Has it been a full moon week for anyone else or is it just me? Life has been chaotic and I’ve had barely any sleep which has rubbed off on my knitting.
Truth be told, I debated if I should even record this week’s episode. I’m tired and it shows. But I was also really excited to sit and have a chat with all of you. So here we go!
Watch Episode 3 of the Knitting Podcast
I haven’t cast on anything new but I have made progress on both of my current WIPs.
No Frills by PetiteKnit is coming along slowly. I added 4 cm this week. Frankly, I’m a bit bored with the knitting. I’m now on a long stretch of stockinette and usually, I zoom right through those and love them. This time, not so much.
I wonder if it’s because I’m more excited to have and wear the finished garment than actually knitting it.
A more complicated knit, or maybe simply one I’m excited to knit and not just making because I need the finished item may be in my near future.
Thankfully, I have no frogging to report on the baby vest this week. It has been smooth sailing and I have made decent progress. I’m knitting it in my favourite sock yarn that’s easily available in Denmark, Arwetta Classic by Filcolana.
I’m now knitting the first half of the front. But I’m facing the same problem as with my No Frills. I’m bored. I’ve knit this vest so many times and I’m feeling it.
Who am I trying to kid here? There’s been so little knitting I don’t have any FOs to share this week.
I haven’t gone looking for any UFOs this week (there are more though, I’m sure).
The sleeves from episode 002 still haven’t been frogged. I’m determined to do so but haven’t quite build up the gusto to get it done.
It’s my birthday month and I’m looking into adding a couple of books to my personal library. In particular, I’m looking for some knitting pattern design books and some stitch dictionaries.
I’ve gotten some books from the library to test drive before I invest in them as books are expensive in Denmark.
The first book, I’d like to share with you is Knitting Pattern Essentials by Sally Melville. I’ve looked through this book a couple of times and I’m really impressed. I’m fairly sure this will earn a spot in my personal library soon.
This book is very similar to Sally Melville’s book and yet different. It’s possible that it’s different enough to warrant both of these books in my library but I’m not yet sure. I’d love your input if you have both of them.
This is a book where the title really grabbed me. It’s not for nothing that this podcast and blog is called Busy Hands Quiet Hearts. I haven’t cracked it open yet, but it’s a short read at less than 150 pages.
Knitting Study Hall
I’ve had an account with Craftsy since the early days and I have a couple of knitting pattern design classes on there. That platform has changed so much and so many times recently, that I’m no longer confident the platform will be around in a year or two.
As of this recording, they haven’t managed to attribute our classes to us in the latest change they made. They have promised we will have them later this month (October 2020) but I’m not holding my breath.
That means I want to go back through the classes I own and take really good notes in case I won’t be able to access them in the future.
I have a class called Sizing Knitwear Patterns by Faina Goberstein. It’s aimed at complete beginners.
If you’ve never met an excel spreadsheet before, Faina will take you by the hand and explain EVERYTHING. This makes it a bit slow and tedious if you are familiar with the basic of excel and even of knitwear design.
That doesn’t mean it isn’t a great course. I’ve learned a lot from it.
Busy hands have meant not a lot of actually knitting this past week but plenty of dream knitting.
I’m still dream knitting a scrunchie. I haven’t taken any action on it yet but it has been popping in and out of my head all week long.
The second thing I have been dream knitting is a sweater. I own a commercially knit sweater that has THE PERFECT FIT! It’s not exactly cropped but it’s a little short at the bottom and on the sleeves. It’s made that way because it’s meant to be worn over a dress shirt. That’s a look I really like and I want to make something similar.
The final thing I’ve been dream knitting is that long cardigan I shared last week. I’ve decided that I don’t want to make the Classic by Hanne Falkenberg. I think I’d like to knit something with bolder cables. But only time will tell.