Thursday, March 30, 2006

Creativity Overload

Knitting. Wasn't this supposed to be about knitting?

I'm over run with ideas, and I'm already starting to get into the pattern of starting things that just won't get finished. And I'm ok with that. I finished a handful of things in the first month I've been knitting... (photos to come soon, really). 2 scarves, 2 hats, 2 dishcloths.

I've learned a few new things with each project. One scarf is a long ribbed scarf, the other was a quick garter stitch scarf done with interesting but tricky yarn on really big needles. So, those were good "get used to this crazy knitting stuff and pick up some speed" projects.

The dishcloths were an afterthought. After I learned how to knit, my mom wanted to re-learn. And she remembered that when she was little, she used to make dishcloths. I found the super simple pattern, started one while attempting to walk her through the process over the phone, we argued that it wasn't the right pattern (although now that she's seen one finished, we may try again and agree that I was right), and since I'd started it, I finished it. And did another quick one on the plane to Las Vegas just for something mindless to work on.

After mom fell and started recovering and we realized we were going to need to cover a bald head with a huge incision scar, I started making hats and finished two in a week. So, I learned how to knit on circulars and with double pointed needles, the Grace Beanie I made her even has a little bit of simple eyelet lace-work in it.

I've got a Sophie bag started and I'm making quick progress on that, should have it finished this weekend. Been using it to get better at double pointed needles (not intentionally, I don't have the right length circular for it and I didn't feel like going back to the store after I discovered that I'd bought the wrong length). Plus, it will be my first time making ICord once I get to the handle, as well as my first attempt at felting something.

I've started an Irish Hiking Scarf that has two cable repeats to it so far... hopefully by the time I finish it, I'll be MUCH faster at cables. But it's so far been a good learning tool for that.

And I have a random bigger-needle garter stitch scarf started using up some chunky scrap yarns that were in my crochet stash (when I started crocheting, my great-aunt and grandmother both started sending me estate sale and goodwill yarn).

Then, last week, I started seriously considering socks. I ended up placing a knitpicks order, getting a few skeins of sock yarn and some tiny DPNs. I haven't started yet, but I'm contemplating, reading up on it, and half of me is ready to dive right in while the rest of me is ready to run away screaming.

Plus, my mom has been begging me for years to make stuff for her dolls, and after persuing a few sites yesterday I may have to consider using those tiny needles and some stash scraps to make her something like this. Not that I have any experience constructing a multi-piece garment, let alone one for a 7 1/2-inch doll. And the fact that this can only lead to the sort of requests that my first post on this blog clearly states will drive me insanely away from knitting... but it's worth a shot anyway, right?

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