Originally uploaded by the_crocheter.
I have so many news that I don't know where to start
This is my trying to do a top down sweater from B. Walker's "Knitting from the top." i tried double increase on the page 21 and didn't like it. I only have read about it in this book and has never seen it before, maybe that is why I'm doing it wrong.
That is why also I'm a fan of VIDEO, not books on techniques. It's better to see once than to read several times. Knitting is a visual art! Now I want to order Lucy Neatby's DVDs on finishing techniques.
This sweater is for me, but I don't like it already now. I have to pick up the collar after starting and this increases... I'm thinking also about buying a human doll to be my model. Knitting is so reach art and I have to learn so much that to try every project that I want to try I'll need to spend all my life to knit it in MY size. I need to choose somebody/something smaller. I was thinking about a cute bear that I have, but it doesn't have human proportions.
2). I ordered 2 days ago Knit Picks needle set.The review is here http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall06/FEATfall06stuff.html I'm so tired from bamboo needles and plastic Denise set (I like it though). And I don't have any metal. It will be nice to knit wool and cotton on them.
3) Speaking about cotton.
I have in my stash 100% cotton yarn (http://www.plymouthyarn.com/index.php?nav=cYarn.yarnSearch) that I bought for crocheting a summer dress. I made a swatch and it was too heavy for a dress (I admit that I didn't know anything about cotton then).
After that I decided to do a nursing top from http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring05/PATTpeekaboob.html.
It was a good idea. 100% cotton for the summer + something really usuful due to the baby birth. The gauge was different, though. Then I didn't know what size to knit. Decided on medium.
Then I tried to change the boring plain st. st. pattern to k1, p1 RIB on the back because cotton doesn't stretch
Then I needed to do decreases to get to top from the both sides of the sides. I didn't know how to do it in RIB, so I just went ahead and did it anyway
Do I need to write that I didn't like it? Decreases shouldn't be made in RIB. Never. Ever.
And the last thing. My fingers on the next day were aching like hell. Now I don't really want to touch it.
The swatch is great
I love it and it calls for something really simple because of pretty variegated color. Someday I'll do something from it.
4) As it is not enough. I did an inventory of my "STASH". I consider that Idon't have stash because I buy yarn for the project that I have in mind only. In some cases, like with the cotton dress above, the yarn doesn't work and only after that it sits in my closet.
Now you really want to know HOW BIG IS IT, don't you??
It's 4 boxes, 2 of which is my UFOs and FOs! Not much considering other's people problem. I don't browse internet in search of yarn when I'm not satisfyed with my life. I'm rather be reading knitting books. So don't blame me. I don't really understand this posession urge "Ineed to buy yarn or it will be gone." So what?? Will be another one.
I admit, though, that I'm gravitating more to a quality yarn after educating myself about different fiber
I got rid of 100% acrylic Lion Brand yarn (yak!). Just threw it and never looked back. I have a lot of Lion Brand in my "stash." In my protection I have to say that it's not intended to be used for making wearable staff. I'm going to crochet toys for Christmass tree.
i think that's enough for now.