#30dayknitchallenge Day 6

Day 6: What is your favorite piece that you’ve knit?

It is probably my January Morning cardigan, it is warm and cosy. And during the colder months, I pretty much live in it permanently. In fact I’m wearing it now.

I am actually thinking about knitting another one, maybe modifying the charts a little to give a different pattern but I’d use the same yarn again, love the Drops Nepal.

Having said that, I do tend to wear these mittens pretty much daily as well….

#30dayknitchallenge Day 5

Day 5: How long did it take from the time your learned how to knit, to finish your first project?

The aforementioned eyelash yarn scarf took some time if I recall. I clearly remember casting on and it was about 10 inches wide. Some time later it was 10 inches long and about 4 inches wide. Oops!  I ended up frogging it, and restarting. Then I ignored it for several months, before it was picked up again and finished. So less than a year?

Not merely fuzzy, but epic!

#30dayknitchallenge Day 4

Day 4: How did you learn how to knit?

Originally my Grandma taught me, when I restarted I used the internet. I found that the videos on Knitting Help were useful. I also spent a lot of time on Google searching for blogs and other help pages on specific techniques. Some of the photo / diagram blog posts were incredibly useful – I tend to find pictures more use than videos when I’m learning something new.

#30dayknitchallenge Day 3

Day 3: Do you have any other WIPs (works in progress)?

Also on the needles are:

  • Shipwreck Shawl: A long term project! I started this last August, the central lace section is all knitted. There are some errors in the lace panel, but I’ve done them consistently over the whole round so it works out – I’m comfortable with leaving them as is. I’m currently on the beading stages and am still on the first needle size with the beads. Not the most scintillating of sections to knit! Fingers crossed I’ll get it done this year. I have 1500m of the Fyberspates Tia Lace which I’m working up the pattern in, not sure how much I’ll use / need. So the current plan is to stop knitting when it looks the right size.

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  • Flightless 2.1: This is the shawl I’m currently having test knit. I knitted the original last year, revised the pattern and reknit it in January and am now knitting up another one for my Mum. I’m using Old Maiden Aunt Shetland Lace Cobweb which I navajo-plied to get a really squishy fingering weight. The colourway is gorgeous, a really rich purple with some subtle variation. (No pictures yet!)
  • Kimono Wrap Cardigan: The old ‘oh-dear-god-I don’t-want-to-knit-this’ WIP. I started this back in January 2011. From an update on the project page in November that year – “have remembered why this project was hibernating for so long. The stitch pattern, while easy to remember requires a bit of concentration but isn’t interesting enough to really hold your attention.” I last knitted on this in March 2012, according to my notes I have 5 1/2 balls left of the yarn out of the original 14. I still need to finish the second sleeve, add extra length to the first sleeve, knit the back, left front and collar. And then it will be done. Maybe 2013 will be the year this finally gets finished…

#30dayknitchallenge Day 1

Day 1: What was your first finished project?

First project I can remember knitting is when I was little and it was a red and white striped garter stitch scarf.  The first project as a grown-up was probably an eyelash yarn scarf that I got as a kit – awful to knit as I couldn’t see where the stitches were!

Behold the Fuzzy!

The 30-Day Knitting Challenge

When I was flicking around the web last night, I spotted this and figured it would be a fun challenge to include on the blog – alongside the regular posts.

So without hesitation I present to you…. “The 30-Day Knitting Challenge”. 

As far as I can tell, by which I mean Google, the earliest link I can find is from 2010 and from Myconid’s tumblr page (original page here).

Here are the questions as set by that page:

Day 1: What was your first finished project?

Day 2: What is currently on your needles?

Day 3: Do you have any other WIPs (works in progress)?

Day 4: How did you learn how to knit?

Day 5: How long did it take from the time your learned how to knit, to finish your first project?

Day 6: What is your favorite piece that you’ve knit?

Day 7: Your least favorite?

Day 8: What’s your most challenging project?

Day 9: What fiber or yarn do you love working with?

Day 10: Do you have a favorite pattern or designer?

Day 11: Do you have a “Knitter Hero” or someone that is just way too awesome for their own good? Do share!

Day 12: Where do you keep your stash? Post pictures!

Day 13: Do you have yarn that you love but can’t find a project for?

Day 14: What’s the worst yarn/fiber that you’ve worked with and why?*

Day 15: What was your least favorite pattern and why?*

Day 16: Have you ever had a knitting related injury?

Day 17: Have you ever had a project that you loved become ruined? What’s the story behind it?

Day 18: Do you knit English or Continental?

Day 19: Do you watch movies and/or listen to podcasts while knitting? What are your favorite things to knit to?

Day 20: Do you knit in public? Was anyone offended/incredibly happy/curious that you were doing so?

Day 21: Do you knit gifts for friends and family for the holidays or birthdays?

Day 22: Have you ever stricken someone off your to-knit-for list because they didn’t appreciate/take care of your last knitted gift to them?

Day 23: If you had the supplies (and patience) for it, what project would you start today?

Day 24: Have you ever made your own pattern or dyed your own yarn? How did it turn out?

Day 25: Do you have a knitting book or a place where you keep patterns, ideas, size measurements? Post a picture of it!

Day 26: Have you ever been a part, or wanted to be a part of a knit-a-long? What was it? If not, why?

Day 27: How do you acquire most of yarn? Online retailers, local yarn shops, swaps, or large chain craft stores? What’s your favorite?

Day 28: Do you do any other crafts besides knitting? What are they, and did learning to knit come before or after learning these other crafts?

Day 29: Do you have any tips, or things that you’ve learned from knitting?

Day 30: What’s your name on Ravelry? If you don’t have a Ravelry account, why?

I’ll be blogging the answers to each question over the next 30 days, with the hashtag #30dayknitchallenge in the title. First post coming soon!