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Follow-Up Knitting: Johnny Slouch Hat

Woohoo! I made another hat and this time there is no hole!

Alright, I make a rule that for every pattern I do it three times before I move on. Here’s the final variation I’ve done.

I’m thinking of putting these on an Etsy store, but I’d like to have more inventory before I do.

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Knitting Challenge #1

Okay, this is meant to be a mini challenge. Something the whet the appetite for knitting and getting focused. So, there are only 5 tasks. I’m hoping to make more challenges later.

1. Take inventory of your stash.

The goal is to know what you have and what you need. You can take inventory in a meticulous way, with spreadsheets and detailed descriptions, or you can simply take pictures. The goal is to know exactly what you have.

2. Perform stretches for carpal tunnel, tendonitis, and De Quervain’s syndrome every day for two weeks.

These are the most common repetitive injuries for knitters. Performing stretches every day will help prevent strain on your hands, wrists, and arms so you won’t have to stop knitting.

3. Finish an abandoned project.

Have a project that you left unfinished? Now’s the time to finish it!

4. Using the yarn in your stash, decide on your next project.

It’s time to work through some of your stash. This can be a small project or a large project, but you MUST use yarn from your stash!

5. Make a sample square of a pattern you’ve never done before.

I have a huge challenge in mind much later. This is a little taste of it. It’s all about learning something new and rediscovering the fun and excitement of when you first started knitting.

 

So, what do you think? Is there anything you think should be included? Let me know!

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Why Are There No Knitting Challenges?

Okay, so I’m still not through with the spring cleaning, but while taking a break I got to thinking about my stash. I have a lot of yarn, but every time I go to make a new project, I want to buy new yarn. There’s a sale going on this Saturday near where I live, and yarn will be $1 PER POUND. I’m very excited, but I know I’m stuffing even more into my already bloated storage spaces. I’ll have a bunch of yarn, but what will I do with it all?

When knitting for myself, I get extremely picky about what I use. When I’m knitting for others, I obsess over mistakes. And when I’m knitting to sell something, I lose all joy in the process. So, I was looking for knitting challenges to help with my dilemma. I’ve used challenges for exercise, reading, photography, and drawing. It’s a wonderful way to stay motivated and there’s a real feeling of accomplishment when you finish. However, I’ve found that it’s impossible to find challenges for knitting. I assume it’s because it is a time-consuming hobby, but still. Challenges can be so much fun!

I think I’m going to take this next week to compose a beginner challenge. Because knitting is time-consuming, I’m only going to keep this first one to about 10 tasks, but I’m hoping it will be fun for everyone who tries it. Later I may make even more!

Would you be interested in a knitting challenge? What tasks would you like to see on it?

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Late Spring Cleaning

Technically, it is still spring…although summer is right around the corner. I’m finally done with grad school for the school year, so it’s time to do some thorough cleaning of my room and crafts. A variety of issues have come up for me. I’m looking for a new job, I’m dropping out of grad school (the field I chose to go into is just not worth the loss of free time and 65000+ in debt for MAYBE getting a higher paying job). So, I currently looking for a new job. Trying to get a goddamn appointment to get my wisdom teeth removed as well, but the only place that takes my insurance is extremely difficult to get an appointment for. My financial situation has changed too, I was in a car accident (no one was seriously injured, thank god) most of my money is going to the fallout of that and debt payments. My goal for the summer is to work through a good amount of my craft stash, but first I have to organize it. I’ll post pictures when I’m done and everything has a new home. For the time being, I’ll only be posting once a week, hoping to move up to twice a week soon though.

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Learn to Knit: Essential Skills for Beginning Knitters Review

In my quest to watch every Craftsy Knitting course, I have finished another! This one is by Caddy Melville Ledbetter.

 

PROS:

This course covers a little more than the one by Susan B. Anderson. There is a very nice in-depth video on the various ways to increase or decrease your stitch count. Most of them I didn’t know and that video is easily the highlight of the series. Ledbetter also covers more advanced ways to cast-on, join two balls of yarn, and problem solve mistakes. There is definitely some value to her class.

CONS:

For a series called “Learn to Knit” you’d think there would be a basic knitting and purling section. There was not. This is the biggest detriment of the series as it keeps the course from truly being an all-in-one powerhouse. It’s also worth noting that Ledbetter often appears uncomfortable in front of the camera making her a little harder to watch than the relaxed Anderson. Finally, there is no project knit-along. This last one is a matter of personal preference, but I think a really engaging method of a knitting class is the knit-along. It allows students to see the skills they are learning in action and provides a safe first project(s) to get their feet wet. I really missed that in this course.

My overall take away is that this isn’t a bad course at all. In fact on pure information levels, I would say is had much more than Anderson’s course. However, I don’t really feel like this course has a proper audience. I would recommend Anderson’s course for any brand new newbies and would recommend some other courses for those that want to build on their knitting repertoire. To top it off $40 is a bit steep for a course that doesn’t include the basic knitting and purling when the whole purpose is learning to knit. I have to advise to give this one a pass.