This was a huge year for Knit York City. I am so excited to be here and move forward and I love sharing my work and my life with you guys. It’s not only been awesome to get feedback and help with my questions, but I feel like putting my energy into this blog has inspired me to spend more time making things. Looking back at all of the pieces I made this year, I think this might be my most productive year yet. It’s certainly been my most adventurous and I have all of you to thank for that!
I knit a lot of socks this year. All of the socks I made this year were my own design which is pretty awesome!
I taught myself how to sew. It got off to a rough start but I managed to make a skirt and an adorable little kimono.
I also practiced my long-forgotten embroidery skills on a wedding present for one of my best friends and a tie for Jon to wear.
I also made a few sweaters this year. I certainly didn’t make one every month but I am quite pleased with the ones that I finished. I really fell for Amy Christoffers’ new patters and I made one of them for a KAL. And I got to meet her this year!
And, of course, what somehow became my most notable knit of the year: The Hamburger Sweater. I love the reaction I’ve gotten from this knit.
On top of everything else, I started a video web series (don’t forget to subscribe!) and I’ve had so much fun meeting so many awesome people. I can only thank my friends again (and again!) for helping make them possible. There will certainly be more episodes in the new year and hopefully I can fulfill my resolution to edit them faster! (It’s been tough with everything else going on so I’m calling in the reinforcements!) Get excited for that stuff.
I can’t believe how much I’ve accomplished this year. I am so proud of myself. And knowing what projects are in the works for the new year, I couldn’t be happier. While I don’t want to set any specific goals for what I make next year, I do want to make more! I will be happy if I keep working hard at it all, keep my fingers busy typing away and shooting videos and clicking needles. I bet that there will be twice as much to talk about by the end of 2013.
What did you make this year? Did you make a lot of sweaters? What are your goals for the new year?
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I just wanted to share some more of the beautiful photos that Jon took of the blanket that I made for his nephew-to-be. I am so proud of how it turned out!
Like I mentioned before, I don’t do much designing. I do like planning intarsia but I’ve never stressed over stitch counts and gauge as much as I did with this project. I really wanted to make something that was personal and soft and design-savy.
My plan had a lot to do with these ideas: I hate traditional gender colors. Blue was originally for girls, after all. And I really don’t like pastels. I know that Jon’s brother and sister-in-law feel the same way so that was a good start. For babies, I much prefer bold, bright, exciting colors and stimulating patterns. Minimalism is always a must, of course.
I’ve been experimenting with more intarsia to make fun patterned knit fabics. Intarsia is pretty simple but I really like the versatility. Of course, I’m obsessed with these hand-dyed Madeline Tosh yarns! They make it even more interesting.
So this is not the last you’ve seen of my intarsia-patterned, hand-dyed knit fabrics. I’m really excited and I’m just bubbling over with ideas. I can’t wait to tell you about what I have planned.
What do you prefer for babies? Traditional pastels or bold modern patterns? Knitters, how do you feel about intarsia?
Good morning, lovelies! I revealed on twitter that I have already gifted the baby blanket that I have been working on. I am pleased to say that Daron and Romney (Jon’s brother and sister-in-law) loved it. I can’t wait for them to meet their son and wrap him in love and soft hand-dyed merino!
I had butterflies in my stomach waiting to hear what they’d think of it! I don’t design many of my own patterns. Up until recently, gauges and swatching really boggled my mind but it’s beginning to click (perhaps thanks to Little Red in the City…more on that soon!) and I can’t wait to do more complicated designs! Hopefully this blog will see many more original knits coming soon! But this really knit up exactly how I pictured it so I was a little scared to see if they liked my idea.
Anyway, I took a ton of photos before I let go of the blanket. I have so many to share, I thought I’d let you see some details today and then more later. I hope you don’t mind sticking with me!
I’m so excited about this knit. Intarsia is no longer scary and I’m ready to tackle some big designs!
Have any knitterly pride in a recent project?
I’ve been a very bad blogger. I was so proud of myself for posting regularly but last week was a real doozy. Anyway, I’m back and I’ve got tons of stuff to share with you!
Today I want to talk about blocking. I’m doing it! Aren’t you proud? I hate blocking and I never do it. Today, all of that is going to change.
The mystery present I’m working on is no longer a secret. It’s a baby blanket for Jon’s soon-to-be nephew! I’m so happy with how it’s turned out. It really needed to be blocked. It’s a bit of a mess around the edges and it looks half the size it should be. So I decided to do it. I never block anything unless I really have to and here’s why:
I’m impatient. (Side note: the idea that knitting requires patience cracks me up! Every time someone says “Oh I couldn’t knit, it takes so much patience” I just laugh. I have the patience of any average New Yorker trying to catch a cab in midtown around 5:25pm on a Tuesday while there’s a parade blocking all of 7th Avenue and it’s raining. I don’t know any knitters who are patient.)
I want to be done with projects when they’re done. I like moving on. I’m afraid that blocking will melt my stitches together or make the edges all pulled at the corners instead of just harmless curling (these things have happened to me) and I don’t want to leave my knit laying on the ironing board for three days waiting for it to dry.
And, frankly, the thought of damp wool makes me nauseous.
But I’m trying to really hone my skills and become a Knitter with a capitol K so I pledge to block everything from now on. I promise, guys.
I looked up a few videos on how to do it and put it off for about four days while I decided which method would work best. I went with steaming since there is finally an iron in my life. Of course, I didn’t have any straight pins so I used all of the safety pins in the apartment which I still think counts as half-assing the whole endeavor. Long story short, it sits on my coffee table drying this instant and I sit before you biting my nails.
Please send my knitting some good joo joo. And any blocking tips would be appreciated, as well!