Working on the next blanket

Haven’t done all that much knitting lately.  Some evenings I’ve been working on a cross stitch by way of a change.  But of course, I’ve needed to get on with something at Knit and Knatter, so I’ve been making squares for the Scandinavian Throw that is the second blanket in the Art of Knitting series.

Our Knit and Knatter meeting last week was a fun evening.  One of the regulars brought along a friend who has just started knitting for Rowan.  She’s now working on her third assignment for them, using a new yarn that’s not on sale yet (it doesn’t even have a ball band) and knitting a jumper for an upcoming magazine.  She has to finish it by the middle of July and send it back to them for them to use in a photo shoot.  So perhaps it’s for the Spring/Summer 2010 magazine.

All she has is a sketch of how the piece should look and the written instructions.  She seems a very experienced knitter so I doubt that will be a problem for her.  She had to supply Rowan with lots of samples for them to assess her tension and it sounds quite stringent.  I suppose they have to be though.

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Knit and Natter in the New Year

Had our first Knit and Natter of 2009 last night. I think it must have been the cold, icy weather than kept most of the group away, but three of us still met, one of whom was a new member.

We had a very relaxing evening and it was good to get to know the “new girl” who seemed to enjoy herself. She hasn’t got a friends who knit so was delighted to find a group to join. She’s also quite an experienced knitter and knows her stuff. It will be nice to have her expertise on hand.

I’m still progressing with the possum yarn hat. I’ve been working on it every day, but it’s taking a long time to grow. Might need to so some blanket squares or something to help relieve the boredom that it starting to set in.

Knit and Natter

We had our second Knit and Natter meeting last night.  One person was away on holiday but we had a new person join us.  It was great to see how a couple of the beginners had progressed with their projects during the past two weeks.

I’ve decided to reknit a hat that I made last year.  I’d adapted the pattern but was never very happy with it, so I ripped it all out and have started again.  The tunic dress is far too complicated to take along last night.  I have to concentrate too hard on it that I can chat whilst I work.

I also took along my blanket to show the others and they loved it.  A couple of people want to try and do something similar themselves now.

Mum also bought me a present yesterday – two balls of Rowan Cocoon so I could make myself a hat; one in cream and one in lavendar.  Yummy!  I just need to work out how many stitches to cast on now.

Knit and Natter

Just got back from the first “Knit and Natter” meet and had a lovely evening so had to blog about it straight away. Kay, the lady who has started it hosts the evening in her shop in our village. The shop is primarily an antiques shop but a few months ago she started selling yarn too as she and her sister (who was also there tonight) are keen knitters.

There were 9 of us sat round a large pine table in the middle of the shop; some with many, many years of knitting experience, some wanting to relearn after having tried a long time ago and some learning for the first time.

It was really nice to chat and share tips, describe things we’ve made in the past and showing what is currently on the needles. I smiled as the learners struggled to work out whether they were meant to be on a knit row or a purl row and the exclamations when they dropped a stitch. They reminded me of myself when I was learning and making all the same mistakes and not understanding all the same things. I was able to jump in and help on a couple of occasions and it felt good to be able to pass on some knowledge and reassure them that we were all like that at first and it won’t be long before they’re knitting a jumper!

I started working on the tunic but had to undo most of what I did because I ended up not having enough stitches. I exclaimed too when i realised! I must have missed some increases somewhere but I can’t see where. I hate it when a pattern will give the instructions for about a dozen different rows, all requiring something slightly different to happen, all in one sentence! You know the sort of thing I mean? For example, “continue in pattern increasing at edge on the next 6 right side rows and the following 4th row whilst decreasing on the 3rd, 5th and 7th row at the other end.” inevitably I forget one of the increases! I guess the writer is trying to save paper but I’m going to have to rewrite it out row by row and calculate how many stitches I should have after each row. It doesn’t help with this pattern that the lace panel section which has to be incorporated in written out on the previous page so you have to keep turning back and forth!

Knit and Natter is going to happen every fortnight and I’m looking forward to it. Someone asked if I could take my blanket to show them next time!

Knitting Club

A new knitting club is starting up in my village tonight.  I’m really looking forward to meeting some more knitters.  Not sure what work I’ll take though.  Shall I take the tunic dress and try and figure out the next bit, or shall I just take something easy like a scarf?  (I’m helping my friend with her children’s Christmas boxes again this year by making some more scarves and hats.)

Anyway, I shall let you know how the club goes…