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Day 29: Do you have any tips, or things that you’ve learned from knitting?
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?
Why, yes, I do! I’ve been crocheting forever, at least a couple years longer than I’ve been knitting. I also make crocheted lace, and though the stitches are the same as regular crocheting it’s a whole different beast.
I tend to crochet practical things, like my yarn basket (which I use like a yarn bowl) and my shopping bags; and knit pretty things, like shawls and scarfs. There’s some crossover, of course, but it’s the tendancy. I’ve made a BUNCH of crocheted afghans, for instance, but am knitting my first.
I have more lace in my home than should seem humanly possible, especially since most of it stays neatly folded and away for most of the year. I have doily’s of every shape and size, a beautiful table runner, and I made my mother a beautiful lace shawl on my 6 hook this spring and early summer.
I’ve dabbled a bit with other crafts, but I seem to do best with he fiber arts. I can sew a straight seam if I absolutely have to, but don’t ask me to do anything more complex than that. I do a bit of cross stitch, but find it mind-numbingly boring most of the time.
I really want to learn to spin but don’t know anyone who does. It would be really awesome to have my work completely hand made.
Day 27: How do you acquire most of yarn? Online retailers, local yarn shops, swaps, or large chain craft stores? What’s your favorite?
I don’t like buying yarn that I haven’t handled first. If I’m buying a brand I know and trust AND I need it in bulk, I’ll buy online. Otherwise, I go to a lys first and if they don’t have what I need I go to Joannes. In a pinch I’ll go to Michaels, though they don’t have the selection that Joannes does, or the prices. I’ve never been to a yarn swap, but I think I’d like to go to one.
My favorite, of course, is my lys. The women there are wonderful and they have an amazing selection of alpaca.
ladybadasskillington said: Hi, I'm a self-taught knitter and I still am not very good at it. I know practice is an essential part of learning to knit new things, but how did you get so good? Do you have any suggestions for how I can learn or where I can get basic patterns? I can knit in the round and do cables, but that's as far as I've gotten. Thanks! And I love your blog.
Thank you so much!
Like you said, a lot of what any beginner needs is practice. The other thing a beginner, in any medium, needs is patience. It won’t happen overnight. I’ve been knitting for something like 14 years, though it may be sixteen (I can’t remember on which trip to my grandparents I was taught).
Until about five years ago all I really knew how to do was garter and stockinette on straight needles. I played around with color work a bit, but had no idea what I was doing and messed up a LOT. What really got me to learn new things was throwing myself into projects and spending a lot of time on youtube. Make sure to watch more than one video on each technique, there are always several ways to do a thing and finding the one that’s right for you is important.
Do yourself a favor and learn some crochet basics. It’ll help with your tension and help you to see things a little bit more mathematically. Also, you won’t realize how VERY simple knitting is in comparison until you have an understanding of crocheting. Not to say that knitting is easier, it’s just simpler.
There’s one book that I advise every knitter own, “Stitch ‘n Bitch” by Debbie Stoller. It has great diagrams of all the basics with easy to understand directions. The projects in it are pretty damn cool, as well.
There are a lot of places online to find patterns, but the best (that I’ve found) is ravelry.com. Patterns are rated in difficulty by people who have made them, so you can pick something at your level. Most patterns come with brand recommendations for yarn, which can be very helpful.
Thank you so much for the ask. If you have any more knitting questions, my inbox is always open.
Day 25: Do you have a knitting book or a place where you keep patterns, ideas, size measurements? Post a picture of it!
It is called my computer. I have a lot of it printed out or in books that I’ve bought, but I scan in patterns that I like so that I can be sure to have them even if the book is lost or damaged.