Thursday, January 14, 2016

knitting, lately

I've been trying to expand my knitting comfort zone, and these two things are the result of that. The first is a mini-shawl of sorts (this one), my first ever and quite imperfect! But, I still really love it. I intended it for myself, but it certainly suits my little boy well, too. 



The next is this vest, which is definitely intended for the little boy. It's slow-going, but a wonderful introduction to intarsia knitting. Oh, how those charts used to intimidate me - no more! I actually found them to be really intuitive once I realized how they work. I see more intarsia and maybe even some fair isle knitting in my future.
 

What are you working on these days?

12 comments:

  1. Whew! I am impressed! I knit, but after floundering and failing at several attempts with socks I've settled into just making washcloths. I need to follow your lead and get out of my washcloth rut. Maybe it would go better this time.

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    1. Oh, socks! Still too scary for me ;) I worked my way up from washcloths to larger items that were basically big washcloths seamed together. You can do it, Beth!

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  2. Oh lovely knitting. I've never heard of intarsia. I'll have to look it up. I'm working on the Barn Sweater for myself knit with some homespun.

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    1. How wonderful! Homespun knitting is my someday dream!

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  3. Lovely pieces!

    No knitting for me, but I've worked on a few crochet projects recently...small things like jar cozies have been on the agenda since I finished my massive Sky Blanket in December. I'd love to learn to knit but every time I try, my brain mixes knitting and crochet and I quit ;-)

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    1. Your blanket is beautiful! A labor of love xo

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  4. I challenged myself to a lace shawl with a very challenging diagram. It worked up very slowly and from the neck out. I couldn't see the shape until I bound off. It was challenging and fun for my brain. Now I am setting up a toes-up-two-at-a-time sock challenge. I am about to become disabled for a few months--no heavy work--so I need to keep my brain occupied!

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    1. Sorry to hear that, Barb. I bet you'll have many amazing works by the time your recovery period is over. xx

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  5. I do love that mini shawl - what a perfect project to keep a small boy (in action) warm. Funny, I will knit socks but have not worked up the nerve to tackle intarsia.

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    1. Thanks, Susan! I found a good video that explains intarsia - the trick being that the working yarn has to stay underneath when switching colors. I'm sure you could pick it up really quickly!

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