In the previous post I mentioned that I would dye machine knit blanks of my cotton yarn, assuming that I would knit all of these up in the handy knitting machine I bought for making hats and things. I tried making a long blank with three 109 yard skeins of cotton and discovered that this knitting machine abhors working with cotton. After picking up slipped stitches with a crochet hook over 2 dozen times, I said enough!
So I unraveled the long ugly tubey thing I spent the entire afternoon making and unwound it around two wooden chairs set about 12 feet apart. I did this with two more skeins until I got bored and moved on to something else. 13 more skeins to go… sigh. It occured to me that I could play something cheery and tongue in cheek as I walked around the chairs to wind the yarn. Maybe… some Lord Kitchener.
Knitting has taught me the value of endless patience. Dyeing seems to be gifting me with the lesson of careful preparation and planning. Several months ago, if you asked me if I would go to this length to prepare fiber to knit a sweater, I’d flatly say… no. I couldn’t see past my love of knitting.
A year later, and now I’m finding myself branching into other fiber related crafts. I actually want to spend more time investigating crochet in depth and improve my skill at shaping and building structures in crochet. I spend a great deal of time making garments, maybe I need to investigate knitting and crocheting other objects including un-utilitarian ones.
It’s a little late, but here’s my short reflection/inventory of things learned and things I’d like to learn this year.
A few things I tried last year:
- Knitting with metal and beads – fun but it hurts.
- Spinning – I used a drop spindle to make my first single ply yarn. I think I’m going to continue investigating
- Dyeing – I… am addicted. Sad when you get to the point where you’re looking through your stash for lightly colored or white yarns just to satisfy your need for a dyeing fix.
Things I still need to do or want to try:
- Gansey knitting – I still need to finish my Lochniver sweater
- Crocheting a small blouse in a simple lace stitch
- Color work/Fair Isle knitting
- Design and knit a real Aran sweater (with cables)
- Start a podcast- this is a difficult one for me. I often think that I haven’t started this yet becuase I get my “I need to talk about knitting/crafting” fix with the wonderful group over at my knit night at the Naked Sheep Knit Shop.