Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Knitting Journey Until Now

Hello everyone!

This is my first blog post EVER! Hopefully this will be the first post of many. I've named this blog 'wiseknits' based on the pattern note 'knitwise.' I love learning about everything, and wisdom is a quality I really admire in people. (Plus 'knitwise' was already taken on etsy :( )

I started knitting when I was nine. It wasn't until I was in high school that I began to seriously knit again. I taught myself everything as no one in my family knits. Knitting has become as much of a stress reliever as a fashion statement. I refuse to buy anything I feel I could knit myself. I've been guilty of counting stitches on a scarf or cowl in UO once in a while.

I've been working hard this year to supply my family members with some warm, hand-made gifts. I am home from college for winter break so I am hoping to get a lot of crafting done and start up this blog.

And I goals! One of my goals for college is to open an etsy shop (and make a profit). But before I do that, I have to knit a surplus, right? I'm hoping this blog will connect me to the knitting world - if anyone has any tips about etsy, I would love to hear them! But for now, I will give you a preview of some of the things I have knit and some holiday gifts for my family this year.

Project Name: Sinful Ribbed Scarf
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I used Bernat Satin Chunky and am extremely pleased with the results. Acrylic is always stiffer than I like, but the price outweighs the stiffness for me. The pattern was great and easy to follow.

For a few months now I've been trying to switch to continental style as it is faster and gives a more even tension, but I've had trouble. I tried it for this scarf and the whole time I kept thinking how I just wanted to knit the way I'm used to. Hmmm, the struggle will continue.

Project Name: Warmest Mittens
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I've used this pattern three times now and I love it. It fits my hands and all my friends hands and it's super adaptable to any fancy extras you want to add. These are for my sister for Christmas:

Thanks for reading!

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