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Knitting anniversary

Last year at about this time, I went to a science fiction convention.

There I bought two pairs of single point needles, a skein of yarn, some stitch markers and a pattern for knitting mittens flat. Until that point, while I knew how to cast-on, knit and purl (or thought I did) and could reason out increase and decrease, I’d never completed anything or worked with a pattern.

Within the week, I had two mittens and added a tapestry needle and tape measure to my tool supply.

Since then, I have completed

1 Ravenclaw scarf (aka the endless tube)
1 cable lace shawl
1 adult hat
1 child’s hat and matching mittens
4 pairs of socks (I’m counting the Hedera socks which I never completed – I knit one sock almost to completion, realized it was unwearable, frogged it, knit a second sock almost to completion but the yarn (from a second skein of yarn) was too tangled to use further and I decided Hedera wasn’t my friend and cast on different yarn.)

I also made one practice mitten and one practice cuff-down sock.

On the needles now – the second of a pair of modified feather-and-fan socks and the second sleeve of my first sweater.

Other than the normal tools, I now own a spindle and a nostepinne. I’ve learned to knit in the round with dpns and circulars. I’ve learned to do magic loop. I can knit both continental and combined, and I’m slowly figuring out English. I can do three kinds of purls. I can knit lace. I can cable without a needle. I can modify patterns if I need to. I can read and make charts.

I have not done lace weight or a triangular shawl. I have not done colorwork besides very broad horizontal stripes. IAll my socks are toe-up. Kitchener is still a challenge and I’ve not sewn a seam since those first mittens. I’m slowly learning to spin.

I consider myself a competent knitter.

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Categories: knitting
  1. TBQ
    January 16, 2007 at 6:40 pm

    That’s quite the list to be proud of! 😀

  2. January 22, 2007 at 5:37 pm

    first ones free……

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