KCBW Day Two: Skills + 1UP

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While reading through some knitting blogs this morning I found out via Knitted Bliss that it is Knitting and Crochet Blog Week!  The idea is each day a new topic will be posted and you’re invited to do a blog post using the topic as a starting off point. While I doubt I’ll be able to keep up with the pace of a post a day, it’s definitely feasible to do a few. Today’s question which asks you to reflect on the skills you’ve acquired over the last year .

Day Two: 29th March. Skill + 1UP

Looking back over my last years projects there has been a big change in the skills that I’ve acquired.

This time last year I was pretty fresh on the knitting scene. I’d done a few ill-fitting hats, dish clothes, a pair of fingerless mittens and my first pair of socks. Since then I’ve tackled

The Baudelaire Sweater

Which introduced me to sweater construction. I’d never made a whole garment before. Knitting pieces that required a little bit of precision in size was quite new, as was following a schematic and of course, the daunting task of seaming. I have to admit the pieces laid finished for a few months before I mustered up the courage to seam them all together. Now that it’s done, I don’t know what I was worried about! It turned out beautifully, and fits just right.

On-Hold Socks

Not to be satisfied with learning to knit socks in my first 6 months of knitting. I needed to learn more ways to knit them. Enter Toe-Up socks. I loved them. I loved being able to easily slip it over my toes to chart my progress. I loved how this pattern introduces a bit of lace into the mix. I also fell in love with knitting socks on circular needles. I felt as though I could finally relax my knitting and not worry about those pesky ladders cropping up.

Fiddlehead Mittens

This project was a big one for me. It introduced me to so many different techniques that I’d never done before. Some might say it was crazy to tackle them all at once. I say, efficient. They were my first introduction to colourwork, I tried out the magic-loop method. (Which I might just be a convert to). I wouldn’t say I perfected, but I got at least competent at stranded knitting with both hands instead of just my dominant right. At first Continental knitting seemed like the most awkward method ever. But with time I coerced my left hand to do what I wanted it to, and it certainly sped up the process! (However, I’m an English knitter at heart. No Continental for me unless there are multiple strands involved.) I also learned the I-cord cast on. I wasn’t a fan of the time it takes, but I’m so impressed by how sleek it looks.

Featherweight Cardigan

Finally, this project brought lace onto another level for me. Now there’s no fancy lace work. Just a LOT of lace weight yarn. Having done many of my projects on Worsted or Bulky yarn, this was a totally different feeling. Slow going, but I’m still liking it. Through it I’ve also been introduced to the notion of knitting garments from the top down. So far so good. As a bonus, no seams!

Goals for the next year? Read yesterday’s post on my desire to focus on the yarn.