Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Day 2: Skill + 1Up...Or What I've Learned This Year

To see other blog's contributions to today's topic for the 2nd Annual Knitting and Crochet Blog Week participants, Google the term “2KCBWDAY2”.

One of the things we love about knitting is that there is always something else to learn. One never knows everything there is to know about knitting. We can learn from each other, take a class to refine a previously learned technique, or gain the confidence to tackle a project or technique we've been afraid to try before (or maybe tried but weren't ready for yet). Becky's New Year's Resolution for 2010 was to try her hand at fair isle. She'd taken a class on it a few years before but never really tried to apply it.

For the first part of 2010 Becky searched and queued Ravelry patterns to find the perfect pattern. Her inspiration finally struck when New England Knits was published. The Canopy Fingering was ordered and in July Becky dove in and started the Whale Watch Hat. It was so much fun!!!

She learned to carry one yarn in each hand, how to catch the floats efficiently, and take frequent breaks because of the awkward positions she ended up in due to the concentration needed and suddenly working yarn with her right hand (Becky knits with the Continental style).

Becky's 2011 New Year's Resolution is to tackle the Cobweb Lace Stole. It involved working lace patterns on both sides of the shawl (YOWZA!). It's a project she tried a few years ago. Sadly she wasn't quite experienced enough to be successful.

What new techniques have you learned this year? Are you a crocheter that tried knitting? Knitter that tried crocheting? We're looking forward to hearing what you have tackled or would like to tackle.

1 comment:

  1. In the last year I've gained the ability to improvise! I used to follow the pattern to a T, but recently I picked up yarn and needles and made one of those big cowl/infinity scarf things with no instructions at all! It was a simple lace pattern, but with no directions at all, it was a leap for me - and I love the finished product ;)