Thursday, February 17, 2011

my creative space ... knitting sampler

I cannot knit well. At the moment. BUT, I am learning new things and new stitches and I hope to change that this year. This is the little bit of knitting I've been doing this week, learning how to "knit fancy" ...


I'm loving the purl stitching, but I got a bit carried away and skipped a few lessons, thinking I could go straight to the ribbed knitting - knit 3, purl 2 etc etc, except it ended up a mess as you can see by the top few rows. I don't really understand how to switch from knit to purl stitches very well yet - time to consult my buddies on YouTube, but any wise words from blogland would be much appreciated!

So why the sudden knitting bug? Well, I was totally inspired this week by this gorgeous cardi knitted by Jodie at Jellywares ...

Jodie's Green Cardi - pic from here
My goal is to knit this for myself this year. Hmmmm ... lots more practice to be done, but looking forward to the challenge. More creativity to get you inspired at Kootoyoo.


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34 comments:

CurlyPops said...

A knitting sampler is such a great idea! Hmmm might need to try that this winter.

PS - the cover arrived back in the mail, thanks so much for helping me out!

Rosalind said...

Oh that is cool. All you girls are making me want to knit... or learn :p

Rie said...

Good job with the knitting & I LOVE your goal - have you bought the yarn yet?

midge said...

click clack-you go girl. love the little cardi. i am sure you will get there. it's not much more than counting really

Fiona said...

The sampler is a great idea. Getting the ribbing right really is just a matter of counting. I would start with a k1, p1 rib - if you can do that, you can do any rib! Have fun!

Kt said...

Just started knitting myself this year (well for the first time since I was 7!) and am loving it. I havnt been brave enough to go for a whole garment yet though. I look forward to seeing your progress. :-)

Michelle said...

No wise words, as I'm hopeless at knitting! However the green cardi of Jodie's is so damn cool!!

Chasing Purple Dreams said...

Oh that cardi is super cute. What a fabulous goal to set yourself, you are going to be so proud when you can wear it around. I am hanging out for colder weather so I can get back into last year’s granny shrug. It is such a buzz to wear things you have made yourself.

Jaimie said...

You could totally knit this Nic...Top down and seamless, it looks super cute! Maybe we should do a 'knit-a-long'!

Bugalugs aka Jacqui said...

You may have gotten carried away but I'm sure you'll easily make that cardie this year, you're doing really well! Thanks for sharing the link - it's now on my 'To Do' list.

Sarah@Dolls And Daydreams said...

I haven't knitted in years .... I think it's the lack of a cold climate! :) Good luck!

Brianna said...

Love the red that you are knitting in. I'm lazy and send the wool and pattern to my Grandma to knit for me instead of learning how to knit properly. Maybe I should try the knitting sampler as well.

Jennie said...

You're doing well I think!!
I've had a go recently too, as our 9yr old
wanted to have a go. Its quite theraputic!x

teddybearswednesday said...

I think your knitting is looking wonderful Nic, and I love your goal. And you can and will do it, I totally understand why you want to too! Have a great day xo

by marie-nicole said...

What an adorable cardi, all the best with reaching your goal and knitting one for yourself.

I attempted knitting a vibrant red scarf about 10 years ago and just last year found all the balls of wool and the little that I managed to complete still on the needles in amongst my crafting stash... it was tempting to complete it but instead I sold it at a garage sale to a middle aged man who knew just as much about knitting as the elderly woman that were disappointed they did not spot it first. It was very funny a very funny short film kind of moment.

Enjoy your new project Nic.

Shell said...

Ooh cute cardigan. Lush! Knitting is fun but I am too slow to get the maximum of enjoyment out of it unfortunately. Your sampler is looking great. Keep practising, you'll get the hang of it pretty quickly.

MiM said...

Love your red knitting, good luck! That green cardi is so sweet :)

Amanda said...

I am sure you will be knitting that cardi in no time

Vic said...

It's not cold enough yet for me to forget about all the failed knitting attempts of my past & decide that trying again would be a good idea... but give me time!

I have no doubt you'll complete your goal, and in style too!

june at noon said...

I think it looks pretty great for a first-timer sampler! You just have to get the sense of moving the yarn from front to back (or vice versa) as you change stitches. You can do it!

Kylie said...

I would so love to be able to knit things other than a scarf or simple toys but I just dont have the knack/patience I'm afraid I'm just soooo slow, I'd be dead and buried before I finished anything. The cardi looks super cute, happy knitting!

spectacularfairywren said...

yum - that grassy green is enough to inspire me too! Bring on winter so i can bear to have wool near me again!

flowerpress said...

Nic, this is my favourite knitting site:
http://www.knittinghelp.com/
I hope it helps :-)

74 Lime Lane said...

I'm no help to you here I'm afraid, I can't knit a stitch! But that cardi, gorgeous. I might be a little partial to the colour though ...

Ellie said...

It looks awesome! I only just learnt to knit late last year from Jodie at Jellywares and I'm hooked! I definitely do a few mistakes here and there but its all a part of learning! You'll love it, this cardi Jodie made was beautiful! I'm knitting a different cardi at the moment but another good beginners pattern. You can get the link off my blog (youmeandmisse.blogspot.com)
Goodluck!
Ellie x

Naturally Carol said...

Good on you for having a go...you're doing well. I love that lovely red wool you're using too. I'm now your newest follower.

melissa said...

Oh gosh - no advice here.

I starte knitting a nappy cover for number one - three years ago. It didn't get finished before he outgrew it, then I tried starting again for number two and failed again.

I just can't get the hang of ribbing...

Taylor Made said...

Good for you...I am also a basic knitter and crocheter so am trying to push a little harder...I am sure you will make a lovely cardi.

Kate said...

You can do it! Just jump in I say.
I wear my green cardi, that I made as a total beginner last year, almost every day.

Kuka said...

your knitting looks great - the stitches are really even! I can see why that cardi inspired you - it is lovely! Just remember it is just one stitch at a time - you can knit and purl, so you can totally do it

Nauli said...

Great Cardi!
worth to knit... wish you a great succsess for this knitting project

Casey said...

Your knitting looks good already :) good luck with your goal!

Jellywares said...

Great idea to start on a knitted sampler!!!

A good thing to remember when changing between the stitches (knit and purl) is that the yarn sits at the back of the work when you knit and to the front of the work when you purl.

I have a lot of beginners who forget to put the yarn to the front when the are purling and knitting in the same row, this can create YO's (yarn over's) which make an extra stitch and a hole in your fabric on the next row/round..

Hope I haven't confused you too much... :)

Happy Knitting - Jodie xx

Susan Being Snippy said...

great to see someone who takes things step by step -- I just jump in and hope for the best. I learned to knit about 40+ years ago, but stopped that in favour of quilts and have recently taken up knitting again -- much like riding a bike most of it came back easily, but keeping a even tension has taken me three knitted hats to get back to the right way... came to visit you via your link on kootoyoo