Hi. I saw you had posted that you made some mittens using Suri Dream. oo, I can just imagine...I have recently finished a shawl using Suri Dream and the idea of mittens is heavenly. What size needles did you use? Is there a pattern you can direct me to?
I am impressed with your handknit presents for all your co-workers prior to retirement. Very impressed! You go, girl! I think the biggest problem I am facing right now is that so many of my WIP's are larger projects...I've managed to finish most the smaller ones already, so I have shawls, sweaters, and socks to finish up. All gorgeous with fantastic yarns, luckily, so they are a joy to work on. Good luck!
Thanks for your advice. And I feel for you with the internet connection. My husband is an IT guy, so we have to have a super-fast one (or at least he thinks so.) I'm trying to reform myself and not spend so much time on the computer...might as well be knitting!
I'm definitely impressed. Actually, we have something in common. I took knitting back up around two years ago as well. A colleague-friend was pregnant with her first baby - Jessica is turning 2 years in February 2009. Another colleague whom I travel part of the way to work with by train is an avid knitter and got me thinking "well, why not knit again". Seeing I learned reading patterns in German (being German) she was patient and kind enough to explain the English patterns to me.
Also, thanks for explaining how you manage your projects. And it makes me dare re-start my original list. I'll let you know how I'm getting on.
I just saw your comment on ongoing projects in the run up to christmas and was impressed on your planned approach of upcoming projects. I must admit I did start something similar, but wasn't disciplined to see it through. You've definitely re-inspired me. THANK YOU !
Hello again, Yup - I'm a speed knitter! I learned years ago to knit left handed, but got frustrated trying to reverse instructions so taught myself to knit right handed using an old dime store knitting instruction book. Still frustrated by how slow my knitting was I researched methods to speed up my knitting and learned to knit Continental - which means holding your yarn in your left hand. Like anything else in life - this technique requires both patience and practice - but the time and effort to master Continental knitting was well worth it. KnitPicks has a nice tutorial that will help you with the basics and with a little time and practice you will find that Continental will have you speeding along! I will confess, that if tension is tricky, or if I need more fine control of my yarn for some reason - I DO use both my right and left handed methods to get the effect that I need. AND - an added bonus of learning to knit left handed all those years ago: I never have to purl!! I just knit back left handed. My knitting buddies call me "the Yarn Typewriter". In the photo you mentioned - it shows me knitting with a cast on my right hand and a cast on my left leg and foot. We call it "casting on with casts on" (=^:^=) Deborah
Nice dog sweaters and socks! You are doing GREAT for a recently new knitter. I've been at it several years now but still make very plain socks. Find it hard to follow a lot of patterns, but would love to knit lace.
The way the pattern stitch works is that, on the odd-numbered, right-side rows, you increase one stitch per pattern repeat because you're doing yo, k2 (or k2,yo across on row 3). On the even numbered rows, you decrease one stitch per repeat, which takes care of all the increases that you've done in the previous row. So if you cast on 83 sts, as the pattern calls for, you will have 83 sts when you've finished rows 2 and 4, but something like 124 sts after rows 1 and 3. With the plain rectangular shaping, you shouldn't be increasing at all, and if you have more than 83 sts after rows 2 and 4, it's probably because you forgot to pass the slip st over on one or more of the pattern repeats.
Thanks, Blue Lake! My daughter does love the sweater. The funny thing is that so far two knitters have approached her and said that they had tried to knit that sweater, but they couldn't make the pattern work out. So it wasn't just me!