Knitting

This post is about knitting, which takes up a fair amount of what little free time I have and is pretty much my main source of competition with reading. If only I could learn how to do both at the same time, I would be set for life.

So I’ve been knitting for about 4 years, I started when I was 20. I dabbled in crocheting a little bit, but my heart is with knitting. I tend to make clothes rather than scarves because I find scarves too boring, and I never remember to grab one when I’m running out of the house early in the morning. Sweaters are fun to make, because I can play around with patterns, size it exactly and pick out the exact colors that I want. I used to knit with two needles, now I knit pretty much only on circular needles and everything I knit, I knit in the round. Sleeves I have issues with. Keeping track of my patterns I have issues with. But eventually I’ll be able to translate my work into a series of abbreviations and notations that only make sense to knitters.

In the meantime, here are my some of my finished projects:

I don’t have pictures of the projects I’m working on now, but I’ll post the sweaters/jackets/cardigans I’ve made in the past 3 years.

Simply Marilyn from Interweave Knits.

I knit this with Plymouth Encore Chunky in red. I used about 5 skeins, and size 10 needles. It took about 4 days to make, it knit up very very quickly.

Ticuna from Berrocco. The pattern is for a vest, but I made a sweater out of it.

I knit this with Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Blueberry, although the color is more green than blue. This took a couple of weeks because I had school work getting in the way. This was knit in the round on size 8 circs. I used about…6 balls of Wool of the Andes.

Standard Cable Sweatervest.

This sweatervest is made with Plymouth Encore in their beige color. I used about 3 skeins on size 8 circs. This didn’t take very long to make at all, and it was a lot of fun. I wear it all the time.

“>Cameo Easy Aran Cable Unisex Pullover from Crystal Palace Yarn

I also used Plymouth Encore for this sweater. It was my yarn of choice for an entire summer. I used 4 or 5 skeins, size 8 circs, but I knit it in peices. The sleeves need to be redone, and overall, the sweater is pretty boxy. I love the yarn though. I might take this apart and make something else out of it (like a blanket…)

I’ll post more when I take more pictures. In the meantime, I am working on a sweater with 3 Cascade 220 Heather’s, and I was at the Stitches West knitting Convention in Santa Clara on Sunday, so I have lots and lots of pretty yarn to use for projects from that trip.

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2 responses to “Knitting

  1. Lovely sweaters! I really like seeing how they knit up in yarns other than the (usually pricey) ones the patterns call for. 🙂

  2. Thank you for the compliment. =)

    If I can avoid using the yarn the pattern asks for then I do it. I pretty much live by http://www.knitpicks.com for all my yarn needs (especially socks).

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