Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Learning Curve

I've seen a meme thingie on a few people's blogs where they have sorted some knitting projects and techniques into those that they have done, that they want to do and those they are not interested in. The list is quite long, encompassing stocking stitch and scarves to steeks and entrelac. I’m not going to copy it all out, but I did make a note of those I’ve not done yet but am keen to try. It’s surprisingly short:

Slippers
Norwegian knitting
Dying with plant colours
Dying yarn
Steeks
Textured knitting
Knitting with beads
Entrelac
Knitting and purling backwards
Hair accessories

The main thing is entrelac, which is the final chapter in the Debbie Bliss How To Knit book that started me off when I got back into knitting three and a half years ago. I decided to learn to knit when searching for crochet patterns for baby clothes (my nephew had just been born and I wanted to be a proper Auntie!) failed to turn up anything inspirational. It was only once the knitting bug had truly bitten that I discovered that both crochet and knitting have a huge presence on the t'internet. But my ignorance was definitely a blessing because although I have always enjoyed crochet it never grabbed me in quite the same way that knitting has and for that I am grateful to my (then!) crappy little local yarn shop and it's pants selection of crochet patterns.

The Forest Canopy shawl is continuing apace. I have two balls of the Jojoland (which was my birthday pressie from Bronte - thanks, m'dear!) and have decided to just carry on making it as big as I possibly can until I run out. I've just finished one ball and it's not far off the pattern-stated size, so I'm hoping it'll turn out a fair size.

In other news, our green garden waste recycling bins were delivered today and I have already filled mine. I have just finished moving all the shrubby branches and cuttings from where they'd been abandoned stored down the back of the house, strimmed the weeds grass and swept the paths. Now I'm going to have a sit down with my knitting :)

I feel this post is lacking something. It needs something to brighten it up. Like pigs. Yes. Pigs!

Holiday pigs

7 comments:

Super Monkey said...

I gave you a couple of days to get home, and get all unpacked, but I can wait no longer. WHERE'S MY PRESSIE?

Super Monkey said...

The pigs help a lot. Maybe in the next post there could be goats in bikinis.

nm said...

Now then. What yarn comes off a pig?

Artis-Anne said...

LOL love the pigs and look fwd to seeing the goats in bikinis too. Great holiday pics in your last post , sounds like you had a great time. I saw alapcas close up for the first time at WWW on Sunday ,way too cute even if they do look like stick insects without their coat on .

Piglottie said...

Loving the pigs :) I made my first FCS bigger by 5 extra pattern repeats and it ended up 66 inches wide and 28 inches deep (this was in Rowan Yorkshire Tweed 4 ply).

Kai said...

I like the idea of listing what techniques i want to try and what i really, really don't, but i think i'd scare myself if i did..

the pigs are cute.. :)

Kath said...

That's a far simpler way of doing that Meme! I love the piggies - goats in bikinis would be amusing though!