It seems like forever ago that I've been here. Perhaps the fact that I've been so keen to pop in and share my progress with my knitting and have been called to give my attention to umpteen other things has made time pass more slowly between posts.
Anyway, here I am. I am feeling a bit pleased with myself. For you see I have made not one but two, yes two knitted items already this year! Granted they are only tiny but they are knitted and they are complete!
The first of these is the Puerperium cardigan from Ravelry. This link should take you to the Ravelry page but you will more than likely have to register (all free) to access the pattern. If the link doesn't work just google 'Puerperium Cardigan' to find it.
The second of my finished projects (which was actually my first project) is the Pebble Vest from The Thrifty Knitter. I saw this vest on Soulemama's blog a while ago and thought it looked like it might possibly be an achievable first project for me.
These projects may be tiny but they were a really exciting way of re-learning and practicing my knitting skills. I made sure I picked a nice wool yarn in a colour I loved so that the whole process would be as enjoyable as I could make it. The cardigan involved using double pointed needles (which was totally new to me) and picking up stitches. The vest required me to learn how to do the kitchener stitch and to make button holes. I can see on the vest where my tension changed when I had a break and came back to my knitting but it wasn't so obvious on the cardigan.
One of the reasons I've never been a keen knitter is that I have hot hands that get clammy at times, especially in hot weather, when I'm handling yarn and when I'm stressing over getting a pattern right. And hot clammy hands make metal knitting needles squeak like heck and make your work stick. Eughh! This has often meant that I've had to try various methods of drying my hands, none of which really solved the issue and the more I fret about it the more my hands get sweaty and the problem gets even worse. It makes knitting a real chore for me and there have been many a none completed item due to 'the hands issue'. So that is why I have never really got into knitting - it was just too much of an effort.
So when I was making the vest, I got trough a fair bit of it before the 'hands issue' started making my needles squeak, setting my teeth on edge and making my hands even more clammier and I wondered whether I might need to put down the pins until Winter arrived. But then I thought about how when I use a bamboo crochet hook I never have any issues and I wondered to myself whether bamboo knitting needles existed. Hmmmm ... So off I zoomed to Spotlight and invested in a pair of 4mm bamboo beauties. And guess what? They made the clammy hands issue an non-issue! Hooray!
I was just so happy that I was able to solve the 'hands issue' and feel that I can no longer tell myself that I am a hopeless knitter. I also have no excuses not to knit now, which is excellent. It has been like learning to read; I feel like a whole new world of possibilities has opened up to me.
And what's more I'm raring to go again and get another project on the go.