In The Rounds: Rewind!!

As I posted about earlier this month, a blog called Knitting in Wonderland created the 30 Day Knitting Challenge, where they created 30 questions to act as ‘journal prompts.’ I blogged about my favourite projects (there were several) and my least favourite (of which there is one… ugh). While reading through the list of questions, I realized many of these I had covered in previous blog posts, so today is a rewind, looking at previous posts to answer some of the questions asked by Knitting in Wonderland.

Day 1: What was your first finished project? & Day 4: How did you learn how to knit?

I touched on both of these with my first blog post Cast on, place marker, join. I didn’t delve into the learning process because the story isn’t that interesting – I learned through watching Youtube videos. That’s it. There are so many great resources available online.

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The first thing I ever knitted, a cover for my e-reader

Day 12: Where do you keep your stash? Post pictures!

I shared a picture of my yarn storage when I first moved into my house in June 2015: Work In Progress.

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Day 20: Do you knit in public? Was anyone offended/incredibly happy/curious that you were doing so?

Why, yes, I do knit in public. All the time! And I’ve blogged about it here: Isn’t Everyday Knit In Public Day? WWKIP2016, and here: Finding the right words…

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Day 21: Do you knit gifts for friends and family for the holidays or birthdays?

I sure do, and I shared my Christmas 2015 knits here.

Day 24: Have you ever made your own pattern or dyed your own yarn? How did it turn out?

In October 2015, a knitting friend and I went to a yarn dying workshop, and the end result was two custom dyed skeins. They turned out pretty awesome, if I do say so myself, but they were dyed under the careful supervision of an experienced dyer. I’d like to try dyeing my own with kool-aid… the time will come for that, and I’m sure I’ll share those experiences here!

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My finished yarn.

Day 25: Do you have a knitting book or a place where you keep patterns, ideas, size measurements? Post a picture of it!

I would be lost without my knitting journals. Patterns, notes, improvised projects all get tracked in a simple spiral bound note book.

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Day 28: Do you do any other crafts besides knitting? What are they, and did learning to knit come before or after learning these other crafts?

My first crafting love was cross-stitch. Mum crossed stitched, so inevitably I picked up a needle and aida cloth. I stitch cross-stitch, but it’s very rare when I do.

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A Dean Winchester quote and the Supernatural Devil Trap

Day 29: Do you have any tips, or things that you’ve learned from knitting?

Check out this post on the Five Things I’ve Learned.

Day 30: What’s your name on Ravelry?

Feel free to check out my Ravelry Page Here.

My Least Favourite Project

Last week, I blogged about my favourite projects, inspired by the 30 Day Challenge, created by Knitting in Wonderland. It was hard to pick my favourite project that I’ve completed over the 5+ years I’ve been knitting, but when Knitting in Wonderland asked on Day 7 what is your least favourite project, I didn’t hesitate.

Blogisphere, meet the Moon Socks.

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Okay, context. Yes, the finished slippers look great, and my sister loved them when I gave them to her for Christmas 2013, but when I gave them to her, I swore I would never make that pattern again.

Rewind to 2013. I’m knitting fairly frequently, but I wouldn’t have called myself a ‘Capital K Knitter’ like I am today. At that time, it was a hobby. I would knit, but I wasn’t a Knitter.  I wanted to make my sister a pair of slippers for Christmas, and when I stumbled across this pattern, I thought ‘How unique! How stylish! Don’t they look warm! Sister will love them!’

I downloaded the free pattern (here’s the link to my project page, but don’t say I didn’t warn you). I started knitting.  Perhaps it was my inexperience, still relatively new to knitting in the round, still learning to become fluent in knitting pattern lingo, but as I knit all I could think of is how terrible of a written pattern it was. Picking up the stitches for the foot was one of the worst things I’ve had to muddle my way through, and as I knit, I found that I was constantly checking lengths against my own foot because the lengths they suggested/rounds to repeat didn’t work out.

If any good came from this project, besides the intended recipient loving her slippers, is that because of this project, I started my faithful habit of my knitting journals. My journals are a kind of scrapbook/smashbook that I cut and paste patterns in, use to take notes as I’m knitting along, or I keep notes on patterns I’m improvising on the fly.  I had to keep notes while making these (insert negative adjective) slippers, and the habit has stuck.  Three journals later, and I have found them to be an irreplaceable resource to me.

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I’d be lost without this journal!

So there you have it. My least favourite project: the Moon Socks.

My Favourite Finished Object

Through the month of September, the blog Knitting in Wonderland has created the 30 Day Challenge: every day, there’s a new question or theme to explore.  If you’re a frequent reader of my blog, then you’ll know sometimes I struggle for inspiration for post topics, and you’ll also know that I’m not the best at sticking to a schedule. Today is a wonderful case in point: it’s Tuesday, and I try to get a new post up every Monday.  When I learned of the 30 Day Challenge, I knew that it wasn’t something I could faithfully carry through, but Meggiewes has come up with some insightful questions, and I’m using a few of her questions to write about.

Today’s question has truly got me thinking: What is your favorite piece that you’ve knit?

It’s hard to pick just one, and looking through my project gallery reminds me a) of how much I’ve knit over five years, b) how varied my projects are, and c) how much I’ve grown as a knitter.

I think I’m the most proud of the sweater I made for my father. It was four months in the making, one of the largest projects I’ve ever completed, and it is so loved. My father knew how much time was invested in this project, which increased his overall appreciation for it, and he wears it all the time. On the knitworthy scale, my father ranks pretty darn high. It tried my patience at times, but I loved this finished sweater, and I would knit another like this for my beloved dad in a heartbeat.

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Basking in the glow of his glorious sweater

Speaking of sweaters, I LOVE my Midwinter’s Cardigan. It’s a go-to sweater when the weather turns cold; it’s warm and elegantly simple.

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This past weekend was a tad cold, considering it was the ‘last long weekend of the summer.’ Yesterday was Labour Day, a statutory holiday in Canada, so I enjoyed a leisurely morning on my back deck, reading A Tree Grows in Brooklyn while sipping my first of many cups of coffee. Because it was a touch on the chilly side, I grabbed my Chateau Shawl. It is the perfect sweater for wrapping yourself up in and staving off cold weather. The yarn was purchased at a LYS with a gift certificate from my Grandma, increasing the love for this project.

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My favourite, slouchy, comfy Chateau Shawl

As it turns out, this post has also been a showcase of how much my hair has grown in over three years!