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    Well, I decided to start a progress thread for me to try and keep me knitting relatively regularly.

    I started knitting about 3-4 years ago (can't remember) and started out with a neat rectangle about 6"x8" that got used as a hotplate. I suppose my mom taught me how to knit about 20 years previously, but I decided that I was going to "figure it out" so I did. I got my mom to show me how to knit, but after 6 stitches I decided that was boring (and not geometrical enough for me) so I figured out how to purl on my own (not knowing it was called a purl). So the rectangle is a neat checkerboard pattern of 1" squares - 6x6 stitches.

    Next, I made a hat - from some variegated yarn that I picked up at the store, and 4 needles. No official pattern was followed, I just knit1, purl1, until I got around to the beginning. At some point I decided that if I knit 2 together it would decrease so I did that. I knit with 2 strands together because I wanted it to be warm and it would go faster. I picked a random number of stitches that seemed to be the right number because not only did it fit my head, but the hat came out with a vertical pattern that I get comments on to this day (WOW - that's an awesome hat! What a great pattern!). To which I meekly (or not so meekly ) respond It's the first hat, and 2nd thing I ever made. But I just sortof made it, I don't have a pattern.

    I made bunch of hats for everyone for christmas that year.

    I then made a deal with my best friend that if she bought me the yarn of her choice for christmas, I'd make her the sweater of her choice for her birthday (July). Perfect timing. I made her an excellent sweater that she wears all winter - now for 2 years running!

    I then took a break from knitting because I wanted a neat crochetted hat. I found a pattern book and sortof followed a pattern (see a trend yet? I can't follow a pattern if my life depends on it)! At the time, I my best friend had come out to visit from Ontario (I live in Alberta) and the hat fit her way better than me (I have a little pin head, she has a big head)! She loves it too! So I made myself a slightly different one (same colours) while we drove back to Ontario. I made it between Saskatoon and Kenora - for those who have driven our Canadian provinces! Here it is (and me)!



    I have since given it to a friend who liked it, I can make myself another. I made a third but I can't remember who that was for...


    I then knit a sweater for my bf (now ex-) that I didn't like so much, but he did. He since gave it back to me when we broke up - so I gave it to another friend who loves it (and who it fits better!).

    I then decided that I would make myself a sweater - and found a wonderful raglan "pattern" which I sortof followed. I finished that February 2006. I made it in about a month. It's my favourite sweater!




    And since then I started knitting a jacket for me (it's on hold for now), started crochetting a blanket for a friend's daughter born last July (not done), started crochetting an afghan for my ex (not finished for obvious reasons), crochetted a bunch of slippers for my ex, knit a sweater for SS (finished!), started a sweater for my mom for christmas (currently working on it), and then crocheted a blanket for another friend who had a baby in January (finished and will repost photo here).



    So that's where I am now. I am working on my mom's sweater and am trying to keep up on that. I try to get an inch done a day - but I'm actually lucky if I get 3" a week!

    So that's my contribution to knitting an crochetting for now!
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    I'm jealous that you can just improvise like that...just like I'm jealous that my husband knows how to improvise in the kitchen. I'm most definitely a pattern follower....cooking recipes too! I've always thought I'd love to create my own designs for things, but i don't know if I ahve the innate talent to figure it out. You obviously do! Nice work
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    Quote Originally Posted by KimPossible
    I've always thought I'd love to create my own designs for things, but i don't know if I ahve the innate talent to figure it out. You obviously do! Nice work
    And I've never had the patience to work through a complicated pattern - which you obviously do!

    Hey - I finally posted the picture of my sweater above too!
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    The sweater looks MUCH NICER than in the photo! I know, I've worn it! So soft too.
    Leo (3 1/2) with Malcolm the cat

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    This is the blanket you will be getting in 2 weeks. It was a learning experience! (not yet blocked)



    And this is the hooded coat I am working on now. Haven't chosen buttons yet.

    Leo (3 1/2) with Malcolm the cat

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    I think you need to make your own "Advanced" knit along - but there migt not be very many people to join you!!!!

    MAybe you should post your own progress thread so we can keep track of you.

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    Oh! What a pretty entralac blanket. Great work!

    How did you do the mitred (or is it mitered) corners?
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    I picked up stitches to do a seed stitch border and increased a stitch at the beginning of each row. On alternate rows I attached a stitch from the previously knit border. You could also stitch them together by hand I suppose.

    I had never even seen entrelac before and the pattern had no complete diagram, so I was really winging it. I didn't like the border they suggested and simply invented my own. I have to say though that it was really a fun project...especially during a terrible snowy cold spell here.

    Sarah, I'll start a progress thread once I feel I have something to show! I have a few things to take photos of I guess. Hmmm.
    Leo (3 1/2) with Malcolm the cat

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    Quote Originally Posted by gardenbug
    Sarah, I'll start a progress thread once I feel I have something to show! I have a few things to take photos of I guess. Hmmm.
    Now that's funny! You have these twon fancy pictures - one a work in progress (the hooded sweatshirt) and you feel you have nothing to show!!!!
    Skyler Dylan 22 April 1999
    Reed Aslan 17 June 2007 ~ 8 September 2008
    Ivy Rayne 3 May 2009
    Leo Spencer 2 Sept 2010
    Forrest Reed 15 Aug 2012


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