Sunday, December 30, 2012

New Year Resolutions

It is hard to believe that 2012 is almost over.  It started with a crash (literally...remember my car accident and broken wrist?) and ended with snow.  I am hoping that 2013 will treat me a little bit better. 

Part of my knitting resolution for 2013 will be to blog more often and therefore I am looking forward to participating in WIP Wednesday and FO Fridays again.  I am also hoping to participate in the Year of Projects for 2013 but we will see how that goes (and I need to figure out how it works womp womp) 

To celebrate my blogginess I will leave this teaser picture and will touch base with y'all on Wednesday!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

We interrupt holiday knitting with baby knitting

I pretty much only have one week left of knitting...and I've fallen behind! But for a good cause - Nate's coworker recently had a baby girl and he asked me to knit something for her. And my co-worker is having a baby boy in January and we're throwing him a surprise baby shower at work this upcoming week.

Owl tuque hat
bitty cabled hat

Sunday, December 2, 2012

The Dreaded Kitchener Stitch

I've been knitting now for almost two years and there is still so much I do not know...and I still love the thrill of accomplishment when I tackle a new trick.  

My goal was to mail out my swap gift on December 1st (side note: holy crud, where did the time go?!) but alas, I've procrastinated starting the legs because 1)three yarns at once makes me twitchy and 2)I was terrified of the kitchener stitch.

Ah, yes, the kitchener stitch.  That feared method of grafting that has so many steps for one single stitch that one begins to wonder if anyone would notice that instead of an invisible seam there was a row of shiny staples.  You may have noticed that after nearly two years of knitting, the closest I've come to socks were toeless, heelless yoga socks.  Ahem.

But, tonight with the realization that it's December and I really need to finish my swap gift and get that in the mail ASAP I started the first leg.  After about ten rows I found my rhythm of working with the three yarns and it progressed smoothly. And then I got to the end. With a gulp I pulled my Knit Aid by Vicki Howell book off the shelf, watched a few videos on youtube and sucked it up.  Tapestry needle in hand I began the slow going chant of "knit off, purl on, purl off, knit on" and amazingly did not mess up!  

Tomorrow night I will tackle the last leg :)