Tuesday, 29 March 2011

2KCBWDAY2


Thank you very much for the comments yesterday everyone, and a to all those who visited. I don't think I've ever been so busy. I have read so many blog posts my eyes are swimming and still I don't think I quite got to everyone. Such a lot of inspiration out there. On to today's topic. I like the word 'topic' as it was my favourite chocolate bar when I was little so topic=gooood!

Day Two: 29th March. Skill + 1UP

Look back over your last year of projects and compare where you are in terms of skill and knowledge of your craft to this time last year. Have you learned any new skills or forms of knitting/crochet (can you crochet cable stitches now where you didn’t even know such things existed last year? Have you recently put a foot in the tiled world of entrelac? Had you even picked up a pair of needles or crochet hook this time last year?


This time last year I was a very lost knitter/crocheter. I had the skills, the yarns, the patterns and the KnitPro interchangables but getting it all to come together into one finished item, I just couldn't do it. I had startitis in a big way. When I was growing up I had (have) two grandmas who knit. One who refused to teach me as she 'hadn't the patience' and the other who showed me the basics, for which I am forever grateful. As I got older I wanted to get better at knitting and bought little bits of yarn and books and knitted in fits and starts, losing interest when I yet again failed to produce anything. I wanted to show my Gran that I could do it but in doing so I became so hung up on getting things right and perfect that every time I made a mistake it was right back to the beginning again. I was the sort of child that wasn't very good at anything and I lacked praise and encouragement.

Back in October I went to Fibre Flurry and had a lesson on finishing with Susan Crawford. And I had to admit in front of a room of nice fellow knitters that I had been knitting for 17 years but had never finished a single thing (apart from a tiny pair of doll's trousers for my daughter's doll. To this day it still doesn't have the promised matching top!) I am not particularly comfortable in a classroom type set-up and there were times when I was struggling to keep up and could have cried with frustration at my slowness! The upside is that I have a very good memory and could remember clearly the things Susan had come to teach us. When I got back I decided that I would start a project and finish it in good time if it was the last thing I did! My friend was due to have a baby girl and I wanted to knit something for her.

And finish it I did.
And since then I have a grand total of FOUR FO's (finished objects) 17 years of nada and then it's all happening. Granted they are only little, baby sized FO's but it's good enough for now. My crafty imagination still insists on writing cheques my knitting ass can't cash but I will get better. I will. Knitting is a part of me now and I'm not quitting! I still tie myself in knots over finding the perfect cast on and the best buttonhole method but hopefully in time I will be able to relax a bit.

Susan Crawford and my Grandma E, I salute you. Other Grandma E - ner ner ner ner ner!

18 comments:

  1. well now - at least you are finally starting to see the fruits of your labor :)

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  2. awww that is such a cute picture! baby knits are the best

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  3. I'm so pleased you have found your finishing mojo. Baby knits are perfect for getting something done from start to finish. I'm a big fan of knitting bags and hats for the same reason. Hats can be done in a day or two if they are straight forward and they are a great way to learn new techniques on a small project.

    I really hope you keep going.

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  4. Cute cardigan. Little things are my favourite- they can be finished faster. Also things with no/very little finishing steps, like top down raglans are great, you cast off and tada! you're done

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  5. Congrats on your newly acquired finishing skills. I think we all have skeletons in our knitting closets. I find that any project that requires me to use more than one skein of yarn will find itself sitting in a drawer for an extended period of time because I can't stand joining the new yarn. :)

    The baby sweater is adorable, by the way.

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  6. Way to go! That's such a cute baby cardigan.

    I find that baby clothing is the best way to practice a new technique.

    Keep up the great work!

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  7. Wow, that's a great story! I'm glad you finally had a breakthrough, soon you'll be swimming in FOs! Starting small is always the best - I started out with hats (LOTS of them) and it got me hooked - they are relatively fast but can involve anything from the simplest to the most complex skills!

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  8. Great post! Congratulations on your 4 FOs. It helps to do small projects (like baby clothes, hats or mitts) to get your mojo going. I met Susan Crawford at Knit Nation last year and she was lovely. I look forward to seeing some more FOs!

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  9. Congratulations on finishing stuff! There will be more to come, I'm sure :)

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  10. I know what you mean about having startitis! I mostly do hats because I have the same thing. If I can't finish it in two days then it will probably never get finished!

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  11. I'm in the same boat. I feel like I knit all the time and never get anything done! I'm trying hard not to be a perfectionist, but I am always taking stuff back and reworking it...

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  12. Does this mean your are a process knitter? I find I do finish things but I will often knit things because I want to knit it even though I have no idea who will use it. I just love knitting. The finished product is on the second tier of importance for me. Which means that I give a lot of things away as gifts.

    I really like your blog!

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  13. I loved reading your post! Congratulations on finishing your projects! The baby cardigan is adorable :)

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  14. Hey, thanks for sharing. Many people knit baby items, that that's just fine. Your pictures are adorable and it's fabulous that you have found your knitting-self.

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  15. That's a lovely cardigan - and congratulations on finishing something! I remember how frustrated you sounded in the workshop, and I'm really pleased it did help you :-)

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  16. Four FO's is a wonderful thing!!!!! We lose track when we fall prey to looking at other knitting accomplishments! Be true to yourself & knit on!

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  17. Congratulations on finishing projects! I always struggle with finishing what I've started.

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  18. Such an adorable picture of your first FO in action. Getting over the hump was hard, but you're on a roll now. Congrats on finishing 4 so far. Little projects like baby knits are perfect ones to gain confidence with.

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