That’s cast on number 3 for Taimi. This one better stick! I was pretty far along with my first attempt when I dropped the whole shebang and several dozen stitches loaded onto the needles popped off. I can fudge one or two weird stitches in lace but couldn’t fix a whole section of dropped and pulled stitches. Bah! I’ve made a few weird mistakes with it, like adding a stitch or dropping a stitch out of turn but I’ve been able to (roughly) fix them in an unnoticeable way…I hope.
I’m also trying to cram in some other projects this week. I have to make a baby quilt, start to finish. I need to wash and block the MKAL shawl because I didn’t get to that before Thanksgiving. I need to get my hands on some eyelet lace and add some to the edges of some pillowcases for my Grandmother. …and I need to keep chugging along with the infinity scarf.
Also: my stress levels are sky high. Family is making it worse at every turn. I’m completely ready to throw in the towel for the holidays, tell everybody to bugger off, and find a cave to hide in until everything blows over.
1. Share an image of a knitting pattern you love but would probably never knit.
Ruby Lace Dress by Suzie Sparkles on Ravelry. I’d absolutely knit it except the sizing is quite small when you’re built like a linebacker or a giant like I am. I’m not confident in my abilities to scale patterns, so it will probably always just be one I admire instead of make.
2. What is your favorite knitting technique? Beading. Every project I’ve made with beads, I’ve enjoyed immensely.
3. Yarn: wool, alpaca, cotton, linen, hemp, silk, or acrylic? Totally depends on the project. I tend to like wool and wool blends the best, but also devour my fair share of cottons and alpaca. My current project is 100% silk — so yummy!
4. Needles: wood, bamboo, metal, plastic, or casein? Metal. I love how slick they are, that they generally don’t bend on me, and that little click.
5. Would you go on a knitting vacation? If yes, which country’s yarn shops would you like to visit? Not an entire vacation specifically for knitting but you can bet I was hopping in and out of every yarn shop I met while in Ireland and Scotland! You know I’d be haunting them in New Zealand and Australia as well….basically if I see a shop while on vacation, I’m visiting.
6. Lace, fingering, sport, DK, worsted, or bulky? (If you had to choose just one) Only one?! For knitting I’ve really been diving into lace weights lately and I figure I could hold multiple strands together if I got desperate enough for a larger project.
7. Do you eat while knitting? If so, what? Sometimes a piece of candy or a bit of chex mix but usually not. I’m a slob and don’t want to ruin my knit.
8. Speckled yarn: yes or no? I’ve only used it on a few baby blankets. I can’t really find any adult looking color way that I like enough to invest in.
9. Favorite knitting slang word? Domiknitrix. I’m a homemaker. I *hate* when people ask where I work or what my job is and the judgement and awkward questions that follow. No, we don’t have kids. No, we’re not religious. No, I’m not looking for employment. No, we’re not milking the system somehow. No, we don’t support female subservience. Soooo my husband gets a kick out of butting in and telling people I’m a domiknitrix. He’s also told people I am a stripper (quilting) and a hooker (crochet) in casual settings. I’m tall, wide, have blue hair, walk the line between goth and geek, and am painfully shy. It’s always worth answering with one of those just to see the reactions.
10. Can you do anything else while knitting? Watching or listening to something doesn’t count. If I have the pattern memorized I can walk around while knitting. If I don’t have it memorized, don’t even breathe in my direction while I’m counting! I’d love to be able to read while knitting but I don’t get along with ebooks and I don’t tend to crack the spines of books so don’t see how it’s possible.
11. Favorite knitting pattern designer? Probably Tania Richter. I’ve made a few of her knits and find them fantastically fun and simple to make — especially the Quests she puts together. My nerdy heart loves rolling dice to find out what I’m knitting!
12. Favorite yarn brand? I don’t really have one. I do purchase often from KnitPicks just because they’re affordable and have a decent variety and quality control.
13. Intentional felting: yes or no? I have before, it can be fun. I often join my yarns by felting when working with lighter weight yarns to avoid knots and thick spots.
14. Who taught you to knit? I taught myself with books and youtube. I wish I had a single person that I could point out as a fab teacher but I don’t like doing things the normal way and needed a wide variety of information before I found what made sense to me.
15. What’s your next knit? Currently making Taimi …it needs to be my “next knit” until I finish it and not get distracted by other shiny things. It’s Grandmother’s Christmas gift! I need to work on it! But since every crafter I know has a mile long list of their next projects, for knitting I’ve been waffling between: Arachne (I’d love to make a sweater for me and this one screams me), The Tourist Shawl (I really want to learn brioche!), Phoenix Wing (one of the first patterns in my favorites when I was learning to knit) and casting Yggdrasil back on since I ripped my first attempt at it after I went cross-eyed and transposed some of the rows. Gut feeling right now is I’d pick learning brioche or picking up Yggdrasil so I have a simple double-knit project going during travel.