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Portland, OR
About Me:
I've been a "hooker" [crochet] :-) much longer than I've been a "picker" [Continental knitter]. [1971 vs 2007] Someone taught me American style knitting when I was 9 or 10, but it was too frustrating (I knit so tightly my needles screamed) and I didn't stay with it beyond several pairs of 60's style "granny slippers." I picked it up again my last year of high school in a home economics class [1970-71], but was no better impressed than the first time around.

I made the "mistake" of bringing my knitting to a family gathering in 1972. Among the guests was a distant family member from Australia who glanced up from her flying fingers and saw what I was doing. With bitter disgust she exclaimed, "WHAT are you DOING?" "Knitting," I meekly replied. She practically ripped the needles and yarn from me and showed me how to "do this RIGHT." And she taught me Continental style. I wasn't all that enamored with her teaching style, but I LOVED "left hand" knitting. However, I still didn't keep up with it, because I preferred crochet and was far less intimidated and far more creative with a hook than a pair of needles.

I worked through "First Knits" by Kate Haxell and several of the video tutorials at KnitPicks [2007] and and have decided that my issues with knitting have been primarily an issue of confidence and intimidation... not difficulty! :-) In the last year [2008] I've knitted quite a bit and even designed several projects on-needle!

Patterns frustrate me. They often call for yarn I can't work with, can't wear, don't like, &/or can't afford. So, the first hurdle is: what can I substitute and be happy with the result. Then I have to deal with my "quiet rebel" spirit that resists being told "what to do and how to do it" with no consideration for my ideas and needs. :-) Many knit projects I've ever completed have been a modification of the pattern idea. I mostly use patterns to see how to do elements of the pattern rather than duplicate it in total.

My knitting goals are to master techniques and to learn to design starting with the yarn and needles I love. To make things I like with the things I like. :-)

I have Fibromyalgia and am often down and/or dealing with "brain fog" which limits my functionality in many ways. Knitting and crochet are two things I can do from bed and still be productive. I adore KnitPicks... their products and service to the knitting community. I LOVE the Knit Picks Community at Knit Picks! I hope to further build my confidence and creativity as a result of this Community while supporting and encouraging other Community members!

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My mom's last crochet project was a Granny Square Afghan in this yarn and these colors. (The green is more sage than lime, like it looks in the photo.) She made it for a friend of a friend, so I don't have it to cherish. I loved the colors of the afghan so much, I decided to make a "Legacy Afghan" using the same yarn in the same colors. My interpretation is a reflection of my mom and the relationship we developed the last few years she was with me. It is a granny square style afghan of my own design. I see it every day and think of my mom, her love for Granny Square crochet... and how much I love and miss her.

A great example of how knit & crochet "play well together." This afghan is knit in a checkerboard/basketweave pattern, and finished in a lacy crochet border. I made the knit part to practice Continental knit/purl stitches. I added the crochet border when finished because it was too boring alone. :-)

My finished "Sweater Workshop" Sampler.

Elianastar's Blog

Why Swatch?... Dimension, Part One

Posted on September 18, 2010 at 12:08pm 0 Comments

The first installment of the meat of the series has been posted @ Roving StarPoints blog. My aim is to keep each installment on the shorter side and trying to stay ahead of the writing. A lot of the series has been written, but I'm still anxious for input with those who always swatch, those who avoid swatching like fiber-plague, and everyone in between.

At the end of each installment I'm posing questions to which readers can respond and…

To swatch or not to swatch...

Posted on September 6, 2010 at 11:13pm 2 Comments

I'm introducing a series on swatching at Roving StarPoints blog and I'd LOVE to have your input and comments on the subject. I've got a lot to say on the matter and already have a lot written out that I've researched and investigated, but I'd really love to make it a rather definitive series on swatching and I'm hoping you'd be willing to share your experiences and observations with swatching... or avoiding swatching... to help me fill in any holes…

Comments on "skill levels"?

Posted on August 23, 2010 at 11:15am 15 Comments

I'm starting to get the hang of blogging. :-) I can't tell you how much I'm enjoying having a "home base" for info and resources and links to things! I think that's the part I'm enjoying the most about a separate blog page!

A question came up on Ravelry about "knitting skill level." I know Susan the Blue Lake Knitter sent me a link last year and I thought I'd bookmarked it, but if I did I'm overlooking it. So, I went on a net search to find it or something similar. I am…

Roving StarPoints blog and...

Posted on August 12, 2010 at 1:52pm 5 Comments

... WendyKnits Shetland Pi Shawl KAL! You can read all about it... on my new blog! :-) I know there are those out there with plenty of KP lace stash and this is the perfect time of year to knit a shawl. And a Pi shawl is a great way to step into the unnerving waters of lace knitting. AND, to make it even easier for you, the pattern will be released a portion at a time, which will really help prevent feeling overwhelmed! If you've wanted to knit a lace shawl, and especially if you've been…

Shine Cold Water Bottle Cozy

Posted on June 21, 2010 at 6:00pm 4 Comments

I didn't pay a lot of attention when I first heard Kelley Petcun talking about hot water bottles. It caught my attention a little more when I read that Tina was knitting hot water bottle covers for Christmas gifts? Really? O…k… an odd choice, but maybe she had a lot of cold friends and family? Who am I to judge?…


2010 Update & the Dr Who Scarf saga

Posted on June 14, 2010 at 10:30pm 17 Comments

Yeah. I know. It's JUNE already. :-)

So... what have I been doing... Mostly doing battle against my primary nemesis, Fibromyalgia. Guess which one of us has been winning? Also had a bout with some kidney stones a few months back. Went to the ER, certain it was appendicitis cuz I've had kidney stones before but it was never anything like that! Otherwise, mostly just annoying aches, pains, fatigue, perhaps a little depression... and lots of migraines.…

Sweater Workshop Sampler... part three

Posted on May 21, 2010 at 10:00am 14 Comments

First the moral, then the story:

Never try to learn something new with a screaming migraine!

I'm starting on my third day of a migraine, off and on... more on than off. However, I really want to finish the Sampler so I can get on to the business of actually creating a sweater. So, when my head isn't screaming too loudly to think or breath, I'm plugging away on it.

The problem with that though, is that my neural synapses do not fire properly when under the stress… Continue

My visit to Knit Picks in Vancouver, WA

Posted on April 9, 2009 at 9:00pm 9 Comments

Well, the day finally came! Tuesday, April 7, 2009. Kelsy (DD) and I drove over the 205 bridge and Columbia River around 3 pm to the Crafts Americana Group office to meet… Continue

Sweater Workshop Sampler... TaDa!

Posted on February 23, 2009 at 9:30pm 4 Comments

After... what... two weeks of procrastinating and sabotage, I finally took scissors to the Sampler and performed surgery on my Sampler. It now has its final element installed: an Afterthought Pocket, a la Elizabeth Zimmerman and grateful thanks to the KnitPicks tutorial video for the kitchener stitch moral support. I probably could have done it by myself, but I wanted the "security" of actually seeing it done before I wrapped up the last task.

As with every other task in the Sampler,… Continue

Sweater Workshop Sampler... part four

Posted on February 1, 2009 at 6:30pm 4 Comments

Have you ever avoided doing something because you had a preconceived idea it would be too hard, too complex, too intimidating? Maybe that question should begin, "How often have you avoided..." Have you ever wondered how many times in your life you passed up an opportunity to learn something new and fun and rewarding out of sheer fear of failure?

I have.

As I'm working my way, stitch by stitch, through the "assignments" of the Sweater Workshop Sampler I am receiving… Continue

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At 1:01pm on May 4, 2011, Picklepat said…
I Just came on your comment in March and here it is May. I've been knitting steady. Finished that Arron sweater. I wont do another because the heavy cables are too hard on my hands. It was truly a labor of love and my daughter loved it. I'll have to check in to Ravelry soon and see whats new. There are socks and a sweater waiting in my knitting basket. Just ordered more yarn. What am I doing Here?
At 12:48pm on February 21, 2011, CamillaInTheDesert said…

Thanks for your lovely comments Elianastar


At 4:05pm on February 20, 2011, CamillaInTheDesert said…

ty so much for your hint about capping off end of harmony circulars for larger projects..I too have severe arthritis and some days my hands won't work..

This tip has helped me amazingly.

Also your work is beautiful...

Check out my blog when you get time check out knitting, crocheting, quilting and painting projects I have done.

God Bless You,


At 11:53pm on September 6, 2010, Janice Aitkens said…
Looked at some of your beautiful work you do lovely work
Hugs Janice
At 11:47pm on September 6, 2010, Janice Aitkens said…
Thank you for added me as your friend
Hugs janice
At 12:58pm on June 25, 2010, Diana Troldahl said…
SO cool to be here!
At 7:10am on April 10, 2010, June Swanson said…
When I use the 24" circs , I use 2 circs . When I use one , I use a 40" circular. June
At 7:41am on April 9, 2010, June Swanson said…
sound like you have it figured out best for your desires. I don't mind using one 40" long circ to knit the socks but you are always pulling out the wire and sifting it every 20 0r 30 sts. but it becomes habit after a while and sponteneous so you just quit noticing it. Good luck. I think you will find a method you prefer sooner or later. True , you can do it with one ball from both ends if you prefer : I found that it slowed me down to do it that way though.
At 6:57am on April 7, 2010, June Swanson said…
I almost forgot,,, when you do 2 at once you have to be very careful not to have your yarn thrown on the wrong side of your work and you are knitting with 2 balls of yarn at once which can be a pain. Not my cup of tea.
At 6:54am on April 7, 2010, June Swanson said…
I have all of the ways. My favorite is with 2 circs. I bought 24 " circs and now 20" ndls have come out . I think they would be much better and not be poking you in the lap. I would think about trying the 20" if available if I were you. It can be quite an investment. I did the 2 at once which one of my local friends loves since otherwise she does not finish the 2nd sock. I have no problem with that. Hope this gave you some food for thought. June

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