This will be a thread where I can track all my different Crafty Progressions. I just picked up Knitting this past weekend, but I'm not new to being crafty in General. I've always been what I would consider "Crafty." I take it after my Grandmother, who is always doing some type of craft. I learned cake decorating from her when I was younger, and she has been in charge of their Church VBS... which was a highlight of my summers as a small child. They had THE best crafts at any VBS I'd ever been too.
My *Major* craft would be drawing computer graphics. I started doing this almost 10 years ago. I draw in Paint Shop Pro. I started out with just mouse drawn graphics, but I now also have a tablet, and do some hand drawing/ scanning as well. I have mostly done it for fun and for the computer in the past. Now I'm working more toward Digital- Scrapbooking graphics. I love digi-scrapping with other peoples images as well.
In College I took 2 semesters of loom weaving. I really enjoyed this, and would still be doing it if looms were not so large & expensive. There is just no place at our house for one right now, and it's not a high priority.
About a year ago, I decided to try to learn to use the sewing machine that my other grandmother left me when she died. I finally have some of the basics down, but haven't figured it all out yet. I hope to do some quilting since I dearly LOVE quilts.
I really am loving knitting so far.
Other things I'm really interested in include more stamping, and designing jewelry & hair items. I'll just post whatever I happen to be doing at the time. My dream is to one day have an online craft store.
Well.. It's been almost a week since my last update, and so much to report! Most of the week I have been knitting squares for a baby blanket out of some baby teri yarn I had on hand. I've also been reading lots and lots of knitting blogs! I especially love seeing peoples galleries where you can see what their "first" items were, and then where they ar enow.. and WOW!
On Saturday I dragged Randy about town. We went to both the local knitting yarn shops.
The first one was Wild Fibre http://www.wildfibreyarns.com/
This store is just *gorgeous*. They had the type of yarn you dream about. A smaller store, in the down town historic area, and just everything about it was wonderful. They were having a bit of a class, and I'm staying away from the quality yarn for the time being, so we didn't stay too long.
The second was a store called The Red Needle. http://www.redneedleyarns.com/
This store had a LOT more yarn.. but it was a lot different. This one is more of your grandmothers knitting store. Where the other store screamed "new & fresh" this one screamed "a little old fashioned." The yarn was pretty reasonable though, and It's closer to my work place so more accessible. For now.. I'm going with lower grades of yarn while I learn.
After that we went by our local humane society thrift store. I had seen an assortment of knitting needles there once before, and thought that they *may* still have them. They didn't but I did find a *GREAT* thrifty deal (thanks the my husbands sharp eyes!). There was a basket of yarn with it marked for $1 each! Here is what I picked out from it.. everything in this picture ended up being around $6.50.
In other news, I owe my sister in law a fleece tie blanket. Her birthday was the beginning of the month, and she requested one. With my grandfathers death, it had just been put off, but Joann's fabric was having a good sale (and I had a coupon). I also picked up some more yarn for a scarf & some knitting needles.
We made it home, and DH wanted to watch some boy movies, so I decided to knit the scarf. I felt like I couldn't really call myself a knitter until I had a project done, so I wanted to finish something!
This is a garder stitch scarf, knit with size 15 needles, and lions brand "sierra" yarn. I believe I CO 15.. and then I just went until it seemed a good length.
I had planned to give it to a co-worker, but I'm feeling awfully attached to it now. I decided to keep it and even wore it to church this morning. I have plenty of the yarn, so I will make my co-worker another one.. probably one with a tighter weave.
My every day coat is black though, so I decided to CO another scarf out of the thrift store yarn. Here is what is on my needles now.
The picture doesn't do it justice. It's another lions brand yarn, this one is a green base, but has blue, browns, reds, purples in it. I'm loving how it's going. (Also loving working with the wooden needles) I CO 25, but somewhere along the way I have 27, and I didn't realize it until I had been knitting it that way awhile, so I am just going with it.
It's been a little while since I updated this thread. First off, I made a basic scarf for my mom when she went to Boston a few weeks ago:
I decided to tackle the basic socks at cometosilver.com So far I've only finished the first. It definitely has some mistakes, but overall I'm pretty pleased, and feel like I learned a bunch!
Here it is on the needles:
I've currently got a diagonal baby blanket on my needles. First time working with a circular needle, and getting the hang of it. Lots of babies being born this year in my family... so I imagine I will be doing a LOT of blankets.
I'm really interested in knitting a few things:
- Socks with thinner yarn
- Sweater vests that I can wear to work year round
- Felted clogs
I did not have any real sock yarn, so I decided to do this with embroidery thread & 0 DPN needles. It took me a little bit to get the hang of knitting with it.. the embroidery thread is made to "split" but.. I think it turned out pretty cute:
It's hard to tell from the picture, but this sock is *just* big enough that I can get my index finger in it. I was not even able to turn it inside out.. but I like how it turned out. Here is a picture of it in progress:
I did get my copy of "Teach yourself knitting visually" in (got it from half.com for a great price!).. and it's a great reference for just about everything. I was skimming it this evening looking at different types of buttonholes & double hems.
I know it's really supposed to be for when you have a lot of stash to use up... but I really like the vest.. so I decided to go for it for my first one. I went ahead and picked up some materials for it at A.C. Moore this past week (while looking for longer circular needles):
Definitely not the highest class of yarn, but I like the feel of it and the look of it, so I hope thats all that matters for now. I still have a LOT to learn about different types of yarns and how they work.
Lots of goodies completed! Good for you.
I'm not so keen on making socks..they wear out too quickly! But I did make DD some booties for her baby and they were quick and fun.
Glad you're having a good time with your new hobby!