Saturday, January 31, 2009


I've done a lot of knitting since the weeks before the Holidays. I can see the difference in my stitches in projects I started a couple of years ago, and things started and finished recently. My tension is much more even, my stitches are more even. As the saying goes, practice makes perfect. So now that I've made a cap and two pairs of gauntlets on dpn's, I believe I'm ready to tackle socks. Fingers crossed they come out o.k. I feel a lot more confident about my ability than I did a year ago. If anything stumps me, all I have to do is look at an online tutorial. My granny never had it so easy!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Productive time

It's been a very productive month, knitting wise. I finished John's hoodie sweater, which was one of his Christmas gifts, as well as two pairs of handwarmers and a hat in the past week. I'm up to about 55" on the buttonhole scarf of doom. If I follow the measurements in the Vogue Knitting magazine, it should be about 70" long. If I listen to Vickie Howell's advice, it should be about 66" long. What's 4"? I probably got at least 8" done today - I did 60 rows.

Considering that I made the scarf narrower than called for, I'm going to have two skeins of yarn leftover, and I'm already planning on making them into a nice pair of picot edged handwarmers from the Knitting Little Luxuries book by Lousia Harding. I'm guessing that I will be starting them by the middle of next week.

I'm seriously considering picking up vintage fabrics from various (cheap) sources and making needle cases to sell on Etsy. Something unique. They want a 3% fee, so I'd have to consider that, as well as taxes and separate shipping charges. Working from home is sounding better and better. Of course, there's no telling if anyone would buy what I have to offer in this economy... Having said that, I like the idea of working on my own (if my studio ever gets built) and sending my goods off to the wider world. We'll see...