April 17, 2013

Yarn Along–Sunday Sweater

I’ve been totally bitten by the knitting bug! I’ve been learning lots from fellow knitters and various knitting blogs. As I’ve integrated more into the knitting community (as a stalker, not as a contributor of knowledge,  mind you), I’ve decided to start joining the weekly Yarn Along link up with Ginny at Small Things. The link up’s description is:
~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs. I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading? Take a photo and share it either on your blog or on Flickr.
After my success with the knitted horse, I had thought that I might move on to something a little more complicated, like, oh I don’t know, a hat or a scarf! Dora, however, had other ideas. She happened to see me reading Nicole’s post about the Sunday Sweaters that she made for her daughters and Dora begged me to make the same sweater as Nicole’s older daughter is wearing. Dora wanted the same EXACT yarn and everything. Yarn Along 4-17-8So I am now knitting my 2nd real project ever, a sweater. So far it is going fairly well, though I’m not very far into it. I had to restart once already, because my “center pull” ball of yarn that I wound “jammed” and no more yarn would come out. In the process of trying to “unjam” it, I ended up tangling it and making a big ‘ol mess of everything. I then wound the yarn without a center pull, for fear of repeating this incident, but it is driving me crazy having the yarn roll all over the place. So I need to bite the bullet and learn how to roll a center pull ball of yarn. I’m also new to the whole Ravelry thing, but I am attempting to post notes for this project, which include the yarn color and sweater pattern link.I’m currently working my way through two books, plus the latest edition of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. I’m slowly, but surely, trying to absorb a portion of the information from Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book. I personally think this a book that would benefit every knitter (or at least every beginning knitter). It is a very large book that covers types of yarns, various ways to cast on and bind off, increasing, decreasing, types of stitches, reading patterns, etc. It also has a few patterns at the back of the book. In all honesty, when I am first learning a stitch, I usually turn to The Knit Witch over at YouTube, but this book is easier to reference when I just need to jog my memory.I also just started reading Painting in Waldorf Education. The book looks promising, but I’ve not gotten far enough into it to say more than that. I hope it is helpful, as we are really struggling with watercolor painting here and thus far, I’ve yet to find a book that is much help.
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Maureen