Saturday, November 22, 2014

Something a little different :)

It is that time of the year again where it is cold outside and my perfect winter's evening is spent by the fire with a good book or knitting project and snuggling my favorite person and our favorite fur children. I don't work on knitting projects that often. But sometimes I see some inspiration on Instagram and that follows some browsing on Ravely, followed by a compulsive yarn buy on knitpicks.com or a trip to JoAnn's.

Knitting is not something that I am used to. I picked it up once a couple of years ago and the "scarf" was a hot mess! Then, last year, my cousin (who is an amazing knitter) came to stay with me and she brought her knitting project with her. I was so mesmerized by it, I had to learn (properly)! She taught me the basic skills such as casting on, the knit stitch, and the purl stitch. Then as I was looking for knitting websites online, I came across Craftsy and downloaded Stefanie Japel's Knit Lab class and it taught me all of the beginner level skills that I needed to know. If you have never tried Craftsy, it is wonderful! The classes are an investment but I have learned sooooo much from them.

I don't take on too many knitting projects because it is still really foreign to me. And foreign=frustrating, sometimes! I am the world's slowest knitter, my tension is never consistent, and whenever I start a new project my hands feel big and clumsy and awwwwkwarddd...But I do delight in finishing a project (no matter how mediocre it looks lol).

Which leads to me to my latest finish! My husband has been desperately looking for a warm, manly looking scarf for about a month now. When finally it dawned on us-why don't I make one for him? He wanted one fast so I thought I would give loom knitting a try. My boss had completed a scarf with this technique and it looked great and she said it took no time at all. So I gave it the good ole college try....and I really love it! I completed it in less than a week and it was over 5ft long-that's a big deal for me!





If you want to learn loom knitting, don't try to follow the instructions in the box-they are horrible! I got on YouTube and found the following tutorial:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UU_sxq6aH44

While I'm on the subject of finished knits, here is a beanie that I made for Ryan this past spring. It wasn't made on a loom, but it was my first in-the-round knitting project:




If you are a knitter and are on Ravelry-let's be friends! :) My username is jkemper8710.

3 comments:

  1. I'm so impressed!! I've heard of look knitting but I've never tried it. One of these days :)

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    1. It's so much faster than regular knitting- you'll have to try it!

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  2. I love this knitted cap! The color looks beautiful with his eyes. I don't think I could ever accomplish something like this...but, it would be fun trying! Great work!

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