I imagine I’ll be saying that frequently once we have a home and I begin trying my hand at new skills. In the mean time, I’m racking up a list of things I want to learn/try/improve upon once I retire from the nomadic lifestyle. When I realized in mid-winter of last year that we wouldn’t be hanging up our nomadic shoes anytime soon (and how right I was), I decided to begin one of the many things I’d been putting off until I had time. Knitting. And if you’ve seen me in the past ten months, you know that this has become a major part of my life.
I love when I try something new and it becomes a part of me. I struggle to remember that there was a time not very long ago when I didn’t know a knit stitch from a purl stitch. The fourth time was a charm (there were a few short-lived efforts in years past). I began with dishcloths and a scarf that has since been frogged (unraveled) to make a much nicer scarf for Van. I then took a class at Webs in Northampton during the six weeks we were house sitting. It was fantastic! As soon as we settle somewhere I’ll be looking for more classes. When our instructor showed us what we’d be making over the course of the class, my eyes grew wide and I laughed to myself. But I did it! And then some.
Though I’m currently in the midst of three knitting projects (a hat, a scarf, and a blanket) and have a few more projects waiting in the wings (more hats and a cowl), this doesn’t stop me finding new and great patterns to try.
In the spirit of “taking a class” without taking a class, I was excited to begin reading Knockout Knits by Laura Nelkin. It is basically a class in three advanced techniques with patterns that progress in difficulty. The sections are devoted to wrapped stitches, lace, and knitting with beads. The patterns are beautiful, modern, and unique. Each section begins with a cuff to master the basic technique and then works up in difficulty from there. Because the patterns are all for accessories (no blankets or sweaters in this book), many of the patterns require a skein or less of yarn.
I plan to begin working my way through the section on wrapping stitches in November while we have a home for a month (we’ll be staying near Frederick, Maryland). There is a gorgeous pair of mitts that are listed as advanced beginner, so I think that will be a good place to start once I knit the cuff. To be completely honest though, the book sold itself when I turned to page 78 and saw a photo of the Loco Shawl.
Wow! Breathtakingly beautiful. I’m nowhere near ready to begin something that complicated and delicate at this point, but I am determined to get there. I’m not even sure where I’d wear that shawl, but when I spend the time and energy to make it, I’ll probably wear it everywhere. Lookout!
Do you knit? I’m always looking to expand my small circle of knitting friends from whom I gather (and can hopefully provide) inspiration. If you are, send me a message or leave a comment below. Any favorite patterns? If you’re not a knitter but have thought of starting, I can’t recommend the book Stitch ‘N Bitch more highly.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.