Friday, December 28, 2012

learning to knit.

honey cowl
I've been knitting for a year and two months now.  I love it as much as sewing, it is one of my most favorite things to do.  I get so many emails from readers asking me how I learned, how they can learn, and if I can share any advice with them.  That is what this post is for :)
honey cowl
When I went to the Sewing Summit last year, I bought some gorgeous yarn and a circular needles in hope of learning to knit.  With the help of my sweet friends Amanda and Deeidre, I learned how to cast on for a project and two basic stitches: knit and purl.  I started a honey cowl.  I tried my hardest to get it to work, but it just was not happening for me.  I felt like I was missing something, or that something wasn't making sense.  When I got home I ripped out my project and hopped on the internet to figure out what was wrong.  I needed to teach myself.
honey cowl
Thanks to a few recommendations, I landed on knittinghelp.com.  It is a very informative website that has everything you need to teach yourself how to knit.  I watched videos on knitting and purling, and I realized that the English method (where you hold the yarn in the RIGHT hand and throw it around your needle) just wasn't my thing.  I watched the videos and taught myself to knit using the continental method, which is perfect for me.  In this method, the yarn is held the LEFT hand, and you don't throw the yarn.  This made so much sense to me, and everything just fell into place.  I am a crocheter, and when you crochet, you hold the yarn the same way as you do when continental knitting.  Well, I do anyways. :)
honey cowl
Once I taught myself to knit from those videos, I just fell in love.  It came really naturally to me.  I have to admit, that may partly be due to the fact that I am very comfortable with yarn.  I've been crocheting since I was 7 years old!  But really, I truly think that anyone can learn.
honey cowl
All of this to say.... you can teach yourself to knit!  You can.  I highly recommend the videos on knittinghelp.com.  I've watched other videos elsewhere, but I always come back to these.  There is also an app on that website that you can buy for your phone, and I use it ALL the time.  It is totally worth the money.  If you learn, give continental method a try.  I know it is not everyone's favorite, but I love it.  It is so quick and efficient. 
 
I hope that helps you!  Feel free to keep asking questions.  Good luck!:)
xo, A
 
PS - These pictures are of the honey cowl I finished back in the fall, I finally took some nice pictures of it.  I wear it all the time, and it is one of my favorites.  If you are learning to knit, this is a great beginners project.  You can find links and details here on my ravelry page.

Friday, December 21, 2012

shallows

Shallows scarf Shallows scarf
This scarf is called Shallows.  I knit it for  my mother in law for Christmas.  Her favorite color is green, so I think she will like it.  The yarn is shades of pemberly from the Plucky Knitter. 
Shallows scarf Shallows scarf
This is a great beginner lace project, and the pattern is easy to memorize. So you know what that means.... knitting and reading! I'm so predictable, right? A few of you emailed me and asked how I knit and read at the same time. Well, it has to be easy stitching (knit, purl, or ribbing), and I read on my kindle app in my ipad. I just prop it up in its stand in front of me, and I'm ready to go. Best of both worlds. :)
Shallows scarf
I definitely recommend soaking and then blocking this project with lace wires. Once it is wet and stretched out, the yarn relaxes and the lacework shows wonderfully. You can definitely block without wires, I just find it to be a lot more effective with this kind of project.  Ravelled here.
 
xo, Ang

Thursday, December 20, 2012

millwater #1

millwater 1
Once it starts cooling down around here, my fingers start itching for cowls and scarfs.  This is the Millwater cowl, I finished it last month.  This may be the most enjoyable pattern I have ever knit!  I could not put this project down.  I have been reading a lot lately, and this pattern is so simple and easy... perfect for knitting and reading!  Two of my favorite things.
millwater 1 millwater 1
The yarn is Madeline Tosh DK in antique lace.  I picked up a couple skeins while I was at the Sewing Summit in October.  It is really great yarn.  I love the color, it works with almost everything.
Millwater 1
I highly recommend this pattern to newer knitters.  The stitches are so simple, and the big chunky cable is really easy!  It is a really good project to learn cables on.  I promise it is easier than it looks.  More info and links to the pattern can be found on my ravelry page.
Finished blocking my Millwater cowl!! Love. Yarn is antique lace, Madeline Tosh DK
xo, Ang

catch up.

lots of knitting
Hi there, neglected blog!  I think I have been missing you.  My sewing machine hasn't been out of its cabinet in over a month, but there has been lots of knitting going on over here lately.  I can't seem to get enough!  One of the reasons I love keeping a blog is because I can document every project I make, and I have a backlog of knitted projects to write about.  Just wanted to warn you that you will be bombarded with knitting pictures over the next few days. Here are just a few of the things I've been working on.  If you are on instagram, you should recognize these (I'm @fussycut over there).
lots of knitting
xo, Ang