Craft · Knitting

30 Days of Knitting (part trois)

11: Do you have a “Knitter Hero” or someone that is just way too awesome for their own good? Do share!

Yes! There are some amazing knitters around online but the most consistently entertaining is Yarn Harlot. She posts regularly about her escapades on her book tours or simply what she’s knitting and I love seeing how prolific she is. It’s impressive and she inspires me to be better. I know a lot of awesome knitters in real life too. I have yet to meet a knitter I don’t find awesome, in fact!

12: Where do you keep your stash? Post pictures!

BWUAHAHAHA. AHAHAHAH. Haaaahahah. No.

I have a dwindling stash seeing as I’m using it all up for Christmas but let’s just say it’s not at all organised. Case in point: I have my hot pink malabrigo for my sister’s bedsocks stuffed inside a padded envelope that once held the yarn my friend sent me. I have a purple skein of wool/acrylic blend sat loose in my bag. I have a canvas shopping bag full of random skeins at home, plus numerous more littered about the place. Let’s just say I have trouble finding my yarn in a timely fashion and be done with it.

When I am properly settled in Canada, I already know how I want to store my yarn.

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Something like that, only well… probably less organised. Though that said my bookcase is the only thing in my room with any sense of order to it, at least before I started giving away all my books to unwitting friends. The most important aspect of my yarn storage is that it has glass doors: first for display purposes (yarn is pretty!) and second because, well, I don’t expect our flat shall be devoid of sharp-clawed curious furry animals.

13: Do you have yarn that you love but can’t find a project for?

Sort of. I have the yarn I made my first sock from (see previous post) that stubbornly refuses to be anything, but that’s possibly because I don’t like the yarn very much. So that doesn’t qualify. Generally I find use for the yarns I love. The only exception was a skein of Malabrigo silky merino blend in the archangel colourway which was fantastically beautiful but because of the small quantity I owned, I wasted it entirely on a small bag I’ve never looked at again.

I want more of it. That said, I still have no idea what I’d do with it if I had it.

14: What’s the worst yarn/fiber that you’ve worked with and why?

The first yarn I ever purchased was in a small knitting kit from a charity shop in Poole. It was terrible. Thin, brittle, rough on the hands. 100% acrylic which usually I’m okay with even if I prefer something a little more exciting. I have never used it. Even back then I turned my nose up at it and bought some softer, more interesting acrylic.

15: What was your least favorite pattern and why?

I’m not sure. I don’t work for long on patterns I don’t enjoy. In generalised terms though I like to knit things that are intuitive and rhythmic rather than complicated and mathy. I don’t like to have to count all the time when I’m knitting and the less I have to concentrate the better. That’s not to say I don’t love figuring out complicated patterns; it’s just that I’d like to be able to get into the swing of even those sorts of projects after a few repeats rather than spending the entire time struggling and grimacing. I’ve got to think of those wrinkles, you know. I’m already the grand old age of 24!*

I’m really enjoying rambling about my knitting habits. Hopefully it’s interesting to someone else out there too! Stay tuned, kids: more to come tomorrow.

* Disclaimer: I don’t give a damn about wrinkles. 😉

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