Temperature Scarf

I just got the urge to attempt the temperature scarf once more. My original attempt was a little too ambitious.

This time I’m going to keep things simple. And because I can never have things too simple I decided that I’m going to make two of these. One for my husband and one for my daughter. A representation of the year they each entered my life.

It sounds corny and maybe it is but I don’t care. I have the yarn. I have a project in mind. I even have a story. (Which isn’t always needed but is nice.)

Shawl by month

I have joined a mystery knit along (MKAL). I’m sent the next part of the pattern and the yarn every month. I’m in love. 

It’s super fun and the colors are working wonderfully. I’m actually looking in my stash to see if I can find some yarn suitable for another. 

I’m also debating on trying to change the pattern to make it work with worsted weight. 

If you are curious these are the places where you can find the yarn and the pattern

Podcast

I’ve been super busy IRL, but I’ve also created something in the interwebs world. My friends and I have started a podcast.

It is called Fuck This Knit

We talk about knitting while drinking beer. We swear a lot. And we have opinions. I’m not going to go too much into the content because you just have to listen.  Its only three episodes, but we have plans for more.  We post them on the second Tuesday of the month.

Go.  Check it out.

Will Work For Yarn

So I found this group on Ravelry that screams my name. Its a swap group that’s centered around the idea of knitting an item for another person with yarn and pattern that they send you. You send the finished item back and they send you yarn as payment. I love this idea mostly because I’m a process knitter. I like the knitting and don’t typically care about the final product.

I have finished a few things now and I’ve come to realize one small problem. I’m spending so much time knitting for other people that my stash has gotten out of hand. 

Not to say that my stash has always been in control, but now I’m admitting to myself that I don’t really need any more. Which is essentially a blasphemous idea. 

I believe the solution is going to be only accepting one WWFY object at a time. That way I can still receive yarn while knitting down my stash. In theory anyway. 

Maybe They Don’t Realize

I’m a process knitter.  I like the act of knitting.  New patterns and new techniques excite me.  There is a standing offer with all of my friends that if they buy the yarn I’ll make whatever they want.  (Provided its not the Doctor Who scarf.)  So when my friend said she wanted to commission a Hufflepuff scarf I was more than happy to oblige.

After years of knitting I’ve found myself drawn to certain types of yarn.  Yes, you can say I’m a bit of a yarn snob, but I think that its hard to continually work with a yarn you hate.  Knitting, like any other hobby, can be as cheap or as expensive as you want to make it.  My tastes in yarn tend to ride the more expensive side of things.

I sent my friend some links to yarns that would suit the colors of the scarf and would be nice to work with.  She chose the yarn: a beautiful single ply, 100% merino, kettle dyed, scrumptious yarn that I was very excited to get my hands on.  I did the quick calculations and quoted her with a price that just covered the cost of the yarn and the shipping.

“Let’s do the cheaper option.”

I guess the sticker shock hit her pretty hard. So I sent her another option and informed her of the differences in yarn.  In the end she settled on the Knit Picks Brava.  Its acrylic, but its decent to work with.  A happy medium all parties would enjoy.

But it makes me wonder how many of my friends have undervalued (monetarily speaking) the knitted items they’ve received from me.  I tend to only gift items that used yarn I would buy for myself.  Maybe they don’t realize that there is more than just love going into my knitting.

Teaching Knitting

I’ve never really been good at teaching, but I have a great respect for those who can teach.  *cough mom cough* But when it comes to explaining things that I love to do, it just seems to kinda tumble out and I hope that the student grasps a bit of the info.

So last night when Alex was asking me to help him cast on his socks I was super excited to do so.  We decided that he should work with double points first.  (Actually the fact that my circular needles for socks currently had a project on them determined that, but that’s beside the point.)  The pattern that Alex and I both liked for his first socks were cuff down.  So of course I introduced him to the elastic cast on.

I’m a visual learner, so when I teach anything I tend to teach visually.  I showed Alex how to cast on one stitch.  He blinked a few times and called it magic.  I knew at that point that I had to change things up a bit to get him to see what was going on. I put the needle in his hand hoping that maybe the feel of the cast on would override any over thinking of the visual part of the cast on.

It took several minutes and many restarts, but he eventually got it.  By the end of the evening he had a flow to the cast on and was doing them quick enough that he ended up with a few too many stitches on his needle.  Good practice I say.

This was also the end of Alex’s monogamous knitting.  He has two WIP (works in progress).  I couldn’t be prouder.