A Beginning

I’m starting this blog to share some of my creative adventures.  I’ve found myself creating more and more over the last two years and it is one of the highlights of my day.  Attending the children’s sports practices and events caused me to pick back up knitting since the sewing machine and other crafts weren’t so portable and resistant to the elements.

I learned to knit in the third grade at school, but didn’t pursue it very long.  I tried to pickup knitting several years ago but I ended up using some acrylic with a bumpy texture and a tendency to split.  My interest died off as I struggled with the yarn and hated the results of my uneven tension on a scarf project.  Within the last two years, one of my children was taught English style knitting by someone else.  She struggled with the tension herself as well as with dropping stitches. As I thought about how to help her, I remembered someone once showing me portuguese style knitting. I share this style with her after working through learning that style- it requires less wrist motion and just seems simpler to me.  The portuguese style knitting is unusual because the tension is created by running the yarn behind the neck or through a pin on the knitter’s blouse.

Happy with the better results from even tension and quick stitching, I knit a couple of hat projects and then took on Tora Froseth’s Little Sister’s Dress and had a blast.  This dress construction was spread out for many months, often put down for long periods of time when I didn’t have sports events or downtime for knitting.  For projects I have done since, I prefer to dye yarn for my projects.  I have recently knit a single skein baby sweater (Lillie Baby Cardigan) and have begun a girl’s cardigan sweater in hand-dyed superwash wool.

 

While dying yarn and knitting are recent loves, I have spent so much more time sewing and making jewelry over the years.  I’m hoping to open an Etsy shop soon, offering all the fun projects that I enjoy gifting to friends and family.  This is a fun opportunity for me!

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