One question I ponder frequently is whether I’d knit as much or in as varied a fashion if I didn’t blog. It’s a bit of a conundrum: Do I blog because I knit, or do I knit because I blog?
You know the story of my stumble upon the knitblogging scene, with the now quaint notion of continuing to knit garter stitch scarves and maybe the occasional felted bag while I borrowed this platform for my scribblings. We all know how that worked out, these 7 short months later…
I think the answer to my question is, YES. I have found a craft that I absolutely love in knitting, and writing about it for people who are interested and who cheer me on is incredibly motivating.
Besides, I never, EVER would have attempted most of what I’ve knitted so far without the help of my blogsistahs. It’s like having a 24-hour helpline, with great customer service.
Which brings me to my latest new trick – lookie here:
Thanks to all of you who sent tutorials, video, and helpful hints to get me to finally understand the short row toe. The pictured book also helped, as did this very helpful tutorial. Now that I’ve done it, it makes perfect sense.
I have to ask, though, about undoing the crochet chain – I haven’t found any detailed discussion of that. The idea of “unzipping” it seems ridiculous to me – for me, it was more like a painful picking out and unknotting of each little crochet stitch, and I used a small crochet hook and fingering weight yarn for the waste yarn, so things were fairly tight. Maybe bigger, and more acrylic, yarn and a larger hook? But then the knit stitches would wind up ungainly, no? Please to provide your thoughts about this – it’s the only part I struggled with, and there has to be a better way.
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One of my LYSs was having a big sale last week – 20% off everything in the store, 30% if you bought all of one color. If you followed the link, you saw that the hours of this store are not very convenient to the working girl. But I made it there before the sale was done. I managed to control myself, although I did come home with a couple of goodies. While I was there, I was vaguely aware of a young woman consulting with the owner about what yarn to use for a pattern, but I wasn’t paying much attention. When I checked out, the owner naturally asked about my plans for my purchases. I said I’d be more likely to use the yarn – especially the lovely Alpaca Sox – for shawls than socks, since it was too nice to walk on. The other customer perked up at that, and said she was looking for shawl yarn and hadn’t thought about using sock yarn. Turned out she just took an intro to lace class, and is now addicted. And she wants to knit this, which I had just printed out the day before. We had a lovely chat, and she found her yarn.