After finishing the green leaf hat I’ve finally gotten around to this. I’m excited because I like ear warmers and this pattern can be extended to a scarf (matching!) if I’m so inclined. I also purchased some detailed, cream colored, accent buttons to fasten the head wrap, with little idea about how to put them on. This could probably be finished fairly quickly due to the bulky nature of the yarn and then I’m going to start on the beanie version. Yay for learning new things!
So earlier I was unsure of how one actually gets a knitting injury. Last night I finally experienced my first one. After finishing my leaf hat I left the needles in the ball of yarn and last night I was edging them out of the way with my bare foot when the DPN got stuck in the carpet and stabbed my foot. Yes, it was as random as that. So I have my first injury.
Day 30: What’s your name on Ravelry? If you don’t have a Ravelry account, why?
My Ravelry account is linked in my about me section. Confession time: I didn’t realize Ravelry existed until I looked at this questionnaire a few months ago and then promptly googled it and joined.
Day 29: Do you have any tips, or things that you’ve learned from knitting?
I’m not really sure if I have too many tips beyond always roll your yarn into a ball. Making that discovery was the single best thing ever for me. It’s so much easier.
Day 28: Do you do any other crafts besides knitting? What are they and did learning to knit come before or after learning these other crafts?
I LOVE crafting. I love all kinds of crafting. In the grand scheme of things, knitting is a fairly recent development. I started off strong with friendship bracelets and hemp kind of things. In middle school I went through an origami phase. I moved to beading and jewelry making for a while during high school. Baking and I get along very well, decorating too. I love glitter and modge podge and had a foray into scrapbooking. When I got to college and realized that crafting wasn’t seen as crazy in the greek community I got really excited. Since joining a sorority I have painted just about everything imaginable. I taught myself to knit sophomore year. Junior year I got vaguely interested in making cards and began accumulating that stuff. I revisited sewing with costume crafts and unfortunately, I loved it and it has become yet another thing I spend too much money on. This summer I get to work half of my time in a craft shop and half in a pottery shop so I’ll be learning more clay skills and I am so excited.
Day 27: How do you acquire most of your yarn? Online retailers, local yarn shops, swaps, or large chain craft stores? What’s your favorite?
I mostly buy from large chain stores because I am poor. Having said that, I would prefer to support local shops when I can afford to. I enjoy the friendliness of local shops and felt comfortable asking some questions at the first place I walked in. During my months in London there was a single craft store around and it was SUPER expensive but I really wanted to get correct colors for the birthday presents for my friends so I bit the bullet and bought them. I got a really cool bag out of it so I’m good. I also inherited most of my grandmother’s stash last year for Christmas. She had a short knitting phase before I took it up but it’s clear that I knit more often than she does and would actually use the yarn. She bought some
pricer cool accent yarns that I would not have purchased on a whim but now I have them.
What I often do is agree to make something for a friend but they have to pick out and buy the yarn for me. Depending on the project I usually have some leftovers which I then get to keep.
Day 26: Have you ever been a part, or wanted to be a part of a knit-a-long? What was it? If not, why?
I haven’t and at this point in my life I don’t think I really want to. Right now, knitting is a nice thing I can pick up for ten minutes or 2 hours depending on my schedule and if I was doing a knit along I would feel like I needed to keep pace. I might later in my life when I establish a more normalized schedule or when it isn’t weird for me to knit constantly. The closest thing I’ve ever done was a month at camp when a few of us were experimenting with basic hat making and we shared our trials and errors with each other.
Day 25: Do you have a knitting book or a place where you keep patterns, ideas, size measurements? Post a picture of it.
I do have this for my sewing but not so much for knitting. I have a folder on my computer where I keep the patterns I’ve made/altered myself (usually in Excel or Numbers) or patterns I’ve found online (ravelry). I do have a few books that I’ve accumulated from my grandmother and simple curiosity but right now I’m really digging my ravelry account.
Day 24: Have you ever made your own pattern or dyed your own yarn? How did it turn out?
I have made my own pattern before, specifically for the recently completed Clemson Tigers hat for my sister. It’s been a real learning process as I figure out how to flip patterns based on knitting from the top or bottom. I’m also a fan of altering patterns that I find. I almost never leave something exactly as I discovered it but use it as a jumping off point. They generally turn out well. At least the final products do, not the first attempts.