Posted in Misc, tagged 25th street, 25th street stole, bee bopper bags, Bethany Dailey, February, guppygirl, Jenny Stark, knitting, LAL, lkc, loom along, loom knitter's circle, loom knitter's circle magazine, March, Mr. Wobbles, penguin, Renee Van Hoy, shawl, shawlette, Sweet on Ruffles on February 8, 2012 |
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We’re already a week into February! It’s time to talk about all of the wonderful loom alongs we’ve got going on this month.
In the Loom Along group, we are finishing up on the Loom Knit Bee Bopper Bags that we started in January. Hopefully you’re a little farther along than I am. I have half of a bag so far, haha.
In the Loom Knitter’s Circle Magazine group, our archive pick for February is the 25th Street Stole pattern from the Winter 2010 issue of Loom Knitter’s Circle. Since that issue has moved to the archives, I’ve made this pattern available as a free Ravelry download. Super spiffy, right?
And we’re having twice the fun in the LKC group because of the magazine re-launch. We’re making Bethany Dailey’s adorable penguin, Mr. Wobbles! Come create a sweet little penguin of your very own.
Last, but definitely not least, during February and March we’re making Renee Van Hoy’s lovely shawlette, Sweet on Ruffles. This pattern is available in Renee’s Loom Knit Shawls pattern booklet, and she’s also made it available for sale individually for the duration of the loom along.
These loom alongs are all happening in the groups on Ravelry. If you aren’t a member yet, join up and come play with us! Also, the Mr. Wobbles loom along is happening in the LKC group on facebook and in Bethany’s group on yahoo. We’d love for you to visit the LKC facebook group and chat with us about your projects if you are making Mr. Wobbles or a 25th Street scarf or stole.
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged goals, knitting on June 25, 2008 |
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With summer on it’s way and the hope of some extra time on my hands, I made a few little goals for myself. I wanted to finally learn broomstick lace. And I did! That has been a longstanding goal. I can’t even estimate how many years. I wanted to clean out the cupboards in the kitchen. Erm, I’m working on it. It’s just not as fun as yarn. I wanted to wash the walls. In progress I thought maybe I would tackle tatting. Well, that all depends on how the cards fall this summer. I wanted to crank out a few of the patterns that have been floating around in my head for months. In progress I have a couple of fun things in the works. And most most most importantly (to me anyway) I wanted to learn to knit with needles. That has been a goal for a bit more than 2 years now. So, close your eyes…
are you peeking?
I did it! This little swatchie was done completely in the purl stitch. It was the one I needed the most practice on. I did an almost identical one in all knits but frogged it to practice purling. With this swatch off the needles, what was a girl to do? More practice, of course!
Stockinette! I even learned to bind off and knit two together. No pictures of the k2tog. You’ll just have to take my word for it. Now on to lace ;D Well, eventually anyway, hee-hee. Have a great night!
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Today I have froggie brain. I have been working on an important knitting project with a deadline. I worked on it for a few days and then repeated a row out of turn. Being relatively new to how knits work, I didn’t know how to frog back just part of the project and wound up ripping the whole thing out and starting over. No problem, right? I could just double my efforts and make up for the lost time. Progress resumed for a week and all was going better and then A BIG PROBLEM! It was awful! A run in the last stages of the project. It would not be fixed and had to be undone : ( I fretted for many hours and lost heart and confidence. On the bright side, I learned to frog back some – and not ALL of a project. And so, this morning has found me thinking about the advantages of frogging and even the advantages of not frogging.
Years ago, I was given a box of yarn and a crochet hook. The yarn had been in my mom’s closet for some time. She had inherited it from my grandmother and some of the colors were a bit funky. She didn’t feel that she had time to use all that yarn so she offered it to me and tried to teach me to crochet. Now, my mom is right handed and I am a south paw and learning from her was a bit tricky. We started with granny squares. I made a dozen or more wobbly granny trapezoids and then the perfectionist in me just gave up. This was just a craft I wasn’t skilled at! That box of yarn went to live on my closet shelf…
Fast forward a few years. Holidays were approaching and our budget was tight. I decided I wanted to try to crochet dishcloths to give as gifts. If they all turned out ugly, I could still use them to wash my dishes. So I went back to my mom and asked her to try to teach me again. And this time, it worked out great! I stitched up dishcloth after dishcloth – and got better and better. Soon I tenaciously ventured to try new things and before long, I was fairly skilled with my hooks. Crochet became my favorite past-time (and still is). Now, like many other needlecrafters, yarn goes with me everywhere, is stashed everywhere, and is purchased even when I don’t really know what I’ll use it for… yet!
Now to get to the heart of this post, this better, more skilled yarn girl came across some of her dozen or so grannies. “Oh, how awful these look!” I thought to myself. And I commenced to
rip frog them. I yanked out all those sad looking grannies and used the yarn to make new, better looking ones. Some time later, a few co-workers asked if I would teach them to crochet. I gladly agreed and we started on dishcloths (even if they don’t turn out pretty, they are still functional, lol) Initially, a couple of my friends were experiencing the same discouragement I had felt when I first started. Like all beginnings, there were some bumps in the learning process. Tensions were not perfect and some stitches went missing. I kept reassuring them that they would overcome it. Some time later, I came across a few grannie ‘un-squares’ that had missed my big frogging. Did I frog them right away and make better ones? Nope! I saved them for the next time I teach a friend to crochet. Now I can use them to illustrate a very humble, bumpy beginning that turned into an ability to produce much nicer, prettier stitches.
Go ahead and frog those special projects and make them right. Take the valuable lessons that come from committing and then fixing a mistake. But once in awhile, maybe when working with scraps/stash, save those oopsies for a reminder that once in awhile, everyone experiences the occasional setback – and show them to someone who needs a little pep talk! Have a great day : )
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My name is Jenny Stark. This month marks a year since I first picked up a set of Knifty Knitters and began loom knitting. (My love of yarn arts started about 10 years ago with crochet) To celebrate this year mark, I am trying out a new blog and updating my posts. So, welcome and come visit once in awhile : ) Have a great day!
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