On Hooks and Needles (Part 2)

on hooks and needles

Back now for part two of my yarn addiction confessions! Yesterday I shared my unfinished crochet projects and today we're on to knitting. I only started knitting about a year ago (many thanks to my mother-in-law who helped me learn). I think the only thing I've actually completed in that time was a door stop from Debbie Bliss's The Knitter's Year, oh, and a scarf that was too short. 

I really do like knitting. I think it has a cleaner, more classic look than crochet, but I'm still getting used to how much longer it takes--especially when I have to unravel and redo half of my work!

I was fortunate to receive some very generous gift certificates to my favorite local yarn store from my mom and Oma for Christmas, and an awesome new set of knitting needles (I'll share more about them at the end of the post). So it looks like I'll have to get my act together with knitting this year! Here's a closer look at what I've been working on (and neglecting):

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First up, legwarmers. For some reason I fell in love with the idea of making myself some legwarmers during the fall. I found this sweet pattern and started right away. Knitting lace was new to me so I made plenty of mistakes along the way. And after I finally got into the gist of things, I realized I probably should have made it bigger seeing how I'm an adult and the pattern was for a child. Yeah. There's definitely a learning curve in being sure to think about all the aspects that go into knitting. 

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Next up, socks. A logical progression, right? I found a great book on sock knitting at the library, The Big Book of Socks, and along with a ton of patterns, it explained how to knit socks with circular needles. That sounded a lot more appealing that using a confusing handful of double pointed needles. So I started off on a pair of simple baby-sized tube socks. I finished the first one pretty quickly, but then I messed up in starting the second one and lost momentum. 

Am I starting to sound like a total yarn flake yet? I should add that I didn't buy any new yarn for the socks or legwarmer, which made it less of a deal not finishing them. I do want to finish the other sock though. I'd really like to get the hang of knitting socks, and I think they would make a nice little baby gift.

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And saving the best for last, my latest project is a ribbed lace bolero for me. It's a beautifully simple pattern, a rectangle with the sides seamed together to make the sleeves. I have had to unknit my work a number of times, but this time I did buy new yarn for this one, and it hasn't been too difficult fixing my mistakes. I picked out some of Debbie Bliss's Cashmerino Aran #20, which is a light, almost neutral lavendar, and I can't wait to wear it!

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I'm working this one on a pair of circulars, too, and it's something I look forward to everyday. I have high hopes of finishing this one and then making two more smaller ones for the girls in time for Easter. I've found with knitting you really do have to plan months in advance if you want to have something done in time for a certain season or occasion. So, we'll see if my ambitions are too high come Spring!

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That's it for my knitting projects. But before I finish, I wanted to share this wonderful set of needles I got for Christmas. They're the Knitter's Pride Dreamz Interchangeable Circular set, and I absolutely adore them! It comes with nine pairs of needles and four different cables that you can attach to all of the needles.

on hooks and needles

The thing that makes them really great is the key used to tighten them. The yarn slides off smoothly, and you can hardly tell the cables are removable. If you're looking for a set of circulars, I highly recommend this one!

So there you have it, my little knitting adventures. Hopefully I'll be sharing some finished projects before the end of the year! What do you have on your needles?

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