Saturday, 9 August 2008

Knitting in the deep end

Ok, so I have about 15 projects that I'm knitting all at the same time. Here are a few of them.

First there is my Central Park Hoodie. It's turning out really well, I love the colour of the wool and it knits up nice and quickly.

Then there is scarf number one, which I'm knitting for myself using the Falling Water pattern available on Ravelry. I'm using a baby wool and it's lovely and soft and warm. It's not such a quick knit, but it's one that I can do while watching tv etc so not much concentration needed.

Then comes scarf number two, which I'm knitting for my sister using the Persephone pattern. It is definitely not a quick knit, all those cables take time and concentration. I did end up miscrossing one of the cables and I had to frog it back almost to the beginning, but I'm getting the hang of it now.

Then we have some socks that I have actually finished! :) I made them for my mum for mother's day, the pattern is Primavera (available on Ravelry) and the wool is some lovely marino cashmere from the Knittery, called waterlilies.

Next up are a pair of knee socks that I'm making for my sister, they are a bit hard to see in this photo as they are in black wool, but they do have cables.

I started some Clessidra socks just to practice cables for the first time, talk about jumping in at the deep end! These are serious cables, 110% concentration and focus needed :) They also take aaaaages so they may just not get finished. They are really beautiful but I just don't have the time at the moment.

Then comes the pair of pants I'm knitting for my son, I'm using bamboo/cotton yarn from Lincraft which is lovely and silky. I've almost finished these, I just need to put in some elastic and finish off a couple of hems.

And lastly (at least, this is all I could find in my knitting box) is the hemlock throw I'm knitting for myself. This is a seriously beautiful piece of knitting, but my goodness it's doing my head in! It would not be an exaggeration to say that I end up unravelling every single row that I do and having to redo it about 3 times. I have since discovered that it's lace knitting, and that lace is tricky :) Anyway I love love love the colour and shine and softness of the yarn (Panda Magnum), and I couldn't think of a nicer thing to snuggle under on the lounge - at this rate I'll have it finished in time for the next ice age so that will work out well.

So lots of WIP's here, I guess that I should really try to focus on one thing at a time and finish things off, but my point of view is that, firstly, if I have lots of things on the go I will never get bored because I can switch around to different projects. Second, because I'm basically a beginning knitter this is like knitting school for me, so I'm doing lots of different projects to try out different techniques. And I'm getting much more confident and quicker with my knitting as a result - sometimes it's a good thing to jump in at the deep end :)

1 comment:

Sherrin said...

That's amazing that you're new to knitting- those socks are incredible!!