I finally finished this project. I do love the fabric that this Anzula Mermaid yarn produced. I'm not sure how happy I am with the adjustments I made to the pattern -- the tapered ends turned out rather long and narrow due to the different gauge.
So, I had some fun today taking this great quiz over at the Knitting Brain site and I thought I'd share my results. This would be ME:
"The Logical Knitter"
"You approach knitting logically and methodically. You'll enjoy reading knitting reference books and find satisfaction in using the best knitting techniques. A book such as No Sheep For You which celebrates the geeky side of knitters will likely appeal to you." (Can you believe the accuracy of these quiz results? It's amazing).
"You like to understand the logic behind how thing work. You strive for perfection in your finished knitting. Many successful professional knitters fall into this category, in fact many have a scientific background e.g. Stefanie Japel. (No, I do not have a scientific background but I am a bit of perfectionist when it comes to my knitting.)
Don't let your perfectionism spoil your enjoyment of knitting. Hand knits won't always be perfect, but knitting is a craft where the opportunities for learning are endless. Your logical approach means you can refine knitting patterns and as your knowledge increases you could produce well designed, logical patterns." (Good Advice, right?)
"Don't be afraid to experiment with colour and pattern, after all, knitting can always be unraveled! You may lack confidence in your ability to be more creative. A knitwear design reference book could well give you the boost you need." (Indeed they have).
Anyway, you should pop on over there just for fun and take the quiz yourself. Let me know if they pegged you as well as they did me!
One of the things I absolutely hate, as a knitter, is to be out on the road and discover that I have left a key knitting accessory behind.
There I am knitting along and I suddenly discover I have no way to measure my progress or no scissors to cut the yarn or no stitch markers to put on as I begin the patterned section etc. I have my yarn, pattern and needles and I can't complete a key step in the process because I've left a key accessory in another project bag or down the side of my knitting chair etc.
Well, no more of that for me. I've come up with a solution and it started when I began to figure out what I wanted in the drawers of my new knitting room storage cabinet.
Behind drawer number one, I have decided to store ALL my accessory pouches. I will keep them stocked and ready to grab and add to a project bag when I'm heading out on the road. It's a simple system -- if there's a pouch in the project bag, I can be assured I have all the accessories I need.
But of course the system will be no good to me if I can't guarantee that each little accessory pouch has all the key tools. So I made a list:
open-end stitch markers
stitch marker rings
hook for picking up dropped stitches
I laid out the contents in the same order times 5 since I have 4 accessory kits for travel and I'll need all the same tools for knitting here at home.
I've got a list of any missing items I need to buy to make sure that each and every pouch has everything I need. AND, if I am careful to check the inventory of each pouch against the master list when I return it to the drawer, I should be able to trust my system!
Anything you think I've missed ? How do you organize your knitting accessories for knitting on the run?
Things are progressing at long last. The blinds are installed and provide good shade from the hot sun in the heat of the day. I scored a few great deals at HomeGoods last week so I now have a cozy new rug and a great new storage piece for under the window.
Replica of Tiffany's "River of Life"
My husband hung my mirror and stained glass picture and I love how each of them reflects the light in this room at different times of the day in different ways.
This is my grandmother's rocker and has been in the family for a few generations -- it's well over 100 years old now but is a solid reminder of the timlessness of beautiful craftsmanship. It inspires me everytime I look at it.
I was looking for a very specific length/height/width to fit in this space under the window so when I spotted this piece on clearance I was over-the-moon. I love the mix of drawers and cupboard space and have plans for organizing every last inch of it to store my tools and accessories.
A bright, cheery and cozy tubular knit scarf guaranteed to jump-start spring wherever you are.
I chose KnitPicks Comfy Worsted: 75% Pima Cotton, 25% Acrylic (although any worsted cotton yarn would suffice) because it is soft, squishy and wonderfully budget-friendly and who doesn't need a budget friendly knitting project?
The pattern went live on Ravelry this afternoon and you can purchase your copy of the pattern here for just $2.99:
Thought you might be wondering what's on my needles these days. I've started Just a Whisper Wrap using Anzula's Mermaid yarn (60% seacell, 40% silk) which I purchased at Purl Soho in NYC. It reminds me a lot of Handmaiden's seasilk.
I was inspired by this version of the wrap which is knit more densely using a 5 mm. needle and doubling the stitch count. I hope mine will turn out half as lovely.
Miles of stockinette in laceweight yarn -- I'm surprised by how much I'm enjoying it. Wonderful mindless knitting.