Show and Tell

This past week, I tried to use up leftover bits and pieces from my yarn stash by doing smaller projects.

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Leftover maroon sock yarn made a fun little hairband!

And leftover yellow scarf yarn made a nifty little roll-up crochet hook mat.

Another multi-purpose project started this weekend was a stitch sampler afghan — it’s using up my leftover yarns, refreshing my rather rusty technique, teaching me new stitches, and making us a colorful blanket all at the same time! Here are my squares so far — some of them are so classically “granny” in style that I giggle looking at them.

I got the patterns for this set of blocks from HalfKnits, since they had a nice selection of less intimidating-looking squares to start with. Since I want every 6-inch square of this rather large blanket to be different, I’ll have to move on to another site soon enough, though.

In addition to learning new crochet moves, I also started knitting (for real this time!) this weekend. Making just one square with knit takes about two to three times as long as a crocheted one, gack. But really, I’m just dreading trying to figure out how to purl Continental style — I fumbled it several times without any success the first time it was demonstrated to me, so hopefully studying diagrams for a week will wedge it into my head. Fingers crossed!

 

 

3 Comments:

  1. Oh, you’ve gotten ahead of me in learning to knit! I’ve been in the middle of this giant hat for felting for more than a week now, mainly because I took a break most of last week. Probably just as well, as my elbow and wrist were getting sore. But I haven’t even started practicing ordinary knitting stitches again yet.

    • Knitting holding the yarn in the left hand actually feels much more comfortable! Probably because so many of the actions that way are the same as crochet. I think that might have been what was tripping me up for so long when I was trying to practice before with the US style — I’d automatically switch back to crochet stance without thinking then have to keep correcting myself. It’s also much less strain than crochet, so partially the knitting is a way to give my hands a break without completely giving up learning. I have a deep love of sweater design and now that I’m thisclose to being able to make viable pattern pieces, I’ve gotten a bit obsessed.

  2. Oh yes, I want to make myself sweaters so badly! ThatMs my main reason for wanting to learn to knit.

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