Sunday, 27 January 2008

One Skein Scarf (short)

This was an ‘oops, I made a scarf’ experience. I was trying to save this project for when travelling at the end of this week. But then I thought, hmm, as this is the first time ever I will be working from an actual pattern instead of following someone on YouTube, I will test it first so I don’t get stuck while on the train.

I started chaining a few stitches, then figured it was too short to do anything with once finished and ended up chaining 50” worth of stitches. It’s now a very nice length, almost the same as a normal neck tie.

It was done within 3 hours, and I’m very proud of it. I wore it the next day and I’ve had two people ask me where I got that cute scarf. To get to tell them ‘I made it’ felt wonderful!

(The pattern for the One Skein Scarf by Denise Cozzitorto can be found here and in the Stitch 'n Bitch : Happy Hooker book by Debbie Stoller.)

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Friday, 25 January 2008

I'm also knitting

When I was growing up, my mum made me and my sisters lots of clothes. Every birthday I got a new dress, she knitted all our jumpers, scarves, hats, I even remember a bikini when I was only small, and my nan knitted us socks, too.

My poor Love has never owned any clothing that wasn't store bought. So now I'm knitting him a scarf.

I'm learning to crochet!

I'm learning to crochet! Some of what I've learned has been from the Stitch 'n Bitch: Happy Hooker book, but most of it I've learned by watching the video's YouTuber Tjw1963 has posted. She's very patient, and I can stop and rewind whenever I need to, which is good.

I'm getting rather addicted, which is gooooood, I think.


Saturday, 5 January 2008

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! I hope everyone has had a great night, and still has all of their 10 fingers. Fireworks can be nasty, you know.

My New Year's resolution is to learn to knit! Oh, and crochet, as well.

My parents got me Stitch 'n Bitch and the Happy Hooker and I am already addicted to both books.

Yesterday I actually managed to purl, which is a baby step to some, but a huge one to me. I had tried before but never got the hang of it. Last night I did some stockinette, and some rows of knitting and then some rows of purling. Because I knitted and purled uneven rows I ended up with 'bumps' on both sides, but who cares, I'm purling. Yay me!

The crocheting is going well, too. I've already managed the slip stitch if you're American or the single crochet if you're a Brit, and the single crochet if you're American or the double crochet if you're a Brit. I had no idea that it might be so confusing, but there you go. Something I need to keep an eye on if I ever want to crochet from a pattern I guess. Oh, and then of course there's the Dutch terms, which I know I've heard before, but I have no idea what stitch is meant by which term. Maybe I should write my own little dictionary, from Dutch to British to American and back again....

What are your creative resolutions for this year?

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