my hobbies and interests:  fabric+jewelry, geekery+knitting, sewing+beading, etc.  Here I had a little fun with some yarn and beads.  This NO-velty yarn was sitting in my stash originally to be used for scrapbooking, a hobby in which I no longer indulge.  I gave up scrapping, added about 3 more interests to take its place and thought I could find better use for this fiber in this neck candy.

Ooooo, yum.  So colorful I could just eat them!

-Nizzy

Neck Candy

Yarny Travels

A friend and I took a little day trip and escaped to New York City.  Of course I couldn’t resist a visit to either a bead, yarn, or fabric shop.  I always look for one wherever my travels take me. 

As much as I really wanted to make my way down to Mood, the timing just wasn’t right.  I didn’t have the hours it would take me to peruse all the fabrics, spending up all my money, and I wouldn’t have to refrain from the corny urge to yell “Thanks, Mood” on my way out the door.

Instead we headed up to the Upper West Side for a visit to The Yarn Company in exchange for shopping at Mood (and Purl Soho).  I wasn’t familiar with the store at all, but any yarn shop is worth a look.  There were lots of high-end and luxury fibers.  I fell in love with a beaded and sequined silk that, thankfully, was not in the store.  I wistfully gave the cashmere a squeeze and thought about my yarn wish list.  One day…just not today.

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I couldn’t leave the store empty-handed so I left with one ball of Filatur Di Crosa Fancy Cristallo, which I have an idea for, and one skein of Lorna’s Laces Shepard Sock in the Buildings and Sky color way that will one day be turned into those lovely fingerless mitts pictured.

-Nizzy

Yarny Travels

30 Days of Crafting – The Stash

Around the web I’ve found several fellow bloggers who have participated in a 30 Day Crafting Challenge.  This challenge encourages you to post (mostly photos) in your crafting blog for an entire month on 30 different craft related topics of your chosing.  I never posted the list I generated because I wasn’t sure I would ever get around to participating, but here I am ready and eager to share with you all some of the behind the scenes of my favorite hobbies.

The Stash

There’s always a stash.  Which one are we talking?  The most manageable of the stashes, I think, is my stash for jewelry making.  It takes up the least amount of space.  The most unmanageable and out of control stash of all is the fabric stash.  I don’t even want to talk about that one.  Right there in between is the yarn stash.    What keeps it from getting out of control? Besides money…SPACE.  There is just not enough space to hold anymore.  I have 6 full bins (one not pictured) that fit into the Expedit bookcase.  For the past year or so, I’ve vowed to use only items I own instead of going out to buy something new unless its something to finish a current project or it’s the full amount of yarn for the next project I’m about to start.  No more stashing!  Of course I’ve broken that rule a few times, but thankfully it’s still contained.

 

30 Days of Crafting – The Stash

A Sneak Peek: Yarn Love for a Summer Sweater

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I am gearing up to make my annual spring/summer sweater!

Every year since I’ve started knitting (about 4 years ago?), I pick one simple, easy pattern for a top that I can finish fairly quickly to wear during the spring/summer months.    All other knitting projects are placed on hold during this time so that I may work diligently to finish.

The project usually contains mindless stockinette stitch, does not require seaming multiple pieces together (ick!), and is usually in a bright color that oozes summer.

Well, I got two out of three this year.  I decided to go for something a little darker and with more variegation in color since my LYS didn’t carry enough yarn available in my first and second and third choices.  I didn’t want any blue or pink and I was too deep in gotta-have-it-mode to wait for an order for my favs.

My eyes were instantly drawn to:

Gilded
Candlewick
Tomato

But I settled on:

Alizarin

The yarn is Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light and it’s so soft and beautiful!  I LOVE-LOVE-LOVE it and I want about 4 skeins in every color, please!

*thumbnails courtesy of http://madelinetosh.com/

-Nizzy

A Sneak Peek: Yarn Love for a Summer Sweater