Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Skill + 1UP – 2KCBWDAY2

Look back over your last year of projects and compare where you are in terms of skill and knowledge of your craft to this time last year. Have you learned any new skills or forms of knitting/crochet (can you crochet cable stitches now where you didn’t even know such things existed last year? Have you recently put a foot in the tiled world of entrelac? Had you even picked up a pair of needles or crochet hook this time last year?

Over the past year, my crafting skills have progressed mightily. I have only been knitting for 18 months now, so a year ago I was very much getting on the basics - garter stitch scarf, hat and wrist warmers.

Exactly a year ago, I was learning to knit in the round, and do a little lacework with the beautifully simple cupcake mittletts.

Since then, there has been a lot of lacework, but only a little cabling. I like lacework, but often my cabling seems to not turn out how I'd imagined. I've since realised that this was partly because I was making up the cabled patterns as I went along, but was following a pattern when it came to lacework. Note to self: stick to following patterns until much more skilled at knitting.

Overall, it was a year of making sure I could walk before I tried to run - making sure I have the basics down before trying anything more complicated. However, I really have progressed and made some things that I am really proud of.

Deciding what I should learn in the next year is tricky. Colourwork is an essential thing I plan to learn by knitting eskimimi's Snowbaby Hat, though I'm not sure who for. I would also like a pin cushion, and just at the moment I'm excited by the idea of a hedgehog one. Knitting or crochet I'm not yet sure - I was thinking crochet but then Ysolda Teague's Smith is oh so cute!! And then there's modular knitting, entrelac, crochet, spinning, felting - and that's before we get onto other crafts! Card making, sewing clothes, tapestry, needlepoint.... it's impossible to choose! As a modest aim, I think Snowbaby and a hedgehog this year. And then, who knows?


  1. Those red and gold mittens are super cute!! I, too, had to remind myself baby steps. Great work!

  2. learn how to spin with me over Summer :D

  3. i think the snowbaby hat is good place to start colorwork

  4. yay for colorwork! my favorite!