I am working on a big project! It's called "The Beekeeper's Quilt." The quilt is made of little stuffed honeycombs that are sewn together at the end.
I am knitting the honeycombs a little bigger then that pattern calls for, but I will still be knitting 384. One of my goals this month is to knit 62 honeycombs. I would like this quilt to be finish by this summer.
I was going to use scrap yarn that I had, but I did not want it to be so miss matched. I decided to go with black and white and add a little glitter to it as well. The third color has gold glitter in the yarn (can't tell in photos.)
I choose to make monthly goals of how many honeycombs I will knit
I choose to blog an update at the end of each month
I choose to knit 2 honeycombs everyday until the quilt is finished
I choose to enjoy this project
What big project are you working on?
I started my Holiday knitting back in November, but then fell behind over Thanksgiving. Every time I travel I take a bunch of knitting with me and never knit. I wish that I would knit because traveling also means a lot of waiting around. What am I doing with my time if I am not knitting? People watching or messing around on instagram.
I will be spending this Christmas with the misters family. I am excited and nervous because this will be the first time that I am meeting them. We spent Thanksgiving with my family and it went really well. I just hope that I can win them over with my mad knitting skills. Kidding... I just want them to like me ;)
My holiday knitting list:
2 fingerless mittens
Over the weekend I fished CAL's hat. I was almost done when I realized that I did something wrong halfway through so I pulled it back and redid it. It only set me back about 2 hours, but its better to be perfect...right?
Pattern: Graham by: Jennifer Adams
Yarn: Rowan lima
I have been knitting for 10 years and I have learned a lot along the way. You can read my full knitting story here.
When you want to learn to knit it can be very overwhelming and intimidating at times but don’t worry, this post will help you take the steps you need to get started with knitting.
The first thing you need to do is go over to Ravelry and sign-up. This is an amazing site for knitters and crocheters (kind like facebook, but for knitting). On Ravelry you will find patterns, forms, tips, tricks and a place to keep track of your projects and even your supplies. It is an amazing community!
Ravelry is a free social networking website, beta-launched in May 2007. It functions as an organizational tool for a variety of fiber arts including knitting, crocheting, spinning, and weaving. Members share projects, ideas, and their collection of yarn, fiber, and tools via various components. As of November 13, 2010, Ravelry had over 1 million members worldwide.
I taught myself to knit from a book--I learn best on my own, at my own pace. I would love to say it is easy but if you don’t have the help you need, it can be very frustrating. When I started knitting there were no youtube videos to help me, I had to ask someone or learn it myself. I am lucky that I could do both. YOU can however, learn from books, videos and friends. :)
Stitch 'N Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook by Debbie Stoller
Knitting Help website is full off helpful video's. The website wont let me share the video's here on my blog, but here are some links to the video's.
If you know someone who knits, don’t be afraid to ask them for help. I have learned that knitters love to teach others how to knit. I love to teach people how to knit! I have taught a number of friends, who are now teaching others to knit. It is always fun to teach your craft.
When you first get started as a knitter it can be overwhelming to walk into a yarn shop and see all the supplies. It makes sense, however, to buy only a few supplies when you're first getting started in knitting.
Only buy the basic supplies because you might not even like knitting and you don’t want to be stuck with supplies you wont use. Here are the basic tools you need to get started on your first project.
A pair of scissors
A darning needle
A crochet hook
It's a good idea to start with something small and flat or that doesn't require shaping. Most people like to start with a scarf because it is flat and doesn't require shaping.
Many patterns, even those for beginners, seem to be written in code. Here are some tips on reading a pattern and common knitting abbreviations. If you need more help deciphering a pattern, check out Knitting Helps knitting glossery.
For your first project I would say start with a scarf. Here is a simple one to get you going.
Since this may be your first time knitting, I would suggest going into your local yarn shop and asking them for help. Here are some question you can ask
What weight of yarn do I need?
How much yarn do I need to make a scarf?
What kind of fiber should I use?
You don't have to pick what was used in the pattern, but as a beginner that is often helpful because you can compare your finished project to the picture with the pattern more easily.
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I would recommend starting with straight needles for your first project, but after that go with circular needles. Straight needles can be heavy and awkward holding and they are not always easy to carry with you.
After your first project move onto circular because you can knit straight with those too. Here is a good post about knitting straight with circular needles.
As for what needles to use-- buy the size that is recommend with the pattern or size to match the gauge.
This is also a good post on knitting needles.
Finishing your project:
Binding off is really easy. Here is a video to show you how.
Here are some more resources to getting you going with knitting.
Knitting Help: Great web-sit for getting help
Ravelry : Great community for knitters
Knitty: Free patterns and help
Vogue Knitting: Magazine with fun projects
Interweave: Magazine with fun projects
Knit Picks: Needles, books, yarn, knitting help
Brooklyn Tweed: Beautiful patterns and yarn
I hope this post was helpful!