Knitting is going along well now; the two scarves are progressing well, and I’ve started a simple hat from a pattern I found at the Lion Brand site, called a “Hanover Hat.” It occurred to me that before starting the lacy scarf, I needed to get at least a couple of items finished for warmth purposes. It’s getting chilly now in Portland, and the combination of getting used to a colder climate after so many years in Florida and being not as well prepared for winter as I thought I was has made me eager to add to my winter wardrobe.
The Continental style is certainly making my knitting life easier! It’s especially helpful when doing the seed stitch, as I’m doing on alternate rows of one of the scarves; I don’t have to continually adjust the yarn as I move it from back to front and back again across the row. I’m glad that’s working out well.
One thing I’m having to get used to in knitting is living with minor imperfections. If I make a mistake in a row and realize it, I’ll unravel back to fix the error, but if I find a mistake several rows down that is small and imperceptible except to someone who examines it very, very closely, I’ll just have to live with that. But that’s not easy for me, and is one of the reasons I’ve given up on knitting in the past. In crochet it’s a cinch, even if somewhat aggravating, to rip back and fix an error. It would always bother me to leave one, as even if others didn’t discover it, I’d know it was there, so I had to fix it. But with knitting I’ll just have to shrug and leave it. It might be good for me, however, as it’s important to remember not to sweat the small stuff, in knitting and in other areas of life as well.
I’m thinking about how I want to add to my collection of knitting needles. I have my Denise needles, which I love, but I need more nickel-plated ones to work with different types of yarn. Ideally I’d go out and drop $169 on a complete set of Addi Clicks, but that’s not in my budget currently. I have a pair of size 7, 24″ Inox circulars, which I also love, and a pair of size 8, 16″ Addi Turbos. And a set of size 11, 13 and 15 Susan Bates candy cane straight needles (which are the only straight needles I’ll have, as they were a cute gift from my sister; I really don’t like knitting on straights). And that’s it. My LYS sells Addis, of course, but also sells Inox needles, at half the price of the Addis. What I think I’ll do for now is, one at a time, purchase Inox Express circulars in the sizes I’ll use most, and keep the purchase of the Addi Clicks as a goal for the future (when I sell a novel or two?). I’m also thinking about a set of KnitPicks Options.
Anyway, when I’m not writing and working I’m slipping in a few rows of knitting here and there and making progress, which is great!