Hurray! Its my stop on the Selfish Sewing train line! This year there are a few knitters in the bunch as well as sewists. And the patterns, oh the patterns! awesome.
|the bonny from tin can knits|
I choose to work on the Bonny, from Tin Can Knits. I thought this would be a nice spring knit. I didnt want to make mittens or scarves or hats. Its been 80* here, and that seems silly. I choose the Knit Picks Aloft in pennyroyal. I had never worked with lace weight yarn, before though. Knowing that, I started this 2 weeks ago. I didn’t have my pretty yarn from knit picks yet, so I was using a low loft baby alpaca in lace weight. All was going well until the lace panel a week ago.
Something happened when I started the lace panel, and I know it what it was. I was 14 rows in when I discovered the problem and started taking it out. And that’s when tragedy struck. I couldnt catch those little tiny stitches, they just kept falling out. I wanted to cry.
what would have been a finished project, is now only half done. Because Saturday night, I had to start over.
After catching up to where I lost my stitches before, I remembered a little trick called a lifeline (insert face palm).
This sweater is knit from the bottom up, so it doesn’t look like much yet. It should be much faster going now as the lace panel is a little more interesting for the knitter. It is just knit on repeat hundreds and thousands of times.
Can you see the beginning of the v neck lace panel? its there. I promise. You can see my lifeline though! I am going to do it higher up and again, so that if I mess up the next repeat sequencing I only have to rip it down to that point. whew. The tiny mohair silk yarn makes tension interesting. I have to keep reminding myself to loosen up.
I haven’t been knitting long, but I have been knitting constantly. I think the trick to learning new things is to push your limits. I learned to knit stitch, and then I learned to do more stitches, terminology and repeats, patterns and increases and decreases. I went from a scarf, to knitting a sweater. If I hadn’t done all of that, I might not have felt comfortable tackling this pretty soft and bouncy number.
Go take a look at all of the projects on Kollabura! they are fabulous!
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