Cleaning up last year’s mistakes

A fun read about fixing mistakes! I take it as inspiration – and a reminder to swatch, even though I hate it.

knit the hell out

Sigh. What should have been the most straightforward and fast sweater for Matt has turned out to be a bit of a pain. I’m making him an Ease, adapting it to have a narrower neck, no waist curve, and shorter ribbing at the bottom and cuffs. Simple, right? Almost all stockinette with only 2% thinking necessary. Well, somebody (me) got cocky about not needing a gauge swatch, while at the same time going up a needle size. This made the body huge, but of course I didn’t have Matt try it on until it was 10 inches past the armpit. It was 5.5 inches too large. Matt asked how long I thought the sweater might last and I said maybe 10 years. He said, “Well I’ll probably get fatter.” It was very sweet of him, but I preferred him to have a sweater he could wear now

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Idiot Knitter Seeks Knowledge

Dear Knit Folk,

How has the first day of 2015 been for you?

For me, it was pretty productive, knitwise. (See what I did there? I may not always remember what knit wise means, but I can make a mean pun.) I finished the second half of a lace scarf for a Craftsy class. Do you know what Craftsy is? It’s a website that lets you enroll in online courses for various crafts – knitting being one of them. (This isn’t any kind of sponsored mention, I just like the website.) I have access to a LYS, but I didn’t want to pay to take the basics again – and once you enroll in a class, you get permanent/lifetime access to the content you sign up for.

Right now, I’m taking a basic knitting course on Craftsy. I already knew how to knit in a basic way – I’d already completed a garter stitch scarf before, and even a pair of mittens (got a bit overconfident). But, I didn’t know “wrong side,” “right side,” “yarn over,” or how to read a pattern or chart. Knit Lab is helping with that! My one critique would be that though the instructor is available, theoretically, to answer all of your questions, she hasn’t responded to any of mine. I do want to give it a few more days, for benefit of the doubt, but if anyone wants to know who this instructor is or the class, I am happy to reveal that info eventually. All in all, it’s a pretty good class, and I’ve been doing some basic lace work which I wasn’t versed in before.

I plan on taking a few more in-person classes at my LYS in the coming months, but I really enjoy Craftsy. While I wouldn’t necessarily use it to learn fundamentals of something if I was 100% green – for me that’s more of a person-in-real-life thing – I do think it’s a great, more affordable way to build skills. I signed up for two other classes – one about one-skein projects with Chevron patterns, and one that’s about fixing mistakes (which I make a lot of).

Right now, I’m trying to choose what I want my next couple projects to be…

How do you pick? Just by taste? Rav queue? Flip a coin?

I’m caught between queued items and this contest limited to specific designers… and what yarn I have (bought for other projects specifically). What’s an indecisive idiot to do? 😉

xo,

cb