Monday, January 3, 2011

A new year!

Happy new year to you!  This year, I'm going to give the 365 project another try--last year I took 250 pictures.  Not even close, really, but a broken camera mid-year will do that!  I'm going to shake it off and keep on going.
 Here's how my "tube top" is looking now. I have one sleeve completed, and I started the second sleeve a couple of nights ago.  This sweater is knit on size 11 needles, and my hands really do not like working with needles that big, so I'm giving myself permission to take it slow.
I wanted to thank you all for the encouragement and compliments on the hats and mittens that I made for Christmas.  Getting positive feedback during that process really kept me going!  And if you're thinking about trying stranded knitting, my advice is just jump in!  Mistakes can always be frogged--but you'll never know unless you try.  Start small--I think hats are easier than mittens.  Kristin Nicholas has some beginner projects in at least two of her books (whose names are escaping me right now).  I do not knit with both hands--it's recommended that you learn to carry a color in each hand, but I think that's more hard-core than I need to be.  [For the record, I am a left-handed "picker."]  I alternate the colors of yarn in the same hand, and occasionally I have to stop and un-twist the skeins, but it's not the end of the world.  As much as I enjoyed the end result, I am ready to put stranded knitting on the back-burner for now.

As I think about this year's knitting projects, I am firmly in the grips of a cable obsession!  As of now, my next couple of planned projects involve cables.  And now that Christmas is behind us, I am thinking of Valentine's Day and red and white material...


Larissa said...

Happy New Year to you! I'm trying 365 again too - i didn't get very far last year but i so love the idea of looking back at the year in pictures. You look so cute in your cables tube top - good for you for turning it into a sweater!

Your nieces and nephews look so good in their new knits - way to go in getting all that knitting goodness done and gifted to those you love!

Wishing you peace and joy in 2011!

stitching under oaks said...

I may just have to try some stranded knitting. Maybe a hat!? Right now i'm working on a sweater for me and it has cables. Great minds think alike. I'm loving your 'tube top'. So cute and the shaping looks great on you. Have a wonderful week Meg!

Kristyn Knits said...

Happy New Year Meg!
Looks like your knits were well received and will be loved! Have fun with your cables.

Meredith said...

Happy new year dear friend!!

~ The Jolly Bee ~ said...

You are such a talent with knitting needles in hand -- no matter what your technique. It works. And cables are so beautiful -- obsess away!