When the Product Knitter Can’t Stop Casting On

There are worse knitting problems to have, I’m sure, but recently I can’t stop casting on new projects.  I went through this earlier this year, ‘Start-itis’ I called it. I swear, this Product Knitter isn’t suddenly changing her stripes and becoming a Process Knitter, but I think, rather, I’m flush with inspiration. I keep seeing beautiful patterns, I have lovely yarn, and I just want the item.

For those who may not be familiar, they say there are two types of knitters: Product and Process.  The big differences between the two?

Product Knitters:

  • Are driven by the finished object, to ‘complete the thing’;
  • Are typically working on a small amount pf projects at a time;
  • Usually keep their finished objects for themselves to wear, love and enjoy

Process Knitters:

  • Have many, many projects ongoing
  • Are motivated by the process of knitting, by the excitement of creating something new
  • Often will give their FOs away, getting satisfaction by making the thing.

Even though I am certainly feeling the excitement every time I cast on a new project, I am still driven by the desire to see it finished.

So, what am I currently working on? Glad you asked. Currently on the go, I have: 2 pairs of socks, 1 cardigan, 1 purse, 1 cowl, and 1 shawl.  I have a few hats I want to get started as well, but for now, these six projects are keeping me plenty busy!

Happy knitting!

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An Asymmetrical Adoration

This summer, one of the many projects I worked on included a sock weight shawl. I bought a lovely skein of SweetGeorgia from a LYS and cast on immediately. An easy pattern to memorize, and being completely in love with the colours, it knit up rather quickly:

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This stunning pattern, which is perfect for showing off two different yarns, is Graphic Kerchief by Ce Persiano, a free pattern.  I made my own mods to the pattern as written, noted on my Rav project page, and I love it.  It was also a great way to use those extra little bits of sock yarn still in my stash. The contrast is leftover Madelinetosh, the majority of which went into a pair of socks. The rest of it is an amazing pop against the Sweetgeorgia auburn.

Because shawls are a great go-to fingering weight project, I’m always seeing what interesting projects I can find on Ravelry. I have no idea why, but I’m always captivated by the asymmetrical shawls. I find their construction more appealing that the traditional triangle shawl.  Of course, this isn’t my first asymmetrical shawl, others have included:

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504 King West by The Knit Cafe Toronto

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SMASH by Rebeka Darylin

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And, Braidsmaid by Martina Behm.

I have quite a few skeins of sock weight yarn in my stash (which, as we all know, doesn’t actually count as stash), and I’m always on the search for my next asymmetrical shawl.

Do you have a go-to shawl pattern? Do you prefer triangle shawls, asymmetrical, or no preference either way?

Judging a Pattern by its Rav Picture

This is totally the knitting equivalent of judging a book by its cover, I realize, but it is a sin I am guilty of.

During my lunch hours, it’s not uncommon to find me at my desk reading, perhaps watching a safe-for-work episode of a TV show, all the while keeping my hands busy by knitting.  I’m also frequently browsing Ravelry’s ‘Hot Right Now’ patterns.  A few days ago, as I was mindlessly clicking through the patterns, I realized how the featured picture of the pattern completely impacts whether I’ll click on the pattern or not. Artistic, engaging image with the lovely yarn shown off in an aesthetic fashion? You bet I’ll click on! Poor quality, dark shades, hard to make out the stitches, and I find myself even questioning how this pattern is currently ‘Hot.’ The same goes for overly artistic photos where you can’t even tell what the project is – if it’s hard to discern the pattern, I have zero interest in the project.

While knitting is very much a tactile art form, the feel of the yarn, the movement of the stitches, it is also extremely visual. Even though you likely shouldn’t judge a pattern by its Ravelry picture, it’s a sin I’ll continue to commit.

Works in Progress Wednesday

BFF goes to New Brunswick on vacation.
BFF brings back two skeins of yarn from Briggs and Little as a gift for me.
BFF reinforces BFF status.

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Yarn in my stash that was being eyed for one project suddenly has a new purpose.

After buying new needles (which, by the way, I’m in love – I may have a new favourite in Lykke needles!), I’ve cast on what will be my first felting project, a garterlac purse, inspired by the Garter Striped Square Bag pattern. I’m apparently rather ambitious as I’m hoping to ultimately add a lining and perhaps a few pockets. I’ll first see how the felting goes.

The first row of any entrelac project always looks a bit wonky, but here is my project after a few hours’ work:

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Summer’s One Last Hurrah

Today is Labour Day, the last long weekend for summer 2017. Here in southern Ontario, Mother Nature is being kind, as the sun is out, the wind is blowing, and the air temperature is just right.

Me? I plan on spending today outside as much as possible, relaxing, not worrying about what this week will bring, and of course, I’ll have yarn in my hands.

Enjoy today, wherever you are. Enjoy the moments. Enjoy what summer can bring.

Taking Your Knitting for a Walk

I consider myself to be a fairly multi-tasking knitter. I can knit while accomplishing other tasks: watching TV/a movie, drinking, talking, and reading (if using my e-reader). Despite my multi-tasking ways, I never would have thought of knitting and walking at the same time, and then I read a post by blogger Andrea who blogs at This Knitted Life.  In this post, she gives ten tips for knitting and walking at the same time, ranging from try it and try it again, tips for logistics (what to carry said knitting in while getting in your steps and ideal projects).

With this sage advise in hand, I grabbed my vanilla socks, my iPhone with awesome podcasts in the queue, and my obscenely bright walking shoes and headed to my favourite walking path.

I. Am. Hooked.

I had some trepidation at first, the same feeling I had the first time I knitted in public, but hesitation subsided and I got into a good groove. My yarn lives in a simple canvas shoulder bag for the walk, along with my iPhone and car keys, and it felt really great to walk, take in the lovely scenery (as my favourite walking path is along the shore of Lake Ontario), and still get in quality knitting time.  One morning, I must have walked over 5km (or over three miles for those familiar with the Imperial system) and through my hour+ walk was able to knit over 20 rows.  One kind gentleman remarked as we passed ‘you’ll surely be finished that sock by the time you are finished!’  He wasn’t far off the mark, as I completed a good chunk of  the foot during that walk.

Thank you so much, Andrea @ This Knitted Life for showing me I can add to my knitting multi-tasking repertoire. Being able to combine two things I love, walking and knitting, makes the experience even more awesome.

Now, if someone could now show me how to knit while housecleaning, washing dishes, completing yardwork, or some other horribly mundane task, I’ll be set.  Knitting always makes things better, whatever the task may be.

Not sure about knitting and walking? Please give the post a read over at This Knitted Life!

A Scrappy Update

What to do with those leftover bits. We all have them in our stash: those remnants from pairs of socks or shawls that didn’t need the whole skein. I’ll be honest, for my Type A (plus plus) personality, these little balls of yarn, not big enough to make anything with, drive me a little crazy.

One way to use them up is my Sock Yarn Memory Blanket.  I started it in May 2016, and now it’s 25 squares big – not large at all considering how big I’d like for it to eventually be.

As of today, this is what it looks like:

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With the exception of two, every skein of fingering weight yarn from a completed project will be on this blanket. If you were to take a look at my WIPs and stash, I’ll be able to add many more squares. Because I’m a bit crazy detail-oriented, I’ve also started a journal for this project, and in it I’m adding the yarn tag with a snip of the yarn, noting where I bought it and what project I made with it.

Slowly but surely, this blanket is growing, and part of the excitement when finishing a new pair of socks or a shawl is not just the FO, but being able to add to the blanket.

Don’t discount those bits and bobs from skein remnants, because you never know when they might just come in handy. My latest shawl is a perfect example of this.

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The MC is a newly purchased skein of Sweetgeorgia, and the CC is left over Madelinetosh that I first used for a pair of Erica Leuder Socks.  A simple asymmetrical garter stitch shawl, but the contrast makes quite a statement.  For those keeping score at home, the pattern is Graphic Kerchief by Ce Persiano, with some modifications.

Summer always leads to a sporadic posting schedule, but I already know I’ll be offline next week. When I return, I’ll hopefully have completed projects, new WIPs, and new yarn to show off.

Happy knitting!