Knitter on Skates

Won’t be any content for a while

Posted by Gina on Wednesday, August 6, 2008

I’ve got some personal issues to deal with. I’m not going into details here, but it’s draining me. I don’t have as much time to blog. When I do have time to blog, I don’t have the mental capacity. Things will be back to normal in a few weeks, though. Thanks for reading, and thanks to those of you who are loyal enough to deal with my inconsistency.

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Weekend Questions

Posted by Gina on Friday, July 25, 2008

1. When was the best time of your life?  Why was it the best?

2. What motivated you to learn how to knit / crochet?

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Weekend Questons

Posted by Gina on Friday, July 18, 2008

  1. Do you have any little quirks?
  2. Do you prefer large needles or small needles?  Thick or thin?  Long or short?  Or, somewhere in the middle?

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My So Called Bandwagon and The Missing Lapghan

Posted by Gina on Thursday, July 17, 2008

Well… With very few exceptions, I don’t tend to knit the patterns that everyone and their grandmother are knitting. Many of the most popular patterns don’t particularly appeal to me, or I’ve seen the pattern and/or pictures so often that I’m bored with the project before it even becomes a project. But, My So Called Scarf has grown on me. I decided this pattern wasn’t for me the very first time I saw it, long before I knew it was as popular as it is. I glanced at the picture, glanced – slightly – at the pattern, and it just did nothing for me. Now? I don’t know. I kind of like it. Having looked more closely at the stitch pattern, it does appear to be an interesting knit. Maybe I was previously too quick to judge. I won’t be able to start on it in the near future, and it’s not something I would wear, but this scarf is so perfect for someone I know. It’s at the very top of my holiday knitting list now. Actually, it’s the only thing on my holiday knitting list. So, I guess not only am I on the My So Called Scarf bandwagon, I’m also on the “start thinking of knitted Christmas gifts in July” bandwagon. I never would have thought either of those would be true…

In other mindless and irrelevant banter, Travis’s lapghan is missing. It’s just… gone. I typically keep my current projects in a laundry basket beside the reclining chair in which I always knit. That’s the last place I remember seeing the lapghan. I went to get it when I was headed to the bar tonight, and it wasn’t there. I did a quick search of the rest of the rooms in the house, but found no clues. Could one of the kids have run off with it? My three year old knows better, and my one year old would have brought it to me to show off her new cuddly object. Or, would she have? Did Travis move it in an effort to save it from the fate suffered by the entrelac lapghan-that-never-was? If so, wouldn’t he have told me? Did *I* move it and forget? Is there such a thing as Spontaneous Yarn Combustion? It’s a mystery.

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You can’t buy gloves in July….

Posted by Gina on Monday, July 14, 2008

… but you can make them!

(Edited to add, I’ve been told that gloves are sold year round at Wal-Marts in Colorado. But, I’m no in CO. And my mom informed me that the one place I didn’t look [locally] for gloves – the pro shop at the ice rink – sells gloves. Nevertheless, I’m glad I didn’t know this before buying yarn, because then I wouldn’t have new yarn and needles).

My three year old needs a pair of gloves for ice skating lessons, so the two of us headed to The Studio for a fiber seeking adventure. He mostly played with cars in the kids room (God bless The Studio for that room!!!) while I browsed the yarn. I picked out a few yarns for the little guy to look at and feel (he thinks almost everything is “too scratchy”), and we eventually decided on Jitterbug in an amazing blue colorway called Salty Dog. Soft merino wool, heh. The kid’s got taste!

I’ll have to take more pictures of it in natural outdoor lighting, because these pictures, taken indoors with poor lighting, don’t do it justice at all.

While we were there, the LYS employee let the little guy wind it into a ball all by himself! She got it started on the ball winder, but he wound it almost completely from start to finish. He thoroughly enjoyed his visit to The Studio, and winding a hank of yarn into a ball was icing on the cake. It was the topic of conversation the whole way home.

After getting the kiddos to bed, I cast on for his first ever pair of hand knit gloves. I’m not even done with the ribbing yet, but when it’s complete, it will be a modified version of the Little Folk Toddler’s Gloves.

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Weekend questions

Posted by Gina on Friday, July 11, 2008

Another something new. I’m really interested in people, including the people who read my blog, so I thought asking a couple questions every weekend would be fun (for me, and hopefully for you, too). Because this is a knitting blog, there’s going to be a fiber arts/crafts question every weekend. There are a few of my friends who read my blog who don’t knit or crochet, so I’m also going to post a non-knitting question for everyone. Can’t wait to see the answers!

  • Do you have a blog or website? If you don’t have one of your own, what is your favorite blog or website?
  • How / when did you learn to knit or crochet?

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The lapghan, revisited

Posted by Gina on Thursday, July 10, 2008

This time around, Travis’s lapghan will live it’s life as a simple stockinette blanket with an entrelac boarder. Travis – well, both of us, for that matter – want it done sooner rather than later.  I can do plain stockinette faster than entrelac, which is the reason I’m not doing entrelac for the whole thing. It’ll be finished soon. There’s not a lot too it right now, but stockinette works up quickly. Not sure how long the boarder will take.

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New Technique of the Month: Duplicate Stitch

Posted by Gina on Monday, July 7, 2008

Well, here it is. My very first attempt at Duplicate Stitch. I can’t say it was difficult, but it’s going to take a little practice to get the tension right. If it’s too tight, the knitted fabric will “pucker”. If it’s too loose, the duplicate stitches will stick out too far. In the picture, you can see how some of the duplicate stitches are too tight, and some aren’t tight enough. This is going to be a handy thing to know, once I get the tension right!

A little bit of Duplicate Stitch info:

  • Duplicate stitch is also known as Swiss Darning
  • The most common uses for duplicate stitch are to repair or correct errors in knitted garments, and to add embellishments to “finished” knitted garments.

I thought it would be fun to post a video of myself doing each new technique for the very first time, but that didn’t turn out so well this time around. The video (taken on a cell phone) of my very first attempt came out so dark I couldn’t see anything. Then I thought, “Well, a second attempt will be the next best thing.” That didn’t turn out so well, either. For the second attempt, I used my compact point-and-shoot digital camera, not realizing it only captures 15 seconds of video at a time (I’ve never used the “movie” option. I bought it solely for taking still pictures). It also looked much better in the view finder than it did on my computer, so the end result was a blurry, bouncy 15 seconds of ‘What the f… is going on there?’ If you want to see it, despite the incredibly poor quality, let me know and I’ll post it. I have a new camera on its way to my house, so I’ll play with the video mode on that one and will hopefully be able to record better videos for next months new technique. My plan was to post a video AND a still picture. Hopefully that’ll work next time.

Next months new technique: English Knitting (I learned continental)

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Learning new things

Posted by Gina on Saturday, July 5, 2008

It can be easy for me to become sedentary in the things I do. With knitting, I’ve found myself sticking to things I know instead of challenging myself to learn new techniques. I want to knit X because it’s “safe”. I’ve stopped learning. This, of course, doesn’t make much sense to me because there are so many techniques I don’t know. Things that would progress my craft to new and wonderful levels. Colorful levels, too, when I finally learn Fair Isle and Intarsia. I would have a much wider selection of patterns to choose from, and I’d have more knowledge from which to pull to create patterns of my own. I used to look forward to the challenge of learning a new skill. When did that change?

Thinking about this (maybe over-thinking a little) has inspired me to set goals for myself. I’m going to learn a new technique every month. Not master new techniques in a month (I know some will take longer than others to learn/master), but at least devote the month to getting the learning process started. I’m going to use my blog to help keep me on track. I don’t want to slack off in plain view of my “friends” from Ravelry, and the few subscribers who have been faithful (for reasons that are a mystery to me. I’m glad you’re here, though. I love that you’re reading my blog!). Thus, the first “series” for my blog as been created. The first week of every month, I’m going to start (and post about) learning a new skill or technique, and give semi-regular updates throughout the month. This month, even though I’ve already missed a week due to being out of town and my birthday and a holiday, I’m going to try my hand at Duplicate Stitch. Looks easy enough, right? My first official post will be Monday.  With pictures!

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A knitting drummer…

Posted by Gina on Monday, June 23, 2008

Maybe he’s a good knitter when he’s not drumming?

Maybe he’s a good drummer when he’s not knitting?

The two should never be combined… Only multi-task when you can simultaneously do all required tasks well.

Aside from that, I give this guy points for originality and mega points for getting out in front of people and doing something presumably never done before.  He’s got guts, that’s for sure!  And I bet he’s very talented at both knitting and drumming.  Individually, of course.

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